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Greetings from the New Forest January 2013

Greetings from the New Forest.

We hope that you are all having a good 2013 so far!

January has been a lot quieter than December, but we have still had a pleasing month in spite of the rain and the snow we have had!!! We have also been lucky to host some special birthday parties this month too! Congratulations to all our birthday girls 🙂

Our customer feedback forms have also generated some lovely comments this month and we have received some especially fantastic comments about the staff – Liana, Tom and Alex and as always John our head chef!!!!

We have welcomed Sammi our new Sous chef to the kitchen team as well this month! So come along and see what he can add to the restaurant!!

We have also had a good chance to start our Spring clean and sort outs. We have completed a bed audit and as a result we have ordered 8 brand new Hypnos beds. These are so comfortable- I can’t wait for them to arrive!!!! We have also been looking into getting new restaurant tables and put a schedule in place to refit room 14 and its bathroom and also room 17- it is about time that our bridal suite is given a facelift. I have to say though it is lovely to be able to plan these projects rather than the need to hurtle into a project like last year!!!

We continue on our maintenance work, with the seemingly never ending plugs and window catches to be changed and tightened up but Trefor is doing a fantastic job.

We have also had a visit from the Environmental Health Officer for our routine check and were thrilled to receive a 5 star health and safety rating- the best we can get. The new system is that you put up your sticker with your rating in an obvious place in your premises – we can’t wait for the sticker to arrive!!!!

We had some bad luck as well in January and we were unfortunately burgled for food and booze, which was so upsetting when we put so much effort into the hotel, the only saving grace was that no one was hurt and that we did not have a function the next day- so we were able to sort everything out and get more security in to stop this happening again. As an aside the police were fantastic and also the country watch team have some brilliant tools to keep out burglars- e.g. padlocks that when tampered with emit a really loud noise…. Wonderful!

In February we are looking forward to Valentine’s Day chef has prepared a wonderful 4 course menu inspired by Romance- we are open to resident s and non-residents so please come along and join us!

February half term is also coming up and the hotel is filling up fast, so give us a call and come down and visit us.

The 24th February sees us take part in the New Forest Wedding Showcase and so we have also been making the final preparations for this to ensure we have all our regular suppliers on board to create a wedding atmosphere in the hotel. Take care and keep warm!!

Imogene Anglaret Owner

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