Two Anchor care home customers in a dining room

Mealtimes are an important part of daily life in Anchor’s care homes. We pride ourselves on the quality of our catering and the range of choice available to our customers daily.

We promote individual wellbeing through a positive and enjoyable dining experience in pleasant settings and support our customers to eat and drink so they are well-hydrated and well-nourished.

Fresh, seasonal cooking by highly trained chefs

All our homes offer freshly cooked, appetising and nutritionally balanced meals with a different seasonal choice available every day. Our professional chefs use fresh ingredients to prepare a range of delicious, wholesome meals in our care home kitchens to be enjoyed throughout the day.

Two members of Anchor's catering team at Abbeywood care homeOur care home catering teams will consult with you on a regular basis to ensure we understand your nutritional requirements and food preferences. Our experienced chefs carefully plan four-weekly menu cycles, which are changed twice a year, to ensure you enjoy a variety of delicious dishes every day of the week.

The preferences of customers are always taken into account, which means classic meals often feature alongside traditional regional cuisine on our menus, and many of our home’s also have a signature dish chosen collaboratively by the catering team and residents. Our care homes hold monthly themed food days and provide opportunities for customers to be involved in the preparation of meals if they wish allowing them to feel part of the running of their home and carry out familiar activities.

Each home has Food Promise, a unique statement about the quality of catering and type of food choices the residents enjoy, which we proudly promote throughout the home.

To get a feeling for the type of variety on offer, download a sample menu from an Anchor care home here.

Enjoying mealtimes

We know how important mealtimes are to you and the staff in our care homes are committed to making them a sociable and enjoyable part of each day.

Visitors are welcome at any time and, if they wish, they can join you at mealtimes.

Anchor understands mealtimes often provide a positive structure to the day around which other plans, such as trips out, are made. Living with Anchor, you can expect:

  • Your day starts with a choice of cereals, toast, cooked or continental breakfast
  • At mid-morning you’ll be offered tea, coffee and a snack such as homemade biscuits
  • A range of hot and cold dishes are on offer at lunchtime
  • Afternoon tea is often served with homemade cakes, pastries and scones
  • In the evening you can choose from a wide selection of hot and cold meals
  • Evening and night time snacks are also available if you’d like them

Anchor also understand the importance of ambience and decorate the dining areas in our care homes in colours that stimulate the appetite and create an enjoyable atmosphere.

Nutrition and hydration stations

Our care homes also feature nutrition and hydration stations in the communal areas. These discreet displays are stocked with a variety of snacks and soft drinks to enable residents to snack all day independently  and encourage them to remain hydrated and well fed at all times.

Dietary and medical conditions

Whatever your dietary needs, we’ll do our best to cater for them. If you’re vegetarian or vegan, on a medically-advised diet to manage a health condition, or have food intolerances or allergies, just let your care home manager know and it will be taken into consideration when planning our menus.

Religious restrictions and cultural tastes

Cooking session at Linwood care homeWe’re also happy to cater for religious diets and specific cultural cuisines. Before you move in, we’ll discuss with you your needs and do our best to put together menus that meet your tastes and preferences.


We serve a range of hot beverages including tea and coffee with all our meals and throughout the day. Cold drinks are also available and fresh water is placed in your bedroom every day.


Anchor are proud that our approach to catering and the passion of our care home chefs has been recognised with a number of awards. In 2012 Ellie Cook from Anchor’s Kirkley Lodge in Middlesborough was awarded Care Cook of the Year by the National Association of Care Caterers, and Graham Morley from Eastlake in Surrey won the south region award for Chef of the Year.

Find out more about the awards Anchor have won.

As with all aspects of our care, our staff respect your individual preferences. Their aim is to boost your appetite and enable you to enjoy your meals, which will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Find out more about Anchor’s approach to care.