The proof of the pudding is in the eating!

You may recall that I recently posted news about 2 food based courses that I delivered to our Food & Beverage teams: – the Level 2 Award in Healthier Food & Special Diets and the Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety in Catering. Well, I wanted to update you on the success of the departments following on from this training.Very good on gluten free diet well catered for thank you’
The chefs put themselves out to do my special diet’
‘Appreciate the trouble the catering staff went to provide me a gluten free diet – many thanks’
‘Chef very helpful on food for me, vegetarians plus no garlic/onions – provided special meals’
‘Was very pleased with flexible attitude shown towards alternative meal choices for my children who have food allergies – thanks’
‘Liked the menu choice for my wife’s gluten free diet’
‘Quality of food exceptional more like 5 star dining’
‘Food was fabulous’
‘Food was absolutely gorgeous’
‘Would like a mention to the chef, the food was wonderful’
‘Compliments to the chef!’
‘Thanks to the Chef for excellent food’
‘Many thanks for the gluten free food’
‘Chef & waiting staff helpful with gluten free diet – excellent services’
‘The quality & choice of the meals in the Derwent were excellent and all staff very helpful & pleasant’
‘Food was excellent 100%’
‘Your chef is to be commended, the meals & choice were first class’
I would like to thank all of our teams for their continued hard work and our guests for the lovely comments they have made. It makes it all worthwhile!

It’s reassuring to know that we take food hygiene and special diets seriously as a company and I always welcome people to courses which will further develop their skills and knowledge. However, when see our guests commenting on the standard of food they’ve experienced whilst staying at TLH Leisure Resort, it’s a great reward. Below are a number of the comments we have recently received on our comment cards…

‘As group organiser I was impressed with Head Chefs who went out of their way to accommodate a member of our party with a special diet’

Bye for now


The cows come home…Torquay

Brilliant artist or or waste of art space?…

… Love him or hate him you have to admire Damien Hirst as one of the World’s most famous and successful artists.

Bristol born (June ’65) Hirst has turned his 6th Form E grade and a refusal of entry to Leeds college of Art and Design into a fairly impressive portfolio of works. He is now an internationally renowned artist with a host of achievements to his name (including a Turner Prize’95, a record sale for any single artist’s collection at Sotheby’s in 2008 -£111million- and a record sale of £10.3million for his piece ‘The Golden Calf’ to name but a few). He is also rumored to be the richest artist to date.

Charles Saatchi’s discovery of Damien Hirst, thanks to the influence of his university lecturer at Goldsmiths College, London, undoubtedly opened doors and opportunities for Hirst. Saatchi funded the creation of and displayed a number of Hirst’s collections at his gallery until they parted ways in 2003.

From Artist to Chartist.

As well as topping the art charts this famous artist also turned his hand to a spot of music. In 1998 he formed the ‘band’ Fat Les along with Alex James (of Blur) and actor Keith Allen. They achieved a number 2 hit with football theme ‘Vindaloo’. He also designed the cover for ‘Band Aid 20′ but is design was changed from the original depicting the Grim Reaper and a child to a less offensive version with a reindeer in snow next to a child. Our artist likes to create controversy

Closer to home.

Since the birth of his third child (with Californian girlfriend Maia Norman) in 2005, Damien Hirst has spent most of his time at his home near Combe Martin.


damien hurst The cows come home...Torquay
Mother and Child, Divided

Damien Hirst has dabbled in all kinds of art types but is best known for his spin paintings (created on a spinning circular surface), spot paintings (rows of randomly coloured circles) and his installations. He is perhaps signified most by a piece he exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1993 ‘Mother and Child, Divided’. The piece in question, comprising a cow and calf, both cut in half and preserved in formaldehyde is set to go on display in Torquay later this year as Torre Abbey plays host to an exhibition of works borrowed from the Tate and the Arts Council Collection. It is hoped that the exhibition will follow the success of last year’s Antony Gormley Field For The British Isles exhibition which attracted many visitors to the Bay, thereby boosting the local economy.

If you want to see thexhibition for yourself, then why not enjoy your holidays in Devon at the Toorak Hotel - just across the road from Torre Abbey. Call 01803 400500.

West End hot show Calendar Girls comes to Torquay.

Take a group of ordinary women – namely the Yorkshire Women’s Institute – get them to pose for a charity calendar with a difference, and you’ve got the ingredients for a hilarious night out.

At last this much talled about West End stage show is coming to Torquay’s Princess Theatre, with a cast of faces familiar to most of us who watch popular TV shows like Eastenders, Only Fools and Horses, Loose Women and Neighbours, to name but a few. The Torquay cast will include Anne Charleston, Gemma Craven, Letitia Dean, Charlie Dimmock, Sue Holderness, Hannah Waterman and Dean Gaffney.

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Jam and Jerusalem it ain’t! But this inspirational story should tug at the old heart strings as well as providing alot of laughs, as the story of John Baker, who was diagnosed in 1998 with non Hodgkins Lymphoma, unfolds. Sadly John died 5 months after his diagnosis, but this amazing group of women went on to raise money for the Leukaemia Research Fund, with a total to date in excess of £1.5 million.

Winner of Best Comedy Award 2010, I’m told this show provides a hilarious night out with a real feel-good factor. I’ve got my ticket already, but if you don’t want to miss out, then book online at The show is based in Torquay between 5th and 10th July this year, and of course, if you aren’t local to Torquay, then you can stay a night or two at one of our 2 or 3 star Torquay hotels here at TLH Leisure Resort. We’re only a short walk away from the theatre which is on Torquay’s seafront, next to the harbour and marina. Call us on 01803 400500 to book your accommodation and make a real break of it.

Cal Girls Prog West End hot show Calendar Girls comes to Torquay.

Bowling Heaven – in Devon!

Bowling a bowl up a long luxurious grass rink, with the sun shining and a cool breeze blowing of the sea has got to be good under any circumstances but add to that a view of the sea to the left and a view of the moors to the right and it has to be bowling heaven.

Bowling heaven? That’s just what TLH can offer your outdoor bowling tour.  Here in the West Country we have a more tropical climate, something to do with us being nearer the equator that most folk in the British Isles. But heaven it surely is for bowls holidays.

Most of the Bowling Clubs in Devon open this weekend so we are busy packing away our indoor bowls and polishing up the outdoor ones, ready for the fray. I for one am looking forward to seeing my outdoor chums and our beautiful green at Newton Abbot BC once more.

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Photo by Tony Atkins - a mixed match at Topsham, near Exeter

I also look forward to welcoming the touring sides at the Hotels. Just as a point of interest – TLH has broken all records this year with the amount of touring teams coming to the Torquay Hotels.

I started to play this wonderful game in Essex as a result watching my Mother play. This was about 1985. I was supposed to be ‘off hand’ having married and moved out of the family home. But I happened to visit a bowling green where my mother was playing a game, just to watch……

and that’s where it all started.

It was a pretty good day, sunny, and I was looking forward to seeing my Aunt Joan who watched my mother from her wheelchair at the end of the rink. The sight of my mother in a hat was the first thing that struck me as hilarious, but the long pleated white skirt, flat brown shoes, blouse and coloured cravat almost had me doubled over with laughter. She looked a proper nitwit, however she must have been winning at the time because there was a broad grin on her face.

After the game she sauntered over to me and it was at that time that I told her my thoughts on the matter. Of course her feathers were ruffled at my mirth on the subject so she gave me a bowl, set the jack up the green, and invited me to have a go. Well of course the bowl didn’t go anywhere where I expected it too, so I asked for instruction.

2 hours later I was still there, the bug had completely bitten me, and the following morning I went out and bought all my kit, including the brown flat shoes and the white pleated skirt. I also must have looked a sight, but somehow it didn’t matter.

That was 25 years ago and I am now, in rain or shine, a complete anorak. But the great thing is, we still bowl together on occasions. It’s one of the few sport that spans generations, keeping them together in a competitive and social scene.

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Here’s Mum in action in the National Mother and Daughter Competition last season, aged 80!!!!!

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Mum in action

So after a varied career in the Police and the Licensed Trade I applied for the job I have now, as Sales Exec for Bowling at TLH Leisure Resort. It is definitely a plus that I have experience in bowling  and being a veteran of many tours, I know just what a club requires to make that tour something special. TLH definitely has the ‘wow factor’ when to comes to bowling tours and holidays in the South West. Our 4 rink arena can be brought into use should, in the event of bad weather, your game outside be cancelled.   it’s  a facility that makes us unique within the bowling world in the South West. When you come on a bowling break, you want to bowl, and that’s what we offer you, come rain or shine.

So, if you are a bowler looking for a tour destination or are interested in bowls holidays, give me call on 01803 400108.

We cater for social bowling, Presidential tours, County tours and Anniversary tours.

We can arrange for drinks receptions – a bucks fizz always makes a great start to a tour. Weekends, midweek and 7 night tours – all you need to do is ask.

We can arrange your transport with Abbots Coaches – our local family run business  – will pick for return transport and knows just where all the local greens are.

So prepare to be wowed, just call me on 01803 400108

Terri Kennard

Texas to Torquay – Painting a picture

Whether you dream of creating that masterpiece or just hoping to master the basics in brush handling then painting holidays at TLH Leisure resort are a great place to start. Spend a relaxing 3 nights in the comfortable surroundings of our 3 star Toorak Hotel in Torquay, taking advantage of a variety of onsite facilities such as the Aztec spa, pool, gym, restaurants and bars (and much more) making your stay enjoyable and a great break away.

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Arnold Lowrey, prize winning artist and published author brings quality teaching and good humor to our painting holidays in Torquay. Lowrey has had work accepted in the Royal Institute of Painters in an exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London and exhibits regularly in galleries in Wales, this along with his 35 years of painting, demonstration and teaching experience means you are in good hands. He has offered tuition before on a number of painting breaks including one in Texas and on cruise liners too.

Flowers KP copy Texas to Torquay – Painting a picture

This introduction to painting in acrylics is suitable for beginners as well as improvers so come on down, get away and give it a go.

Not a budding artist but don’t want your partner enjoying such a break without you? Not a problem, you too are very welcome and can enjoy an escape to the English Riviera. While your partner slaves away, learning to paint you can enjoy the many facilities TLH Leisure Resort has to offer and it’s proximity to Torquay’s centre means you can get out in the evenings and paint the town red!

Aztec Texas to Torquay – Painting a picture

There’s something for everyone.

Give us a call on 01803 400500 or check out this and other breaks, including our new spa breaks,  on the TLH website


Food Hygiene Training Courses available at TLH Leisure Resort

Following the success of our in-house food hygiene training I am pleased to announce that we will now be offering this valuable qualification to food handlers within the area. For a bargain price of £40pp you can gain the CIEH Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering by attending one of the day courses we offer at our extensive hotel and conference facility.

The cost includes the full day course, CIEH examination and workbook. Starting at 9.30am and finishing at 4pm, you will learn all the skills and develop your knowledge to be able to provide safe food to your customers.

cieh logo Food Hygiene Training Courses available at TLH Leisure Resort

The next date available is Thursday 20th May 2010.

Please contact me on 01803 400135 or drop me an email

Jenny for more information and to book your place.

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