Hampshire County Council Catering Services

Hampshire County Council Catering Services (HC3S)

Catering services for schools, venues, workplaces and attractions - serving 67,800 meals across 496 sites each day

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Will you pledge to #SayYesToSuccess and make the most of your child’s lunch with a nutritious school meal?

We believe school lunch is a fantastic way for children to share the experience of trying new foods. Knowing that your child is having a healthy, delicious meal every day is one less thing for you to worry about.

Make your pledge and find out more about our award winning catering service from our Operations Manager.

Food to Flourish

Our nutritious school lunch helps children flourish by giving them the right balance of nutrients and energy to enhance concentration during afternoon lessons, in assembly or on the sports field. It contributes to building lifelong healthy eating habits that will allow them to flourish as their minds and bodies grow.

Our Food to Flourish Classroom is a suite of curriculum-based free teaching resources for our schools to use to engage pupils with healthy food.

Food to Flourish Classroom



What’s FRESH at HC3S

Discover what’s new about our Summer menu

Our primary school lunch menu launching after the Easter break, has four key new recipes for school lunches that we know school pupils will love. The menu has undergone six months of rigorous taste testing by keyworker children still at school through lockdown plus tasters at schools in March. Our new chicken curry recipe was tweaked five times to get it right and children at Portway Primary School in Andover and Stanmore Primary School in Winchester were fully involved in developing the recipe to make it unique with flavours they wanted. The result is a delicious array of cumin, turmeric and coriander succulently cooked in a homemade tomato sauce with a mix of 100% Red Tractor 50% chicken breast and 50% chicken thigh for more flavour. And all cooked from scratch by our expert cooks to perfect the ultra-moist taste.

Based on feedback from the children who enjoyed our spring quiche, our new quiche is packed full of veg for hints of Summer. Vegetable goujons were a hit this year so we asked our Wiltshire supplier, Red House Foods, to develop a burger so we can add 20% more veg to the recipe to help children eat more vegetables.

Read more about what new dishes are in store

View the new menus

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From farm to fork, we care about everything we do

More about our food

Top of the class, and served in your school

HC3S is the catering partner chosen to provide nutritious and tasty meals in your child's school or nursery. We cater for many different tastes, serving a mix of British classics and foods from around the world. We know that a nutritious lunch full of fresh ingredients will help your child to succeed.

Our teams are passionate about making healthy eating fun. Year group assemblies, visits with suppliers and our ever-popular theme days are just a few of the ways that we can get involved.

Education catering

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Catering in Hampshire

Our coffee shops are part of the local community. We've created relaxed spaces where you enjoy curling up with a good book or meeting friends for sandwiches and cake. All our coffee shops double as the perfect venue for business meetings.

We can also provide catering for events and meetings. We offer everything from fresh salads, wraps and sandwiches to pastries. With a variety of fresh and ethically sourced drinks including locally roasted Mozzo coffee and award-winning Birchall tea, you'll find a welcome with us.

Find out more about our catering services

Work with us

  • Every day brings a new challenge. The work is varied, fast paced and customer centred
  • Gain invaluable knowledge by educating the next generation on the importance of a healthy balanced diet
  • Work as part of a committed and enthusiastic team
  • Develop your skills, receive training in Food Safety, Allergens, Health and Safety, Manual Handling and further developmental training if you are interested (e.g. NVQs)
  • Great work life balance as lots of our roles are term time only

Learn more about our roles, and apply

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But don't just take our word for it

Our multi-award winning service excels time and again. With a track-record like this, you can trust every bite.