Food Glorious Food

One of the great things about staying in a hotel is having tasty meals prepared and cooked for you – and no washing up either. As well as the quality of our meals, here at TLH Leisure Resort we’re serious about the safety of the food we serve to all of our guests. So with this in mind I decided to run a food hygiene course specifically designed for our restaurant teams. The course covered all the knowledge and skills our teams needed to make sure that the food they serve is of the highest quality.

It was a great session with the teams staying on after breakfast service to attend. Although we covered a lot of important information, I made sure that we had some fun as well. We looked at all the different areas of food safety, covering contamination, cleaning, personal hygiene and more.

19 staff from all 4 of our restaurants attended, and they all passed the exam at the end of the course! Well done to you all, you can see some of them proudly showing off their certificates in Level 1 Food Hygiene in the pictures below.

Food hygiene training is a regular feature of our annual training calendar, and from September, Darryl Patrick, Restaurant Manager at the Carlton Hotel will also be involved in the delivery of these sessions as he’s just passed his Professional Trainers Certificate…. Well-done Darryl!

Training July 10

Ashley Isaac & Maria Angeles de Cabo Perez with Barrington James from the Victoria Restaurant

Food hygiene training at TLH

Carlton Restaurant Team with Darryl Patrick

10 great reasons to take a hotel break in Torquay this Summer

A report out today shows that with the uncertainty of recession, businesses feeling the pinch and unfavourable exchange rates, the number of Britons travelling to foreign shores in 2009 fell at its sharpest rate since the 1970s. And that looks set to continue this year.

Whilst ash clouds and air strikes may not be a cause for concern now, many people are still uncertain about what to do this Summer for a short break or holiday. So here are some excellent reasons to stay in the UK and bring the family down for a break to Torquay, the jewel in the crown of the English Riviera.

  • TLH Leisure Resort in Torquay provides an excellent choice of 2 and 3 star hotel accommodation, all on one site and close to the beach, the town centre.
  • The amazing indoor Arena Games means you don’t have to worry about the weather. With 2000 square feet crammed full of activities including 10-pin, computer games, table tennis, snooker and pool to name but a few, there’s plenty to keep all ages amused.
  • The indoor pool complex includes a 25m swimming pool with a freeform fun pool, toddlers pool, plus poolside sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi.
  • Fun in the outdoor poolRelax on the sun terraces by the outdoor swimming pool – perfect for enjoying the Riviera sunshine.
  • If you fancy some holiday pampering, then step into the luxury Aztec Spa which offers a wide choice of treatments and therapies.
  • The daily Toby Club for 3-10’s and the TeenZone activity club for 10-15’s are perfect for energetic youngsters.
  • A wide choice of nightly entertainment throughout the Summer offers a choice of up to 5 venues a night, with a family venue, a ballroom dedicated to dancing for adults, and alternative venues for quiz nights, solo musicians and race nights.
  • Friendly entertainment team having funFriendly and attentive staff will make you feel really welcome. This might seem like a big complex, but as a family owned business the whole team really care about their guests and go the extra step to make everyone has the best holiday ever.
  • Top class local attractions are near at hand if you feel like exploring out and about. As well as the beautiful South Devon coastline, pretty Cockington village with its horse-drawn carriage rides is close by. Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is a short drive away, as are the fascinating Model Village at Babbacombe and Kent’s Cavern prehistoric caves, part of the English Riviera Geopark. Furthermore, guests at TLH Leisure Resort are given a discount card offering special prices and offers at many of the local shops and attractions.
  • Kents cavern prehistoric cavesLast but not least, great value prices this Summer mean affordable family breaks, with kids under 5 staying free and 2 nights dinner, bed and breakfast costing from just £116 per adult during August.

So what are you waiting for. Take a look at the website, or book online now.


The John’s or not the John’s – or was it the 13th?

The John’s Trophy is a Bowls England Inter County knockout competition played on ‘neutral’ greens all over the country on a set date in the summer calendar. I had the honour to be picked, after trialling, for the Devon team.

We had already played Dorset and Wiltshire and won so we were to face Somerset at Yeovil BC on Tuesday 13 July. This was an important game, the qualifier for Leamingotn and the National Semi-Final.

I usually pack my bowls bag with the usual County garb the night before the event, so that there is no rush. Control the controllable, that’s the motto passed to me by Sue Harriot, veteran of the Commonwealth Games. But, as the coach was not leaving ISCA until 11.15am I had plenty of time, or so I thought. Plenty of time to slip to the little Tesco Express at the bottom of the road and get a prawn salad for my team-mate and me for lunch on arrival at the green.

At 10am we put the bowls bags in the boot of my new car and shut the lid down. I went to unlock the drivers door and guess what????? I had shut my keys in the boot.

Fortunately my Mother who loves to attend these games, she’s an avid spectator, was with me. I told her what I had done and she said that it was OK because she………. rummaging through her handbag realises that she has left her keys indoors – and then the horror of it begins to take shape, the back door is locked.

We are locked out of the car and out of the house, where the spare key for the car is. How am I going to get to the game?

Panic, run around and panic, for a short time. I have my handbag on my shoulder – best thing to do is phone Julia and tell her the situation, no prawn salad. Then phone the County Secretary to tell her the situation. I explain that I will climb up a neighbours ladder, get in through my bedroom window and be off in a short while – no problem.

The ladder is duly set against the house and I get half way up it only to realise that I hate ladders, so I freeze. Halfway up the contraption I am stuck. I can’t go up or down. I must have looked a sorry site clinging to the ladder. Fortunately there are some sane people left in the world who manage to talk me down to ground level. I am shaken and stirred, as Bond wouldn’t say.

All I can say is, it’s a good job the rain was holding off.

We need a locksmith – we need a locksmith to break into the house. Its 10.30 already. Borrow the neighbour’s yellow pages. Call three local locksmiths and get no reply. Call the fourth – he is 30 minutes away. OK that will have to do.

Call the County Secretary to advise I will not be making the coach at ISCA, but will travel in my car to Yeovil, just 50 miles away. Call Julia to say that she will have to get her own lunch and could she get something for Mum and me, I’ll pay her back.

You’ve guessed it, the locksmith turns up, he’s on time, and he tinkers with the back door and can’t get it open. He tinkers with the front door and can’t get it open. I’m beginning to think that the 13th is not my day at all.

Poor lad, in the end he has to drill the front door lock out and at 11.30 we manage to get in the house. I’ve got an hour and a half to get to the game.

Is the house going to be secure? How long will it take to mend the lock? It turns out that it is only another couple of minutes and we can be on our way.

I retrieve the spare keys – open the car, that’s fine now. Back to the house and pay the chap for his services. Pick myself up from the floor after he tells me how much and he won’t take a cheque, its card only.

£140 – £95 for the call-out the rest is labour and a new lock. A very expensive lesson has been learned.

Zoom Zoom – off to Yeovil – I actually beat the coach there as they had got lost in Yeovil, and we saw them, waving and tooting on the last roundabout before the green. From the look on their faces through the windows they are pleased to see me.

I am the duty victim over lunch and of course there is a lot of joking and banter, but we go out onto the green in fine form. We lost overall by 14 shots, but we had a great game on our rink against Margaret Dyer of Clevedon BC, and just managed to clinch it on the last end. Well done team.

So what is the moral to this story: Always have spare keys???? But where do you put them???? Its no good hiding them in the garden, or the garage. It’s a dilemma, but I think we have solved it. Mum swallowed hers. Lets wait and she what she unlocks.

That’s all folks

I’m never going up another ladder, I’ll stick to chairs.


Spray safe, stay safe…fake it with St Tropez.

St tropez tan at Aztec Spa

St Tropez tan available at Aztec Spa

Recent reports highlight the dangers of skin cancer. Rates have been on the rise for the past few years and there are still so many people who do not take care when out in the sun. 

We all want to look good when we get our bodies out for the Summer and with advances in “fake tanning” there is no need to burn your skin…fake it! 

5 reasons to get a St Tropez fake tan 

  • A St Tropez tan lasts up to 2 weeks (much longer than a tan from being out in the sun)
  • A St Tropez Tan takes less than 15 minutes and can easily be done after work or on the way home from shopping
  • You can get an all over tan in the Winter months that looks natural ready for that Christmas party or Winter event
  • The tan is carried out by a trained therapist in a private booth
  • No Smell! – The new St Tropez tan does not have the usual smell associated with fake tans ( 70% less than over the counter products)

The biggest fear most people have is that they will end up with the rather orange look sported by some well-known TV celebrities, but trust me, a moderate St Tropez tan will give a natural look. 

5 Celebrities who fake it naturally (and don’t look like an Umpa Lumpa!) 

  • Cheryl Cole
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Jennifer Aniston
  • Victoria Beckham
  • Cameron Diaz

Take advantage of our exclusive Aztec Spa offer: a full body St Tropez tan for just £20. Call 01803 400190 for more details or visit our website

TLH – as seen on TV

See our TV advertSee for yourself why TLH makes the perfect venue for a great family holidays. If you watch ITV1 in the Central TV or HTV Wales & West areas, our TV advert is being broadcast between 12 – 24 July, so watch out for it – slots include around the ITV news programmes, Loose Women and the Coronation Street Omnibus edition. Or you can preview it here – and  as it says in the advert – “from relaxing time out to fun time together” TLH Leisure Resort, Torquay truly is a holiday for all the family.

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Zumbathon… “What’s that?!” I hear you say…

People taking part in ZumbathonWe were the first in South Devon to hold Zumba® classes when we opened our Aztec Studio last November! Since then it has caught on at other gyms and Zumba® is fast becoming recognised as the latest Latin dance inspired fun work-out and trust me – it’s a lot of fun!!!

So Zumbathon… I was recently asked to co- host a three hour Zumbathon in aid of the Adoption Awareness charity. The event was held at Torbay Leisure Centre and was hosted by Paul Harrison (Paignton’s legend of fitness classes!). Starting at 2pm on a hot Saturday afternoon we Zumbered through till 5pm. Paul kicked off the event by introducing costumes, props, funky dance moves and of course a splash of comedy! Zumba® instructor Alexandra (based in Totnes) then followed with some impressive belly wiggling! I was the last instructor to host and luckily managed to keep everyone going in the heat. I did some of my favourite tracks which I personally choreographed – mixing up hip hop, salsa, pop and Asian influences.

Zoe, Zumba instructor at Aztec Studio, TorquayThe day was a huge success and managed to raise over £1000!!! Well done and a massive thank you to all who took part and supported me! The event was such a success it is now going to be an annual event – back next year! I hope to see some new faces then!

For more pictures and videos join me at Zumba-Torbay Zoe.

Come along and try a Zumba® class at the Aztec Studio, TLH Leisure Resort, we have some great deals on at the moment!!

Studio Co-ordinator