The food experience is a vitally important part of the school day. At Ampleforth we aim to provide interesting, nutritionally balanced meals with plenty of variety to provide for all preferences, lifestyles and dietary needs. 

Most of our food is made on site by our team of chefs using fresh ingredients. Every lunch time there is a choice of three main dishes including a fish dish and a vegetarian option, fresh potatoes, or other carbohydrate, fresh vegetables and a salad bar followed by a tempting dessert. Lighter options such as salads, soup and fresh fruit are also available.

All meals are served in the refectory building with lunches being taken in house groups so students experience a formal setting and can build house identity. Suppers and breakfast are informal with students free to organise their own time to attend with friends or around their other commitments.  There is no need to miss a meal as packed meals can be ordered for those who cannot get to the refectory because of their activities.

Feedback on the service is obtained via the student food committee who make suggestions for new dishes and tell us what they like or dislike.  We take their views very seriously and endeavour to make changes to reflect their feedback.

Students with allergies or special dietary considerations are carefully catered for and we are happy to discuss individual requirements with parents to ensure their children receive the food they need to keep them healthy and to maximise their academic and sporting achievements.