The residents of St Oswalds House care home in Warrington are able to enjoy their favourite tipple in their own pub.
The Train Inn, opened last week, really is their new “local” as it stands in the grounds of the home.
It will be open most days for the home’s residents to pop in for a drink and to entertain family and friends who come to visit.
It serves a range of beers, wines, spirits, sherry, cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks as well as nibbles.
Even better news for residents is that they will not be charged for their drinks.
The pub will be the venue for the residents’ Sunday gin club, at which they sample different flavoured gins. It will be used for parties and typical pub events such as quiz evenings and karaoke.
It will also be used as a care team training venue, so its name The Train Inn is a pun.
The bar will be run by members of the home’s activities team.
Ria Percival, Home Manager, said: “Our residents like to go to a local pub, but we were constrained as to how many our care team could accompany at any time, because of their support needs and accessibility challenges for those with limited mobility. By creating our own pub everyone who wants to pop into their local can do so, with the added bonus of it being right on our doorstep. It’s convenient and should anyone need care assistance, then it’s at hand.”
The pub has been converted from a bungalow that was being used for storage. The interior was transformed by the home’s maintenance man Dave Blackledge, who worked over many weeks removing stud walls and completely redecorating to create a spacious lounge bar area.
The bar itself was built by Stan Matthews, a maintenance colleague with care group brighterkind who run St. Oswalds.
Members of the care team scoured markets, charity shops, car boot sales and Ebay to source items of brewerania, pub memorabilia and ornaments to create an old fashioned bar room atmosphere. These included horse brasses bought from a car boot sale, that the residents polished before they were put on the walls.
Ria Percival said: “An appeal on social media resulted in the home being inundated with offers of donations of glasses, drip trays, beer mats and even bar chairs from local people. The response was wonderful and it’s helped us forge new links in the community.”