Chicken Potpie with mash potatoes, carrots and peas

The Dining Experience at Chartwell Oxford Gardens in Woodstock

At Chartwell Oxford Gardens, we understand that the food you eat and the people you enjoy it with make for a dining experience that can be familiar and affirming, nourishing both bodies and spirits. We strive to deliver that kind of experience at every breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We do this by incorporating a foundation of fresh, wholesome ingredients—using the fruits, vegetables, dairy products, eggs, and meats from our local suppliers whenever possible—creating diversified, seasonal menus that showcase both crowd-pleasing dishes and more innovative fare. Themed nights, where we celebrate an occasion or a holiday add to your dining experience, where there is always something to look forward to.

We reach out to residents on a regular basis to get their feedback, striving to make every meal the best it can be. You might choose a Mediterranean salad, followed by beef skewers with saffron rice and grilled asparagus and Tiramisu for dessert one night, while enjoying California bean soup and a crab cake on a bed of Asian noodles for lunch on another day.

3 Plates of food -one with a pie, one with fish and one with salad. 3 assiettes de nourriture - une avec une tarte, une avec du poisson et une avec de la salade.

We offer both featured daily menus, as well as many à la carte appetizers, salads, soups, entrées, and dessert selections. Those tempting desserts may be made in-house by our own pastry chef. If you have special dietary requirements, we will happily accommodate you.

We also have a bar/lounge for Happy Hour, our bistro for coffee and freshly prepared snacks, and our country kitchen if you would like to do some baking or make a meal with friends, or for yourself. Guests are always welcome in either our main dining room, or in our private dining room, available for small group bookings.

ice cream with caramel sauce on top

Service is just as important to us as the quality of our meals at Chartwell Oxford Gardens.

Our food services team, including our friendly and attentive servers, are key to making your dining experience special at every turn. They take pleasure in serving you tableside, chatting with you, and getting to know you and your preferences. They’ll soon know how you take your coffee, or what your favourite dressing is. Working behind—and in front—of the scenes is our Food Service Manager, who may request your feedback so we can continue to improve your experience.

  • Butternut Squash Soup for starters
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  • Chartwell server serving omelette to the senior resident

Get a taste for Chartwell’s dining experience

What makes dining in a retirement residence special? It’s a combination of service from friendly staff who come to know your name, the delicious food on your plate, and the social connection that comes from gathering around a table to share stories over a good meal. Don’t forget fun themed meals, the chance to celebrate cherished traditions with family, and the opportunity to enjoy homestyle menu favourites as well as something new you mightn’t have tried if you were on your own. Watch our series of dining experience videos to understand what you can expect in a Chartwell retirement residence!

Explore our eye-catching seasonal menus

Did you know? Chartwell changes their menus to reflect all four seasons of the year! We have more than 750 tried-and-tested recipes that we reflect on our menus throughout the year, many of which incorporate seasonal ingredients that have you looking forward to your dining experience each day. Browse our sample seasonal menu to get a glimpse of what you can expect—including food photography of the meals you’ll see at our retirement residence!

Front page of Chartwell's seasonal menus document

Learn some fun facts about dining at Chartwell

There are so many assumptions out there about what retirement living food is—and most of the time, they couldn’t be more wrong! Explore our interesting infographic for true facts and figures about the dining experience at Chartwell—you may be surprised by what you learn.

Fact Image: We serve over 28, 000 cups of coffee per day - that's 10 million cups per year. We crack over 7, 500 eggs per day - that's 2.5 million eggs per year