The grand reopening of a student-run restaurant in Hitchin is set to take place following a £75,000 redesign.

The Meadows at North Hertfordshire College's Hitchin Campus officially opens today (Thursday, October 5), and will allow hospitality and catering students to access industry-standard facilities.

Staff, students and local councillors will be joined by Café Spice Namaste owner and co-founder of Zest Quest Asia Cyrus Todiwala OBE, managing director of Riso Gallo Jason Morrison and cookery author Paul Gayler MBE.


The restaurant was previously named Hart Kitchens but has now undergone a refurbishment, and a new menu has been launched.

Anthony Gascoigne, catering tutor and course team leader at North Hertfordshire College, said: "The restaurant relaunch menu is a testament to the future skills that the students will develop throughout the year.

"It places a strong emphasis on seasonality by incorporating fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.

"Additionally, the menu showcases sustainability through creative ingredient use, demonstrating an awareness of environmental responsibility.

"This menu not only tantalizes the taste buds, but also leaves a positive impact on both diners and the planet."


The renovations were funded by a £75,000 grant from the Savoy Educational Trust, whose main aim is to advance and develop education in the hospitality industry.

Angela Maher, the trust's chief executive, commented: "The practical side of learning from an early age is a fundamental contributor to the success of future hospitality professionals, so being able to support North Hertfordshire College within this training kitchen project is something we and the Board of Trustees felt would be hugely beneficial."

Further information regarding North Hertfordshire College, its courses and The Meadows restaurant can be found on the college's website: