Earls Barton care home residents get their own ‘pub’

Grangefield Care Home resident Muriel Wallis officially opens the pub
Grangefield Care Home resident Muriel Wallis officially opens the pub

The drinks will be flowing after a care home opened a free “pub” for residents.

The Residents’ Arms has been opened at Grangefield Care Home in Northampton Road, Earls Barton, so residents can have a night out without having to leave the building.

Care home owner Nikul Odedra said: “We’ve got a piano and a proper antique bar in there. We’ve tried to make it look like an old-world pub and I think it looks great.

“What we’ve tried to do is create a space where residents can ‘go out’ for a drink at the end of the day, as so many of us do, and get the feeling of going out while staying in the building.

“I’ve not heard of anything like it before at any other care home and we hope it will be a real success.”

Because the “pub” does not have a licence to sell alcohol, all drinks residents have in the Residents’ Arms will be free of charge.

The Grangefield Care Home has just over 20 residents.

They were asked to come up with a name for the pub, with the Residents’ Arms chosen as the most popular option.

Over the past few weeks, the area set aside for the new pub has been painted and decorated to give it the proper feel.

Mr Odedra said: “We’ve been talking about this for a few months now, so it was nice to get on and do it.”

The pub was officially opened by resident Muriel Wallis. She said: “The pub looks lovely and because it’s right here in the home we don’t need to go far for a drink. It was nice to have it opened in time for Christmas.”

Last year, Grangefield Care Home won the Best Customer Service Award in the Northamptonshire Business Excellence Awards run by the Northants Telegraph and Northamptonshire Chamber.