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New menu at Scholars

Scholars Restaurant Expands With New Menu

Students Promoting the Restaurant and New Express Menu. L-R Daina Davies (L2 Hospitality & Catering), Brandon Castle, Nesta Mayor, Joseph Roberts (All L1 Hospitality & Catering)


Walford and North Shropshire College’s (WNSC) teaching restaurant, Scholars, will now be open Monday evenings serving a three course set menu to paying customers. Evening diners will be able to book for a sitting starting between 6pm and 6.30pm.

Scholars Restaurant has been open for 12 months now. This academic year has seen expansion with new students joining the existing team. The department now has students studying at Levels one, two and three. The growth in student numbers has allowed the restaurant to extend its opening hours to include the evening.

Dan Tompson, Chef Lecturer, commented ‘it is really exciting; it is a new year, with new students on all levels. We are building on the success of last year.’

Scholars is also promoting its newly developed Express Menu to students, staff and the general public. The menu offers a meal, side and drink for only £3 between 12pm and 1.30pm on a Tuesday and Wednesday. The restaurant also offers a two and three course formal lunch for diners with more time alongside the Express Menu.

Dan goes on to say, ‘It is great to see the development of the students; the Level two students have led the creation of the new Express Menu, they will have real ownership of the dishes they are creating.’

For anyone interested in studying Catering full-time or via an apprenticeship, the College is holding an open evening on Wednesday the 15th October from 5pm-8pm. There is no need to pre-book, visitors are welcome to come along and have a tour of the kitchen and restaurant.

You can apply now for Catering courses via the website or call Admissions on 01691 688080. For opening times or details of how to pre-book a table, visit the Scholars Website via or call 01691 688053 / 688000.

Cookery workshops at Scholars Restaurant

Cookery Workshops at Scholars Restaurant


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Tutor Phillip Bell at Scholars Restaurant, based at the Oswestry Campus of Walford and North Shropshire College (WNSC), is delivering a series of Cookery Workshops starting on the 30th September. The Workshops offer great variety and are aimed at beginners as well as those wanting to learn something new. The Scholars professional teaching kitchen offers a superb modern state of the art learning environment for the forthcoming workshops.


The 30th September is dedicated to ‘Cookery Knife Skills’, those interested do not need to be able to cut, slice and chop at chef speeds to cook well, but learning how to use knives to their best effect in the kitchen will make cooking more effective and more enjoyable. The session will show students how to select and use safely the correct knife from the basic cook’s knife set, including sharpening, chopping, filleting and other fundamental techniques.

On 7th October, the workshop focuses on ‘Making Bread’. Tutor Phillip Bell says, ‘We will talk students through the bread making process and then it’s time to get stuck in making their own bread.’ Students will be shown how a basic recipe can be adapted with lots of different variations, to produce a range of freshly baked breads, rolls, focaccia and even flat breads or Grissini. Phillip continues, ‘At the end of the session students will have the basic fundamentals and inspiration to produce their own basic dough, and a basket full of their own baking from the session.’



Cookery Knife Skills                           30/09/14          6.00pm-8.00pm                      £30


Making Bread                                     07/10/14          6.00pm-9.00pm                      £40


Speciality Coffee                                04/11/14          6.00pm-8.00pm                      £30


Christmas Made Easy                                    02/12/14          6.00pm-9.00pm                      £40


Taste of Game                                    13/01/15          6.00pm-9.00pm                      £40


Beginners Dinner Party                      03/02/15          6.00pm-8.00pm                      £30



Beginners Dinner Party                      10/02/15          6.00pm-8.00pm                      £30



Beginners Dinner Party                      24/02/15          6.00pm-8.00pm                      £30



Man in the Kitchen                              24/03/15          6.00pm-9.00pm                      £40

Pop-up Restaurant a Resounding Success!

The recent launch of Marcus Bean’s Pop-Up Restaurant at Scholars attracted a full-house and the food prepared and served by students was very well received by diners. As part of the Oswestry Food and Drink Festival Walford and North Shropshire College (WNSC) was delighted when Marcus Bean suggested using the opportunity to create a memorable evening of culinary delights, using only local produce, which included salad and potatoes grown at the Walford Campus. The evening also took place in aid of worth charity, Self-help Africa.

Working from noon, three students keenly embraced the opportunity to work under Marcus’ guidance and together they produced a feast which ended with coffee being served with cherries dipped in melted chocolate and topped with further chocolate!  The students were Drew Morris, Louise Williams and Rebecca Wilmot. During the evening, the students were joined by Chloe Williams (Louise’s sister) who helped serving and who will be starting at the College’s Hospitality and Catering Department in September.

Louise Williams plates up the desserts, ‘Summer Mille-Feuille’ – Raspberry mille-feuille with elderflower Chantilly cream and gooseberry sorbet.

On arrival guests enjoyed a glass of Prosecco whilst admiring the student artwork hanging in the Atrium reception area. Guests then took their places in the restaurant with Marcus kicking-off the evening with a demonstration on how to create an array of delicious canapés, including one with quail eggs produced at the Animal Care Centre at the Walford Campus. After each creation, guests were given the opportunity to taste the food. Visitors enjoyed a further three courses and finished with the coffee and dipped cherries.



Neil Jenkins of 12 Green Bottles

During the evening, Neil Jenkins from Twelve Green Bottles gave brief but interesting wine tutoring sessions between courses with a variety of wines he had to offer. A silent auction and raffle organised by Jo Darlington of Self-Help Africa raised an amazing £500! A hamper of local produce from stall-holders at the weekend’s Oswestry Food and Drink Festival and a Brompton Cookery School experience were just some of the prizes on offer.

Chef Lecturer Dan Tompson with the Vegetarian starter

Chef Lecturer Dan Tompson commented, ‘It’s been a fantastic event, a big thank you to the students who worked very hard and to Marcus for continuing to support the Scholars Restaurant. The food was excellent; it was wonderful to see the restaurant at capacity and to receive such amazing feedback from the diners. We look forward to the next pop-up restaurant!’

At the end of the evening guests were encouraged to give their comments and all were very complimentary. Sarah Hutchon, and her husband wrote, ‘The food was excellent, the atmosphere in the restaurant was brilliant. It was a great night we cannot fault the food, well done guys!’ Tracy Knowles commented, ‘It has been a wonderful evening with exceptional food and wine. The food was top quality with interesting flavours and textures’.


‘Land and Sea’ Starter – Lightly smoked sea trout with beetroot puree, fresh horseradish cream and crispy pancetta

Pherenice Noble from Royston and her husband who were visiting family in Oswestry and found details of the event on the internet commented, ‘It was a fantastic evening with delicious food and it was great value. Would love to come again to a similar event. The staff did so well; it felt like a professional restaurant.’

Marcus Bean to Launch Pop-Up Restaurant at Scholars!

L-R John Waine, Best of Oswestry with Marcus Bean centre and catering student Louise Williams far right

L-R John Waine, Best of Oswestry with Marcus Bean centre and catering student Louise Williams far right

During the forthcoming Oswestry Food and Drink Festival and in collaboration with Walford and North Shropshire College (WNSC), Marcus Bean will be launching his Pop-Up Restaurant at student-led Oswestry Campus Scholars Restaurant. Besides the menu on offer on the night showcasing locally-sourced produce, the event will also raise funds for Self-Help Africa.

The association with Marcus Bean has existed from day one for the College’s Hospitality and Catering Department since Dan Thompson, the Chef Lecturer, used to work in his kitchen at the New Inn in Baschurch. Last October, Dan invited Marcus to cut the ribbon and launch Scholars restaurant. Since then, Marcus has joined students in the kitchens as well as inviting them to the Brompton Cookery School for a venison master class. Students are now being given the opportunity to further experience working in the College restaurant under his guidance and direction.        

The first pop-up restaurant evening will take place on Saturday 12th July from 7pm. Guests will enjoy a glass of Prosecco upon arrival with the evening beginning with a canapé demonstration by Marcus, followed by the serving of a three-course meal. The cost per head is £35, payable in advance. Wine, provided by new local Company, Twelve Green Bottles, will be purchasable during the evening and there will be a brief tutoring about the wines between courses. However, with only 34 covers in the restaurant and much expected interest in the evening, early reservations are advised. 

Marcus Bean added, ‘I am keen to showcase both the students and the Scholars restaurant. I love combining cooking with teaching as well as helping to further develop the students as they begin their journey into the catering industry’.  

Tamara James, Catering Student (centre) together with other students, Marcus Bean far left and John Waine, Best of Oswestry far right discuss the event on the 12th July.

Tamara James, Catering Student (centre) together with other students, Marcus Bean far left and John Waine, Best of Oswestry far right discuss the event on the 12th July.

As Hazel Wakefield, Business Projects Manager at WNSC explained, ‘with the Food and Drink Festival happening in Oswestry, the College was keen to participate in some way. We were therefore delighted when Marcus Bean, as Patron of our Hospitality and Catering Department, suggested that we could use the occasion to celebrate local produce and whilst supporting the development of the student’s knowledge and skill-set, launch the Marcus Bean Pop-Up Restaurant at Scholars. The evening will also help raise funds for a locally-based charity, Self-Help Africa that supports the development of more sustainable communities in Africa.’

To book a table for the 12th July, you can do so by contacting Scholars Restaurant on 01691 688053 / 688000. Or by emailing

Top marks!

Scholars Restaurant in Oswestry has received the highest possible rating for food hygiene, from Shropshire Council.

Scholars is based at the Oswestry Campus of Walford and North Shropshire College (WNSC) and is the training ground for Hospitality and Catering students at the College. Lecturer Dan Tompson commented, “This achievement belongs to the whole team, the students especially.”

The restaurant was recently opened by Marcus Bean.  The students met up with him again at the BBC Good Food Show.

Official Opening a Success!



Marcus Bean officially opened Scholars last Thursday, he spent a lot of time with the students and said, “It’s really good to bring this facility to north Shropshire, there’s such a lack of good skills in the cooking industry so it’s so important to have a restaurant like this to really get the skills out that they need. The food they served tonight was very good. I’m quite looking forward to coming back and testing out the full menu.”


Marcus Bean to Officially Open Scholars Restaurant

Walford and North Shropshire College (WNSC) will be opening the doors to its brand new training restaurant later this Marcus Beanmonth.  Everyone is invited to come along to the Official Launch which will take place on Thursday 17th of October at 6.30pm.  The restaurant will be opened by Celebrity Chef, Marcus Bean, who is a regular on This Morning and various other television programmes.  WNSC governors, staff and students will be present from 5:30pm to answer any questions people may have about the restaurant or about courses available at the College.


Head of Department for Hospitality and Catering and Hair and Beauty, Sharon Cooper is working closely with Chef Lecturer, Dan Tompson and Food Service Instructor, Philip Bell, to ensure that the students and facilities are ready for the launch of the Scholars Restaurant.


Dan commented, “We have had a fantastic start to the new term.  The first five weeks of the Professional Cookery Diploma course, have been fast paced with the group already completing initial food safety training and practical skills assessments.  Guest speakers have included people from within the Hospitality and Catering industry and the students have already carried out an investigative visit to the Chester Grosvenor, Hotel and Spa.  This 5 Star, 6 Rosette, establishment is recognised as one of the country’s leading hotels and offered the students an opportunity to gain knowledge of setting and maintaining professional standards of customer service.  The students have done very well and most have achieved distinction grades for their work.”


The students and teaching staff are very excited about the opening of Scholars Restaurant and there has already been a high demand for bookings for the first week of business.   The group is looking forward to working with Marcus Bean at the launch event when the students will be preparing a range of savoury and sweet canapés to give the public a taste of the dishes that will be available on the restaurant menu.


The College is always keen to build and maintain strong links with the local community and with this in mind, Dan and some of the hospitality and catering students will be attending the Oswestry Apple Day on Saturday 19th October 2013.  They will be demonstrating their practical skills by making delicious treats which will then be available to the public.


For more information about Catering courses at WNSC please come along to the Open Event from 5.30 pm on 17th, visit our website at or telephone Dan on Oswestry 688013