All meals are freshly prepared by our experienced cooks using locally sourced produce, where possible, an appetising and varied menu is offered ensuring choice and good nutritional balance. Special dietary requirements are also catered for.

All of our food is delivered fresh two times a week from local providers. Fresh fruit and vegetables are offered daily and meals are cooked and cakes baked by one of our two qualified cooks. The chef also makes homemade bread for the Residents and homemade jam is made by the owner with fruit picked from her garden and blackberries and damsons grown wild around the fields at Billacombe.

The menu is created by and for the people living here – they tell us what they want included at regular Residents meetings and placing requests in the suggestion box.

Food safety is a priority and our standards are extremely high. Durnsford Lodge has just received a ’5′ rating from Plymouth City Council Environmental Health using their Scores on the Doors scheme. The scheme is based on six different ratings (six tiers) which reflects the range of standards that may be found. At the bottom of the scale is 0 which means urgent improvement is required. At the top of the scale is 5 which means hygiene standards are very good putting Durnsford Lodge in the top level for any food serving establishment in Plymouth. You can see the certificate here: Food Hygiene Rating Certificate . Ratings are displayed on the Food Standards Agency Food Hygiene Rating Scheme website at:

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Pudding from Durnsford Some Durnsford cake