Saturday, May 31, 2008

Great weather for the Curtis Cup

We have had a great week with people coming from all over the world to see the golf. It is great to see Ladies golf being shown off so well. They are playing well (shame the US are winning) Come on Britain you can do it!!!!

Energy and Tax is killing the Industry

There is loads being written about how families are being hit by the increases in gas electricity and oil but just spare a thought for the hotels, Inn's Guest houses and bed and breakfast that try and forge a living from leisure and business tourism.

We are being hit harder than the average house. We are being taxed higher than any of our counterparts in the EU yet we are continually asked for discounts. It's embarrassing trying to explain to our friends from the USA that they can purchase whisky cheaper than we can!

We believe that at a time like this, when we are all feeling the pinch we have to be strong and help people have fun and make sure they are able to still go out.

So next time your out make sure you have a laugh with the Inn keeper and spare a thought for the hospitality industry when you moan to your MP.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Ben goes to Dubai, Sophie goes to Bath

Ben, my son has also been awarded a Scholarship but his is going to take him to Dubai to work. He is studying Tourism and hospitality management in Holland and is on his last year hoping to finish up working with the Fairmont group in the US or Canada.

Sophie, my daughter has just finished her IB and has been lucky enough to be picked out of 100's to become trained by the world famous Norland Nannies of Bath. This training will enable her to travel all over the world looking after children.

Scottish beef club

We are now able to track not only our beef from field to plate but also our Lamb and pork. The pork we are using at present comes from Sir Peter Erskins estate Combo House and Myres Castle where we and Peter are rearing our own Tamworth pigs for our use at the Inn. Peter sells to other people as well but the flavour of all this pork is second to none.

Had Benny Stay Last night

Benny Gallagher stayed last night on his way to a Gig up north, 1st time at the Inn but has just confirmed that he will take part in our February festival.

4 tickets left for the Strawbs for sunday left. This is the line up that still filles the big arena's in the states

Friday, May 16, 2008

Darden Smith Live at The Stables 16th May!

Darden Smith put out his first album, yes, a genuine vinyl album, in 1986. Since then he has released 10 more. You would think he would have learned his lesson by now. 'Ojo', his first live recording, is the latest.

In the ensuing 20 years of toil and trevail, he has toured a rediculous amount, playing every state except for Hawaii and South Dakota, playing to crowds as small as he and a bartender in Asbury Park, NJ to 9,000 adoring and lace-wrapped fans of Stevie Nicks when he opened her 1993 tour of the US.

He's been on the Tonight Show a couple of times, Austin City Limits, and recently heard his song, 'Loving Arms' again in Home Depot. The peaks just keep getting higher.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Welcome to The Diary of an Innkeeper

Manager wins top scholarship!

Morag Peattie the Inn's manager has picked up one of the industry's top scholarships to train at Le Manoir quatre saisons.

She will be the 1st winner to ever be placed at Le Manoir and will be with them for two weeks

We are all so delighted for her as it will help the Inn drive forward in its quest for even better standards and service. If anyone deserved this it really must be Morag as she gives 150% all the time and lives for our customers and our staff

All I can add is well done MO!!!

Fantastic!
Nick