New Continental Hotel, Millbay Road, Plymouth, PL1 3LD

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Knowing When Love Is Real…

**AMAZING OFFER 2019**

If you book a mid-week wedding (for just £1,500!) in 2019 you receive a complimentary 12 month JOINT Gym Membership worth over £400! QUOTE MWGYM19

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How Do You Know If Love Is Real? 

There is something so incredibly magical about weddings. They demonstrate love, and let’s face it, there is nothing nicer to see than a couple in love!

Weddings at the New Continental Hotel have always been such memorable occasions. When you talk to staff about what they enjoy most about witnessing the celebrations, it’s not just about how the hotel is transformed, but more about the feeling in the air.

We asked our Wedding Coordinators what it is that couples tell them about how they knew they had found the one.

The ‘love indicators’ shared with them over the years melted our hearts; so of course we had to share them!

 

Weddings Using The New Continental Hotel Bridal Suites

Love Indicators…

“I knew that he was the one for me because although we don’t always share the same opinion about things or have the same viewpoints; we accept each other’s thoughts even when we don’t feel the same way”

“We don’t have conflict. Yes sometimes we bicker but we are always on the same side. We are a team; I never feel alone knowing I have her on my side.”

“It’s so easy being with him. From the very beginning I just felt at home in his arms. I love that I can be myself without judgement.”

“He pays attention to me, but not in a false way, in a real way.”

“She is my antidote. If I have had a bad day and I’m stressed when I get home she knows just how to calm me down.  She always makes me feel at ease, she makes me genuinely happy.”

“This will sound sad, but even if we are apart for a day, we actually miss each other.”

 

Red Carpet Arrival

Have you found ‘the one’..?

Do these ring true with you? Are you lucky enough to have found ‘your one’?

If so and you are planning a wedding, we would love to meet you and show you how we might be able to be part of your special day.

With our promotions, package, mid-week offers and bespoke wedding options, we really can help you create the Wedding Day of your dreams.

Call us now and speak to one of our Wedding Coordinators on 01752 276798.

**AMAZING OFFER 2019**

If you book a mid-week wedding (for just £1,500!) in 2019 you receive a complimentary 12 month JOINT Gym Membership worth over £400! QUOTE MWGYM19

Your Way On Your Day

Our Weddings

New Year; Striking New Suggestions…

The dawn of a New Year comes striking new suggestions for the hospitality sector from New Continental Hotel staff and customers…

Trends have to start somewhere. Change is made by people with passion. The future is bright when you have the right vision.  

We talk to our teams and our customers about what they want to see from our hotel and in the hospitality sector as a whole in the coming year; for 2020 and beyond.

There are two very different sides to hospitality; the side the customers enjoy and experience; and then the side the dedicated staff see!

We fuse the two together and look what beautiful patchwork we would both like to see for the future in hospitality in our New Year BIG SIX!

High AT ONE!

Plastic FREE

Plastic Free!

Both our staff and customers agree, seeing the straw being pulled from the nostril of the sea turtle on the BBC’s Blue Planet II made us all stop and think about the damage we are causing, without realising in most cases, to the planet.

Now, more united as a race than ever it feels, we all want to take stock and take action to try and undo and get smarter about the way in which we go about our day to day life. But not just that, 78% of the customers we asked said that they still want to be environmentally thoughtful when on holiday.

Single-use plastic was the main concern for travellers and our staff. Although massive steps were made in 2018; not just by us but many restaurants, hotels and bars, there is so much we can all still do.

The eradication of plastic straws was an amazing start. Led by Our Food & Beverage Manager Simon and his team, we were one of the first to make that stand. As a business we continue to assess what we are doing, what we could do and always ask if it’s really essential for business.

We have made bold pledges to phase out as much single-use plastic items as possible, both front and back of house.  Eradicating plastic completely we know might be a pipe-dream, but we are committed to continually asking the right questions.

Like many businesses and organisations across Plymouth, we at the New Continental Hotel were all super proud to be a Plastic Free Pioneer and a small part in Plymouth becoming the first UK city to be accredited by the global charity Surfers Against Sewage with Plastic Free Communities status for its waterfront district.

Here you can find our Environmental Policy

At TWO!

boy with goggles swimming in pool

Bobbing About On Your Holibob!

56% of customers asked said that one of the reasons they chose the New Continental Hotel was because it had a gym, pool, sauna and steam room. Now, we have never claimed to be a ‘spa’ hotel, with fancy pebbles and wicker furniture – and nor should we as that isn’t what we are.

What we are and what we have is a hotel with a leisure club that cares; inspires and installs confidence in everyone’s individual’s ability.

Our team of talented staff, led by Adam our Club Continental Manager don’t only have knowledge and experience, they have the passion. There doesn’t have to be fancy in life, there has to be generosity. Our Club Continental team are not only able, but also always willing to give unconditionally and always go above and beyond.

The time they give to both members and guests is truly incredible, and we know that this will continue to grow throughout 2019.

Wellness as an overarching concept is nothing new in travel and hospitality, but from our conversations with customers, we believe that 2019 will see a big rise in the number of people travelling and choosing very specifically to stay, or to get fit.

Find out more about CLUB CONTINENTAL 

In AT THREE!

Make Hotel Restaurants Great Again!

When you are on holiday in a new city you want to explore; especially if you are only in Plymouth for one or two nights.

As our Executive Chef, Paul Doidge says that he believes part of the exploration of Plymouth is the exploration of our cities amazing restaurants threaded throughout it’s DNA.  He admires the plethora of amazing and diverse restaurants in Britain’s Ocean City, and always encourages guests to try as many as possible.

We all understand too well that for our hotel guests there is a time and a place for hotel restaurants. Yet, knowing how talented our teams are; 2019 will be a year that we give Steve’s Brasserie the platform it deserves, as we would if it was a standalone restaurant.

Our Head Chef, Rob Dunne is working hard this year to really amplify the narrative about the greatness of his and his brigade’s food; and although a restaurant within a hotel he knows it too is worth trying!

Fighting At Four!

holiday packing

In The Air With Airbnb!

At the end of 2018, Airbnb was riding high for travellers as one of their main tools to book their holiday accommodation, and that doesn’t look like it will change in 2019.

Some hoteliers view Airbnb as a big threat; and yes, for some time many have either viewed it with downright hostility, or just ignored it with an ostrich mentality!

Here at the New Continental Hotel things are a little different, as we are not only hoteliers, we also have our sister company; Strathmore House Apartments too. We use Airbnb as a really successful tool for booking our 1,2,3 and 4 bedroom apartments on Elliot Street. Knowing how the platform works, having used it for some time successfully with our apartments, we decided to give it a go in 2018 for our hotel.

Prompted partly by an open letter wrote by Airbnb in March 2018. Here they tried luring hoteliers to step away from the major OTAs, enticing them with their lower fees and global community.

For six months we used Airbnb for our hotel; looking at it not as a rival, but as just another distribution platform. It just didn’t work for us as a hotel.

What it has done, is it has made us view things a little differently though.

There will always be a market for a wide selection of accommodation providers, and there will always be competition. What we believe, is that being part of success is success. We appreciate the guests that choose us, but we also appreciate there has to be choice.

Showing Willing At FIVE!

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Getting Wed!

For over 30 years we have loved being part of couple’s special days. That will never change, but what we have noticed in 2018 and 2019 is that couples are stepping away from the traditionally popular ‘Summer Wedding’.

Now we see more and more couples opting for Spring and Winter Weddings instead.

What’s more there has also been a really large addition to the wedding calendar; mid-week weddings! . These have been great fun for us, as we get to see even more amazing couples, brides, grooms and wedding guests in the finest of fashion, filling the hotel with an atmosphere only a wedding day can bring.

TAXING At SIX!

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TAX Is Going Digital!

When hospitality talks tech, it’s usually in relation to technology  for the guests; features like keyless entry, room control systems and check-in and out technology. But back of house function are also really important and will no doubt speed in developments throughout 2019.

Keeping up with new and dynamic pricing software and AI booking engines can be a minefield at times, but let’s not forget about our poor accounts departments too – and we don’t just mean due to the techy invoices!

There is going to be a surge of energy in all accounts departments across all sectors gearing up for the ‘ TAX GOES DIGITAL’ manoeuvre in April.

Designed to be more efficient and to transform the tax system by 2020, this was the UK government’s original goal.

The plan is to introduce digital record keeping while also bringing in quarterly updating for landlords, the self-employed and businesses, covering self-assessment, corporation tax and VAT.

Wowsers right!?!

We have a headache just thinking about it! Whilst Development Managers and Marketers battled GDPR in 2018; 2019 TAX GOES DIGITAL looks like it may be a very similar fight for many Account Managers!

The year will no doubt be a full and fun one; with advances, changes and BREXIT! (You thought we had forgotten didn’t you!)

Whatever happens, there is one thing for sure; you can be certain that we will be here, doing our best to give our guests the best for yet another year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR. 

Veganuary This January At Steve’s!  

This January – 3 Vegan Courses JUST £15!

Veganuary 2018 was the biggest year on record from 165 countries there were 168,500 registered participants! All joining in  Veganuary and indulging in meat-free burgers, seitan steaks and Tofu!

In 2018, Peta say that they received over 2 million views on their site! That is incredible,  people all searching for the amazing free (and tasty) recipes on their site.

Peta have thousands of delicious options that will satisfy your hunger this month, along with one of last year’s favourite from The Buddhist Chef’s General Tso’s Tofu. Cooking at home is a great option, but if you are thinking of dining out; then don’t forget about Steve’s Brasserie!

A hidden gem in the food scene of Plymouth. 

This year, Steve’s Brasserie is using Veganuary BUT, not creating a special menu! We are simply using choices that are always on our main menu and packaged them up.

Veganuary is the perfect month to add a special price code too, three wonderful courses for just £15!

Hopefully this will showcase to everyone (not just Vegans) how delicious our Vegan options are.

So join us and enjoy our amazing Veganuary menu; with a soup and warm bread for starters.

Followed by our sensation chick pea fritters with heavenly tomato and chilli pickle  and slow-roasted, crispy red onions – a match made in heaven.

Then Dig in to our trio of sorbet to finish things on a sweet note! 

Truly scrumptious for ALL discerning diners!

To book your table and enjoy our 3 course, £15 offer just call: 01752 276798 now!

A TREAT before your SEAT!

Matilda The Musical. The multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl.

Are you ready for a night like no other?

Even though there are only days to go, there are still tickets available for you to see Matilda the Musical at the Theatre Royal Plymouth from January 15th – Saturday 16th February 2019.

We can not wait for this award winning musical to take over the Theatre Royal Plymouth’s stage; The Lyric. It will entertain us with this story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her destiny.

Winner of over 85 international awards and inspired by Roald Dahl’s classic book. Matilda the Musical is a dazzling feat of comedy, poignancy, special effects and unforgettable music.

Make your evening breath-taking from start to finish and dine with us before you take your seats.

Start with the sensational sounds from our open Kitchen; and end with the sensational original songs by Tim Minchin.

Our Early Evening Menu is perfect for any pre-theatre night.

You can indulge in two or three divine courses of local produce, lovingly created into amazing dishes that will see you fully sated and safety in your seats for show time!

To book your Early Evening table before the show, just call us now on 01752 276798.

Early Evening Menu

 

Children’s Menus also available. 

Just how important an ingredient is catering at your conference..?

Planning an event in 2019 ? This will make you hungry!

Venues who care about their guests experiences; care about the food they offer for their delegates.

To find out more, we ask our Head Chef, Rob Dunne what factors he considers when looking at his conference menu planning. We find out just how he has managed to maintain his 100% success rate…

man sat at table in chef whites

Knowing your produce and passion; they are the key elements to any form of menu planning…” explains Rob.

“… food is like fashion, it will always be dependent on trends and new craze’s, so we take a look at not only local, but global trends. Just as importantly though, we continually converse with our hotel event co-ordinators, as they have the direct relationship with the organisers and know from them what they are looking for.”

2017/2018 trends…

“Interestingly, in 2017 and 2018 we saw that catering was by far the key consideration when planning a conference. Not only because it’s mainly the largest expense for the organiser, but because the food signals the break-outs, it’s where the delegates get to discuss the event but also network – plus it is always the one thing that everyone can agree on!”

“Food helps create the right atmosphere and the way we love to do that is by taking inspiration from local, seasonal ingredients, as well as talking to the planners and really listening so we can accommodate their vision.”

So, whatever you are looking for, we have the answer!

We have it all! From old school comfort food in the form of Creamy Seafood pasta with parsley and Parmesan, served and enjoyed in our restaurant; a hot fork buffet with succulent Devon beef stew and herb dumplings; a sensational buffet with home-made quiche and an assortment of fresh fruits and delicious treats; all the way through to a post conference canapé party; with smoked salmon and dill blinis, mini Caesar tarts or perhaps some pink local Lamb, beetroot rosti and redcurrant jelly.

The New Continental Hotel’s chefs know that the art of a great menu is all about the ingredients; the talent; the choice but just as importantly…the listening!

We always listen to feedback and ensure our menus have everything that discerning delegates want to find. Be it the food being sourced locally, plenty of vegan and vegetarian options or just plenty of everything! We know how to create great menus, with everything you want, on your budget  – we have it all and we will keep listening!

Has this left you hungry for an event..?!

Call now to find out more; we’d love to feed you!

 

The Best Of Friends This Christmas…

A Friendship Built To Last..!

Over the Christmas period, these guys have got pretty close! Elmer and our Polar Bear (known as ‘Little White’ amongst staff) have really bonded! They have seen people come and go, had selfies taken with visiting friends and even been kissed under the mistletoe (no..really!)

If you haven’t stopped by to say Hi, you still have time!

Elmer will be leaving us soon, but Little White will be with us until March 3rd.

The Polar Bear Explorer trail is a great way for the whole family to enjoy Plymouth’s stunning waterfront, and if bottoms without an elasticated waist band are proving a bit of a struggle, the trail is a great way to walk off the indulgence of Christmas that many of us entered in to!

From now until March 3rd, 20 Polar Bear cubs have been let loose across Plymouth’s Waterfront. The cubs are hiding in Sutton Harbour, The Barbican, Hoe, Millbay and Royal William Yard. Each cub will have a Bear Fact with them, telling us about the Arctic and the oceans, how plastic is affecting their home and how we can all help.

Once you’ve found all 20, complete the Explorer form (we have plenty of forms if you would like to start your trail here) with your details and make your pledge to help Polar Bears by reducing single-use plastics at home, at school and in the workplace.  You will receive a special certificate. There’s also a chance to win big prizes!

For more information on the trail and to download your entry form click here!  And here to find out about Elmer’s Big Parade 2019  and all the planned fun!

Good Luck – Elmer and Little White hope to see you soon!

 

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