The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Adult Social Care team along with the Council Volunteer Service have been focussing a lot on the older members of our community as these tough economic times take hold. We have just faced a winter where the question of ‘eating or heating’ was one faced by many across the country.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham said: “In times like this many people fall through the cracks in society and sadly it is usually the elderly members of the community. Locally we are seeing the prevalence of food banks which are now in the double figures across the constituency. With this in mind it is encouraging to see local businesses showing their support and understanding by providing special offers for the elderly, it highlights a real sense of community spirit in the local area.”

So to help ease some of the financial pressures on the older generation locally, the Barking and Dagenham Adult Commissioning team have worked with local providers to put together a list of food venues and other food services across the borough and branching into Havering. The services listed offer discounts to older people that are available on certain days of the weeks or at certain times.


Local food venues:

McDowell’s Heath Pie Shop 696 Becontree Avenue, RM8 3HD

Older people special on Wednesdays: Pie, mash and a drink for £3.20

Home delivery is available, call: 020 8592 1091

5 Elm’s Cafe 309 Wood Lane, RM8 3NH

Every day between 2pm-4pm older people can get: Roast dinner and tea/coffee for £4.00

Royal Dolphin Fish Bar 295 Wood Lane, RM8 3NH

Older people special available every day (except Sunday): Cod and chips for £3.30

Roys Pie and Mash 3 Station Parade, RM9 5AQ

Older people special on Wednesdays: Pie, mash and a drink for £3.00

China House 147 Broad Street, RM10 9HX

Older people special: 10% discount on takeaway orders

Home delivery is available, call: 020 8592 4688

Chez Sanlin Café – 515 Broad Street, RM10 9HX

Thursday: discounted prices for older people.

Free delivery for older people, call: 020 8517 0099

Brooke Pie and Mash 833 Dagenham Road, RM10 7UP

Older people special on Tuesdays: Pie and mash for £2.20

Dream Cafe and Restaurant1094 High Street, Chadwell Heath, RM6 4AB

Older people special: 10% discount on breakfast, lunch and dinners.

The Brothers Fish Bar 9-11 Station Road, Chadwell Heath, RM6 4BE

Older people special: Cod, chips, salad, buttered roll and a drink for £4.50

The Moby DickWhalebone Lane North, Chadwell Heath, RM6 6QU

Older people special: Join the Diamond Club for free and access a range of discounts and events for members. E.g. two meals for £7.95. Closed for refurbish until 17th May.

For information call: 020 8590 9524


Other local food services:

Kingsley HallParloes Avenue, RM9 5NB

Kingsley Hall is a friendly community centre offering a range of social activities for older people including crafty clubs, tea dances and short mat bowls. Available all week. A hot lunch is served at 12pm and costs £4.00. Call: 020 8592 1708

Havering Catering ServicesThis service is aimed at those who cannot prepare their own meals or struggle to make it to the shops. The company provides a range of nutritious hot meals and snacks that are delivered to your door. Staff members are CRB checked and trained in the care of elderly people or those with special needs. 

· A two course delivered hot meal costs £4.99

· A tea time snack can also be delivered with the meal for an extra £1.55

· There is also a frozen meal delivery service at £3.35 for a two course meal. Frozen meal service is delivered fortnightly however for this service there is a minimum order of 10 meals.

For more information call: 01708 479343

Please note this is not a list of Council approved meal suppliers and is not a comprehensive list. If you would like to join up with neighbours (on a one off or regular basis), with the possibility of getting group discounts, the CVS may be able to support it. If you are interested in any of the above or would like more information about offers, to receive the above information as a leaflet or if your business would like to offer a discount please contact Zoë Garbett on: 020 8227 2311


Independent living:

In addition to the food based support above there are also a number of social opportunities for older people locally. The Volunteer Bureau is currently offering support for individuals to help develop skills that many take for granted such as: using a microwave and buying food online. If you feel these services could be of benefit to someone yourself or someone you know then call: 020 8532 7343 for more information.

People over 60 are also able to access all of the boroughs leisure facilities free of charge. Becontree Leisure Centre situated on Althorne Way near Dagenham Civic Centre currently runs an over 50’s work out and social session called ‘Elderberries’. It is a great opportunity for older local residents to socialise and meet new people.