Ellesmere Port residents reminisce with revived former town cafe

Memories of a cherished Ellesmere Port eatery have been revived following the official opening of a care home’s dementia-friendly cafe.

Aaron Court Care Home, on Princes Road, has named its new facility Mansells, after a now closed restaurant and cafe on Cambridge Road.

The original Mansells opened as a grocery store, then later a takeaway and finally cafe and restaurant, before closing.

Aaron Court Care Home activities coordinator Amy Jones posted a message on popular Facebook group Pride in the Port as part of her research into the cafe.

The post received more than three dozen responses from former employees and patrons with fond memories.

“We picked the name Mansells following a bit of local research,” said Jones.  “When I mentioned the name to the residents, to see if they knew it, they all were able to reminisce about it.”

She adds: “Thanks to the Facebook group Pride in the Port, lots of people have come forward with pictures and information on the cafe, as I couldn’t find anything online. The response has been amazing, but we’d still like to get more information and photos.”

“The photos and stories help our residents reminisce, which can be very therapeutic for those living with dementia, in particular.”

The care home’s new dementia-friendly cafe is open to all visitors who would like to share a cuppa with residents at the care home as well as share memories of the former Mansells.

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