Pupils at Brownlow Primary School in Melton are enjoying meals in their impressive new £845,000 dining hall this term and they say even the food tastes better.
Food used to be prepared at the town’s Swallowdale Primary School before being delivered to the delapidated former refectory which dated back 87 years.
The children clearly love their new dining facilities, which include a large kitchen, lots of light from huge windows and tables inside and out which have board games marked on them.
Amy Copley (10) said: “It’s really nice and I like sitting outside eating my dinner when it is sunny.
“They make the food here now and it tastes much better.”
Lauryn Aldridge (10) said: “The dining room we had last term was very old and the paint was chipped. This one is much nicer.”
The new dining hall, which was paid for by grants from the government and Leicestershire County Council, was officially opened on Friday by Melton MP Alan Duncan.
He said: “The dining hall which was here before doesn’t bear comparison with this.
“It’s a great facility and brilliantly designed.”
Chris Robinson, chief executive of Mowbray Education Trust, which Brownlow School is a member of, said: “The old dining hall was appalling to be honest - it was embarrassing.
“As a trust we are delighted to have helped support the school in their bid to get this fantastic new building.”
Brownlow School head teacher, Damien Turrell, said: “We did consider eating in the gym at one point but it would have meant the children wouldn’t have been able to do as much PE.
“This dining hall has been a long time in coming, we are absolutely delighted with how it looks and many of our children have said the food tastes much better.”