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Grow, Share, Prepare to kick-start food careers in Plymouth…

 

Tamar Grow Local are working with volunteers in Plymouth interested in a future career in the food industry. Grow, Share, Prepare is a project where jobseekers will gain a wide-range of skills working with different businesses, restaurants and chefs in Plymouth and play a key role in helping to develop a market-ready prepared meal made from seasonal local produce. The ‘ready-meal’ will be for sale at local outlets and will support Plymouth’s Grow, Share, Cook project with a donation from every meal sold.

Grow, Share, Prepare working with The Real Farming Trust has received National Lottery funding from The Big Lottery Fund and support from Plymouth Community Homes. The project aims to firstly prepare people looking to work in Plymouth’s burgeoning food scene by carrying out short courses around barista training, bread making, pastry school, using seasonal produce to create soups, stews and curries, knife skills, hygiene training and working in a commercial kitchen. The second part of the project will see volunteers help to come up with ideas and help develop a healthy ‘ready meal’ which will be available to purchase from outlets in the city. Ideas for the ‘ready meal’ will be road-tested with residents from Plymouth Community Homes.

Rachael Forster from Tamar Grow Local said: “Plymouth is a really exciting place for food and drink right now and is where a lot of opportunities sit for jobseekers. We want to give our group of volunteers who may not have any experience with working with food or in a food environment a head start and specialist training to kick start their careers. Our work with Tamar Valley growers and producers will mean there will be a strong emphasis on using local produce throughout the project and that will inform what the volunteers are making at each session.”

Rachael continued: “So far we have some brilliant business partners in the city on board to lead our volunteer workshops including The Pastry Club, Column Bakehouse, New Continental Hotel, The Hidden Olive, Kate Allen from Gnosh and Casey Warrington from the development department at Yeo Valley. We hope that working with these chefs and businesses will provide some really valuable work experience and provide some real excitement and inspiration for getting started in working with food.”

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Celebrating Over 30 years of LOVE…



There is no day so magical than a Wedding Day.

Here at the New Continental Hotel, we have been lucky enough to play a part in thousands of weddings, each and everyone unique, beautiful and heartening to share with the happy couple, their friends and families.

To celebrate over 30 years of love at the New Continental Hotel, our Facebook competition is simple; post a picture of your wedding at the New Continental Hotel from the 80’s, 90’s or 2000’s and like the post. On the 26th March we will then select a name at random and that lucky someone will win an overnight stay at the hotel, with free parking, breakfast and complimentary use of Club Continental.

Please Note:

 All entrants must be over 18 years of age; entry into the competition is free.

The closing date for this competition is midnight on Friday 23rd March 2018. The prize will be randomly drawn and announced after 5pm on Monday 26th March 2018.

The prize is an overnight stay for two people at the New Continental Hotel, with complimentary parking, breakfast and full access to Club Continental.  Entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to these terms and conditions. The prize is as stated and there is no cash alternative in any circumstances whatsoever to the prize offered. The prizes is non-transferable, non-negotiable and there is no cash alternative.

Your hotel stay must be made by 31 December 2018; it is excluding key dates and is subject to availability.

Good luck and thank you for not only taking part in the competition but for allowing us to be part of your special day. 

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Sweet Treat For Mum This March…



Sweet Treat For Mum’s In Plymouth At Steve’s Brasserie…

Everyone has a female role model; someone that influences their journey, their decisions and the shape of the person they become. For many of us, that’s our Mum.

Mum’s play a huge role throughout our lives; from teeth-cleaning and hair brushing when you’re a tot, to poorly snuggles on the sofa when only your Mum will do, to mending your first broken heart with ice-cream and a hankie.

They forgive your piles of dirty laundry on the floor next to the laundry bin, they forgive the empty bottle put back in the fridge and they would climb the largest mountain just to give you your forgotten packed lunch or PR kit!

As we get older our Mums are still at hand! Their job is never done. Our needs may change, but their stability and support remain.

Being the emotional backbone of a family is a tough task, but it’s a task carried out with love. Mums are a constant; they give, they work hard, they make sacrifices and all to make our lives better, fuller and richer. What better time than Mothers Day to say a very special thank you to a very special  Mum?

As Plymouth largest independent, family owned hotel, we know just how important families are, especially Mums, and so we want to help you show your Mum, or your Mum equivalent, just how much you value her and all she has and does do for you. 

Throughout the whole of March, we are giving Mum’s a dessert for FREE* in Steve’s Brasserie to help you say ‘Thank you Mum’.  

Steve’s Brasserie’s is the perfect choice for Mums, the menu includes varied dishes ranging from traditional classics to unique culinary delights, using only the finest fresh seasonal ingredients sourced from local suppliers, reflecting the rich agricultural and fishing tradition of the West Country.

*FREE dessert for Mum with any main meal from the Main menu. Valid Monday-Thursday in March. Maximum of two Mums per table. Tables must be booked in advance quoting Mothers Day throughout March! Subject to availability.

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More Than Just Wi-Fi…

But It’s Not Just Wi-Fi … Elinor Eaton talks Plymouth, History & Wi-Fi! 


“Around the world there are many cities that have become cultural icons; incorporating buildings, landscapes and other features of huge cultural significance. Keeping all of these both intact and alive can be a major challenge, because it involves integrating conservation of the old in the development of the new. 

As a family business, we are sympathetic to the heritage and restoration of our hotel, a historic symbol in Plymouth. However, blending the old world charm, a warm family welcome whilst offering the mod-cons a discerning traveller requires in 2018 is not always easy…but it’s an ambition we strive to fulfil.

It is vital, but not always easy, to preserve the historic culture of a city. With a business history of over 60 years and a family culture that takes a long  term view of business investment and relationships, the New Continental Hotel are dedicated to just that, achieving innovation, growth and sustainability for Plymouth. 

Our business is connected to, and very much part of, a city that we are passionate about.  A truly entrepreneurial business with a great team at its heart, a team that work hard to build a business that can last for the long term. In my eyes, this takes more than dedication and hard work: it takes vision, innovation, passion and an entrepreneurial spirit.

In an age when we talk about connectivity being as important as fresh white linen and hot water, Wi-Fi in any hotel is an essential offering for all guests. Whether they are on a leisure break and want to upload their pictures to social media or use it to settle their children to a film on Netflix at the end of a day; or indeed Businesses Travellers in need of global corporate connectivity – staying in touch is vital.

In 2016 the New Continental Hotel launched our Enterprise Grade Wi-Fi in all of our public areas: our function and conference rooms, leisure club, bars and foyers as well as our in-house restaurant. This January we are thrilled to say that the entire hotel is now better connected, with a dedicated leased line of 30Mb also now providing great connection to our 99 bedrooms, across all five floors.

With the ability now to support higher Internet traffic and bandwidth demands as well as adding more access points on each floor, we have been able to blend the Victorian architecture and thick walls with modern technology; giving our guests a strong, consistent and reliable Wi-Fi signal throughout the entire hotel.

It’s easy to be connected and to care about our city. The width and breadth of Plymouth’s offer for visitors takes a unique shape in comparison to other city destinations in the UK.  It has a wealth of history and heritage, its cultural heartbeat creates a rhythm that is rich and varied, with a plethora of opportunities for audiences of all backgrounds. This, coupled with its beautiful waterfront hook, extends to provide both a tremendous rural and coastal experience for its guests.  

What I love more than anything though, is that what has always been apparent in this marvellous city of ours, is the innovative dynamic and forward thinking people in it, the people who understand that although our past is something to be proud of; our future is just as bright and worth the investment.”

Elinor Eaton 
Development Manager 
New Continental Hotel 

 

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Best Deals For 2018…




Our Best Travel Deals For 2018…

If like so many of us you’re keen to keep the January Blues at bay; we may have just the ticket! 

Plymouth is awash with amazing events, productions and activities that will feed all kinds of interests. With sensational shows at the Plymouth Pavilions, incredibly ground breaking theatre at the premier Arts organisation in the South West on the stages of the Theatre Royal Plymouth, as well as unique and wonderful wonders at the Barbican Theatre and much, much more.

Perhaps even just a winter walk along the Hoe, some quirky treats from the Barbican independent traders or some last minute bargains in our sensational city centre.

Whatever your escape may look like; we have just the place to use as your base, to lay your head and be looked after with a warm, family welcome.

Returning once again for the second year, our ‘Welcome Back’ offer is once again giving guests the opportunity to get away with our 3 for 2 night offer. You can book any Friday, Saturday and Sunday night together in January, February or March 2018 – and you will only pay for two!

Call now and let us help you explore, enjoy and escape to Plymouth; Britain’s Ocean City. 

Welcome Back

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Twinkle Twinkle House Of Mine..!



Prepping your home for Christmas parties and overnight guests can be hectic; we ask our amazing housekeeping team for their very best top tips to make things that little bit easier…

 Spillages!

“There is always a spillage over Christmas, but don’t worry! While the stain is still fresh, pour table salt on it, this helps soak up the stain and makes it much easier to wash out.”

Stinky smells!

“Whether it’s extra men in the house, kitchen odours or wet dog! At Christmas it’s not all winter spice and all things nice! If you use coffee grounds in a small cup or bowl this really helps to get rid of bad smells. – and works really well for the fridge and bathroom too!”

Shine that silver!

“Plain, white toothpaste is the perfect solution for polishing your family silver that only comes out this time of year! You can also use it to clean your toilet if you hate chemical smells!!”

Old news!

“Cleaning windows, so you can see the snow falling (!) is an essential Christmas chore , but instead of using paper towels, clean windows with newspaper and you’ll never see streaks again!”

Visiting friends!

“When you have friends staying in your guest room, there really isn’t anything nicer than a fresh scent to great them! If you use tumble dryer sheets in their drawers and wardrobe, the entire room us awash with freshness, and they’ll really thank you for it!”


Thank you to our amazing Housekeeping Team for their tips and also their super hard work throughout the year. 

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We Wish You A Merry Christmas…


A very Merry Christmas from all of us…

Well, another year is nearly over and we will soon be saying goodbye to 2017 and welcoming in, 2018!

As we fast approach the end of the year, by many measures it has been another exciting year for Plymouth; packed with wonderful events, great shows, activities and festivals – along with a massive amount of hard work and passion from inspiring individuals who work so tirelessly to make Plymouth shine.

We’ve been a company blessed by many things; good business, great employees and loyal customers, and before the year draws to a close, I just simply want to say “thank you”.

Thanks to all of you that work hard each day to make a difference in the experience of each guest within our city, thank you to my staff that have passionately worked alongside me and thank you to all of our guests that continue to bless us by choosing our hotel, either for overnight stays or those that let us be part of their amazing memories through their special occasions.

Please enjoy Christmas in Plymouth, and from our family to yours, have a very Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with peace and happiness, laughter and fun.

Bobbie Hajiyianni  
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Ding Dong Debt Is Getting High..!



Just six days before Christmas, I’m assuming all that’s left to get now is the food!!

STOP! REWIND!

If you are super organised and efficient, no doubt you are all wrapped and ready for Christmas with just the last minute food shop to go; if like most of us you still have a way to go – Nikki Field, Accounts Manager at the New Continental Hotel, is here to share some of her top money tips!

Q) What is your biggest tip this Christmas?

Pay in CASH!

It’s just too easy to slip over budgets by £5 here and £10 there –this all mounts up to big overspending. One great way to force yourself to stay on point and budget is to work out what you can afford to spend. Take that amount of cash with you and a calculator and head off to the supermarket with the knowledge that when the money is gone – it’s gone! No overspending! It sounds like a nightmare – but this really is one of THE best ways to get what you need and want, without spending what you can’t afford.

Q) The presents and gift wrap all add up – how can you spend less but give more?

Get Creative! We tend to buy gifts just to give – without thinking so much if they will like it or use it! Consider giving gifts that are homemade or packed with good gestures. If you always buy gifts for your neighbours, perhaps instead invite them in for a drink and home baked treats.

Set a budget and stick to it, don’t forget too that most people would rather have a lovely card with a personal message than you spending money you haven’t got.

Q) How can you have the perfect Christmas on a budget?

Planning the perfect Christmas is the stumbling block. We see ‘perfect’ in the commercial sense! First work out what you can afford before you start planning anything – then consider what it is that makes you smile when you think back at Christmases gone by. I bet it won’t be the gifts; but the games, the fun and the laughter.



 

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Festive Fun Doesn’t Have To Mean Fat..!



Adam Domyslawski, Club Continental Manager, talks Christmas ‘Trimmings’!! 

I know you want me to say that this is Christmas; the green light is on to overindulge and eat whatever you want whenever you want…but no!

You can still enjoy the festivities of Christmas and get through the days and nights without too much impact on your health or waistline!

Alcohol units can really mount up over Christmas. I’m not saying don’t drink at all, but there are some really simple tips, like replacing tonic waters with soda, and going for light beers that will really help.

Sadly, it will pretty much always come down to self –control! If this is a problem and you find it hard to stop once you’ve popped the drinking cherry (!) then you want to aim for low-calorie options; perhaps less-flavoursome drinks, but they will be by far the safer option!  If you have good self control, I would always say indulge in what you love, but just one or two!  

Remember:  it’s not just the calories it’s the antitoxins and carbs too; make sure you have some days off alcohol to detox your body. It will really help that foggy, stodgy feeling! Inferably, a hang-over also leads to bad food choices the morning after too – so pace yourself and be mindful!  

Christmas Dinner can contain anything up to, and over, 3000 calories – more than the entire recommended daily intake for a grown man!! This gigantic festive feast not only stacks up your daily Christmas calories, but can also contribute to other things too.

If you over indulge on Christmas Dinner you are far less likely to feel ready, willing or able to burn any of it off – even a game of charades may be asking too much! Not to mention the lethargy for the rest of the day, the indigestion and heartburn!

It’s worth remembering it takes your brain a while to register that your tummies are full!  Start with a small portion, meats and vegetables then give yourself some time and see if you are still hungry!

Remember: You can still have the trimmings – it’s Christmas! But the sauces, stuffing and pigs in blankets are there for taste – not for filling!

TV Snacks are hard to avoid! Chocolates, nuts, dried fruits and anything else that dons the Christmas shelves at the supermarkets who then tell you your Christmas will only be good if you buy this box of cheesy puffs!

Again, it’s about self-control, and if you don’t have any, make sure you have loads of fresh fruit in the house and try playing games and keeping busy!

Remember: Being busy having fun will stop your hand feeding your mouth! 

The most important thing of all is to have a Merry Christmas, with great choices and happy memories. 

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Adam Domyslawski Talks Christmas…


Who doesn’t feel slightly stressed this time of year..?

Trying to clear your inbox and finish projects ready for the New Year; planning the perfect Christmas and buying the right gifts; worrying you won’t fit into your Christmas jumper after all the office mince pies..! The list can feel endless! But you’re not alone! A new survey from smallbusiness.co.uk reveals today that more than 50% of respondents felt stresses in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

A whopping 54% are with you! And it’s so easy to see why. Although our favourite time of year here at the New Continental Hotel; Christmas, in addition to all the usual everyday related stresses can bring with it a whole heap of additional challenges and obstacles that we have to smile through!

Adam Domyslawski steps out of Club Continental to help me figure out how we can stay stress free this Christmas.

 “An unhealthy diet and a lack of regular exercise and sleep can have really adverse consequences on your well-being; both physically and mentally at any time of the year; but at Christmas we indulge that little bit more, sleep that little bit less and find it hard to find the time for our usual routines. The ingredients to a disaster! ”

 “Stress isn’t just a state of mind; it really impacts your physical being too. It can exacerbate nearly every pre-existing condition and can lead to the development or worsening of anxiety, depression and much more, stress really isn’t something to joke about.”

“It’s a real chicken and egg situation though I know! The more you are stressed and the busier you are, the less likely you are to look after yourself. But it’s essential to find the time to think about you and your body this time of year.”

“When you get on an aeroplane and they do their safety procedure in case of an emergency; they tell you to put your mask on before assisting anyone else. Hard to do; as your instinct is to help others first – but what help will you be if you haven’t helped yourself first? It’s the same principle with health and fitness – if you aren’t healthy and fit both physically and mentally – no one will have a good Christmas and your work load for next year will simply increase.”

“The key is to remember that it is essential that you find enough time in the day for you. Plan your meals so that you don’t panic and hunger buy, but instead you have it with you and ready when you are. Also, take the time to think through a little fitness throughout your week.  It can be parking a little further from the office or shops, taking the stairs or simply making the time for you to work-out. It’s really essential that you find a way – even if during this crazy month it’s less than normal – a little can go a long way!”

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