Esplanade Club

The Esplanade Club is located in the heart of Watchet on the pedestrianised harbour front overlooking the marina. It is open to members and visitors; children and dogs are welcomed and all our customers are often able to enjoy sitting outside in the sun in our own outside area. We also have a full programme of live music with visiting bands playing every type of music as well as special folk and Open Mic sessions. The Club is a meeting place for various community groups and teams and works with other organisations to support events which take place on the Esplanade throughout the year. We are open all year both during the day and in the evenings. We have a defibrillator on the wall outside our main entrance and staff and others are trained in its use.

1 February 2019
Hospitality, Membership Organisations
Local Alliances:
Watchet & the Quantocks Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

West Somerset is an area with a significantly higher proportion of older residents than the national average and outside the school holidays, many visitors are also elderly. Inevitably, this implies a greater likelihood of the Club’s customers including those living with dementia and their carers. The Club’s friendly staff can help support them by having an awareness and understanding of dementia and by helping other members and visitors in their awareness. As a frequent winner of the CAMRA Somerset Branch ‘Club of the Year Award’, the Esplanade Club can set an example to other clubs and pubs across the county and beyond.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

The Club is on the ground floor of a building in the town’s conservation area, so the possibilities of modification to improve access, to the toilets (both of which have stepped entrances) for example, are limited. However, there are hand rails fitted to both toilets to assist customers up and down the stairs. Staff are also happy to help support people and guide them if asked.

Member website

2. Actions

  • Learn more about dementia

    To encourage all Esplanade Club staff to learn more about dementia by reading the appropriate information leaflet, attending a dementia friends’ session or joining online.

  • Support the work of Watchet area Dementia Action Alliance (WDAA)

    Support the work of Watchet area Dementia Action Alliance (WDAA)

    Description:  To support Watchet area Dementia Action Alliance (WDAA) by providing links to publicity for WDAA events including the ‘Forget-me-not Café’ and by providing a venue for WDAA events. To obtain useful contact numbers of local supported living providers such as Ingrams Meadow, St Audries Court & Maglands for staff to contact if a resident is in distress or in need of assistance. We already have numbers for the local police, doctors surgery and pharmacy.

    Being implemented
  • Increasing awareness

     To encourage its own members and visitors to become more aware of dementia and its effects and to model best practice for similar clubs in the area including, for example, ensuring that all directional signs within the building and notices of future events are printed in bold print and can be clearly understood. New pictorial signs to be put on both toilets and exits.