Good Food 1940’s Style

Last Thursday (28th Jan) a group from Church went for a 1940’s (World War 2) style meal at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Hollings Training Restaurant. We were joined by members of Lucy’s family, and Father Paddy from the SMA Fathers next door to Church. The lunches are entirely arranged by students who work in the kitchens, serving tables and managing and supervising their restaurant.

The manager of this meal was Lucy Gomersall, Fr Ian’s daughter who is on the course. The imaginative wartime theme was decided by the students, who had prepared menus designed as ration books and had decorated the restaurant with wartime propaganda posters – including ‘Keep Calm and Carry on!”

Lucy and Gregory

The menu included old fashioned classics of lettuce and potato soup, corned beef hash, rabbit stew, pheasant pudding, Trench cake, Manchester Tart and Eton Mess. We all enjoyed the food and the ambience. There was added celebration as it was also Desmond’s birthday. After the meal, diners are asked to give the students helpful feedback .

Watch out for the details of the next lunch at Hollings… Why not come and join us?

Desmond gets some tips from Linzi the chef…


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