Children at a school in Dorchester came back from their Summer Holidays to find a new restaurant had opened inside their school! The '#InspiredToLearn Restaurant' is the latest addition to The Prince of Wales School in Dorchester. Headteacher, Mr. Gary Spracklen explains, 'We wanted our children to enjoy the very best possible dining experience while at school. This means not only serving them healthy and delicious fresh food but doing so in an environment that makes them feel loved and valued.
Over the past few months we've worked really hard and invested in new dining tables, flowers for each table and have developed our own unique approach to lunchtime dining. We've taken inspiration from other local schools including our friends at Damers First School and sought the advice of our wonderful local supplier Local Food Links to deliver the very best for our young people'.
Speaking about the new restaurant experience, Year 2 pupil Charlotte said, 'We all enjoyed our new lunchtime experience. It was really nice to have the whole school together'. Year 4 pupil Jason adds, 'Everyone loves the #InspiredToLearn Restaurant – we are so lucky! The restaurant has a really nice atmosphere'.
Food for the #InspiredToLearn Restaurant is provided by Local Food Links. Local Food Links is a unique organisation and a community owned social enterprise. Since 2007 they have been making freshly prepared, healthy school meals and supporting local businesses.
Local Food Links have four hub kitchens supplying more than fifty schools across Dorset plus two schools in Somerset and Devon! Local Food Links opened a new Kitchen in Weymouth during September 2018 which is now serving schools in the local Weymouth area.
Mr. Spracklen believes it's important to work with a local supplier to deliver the very best quality, he states, 'We are passionate about great food and so are Local Food Links! Together we strive to create varied and interesting menus that children enjoy whilst packing each meal full of healthy goodness! The Local Food Links menus are tasty, varied and freshly prepared daily; they are also compliant with The School Food Standards introduced in January 2015'.
The Prince of Wales School hopes to soon open the #InspiredToLearn Restaurant to parents, carers and grandparents to sample the menu!