A la carte dining on the menu for residents

Willow Resident Marguerite Jewkes with her family

An a la carte restaurant at a Hertfordshire care home has proved a big hit with residents.

The Willow Tree Restaurant at Quantum Care’s Willow Court in Harpenden is designed to provide a relaxing environment for residents and their loved ones.

Maria Ball, Chief Executive at Quantum Care, said: “We take pride in having a very good reputation for food quality at all our homes. It is so important that we get it right in our sector, which is why we have a Support Services Team that ensures consistency throughout with regard to using locally sourced suppliers and food prepared by fully trained chefs that are able to meet a variety of dietary needs.

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“So whilst the food served in our homes is of excellent quality, I have never associated Quantum Care with Michelin star ratings until seeing what is being produced at Willow Court. The idea of creating a restaurant environment within a home is solid proof that Quantum Care continue to be a resident-led care provider.”

The restaurant’s three-course menu is created by Chef Manager Paul Campbell and Deputy Chef Malek Bachene.

Paul said: “The idea of creating the dining experience was first suggested to me by Quantum Care’s head office. It was something that was being trialled at other homes and the feedback from everyone involved was very positive.

“I was excited about the idea of hosting a dining club at Willow Court and once I had done a couple I wanted to really refine the menu and the restaurant experience, and so came up with The Willow Tree Restaurant.

“Since then it has been a real pleasure and honour organising the restaurant nights and it fills me with a tremendous amount of pride when I hear all the feedback. The residents really enjoy having the opportunity of being able to get dressed up for the evening and they all gather excitedly in the entrance for their families to arrive. It’s so lovely, you can feel the excitement in the air.”

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