It’s all aboard as Care Home Catering prepares to join residents and staff at Care UK’s Bowes House in Hailsham, East Sussex on a ‘virtual railway journey’ around the UK. Each lunchtime, as the luxury Pullman train stops at stations up and down the country, passengers will be treated to a regional speciality as part of this year’s Nutrition and Hydration Week celebrations.
The culinary rail tour will depart from Brighton station on Monday 13th March, when residents will be served Roast Belly of Sussex Pork with a Sussex cider sauce. Next stop will be Plymouth station on Tuesday, with a traditional South West speciality of Cornish Pasty.
The train will reach Wales on Wednesday, stopping in Cardiff for a Chicken, Leek and Prune Crumble; then it’s on to Edinburgh for the popular Scottish dish of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties.
Heading back down south through the North East of England on Friday, we’ll be enjoying Geordie Pan Haggerty with Cornbeef when the train stops at Newcastle; while at Skegness on Friday it’s a chance to partake of the East of England speciality, Pie, Mash and Liquor.
The regional journey comes to an end at Kings Cross station in London on Sunday 19th March, with a traditional British lunch of Roast Beef and Yorkshire Puddings.
A juicy ‘Mocktail of the Day’ will keep everyone hydrated during the trip, and residents will be entertained by classic railway-themed films such as The Railway Children, Brief Encounter and Murder on the Orient Express. Head Chef Marc Beckett (pictured) is looking forward to leading the first class steward service on board and Activity Co-Ordinator Martin Palfreyman is polishing his guard’s whistle!
“Our residents enjoyed last year’s ‘virtual Mediterranean cruise’ so much we decided to continue the luxury travel theme for this year’s Nutrition and Hydration Week,” says Bowes House Home Manager Helena Barrow. “Between them Marc and Martin have come up with a fabulous itinerary that takes in some of the country’s tastiest regional specialities. I can’t wait to hear residents reminisce about the Golden Age of Travel and their favourite foods from around the UK.”