RESIDENTS at a Bromsgrove care home have been toasting the opening of their new private pub.

Regents Court Care Home, in Stourbridge Road, has transformed one of its dining rooms into a traditional tavern, complete with a bar, optics, mini juke box and pub-style table and chairs.

The pub gives residents the chance to take a trip down memory lane by tasting traditional pub grub like a ploughman’s lunch or enjoying a favourite tipple.

The project has been set up with part of a £3,750 grant from Worcester Dementia Standard (WDS).

Home administrator Claire Cards said: “Many of our residents are no longer able to get out to the pub like they used to when they were younger – so we thought we would bring the pub to them.

“We have a cassette juke box loaded with songs from the 40s and 50s and for the opening night female staff dressed as old-style serving wenches with the men in flat caps and waistcoats.

“The pub is all about helping residents reminisce and socialise in a different environment.”

The rest of the WDS grant has been used for improvement to a snoozelum at the care home – a room decorated and equipped to resemble a beach scene, with mood lighting, soothing sounds, a fish tank, a giant bean bags for relaxing and clouds painted on the ceiling.

An upstairs corridor has also been decorated with a nature theme, including forest-scene wallpaper.