RESIDENTS at a Redditch care home can now enjoy a tipple after the grand opening of a new onsite pub.

Bowood Court and Mews has celebrated the official opening of its new pub, The Queen Elizabeth Arms.

The care home has transformed its leisure and wellbeing facilities to include a traditional English pub and beer garden.

The name of the pub was chosen by residents and provides a space for them to meet and socialise with each other, family and friends at any time while taking part in the home’s regular scheduled activities.

Redditch Advertiser: Bowood Court and Mews Home has opened its onsite pub.Bowood Court and Mews Home has opened its onsite pub. (Image: Bowood Court and Mews.)

Home Manager, Cindy Hawkins said: “We have so many residents, some living with dementia who have past connection to their local pubs, from landlords and ladies to barmaids and brewery team.

“Initially, we wanted to create a new environment for residents to enjoy, which would give them a change of scenery and a place to meet in any season.

“The pub is proving a fantastic addition to our home and has become a real focal point for everyone.

“We’re really pleased with the positive feedback we’ve had.”

Redditch Advertiser: Janet Fackrell and Pat Harbourne, friends of Bowood Court and Mews team.Janet Fackrell and Pat Harbourne, friends of Bowood Court and Mews team. (Image: Bowood Court and Mews.)

At the end of last month, residents, friends and family and special guest former Redditch mayor, Ann Isherwood cut the ribbon and poured the first drinks.

The afternoon continued with a pub-themed lunch, quizzes, games, and a video message from the Beefeaters at the Tower of London.

Resident Margaret Gedge, aged 81, said: “It brings me back to my time as a barmaid – the echoes of laughter, clinking glasses, and heartfelt conversations still resound within me, and it is so nice to be able to relive it here with my fellow residents.

“We have such good times, sitting around having a drink and a chat while playing dominos and cards.”