A HEREFORDSHIRE care home has had a new bar installed, with the intention of giving residents a place to socialise.

The Forbury Residential Home in Leominster has opened the "Big Bear Arms" bar in the home, with help from town mayor John Rumsey.

The bar will serve a selection of beers, wines, ciders, spirits and bar snacks and has tables made from upturned beer barrels to give it an authentic pub feel.

Resident Phyllis Orton said: "I think it’s a wonderful little bar, which suits our family home, to be able to have a drink whenever we want one."


Eric Harrison, who also lives at the home in Church Street, said that it was great to have an option to socialise in a different environment and was a throw back to earlier habits.

Genovaite Bujokiene, registered care manager for the Forbury, said that being able to open the bar for the home's residents was a proud moment.

She said: "We would like to express our sincere thanks to Mayor John Rumsey for coming to the Forbury and opening The Big Bear Arms bar today.

"On behalf of the residents and staff at the Forbury we were delighted to meet him and be able to have a warm chat and a laugh together.

"It was a great feeling to be a part of Leominster community."