‘Delicious and healthy’ homemade fayre at Ashford
Visitors to the coffee shop at Pilgrims Hospices Ashford can now choose from a range of freshly prepared meals thanks to the introduction of a brand new menu.
The shop is open to all hospice visitors, including carers, patients and families. It already sold a small range of drinks of snacks but has extended the menu for a much wider choice.
Cedric Towning, catering manager for Pilgrims Hospice Ashford, explains: “Many people visiting the hospice may spend much of their day with a relative and can’t always go home to eat a proper meal. We wanted to make sure that something is available for them and to provide wholesome, tasty food that’s cooked on the premises.”
Cedric uses a range of local suppliers to ensure meat, vegetables and other produce is always at its freshest. A qualified nutritionist, he also carefully plans the menu so there are plenty of healthy options.
The meals are all affordably priced, with profits from the coffee shop going back to Pilgrims Hospices to support the charity in continuing to offer free care and services for patients across east Kent.
The venture is already proving popular with visitors, who can’t praise Cedric and his team enough.
One woman from Herefordshire visiting her sister on the hospice ward said she has been in several times to eat. “It’s amazing what they do here, they apply the same high standards of care and attention to creating the meals as they do to their nursing care.
“My sister has eaten something cooked by Cedric every day, he comes round each morning to ask what she wants and cooks exactly what she fancies. When you’re ill it makes such a difference that the food is tempting. We have been eating in the coffee shop while we’re visiting her and the food is delicious, plus it’s great to know by eating here you are give something back to the charity.”