Dining and menu to keep everyone happy and healthy
Our menus constantly change, particularly over the seasons, and always feature fruit and vegetables when they are at their freshest. Of course, we still feature firm favourites that our residents know and love. Our food is of restaurant quality, which also includes traditional and popular best of British dishes.
We provide three meals a day, as well as morning coffee and biscuits, afternoon tea with homemade cakes and a hot bedtime drink with an optional light snack. There are also plenty of nutritious snacks, like teacakes, malt loaf, sandwiches and fruit, available on request day or night. Residents are offered a glass of sherry, wine or beer with lunch or dinner.
We often have traditional afternoon teas — a great opportunity for residents to come together and enjoy a spread of delicious sandwiches and homemade cakes.
To stay healthy, a good diet and physical activity is important – to all of us. The efficiency of a body can decrease the older we get. The ability to digest and process food slows down, as does the metabolic rate. Our residents are encouraged to eat foods that are rich in starch and fibre, high in iron, vitamin C and D, Folic Acid, potassium and calcium. Our homes also actively employ a low salt approach in their cooking.
We ensure menus offer carbohydrates, which is a good source of energy and provides most of our fibre. Oats and pulses are particularly good at reducing the amount of cholesterol in our blood. While wholegrain bread or brown rice help keep bowels healthy. We offer many calcium filled foods, good for strengthening the bones and helping to prevent Osteoporosis. Cheese and biscuits are offered as a dessert option for example, while Horlicks, Ovaltine and drinking chocolate are a great way of supplementing the diet of a resident who doesn’t have a big appetite.