If you are looking to catch up with family and friends for a delicious festive meal at a great price in the run up to Christmas, then look no further than your local further education college.
According to the Association of Colleges (AoC), around 240 colleges across the country have their own restaurants which are open to the public. You will be able to experience delicious food cooked by the top chefs of the future. Just a few of the famous alumni chefs trained by their local college include Jamie Oliver, Gary Rhodes and Mark Hix.
Michelin star chef and former student at Northampton College, Adam Gray, enthused: “Visiting your local college restaurant for lunch or dinner is a fantastic way of experiencing the chefs and restaurant managers of the future at a fraction of the cost of a normal restaurant.
“As well as meeting some diverse and exciting students, you will be treated to some amazing food, service and hospitality, whilst also cementing your support for colleges and supporting the future of the catering and hospitality industry in the UK.”
Christmas lunches at college restaurants on average range from £12 and over for 3 courses. Each individual college sets its own menu and pricing.
You can contact your local further education college to find out more about the facilities it has open to the general public from restaurants to hair salons. Not all further education college campuses have restaurants.
The Association of Colleges has a map of its member colleges in England: local colleges map. You can click on the college and it takes you through to the college’s website.
To book a table and find out more about the facilities open to the general public at your local college, from restaurants to beauty salons, visit the college’s website.
For general information about further education colleges visit the Association of Colleges website www.aoc.co.uk