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If you're over 50, you'll remember these school dinners

Posted on 21 October 2019

We asked over 50s all about their memories of school dinners, and which meals they missed most.

From the days when blackboards were still a thing, and we all sat down for a square meal during lunch, would you vote the same way?

In a cross generational study, we asked British over 50s and current school children about their attitudes to school dinners.

Our survey showed us that the majority of over 50s look back fondly on their school dinners, while current school kids can’t seem to stomach theirs!

We wanted to know what kids today would think of our over 50s favourites so we decided to put it to the test. Watch below to see their reactions…

As you can see, the reviews were mixed!

According to our study, 71 percent of school-aged kids believe that school dinners are far worse now than when their parents were at school. And if our video is anything to go by, we think they might be right!

Whether we recall those days fondly, or we’re still trying to forget, school dinners are a British institution.

For some of us, they were the best thing ever – fish and chip Fridays, jam roly poly, spotted dick and custard!

But others are glad to see the back of them – there’s no forgetting the smell of cabbage cooking in the dinner hall.

So which meals did our over 50s miss most? We asked the British public their top choices, and the results are in. Would you vote the same way?

School dinners we miss the most

  1. Jam roly poly
  2. Treacle tart
  3. Spotted dick
  4. Rice pudding
  5. Angel Delight
  6. Custard
  7. Lemon Meringue pie
  8. Pink custard
  9. Toad in the hole
  10. Bubble and squeak
  11. Steak and kidney pie
  12. Liver and onions
  13. Mince and potatoes
  14. Ice cream scoop mash
  15. Spam fritters
  16. Lemon curd pie
  17. Blancmange
  18. Tapioca
  19. Corned beef
  20. Cauliflower cheese
  21. Braised steak
  22. Lancashire hot pot
  23. Tinned peas
  24. Apple with crackers
  25. Scouse

We took to Facebook to find out which meals you most hated at school and there were some repeat offenders.

Among them we saw lumpy mash, tapioca, boiled cabbage and spam fritters as some of your most loathed school meals.

So many of you recalled the dreaded “frogspawn” filling your dinner tray and having a beady-eyed dinner lady stand over you while you finished every mouthful.

Our survey suggested over 50s think the modern generation of kids is much pickier than they were at the same age. Would you agree?

Here's the information that you need to know about who we are and the other companies that we work with in order to provide our products and services.

Who are SunLife?

Phoenix Life Limited trades as SunLife and is the provider of the Guaranteed Over 50 Plan, SunLife Insurance and the life insurance policy payment option for Funeral Plans. Phoenix Life Limited’s registered office is at 1 Wythall Green Way, Wythall, Birmingham, B47 6WG (registered in England, no. 1016269). 

SunLife Limited distributes financial products and services and is a company limited by shares, registered office: 1 Wythall Green Way, Wythall, Birmingham, B47 6WG (registered in England, no. 05460862). SunLife Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is entered on the Financial Services Register (registration no. 769427).

You can contact us by post at SunLife, PO Box 1395, Peterborough, PE2 2TR or by phone on 0800 008 6060.

If you choose to add Funeral Benefit Option to your Guaranteed Over 50 Plan, Dignity Funerals Ltd arranges and provides the funeral services, registered office: 4 King Edwards Court, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B73 6AP (registered in England and Wales, No. 00041598). Dignity Funerals Ltd is a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors.

Who provides the Funeral Plans?

Dignity Funerals Ltd arranges and provides the funeral services, registered office: 4 King Edwards Court, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B73 6AP (registered in England and Wales, No. 00041598). Dignity Funerals is not authorised or regulated for this activity by either the Financial Conduct Authority or the Prudential Regulation Authority. Dignity Funerals Ltd is a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors.

The life insurance policy that pays for your funeral will be provided by Phoenix Life Limited, trading as SunLife.

Who provides My Smarter (ISA)?

My Smarter (ISA) is provided by Scottish Friendly Asset Managers Limited. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Details can be found on the Financial Services register, registration No. 188832. Member of The Investment Association. Registered Office: Scottish Friendly House, 16 Blythswood Square, Glasgow G2 4HJ.

Who provides the Will writing services?

Hugh James is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA Number:303202).

The information contained on this website is based on Hugh James' understanding of the law of intestacy in England and Wales only as at April 2014. The law in Scotland and Northern Ireland is significantly different. This is for information purposes and is not intended to be legal advice.

Who provides SunLife Pet Insurance

SunLife Pet Insurance is arranged and administered by BDML Connect Limited. BDML Connect Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (No. 309140). Registered in England and Wales Number 02785540. Registered Office: 45 Westerham Road, Bessels Green, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 2QB.

Who provides SunLife Home Insurance

SunLife Home Insurance is arranged and administered by BISL Limited and underwritten by a panel of insurers. BISL Limited are an intermediary authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered in England no. 03231094. Registered office Pegasus House, Bakewell Road, Orton Southgate, Peterborough PE2 6YS.

Who provides SunLife Car Insurance

SunLife Car Insurance is arranged and administered by BISL Limited and underwritten by a panel of insurers. BISL Limited are an intermediary authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered in England no. 03231094. Registered office Pegasus House, Bakewell Road, Orton Southgate, Peterborough PE2 6YS.