cumulus outdoors mobile kitchen

Catering for every requirement

Food is an important part of any residential school trip with Cumulus Outdoors. We regularly receive excellent feedback for our catering and have achieved a 5-Star Health and Hygiene rating at our Residential Centre and Tented Villages. This gives Schools and Parents confidence when booking and keeps schools returning year on year.

Three girls with three plates of food on the camp site
cumulus kitchen serving freshly cooked meal
bbq at cumulus outdoors

Food at Cumulus Outdoors

Food provision across the world is going through a turbulent time and locally sourced ingredients with minimal mileage is more important than ever. Where possible Cumulus continues to develop relationships with local and regional producers, with staple ingredients coming from a few local suppliers who have an emphasis on sourcing locally.

  • Swanage Dairy
  • JJ Moore Butchers – Swanage
  • Country Fare Fruit and Veg – Poole
  • Purbeck Ice-Cream – Kingston, Wareham
  • County Foods – Poole
  • RD Johns – Poole
Chef cooking in the kitchen with a tray of roast potatoes

Head Chef Experience

In 2022, Phil Harvey joined Cumulus Outdoors as Head Chef. Phil oversees the catering provision across the company assisted by a great team at the centre and seasonal field cooks on camp. Phil has been in catering from an early age and trained in multiple cuisines before operating in a variety of catering environments during his career.

Phil came to Cumulus highly recommended and continues to drive our passion for excellence by providing hearty, feel good food on all our residentials, whilst catering for diverse religious and dietary requirements.

pan of freshly caught mackerel
cumulus catering desert

Continued catering improvements

In 2022 Cumulus delivered in-excess of 20,000 evening meals, using roughly 39,000 rashers of bacon, 6,000 loaves of bread and 11,000 tomatoes to mention a few!

Continued renewal of facilities allows Cumulus to provide first rate food provision. Our Field kitchens have had new gas ranges installed and  a new breakfast bar/cold food buffet area provides even greater choice at our Residential Centre.

What Schools say about us

  • cumulus team serving food

    "The location is fantastic, the accommodation is fantastic, the food is fantastic, but best of all the people are outstanding. We visited as a school party in March 2022 for the first time and was blown away, not by the coastal winds, but by the friendliness of all the staff".

    Ester A, TripAdvisor

  • jack and kat at bbq

    "In terms of food, we were able to design our own menus. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this was cooked well by Roxie. There were also plenty of provisions of snacks throughout the day - much needed after strenuous activities. On the last day, we were even treated to fresh cod and chips on swanage sea front".

    Harry Armstrong, TripAdvisor

  • Marshmallows around the bushcraft campfire

    "Roxie was a fab chef and food was amazing, she also did a great job informing us on exactly what was happening so the week ran smoothly"!

    Francesca Holmes, TripAdvisor