For most of us, school lunches don’t bring back the most exciting memories. We could look forward to grilled cheese, sloppy joes and foil-wrapped ham sandwiches—usually with canned fruit and a milk carton—but when you’re a member of the British royal family, lunches are a bit more spectacular.
Six-year-old Prince George and his little sister, Princess Charlotte, attend Thomas’s Battersea in London. The day school costs about £19,000 ($23,000) a year, so you can imagine the meals are a notch above a public school’s cafeteria lunches. These kids must have pretty refined tastes because the school’s menus sound fit for the fancy restaurants you’d normally reserve for date night. Find out the surprising difference between American and British vanilla ice cream.
Based on the school’s sample menus, every day includes a mid-morning snack of fresh fruit or a pastry, and lunch starts with fresh bread and soup. A typical Monday might mean chicken for the main course—but these are no mere chicken nuggets. Instead, Prince George gets freshly prepared traditional free-range chicken and leek-topped puff pastry. And these kids have options, too—pescatarians have the “fish option” of salmon Wellington; vegans can opt for pan-fried halloumi with fresh ratatouille; and anyone with allergies (including dairy and gluten) could stick with beef teriyaki stir fry. Talk about the royal treatment.
Any other day is just as impressive. Think freshly prepared authentic bolognese, chicken katsu, smoked haddock and spring onion fishcakes or Hirata buns filled with falafel. (Anyone else’s stomachs growling?) But Prince George, Princess Charlotte and their lunch mates still need to follow some rules—this is why the royals aren’t allowed to have a best friend at school.
Oh, and don’t forget about dessert! George, Charlotte and the rest of the Thomas’s Battersea students get a little something sweet every day, whether that means freshly baked berry cookie, vanilla iced chocolate and beetroot cake or strawberry, banana and raspberry smoothie.
But kids will be kids, and some days sound a bit more like a traditional kids’ menu—but always a cut above the usual. Mixed in with those fancy-pants dishes are sausage rolls with steamed veggies; macaroni and cheese (organic, of course) with tomatoes; and beef chili with rice. But we’d still take that over the square pizza slices of our childhoods any day. Next, check out these recipes inspired by the British royal family’s favorite foods.