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The Canteen & The Pods

Canteen: The York Place Diner 1884


Paella, on offer in the York Place Diner 1884
Paella with monkfish, prawns, mussels and chorizo, on offer in The York Place Diner 1884


In honour of the school's foundings the canteen at Varndean School is called the York Place Diner 1884.  Run by a team of vibrant and creative individuals who deliver excellent food and service, we've created an environment where students can have fun and relax so they can eat better and do better. We have even gone a step further in introducing our Pods - Dolphin Pod and 1926 Pod. These are only open at break times and allows our students to access delicious healthy snacks to keep them focused and ready to learn throughout their mornings. During these times, we have unfortunately closed our canteen for breakfast service so the new COVID canteen hours are:


First lunch for Year 7 and 9 - 11:45 - 12:25

Second lunch for Year 8, 10 and 11 -12:30 - 1:10


Dolphin and 1926 pods are open same as above with additional morning break service at:


First break at the Dolphin Pod for Year 7 - 9:50 - 10:05

First break at the 1926 Pod for Year 9 - 9:50 - 10:05

Second break at Dolphin Pod for Year 8 - 10:40 - 10:55

Second break at 1926 Pod for Year 11 - 10:40 - 10:55

Third break at 1926 Pod for Year 10 - 10:50 - 11:05


Research shows that what we eat and drink can have a huge impact on our health and energy, which is why we make sure health and wellbeing is at the heart of our service to you. Every day we have a range of healthy foods on offer to both students and staff. See the Healthy Foods on Offer Daily section below for full details.


Read more about what we are doing as a school to help the environment. Full story HERE. 











From the week beginning 16th November 2020, all salads and deli sandwiches are back in the canteen for pre-order. Read the poster below for all the details:

School Food Plan

Children's Food Trust