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Dip, Dine & Unwind This Half Term…

 

With half term just a stone’s throw away now; we are all looking for fun things to do in Plymouth – and by golly there are plenty!

BUT … have you thought about Club Continental and Steve’s Brasserie for a ‘Dip & Dine’ Special?

Under 5s go for FREE at Club Continental where you have a great play centre in our reception area and a warm and friendly pool; then why not grab an evening treat at Steve’s Brasserie with our fabulous Children’s Menu.

We are also running our Colour Me Full’ competition; where every poster that has been coloured in can be traded for a children’s meal at Steve’s Brasserie!

What could be better for a family friendly afternoon out in Plymouth! 

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A Brighter Future With Our Shining Apprentice…




According to new research by Hilton and International Youth Foundation, 17% of young people consider hospitality as a top three career choice.

The survey that was carried out, questioned 7,600 millenials all aged between 16-24 asking what factors drove their potential career choices of the future. 57% of those 7,600 said that a flexible work-life balance was what they looked for in a career, while 30% wanted a profession that gave them the opportunity to move to different regions and countries.

Internship and apprenticeship opportunities were cited by 19% of these millenials as an important factor and here at the New Continental Hotel we know that this is a really important element when young people want to turn passions to professions and be better connected to their futures.

Our shining light for a brighter future within our sector, we believe, is young people; those who choose today a career in hospitality tomorrow. They are what will drive a dynamic and exciting sector full of opportunities and growth.

Our latest apprentice has been with us for three months now; and joined after she carried out her work experience with us here in 2015. Shannon is studying the City & Guilds NVQ in Food Production and Cooking at City College Plymouth, where one day a week her class room studies compliment her real world environment. What she learns in both the class room and kitchen can be applied to each setting offering real and purposeful opportunities to gain an understanding and knowledge which is both rich and real.

“I really enjoy coming to work and learning something new every day. Everyone has welcomed me and everyone shares their special skill set to help me understand and grow. I really enjoy being part of a busy team and really appreciate everyone’s time helping me.” Says Shannon.

During her time at the New Continental Hotel, Shannon receives one to one tuition in the kitchen to improve her cheffing knowledge and experience; she receives constant mentoring from Rob, our Head Chef here at the hotel,  who gives encouragement and advice to help her progress, sharing his knowledge and experience.

The NVQ focuses on developing and assessing her existing skills and concentrates on the basics of food production and practical know-how (covering vegetables, soups, stocks and sauces, meat, fish and poultry, and pastry products) Shannon’s learning is in a real kitchen, in a busy city centre hotel and therefore her learning is varied, full and very, very real!

“You don’t enter the kitchen without deep routed passion” says Rob Dunne, Head Chef at the New Continental Hotel. “Shannon has passion in buckets but she also has a natural aptitude for cheffing, which is a joy to help unlock and connect with her future path within the profession. It’s by no means easy, but Shannon has already shown great ability and is a joy to have in my kitchens.”




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Wedding Wise | Something Old…



SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE
 & A SIXPENCE IN YOUR SHOE…

It’s one of the most well known wedding traditions for a bride on her wedding day for good luck! This comes from an old English rhyme dating back to the 17th Century; it also says that a bride should have a sixpence in her shoe. But have you ever wondered why?

After a little research, here’s what we found out at the New Continental Hotel:

Something Old: To represent the bride’s family and stability

Something New: To represent the new family that is beginning through the unity of the bride and groom

Something Borrowed: Typically the something borrowed is from happily married family or friends who will pass on their good luck through that borrowed item.

Something Blue: To represent devotion, commitment and purity.

& A Sixpence in your shoe: For Good Luck!

These days, brides have gotten very creative with incorporating these four things into their ensembles! Though it’s by no means required, and non-superstitious ladies may decide against it, it’s a fun way to personalise a wedding dress or accessories. So how will you incorporate this into your wedding?

We asked our friends at the New Continental Hotel how they made use of this fun tradition, and here are some our favourites!

  • Instead of a sixpence,  why not use a coin from a year that has significance for you, your new partner or your family?  This is what one of our past Brides decided to do. The date happened to be the year her and her partner met. She not only wore this as a charm on her necklace for the big day but they also had personalised coins made to give out as favours with a scratch card for each of their guests.
  • Brooch bouquets are a great way of incorporating all the above into your wedding. Borrowed and old  brooches from family members and friends,  blue coloured brooches, sixpence pins and the very fact that the bouquet itself is brand new make this a great idea. One bride’s father had passed away so wasn’t able to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day so she wore a blue ribbon with a forget me not flower pendant on the wrist of the hand her father would have taken to give her away.
  • How about a blue garter with your soon to be new initials sewn on?
  • Some girls change perfumes like they change their shoes and for them choosing a new wedding perfume might be a no-brainer. You could surprise your husband with a fresh scent on your wedding day. They say your sense of smell is the strongest link to memories we have, so every time you spray this perfume you both will be bought back to your wedding day – wear it again on your first anniversary to relive it all.

However, if you’re loyal to a signature perfume, it can be your something old. Maybe your signature scent was one of the first things your future husband noticed about you on your first date – so of course you’ll want him to have that same strong scent memory on your wedding day. Who says your something old has to be something you can see?

  • Borrowing an item of jewellery is often a popular choice for something borrowed, but one bride recently borrowed a designer handbag from a family member to use as a treat on her big day.
  • Wearing your mother’s pearls works well for old-fashioned brides. But a more modern way to wear your something old is to re-purpose antique jewellery as hair accessories. Ask your hairdresser to add removable bobby pins to brooches, or wind necklaces through your up do.
  • Flash a pop of blue as you walk down the aisle and hit the dance floor with some blue shoes. Colourful heels not only brighten up your look but can always be worn again afterwards.
  • A locket on your bouquet or necklace: This sentimental idea is so touching. Carry around a photo of loved ones who are no longer with us in a pretty locket either attached to your bouquet or as a necklace. Depending on how or who you got the locket from, this can be your something old, new or borrowed.

So, with a little ingenuity and imagination, brides can easily incorporate these traditions into their wedding day celebrations and add some creative flair and personality to wedding ceremonies. There’s no end to the inventive combinations of items Brides can carry to increase their good fortune. 


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Plymouth After Dark Sounds Of The Sixties…

 

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery presents ‘Plymouth After Dark Sounds Of The Sixties’ as part of the ‘Museum On Tour’ event for the Plymouth History Centre.

The New Continental Hotel Ballroom will come alive this evening with sensational sounds from The Revolvers, a talk from Mr Plymouth, also known as the sensational Chris Robinson and of course a photobooth, free 60’s inspired drink and great prizes!

The event starts at 6.30pm until 11.30pm; some tickets are still available and we really can’t wait!  

 

 

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Memories That Will Last A Lifetime…


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Easter is a time where we all count our blessings; for us at the hotel we feel blessed that we have the most amazing team, working hard each day to ensure guests visiting Plymouth have the very best experiences possible.

Nothing shows this off more than a story from this past Easter weekend; when our sensational receptionist, displayed once again how important she feels the people that visit us truly are.

For the past three years, Tracey has bought two Easter Eggs to play ‘Guess My name’ at reception; each year the game is received with huge enthusiasm from all, no matter what their ages!

This year’s winners were a beautiful Cheerleader, here for an event and Tobias; a charming and polite four year old; who made quite the impact and left a lasting impression on all of our staff.

Tobias was visiting Plymouth with his Grandparents, their first time staying at the hotel. Tobias was asked to ‘Guess My name’ and then in for a chance to win the beautiful chocolate egg. Without hesitation Tobias said ‘I think your name must be ‘Beautiful!’  Well, without further ado; this charismatic little man won the egg hands down!

Now booked again to return to Plymouth in September, we can’t wait to welcome them back. Once again we count our blessings that our staff all go the extra mile to ensure Plymouth is a place where magical memories are made; memories that will last a lifetime. 

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Wedding Wise | The Ring Tradition…

 

Ring Tradition | Engagement rings…

You’re ready to pop the question; so what are you going to do next? Buy a ring, of course. That’s what you’re supposed to do…right?

Well, yes, but why? Don’t get us wrong here at the New Continental Hotel we think rings are gorgeous! We are very glad proposals include engagement rings and not engagement cards. But if you are willing to do anything for your soon-to-be spouse, why give a ring?

Actually, it’s a tradition dating back to the ancient Egyptians, who believed circles were symbols of eternity. Fast-forward to when the ancient Romans are believed to have started the tradition of betrothal rings but its symbolism wasn’t so much about love as it was ownership. The groom first gave the bride to be a gold ring to wear before the betrothal ceremony and at special events, then an iron ring to wear at home, signifying her binding legal agreement to his ownership of her.

Diamonds didn’t appear on engagement rings until centuries later. One of the first recorded uses of a diamond engagement ring was in the 14th century.  An Austrian Archduke proposed with a ring set with thin, flat pieces of diamonds in the shape of an “M” which set a new president for aristocracy and Europeans of wealth to use lavish rocks on rings.

Everything changed when diamonds were discovered in South Africa in 1880; Cecil Rhodes founded the DeBeers Mining Company. Within the decade, they controlled 90 percent of the world’s diamond production and turned diamond engagement rings into nothing more than an ad campaign. Once the Great Depression ended, the company’s ad agency launched its famous “A diamond is forever” slogan and encouraged men to spend two months’ salary on the rock. By the early 1940s, engagement rings became the leading line of jewellery in most stores and jewellers.

Now more than 80 percent of brides get diamond engagement rings. Sure it can be pricey, but it’s a whole lot more romantic than the earliest mating rituals: A caveman tied cords made of braided grass around his chosen mate’s wrists, ankles, and waist, to bring her spirit under his control!!

Now for Wedding Rings…

It’s pretty much a known fact that everyone wears their wedding ring on the left ring finger. But why?

Here at the New Continental Hotel, we went on the hunt to discover the story behind left hand ring placement and whether you have to follow this custom.

It is said that in ancient times, they believed that a vein ran straight from that finger to the heart, so it became traditional to wear the ring on that finger. The heart is just to the left of your body, so the fourth finger on your left hand is considered the closest to your heart. It is because of this belief that they nick named it the vein of love. A very sweet physical symbol of two hearts being connected, don’t you think?

Western cultures have more or less accepted this age old wives tale to be true, wearing the engagement and then the wedding rings on that left ring finger.

Many people in Europe, however, choose to wear their wedding rings on the right hand’s ring finger so ultimately, the choice is yours!

As for wearing a wedding ring at all, it’s completely up to your personal preference, but it’s of course a nice way to symbolise your union. If not, you may make like some celebrities and get a tattoo on that finger to signify your marriage — you can even do both if you want!

 

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What a four-day week..!

 

This week has been an unbelievably eventful week for us here at the New Continental Hotel; and we thought we would share some of our highlights and also some things that really stood out to us during this wonderfully sunny 4 day week!

The Gentleman Magazine |

Although we have the honour of welcoming both male and female ‘road warriors’ (!) to our hotel; it was truly amazing to be able to write a piece for The Gentleman Magazine’s second edition – using the data that we had captured throughout 2017.

The Gentleman Magazine is a British print & online publication celebrating everything from Fashion, Lifestyle, Automotive, Food & Drink, Horse Racing, Technology and more. Providing “Everything For Every Gent

The Samphire Club Lunch |

John Harvey, founder of The Samphire Club shared his first Samphire Club Lunch here in Plymouth this week at the Duke Of Cornwall Hotel, and the table was full of wonderful people ready to welcome him across the bridge and into Plymouth. The Samphire Club is a private members club that promotes a better way of networking throughout, and between, the South West and London.

Christmas…No, really! |

We had our Christmas photo shoot this week; once again calling on the talents of Nathan Croucher, an amazing young photographer with so much passion, knowledge, experience and natural talent, he is always a joy to watch at work. Eating Christmas Dinner and Festive Party Meals (no matter how divine)  in April was slightly surreal, the Christmas Napkins and Jingle Bells feel like they had only just been packed away! But with dates already selling out, the Christmas Brochure is set to land in the hotel in May.  Please don’t worry though – it’s only here for people that want it – we won’t be singing carols just yet, we have summer to enjoy first! 

Herald Business Awards |

As you may have seen in the last blog on the Herald Business Awards, it’s a really important day in the Plymouth calendar and last night’s awards were an amazing example of how fine our city is. Innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurial spirit was threaded though every conversation and although we didn’t enter this year, it was a true privilege to share in the success of our friends that both won and were shortlisted as well and celebrate just how rich our city is.

We were of course thrilled to hand over the Tourism/Hospitality Business of the Year award to Boringdon Hall Hotel and Spa; another fine family business, with its new adjoining multi-million pound spa.

Weddings at the New Continental Hotel |

Easter weekend saw a record number of wedding enquiries for us here at the hotel, and this month we were delighted to have been asked to contribute to WeddingDates this month. 

We also have some of the most amazing bridal magazines here at the hotel, some worth over £5 each! If you are getting married; CONGRATULATIONS, and even if you aren’t planning your big day here, pop in and grab yourself some magazines – they really are very good and packed with even more top tips!  

Surprising Statements |

We can’t write a round up of the week without mentioning the somewhat surprising statement that was made by the Prime Minister this week announcing that on June 8th 2017 there will be a Snap General Election; claiming that it will bring ‘certainty’ as we prepare for Brexit.

Within the hospitality sector we were wobbled slightly by the uncertainly that sat within the patchwork of Brexit; the rising food and drink prices, the potential skills shortages and the possible shortfall of employees. The British Hospitality Association warned that businesses could be left with a gap of over one million workers in just 10 years if migration is restricted after the UK leaves the EU.    

The majority of the CEO’s within the hospitality sector backed the remain campaign, with a staggering three quarters not wanting the UK to leave the EU.

I suppose we will all now sit and watch, waiting to see what the next six-week of campaigns look like!

There is never a dull week at the New Continental Hotel and we would like to say a massive thank you to staff, friends and guests for helping us make this week, another great week. 


 

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Herald Business Awards 2017…



Bringing together successful businesses and business leaders from across all sectors, the Herald Business Awards 2017 are being held tomorrow at the Plymouth Pavilions…and we can’t wait!

With the aim of celebrating the city and region’s business successes, the black-tie evening ceremony will see guests welcomed ready to celebrate with each other the achievements and innovative working of many amazing organisations.  

Proud winners of two of the Herald Business Awards; we know only too well the sensational feeling that being recognised for your passion and commitment within your sector means;  not only to your business, but your staff too.

The Herald Business Awards  are a sought after accolade of achievement, an important date in your diary each year and a veritable endorsement of success in business which also offers the perfect platform for everyone to celebrate each other’s success and hard work.  

Standing alongside your peers, letting them know you recognise their sensational achievements is hugely important in the current landscape and for us; the Herald Business Awards represent a fantastic opportunity to shout about the great things happening within our city and region. With businesses of all kinds facing challenging economic times, celebrating the resourcefulness, innovation and hard work it takes to be successful is something we very much identify with and want to celebrate.

Of course, it feels unbelievably wonderful to win, and although we haven’t enter this year, we are hugely excited to be attending and supporting all of the amazing organisations that have been shortlisted.

It was an absolute joy to win both best Family Business in 2015 and best Tourism/Hospitality Business of the year in 2016; both awards recognised a lot of hard work put into creating and maintaining our culture; where both our employees and customers come first. In both categories we were up against some of the most amazing businesses and to have won is still an absolute honour to this day.

We would like to wish everyone shortlisted the very best of luck and can’t wait to celebrate with you tomorrow. 

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New To The New Continental Hotel For May 2017…




New To The New Continental Hotel For May 2017 …

Here at the New Continental Hotel, we have always worked hard to ensure a warm, friendly, family welcome, with a service that offers our guests’ the very best experiences during their time in our fabulous city.

This year we are adding an extra special something to eleven of our 99 bedrooms; we have some stunning rooms, but these eleven will have a more spacious feel, they will be extremely well appointed and offer the ultimate in comfort. Creating ideal rooms for either the business traveller or those simply wanting an extra special stay; the new rooms will offer exceptional comfort and tranquillity and really will be quite different from the rest.

Elinor Eaton, Development Manager explains: “With more and more people choosing Plymouth as their holiday destination, and a higher volume of business travellers within the hotel, we felt it was really important to redefine our offer. We are so proud to be the largest independent, family-owned hotel in Plymouth and will always strive to be the best we can be for our guests.”

“Detail and quality have been paramount throughout the rooms refurbishment, using fabulous local tradesmen and women as well as an amazing local interior designer, together they have really propelled the project forward – meaning it set to be completed in just under 12 weeks”

These Executive Rooms are being designed in an individual contemporary English style. They are spacious, with luxurious beds that can be twinned, a beautifully soft furnished sitting area and fashionable writing desk. Here at the hotel, we boast high speed, enterprise grade wireless internet access in all of our public areas, including the leisure club, bars and restaurants; with Wi-Fi also in our bedrooms. There will be flat screen TVs and deluxe tea and coffee facilities; as well as beautifully designed furnishings and fittings in both the bedrooms and bathrooms.

The experience for guests choosing the executive rooms will be further enhanced by additional touches such as luxurious bathing products, plush bathrobes and slippers, delicious treats and rich furniture to ensure that stays are both lavish and welcoming.

Blending old-world family hospitality, contemporary style, up-to-the-minute technology and crisp white linen we hope to ensure a luxurious stay and a sound night’s sleep for our guests.  

Elinor adds: “Every guest matters and we put a great deal of love, care and attention into all that we do and all that we have. Everyone can be guaranteed a clean and comfortable stay in any of our rooms, these eleven are no exception, it’s just that we listened to those travellers that were after a little something more and felt we must deliver in order to ensure everyone has something that’s right for them.   Plymouth is such a fine destination, offering a wealth of cultural attractions, not to mention fantastic coastal walks and cycling routes and an exceptional vista – and here at the hotel we are right at the centre of it. We are so very proud that we can continue to invest in our Grand Old Lady and by doing so invest in our city, putting the experience of our guests at the heart of everything we do.”






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New On The Menu…PIZZA!



New On The Menu … PIZZA!

It’s always exciting times within our Grand Old Lady; we work hard to continually evolve and ensure that we listen to our guests and what they want during their time in our hotel and our beautiful city.

The food within the hotel, be that for functions, weddings or diners enjoying Steve’s Brasseie is top notch, thanks to our amazing Head Chef; Rob Dunne,  and over the last few months we have noticed that many of our guests ordering Room Service, snacks at the Roma Bar or those dining  at Steve’s Brasseie have been frequently asking for an item we haven’t had on our menu…PIZZA!

When we decide to do something; it’s important to us that we do it as well as we possibly can. A half hearted pizza wouldn’t have worked for us (oh no!) so, we can now announce our pizza oven is in Steve’s Brasserie and is ready to go, go, go! Our pizza menu has been designed by our chefs and we are really excited – the feedback given by our lucky trialists (a fabulous perk of the job within a busy hotel – food tasting!) was amazing and so we know we have something very special on offer.

We pride ourselves on our food.  The quality of our local producers and the skills of our chefs mean we can offer some amazing dishes and creations, and by working closely with some of the South West’s  finest farmers and suppliers, we’ve designed some sensational pizzas that will definitely  make your mouth water!  

Served from 5.30pm until 10.00pm at Steve’s Brasserie, the Roma Bar and of course Room Service at the hotel;  tomorrow (Thursday 30th March) you will be able to order one of five specially designed pizzas, all handmade with fresh tomato sauce and  oven baked in our  pizza oven; creating the perfect 12” pizzas.

Steve’s Brasserie is situated within the New Continental Hotel; opened in 2010 and named after Steve Hajiyianni.  It offers the perfect spot to relax and enjoy fresh, local ingredients that have been cleverly and lovingly turned into sensational dishes by our talented and passionate chefs…and now the perfect pizza will be added to the list of wonders!

From the classic cheese and tomato combination in our Margherita all the way through to a new creation they like to call the ‘Continental Classic’, packed with Parma Ham, Chorizo, Sage & Sweetcorn; there really is something for everyone!


 

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