‘Life’s a beach’ at Nottingham care home’s pop up beach restaurant


Residents at Coppice Lodge care home in Nottingham have been ‘transported’ to a sunny beach resort after their latest pop up restaurant event.


Each month, without having to lift a finger or pack a suitcase, residents are able to experience different dining experiences from around the world and due to the UK’s recent Mediterranean weather, a trip to Costa Del Coppice Lodge was arranged.


On the menu, residents had a choice of burgers, mini pizzas, chicken, chips and salad and for dessert a traditional Angel Delight topped with chocolate. To quench the residents’ thirst, staff served fruity spritzers throughout the afternoon.


The themes for the pop up restaurants are discussed and voted for by residents at monthly committee meetings, and they have so far enjoyed the taste of China town, Mexico City, Italian, traditional Irish and even a classic 1940’s British afternoon tea.  However, on this occasion staff wanted to give the residents a special surprise treat and the idea for a day at the beach was born.


Staff set to work to decorate the spacious dining, lounge and garden areas in the beach theme, including brightly coloured cushions, deck chairs, seaside inspired bunting, inflatables, a rowing boat and even a hand painted beach mural on the fence to complete the look.


Residents enjoyed listening to their favourite songs from the 60’s  and spent the afternoon dancing, singing and most importantly having fun.


86 year-old resident, Brenda Topping, said, ‘Every month we have the most fantastic pop up restaurants, but I think the staff have outdone themselves this time! They have thought of every detail and it was the perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon!’.


Barbara Whittaker, who has lived at Coppice Lodge since 2016, said, ‘This was a brilliant way to spend the day, I really enjoyed the music and can’t wait for our next pop up restaurant, it is something fun and exciting to look forward to – seeing how the staff will top the last, and they do!’.


Home Manager, Samantha Kavanagh, said, ‘We have had such a wonderful afternoon, it really felt like we had been to visit the beach! Our team are super creative and always decorate our lounges and dining areas with such fine detail, it is very impressive. I am so pleased to hear how much our residents enjoyed themselves and I look forward to next month as we visit… Greece!’.


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