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Pat's Place

Operation Hospital Food with James Martin

in 2011 Celebrity Chef James Martin worked alongside chefs at Scarborough Hospital, to change the way hospital food is created, in a week long special series for BBC One.


In the programme James addresses the main issues surrounding hospital food nationally including the cost of meals, patient feedback, and nutritional standards.

James worked with staff to create a new weekly menu which has now been rolled out to patients and staff and feedback has been very positive. As part of the project the hospital restaurant was given a makeover and renamed Pat’s Place after Catering Manager Pat Bell who has worked at the hospital for 21 years!

 Changes implemented as part of this project include:

  • A weekly seasonal menu, for patients and staff, using more fresh and local ingredients
  • Daily homemade soup - choices include cauliflower and apple, butternut squash and lime and carrot and corriander
  • All eggs are cage free 
  • Freshly ground coffee machines in the restaurant
  • New James Martin inspired dishes include comfort food such as Yorkshire slow roasted pork, and sticky toffee pudding 
  • Less frozen foods - patients are now served a smoked haddock omlette which is cooked from fresh (free range eggs)   
  • A fresh baguette and salad bar in the restaurant
  • A suppliers cart selling fresh Yorkshire produce including biscuits, cakes and chutneys  
  • Ice cream vending machines are located near to the wards

Pat's Place is open to staff, patients and visitors for breakfast lunch and dinner. Lunch is served from 12pm until 1.45pm.

 If you would like to contact Pat and the Team you can write to the Catering Department at:

Scarborough Hospital 
Woodlands Drive
North Yorkshire
YO12 6QL

Tel: 01723 342164.


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