Before Cramlington House was built, the land used to be home to a well-known local pub called The Railway Tavern. The Tavern was a key part of the local Cramlington community before it closed its doors in 2009 and now, years later, we have decided to recreate the pub within the care home!
Thanks to the hard work of the team, we turned an unused room in the Daisy unit into our very own bar which residents are loving. The bar comes with all the features you’d expect to see in a traditional alehouse including a darts board, a slot machine, a TV, a bar and some wider space to relax.
Our activities manager at Cramlington House, Kim Stubbs, said: “The bar is absolutely wonderful and really helping to lift spirits during the current pandemic.
“The tables have been made from old barrels and the dart board is a dementia friendly one with plastic tips so it’s safe for all residents to use.
“The drinks aren’t real alcoholic drinks of course but the residents enjoy the refreshments nevertheless which include tea and juice.
“The detail that has gone into the recreated pub is really amazing and, as the weeks go by, we are adding more features to it as more residents use it.
“It’s been great to see the response to our very own pub by residents. They’ve enjoyed a relaxing moment, catching up over a drink or two, playing darts and generally appreciating being in a pub environment again – something I bet we are all looking forward to once the pubs are safe to open again!”
We’ll share more updates on the pub’s features as and when they’re fitted. We’re very fortunate to receive some great memorabilia from a resident’s daughter who used to run a pub years ago. This has been really in helping us to recreate a real-life experience of popping to the local.
"I am very pleased with how my mother has settled in and generally how supportive and caring the staff are. This has given us peace of mind knowing that she is safe & well looked after. Thank you."
"Our mum has been a resident at Cramlington House for over a year and we have nothing but praise for the friendly, approachable staff and management. We always feel like part of an extended family and when we visit nothing is too much bother. We are completely happy with the standard of care, support and understanding we all receive as a family."
"From the first day, I knew it was the place for my mum. Clean, friendly staff, lovely environment! My mum would not get the opportunity to do the activities she is experiencing if she was not in Cramlington House. It is home from home and we can visit anytime. I can't say enough of how great Cramlington House is. "
"This is an absolutely superb care facility. The staff say that this is the home of the residents, in which they work - and they evidence that philosophy every day. In the last months of our mother's long life, we took comfort form the fact that she was safe and secure, being well-fed and looked after. The entire care team are brilliant. "
"All the staff at West Farm have provided such wonderful care, compassion and support to my auntie. We both feel incredibly lucky to have found West Farm, it’s been the perfect home for my auntie. I can honestly say, hand on heart, every aspect of the care provided by each member of staff at West Farm has been outstanding."