Restaurant team serves up warm welcome

Team at Hadleigh Ram which has become the first dementia friendly restaurant in the town. ANL-160719-143115001
Team at Hadleigh Ram which has become the first dementia friendly restaurant in the town. ANL-160719-143115001

Family-run gastro pub The Ram has become the first dementia friendly restaurant in Hadleigh.

Staff from the Market Place pub - owned by Stuart Inns - have been specially trained to help customers who have the condition, and their families, to feel welcome.

The company has collaborated with Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance, and the pub’s front of house staff have attended dementia friends information sessions.

According to Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance, there are 173 people diagnosed with dementia in Hadleigh.

Tracey Loynds, Chair of the Alliance said: “We are delighted that Stuart Inns and the team at The Ram agreed to become the first dementia friendly restaurant in Hadleigh.

“Every time a new business signs up to the Alliance, we move one step closure to making Hadleigh a dementia friendly community.

Marketing director for Stuart Inns, Lorna Pissarro said: “With dementia now more understood by people, it is important we at Stuart Inns and our staff do all we can to meet the expectations of customers who may suffer from this condition, and make them and their families feel even more welcome when in unfamiliar surroundings.”

Stuart Inns also runs boutique hotel and pub The Swan in Long Melford, and The Greyhound in Lavenham.