Dementia-friendly lunches at Farmyard

Hopefully many of you will be aware of Farmyard, Norwich’s first ‘bistronomy’ style eatery on St Benedict’s Street. It’s a cracking place to eat - a relaxed bistro experience with the sort of top quality produce and flavours usually found in fine dining restaurants. It’s also the first restaurant in Norfolk that we know of to offer dementia-friendly lunches.

These events were inspired by the owner’s late mother-in-law who, despite her dementia, took huge pleasure from dining in all the best foodie places in the county. Quite naturally, when the family found a place that not only served good food but also understood a bit about dementia, the whole experience went up a notch and they kept going back.

Farmyard has already run one dementia lunch and it was so successful that they are running another on Thursday 22nd February from 12 to 2.30pm. All their staff are dementia friends and so understand what people might be going through and how to be helpful rather than too full-on with customers. The music is set lower with dementia friendly menus that include images of the food. It’s a regular lunch service and everyone is welcome but Farmyard hopes to encourage some people who live with dementia to join them. Dementia can be a very lonely and isolating experience for those living with it, but often it’s even more acute for families and carers - so we salute Farmyard for this fantastic initiative.

And we would like to share a thought-provoking quote from Hannah, the owner’s wife: “Mental health is such a widespread issue but there’s a little part we can all play in making it just a bit better for people going through it. We really hope to be able to be a part of that and to encourage other restaurants to do the same.”

PS our new sponsors Cozens-Hardy solicitors are firmly on their way to becoming a dementia-friendly business too!