On-site café opens for elderly residents in Hastings
Earlier this year our elderly residents in Marlborough House in Hastings were treated to a brand-new on-site café.
The café, which is open five days a week and employs three full-time kitchen staff, is run by East Sussex Trust (ETC) and provides a selection of hot meals at a fraction of the price.
Residents can enjoy a variety of delicious options, with a two-course meal and a snack costing no more than six pounds.
From beef stews to hot pots and jacket potatoes, even the fussy eaters can now find something they truly like.
Before the café, residents were subsidised with the pre-prepared Mother Theresa charity meals, which were delivered to them upon their request.
Michelle Blake, a head chef, said: “I was a volunteer at the Marlborough House for about three or four years before I got employed as a chef.
“It took me over a year to get this kitchen up and running, and now it’s operating very well. We make home-made soups every day, we do salads and sandwiches, jacket potatoes and vegie options. We even have two types of puddings available.
“The residents wanted this café opened for quite some time. On a day-to-day basis, my team caters for 20-28 people. So, as you can imagine, it’s loads of hard work.
“At the moment the café is operating five days a week, but we are planning to expand our service to cover the weekends. It would be lovely to have a Saturday brunch service and a Sunday roast dinner.”
Ian Wade, a resident at Marlborough House, said: “I absolutely adore this café. It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to this building.
“I don’t come to the café every day, because I still enjoy cooking myself. On average, I come here three times a week, sometimes four.
“Today is week seven since the opening, I think, and I’ve never had a bad meal. It’s just so accommodating.
“I love foreign food. But nothing can compare to a good roast dinner here. Prices are also reasonable. £1.50 for a snack… You can’t buy that in a shop. Hot drinks are only one pound. You just can’t go wrong with that.”
The Group would also like to thank our hardworking Extra Care Sheltered Co- Ordinator Tina Edwards, who worked very hard to get the commercial kitchen scheme up and running.