We believe good quality food is a fundamental to quality of life. For older people, meal times are often viewed as the highlight of the day. They provide a time to come together, to relax and enjoy being waited upon. We aim to make all mealtimes something to be enjoyed by everyone.
"Food for Life Served Here is an independent endorsement backed by annual inspections, for food providers who are taking steps to improve the food they serve. The aim of the scheme is to encourage and reward caterers who:
Gold Award: In addition to satisfying the above criteria, 15 % of ingredient spend on menus must be on organic food and at least 5% on free range pork or poultry; local producers are used; steps are taken to make healthy eating easier.
We have designed our menus at Crimson Manor to be in line with the nutritional guidelines of the Caroline Walker Trust:
The Caroline Walker Trust is dedicated to the improvement of public health through good food. Established in 1988 to continue the work of the distinguished nutritionist, writer and campaigner Caroline Walker, the Trust is a charity which undertakes specific projects, funded by grants and donations. A major part of their work is to produce expert reports which establish nutrtional guidelines for vulnerable groups – including children and older people.
We are also able to meet a variety of dietary needs and follow published guidlines and recomendations from dieticians and other health professionals
e.g. diabetes, malnutrition, obesity, swallowing difficulites, medication contraindications
Crimson Manor's kitchen is able to support dietary guidlines for any resident following the dementia reversing protocol outlines in the work of Dr. Bredesen.
We also fully support other functional medicine protocols for maximinsing health including the Wahls Protocol for reversing autoimmune disease.
We make as much of our food as possible from scratch. We use fresh ingredients to ensure the food is as nutritious as possible. We avoid pre-prepared processed food or processed ingredients.
Crimson Manor operates 4 weekly menus that change every 3 months. We choose seasonal and organic vegetables wherever possible.
Seasonal: “Eating UK produce in-season is one of the best ways to reduce our carbon footprint, by cutting food miles and avoiding energy-intensive heated glasshouses…. Eating in-season also means you eat food at its best.” Food for Life Standards
Organic: “Organic food is produced using environmentally and animal friendly farming methods on organic farms. These methods are legally defined and any food sold as ‘organic’ must be strictly regulated. Organic farming recognises the direct connection between our health and how the food we eat is produced. Research publicised in the British Journal of Nutrition (2014) found that organic food has up to 60% more antioxidants than non-organic food, as well as fewer pesticides, less cadmium and less nitrogen”.
PLEASE NOTE: The coronavirus pandemic has negatively impacted our ability to source regular supplies of organic produce
All meat served at Crimson Manor is Red Tractor assured.
All our pork and poultry is free range
“Caterers using Farm Assured meat can claim with confidence that UK minimum standards on animal welfare are being met and that meat can be traced back to the farm. Without third party inspection, animal welfare standards have proven to be open to misinterpretation and occasional abuse. UK welfare standards prevent certain adverse practices in livestock farming still legal elsewhere, including sow stalls and higher stocking densities for indoor housed poultry” Food For Life Standards
Crimson Manor does not serve any fish that are listed on the Marine Conservation Society ‘fish to avoid’ list.
“Overfishing has caused one third of all fish stocks worldwide to collapse, and scientists are warning that if current trends continue all fish stocks worldwide will collapse within fifty years. Many thousands of dolphins, turtles and albatross are also caught by large drift nets or baited hooks.” Food for Life Standards
Crimson Manor does not use food or ingredients with artificial additives
“There have been many different studies concerning the safety of these additives with mixed findings. Until their safety for human health and wellbeing has been scientifically proven, they are not permitted for use in Food for Life menus." Food for life standards
We bake all our own fresh bread daily.
The Real Bread Campaign defines real bread as made without the use of any processing aids or any other artificial additives in the flour or dough… The majority of loaves produced in the UK today are made using fat, salt and artificial additives—some illegally undeclared on the label. High-speed mixing, high levels of yeast and enzymes are used to force the dough to rise quickly, rather than allowing the bread to ferment and ‘ripen’ in its own time. Real Bread is made with simple, natural ingredients and with natural fermentation methods” Food For Life Standards
We use bone broth for all our stock. This is used in soups, pies, dinners, sauces etc.
Bone broth is a traditional stock/drink going back centuries and used in many cultures. It is made by slow cooking bones for several days. Different herbs and vegetables can be added to enhance flours. Chicken feet are often added as they full of glucosamine, chondroitin, collagen and trace minerals and so make a rich and nutritious broth
Health benefits of bone broth:
1. A natural source of collagen which helps protect joints and improves skin
2. Improves gut health by strengthening the gut lining ollagen/gelatin and the amino acids proline, glutamine and arginine help seal these openings in the gut lining and support gut integrity.
3. Enhances natural probiotics in the digestive tract
4. Improves detoxification. Bone broth stock contains potassium and glycine, which support both cellular and liver detoxification.
5. Bone broth is a great way to obtain more glutathione which studies show plays important roles in antioxidant defence, nutrient metabolism and regulation of cellular events.
6. Improved gut function has a range of overall benefits on health including reduced inflammation (an underlying factor in many chronic diseases) and improves immunity.
Our kitchen uses eggs from our own free range chickens. Our chickens are fed a wide variety of real food from our kitchen and we believe it is this varied and natural diet that makes the eggs so tasty.
Residents are involved in the daily feeding of our chickens and collecting of eggs.
Unfortunately our chickens do not produce enough eggs to meet our kitchen needs. All eggs we purchase are organic and free range.
Organic food is produced using environmentally and animal friendly farming methods on organic farms. Animals are not fed artificial substances and animal welfare standards are higher than free range farms.
Crimson Manor does not support the use of any vegetable oil in our home cooking.
Good quality fat is an essential part of a healthy diet. Crimson Manor only uses traditional saturated fats in all our cooking e.g. duck fat, goose fat, lard, tallow, butter and coconut oil.
All our baking uses real butter.
We make our own spreadable butter by blending real butter with olive oil. Olive oil is considered a healthy oil to use in dressings. We don't cook with olive oil as this fat is not stable at high temperatures and so loses its health benefits.
Vegetable oils are oils that have been extracted from various seeds. The most common include rapeseed (canola oil), soybean, corn, sunflower, safflower, peanut, etc. Unlike coconut oil or olive oil that can be extracted by pressing, these new-fangled oils have to be extracted in very unnatural ways. Industrial vegetable oils are a very new addition to the “food” world. In fact, they were practically non-existent until the early 1900s. But with the invention of certain chemical processes and a need for “cheap” fat substitutions, the world of fat hasn’t been the same since.
Vegetable oils are considered bad because they contain very high levels of polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs). Polyunsaturated fats are highly unstable. They oxidize easily. These oxidized fats cause inflammation and mutation in cells. That oxidation is linked to all sorts of issues. Vegetable oils are also high in omega 6 fatty acids which can cause a skewed balance of fats in the diet. There are also often additional chemicals, additives and preservatives introduced through artificial processing. Some vegetable oils also contain trans fats.
On our menu: Steak & kidney pie, liver and onion, ox-tail soup, heart-stew, salted tongue sandwich
Animal organ meat, including the heart, liver, lungs, kidneys, pancreas, and abdominal organs, are known as offal. Offal gives an amazing variety of textures and flavours. Often much more tender and smoother than muscle meat, it is therefore easier to eat for many older people who can struggle to cut and chew traditional cuts of meat.
Offal has been a part of traditional cuisine for centuries and continues to be popular in many countries of world. Although it has lost popularity in the UK and USA, for the older generation, offal is often familiar and well liked.
But most important of all, offal is some of the most nutritious food on the planet. More nutritious than muscle meat:
As well as the usual tea and coffee we offer a wide range of drinks including a full range of fruit teas, fresh juice, smoothies, hot chocolate, Horlicks and alcoholic beverages.
Crimson Manor welcomes friends and relatives of our residents to join us for a meal. Please book in advance.
Due to coronavirus restrictions this service is currently unavailable. We hope to re-introduce it soon