Cucina are delighted to have been appointed as the new restaurant provider at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School. Our new service starts for students on Tuesday 4th September. Cucina will be cooking up some new menu options, focussing on foods cooked from fresh ingredients and from scratch in the schools kitchen. With over 35 choices available each day there is sure to be something for every taste and budget.

Look out for our new style servery which has been designed to alleviate long queuing times. Cucina have appointed an Executive Head Chef to ensure that our focus on fresh food and healthy nutritious meals and snacks is always at the forefront of what we do.

Cucina will also be developing the catering provision with the introduction of an outside food Pod which will be known as the 'Street Kitchen' offering a range of hot and chilled nutritious hand held snacks plus a range of drinks. Our menus will include traditional and contemporary food with lots of international influences. Why not look out for our regular theme days too, we really do know how to put on a show. We look forward to welcoming students to our restaurant. 

From 8.00 service will start with a full breakfast offer where students will be able to purchase hot breakfast sandwiches, continental pastries, fresh fruit and yoghurt plus cereals and a toasting station. A range of hot and chilled drinks and don’t forget that every student is entitled to a free bowl of porridge.

From 10.55 our morning break offer will incorporate a wide selection of hot and chilled snacks with examples such as handmade fresh pizza, panini, hot chicken wings, patatas bravas and hot wraps to a wide selection of fresh deli sandwiches, fruit and yoghurt pots.  Alongside an extensive range of hot and chilled drinks including hot chocolate, juices, water and milk based drinks.

From 12.55 our lunch offer will be available and will incorporate a wide selection of main meals (meat and vegetarian options will always be available) one pot meals incorporating rice and noodles options, fresh cooked pasta, freshly made soup and a huge selection of chilled deli sandwiches, baguettes, bagels and wraps, plus handmade sushi, fresh fruit, yoghurt and jelly pots.

We will be offering an all-day service for sixth form students and staff who will be welcome to join us in between meal services so they can beat the queues.

Warm regards – Team CUCINA (Italian for kitchen)

Please click here to view our menu. 

Cashless Catering at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School

We do not ask students to bring cash into school. All students are automatically set up with a catering account. Like many schools we use a biometric system for pay for items from our restaurant, details of how this operates is summarised here.

Our system can:

  • Recognise each individual student
  • Hold individual cash balances
  • Record cash spent and cash received
  • Record where money is spent
  • What food is purchased daily and the date and time

How are restaurant purchases made?

Each student will use their thumb [or chosen digit] to identify access their catering account.

After selecting their restaurant items, a thumb is placed on the reader, the restaurant colleague will see the student’s name, picture, form and current balance held within the system. 

The selected food items will be entered into the system from an itemised keyboard while the amount spent and the new credit balance will be shown.

How is the money entered into the system?

The preferred method of adding money to the students account is via the School Gateway, if you are not already registered please click here. Alternatively you can add funds by cheque which should be made payable to Cucina Restaurants Limited, NOT the school. A post box to receive payments is located on the wall in the school restaurant, please write your child’s name and form on the back of the cheque.

What is the suggested cheque value? We suggest £15.00 - £30.00 is appropriate but it can be for any amount. Unfortunately, cheques returned due to insufficient funds are charged £5.00 which will be deducted from future credit balances.

How will the student be able to check the current credit balance held in the system?

Every time the student spends money in the cafeteria, the till shows the available credit left on the card. Additionally, users to the parent gateway app can view balances and purchase history.

If we pay for a set number of school meals, can it be spent in one day?

No, a daily spend limit of £7.50 will be set for all students and no food above that limit can be purchased. On request, an individual student limit of your choice can also be set, to include a school dinner and break time snacks.

What if the student does not hold a sufficient credit balance to pay for a school dinner?

No student is refused a school lunch because they have forgotten their card or have insufficient funds. The restaurant will allow a student one meal only until funds are added to clear the debt balance on the account.

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