We’re serious about your food safety.

What do you get if you mix 2 head chefs, 2 sous chefs, a chef de partie, a second chef and a restaurant manager together with a food hygiene qualified trainer? The Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety in Catering, that’s what!

We take training very seriously here at TLH Leisure Resort to make sure we provide the very best levels of service for our guests both “on-stage” and “off-stage”. To this end in January seven members of our kitchen and restaurant management teams attended this 3-day course, which is a Chartered Institute of Environmental Health course for all managers within food handling areas. It covers everything they need to know about supervising food safety in their departments, thus ensuring that everyone takes all the practical measures involved in keeping food safe to eat and wholesome through all stages of handling.

I ran this course in-house and as it was the first time I had run it myself I was a little bit nervous. Well I shouldn’t have been! All 7 of the team were fantastic through the course and participated well and got involved. The culmination was to sit a 2-hour 60-question exam. If they scored 40 – 50 out of 60 they would get a pass and if they scored 51 or more they would get a merit. How would they do??

Well, the exam papers were sent away for marking on the 22 January and since then I, and them, have been nervously awaiting the results. Today the certificates came in and I am so pleased to be able to announce that they all achieved a merit grade! This is fantastic news, so a huge well done to Darryl Patrick (Restaurant Manager at the Carlton Hotel), Will Harborne (Sous Chef at the Toorak Hotel), Rob Hockridge (Junior Sous Chef at the Toorak Hotel), Andy Johnston (Head Chef at the Derwent Hotel), Dave Clifford (Head Chef at the Victoria Hotel) Patrick Stuchbury (Senior Chef de Partie at the Carlton Hotel) and John Kelly (Second Chef at the Victoria Hotel). I suppose now I will have to get you all the bottle of wine I promised!! The picture shows them all proudly showing off their certificates!

If you are interested in a career here at TLH Leisure Resort then take a look at our website to see the latest job vacancies on-line, or give us a call on 01803 400132.

Level 3 Food 2 We’re serious about your food safety.

Well done to the team for their achievement!

Ideas for celebrating Mothers Day in Torquay.

Mothers Day – The Facts!

Mothering Sunday in the UK is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent. The celebration has taken place since around the 16th century and apparently it was also known as “Refreshment Sunday”, “Pudding Pie Sunday” or “Mid Lent Sunday”. It was the only day during Lent when the fasting rules were relaxed in honour of the “Feeding of the 5000″, the story from the Christian Bible. The more usual name was Mothering Sunday, but no-one seems to be sure exactly how the name of Mothering Sunday came about. One theory is that the celebration could have been adopted from a Roman spring festival celebrating Cybele, their Mother Goddess.

Mother’s Day Lunch in Torquay

Anyway – enough of the history lesson. Most importantly, everyone loves their Mum and these days most of us make the extra effort to spoil our Mums and let them know just how special they are. One way we can do this is to give them a break from cooking the Sunday roast by treating them to lunch – and we recommend that you book a table at the Toorak Hotel in Torquay where Head chef Nick Coombes has put together a 3 course Mothers Day menu that reflects the best of local produce that Devon has to offer. And even better is the fact that none of the family get volunteered to do the washing up.

This year Mother’s Day is 14th March and lunch will be served in the Toorak’s award-winning restaurant from 12.30-2.00pm. A 3 course lunch plus chocs for Mum will cost just £16.95 per person and children 3-11 years are half price.

You know Mum’s worth it, so book a table and treat her to a slap-up lunch - call the Toorak on 01803 400400.

Stuck for a Mother’s Day gift? Pamper Mum at TLH

If you’re stuck for an idea for a Mothers Day gift, then TLH Leisure Resort can help there too.

From Sunday 7th March to Friday 26th March there’s a special Mums and Daughters Pamper Package available in the Aztec Spa.

You can enjoy a luxurious Elemis Skin Specific Facial, enjoy a swim, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi in the amazing surroundings of the Aztec Falls pools complex, lounge around in the peaceful relaxation area and enjoy a light lunch in the Aztec Bistro.

This a brilliant way for you and your Mum to spend some quality time out together enjoying a spa break. And for each person booking we’ll be donating £1 to the charity Mothers4Children, and great value at just £40 each. Just give the Spa a call on 01803 400190.

Mothers day spa Ideas for celebrating Mothers Day in Torquay.

Go on – give Mum a special treat – you know she’s worth it!

Big Blues comes to the English Riviera – in Devon’s Deep South!

A fantastic line-up of electric and acoustic blues from home and abroad is promised for lovers of Blues music at the Derwent Hotel, part of the TLH complex in Torquay – in the heart of the English Riviera.

Earl Jackson is your MC for the weekend, which is being organised by Boogaloo Promotions, and Robin Bibi is running the jams. Take a look at the great line-up with late night jam sessions, late bars and live performances in the Starlight cabaret venue.

Fab Texas guitarist, singer, songwriter Buddy Whittington  occupied the coveted guitar chair of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers from 1993 until 2008.

The Producers  (just re-formed!).  – the new 2009 version of The Producers includes original frontman Harry Skinner and bass player Dave Saunders. New recruits Ray Drury on organ/piano and Biff Smith on Drums and percussion complete the line-up of this new and exciting project.

Already receiving rave reviews, The Producers are regaining the loyal following that made them so popular in their previous forms. New material has been written and incorporated into their set which contains many of the previously recorded tracks.

Take a listen to the Earl Jackson Blues Band on myspace.

Hokie Joint are a five piece band from Colchester in Essex. On one hand we’re talking part Waits, part Wolf vocals, fuzzing slide guitar, dirty harmonica, driving bass and train-like drumming. On the other hand it’s gut-wrenchingly emotional vocals, melancholic guitar playing, sweeping harmonica, well-constructed, melodic bass and intricate, mesmerising drumming.

Robin Bibi is one of the UK’s top blues/rock guitarists and having paid his dues working with such names as Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Ben.E.King, The Pretty Things and Helen Shapiro, launched the Robin Bibi Band in 1996. The Band’s debut album ‘Blue Thrash Therapy’ was released a year later and quickly sold out leading to a recent re-release. Five albums on, Robin’s acoustic album ‘Fast Life Songs’ has also received critical acclaim and continues to sell well. Blues, funk, soul, rock, reggae and jazz are all rolled together in The Robin Bibi Band’s own feel-good concoction. Above all, the Band’s aim is to give their audience a night to remember whilst guaranteeing the best British Blues Rock can offer in a tried and tested, exciting, spontaneous, power trio format.

Big Pete & The Backbones are from The Netherlands.Vocalist and Blues harp master “Big” Pete van der Pluijm has long been known amongst his fans and fellow musicians in his native Holland as the “go-to” guy for the “real thing”. Now with his ace band the Backbones, the 30 year old Dutchman is taking his own brand of soul drenched blues to the rest of the world.

And when you need to ‘cool down dude’ there is the amazing Aztec Falls Spa and Leisure complex at TLH Leisure Resort.

This weekend break forms part of TLH Leisure Resort’s programme of  Tribute and Entertainment weekends. 3 nts arriving on Friday May 21 cost from only £179 per person. For more info go to the Boogaloo Promotions website. Ot to book call 01803 400500.

See you there!

Half Term Family Fun that the weather can’t spoil!

Amazing family deals are to be had at TLH Leisure Resort’s 3 star Toorak and Carlton Hotels where Kids under 10 stay free and prices start at only £47.50 a night for dinner bed and breakfast per adult – that’s just £380 for a family of 4 with 2 children under10 sharing their room – Ideal for those bargain family holidays.

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Superb indoor pool

Kids and Teens clubs offer a full programme of daytime activities or take advantage of Free Kids entry to many of  Torbay’s Attractions. And whilst the children make the most of the beautiful Aztec Falls with it’s 25 metre pool, Fun Pool, Jacuzzi, Steam Room, Sauna the grown ups can retreat to the themed Spa and Gym to enjoy the benefits of our spa breaks, or perhaps try an exercise class in our new Dance Studio before lunch in the Bistro.

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Paignton Zoo

With entertainment every evening staged throughout the complex this resort really is perfect for all age groups – and no airport queues or washing up so everyone’s happy!

Visit our website www.tlh.co.uk and then give us a call on 01803 400500 to book your family holidays – and if you don’t believe us, here’s an extract from an email we received this month which should convince you!

‘We have four young children (all under 5 last year!), and this was their first proper hotel holiday. I have to say, we absolutely loved it: the hotel, the staff, and the entertainment were absolutely fantastic, and we couldn’t have wished for anything else. It made such a difference finding somewhere thatcatered so well for a very young family like us, and offered everything we could want on site. And the attitude of the staff, and entertainment team, was brilliant, and really did make all the difference.’

See you soon!!

Become a strictly come dancing star


Cha Cha Cha like Craig Revel Horwood

If you have spent your Saturday nights a gasp at the exploits of Chris Hollins and his partner Ola Jordan, and applauding over Matthew Cutler’s leaps and Lilia Kopylrova spins. Then you are suffering from what is commonly known as the ‘the strictly some dancing bug’, the cure for which can only be ‘to dance like crazy’.

 Become a strictly come dancing star

“But how?” you might ask. Well; you can either check to see if your local community centre offers classes, or your local church or school and another way is to opt for one of our dancing holidays. Many of the 2 or 3 star hotels around the country offer these breaks and are happy to discuss options with you. The reason why dancing is so popular, other than it’s new found fame through strictly come dancing, is that it is good for you and fun all at the same time.

Loads of holiday organisers now offer ‘beginners learn to dance weekends’ including ourselves and they are usually over 3 nights, they allow you to train in the day and try your hand (or rather feet) at a range of well-known dance steps.

tango Become a strictly come dancing star

Dancing weekends cover the tuition of everything from the foxtrot and quickstep to the tango and Cha Cha, and are organised by professional ex dancers that give you the confidence to try and try again.

 Become a strictly come dancing star

You get to practice your dance steps every evening after an afternoon tea and always have your teacher on hand to offer you any advice. It is a great way to build both your dancing and personal confidence in the safety of a supportive atmosphere, all the dancers around you are in the same boat, so it’s all just great fun.

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Two of our own hotels that offer Ballroom & Latin for beginners are the Victoria 2 star hotel and the Toorak 3 star hotels in Torquay.

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We’ll leave you with a wonderful video of Lisa and Brendan dancing in strictly come dancing 2008. This is the Cha Cha Cha as mentioned in the title, and we promise that any kind of dancing holiday will leave you feeling as great, if not better than you feel watching the lovely Brendan shimmy around the floor.

Torquay's Top Karaoke Bar

Albert’s is the perfect venue for a great karaoke night out. With its multi-screen layout, quality sound system and over 25,000 different songs to choose from it make for a fantastic night out in Torquay. We also welcome all parties, stag and hen nights and large groups as well as single or duo vocalists.   


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Chris Jackson

Your regular host is Chris Jackson, who fronted the local soul band Joey The Lips for 10 years. Chris and alto sax player John George put the band together in 1993 and based it on the line-up and music from the film `The Commitments’, even taking the name from the trumpet player in the film, Joey `The Lips’ Fagan.

Joey The Lips travelled all over the country and Europe playing to ever growing crowds of Soul music fans. The band is still playing now, although John George is the only surviving member of the original band. You can check out the latest line-up at www.joeythelips.co.uk. 

In 1999, Joey The Lips played on local television chat show `Langsford Late’ with Ruth Langsford (who is now married to TV presenter Eamonn Holmes) and jammed with some very unusual guests including Patrick Moore (on vibraphone). Here’s a clip with Chris singing from one of the shows: http://www.youtube.com

Chris will be hosting our popular karaoke nights all year round check him out every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 8.30pm till late. And if you missed out on last week’s Karaoke night – here is a pic of the winner and her friends. The competition was to find the best rendition of a Take That number and Steph blew everyone away with her version of “A Million Love Songs”

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Steph & her mates

Don’t forget – Alberts is next to the Victoria Hotel – on the corner of Belgrave Road and Chestnut Avenue – so we look forward to seeing you soon.

Cheers for now

Chris B