Greetings from the New Forest!
Wow, September was a fantastic month at Woodlands Lodge, our last marquee wedding of the summer- you can see some of the glorious photos on our Facebook page http://bit.ly/wmqee . Of this and some of our other lovely weddings too.
It has been a busy month with the Southampton Boat show week providing our busiest ever week in the restaurant! And there is always such a buzz from a busy hotel. This is the first month we are able to do year on year comparisons and sadly Robert and I are addicted to seeing what a difference a year makes! All looking good so far 😉
We have had continued support leading on from our open day from local residents dining with us in the evening and Sunday lunch, it has been great to see this side of the business pick up, as in June we were thinking that we should give up on the Sunday Lunches and are now so pleased that we have persevered!
Continuing on the restaurant theme we have launched our new Autumn menu and I have to say it is delicious. Take a sneak peak on our website http://bit.ly/Restbar
We have also had a really positive response to our Christmas Package and only have one room left for Christmas Day. I am already getting excited about Christmas and have started to work on the Festive Quiz….. Thinking caps at the ready!
New Year is also available to book now – Robert and I are hosting a 5 course gala dinner and live music evening- It’s going to be great, although a lot less eventful than last year (for those who were not with us I went into labour!) so a double celebration- what are you waiting for!!!! If you need a smidge more information then the menu can be accessed through this link http://bit.ly/NYEWLmenu
But for now back to reality, and those niggles that do not go away!!! We are working through our to do list and are getting all the maintenance issues sorted that have arisen whilst we were dealing with the Summer madness, so once those areas are all taken care of I hope that we can get back to refurbing!!!!!! I have lots of ideas about what we can achieve with some new furniture for the public rooms- so just have to wait and take my time now- always the frustrating part!!!
Robert and I have been on a few courses this month too, with a course on Social Media and how to use it better and be more efficient, I think that I have really benefited from the course and hope that we can really give more info and value to our Facebook and twitter followers now! Also we went onto a business coaching course, which has also been great at focussing our minds into what we want to achieve and giving us a plan on how we can achieve it- much needed getting all our ideas onto a spread sheet rather than a jumble in our minds!!!
I have to say (apart from today when it has rained all day!) I think Autumn is my favourite season in the forest, as the leaves changing from green to orange is just beautiful!
We look forward to welcoming you all to the hotel soon,
PS-I thought I would include a picture of our AA Rosette Hunters Restaurant for you this month, as I seem to have spent most of this months’ post talking about it!!