Young chefs create a feast fit for a Queen at Langley College

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Local residents were invited to enjoy a lunch fit for a Queen this week (19th to 21st April 2016), when catering students from East Berkshire College brought a flavour of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations to its Langley College in Station Road.

In honour of Her Majesty’s birthday, the College’s Zest training restaurant served-up a special lunch menu to celebrate classic British cuisine. From Coronation Chicken and Shepherd’s Pie to Queen of Puddings and Sherry Trifle, the lunchtime extravaganza saw the College’s talented catering students create a delicious array of dishes inspired by classic British cooking. The menu also included a complimentary glass of Pimms Royale to toast the occasion.

Patriotic diners packed out the Zest restaurant to fly the flag for British cuisine. A group of 19 ladies, who all belong to the Holy Family Catholic Church, were dining in the restaurant on Wednesday to celebrate birthdays of two friends as well as the Queen’s big day.

Phyllis Farnan (aged 84, from Langley), who received a telegram from the Queen to mark her sixtieth wedding anniversary about two years ago, explains: “The lunch was a wonderful way to celebrate the Queen’s birthday. All the food was lovely, but I particularly enjoyed the sherry trifle. I’ve been to the restaurant three or four times now and everyone is always very friendly.”

Fellow diner, Bernadette Bates added: “It was a good idea to have a British menu to mark the Queen’s birthday. We have all had a great afternoon. The food was very tasty and beautifully presented. We last visited the restaurant in January and it is getting better and better.”

Providing a real work environment for students, the Zest restaurant at Langley College is open to the public and serves a range of delicious seasonal dishes at competitive prices. All food is cooked and served by talented students under the supervision of industry-trained staff.

The stunning Zest restaurant is part of East Berkshire College’s Hospitality & Catering Academy in Langley. The academy works in partnership with patrons from some of the most prestigious restaurants, contract caterers and hotels within the region to provide students with the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business.

As well as lunch, Zest holds a range of special theme nights throughout the year to showcase foods from around the world, from classic Spanish dishes to mouth-watering Caribbean cuisine. For more information on Zest restaurant, forthcoming theme nights or to book a table, please click here or call 01753 793344.

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