Sunday 2nd February 2020
After all the goings on of the General Election in December and now Brexit, we are settling down to another year at Old Quarry Cottage.
But after all the excitement, all is back and running here at Old Quarry Cottage and we have had a few guests staying already this year. Having decided to take on Booking.com we have never been so busy. Especially as visitors through booking.com are mainly one nighters. We have been on a bit of a learning curve with them even though we have been doing B&B for so many years.
However, we are looking forward to having some of our regular and very nice guests to stay and it is always good to welcome them as old friends.
On her last appearance the Quality in Tourism assessor commented very favourably when once again awarding us a Four Star gold award rating together with a good breakfast award. Apparently we “scored” enough to have qualified for a five star rating! However the cost of grading keeps escalating so we decided not to renew. It seems as if grading recognition is not so important these days as is Trip Advisor and Booking.com reviews who have both graded us “exceptional”.
We have been kept busy making all the homemade Seville Orange marmalade for the season including some ginger variety which has always gone down well with our guests. Basically this all has to be done in January as it is a very short season when the bitter seville oranges are available.
We entered the International Dalemain Marmalade awards a few years ago and was awarded one of a few Bronze awards in the company of such renowned restaurants/hotels as the Sharrow Bay. We are still using the same recipe and laborious techniques so they will be as good as ever this year.
The complete refurbishment of the Feathers Inn at the bottom of the road is now finally finished, and the place has been transformed. We went down ourselves for a very enjoyable early evening supper shortly after they opened, and a number of our guests have commented since on how good it was. It is very busy as everyone is anxious to try it out in its new guise, so if one is thinking about going there for a meal it is definitely advisable to book. At the moment they are closed all day Monday and Tuesday, and closed Sunday evening.
You will notice from our website that we no longer feature our “Tricia’s Kitchen Suppers”. These have gone down very well with our guests, but they were a lot of hard work and we are not getting any younger! However we intend to not discontinue these altogether if any of our guests really, really, really, want one of our suppers notwithstanding the availability of the Feathers Inn just down the road.
Having very recently had a brand new central heating boiler as the old one suddenly gave up on us, you can be sure to be cosy and warm if you fancy a short break away.
A joyous and happy 2020 to you all, and to quote – a “New Era”!
All best wishes,
Tricia and Anthony.