Food and Nutrition

Food and drink are an important part in all our lives, and a particularly enjoyable experience at Barchester care homes. Our teams of experienced chefs ensure every meal is not only delicious but reflects each individual’s likes, dislikes and dietary needs.

If someone has been diagnosed with a medical condition such as dementia or diabetes, diet can have a significant impact on how well you feel and even how independent you can be.

Example Menus

To get a flavour of the menus we serve daily across all of our homes across the UK please see the examples below.

Breakfast menu

Daily menu

'Something Different' (Alternative menu)

Fresh and tasty

Whether it’s a wholesome shepherd’s pie or a more exotic gourmet delight, our policy is to make sure every meal is nutritionally balanced and made from the freshest local ingredients. All our menus offer choices of main meals, and we will supplement these with alternatives for people who want something different. Alongside home-made meals, a range of snacks is also baked fresh each day for the people living in our homes to enjoy. Wine is available with meals and tea, coffee, juices and other soft drinks are always available throughout all our homes.

Dietary requirements

For residents who have difficulties swallowing, we modify the menu of the day so that the dishes are more palatable for them. To support our chefs in producing these dishes, our hospitality team and our Chef Academy organise theory and practical workshops. The chefs work with the chef trainer to prepare tasty, modified meals safely and according to IDDSI frame work. This encourages residents to eat and enjoy their food. All our chefs have been trained in IDDSI food descriptors.

Attracting top chefs

Our chefs are recruited on the basis of an interview with the regional hospitality support team and the manager of the home. Selection also involves a practical element, where potential chefs are asked to cook for and meet a panel of people living in the home. Chefs take their job extremely seriously and the annual Barchester Chef Competition sees our chefs battle it out in regional heats and then at a national final for the accolade of ‘Barchester’s Chef of the Year'. This years winner was Dinar Matre from Strachan House in Edinburgh. You can watch the video from the 2018 competition below.

What can we do to help?

We’re here to help in any way we can – whether that’s finding you the right support or helping you choose the best care home environment. Use our online care home search tool for more information on our services or for contact details to our individual care homes where you can arrange a visit direct. Alternatively, you can complete our contact form and we’ll be in touch with you as soon as possible