The restaurant in a retirement village in Hampshire has become the first in the country to win an AA rosette for its food.
The Redwood Bistro in Eastleigh opens for dinner three nights a week and serves both residents and outside diners.
Behind the stove is head chef Robert Quehan, who has worked at the Ivy and the Dorchester in London.
Dishes on the menu at the restaurant, part of Bishopstoke Park in Eastleigh, include loin of farmed rabbit and triple chocolate bavarois, according to the Telegraph.
The rosette was awarded in December after an unannounced inspection.
Quehan told the paper: "When they came to me and asked if I would like to take it over, I thought ‘care homes? I don't go to care homes!'
"You think it's all boil-in-the bag. But when I came to visit I found it quite exciting.
"I wanted to get the Rosette because no-one had done it before in a retirement village - it was a real challenge to be the first to do it."
The restaurant also has a puree-only menu.
An AA spokesman said: "This restaurant is very much a trailblazer, and we hope that others will follow suit."
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