26 December, 2017

HCL serves up 80,000 Christmas lunches in primary schools across Hertfordshire

School children across the county were able to tuck into a traditional roast turkey dinner (or a delicious veggie alternative) in the run up to Christmas as we served up around 80,000 Christmas dinners this December.

Lin O’Brien, Chief Executive of HCL, said “Christmas is the busiest time of year for school meals, with many pupils who normally eat packed lunches preferring to join in with the festive food.

“It’s a huge undertaking to serve up so many Christmas meals but our kitchen staff make a real effort to make sure the whole school can take part in the festive celebrations.”

The HCL Christmas dinner consists of:

  • Red Tractor certified sliced British Turkey Breast
  • Locally sourced Chipolata Sausage made with British Pork
  • Sage and Onion Stuffing
  • Gravy


  • Roast Quorn Fillet
  • Sage and Onion Stuffing


  • Roast British Potatoes
  • Choice of locally sourced Seasonal Vegetables

Followed by a choice of

  • Christmas Ice Cream
  • Seasonal Biscuit
  • Chocolate Krispie Pudding

Christmas dinners are served up on different days in different schools and are on offer in all schools where HCL provides catering.