Downtown Abbey star, Hugh Bonneville, said visiting Bristol’s brand-new eatery, The Restaurant that makes Mistakes, was one of his most positive and impressive experiences.
The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes, which is overseen by Bristol-based chef Josh Eggleton strives to change the perception about dementia. Its staff entirely consists of people suffering from dementia.
Hugh visited the restaurant to show his support. The star was reported to appear uneasy when he first arrived but he later admitted to it being one of his most positive and impressive dining experiences.
He said: “I have had such a positive experience and I hope this idea really takes off for restaurants around the country, to take away the stigma.”
“You can sense they are all looking out for each other and I take my hat off to them.”
The Alzheimer’s Society is supporting a new Channel 4 series which aims to educate employers and policy makers on destigmatizing dementia.
Lorna Robertson, Alzheimer’s Society Area Manager for Bristol, said: “We have more than 4,600 people living with dementia in Bristol, but life doesn’t end when dementia begins. Each person affected by the condition deserves to continue living the life they want to live, at work, at home and in the community.”
“In 2013, Alzheimer’s Society launched Dementia Friends to tackle the stigma around dementia, to help those affected by the condition feel understood and valued in the community. There are now 2.5 million Dementia Friends changing the way the world thinks about dementia, and over 3,000 of those are living in Bristol.”
“But that alone isn’t enough. We need all businesses, workplaces and communities across Bristol to follow the lead of The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes and make necessary adaptations so that local people with dementia feel valued and able to continue to contribute to society.”