Food Service students earn a culinary treat

17 Jan 2022

This month saw students studying Level 2 and 3 Diploma in Food and Beverage Service undertake on educational trip to Ramsbury Distillery and Brewery. Students were guided by Alistair Ewing, Manager of the Ramsbury Estate, on a comprehensive tour of the two facilities. They were taken on a journey from where the wheat and barley are grown, the wood used for the boiling, learnt how the waste products are used for animal feed and fertilising the land, through to the finished products of award-winning craft beers and gin. It was a very interesting and informative tour that will provide the students with the detail they require for their qualification and help them to understand first hand the processes that are involved in producing beer and spirits. There was also a big focus on the importance of sustainability.

Students then visited The Bell at Ramsbury, a 300 year old coaching inn, hotel and restaurant. They were shown one of their beautiful and luxurious letting rooms, and enjoyed a discussion with the Front of House Manager about the various issues that can be challenging when dealing with customers but also tips on how the customer can always leave happy! The Chef, James Graham, talked through the food, explaining the provenance and methods of cooking and presentation.

Faith Marles, Hospitality Lecturer, said:

“Visits like this are an essential part of our students’ learning experience. They will go on to work in the hospitality industry and they need to understand how food and drink is produced and how to provide the best possible customer service so showing how other businesses and restaurants work is key. This was a really useful and informative visit – and such a well-deserved treat for them! This amazing, fulfilling trip was all paid for from the tips the students receive when working themselves in our training restaurant at New College North Star Campus.”