Food at Orchard Care Homes

At Orchard Care Homes, we believe that residents deserve nutritional, well-balanced meals that everyone can enjoy. From vegetarian to halal, gluten free to pescatarian and much more, our in-house catering team create hearty, filling meals suited to your needs.

Using seasonal ingredients, residents in our care homes experience exceptional food on a daily basis, including roast dinners, warming soups and homemade cakes. Our menus regularly change to keep the food in our care homes exciting and enjoyable, and residents can explore new foods in our fun themed weeks! 

We work with local businesses across the UK to source healthy ingredients that are packed with the nutrients recommended for older people or people with certain deficiencies. Every care home has its own catering team, typically comprising of two chefs, cooks and kitchen assistants. Together, they create bespoke menus and fun special meals that our residents have requested. 

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Beautiful food, cooked fresh daily

Whether your loved one is staying at one of our award winning care homes in Sunderland, or enjoying a short-term respite stay in our dementia-friendly care home in Rotherham, they'll always experience high quality, delicious food that's designed to support their needs. Our team of chefs, cooks and kitchen assistants receive regular training on new and exciting foods, including pureed food. 

We're rated 5-star by FSA

All 23 of our care homes, nursing homes and dementia-specialist homes across the UK have been proudly awarded a 5-star FSA (Food Standards Agency) rating, making Orchard Care Homes one of the leading care homes for exceptional standards in our kitchens. From cleanliness to training and quality of food, our catering team go above and beyond to ensure your loved one receives food they truly enjoy.

Fresh mince pies at Orchard Care Homes

"We are mindful of all nutrition needs, as evidence shows that a diet rich in fruit, vegetables and cereals, and low in red meat and sugar could help reduce dementia risks. Our seasonal menus are enjoyed by all, and we take great satisfaction in delivering quality, nutritious meals."

- Jason Hunter, Catering Lead

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Culinary careers at Orchard Care Homes

Joining the catering team at Orchard Care Homes means you'll be working with likeminded, dedicated people who all have one common goal: to create healthy, nutritious and tasty meals for our residents. Not only will you get to work with our highly-recommended team, you'll also receive a competitive salary, great training and development opportunities and access to hundreds of discounts through a Blue Light Discount Card!

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Careers in our kitchen!

Are you looking for a new and exciting role in the catering department? From kitchen assistants to chefs, we're always recruiting talented people to join our teams across the UK.

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