Mr and Mrs Gray cater for every school event – they even come to Doonside on Saturdays throughout the winter months. Of Primary 7 pupils undertaking the residential component of the John Muir Award, Mrs Gray says,”most people take a portable camping stove but not Primary 7, they take us!” The Grays’s commitment to fresh, homemade cooking aligns with the school͛s healthy eating policy, Eat WELLington. Anybody going into the Dining Hall is also guaranteed a warm welcome, a smile and a friendly chat – parents are always welcome for lunch too. Please contact the school office in advance to let us know you will be joining us.
Mr and Mrs Gray design nine week menus which rotate throughout the year and are reviewed at least twice during that period. The menus are completely redesigned each academic year.
The following options are available every day with every item prepared in the school’s kitchens on the day it is served:
A variety of salads, crudités and homemade dressings
Homemade Soup or A Traditional Main Course
Served with freshly baked bread *Vegetarian options are available
Homemade Soup & Fish and Chips
– a firm favourite! –
Baked potatoes, toasties, freshly filled sandwiches & baguettes
A varied selection of vegetables and accompaniments are available to compliment the main courses
Monday – hot dessert
Friday – indulgent treat
A three course lunch consisting of soup, a main course and sides and dessert costs £3.50. The average spend in the Dining Hall for a Senior School pupil is £3.35.
As part of their topic on WWII, Primary 7 pupils fast until after their normal lunch hour on a single school day. Not having eaten since the night before, they arrive in the school kitchens at 2.00pm where Mrs Gray serves Woolton Pie. This pie was widely available in World War II Britain due to rationing and the availability of its inexpensive ingredients (parsnip, turnip, cauliflower, carrot, potato, marmite, and oats). The children then make carrot cookies which they take home with them.
Every year, S6 take part in an eight week cookery course. Mr and Mrs Gray teach pupils the skills they will need to prepare simple meals for themselves; during their lessons, S6 will learn how to make a number of nutritious and filling “one pot wonders”.
Pupils spend a lesson in the kitchens with Mr and Mrs Gray consolidating their learning on weights and measures. This useful session allows children to apply knowledge to a real life situation; if they have weighed and measured accurately, pupils enjoy their delicious tray bake at the end!
Every year, Mr Gray hosts this popular event with a well-known local chef. Proceeds from ticket sales go to the 6th Year Charity and Sodexo’s “Stop Hunger” initiative.