The College Restaurant offers a formal, fully licensed, dining environment at lunch and dinner. The
contemporary design, encompassing the latest trends, materials and decor in a luxury
restaurant environment, combines with a range of exciting and modern menus at lunch
and dinner to offer guests an outstanding meal experience.
All food is freshly prepared from the best ingredients by students under the direction
of our highly qualified and experienced lecturing team. Dishes are principally modern
British and European in style and also include vegetarian dishes, Chef’s specials
and Ethnic or International choices.
The College Restaurant and Café offers guests a truly unique and memorable dining
Catering and Hospitality Curriculum Achieves Gold!
Students and staff from the Catering Curriculum area at South Downs College are
celebrating the achievement of accreditation as one of the UK’s top Catering and
Hospitality educational ‘Centres of Excellence’.
The Gold accreditation and Centre of Excellence status has been awarded by People
1st, the Catering industry’s sector skills council, after an in depth inspection
by a team from the organisation assisted by an AA Hotel Services Inspector. The
accreditation system recognises and celebrates excellence in the delivery of training
and qualifications, and brings together employers and providers in partnership to
help raise the professionalism of the hospitality industry.
Quality measures inspected include:
- Involvement with the workplace
- Employer engagement and endorsement
- Quality of teaching and learning
- Continuing professional development
- Forward planning
- Learner voice
- Learner recruitment
Colleges and providers approved can use their accredited status as a way to attract
new learners, while the logo demonstrates to employers that an organisation is acknowledged
as one of the best places to develop skilled staff to meet their business needs.
Endorsed by the Hospitality Guild (the first organisation of its kind supported
by the Government to represent the sector in the UK) the accreditation is awarded
at three different levels: Gold, Silver and Bronze.
Only four other UK Colleges have been successful in achieving Gold status of which
three are Centres of Excellence. The Gold accreditation recognises ‘colleges and
providers that achieve the best in their class and demonstrate a progressive and
sustainable commitment to matching learners’ skills with employers’ needs.
Gold standard colleges and providers will take an above average and pro-active approach
to the continued professional development of their staff and showcase effective
and collaborative industry working partnerships’.
In addition South Downs College has been accredited as a centre of excellence in
Food Services “Excelling in the delivery of specific skills, increasing employers’
confidence that their needs will be met in specialist areas through clear development
pathways and direct links to industry.”
An AA Hotel Services Inspector was also involved in carrying out the assessment
visit as part of the accreditation process. AA Hotel Services are developing a rosette
system, similar to that already established in industry, which will recognise college
restaurants for the quality of the food produced and the level of service delivered.
The feedback on the South Downs College Restaurant was highly complimentary.
In a recent press release, Regional Food Services inspector with the AA, Garry Baldwin
adds: “The recognised award in industry will provide an element of familiarity within
the realistic working environments assessed. This scheme is part of the AA Hotel
Services plan to help raise professionalism in the industry through skilled staff
that meet employer’s needs. The grading experience with learners will naturally
assist with this”.
Gerry Shurman, Head of Catering, Hospitality and Travel at the College, said, “The
Gold accreditation is recognition of our outstanding achievement over the years
during which we have become a leading centre for Catering and Hospitality education.
This award has been a fantastic boost to our magnificent students who, supported
by a committed teaching team and outstanding facilities, have achieved so much!
The students are elated by the accolade which will result in a whole range of benefits
and increased opportunities to progress their studies and careers in the Hospitality
Annette Allmark, Head of Accreditation at People 1st, said, “I want to offer my
congratulations on a very positive outcome and excellent feedback from the assessor
and the AA.”
The Presentation of Certificates to mark accreditation will take place on Tuesday
12 March at the People 1st/PACE National conference in Nottingham in front of over
300 employers and representatives of Hospitality Education and Training centres.