Time flies when you're having fun - so they say - and we have been having our fair share of fun!!
Couple of award ceremonies, the first being the BIG ONE at the Hilton Park Lane where we were given the title of Best Tenanted Pub of the West in the Great British Pubs awards. A first class evening and we stayed on the 24th floor of the Hilton overlooking Buckingham Palace - I swear, I was like a child in wonderment and awe!! Just amazing!! The second was for a more local award - the Torquay Herald Express - where we were pitched against one of the big boys in our area. A Michelin star famous fish Chef with a restaurant in Dartmouth. It was a privilege to be in the top four with him.............. needless to say he won, but we were thrilled to have been there and nominated into the top four Best Dining establishments along the Devon 'Riviera'!
The 'Girleys' went to that occasion and they all looked absolutely beautiful and did the Victoria Inn proud.
On top of that Tim and Chef James have been busy making Chutney's and Jams to sell at theVictoria, along with some one cup Tea Pots (everyone always asks where we get ours!) and some really cute Teddy Bears with T Shirts that have our logo and name - great presents for Christmas!!
Our new home made Ice Creams and Sorbets are going down a storm!! My chefs can't make enough of it right now! Next new menu's coming in tomorrow and SOH is busy putting together a new wine list. So a lot of fun and a lot of hard work right now, but that is what the job of being a Publican is. Great rewards if you work hard and care about your business - which we do!
Thankfully we have a week off next week and what we are going to do I have no idea, but I do know it will involve lots of rest and relaxation!! I'll try not to leave it a month before I blog again......so till then darlings, take care and wrap up warm as the Autumn creeps in X