A Christmas pop-up restaurant will be held at Northdown Primary School in Margate for pupils, family and residents.
The school and its catering partner, Principals by CH&CO, will hold the invitation-only event tomorrow (December 20).
Principals by CH&CO is providing lunch and its on-site team and local businesses will be giving their time voluntarily to prepare and serve the food.
Guests can look forward to sausage and mash with onion gravy, salad, or homemade soup and freshly-baked bread, followed by a traditional dessert of apple crumble and custard. Tea, coffee and cakes will also be available.
The lunch will be in the school hall, which, along with the tables, will be decorated in keeping with the season. Local businesses have supported the Christmas pop-up restaurant by donating decorations and gifts.
The meal is free for children under 12 and senior citizens. For those aged 12 to 18 there is a £1 cost and for adults a £2 charge. The salad and tea, coffee and cake will be free.
Peter McKenna, sales director for Principals by CH&CO, said: “The team at Northdown Primary School is very excited to be hosting the Christmas pop-up restaurant. We’ve worked with Northdown for 12 years and in this time, we’ve become part of the school community.
“Our involvement and contribution to the school goes beyond serving nutritious, tasty lunches during term time, we’re committed to sharing the joy and benefits of good food and mealtimes with pupils and parents beyond the classroom. So, when the team was asked to give up their time to help bring this great initiative to life, they jumped at the chance!
“Food is a wonderful way to bring communities together, and what better time of year than at Christmas? We can’t wait to see the pupils and their families sharing a wholesome lunch and enjoying the festivities. It’s great that we’ve also been able to include members of the wider community, it’s going to be a truly magical and uplifting event.”
Northdown head teacher Sheila Todd said: “The Christmas pop-up restaurant is a fantastic way to bring the school and local community together and spread a little festive cheer. It’s going to be a joyous event for everyone, and our pupils won’t recognise the school hall.
“It’s been great to work with our catering partner, Principals by CH&CO, on this event. They’ve played a big part in bringing this to life and been very generous in providing and creating the delicious lunch and giving their time on the day. I’d also like to thank all the local businesses that contributed by donating decorations and gifts.”
Go Northdown school! What a really lovely thing to do for your wider community. Creating opportunities for people to eat together and to be sociable without having to pay through the nose is such a worthwhile and enjoyable thing to do.