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Greetings from the New Forest June 2013

Greetings from the New Forest

Well summer has arrived and none of us have stopped yet- absolutely love it!!!

Lots to report about from the Month of May. Firstly we have had a new cattle grid installed, with relative ease – only 4 days of diversions in through the back gate, in which our guests were very forgiving- especially as every day there was a lot of horses pooing in the car park- just lovely but at least we have manure composting for the rest of the year!!! So far so good- no ponies have breached the grid and no more noise!!!!

We also had our front porch roof fixed, amazing- no more leaks either (touch wood). Probably it does not notice to the naked eye but I think it looks very smart looking out of room 15s window J- we have also had the front doors painted so just the porch to go!!

We also all went on an AA Rosette training workshop, which was really great and I think we all learnt a lot on how to maintain our rosette and hopefully work towards getting a second… dare to dream!! Our chefs did brilliantly, and produced the whole menu for the inspector to taste and critique- which is a tall order for anyone and they rose to the challenge well, with all their dishes tasting at 1 rosette and the desserts at 2…. We have been given some suggestions and taken them on board so the menu is now tweaked- come and try it for yourself!

May also saw us have a mystery guest from Visit Britain, it went well and he was pleased with his stay and also provided some interesting suggestions for us to contemplate for next year, we also received a 2% higher score than last year and so great to know we are headed in the right direction.

We hosted one wedding in May on bank holiday Monday, which was blessed by fabulous weather and a great way to keep the bank holiday magic going!!! Congratulations to the happy couple.

We also had a great advert in the Restaurant section of the Echo, and a great article in the Compass magazine too.

Finally Robert and I have started business coaching to hone and improve our business skills and ensure we are focussing on the right areas. It is fantastic having our own business but with no one telling us what to do we do not want to become stuck in a rut and want to continue pushing forward so I am confident with what we have learnt so far we will get some real value from the course.

Well, I’m off for a walk and to enjoy the dusk sunshine, see you next month

Take care and hope to see you in the New Forest soon.

Imogene Anglaret


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