All pupils and staff eat their lunch in Glenalmond's magnificent wood panelled school dining hall.
Most of the pupils also enjoy their breakfast and supper in the dining hall apart from members of Reid's House who take their breakfast in their own dining hall under the watchful eye of the duty House staff.
At Glenalmond we place great emphasis on table manners, social etiquette and the importance of eating a healthy and varied diet. Many staff will sit alongside pupils to eat and chat through their day as well as to keep an eye on their eating habits.
The school has held the Healthy Living award for the past four years and has recently gained the Healthy Eating Plus Award. To achieve this prestigious award Glenalmond has to demonstrate that a wide range of healthy food options is available across the entire menu (at least 50% of all choices must be able to be described as "healthy options"). In addition our school kitchen team has to demonstrate that it uses healthy cooking practices such as: reducing the salt and sugar content in meals; steaming, grilling and poaching food in preference to deep fat or shallow frying; and using unsaturated fats in preference to saturated fats.
The school's catering is contracted out to a company called Chartwells.
The Chartwells catering manager is Tony Abbott. Tony has been our catering manager for the past 15 years. He heads a dedicated catering team of 25 staff which includes five qualified chefs, led by Ron Tasker, who has been our Head Chef for eight years. Our dining hall manager is Mr Freitas, who has been with us for over a decade.
We operate a three weekly menu cycle, which is reviewed termly. Our school menus are published every week on this website.
If a child has a specific dietary requirement please contact the school's medical team who work closely with the catering team, together with parents and pupils to ensure that all dietary requirements are met.
Breakfast is at 7.30 am (9.00 am Sundays) and comprises of a selection of six hot cooked items plus porridge and a choice of eight different breakfast cereals. We also offer fresh fruits and yoghurt, toast and rolls, preserves, fruit juices and tea, coffee and hot chocolate.
Lunch is at 12.40 pm (12 noon on Saturdays and Sundays) and comprises two hot main meal choices (one of which is a vegetarian option) with vegetables and potatoes. In addition we offer a self-service pasta and jacket potato bar, a salad bar and home-made soup together with a large selection of home-made sandwiches. Lunch always features a traditional home-made hot pudding with custard as well as a wide selection of whole and cut fruits and yoghurt.
Supper is at 5.45 pm (6.30 pm on Saturday) and comprises two hot main meal choices, one of which is always a vegetarian option, plus baked potato, vegetables, fresh fruits and a wide choice of cold desserts as well as tea, coffee and hot chocolate.
In addition to three regular meals served in the Dining Hall, the House staff are allowed to select additional supplies such as bread, butter, milk and jam for the pupils to consume in their own House "Brew Rooms".
The junior pupils may take a morning snack in the dining hall which is usually cookies, cake, morning pastry or fresh fruit, together with milk or water.