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Royal Brompton
food and catering



Looking after  your nutrition needs


At Royal Brompton Hospital we take food seriously. We believe our patients deserve good, nutritious food to make their stay pleasant and to aid their recovery.

What makes us different

All our meals are made daily on the premises using fresh ingredients, not ready meals. We have a fully equipped kitchen and highly skilled staff.


Nutrition and quality are our key considerations, not driving down costs. Our catering team puts sustainability first, meaning we use seasonal, organic and local produce whenever possible. After hard work in this area, 30 per cent of our food is now locally or organically sourced.


Read more about how your diet can help your recovery.

National coverage and royal recognition

We stand out amongst NHS hospitals with regard to our food and as a result we have been featured in national papers and on television in programmes such as the BBC's Operation Hospital Food with James Martin.

In 2008, HRH The Prince of Wales, who is committed to driving hospitals to improve food visited Royal Brompton for an event on top quality hospital food. Read an account of the Prince's visit.


The Observer highlighted our work in an article on NHS food in the its  monthly food magazine, and in January 2012, Rose Prince wrote an article in The Daily Telegraph titled "How we can make hospital food much better"where she says that our catering team has "engineered nothing short of a revolution" in hospital food.


In 2011, Clarence House, in conjunction with the Soil Association, hosted a reception celebrating the best of British hospital foodand recognising the achievements of 14 NHS trusts, including Royal Brompton. HRH The Prince of Wales commented the hospital's catering is "the leading example of best practice in hospital food".

Marina O'Loughlin, Guardian Weekend's restaurant critic, visited Royal Brompton in 2015. Her piece in the paper described the “amazing job”carried out by the hospital’s catering and nutritional teams.

The independent Better Hospital Food project, set up by the government to drive up food standards in the NHS, awarded the Brompton its highest possible rating of ‘excellent’.


PEAT (Patient Environment Action Team) is an annual assessment of inpatient healthcare sites in England with more than 10 beds.


PEAT is self assessed and inspects standards across a range of services including food, cleanliness, infection control and patient environment (including bathroom areas, décor, lighting, floors and patient areas).


NHS organisations are each given scores from 1 (unacceptable) to 5 (excellent) for standards of privacy and dignity, environment and food within their buildings.

Visit the NHS Choices website to see our catering department featured in a short film.

Practicalities – for everyone


Sydney wing

Restaurant: Level one (basement)

Open: patients and visitors (as well as staff) welcome seven days a week.

  • Breakfast:  7am-10:30am, Monday to Friday and 7am-10am Saturday and Sunday

  • Lunch:  noon-2pm

  • Afternoon:  2:45pm-5:30pm

  • Dinner:   6pm-8pm


Brompton Bite: Inside the main restaurant, level one

  • Sandwiches:  10am-3pm
  • Hot snacks and soup: noon-2pm


Coffee shop: Hospital reception - Sydney street

Open: 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday and 10am-3:30pm, Saturday and Sunday


Fulham Wing

Bistro: Fulham wing

Open: 7am-10am and noon-2pm, Monday to Friday


Snack bar: Outpatients department, Dovehouse Street entrance

Open: 9am-4:30pm, Monday to Friday

Hospital menus for patients



Choosing from the menu

Our menus allow you to choose small medium and large food sizes. The options are also marked to help you make your choice, by highlighting soft, vegetarian, healthy and high-energy options.

A member of the catering department can provide a separate menu on request to satisfy the requirements of diverse cultures and religions. Lamb and chicken are sourced from suppliers that are approved by the Halal food authority.

Meal times

We will provide you with breakfast, lunch and an evening meal, hot and cold drinks and snacks twice a day.


  • Breakfast from 8am to 9am
  • Hot drinks and biscuits are served between 11:15am to 11:30am
  • Lunch from noon to 1:15pm
  • Hot drinks and cake from 2:30pm to 3pm
  • Evening meal from 6pm to 7:15pm


Meal times are rotated between the wards. Meal times will vary but will be between the times listed.


If you miss a meal or have had a procedure during meal service times, the nursing staff can contact the catering department for an alternative meal to be sent. Please let them know when you return to the ward.


If you would like to join your relatives for a meal in one of the hospital restaurants, the catering department will be happy to oblige, providing you with a voucher equal to the price of your hospital meal. We would appreciate it if you could first check with your nurse first that you are well enough and you will then be given a voucher on the ward.



Eating well for recovery