Thank you to everyone who shared their memories of School Dinners at Beech Hall either via email or through Social Media. It was fascinating that all, bar one person, shared a mutual dislike of liver (the Ugly), something that I think is shared by most of us, even if we didn't attend Beech Hall! Apparently, the teachers also disliked it so much they use to hide it in their handkerchieves! Other mentions of dislikes (the Bad!) were:
- Lemon curd sandwiches
- Marmite sandwiches
- Red cabbage
- (Lumpy) custard (with a thick skin on it!)
- Ratatouille for lunch on Thursdays
- Boiled eggs for breakfast on Fridays
- Tepid School milk with bird muck on the foil lid!
Your likes (the Good!) included:
- Cheese & bacon puffs
- Match tea after hockey and netball on a Wednesday (sausage, beans & chips)
- Bacon butties on a Saturday morning
- Lemon buns at Cricket teas
- Chocolate sponge with chocolate custard
- Hot bread rolls with marmalade for breakfast on Sundays
- Cornflake tart
- Semolina (you obviously either loved it or hated it!)
- Bangers and mash
- Warm cookies on a Friday
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly, well it has to be the heart stopping bacon dip, where you were allowed to dip your bread in the bacon fat. Good because it tasted wonderful, bad because Jamie Oliver wouldn't definitely turn his nose up at this today and Ugly - a Cardiologist's nightmare!
It was also amusing to learn how pupils used to spend their mealtimes flicking mashed potato at the the ceiling in the Small Dining Room to see how long it would stay up there for. Reports from Rupert Battersby are that a piece of mash flicked by his brother in 1968 was still there when he left in 1972, who knows, it may well still be in situ ...