French Food

Breakfast from six to eight is an informal affair, with students coming and leaving as they please. Etiquette is relaxed, so if the headmistress arrives students are not required to stand until she sits or tells them to do so. Breakfast consists of various hot drinks and fruit juices, a wide variety of breads and pastries, in addition to yogurt, muesli and whatever fruit is in season at the time.

Students typically have two hours for Lunch, from noon until two in the afternoon. Generally, only a small portion of the time is spent eating, and students have the option of taking trays of food out onto the grounds, although they are expected to bring them back to the kitchens. The lunch menu varies from day to day, but is invariably healthy, filling and delicious. What does not change is the wide selection of bread available.

Dinner is a far more formal affair. Students are expected to be present and seated in the dining hall promptly at seven, at which time the Headmistress and professors will file in. Students are expected to stand upon her entry, and not resume their seats until she has either sat down or given them leave to do so. The dinner menu varies widely, sometimes taking on aspects of different regions in France and occasionally Belgium, Switzerland, or even Morocco and Tunis. Wine is generally served with dinner, if desired, to sixth and seventh year students and adults. It is expected that students know better than to drink enough to become drunk, and doing so is considered very crude by professors and students alike. The social stigma of doing so even more than the punishment which would result deters the vast majority of the student population from over indulging, particularly as many of them also drink wine at home and so are well aware of their limitations.

These meal times hold for all days of the week except for Sundays. On Sunday breakfast is as usual, but Sunday dinner begins at two in the afternoon and continues until the last student has left. Should students feel hungry later on, they are free to get a snack from the kitchens. The kitchens are always open for students to get food or cook something themselves if they so desire.

On special occasions, significant changes may be made to the eating arrangements.