A Consuming Passion
As a fresh food organisation, we only use high quality ingredients with assured provenance. We have complete control over every meal – so we comfortably meet guidelines for minimising the use of salt, sugar and saturated fats.
We encourage our inspiring chefs to use steamers and combination ovens to ensure foods retain vitamins and goodness. This approach has the added benefit of reducing energy consumption and a more positive impact on the environment.
We believe all students should enjoy good, fresh food, including those individuals with particular dietary requirements. HCL has a nut-free policy and staff are trained in the provision of special diets. It is always our aim to go above and beyond government guidelines on nutritional standards.
Great New Dishes
Totally delicious and completely nutritious!
Our delicious new menu combines all the pupils’ favourite dishes as you would expect together with some brand new ones. These new recipes and menu combinations have proved very popular with our panel of Big Taste Testers.
Our new dishes include deliciously, nutritious Minced Beef and Macaroni Bake, Mini Omelette, Banoffee Waffle, BBQ Ribs in a Rich Sticky Sauce (Boneless), an old time favourite, back by popular demand – Cornflake Tart and Mild, Creamy Quorn Curry.
To encourage pupils to try new vegetables each day of the menu, we have now included the choice that will be available each day, ensuring that there is a range of seasonal vegetables with colours and textures that complement the day’s menu. Our fresh vegetables are hot every day except Friday, where we offer fresh, crisp salads and salad mixes to compliment our popular Friday menu.
Additionally, when in season, we will also offer additional vegetables as a third option, these include: Red Cabbage, Swede, Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower Cheese, Ratatouille, Whole canned tomatoes, Roasted or Stir Fry Vegetables (Celeriac, Butternut Squash or Pumpkin, Sweet Potatoes, Courgettes, Peppers Carrots and Onions) – helping your child to make healthy choices!
As a first step towards offering Organic products on our menus, we will be working with our fresh fruit & vegetable supplier to supply us with locally grown Organic fruit and vegetables. The nature of this supply chain means that we can never be quite sure what will be available, but we will be able to offer an Organic product at least once in every menu cycle.
Our totally BRITISH Chicken is now 10% BIGGER – giving pupils more 100% Chicken Breast to enjoy on our very popular Roast Dinner Days.
Hertfordshire Catering Limited work tirelessly to ensure we offer all our customers the very best value your money can buy – but not content with just value, we make sure that every dish we make, tastes and looks great too.
Why not join our Parents Panel to let us know what you think – we’d love to hear from you!
Universal Infant Free School Meals
From September 2014 children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to free school meals.
Read more here
Catering for the Future
HCL is forward-looking and we do everything we can to minimise the impact our business has on the environment. We are strongly committed to reducing our carbon footprint and strive to encourage staff and students to play their part in minimising waste and saving energy.
Our policy of buying fresh, locally-produced ingredients reduces fuel consumption and transport costs. Staying local also means that we are contributing to the future success of our regional farmers and growers.
The provenance and origin of the foods we buy is a key factor in the way we operate. We buy direct from growers and producers. Out fruit and vegetables are locally grown, Red Tractor accredited produce. We source our meat from local butchers, using British-reared stock. Sausages come from pigs reared in Suffolk. Our fish is caught in sustainable waters certified by the Marine Stewardship Council.
Through our active membership of LACA (Local Authority Catering Association) we have links to key organisations such as DEFRA, the Soil Association, Healthy Schools and the Children’s Food trust.
Getting the Mix Right
The Food for Life Catering Mark is a Soil Association accreditation scheme that recognises caterers who demonstrate greater use of fresh, seasonal and organic ingredients in the production of their menus.
We are delighted to have been awarded the Soil Association’s Food for Life Bronze Catering Mark!
My child needs a Special Diet Menu
HCL offers specifically adapted menus in line with our mainstream offer for selected food allergies, intolerances and some cultural choices. We pride ourselves on having a rigorous process in place to provide a safe meal service to pupils with food allergies or intolerances. We have created a new, online application service that simplifies applying for a Special Diet Menu. This is the required process for all new applications for special menus.
To ensure that food groups are not withdrawn from pupils’ diets without medical supervision and to also ensure that we have a full understanding of the medical implications, applications for special diets for medical reasons can only be made with supporting evidence from a GP, hospital consultant or dietitian. If you do not hold medical evidence there is a form that can be downloaded that can be taken to a GP for them to stamp and sign.
The application usually takes about ten minutes to complete and can be accessed using this link: https://hertscatering.co.uk/allergy-menu-application/