Residents of Rogers House Residential Care Home in Wigmore can have their cake and eat it too, thanks to a new in house tea room, created by staff.

“Let them eat cake!” was the message at Rogers House this week, as residents made their first visit to the home’s new tea room, which was formerly used as one of the several small lounges.

Designed with inviting relatives in and hosting birthday parties in mind, staff decided to transform the lounge when they realised that the regular afternoon tea celebrations were a favourite amongst the residents.

With the help of some fundraising, the staff managed to raise enough money to completely transform the room, they sourced everything from a dresser and wallpaper, to decorative lighting and fine china, doing all the redecorating themselves.

The project proved worthwhile, as the end result was a beautifully decorated room, filled with florals and pastel colours. Shelves display vintage teapots and bunting hangs across the corners. The room provides a lovely atmosphere for residents to tuck into some tasty tea and cake together and relax, in what feels like a trip out to meet friends.

Hannah Newman-Brown, Activity Coordinator at Rogers House said: “The residents absolutely love it in the tea room, as it gives them the experience of going out to eat. We plan to use it for special birthday celebrations and guests, when we can, as well, we hope it’ll get used a lot more than it did before as we have lots of ideas!”