Thursday, February 22, 2007

Pub lunch

Pint-sized pupils are heading to the pub for lunch every day – because their school has no kitchen.

The 77 children at North Newton Primary School, near Bridgwater, Somerset, are taken across the road by teachers to the Harvest Moon.

They enjoy a menu including roast dinners, curry and toad-in-the-hole followed by puddings and fruit. The children eat in an area separate from adult drinkers before returning to school for afternoon lessons.

The unusual dining arrangements were brought in at the start of this term after the Government said all schools must provide hot lunches by 2008.

The school used to ask pupils to bring in packed lunches.

Pub landlady Helen Edwards, a former pupil at the school, provides a two-course lunch for £1.70, helped by a Government subsidy of 21p a pupil.

She said: "I give them healthy meals like I had at school.The children are wonderful and well-mannered, and the numbers are going up so I hope that will continue"

One parent said: "The children love it because it is exciting and different. I know they are eating a supervised, properly balanced diet."

2 comments:

Debbie said...

This is odd. I thought all of the kids in the UK had lunch at the pubs?

dom said...

That's dinner silly ! after their schooling they need a strong vodka based fruit drink ( only includes 12-89 yr olds|)