Palmer’s Brewery Tour
We had the pleasure of going on a Brewery Tour yesterday as part of a Palmers visit. It was great to be shown around the production line by the Head Brewer Darren Batten and owner Cleeves Palmer and learn about the history of the brewery, the beers it brews and how the business has had to change and adapt since 1794.
Brewing 5 Ales all year round and a seasonal each quarter we learnt about the brewing process and how each beer is made to taste different. We were treated to a few samples while learning about new products in the Palmers Range which includes a Dorset Haze Cider which we now stock at Martin’s.
After lunch we had a talk from Cask Marque regarding keeping the cellar, beer and glasses at a high quality and we are pleased Martin’s has the highest award possible for this. Later we enjoyed hearing about some new wines and prosecco, one of which a Rose Prosecco will be hitting the Martin’s cooler for the Christmas period.
End of Season Meeting
It’s been a busy few months since our last blog and we apologise! We have decided to rename the blog to be a general West Dorset Leisure Holidays blog so that we are able to update it more often with news and events from around the 5 Holiday Park and the local area.
We start with our ‘End of Season’ meeting this morning, attended by around 50 members of the team. As well as reviewing the year, we discussed the work the maintenance teams will be undertaking over the winter, as well as looking forward to future changes to the day-to-day operation of the parks.
We introduced staff awards, starting off with Sandyholme Holiday Park winning Park of the Year for 2017. Fez and Tracy the new wardens have worked hard all year with plenty of fresh ideas. They have improved the park greatly and will continue to do so in 2018 and we look forward to seeing the changes!
Team of the Year was won by the Maintenance Team at Golden Cap Holiday Park who, as a team of only 6, have kept the park looking fantastic all year long so well done to them. Employee of the Year was won by Zoe Lau, who has been working in Martin’s Bar and Restaurant at Highlands End Holiday Park as a valuable member of the Team for a number of years. Zoe was heavily involved in the ideas and implementation of the refurbishment and extension at the beginning of the year and has contributed to the smooth running of the Bar & Restaurant since it reopened in May.
We continue to make finishing touches to Martin’s Bar & Restaurant and will be developing our offering by adding Costa Coffee in the next few weeks. As well as this we will be installing a soft play facility for young children and for functions and events we are having a ‘pop-up’ bar made and creating new toilet facilities in the Fire Engine Room.
We are currently developing a new cocktail menu for our Christmas Meals and Party Nights (click here to view the menu) and are looking forward to the different menus we will be running through 2018, when we will be open daily for breakfast, lunch and evening meals from March to November.
Check back weekly to the new and improved blog for plenty more updates as to what is happening during the winter period!