The life of an hotelier is like many other professions not always an easy one. There are day to day challenges to overcome, be they due to staff issues, tricky guests, unforeseen operational problems and a wealth of other challenges besides, but on occasion there are days that prove to be inspiring and which make it all worthwhile… we have had a few such days of late and it certainly leaves you with a feel good factor.
Just before Christmas, we hosted a charity dinner, with the ever lovely Raymond Blanc as our guest speaker. He charmed the audience and a great evening was had by all. The charities we chose to benefit from the event were the hotels’ adopted charity, Rose Road and The Pelican Cancer Foundation, both of which are charities that have a special significance to us- we raised a good sum for them both. Whilst that is a great reward in itself, what is even more fantastic is when we visit Rose Road and see just where the much needed funds make a difference; the children and families such donations help are very special and to see them enjoying life in such a simple, uncomplicated way puts all the irritations and challenges life throws at us all clearly into perspective and stops you short.
On Sunday 18th January we hosted another very special event… we are blessed at TerraVina with a huge number of regularly returning guests, all of whom are a pleasure to look after. We have some guests who visit us every Sunday and have done so for many, many years. One such pair are the Messrs Tattersall. A father and son who come for Sunday lunch every week, almost without fail. Mr Tattersall, Snr turned 100 years old on Sunday 18th January. We of course could not leave such a special occasion un celebrated and so with his son’s blessing, we hosted a small lunchtime party for him, complete with birthday balloons, delicious lemon drizzle birthday cake and his favourite roast leg of lamb and gooseberry crumble as menu choices. There was delicious Champagne, kindly offered by other regular guests, a fantastic bottle of Pichon Longueville Baron, offered by yet another very special and regularly returning guest, presents galore and a very memorable and enjoyable afternoon was had by all.
However, more importantly, Mr Tattersall himself proved to be an inspiration to us all. He was sprightly, immaculately dressed, bright and sharp. He made a speech as the team clapped him into the restaurant and guided him to the table. He gave another speech when his cake was presented to him and then the whole restaurant erupted into song and applause for a thoroughly charming, decent and lovely chap on his very, very special day… and Gerard and I realised that being hoteliers on such special occasions such as those and having the ability to make someones’ day a little bit more special is very powerful and emotive and it is a privilege to be able to give such joy and happy memories to very special people who touch our lives but for a moment, but who leave such a lasting impression
Happy 100th Birthday Alfred- you are an inspiration to us all!
Until next time
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