Ready Steady Cook for the World Cup at Alberts

Food and football are top of the priority list for many sports enthusiasts, and if you come to Alberts Bar you’ll get both.

2009 was a great year for pub food in Alberts, and we now have our sites set on making Summer 2010 the best in Alberts history. Last year we launched our new £5.95 menu which included such pub classics as sizzling steak and chips, hand made beef burgers from a local Torbay butcher, and everyone’s favourite, ham egg and chips. Our aim was to bring top class local produce to our menus at a mouth-watering price and we did. Head Chef Dave Clifford put together a new menu introducing new dishes and a great children’s menu featuring even healthier options.

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Sizzling steak & chips

This year we are expecting a fantastic Summer. We’ll be showing all of the top matches from the World Cup in South Africa, so we are sure to have a jam-packed pub full of people showing up to support England.

For the first time ever we will be designing a new football menu just for the World Cup with selected drinks and food items including top beef burgers, Devon pasties and much, much more. You’ll be able to enjoy a refreshing drink and a bite to eat without breaking the bank. This new and exciting menu will be available for the start of the summer and if there is anything you would like to see on this off our £5.95 main course menu write in or post your suggestions on-line.

Remember we are still showing all Sky Sports and ESPN Matches all year round on our big screen. Regular entertainment features talented singers plus two karaoke nighs per week, so you’ll be spoilt for choice.

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Come and see us soon!

You can find top Torquay Pub  Alberts on the corner of Belgrave Road next to the Victoria hotel Torquay. So from me Chris Brimicombe, Alberts Bar Supervisor, we look forward to seeing you soon.

Cheers!

Healthy Eating and Special Diets – new training at the Victoria Hotel

Healthy eating and a special diet is something we are all aware of these days. We are constantly being bombarded by the media about what we should and should not eat, so it is important to the Food and Beverage teams here at TLH Leisure Resort that they are able to handle any special requests about diets that come their way.

When I was approached by the Food & Beverage Manager of the Victoria Hotel and asked to do some specialist training on the subject I was only too pleased to oblige. The CIEH (Chartered Institute of Environmental Health) provide a Level 2 course called the Level 2 Award in Healthier Food and Special Diets, which I am qualified to deliver. So I got organised and ordered all the exam papers and handbooks. Over two Fridays I delivered the course to seven of the Food & Beverage team at the Victoria – Barrington, Reda, Beata & Aldona from the Restaurant, Bart & Lauren from the Kitchen and Nikki who is the Assistant Food & Beverage Manager. All of them passed the multiple-choice exam and our picture shows them celebrating with their certificates.

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The Vic F & B Team show off their certificates.

During the course of a year we serve a huge number of meals in our beautiful period restaurant in the Victoria Hotel. Special diets and healthy meal options are so important these days, so it is great that the team at the Victoria are prepared to handle any request that comes their way. Well done to all of them and hopefully the other hotels will follow suit soon!

New for 2010 – TLH Theatre Breaks

As part of it’s new Escape for a Break programme TLH has joined up with the Princess Theatre – only a short walk from the resort – to bring guests an opportunity to combine a short break at the resort with a trip to see some of the country’s top entertainers.

The first Theatre Break features Derren Brown who will be returning to Torquay in February 2010.

Be prepared for a once-in-a-lifetime theatrical experience when the master of psychological illusion returns to the stage with DERREN BROWN: ENIGMA. Derren will once again bewilder, baffle and bewitch and show why he is one of the country’s most revered live performers; a master of magic, mind control and psychological illusion.  This is the second leg of his fourth tour and is expected to sell out as it did in 2009 throughout the UK.

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Derren Brown

Derren says:”Like previous shows, I will absolutely push myself to the limit. The challenge is to create new material that shocks, surprises and defies explanation. The audience will be taken for a theatrical roller-coaster ride, and I hope it’s an experience that they will never forget”.

The performance is not suitable for children under 12 years.

What the press said of Derren Brown: Enigma in 2009:A spectacular night of entertainment. Derren Brown is, without a shadow of a doubt, this country’s greatest illusionist. His latest show sees him climb heights rarely, if ever, achieved by any other legend of the magical arts. Some of the illusions are beyond mind-boggling and do truly beggar belief. Derren Brown, you put Merlin to shame. Time Out

Enigma raised the hoodwink and the scam to the level of art…you repeatedly find yourself retrieving your jaw from the floor. Daily Telegraph

Brilliant…there was nothing for it but to surrender to his control. Mail on Sunday

A 2 night Theatre break at the Derwent or the Toorak hotel includes dinner, entertainment and accommodation on Friday 12 February, breakfast on Saturday, your ticket for the show on Saturday evening and accommodation on Saturday night and a farewell breakfast on Sunday morning. Prices start at only £110 per person.

And don’t miss your opportunity to see widely acclaimed ‘rapier wit’ Jimmy Carr who is appearing at the Princess on Saturday 31 July – packages start from only £136 for a 2 night break including your ticket so call 01803 400500 for more details.

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Jimmy Carr

See further information on Devon Holidays

This Dance Festival has something for everyone.

For all lovers of dance, whether you just can’t keep off the dance floor, or you simply enjoy watching the spectacle, the annual English Riviera Dance Festival is a must.

There is no escaping the current craze for dance with the increasing number of programmes on TV. “Strictly Come Dancing” is taking a break until later this year, but “So You Think You Can Dance” quickly steps in to take it’s place, seemingly giving the opportunity to the ordinary man in the street to strut his or her stuff. Dancing is even extended to the ice rink as the latest series of “Dancing on Ice” takes to our screens.

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Vincent Simone & Flavia Cacace at the 2008 Festival

The clear advantage of the English Riviera Dance Festival is that it is available to everyone. The June extravaganza, organised and hosted by dance impresario Philip Wylie, has wide-ranging appeal. The invitation to join this unique dance holiday is extended to learners, improving dancers, experienced social dancers, up to medallists or competition dancers. Ballroom dancing, Latin American and some Sequence are included in the programme. You’ll be able to see dance champions in cabaret, take part in dancing sessions morning, afternoon and evening, join in with learn and improve workshops, or master-classes for the more experienced.

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Dancing for all at the Festival

Based at the Victoria Hotel in Torquay, the extensive dance programme is given some extra sparkle and glamour with two gala evenings at Torquay Town Hall, plus the added excitement of the Sunday afternoon competition session. A full programme of events is available online, or you can call TLH Leisure Resort on 01803 400500.

And if all the dancing gets too much, you can revive your tired tootsies in the luxury Aztec Spa, by booking a Luxury Pedicure – 70 minutes of complete bliss and it only costs £36. Or go the whole hog and try an Elemis Complete Spa Ritual for total top-to-toe pampering. As part of TLH Leisure Resort, this luxury spa is right on your doorstep and just perfect for a spot of “me-time”.

Don’t be a wallflower and do come and join Holiday and Dance at the Victoria Hotel, Torquay between 4 – 11 June 2010.

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Philip Wylie & Pam Peters of Holiday & Dance

 

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ERDF Dance Champions

 

A garden holiday with a difference – Meet the gardeners in South Devon

Join us in April at TLH Leisure Resort for the first of our new garden holidays. Enjoy a colourful and rejuvenating jaunt through some of Devon’s most beautiful spring gardens, escorted by Judy Disney of Great Garden Getaways. From woodland glades, to subtropical plants and flowers, we will explore a diversity of gardens that thrive in Devon’s mild climate. Several of our visits will include personal tours conducted by the owners or Head Gardeners, to help us learn more about their wonderful gardens and the varying conditions in which they work.

Well known for its rich variety of trees, shrubs and ornamental gardens, RHS Rosemoor is top of our list for a spring visit, with its woodland trails amassed with the dazzling colours of rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas. These acid loving plants can also be found in the colourful Lukeslands gardens, which nestle in a secluded valley on the slopes of Dartmoor.

 

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RHS RosemoorLukesland pond

Renowned for half-hardy plants and it’s woodland garden, we will also visit Coleton Fishacre, the seaside home of Rupert D’Oyly Carte of Gilbert & Sullivan fame, which sits in a stream-fed valley above the scenic Devon coast and is now owned by the National Trust

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Coleton Fishacre

One visit that could not be missed as part of our spring collection is the truly inspirational Garden House at Buckland Monachorum. Steeped in history and set in a tranquil valley, the walled garden surrounds the ruins of Buckland’s medieval vicarage. Beyond stretches a modern garden planted in a naturalistic style and the whole site contains over 6,000 plants!

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The Garden House Long Walk

Guests will stay at the 3 star Carlton Hotel, part of the TLH Leisure Resort in Torquay in the heart of the English Riviera, which is nationally renowned for its amazing Aztec Falls leisure complex and nightly entertainment. With prices starting at only £240 pp for 4 nights dinner bed and breakfast this is an opportunity not to be missed by keen gardeners and plantsmen alike.

For more information call 01803 400500 or visit www.tlh.co.uk

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Spa breaks should be more holistic and less ecliptic

When you think of  spa breaks, you might think of walking around a beautifully therapeutic environment, with waterfalls and singing tropical birds. You might imagine being wrapped in a huge fluffy dressing gown, that feels like it have been hand woven by angels. Why? Because a Spa is all about having your body pampered by experts intent on making sure ever inch of you as relaxed and stress free as possible.

What you might not imagine is the opening scene to Ridley Scott’s Alien, your fluffy dressing gown is a cold space suit and you’re running through corridors avoiding aliens to find your 4.00pm pedicure.

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Ellen Ripley in the First Alien movie

OK, well maybe it’s not that bad, but as technology becomes more emboldened., are we in fact in danger of loosing the very sanctity of what a spa treatment really is. Here is our pick of some of the most bizarre space age treatments and Spa’s online.

1) High tech body spa machines

This spa in Skopje has high tech body work machines that look just mini space pods from some sixties movie B movie.

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Spa high tech body work machine

2) The 3D pluri-sensorial dimension Spa

This is the galactic Exedra Nice Hotel Wellness Centre in Nice. It is said to offer a “3D pluri-sensorial dimension never seen before,” I have no idea what that means, but it does look very nice.

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Simone Micheli Space Spa

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Simone Micheli Space Spa design

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Simone Micheli Space Spa design

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Simone Micheli Space Spa design

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Simone Micheli Space Spa design

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Simone Micheli Space Spa design

3) The space age salon

This is a design concept for a new space age salon by designer Vizitiu Eduard, filled with transparent glass partitions, retro graphic art designs and walls that curve in on themselves.

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New space age salon by designer Vizitiu Eduard

4) Takeaway Spa hydro-fusion

This is a futurist spa that you can have in your home; it is basically a huge bathing tube where the user gets; a hydrotherapy spa treatment with inbuilt hydro-fusion, aromatherapy and musical technology (it has nozzles that spray water, play music and smell nice).

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Spa hydro massage chamber

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5) The Spa shower system

This is the kind of phone booth that even superman wouldn’t have minded changing in. OK, you got me, it’s a shower, but it is very pretty.

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Spa shower

6) Futuristic head massager

If you wish to look like one of the original battlestar galactica’s cylon’s while you get your massage then this futuristic head gear is for you.

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healthcare head spa massager

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Original battlestar galactica cylon

So, should spa breaks be a holistic experience or a step into the Twilight Zone?