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Mearns House taste success in Bake-Off competition

Mandy Love shows off her bake-off entry at Mearns House Care Home

A STAFF member from Meallmore care home, Mearns House in Newton Mearns, is celebrating after reaching the final in a baking competition.

Mearns House’s activities coordinator, Mandy Love, took part in care home provider Meallmore’s ‘Great Meallmore Bake-Off’, beating 86 other entries from the 25 Meallmore care homes across Scotland.

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Mandy submitted her entry: a cake inspired by life during a pandemic. In a bid to paint a picture of the ‘new normal’ in cake form, she baked two impressive cakes; one shaped as a nurse’s uniform and the other modelled on COVID-19.

The residents of Mearns House are used to enjoying culinary expertise, as Meallmore, owner of Mearns House, was recently named the winners of the ‘Nutrition and Eating Well’ award at the recent Scottish Care Home Awards.

This award was presented to Meallmore for its ‘whole home approach’ to food and nutrition within its care homes, as well as providing recognition to the catering and care staff and nutrition-related activities provided. The catering team was applauded for its outstanding service and high quality, nutritious food that caters to residents’ individual dietary needs and preferences.

Speaking on reaching the final, Mandy Love said: “The last year has been incredibly tough for the care home industry, so getting into the final of the Great Meallmore Bake-Off is a real boost. It was a pleasure to share the cake with residents and colleagues at Mearns House, and I’m very grateful to everyone who voted for me.”

Kirsty Craig, care home manager of Mearns House said: “The Bake-Off was a great competition organised by Meallmore to scout out hidden baking talents, not just within the kitchen teams. Mandy is a brilliant activities coordinator and organises impressive events and things to do for our residents. I’m very proud of her in making it as far as she did in the competition.”

Situated in Newton Mearns, Mearns House is an industry-leading care home, and was named one of the top 20 cares homes in Scotland in 2020 by It provides excellent standards of personalised care for its elderly residents, including those living with dementia. For more information about the care Meallmore provides, please visit

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