Customers continue to roll into Salt & Barrel over summer

Customers continue to roll into Salt & Barrel over summer

Ayrshire College is keeping its popular training restaurant Salt & Barrel open throughout the summer period, to great success.

This is the first time the College has been able to continue to offer a lunch service during summer, with recent graduates of the College’s hospitality courses taking the opportunity to gain more experience in a restaurant and kitchen environment.

The restaurant has been able to keep its doors open this summer thanks to funding received from the Ayrshire College Foundation. Two former HNC Hospitality students were taken on as interns and have been supervising the restaurant and kitchen teams.

Customers have continued to flock to the well-priced restaurant, which has quickly established itself as an excellent Ayrshire lunch option. This has allowed Ayrshire College to maintain and build a customer base that will ensure its 2018/19 students will be suitably tested when they start working in the restaurant from August.

Salt & Barrel is a training environment for the Ayrshire College hospitality students, located within the College’s Kilmarnock Campus. All of the food is prepared and served by students, under the tutelage of college lecturers. Tables are available from 12pm to 2pm every Tuesday to Friday throughout the summer with three courses costing just £8.50.

John Govan, Head of Learning and Skills for Hospitality at Ayrshire College, said “We need customers to be able to teach our next student cohort – you can’t teach food and beverage service skills and knowledge without real paying customers to serve, and the best way to learn to cook is to lead a live food service.

“All of our teaching and learning approaches are about developing the essential skills to get students into employment and to be able to develop themselves. Our approach helps the students to do this through real working environments. Our summer restaurant activity has been even more real with staffing levels and demands and pressures similar to those in industry.

“The students involved in the summer service have been able to build their confidence, enhance their communication, organisation and problem solving skills, and gain experience, all the essential employability skills that will help them to build their CV and prepare them for further study or employment.”

3 August 2018

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