Eastleigh College are proud to announce the launch of their new training restaurant - East Avenue!
East Avenue is part of a major £12 million redevelopment project at the College, which includes a new Advanced Technology Centre for engineering and construction, new facilities for the teaching of Art and Design and Hair and Beauty, in addition to the expansion of the training kitchens and the new restaurant itself.
Dr Jan Edrich, Eastleigh College Chief Executive and Principal, commented “We are absolutely delighted to have secured funding for these state-of-the-art facilities; they will offer our students a fantastic environment in which to learn.”
East Avenue, previously The Red Carpet, has been completely renovated and now boasts an attractive and sophisticated design. The food is meticulously prepared by the College’s own Hospitality and Catering students, and gives them real-world experience creating and serving dishes to customers.
Customers who have already dined at the new restaurant commented:
"First impressions are very good. When you come up the stairs it looks like a proper restaurant, it's beautiful. This is much better for students as this is the sort of environment they aspire to; it better resembles what they'll experience in the real world. We have eaten a guinea fowl salad and smoked salmon starters, and we've ordered pork loin for our main dish. We have just come back from holiday in France, and we must say - this food is on par!"
- Melvin and Elicia
"The ambiance is wonderful, the atmosphere is warm, and the waiters and waitresses are very welcoming and professional. It's our first time in Southampton and our first visit to Eastleigh College, and we're inspired! The service is excellent."
- Michelle and Stephanie
"We've been coming here for several years, and we think the new restaurant looks lovely. We could be anywhere! We've ordered leek and potato soup to start, and we'll be having roast chicken and steak pie for our mains."
- Mr and Mrs Dickson
Highlights from the new, three-course Autumn menu include Pan-fried Cod Supreme, Tandoori Marinated Pork Fillet, and a Pea, Feta and Mint Mille-Feuille. Bookings are already available for Christmas lunch and dinner, which include Champagne Sorbet and traditional Christmas Pudding desserts.
View our sample menus and book a table at East Avenue online, and keep checking our social channels for information on upcoming events at the restaurant.
We are delighted to have been recognised by The Times Education Awards for the support we provide to students who need to re-sit their GCSEs after leaving school. The excellent results our students achieved last summer include more than twice the national average gaining a maths GCSE, testament to the dedicated team of teachers who use innovative approaches and techniques to inspire our learners.
Young chefs and hospitality students from Eastleigh College were joined by other competitors from training providers across the south to take part in the southern regional heat of an established national competition. The Major Series 2020, which is organised by Major International in conjunction with the Craft Guild of Chefs, saw 50 competitors take over Eastleigh College's three professional kitchens and East Avenue restaurant and work their culinary majic across ten different classes from 'afternoon tea' to 'street food'.