Residents from three Country Court Care Homes have been enjoying a ‘Come Dine With Me’ experience over the last few weeks. Two residents from Lakeview Lodge in Milton Keynes, two from Rose Lodge in Market Deeping and two from Ferrars Hall in Huntingdon have visited each other’s homes for a luxury dining experience.
“Our teams have all come together to provide a fantastic experience for residents and showcase the wonderful hospitality we offer in our care homes” said Head of Hospitality, Anwar Kajee “From the mini-bus drivers, activities teams, front of house teams, chefs and home managers, it’s a great example of how everyone can work together to provide a great experience for our residents”
Staff and chefs from each of the homes pulled out all the stops to deliver a fabulous dining experience. The team at Rose Lodge Care Home in Market Deeping set the bar high, giving guests a warm welcome with entertainment from a saxophonist. On the menu was Herb Roasted Lamb with carrot and nutmeg puree, roasted cauliflower and fondant potato. Dessert was white chocolate and Bailey’s bread and butter pudding.
At Ferrars Hall in Huntingdon guests were entertained by a magician and balloon artist who provided a lively atmosphere for lunch. Guests enjoy canapes and a glass of prosecco before sitting down for lunch in the private dining room. On the menu at Ferrars Hall was stuffed pork tenderloin with apples and ginger, pan-fried sauté potatoes, roast baby carrots and buttered asparagus served with blue cheese sauce. Dessert was a trio of strawberry desserts including strawberry cheesecake, vanilla and strawberry parfait, and mini strawberry and white chocolate mille-feuille.
The final Come Dine With Me lunch was held at Lakeview Lodge Care Home in Milton Keynes where staff had created an ‘Oscars’ themed event. Guests were given the red-carpet treatment with ‘mocktails’ on arrival before enjoying a starter of smoked salmon and cream cheese roulade served with crostini to start. The main course was Pan fried fillet steak with langoustine tails and parsley puree served with butter poached potatoes, heritage carrots and white asparagus for the main course. Dessert was the ‘Lakeview Sweet Shop Selection’ with Crunchie ice cream, raspberry jelly shot and a lemon sherbet lollypop.
Residents were delighted with their dining experiences and when asked to vote, giving each home high scores out of ten. It was tough to pick a winner, but after much deliberation, it was declared that Ferrars Hall was the overall winner providing the best all-around experience. Guests thought that the food at Lakeview Lodge was excellent and the warm welcome from the Rose Lodge team set the standard for the whole competition.
“It was lovely to see residents making friends with people from other care homes, people were talking about the next visit and looking forward to seeing their new friends” Said Home Manager at Ferrars Hall, Emma Broughton “We were delighted to be declared the overall winner but most of all it was great to see everyone forging some good bonds, we are looking forward to the next ‘Come Dine With Me’ event!”