Monthly Archives: December 2015


We’re winning more awards…

We’re celebrating again after being named in two top hospitality industry awards this month (December, 2015). We’ve been awarded a Highly Commended in the B&B Guest Accommodation & Inn of the Year category at this year’s South West Tourism Excellence Awards. We’re delighted about winning this award. It’s a brilliant celebration of all we’ve done […]

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Brussel sprouts

Brussels sprouts are the Marmite of Christmases past and present, but love them or loathe them, they are a festive foodie classic. Here are a few things you may not know about the humble sprout: You can now get ruby red Brussels sprouts if you shop around and these can be much sweeter in taste […]

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Benefits of spice

Spices at this time of year are a huge part of Christmas cooking but they also have some great medicinal uses too. Cinnamon Great in mulled wine and Christmas cake but in 2000 scientists at the US Agricultural Research Service found it revitalised the ability of cells to deal with excess blood sugar. Cloves Ham […]

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Soothing Frankincense

Not sure why the three wise kings brought frankincense and myrrh? Well it turns out they have relaxing and healing properties – something we could all do with at this hectic and exhausting time of year. Frankincense and myrrh were used for embalming and incense in ancient times. In traditional Chinese medicine myrrh was applied […]

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Will we get snow this Christmas?

Snow at Christmas is traditional isn’t it? We’ve linked the two since the Victorian times. But it was Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ in 1843 that really ensured the two would be linked in our psyches forever. Many festive greeting cards since the mid-19th century have also connected them. Our image of Christmas is invariably […]

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The origin of crackers

Crackers are quintessentially British, loved by the Commonwealth too, we go mad for them…but maybe they aren’t as British as you’d think, just like all our other traditions… British confectioner, Thomas Smith visited France in the 1840s and saw bonbons wrapped in twists of waxed paper and decided to do something similar with a double […]

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Story of stockings

Nobody knows why exactly we put up stockings on Christmas Eve for Santa to fill. In Holland in the 16th century children left their clogs by the fire filled with straw for the reindeer and hoped Sinterklass would fill them. There is also a story about a Turkish saint who threw coins down a chimney […]

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