School dinners ain’t what they used to be!

December 6th, 2012

I have the privilege to be a member of the Council that governs Malvern College. One of the best – if not the best – independent co-educational schools in this country.  Malvern College is an extraordinary school; a wonderful campus set on the side of the Malvern Hills looking out over the Severn Valley.

Last weekend I drove down to Malvern for our usual termly meeting which was followed a superb dinner with this year’s new staff members. A selection of bright, dedicated and committed teachers who bubbled over with enthusiasm for the school, the pupils and their work.

To top it all – came the food!  One of the greatest benefits of Malvern College is the  house system;  a home from home, lead by a team of house mistresses and masters that create a family environment supported by the house tutors and fed by a catering company – Harrisons.

Now, I accept that the meals we were served last Friday were not necessarily what the pupils would be served on a daily basis but the standard of food was.  Conjoured up by a team of creative chefs – Rupesh, Adam, James and Matt we were served-        

  • Cornish crab tian with a black pepper and sea salt Shard, crab bisque truffle foam
  • Saddle of venison, hotpot potatoes, braised red cabbage, with a chocolate thyme jus
  • Individual sticky toffee puddings, with clotted cream ice cream
  • A platter of english cheeses with figs, grapes and oatcakes
  • Coffee and petit fours

So good was this food that I was compelled to take photos to share with you!

Malvern Collage council dinner

Cornish Crab Tian with a black pepper and sea salt shard, and a magical crab bisque truffle foam








Saddle of Venison

Saddle of venison cooked to perfection – the choclate thyme jus was inspirational!



Sticky Toffee pudding with clotted cream ice cream
Sticky toffee Pudding with clotted cream ice cream which was delicious – set off by the strawberries.







Wonderful – even with no smoked food!  Almost worth going back to school for!

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