Anchor retirement village wins catering first

Rob Quehan

The Anchor’s Bishopstoke Park in Hampshire has become the first retirement village in the UK to win an AA Rosette for its food.

The Redwood Bistro is led by head chef Rob Quehan, who has previously worked at The Ivy and The Dorchester in London.

Rob said: “It is an honour to have led Bishopstoke Park’s bistro to AA Rosette status, an achievement which is testament to the hard work of all of the staff at the village.”

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Kevin Young, general manager at Bishopstoke Park, added: “We reviewed nearly 150 applicants for the role of head chef, with Rob impressing us with his creative menu and passion for excellent service.

“As an ex-chef myself, it has always been a personal ambition to achieve an AA Rosette at Bishopstoke Park and we are delighted to be the first UK retirement village to have done so. We are delighted to now be offering a service to the local community, as well as the residents here at Bishopstoke Park.”

Bishopstoke Park comprises 91 one- and two-bedroom independent living apartments and an on-site 48 room care home.

The Redwood Bistro boasts a seasonal menu, which changes regularly and also offers child-friendly options, which prove popular with residents’ grand children.

The current menu includes local venison loin pan-roasted and served with confit potatoes, braised savoy cabbage and blackberry puree, and pistachio sponge with caramelised pineapple and berry macaroon.

Paul Hackett AA Inspector, said, “It’s great to see a clear commitment here, where good, well cooked food is very much the focus. Well done to the team at Bishopstoke Park.”

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