Tonbridge is unusual in that we have catering in each of the houses, and not a 'central feeding' system. Although the menus are created centrally, each house supports a qualified team of caterers and meals are cooked in situ. Housemasters and tutors eat main meals with the boys each day.
Each boarding House has its own dining room, kitchen, and domestic staff, and boarders take all their meals in their own Houses during the week. Each day House has its separate dining room either within the House or in the Orchard Centre. On Saturday evenings and Sundays the boarders from all Houses meet together for more informal meals in the Orchard Centre, where the Chefs operate a running buffet system. Boys are served with a wide choice of hot meal items for breakfast, lunch and supper, including a vegetarian option and an extensive self-service salad bar.
The school aims for the highest possible standards in catering provision and this is recognised in two external local Council Audits. Tonbridge School has received a "Healthy Eating Award" which involved having all aspects of the catering provision assessed. The school kitchens have also all received "Clean Kitchen Awards" at a level which puts our standards of hygiene and management control well above the legal requirement. These awards reflect a highly professional, dedicated Catering Department, a commitment to fresh ingredients where possible and the investment of over £1M on the kitchens in recent times.
A sample week of menus are available to download in PDF format:
For details of the full terms menus please contact the Catering Department.