Dining and Nutrition

At Applegarth, we know that choice and variety are important to maintaining a healthy and balanced diet. We work with skilled chefs and dieticians to create a large range of food options that caters for every taste and meal preference. We continually add and improve to our menu so that every meal our residents eat looks appetising, tastes great and is nutritionally balanced.  

We offer a variety of menus to cater to the needs and requirements of all our residents at Applegarth. These include special dietary requirements, texture-modified foods, ethnic and cultural meals and smaller portion foods. This is so that every person can enjoy tasty and nutritious foods, regardless of their dietary requirements. 

All our food has been sourced from ingredients that we can be proud of in terms of animal welfare, food safety and farm assurance. Additionally, as much as possible, we try to use local and sustainably sourced ingredients to support British food and farming.  

The meals from our main menu are freshly prepared using the freshest ingredients to ensure that every meal tastes good. We have a large range, which features a huge selection of delicious soups, mains, sides and desserts. There’s something for everyone, including homely favourites such as roast chicken and cottage pie to delicious fish dishes and curries. We continuously update our menu to ensure that our residents can enjoy something new every day. 

Whether it’s for health reasons or a matter of preference, we cater for residents who have special dietary requirements. This includes energy dense meals for underweight/malnourished individuals, low sugars and low fat meals, vegan and vegetarian options as well as meals appropriate for those with food intolerances. Additionally, we provide meals that have reduced levels of unnecessary salt, sugar and additives to improve diet. Our chefs and dieticians have years of experience producing meals that cater to these requirements without sacrificing taste. 

We cater for individuals who are suffering from dysphagia (swallowing difficulties) so they can enjoy tasty meals with dignity. We have over 70 meals that cover breakfast, lunch and dinner. All our meals are blended to a consistent texture which meets the BDA and National Descriptor Guidelines for dysphagia diets. This reduces the threat of choking, malnutrition and aspiration pneumonia. Our food varies from IDSSI levels 3-7 so we can provide food that is easy to chew, smaller bits, minced, pureed or liquidized, to suit every residents needs. 

We have worked hard to maintain the appearance of our food to make every meal look appetising. All texture-modified food holds its shape once it is transferred onto the plate, without compromising on flavour and making sure each meal is appealing. 

We understand that many sufferers of dysphagia have anxiety about eating and can experience social isolation due to withdrawing from others during mealtimes. With our texture-modified food, we hope to improve the wellbeing of these residents and reduce any anxiety they have regarding food and can once again look forward to mealtimes. 

We provide a diverse range of food inspired by a number of locations and cultures across the globe, including authentic Asian and traditional African-Caribbean food. We have worked hard to ensure that these meals are culturally identifiable and delicious. 

Although you are no longer cooking your own food, we believe it is still important you choose the food you want to eat that makes you feel at home. 

We also cater for those who have special dietary requirements due to religious beliefs. We can provide Kosher meals, halal meals and Asian vegetarian meals. 

This is offered to all of our residents as it is an excellent opportunity to try new foods and explore a more diverse menu. 

We provide a range of small, energy dense meal portions for our residents who may be experiencing malnutrition and are unable to eat large portion sizes. These smaller meals ensure that they can receive the energy and nutrition they need to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. 

Although these meals are smaller, they are packed full of calories and essential protein which makes them an ideal meal. 

It is common for our residents who suffer from malnutrition to experience feelings of isolation during mealtimes. With our reduced size meals, we hope to reduce anxieties regarding food and improve their overall sociability and wellbeing. Additionally, these meals can be cooked in multiple ways to allow for a more flexible meal schedule that suits you.

We ensure that we provide meals that are free from ingredients you cannot have due to allergies or food intolerance.  If you let us know the food you are unable to eat, we will make sure every meal we serve you will be free from risk. 

We also have a free from selection which is from all 14 known allergens to ensure that any at-risk individuals are safe at all times, without losing flavour and variety. 

We have a range of ‘finger foods’ to combat the stress of mealtimes for residents who have experienced a stoke, have difficulty with coordination or are living with dementia. These manageable meals allow residents to enjoy their mealtimes with less frustration and more freedom. 

All of these meals provide at least one source of protein, a portion of carbohydrates and a portion of vegetables to ensure you get the right amount of nutrition in your diet. 

These meals are designed to help our residents who find mealtimes more challenging, to maintain their independence, take control of their eating habits and preserve their eating skills if they are struggling.