The Nation’s Favourite School Meal

As part of LACA’s National School Meals Week Jubilee celebration, we wanted to find out which school dishes have stood the test of time and what is the Nation’s Favourite School Meal.

On asking the question some 6 months ago, we heard from caterers, parents, pupils and schools, and from the initial responses created a list of  the top ten ‘favourites’ against which we asked people to vote for theirs.

The top ten was shortlisted to five during the summer and at midnight on Monday the 24th September the polls closed.

LACA can now announce that the meal voted as the Nation’s Favourite School Meal was Curry.


It has to be said there was a great deal of competition from other popular meals such as Pasta based dishes, Roast Dinners, Fish and Chips and Homemade Pies, with favourite handheld and street food such as Pizzas and Wraps also proving popular.

With regard to the Nations Favourite School dessert, In the running from the top 5 were Fruit Crumble, Jam & Coconut Sponge, Cheesecake and Pineapple Upside Down Cake, but the overwhelming favourite was Chocolate Sponge with Custard.

National School Meals Week (12th-16th November) will soon be upon us and we are encouraging school caterers to serve the Nation’s Favourite as part of their NSMW celebrations.

Free resources will soon be available at, there is already a host of great resources available so please take a look.

If you have a great school lunch curry recipe, please send it to and we will share it on the NSMW website so others can try it. We will of course give a ‘shout out’ as to who sent it in.

Thanks to all those who took part in the poll.


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