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"I walked uphill both ways to get a hot meal from the local pub when I was a kid." (Photo via BBC)
“I walked uphill both ways to the local pub when I was a kid.” (Photo via BBC)

Yes, yes, it’s known that Brits start drinking at an earlier age than Americans but that’s not what we’re talking about in this case. Forty pupils from Swell Primary School in Stow on the Wold (town in Gloucestershire, England) have been taking a weekly “field trip” to the Golden Ball Inn for a hot lunch, reports BBC News.

The group has been going once a week for the past three weeks with their academic advisors. It’s probably assumed that there was adult supervision but we just wanted to be clear as it would be a bit odd if the children made the way on their own.

The school brainstormed on the best way to provide hot meals for the students as they don’t have the facilities to make hot meals.

The school’s head teacher, Claire Fisher, told the Inn: “They (the students) were having one cooked lunch a week that was being cooked at another school and being driven over.”

Fisher worked out a plan with Dominique Simpson, who runs the pub, and they decided it made more sense for the school group to head to the restaurant rather than “carting” the food to the school and risking it getting cold.

The Golden Ball Inn is the only pub in the village and charges £2.20 ($3.45) per child for a hot meal. The pub offers options including staples like fish and chips, pizza, pasta or sweet potato casserole.

It’s a short, safe walk away from the road.

What do you think about this venture? 

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By Brigid Brown