SCR Food Survey
In the course of this term, the kitchen has been seeking to make changes to the food provision for all members of College, in particular in the evenings when usage is most popular with junior members. This has mainly taken the form of increased quality and variety of hot food in the buttery, as well as for formal hall and high table. Junior member representatives have met regularly with the kitchen team to provide feedback. Pleasingly, it has been noted that there has been an 18 % increase in footfall through the buttery servery over the first 4 weeks of this term compared with the same period last year. There is also an SCR food group that meets fortnightly to discuss menus and feedback.
Some changes have been made to SCR lunch choices this term, but these remain severely constrained by the poor service counter arrangements and the distance of the Winter Common Room from the kitchen. The long-planned major works project for complete refurbishment of the WCR and New Room back-of-house areas should be coming to Governing Body for approval in the near future (but negotiations with Historic England have been progressing more slowly than hoped). This project will eventually deliver two new spaces for dining, a new servery with small kitchen for lunch and as a base for running events, new direct connections to the main kitchen, along with a new pantry, stores and office for the Butler and his staff, and new toilets and improved disabled access throughout. However, the project is likely to take two years to completion.
Given recent personnel changes in the kitchen, it is thought this would be a useful time to solicit feedback from the wider SCR membership on the current status of food provision. Members are invited to complete the brief online questionnaire below by the end of 7th Week, 23 November. The responses will be anonymized and will be considered in summary format by the SCR food group. The intention is to share the responses with the kitchen and catering departments, so it would be appreciated if comments can be provided in a constructive spirit.
Thank you very much for your participation.
J.A.C. Smith M. Blandford-Baker
Vice-President Home Bursar