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MTV Crashes Plymouth 2017 | A Notice for Guests…



MTV Crashes Plymouth 2017 – A Notice for Guests…

Parking restrictions

 
It’s a busy weekend in Plymouth this weekend! MTV Crashes Plymouth is back and will be held on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 July 2017, with an action packed line up excitement in the city is at an all time high!

This sensational event does mean that there will be some road closures and parking restrictions on the roads listed below and shown on the map above.

Due to recent events and in consultation with the police the following roads will be closed and enforced, any car left here will be lifted in the interests of public safety and security.

Road Closed on Citadel Road from the junction of Lockyer Street to the crossing with the Crown Plaza on the Thursday 27 and Friday 28 July with no parking from mid-day on the Wednesday 26 July until midnight on Friday 28 July.

Road Closure the Armada Loop outside the Crown Plaza to its junction of Citadel Road on the Thursday 27 and Friday 28 July with no parking from mid-day on Wednesday 26 July until midnight on Friday 28 July.

Road Closure Osborne Place from its junction with the esplanade to the Hoe Promenade from Tuesday 25 July and no parking from Monday 24 July until Sunday 30 July.

There will be additional closures on Lockyer Street to facilitate the crowds leaving from 9pm on both nights until safe to reopen.

Thank you everyone for your co-operation in making this a safer event and we hope if you are staying with us for MTV Crashes Plymouth you have the most amazing time.

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ONLY DAYS UNTIL MTV ‘CRASHES’ ON PLYMOUTH HOE!


ONLY DAYS UNTIL MTV ‘CRASHES’ ON PLYMOUTH HOE!

Thursday 27 and Friday 28 July 2017

The first acts to play Day One of the biggest music event in the South West, on Thursday 27 July,are chart toppers Clean Bandit, Sigma with guest Birdy, Charli XCX, Busted and Louisa Johnson. If that isn’t enough excitement for Day One, Club MTV on Day Two Friday 28 July will see Martin Garrix, Duke Dumont B2B Gorgon City, Wilkinson and Jax Jones. Club MTV favourites, R3WIRE & Varski, will also be returning to the sunny south-coast to get the crowds dancing the night away on Plymouth Hoe.

To get your hands on tickets call the Ticket Store hotline 0845 146 1460 or visit ticketstore.co.uk/mtvcrashesplymouth

The price for each evening is £15, plus a booking fee of £2. The Event Pass gives access to both evenings for just £27.50, plus booking fee.

Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult on Day One. Day Two is for 16 and overs only.

For more information and the latest updates follow @MTVPlymouth on Twitter or the MTV Crashes Plymouth Facebook page

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Wedding Wise | A Bride’s Busy Day…

 

A Bride’s Wedding Day Schedule – Let Us Help Get Your Timings Right for Your Special Day…

You’ll want to make every second count on your big day so it’s important to get your timings and wedding day schedule spot on! Follow our handy, hour by hour plan and everything should run like clockwork.

BUT! Remember – this is only a guide, it’s your day, do it your way! 

In this scenario, the wedding is starting at 2pm at the New Continental Hotel.

9am – You’ll probably be awake way before this time with excitement anyway, but 9am is a good time to rise and have breakfast. Nothing too stodgy but certainly something that will fill you up – perhaps toast and a banana? A glass of champagne is allowed but don’t overdo it too early on!

10am – The Bridesmaids should be with you now. As the bride you should be having your hair done first so the style can be perfected. Try to avoid having too many people in the room – only the bride, bridesmaids, mum; makeup artist/hairdresser and perhaps photographer should be with you now. This is the time to be calm and relaxed so if anyone is stressing you out – get them out!

11am – Have a small snack to keep your blood sugar levels up – you don’t want to be fainting at the aisle! Now bridesmaids should be having their hair done while your makeup is being applied.

12-12.30 – All hair and makeup should be done now and it’s time to get into your dress. Make sure whoever is doing up your dress has clean hands! Your photographer will want some time to take shots of you and the girls before you leave for the ceremony, so now is the best time. Delegate someone if needs be to be the main point of contact – Last minute issues are not your problem now!

1.15pm – Groom, best man and ushers arrive at the New Continental hotel, welcoming guests.

1.30pm – Groom will be seen in private by the Registrars conducting the ceremony. Once Groom has been seen, guests will make their way to the ceremony room and take their seats leaving the reception area free for the Bride to arrive.

1.45pm – Bridesmaids arrive in the reception area shortly followed by you the bride and whoever is giving you away. You will then also have a private meeting with the Registrars before they then make their way into the ceremony room.

2pm – It’s ceremony time! Your co-ordinator will start the processional music, open the doors and then it’s time to make your entrance. A little shy? Send your bridesmaids in first! This is also a good idea if you’re having flower girls or page boys, as they can walk in ahead of you and sit with their parents instead of standing on you train!

2.30pm – Post-ceremony photographs. Make sure your photographer has a detailed shot list so no special pictures are forgotten.

3pm - Drinks reception begins in Roma Bar. Couple and main party have their formal pictures taken. Wedding guest will be mingling at this point

4pm – Guests will be asked to make their way into the reception and take their seats ready for Bride and Groom to be announced into room. Once couple have taken their seats, the wedding breakfast is served. If you’re having a three course meal, allow one and half hours for service.

5.30pm – Speeches! Father of the bride traditionally goes first, then the groom and then the best man. If you want to make a speech its best to go after the groom. Everyone should have a glass of sparkling wine or similar for toasts.

6pm – The cutting of the cake – to be served either with coffee afterwards or to be cut and later served with evening buffet.

6.30pm – This is a good opportunity to sneak away and refresh your hair and makeup before your evening guests arrive.

7.30pm – Evening reception begins

8.15pm - The first dance. If you are nervous, ask the DJ or band to invite friends and family on to the dance floor half way through

8.30pm – Evening buffet should be brought out, if you’re having one. Only cater for 80 percent of the guests as the day guests may still be full from their earlier meal.

10pm – find your husband – yes, you will get separated throughout the evening – and take a few moments to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the wonderful day that you have created.

11.45pm – Bride and Groom depart. Your carefully decorated reception room will not be a pretty sight when the lights come on, so leave while the party is still on a high. Goodnight, Mr and Mrs!

Each Wedding is unique and timings will vary drastically between different celebrations. Please feel free to use the above as a loose guide, but don’t feel like you’re doing it wrong if you want to deviate – it’s your day after all! Also this covers lots of the traditional elements of a wedding and you may want to skip parts of this to suit you as a couple!

Above all – we wish you many wonderful memories and day full of love, laughter and above all else the start of something magical. x 

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Join Us | Club Continental Leisure Complex

Gyms in Plymouth

PART TIME LEISURE CLUB ASSISTANT…

Club Continental
 is the New Continental Hotels’ leisure complex; a setting that promotes health and fitness in a friendly and motivating environment. Club Continental comes complete with a heated indoor pool, sauna, steam room and a cardio and resistance gym. Although part of the New Continental Hotel, Club Continental is also open to the community and is a membership organisation.

As our Leisure Club Assistant you’ll support your manager and team to make sure our customers and members have a fantastic experience when they visit our club and hotel, whether it’s just from time to time or as a regular member.   

You’ll also help to drive and retain membership, by providing a great service and use your knowledge of the Club and Hotel to handle any potential membership enquiries. You will be given training so that you can offer advice and support to individual guests and members whilst using the facilities, to help them get the most out of their visit. 

You’ll also assist in making sure the club is clean and well maintained, and fully compliant with legislative requirements.

Although we do not require somebody who has previous experience of working within a leisure club, as full training will be given, you must be over 18 and have worked within a customer service orientated environment… a gym/health/fitness enthusiast would be advantageous!

Job Role: In Essence |  

The person appointed will represent both the New Continental Hotel and Club Continental and will therefore be expected to display a high level of responsibility, reliability, organisational and communication skills, as well as being passionate and eager to play a vital role within a busy family business. The role will involve working evenings, weekends and school-holiday periods – so a flexible approach to working hours is essential. The amount of working hours may increase or decrease depending on varying factors, so will be between 16-20 hours per week.

Responsibilities: Depending On Shift |

  • Customer services; welcoming members and guests, ensuring they have all of the information required, helping ensure they have positive experiences  
  • Opening and closing the Club; being responsible for the health, safety and well being of the Club, Hotel and Guests 
  • Ensure all equipment and the facilities remain safe, clean and tidy at all times. Maintaining cardio & free weight areas ensuring weight have been put back for safety hazards. Safety precautions around the gym, ensuring safety regulations are followed
  • Regular cleaning in all rooms including changing rooms and toilets
  • Taking payments and then following the appropriate procedures 
  • Maintaining the security of the facilities by ensuring that all entrances and exits remain secure and that access to the Club is only granted to members and guests with full policies and procedures being carried out
  • Provide high levels of customer care for all users; members and guests alike, including a point of contact for any queries or problems they have and telephone enquiries  
  • Supervise the vacation of the premises at the end of the evening, ensuring all lights are switched off, doors and windows are locked and any appropriate alarms are set 
  • Ensure correct members are entering by checking everyone’s ID
  • Must be able to work in a team 

*Other duties within the competence of the post holder, as may be reasonably required by the company. 

Benefits included |

28 days holidays including bank holidays (pro rata)
Free use of Club Continental 
A fun and friendly place of work


How to Apply: We’d Love To Hear From You | 

If you think you may be the right candidate for the job, we would simply love to hear from you. 

Applications for this post must be made via CV and a covering letter only. 

Please submit your documents below: 

Email: nikkif@newcontinental.co.uk  
Post: Club Continental | New Continental Hotel | Millbay Road | Plymouth | PL1 3LD 

If you have any questions please contact Adam on 01752 276 780

Deadline: 
Monday 31st July 2017

Please note | 

It is a requirement of this post that the successful applicant will be able to work irregular hours as rota can subject to change weekly however, as much advance notice as possible will be given.

This role is all about service excellence, we are looking for an enthusiastic individual who wants to do everything superbly well and where nothing is too much trouble for our guests.

“The New Continental Hotel and Club Continental are a committed equal opportunities employer. We seek to attract, develop and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. We value and respect individuality and encourage a culture within our family business where people can be themselves and be valued for their strengths and experiences. Everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, regardless of their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.”



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Wedding Wise| Wedding Planning Checklist…

 

Planning your wedding whether two years or two months in advance can be stressful; so at the New Continental Hotel we have created a Wedding Checklist for you. This Checklist is a general countdown of all the main things you need to do. Let’s face it, wedding planning can be a bit of a headache; coordinating all the different bits and pieces so we created a full task list of all the usual things you will need to do. Although each wedding is different and we’ve had brides at the New Continental Hotel who have organised their whole wedding in just 10 weeks, others take 2 years. Thankfully there are general rules that are helpful so here’s our Wedding Planning Checklist

Twelve to nine months before

  • Work out your budget (Determine how much you have to spend, based on your families contributions and your own)
  • Pick Your Wedding Party (As soon as you’re engaged, people will start wondering who’s in)
  • Start The Guest List
  • Reserve Your Date and Venues (Decide whether to have separate locations for the ceremony and the reception, factoring in travel time between the two places. At the New Continental Hotel you can have both your ceremony and reception all under one roof saving on transportation costs and cutting out a lot of stress)
  • Book Your Registrar
  • Research Photographers, Florists, Bands etc (As part of our package at the New Continental Hotel, we will provide your main display flowers and have 2 preferred suppliers we can put you in contact with)

Eight months before

  • Hire The Photographer (No need to talk specifics yet, but be sure that the people you hire are open to doing the shots that you want)
  • Book Any Entertainment (Attend gigs of potential acts to see how they perform in front of audiences. The New Continental Hotel has 2 fantastic Resident DJ’s that we happily put you in direct contact with to save you having to look around)
  • Purchase A Dress  (You’ll need to schedule time for at least three fittings. Accessories shopping can be postponed for another two or three months)
  • Reserve Hotel Rooms for Out-Of-Town Guests (If your guests call the New Continental Hotel directly, they will be offered a special rate as part of your wedding party if they want to book a room for the night)

Seven to Six Months Before

  • Select And Purchase Invitations
  • Start Planning a Honeymoon (Make sure passports are up to date)
  • Shop for Bridesmaids Dresses (Allow enough time for dresses to be ordered and sized)
  • Book A Florist (Florists can serve multiple weddings on one day which is why you can wait a little longer to settle on one plus at this point, you’ll be firm on what your wedding colours will be.)
  • Arrange Transportation
  • Select And Order The Cake
  • Purchase wedding Shoes And Start Dress Fittings
  • Schedule Hair and Makeup Artists (Make a few appointments with local experts to try them out. Take a photo at each so you can compare results)
  • Start to Choose Your Music (Keep a running list of what you do and don’t want played on the day)

Three Months Before

  • Finalise Flowers (You’ll want to wait until now to see what will be available, since flowers are affected by season.)
  • Make a List of the People Giving Toasts (Which loved ones would you like to have speak at the reception? Ask them now)
  • Purchase Your Undergarments And Schedule Another Fitting
  • Purchase The Rings (This will give you time for resizing and engraving)
  • Decide on your Menu for the wedding breakfast (at the New Continental Hotel, we give you the choice of 2 starters, 2 mains plus a vegetarian option and 2 desserts so you are sure to keep all your guests happy with our tempting menu
  • Send Out The Invitations (Once you have chosen your menu, the New Continental Hotel will print copies of the menu choices for you to give to each guest along with the invite)

Two Months Before

  • Meet with the Photographer (Discuss specific shots and walk through the locations to note spots that appeal to you)
  • Final details meeting with venue to go over all the details for the day and work out final numbers of guests for payments and table plans
  • Touch Base Again With Any Vendors You Are Using (Make sure any questions you or they had on your first draft have been answered)
  • Review The Playlist With The Band Or DJ (Though you probably can’t dictate every single song played, you should come prepared with a wish list)
  • Enjoy A Hen And Stag Party

One Month Before

  • Create a List of RSVPs (Chase people who are yet to respond)
  • Visit The Bridal Shop (With Luck) For Your Last Dress Fitting (For peace of mind, you may want to schedule a fitting the week of your wedding. You can always cancel it if you try the dress and it still fits perfectly)
  • Make As Many Final Payments As You Can
  • Confirm Times For Hair And Makeup And All Vendors
  • Purchase Bridal Party Gifts
  • Assign Seating Plan
  • Get Hair Cuts And Colours If Desired
  • Make sure the venue has your guests final menu choices and table plan (The New Continental Hotel will create your table plan for you as well as place cards with each individual guests name and menu choices)

Week of Wedding

  • Pick Up Your Dress and any rental clothing
  • All final payments have been made to venue
  • Check In One Last Time With The Photographer
  • Reconfirm Arrival Times With Vendors

Day Before

  • Drop off favours and room decorations to venue
  • Sort out payment for any final balances to be paid at the reception such as DJ and vendors
  • Ensure the cake is on track to be delivered to venue
  • Get a good night’s rest!

After The Wedding

  • Prearrange for someone to return any rentals
  • Write and send than-you notes to gift-bearing guests and vendors who were especially helpful
  • Leave a review for the venue and other potential couples that may use the venue to have their own wedding in the future

No matter what, we know that when love is at the heart of it, your day will be the most sensational day of your life and we hope we may be part of your wonderful memories. 

To talk to our wedding coordinator call now and arrange your visit; 01752 276783



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It’s a changing world…

 

It really is a changing world in so many ways; too many to cherry pick from the recent headliners that’s for sure. But the social, political and economic climate has always caused a huge array of changes to the way we live our lives, the way we do business and the way we learn from one another.

Looking across all sectors, each have faced challenging environments characterised by rising costs, changes in funding, dwindling resources, skills gaps, political decisions and much more. What we have all learnt over the years is that any sign of growing (or even surviving) is led by an understanding of the importance that collaborating, sharing knowledge and really empowering and enabling the next generation of young people has on our tomorrows.

Here at the New Continental Hotel, we made a conscious decision that if we were really to help support change to happen, then we have to be driven by the ‘doing’, not just by ‘talking’!

So, we did…!

We have taken a handful of young people under our wing here at the hotel; in all aspects, across all departments and involving young people of all ages. You may have read a recent blog on Shannon; our young and passionate apprentice in the kitchen here at the hotel. Today we put a proud lens over Nathan Croucher and publicly recognise his amazing passion, knowledge and ability in the world of photography and thank him for allowing us to be part of his story. This June we saw images that Nathan had taken from our hotel in his final degree show – and we simply beamed.

We were first introduced to Nathan through a programme that we ran in partnership with Plymouth College of Art in November 2016; we called it ‘A Fresh Focus’, because that’s exactly what it was! A number of students came and took over the hotel, using us as their backdrop to capture truly breathtaking images – in an entirely fresh focus!

Nathan was then studying his degree in Commercial Photography and we have been working with him ever since; he has captured some amazing food images for us at Steve’s Brasserie – for the website, social media and our Christmas Brochure 2017. He has been a true joy to work with.

We were able to give Nathan very real challenges and briefs to work from, working directly with our amazing chefs, shadowing them as they were coming at the photography session from another angle and a different worldview. We saw Nathan, although already amazing, grow over the months, offering him very real and rich  skills and guidance. We also saw him become more and more aware of other elements involved in the photo shoots and how they operate; such as front of house, marketing and of course the chefs themselves!

We were driven to cause change, make progress and generate opportunity for young people in our sector, and these young people really rose to the challenge; they took it with both hands and a burning desire to turn their passions to professions and become better connected to their futures.

Bobbie Hajiyianni adds:  “We aren’t teaching through talk, we understand that a business vision and its future doesn’t only have to rest on foundations that are driven to make short term profit, but foundations that are based on purpose and values; rich with enthusiasm and passion but also connected – that is how we become commercially viable but also how we offer sustainability within our sector. In many cases, we are asking a great deal of the young people we work with, our sector is not an easy one, but one that is full of reward for the right people. We know how much it matters, to really engage with these young people for a brighter future and we want to help them as they achieve and they progress, they create and they cause greatness within our sector. Both Shannon and Nathan are the sparks, not only because of who they naturally are, but because elements have been born through collaboration and through learning in the workplace; we simply nurture them so they can see their value as we do. We are also truly appreciate  the educational settings that have worked with us and that have given these young people such amazing springboards.”

 

 

 

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Wedding Wise; See You Soon…

 

This is not a good bye, it’s a see you all soon!

I feel quite emotional as I write this blog even though my reasons for having to write it are rather exciting: I’m having a baby! That’s right – I officially start my maternity leave this week.  I now prepare myself for the most daunting job role of my life so far … motherhood!

I say that I feel emotional because I can’t wait to become a first time parent, but I also can’t help but feel a little sad at the weddings I am going to be missing whilst I’m away. I feel very privileged to be a wedding coordinator at the New Continental Hotel and the best part of my job (apart from seeing couples finally saying their ‘I do’s’ on the big day itself) is the relationship I build with each couple on the journey that leads them up to their wedding day.

I have got to know some truly wonderful couples that are due to get married throughout this year and am so very excited for them all as their weddings swiftly approach. It seems such a long way off when couples initially come in to see me and book their date; looking around the hotel with a sense of being rather overwhelmed at the prospect of what they are planning for (rather like pregnancy) - but by the time we all sit down for our final details meetings a month or so before, the excitement begins to really build and all those initially daunting decisions that have to be made have happened and we all just look forward to the big event itself.

I’ve  left a few wedding wise blogs in my absence to hopefully continue giving some guidance to upcoming couples planning their special wedding days and looking for a bit of advice along the way.

I have spoken before about how much weddings mean to all of the staff here at the New Continental Hotel and the sense of pride we all take in making sure it’s the perfect day for each couple and that is why I know that, although I won’t be here to support my couples in person, they are in the best and most capable hands for ensuring their wedding days are both exquisite and wonderful!

I cannot describe the overwhelming amount of kindness I have received from my fellow work colleagues since I announced I was pregnant. Each and everyone has supported me in patience, time, generosity  and advice – whilst also lending me a hand with some of the more physical aspects of work (not to mention the hormones they have all put up with) and it is for all these reasons that I am going to miss everyone terribly whilst I’m away. To work in an environment that feels more like being surrounded by family and friends then just a place of work is both an honour and a privilege and one that I look forward to returning to in the future once my husband and I have settled a little into the new chapter in our lives as parents.

As I embark on this new adventure, I wish all our wedding couples the best of luck for your big days, and to my wonderful work colleagues – a huge and sincere thank you to each and every one of you. I shall see you all soon with much love and a brand new addition to the New Continental family!

 

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Wedding Wise; The Toastmaster…

 

The role of a Toastmaster…

When arranging a wedding day there will many things that are to happen at certain times throughout the day that will need structure. If you are trying to greet your guests and keep one eye or ear on all those things happening, then you cannot relax and enjoy it as much as you should. Weddings are not cheap celebrations. Vast sums are spent on making the perfect day a reality, but aren’t you entitled to enjoy it too, especially as it is you that is spending the money?

So what does a Toastmaster do to make this happen?

The Toastmaster is an important person for tying everything together so that the reception runs smoothly. The Toastmaster will:

  1. Announce the arrival of the married couple.
  2. Introduce the speakers.
  3. Announce the cutting of the cake.
  4. Announce the First Dance.
  5. Ensure the smooth running of the Reception.

The Toastmaster or The Master of Ceremonies (or M.C. as it is often abbreviated to) is responsible for liaising with the Event or Wedding  coordinator and the reception venue to make sure they are prepared for the next activity (for example that the champagne has been poured prior to the toasts.)  If a wedding planner is the planner, then the Toastmaster is the ‘carry outer’ – their job is to take the running order of the day and make it work. If they are doing things as they should, they will be ensuring everybody is where they should be, when they should be. They will be ensuring that all the guests are being looked after and that everything is in place, so that when it is needed there is no delay or ambiguity. They are there to give all those who have to perform a part a helping hand and boost confidence if required. And finally, they are there to make a few relevant announcements, keeping things running to time.

The Toastmaster should ideally be someone who:

  1. Has the ability to speak confidently so they can keep things moving along with a humorous comment where appropriate.
  2. Has a great sense of humour.
  3. Is a confident public speaker and is used to such occasions.
  4. Have a strong voice and an extrovert personality.

A good Toastmaster should be supplied with a list of speakers and the order in which they will be speaking. The Toastmaster should make a point of meeting all the speakers early on at the reception so that when they are introduced there is no confusion about who will be speaking. The Toastmaster also needs to know who the key people are the reception venue so that they know exactly who to liaise with. For example they may need to cue the musicians or the D.J. before the First Dance.

Here at the New Continental Hotel, we are very lucky to have our very own Toastmaster as a service that we provide as part of our wedding packages. Our Duty Manager, Simon takes on this responsibility for all our Wedding couples and absolutely revels in the role. His favourite part of being Toastmaster is having the opportunity to play a part in people’s special days. Having our very own member of staff as Toastmaster proves beneficial not only to the couple getting married but for the staff at the hotel also because Simon is the eyes and ears, and he works in parallel with all the New Continental Hotel staff and the photographers to make sure that things happen to time and there are no surprises for anyone, ensuring a wonderful day all round. 

For more information on our weddings and packages please email, call or just pop in; we would love to congratulate you in person. 

Email: weddings@newcontinental.co.uk  
Telephone: 01752 276797
Address: New Continental Hotel|Millbay Road|Plymouth|PL1 3LD
Website: www.newcontinental.co.uk 

Posted in Hotel's and Tourism, New Continental Hotel, Plymouth, Wedding |

It’s Time To Wine!

 

With English National Wine Week just behind us and in light of a tragic past few months in the UK, we thought it was time for wine!

We are not for one minute suggesting that one drowns ones sorrows, or drinks recklessly or irresponsibly, but it definitely seems like a time when wine is at the forefront of most of our minds, and not only because it’s Friday!

At the New Continental Hotel, our Wine List always plays a significant role in our bars and at Steve’s Brasserie. As a family that loves to entertain and help people make lasting memories, the quality of our wine must be high, but the cost reasonable – and it always plays an integral part in our planning.

Now, although prices have risen more in the first three months of this year than in the past two years, according to the drinks industry, it hasn’t stopped us from drinking wine. The UK accounts for nearly 15% of the world’s wine imports; it is the second-largest importer by volume (behind Germany) and by value (behind the US) and it is the SIXTH-BIGGEST market by consumption!!

The English wine production industry accounts for less than 1% of the UK’s consumption; so will English and South African wines enjoy a sales boost as the price of European and US wines rise with the falling value of the pound?

It is reported that the Sterling’s depreciation in recent months has helped boost foreign sales by Britain’s fine wine exporters, and initial reports say to the fast-growing markets in the Far East. And with English sparkling wine quality notably improving, and with 2016 being the best vintage for years because of the long warm summer – will we Brits become better known as growers and producers rather than drinkers and mischievers? Only time will tell, but what we do know here and now at the New Continental Hotel is that our South African wines have always been a huge success.

White | The Franschloek Cellar Unoaked Chardonnay £21

The Franschhoek Cellar is situated at the gateway to Franschhoek – a romantic village known for its French Huguenot heritage – in one of the most scenic wine valleys in the world.

The wine is a radiant pale gold with a youthful green glow. Attractive pineapple and lemon and lime fruit purity and intensity on both nose and palate with a lively balancing acidity to a fresh finish – a gracious and engaging wine even without oak.

Grapes are harvested by hand in January and February, cold fermented in stainless steel and left completely unwooded to amplify the inherent varietal fruit purity. The wine works deliciously with our chicken and pork dishes.

Red | Rib Shack Pinotage Shiraz £23

Pinotage defines the unique character of Cape reds with its delicious, smoked berry character, while Shiraz adds a little more oomph and complexity. The perfect red blend for any red meat! On the nose a full and fruit fragrance and sumptuous smoked oak spice.

This is a bold and expressive blend that balances the best of both Pinotage and Shiraz varietal with style and complexity right through to a smooth and juicy textured finish in the mouth, bursting with flavours of deep plums, espresso and shades of chocolate.

Made from local star Pinotage, plus Shiraz and Cabernet, crafted at the 70 year old Douglas Green winery. It’s a great expression of the country’s winelands, a full bodied muscular red wine and a signature wine from Douglas Green. It really packs a punch!

This South African red wine has red meat in mind. Rib Shack Red wine with steak, roast beef, rack of ribs or on the barbeque is perfect!

Posted in Events, Hotel's and Tourism, New Continental Hotel, Staff Have Their Say, Steve's Brasserie |

New Addition; Assault AirBike At Club Continental…


We always try to listen. Engaging with our guests, members and friends is what we love most about being an independent family owned hotel. Being able to take the time to talk and then really listening to your feedback, then having the autonomy to act upon it, all vital elements that we always strive to do. 

We have spoken to many of our guests and members, and with Adam at the helm advising and supporting our growth; when you and he said we need an Assault AirBike – we knew what we had to do!

The Assault AirBike  is an air-based, upright bike with a pair of robust exercise arms. The uniqueness of the air resistance system is that it offers as much resistance as you can handle. The harder you pedal, the greater the resistance! The dual-action design, meanwhile, synchronises your arm and leg movements to simulate your natural motion.

The bike is built to withstand the vigorous use of high intensity interval training; it has rave reviews from fitness enthusiasts, club owners, trainers and physical therapists, the Assault AirBike is said to be truly the best fan bike available today. Built from the ground up, starting with a frame manufactured from full high-tensile steel that is sealed with a layer of industrial powder coating paint. To ensure durability and moving parts employ sealed cartridge bearings.

The bikes console offers a crisp LCD screen that is packed with features for all users. On-board programming allows you to jump into a workout with minimal fuss, or fully customise your session on the bike. Choose from high intensity intervals, or set a target distance or Watt goals. Integrated messaging to help inspire you keeps the workout fresh and motivating if Adam isn’t available!

We know that no two fitness programmes or people are the same and so personalising a piece of equipment to match an individual’s ability and strength is nearly impossible. This bike meets this challenge by ramping up resistance automatically as you push, pull and pedal with greater speed and force. In fact, the Assault AirBike can provide a virtually unlimited workout. Keep it mellow and level to target a heart rate range, or jump into a Tabata/high-intensity interval session that reduces you to a quivering heap of sweat! Eeek!

Whether this is used for a primary tool in your calorie-burning tool kit (fused with a balanced diet) or just as part of your workout; this new addition to Club Continental is just the burn you need! 


“Club Continental has great cardio and resistance equipment, a sauna and steam room, heated indoor pool and a friendly, motivating environment –  gain access to a city centre gym that encourages you to be your best.”
 
10 Free Session Passes available simply email; elinor.eaton@newcontinental.co.uk 

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