Postcard from... Szentendre
Tuesday 17 September 2013
British children turning their noses up at what’s on offer in the school canteen might wish they were in the small Hungarian town of Szentendre. Only 20km north of Budapest, this former artists’ colony is a picturesque stop for tour groups trudging along its cobbled streets past pastel-coloured cottages. What those tourists don’t expect is the sight of about 100 children trooping into Aranysarkany Vendeglo restaurant over the lunch period. The children do this five days a week, as this small restaurant doubles as an upscale school canteen.
Three years ago, the town’s school population grew so quickly that administrators realised they couldn’t feed the pupils in its limited dining area. Then the father-and-son team of Attila Mahr Senior and Junior stepped in and, helped by subsidies from the state, offered to feed the children a set menu every day. One of the shifts of about 30 children files in while I’m having wonderful mousse-like goose liver and bacon. My heart sinks at first, as I wait to be deafened by the din. But there’s no need to worry: the children are well behaved and not making the sort of noise you would expect from a group of seven to 14-year-olds in a confined space.
I ask Attila Senior about the pitfalls of having to keep a large section of his restaurant free for school dinners. He just smiles and says that: a) he’s training these children’s taste buds to appreciate really good food; and b) the kids just might want to bring their families on occasion, and he’s raising the next generation of customers.
- 2 Joan Rivers: 'Palestinians deserve to be dead'
- 3 Daily Show's Jon Stewart destroys Fox News for its Ferguson coverage
- 4 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
Notting Hill Carnival: Woman shares selfie after being ‘punched in face for telling man to stop groping her’
YouTube video posted by Isis militants shows 'execution of 250 Syrian soldiers'
Joan Rivers: 'Palestinians deserve to be dead'
Daily Show's Jon Stewart destroys Fox News for its Ferguson coverage
Botched ice bucket challenge leaves man critically injured after plane drops hundreds of gallons of water
Exclusive: We share blame for creating 'jihad generation', says Muslim strategist
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
Ukip Douglas Carswell defection: Tory MP jumps ship to join Nigel Farage
- < Previous
- Next >
£400 - £450 per day + competitive: Orgtel: My client, a leading bank, is curre...
£110 per day + competitive: Orgtel: Project Coordinator (SC Cleared), Cisco Go...
£20000 - £30000 per annum + OTE £40-50K first year: SThree: The SThree group i...
£21000 - £35000 per annum: Randstad Education Cambridge: Primary teachers need...