Who doesn’t love a gorgeous, gooey, melt-in-the-mouth Pavlova to finish off a meal. Most of us are familiar with this delicious dessert and many of us have our own favourite recipe. However, just when you thought nothing more could be done to improve the dish, one of our chefs at TLH Leisure Resort has come up with a new twist. Continue reading
Chef Paul Albrechtsen celebrates 40 years at TLH Leisure Resort, a local family chain of hotels in Torquay. Paul also known as Albert was recognized for his lengthy employment at the long service award ceremony last week which was held at the Carlton Hotel. Every 2 years, TLH Leisure Resort holds a long service awards and dinner, which recognizes members of staff that have worked for the business for over 10 years.
Until now family holidays have always meant a week in the Med, lots of sun (and sun cream!) but this year with money not going quite as far we decided it might be an idea to have a look at holidaying at home.
Our needs were simple : a hotel with dinner (I am not cooking or cleaning on my holiday!); a pool and activity programme for an active 8 year old; a gym and somewhere to watch whatever sport was being shown; entertainment; lots to do and great weather!
It soon became apparent that a holiday at TLH Leisure Resort in Torquay would give us all of these including maybe the weather – the micro climate of the English Riviera allows palm trees to flourish so surely we would get a bit of sun!
All those holiday companies like to claim that a holiday starts at the airport – well last year’s holiday started with a 3 hour delay which tested our 8 year old to the limit, followed by a 4 hour flight in a cramped plane trying to persuade him that kicking the seat in front was not the best way to pass the time. The start of this years break was quite different – no luggage limit (other than hubby’s straining muscles as he lifted my case into the car – and yes I really did need all those shoes for a 4 night break!), a leisurely drive with a stop for lunch (planned for just the moment boredom was setting in!).
You know that feeling when you first arrive on holiday and you’ve got it right… as we explored our hotel we realised that this time we really had got it right. Two indoor and an outdoor pool meant swimming every day –I even got my time lying on a sunbed by the side of a pool (even if it was by the indoor pool!). A fantastic activity programme, Aztec Active, which kept us laughing through out the day, an amazing gym and range of fitness classes which meant we didn’t feel too guilty when we tried ice cream with Devon Clotted cream. I have never stayed in a hotel that has it’s own ten pin bowling ally, games arena and soft play area but we certainly enjoyed all of these on this holiday.
Dinner was great with both husband and son enjoying everything on the menu – rather different to the reaction to the octopus starter last year!
I never realised that UK hotels offered entertainment like the ones abroad but that’s exactly what we got (without the translation into 5 languages!). The theme mascot, Toby Lee Hound, came out every evening and was secretly adored by my 8 year old even though he claimed he was too old to like that sort of thing!
Out and about in Torquay was amazing – we really couldn’t fit everything in. Talk about holiday memories… a day of bush craft with Essential Adventure, an encounter with a dinosaur at Dinosaur World, a game of football with the Captain of Torquay United (although that took place at TLH Leisure Resort believe it or not).
Did it rain? Well yes of course but do you know how much fun you can have on a beach in the rain? Wellies, rain coats, and an empty beach made for a fantastic game of football and the digging the biggest hole (“Dad – how much further until Austraila?!!) added up to some real family laughter!
So what was best – UK or Overseas? We had the best time in Devon, more to talk about than on any previous holiday, more memories to share and a lot more laughter to remember.
Staying at TLH Leisure Resort meant that we had all the benefits of an overseas resort with out the stress that travelling overseas can bring. With a free child place, and dinner included we paid less than a quarter of the money we paid for our holiday last year!
So for us, our family holiday in Torquay was definitely best. Let me know what you think….
TLH Short Mat Festival 3 – 10th October 2008
Once again we have welcomed more than 350 incredibly keen Short Mat bowlers to the TLH Bowling Arena for the Autumn Short Mat Festival. This was a real celebratory event as this is the 10th year of the festival and bowlers come from far and wide gathered to take part in Singles, Pairs Triples and Fours trophy and plate competitions – a real extravanganza! After a welcome drink and a hearty dinner the ‘spoons’ competition and roll-ups started, ready for the main event in the morning – with several stalwarts even spending the weekend at TLH ‘practicing’ in the Weekend comp to give them an advantage (?!) in the Mid –week competitions.
We were particularly pleased to see Terry Batt and his crew finally arrive on Friday night as their car had blown up near Telegraph Hill on their way down from South Wales! The TLH minibus was duly despatched to collect them to make sure they wouldn’t lose valuable playing time, and then on Monday we dropped them off again ready for the AA to take them home – but only after they had collected medals and a their cash prize as Runners Up in the Pairs competition! Terry usually brings a much larger group with him but this year 10 of the regulars are playing in the Short Mat International Series in Northern Ireland in November so they couldn’t spare the time to come down to the English Riviera! We wish them luck and hope to see them in March.
So having generally agreed that a ‘Good time was had by all’ and judging by the number of re-bookings for next March as well as October, we can look forward to another great year in the world of Short Mat Bowls at TLH. See you soon!