fantastic awards in February!
Firstly the hugely prestigious Taste of the West South West England Gold award for the THIRD year running. Comments from the judges included:
- Meals were cooked and presented to perfection
- The Veggie Burger was super tasty!
- The Chocolate Tart was 'wow'
- Service was superb
- The whole team were working as a well oiled machine
- The place was full of happy customers and the judges did not want to leave
Secondly and equally as important to us as a business we also won a Bronze award in the South West Tourism Excellence awards 15/16 in the Best Pub category. Two of our team went to this in our absence as SOH has been a bit poorly for a couple of weeks now - but I say, didn't they scrub up well! Jonathon one of our assistant Managers and Rob, one of our senior team members. Sadly, we didn't get through to the national finals, but I was really pleased with how well the Vic did.
It was held in Exeter Cathedral and we were assured it was a great evening.
As I write this blog, the Harbour Hotel in Salcombe is up for Large Hotel of the Year in the National Tourism Awards in Blackpool next week - so can I take this opportunity to wish them all the luck in the world. They're a fab hotel with a great team and I am sure they will do really well.
Thirdly, we won Wine House of the Year at the St Austell Tribute Estate awards at the Eden Project in Cornwall. Again, an amazing achievement and all credit both to SOH for writing an alluring wine list with fantastic wines from St Austell but also to our team for their selling skills! We're also just a few reviews from 1,000 on Trip Advisor so if you've visited us and loved us, don't be shy, tell the world.
We've just extended our Champagne Sunday to Champagne weekend and ooooohhhh our customers do love a drop of bubbly - especial Joseph Perrier.............. The sign on the staircase is all painted on from our friend Mark who has great artistic skills. Even what looks like a poster has been painted on and the young lady is styled on our very own Philly.
The road works in Salcombe are at last finished and thank goodness for that too. It certainly affected business in the town for February (including ours) and there is no way I would ever be asking for a pedestrian only access - apart from maybe in the 6 weeks of summer.
There were very few business's I believe that didn't feel the effects of having the road closed and we were all pleased it was for no more than a month. The rest of Salcombe is a bit like a building site and a mystery road trip as different bits of road get blocked off and steel fencing put round so if you're coming down just be prepared to do a circle or 2 of the town to get to your destination.
Something for the ladies who read my blog is that we have a new business in town - and guess what!? Its a handbag shop!!! Bella Borsa (already in Kingsbridge) run by the lovely Shani is full of beautiful soft leather bags, gorgeous colours and local suppliers too as well as the most amazing Italian bags.
I HIGHLY recommend (sorry chaps) a visit when you next come down. No I'm not on commission (and my SOH is not overly pleased with Shani for opening up in town due to my love of handbags) I only ever recommend anywhere or anything or services I've used and have been exceptional, and trust me, her handbags are just beautiful!!
Easter is but a few weeks away and we are already fairly fully booked for Easter weekend, so if you want to come and dine with us over that holiday - don't delay - book today! 01548842604
On that note, I'm off - hope you enjoyed this blog, see you all soon I'm sure,