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Congratulations Karly – Team Member of The Month:June

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

It’s once again that time where we proudly announce the member of staff who has stood out amongst the rest as going the extra mile for Queen and Country (well for The Dragon Hotel at least).  Cleaning up the award this time around is Housekeeping Supervisor Karly Williams (rapturous applause and much cheering!)

Karly has worked at the Hotel for going on 8 years and although she doesn’t always relish a Monday morning or a Sunday after the Saturday before she has clearly demonstrated that her commitment and determination to her job shines through!

 Some facts that you didn’t know about Karly:

 Her favourite colour is purple, she recently has her most embarrassing moment falling whilst down the beach and grazing her bottom and wasn’t even under the influence of alcohol!! She would:-




 Join me in saying ‘Congratulations’ Karly on your well deserved award.  

K-eeping the rooms always gleaming

A-lways wielding the vacuum with pride

R-eaching up for the cobwebs

L-eaving not a speck behind

Y-our strength you willingly muster, as you wave with a flourish your duster!

Admin & Accounts – The Squeakquel!

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Accounts & Admin Part 2…….

 Well hasn’t the past 5 weeks just flown by?  We have all been very busy down in our little dungeon under the hotel where we are holed up like the Witches in Hamlet…..dancing around the ever bubbling cauldron we have Head witch Helen, who with a flick of a pen here and wave of her trusty calculator there keeps the accounts department running…ably assisted by fellow crone Kelly 1 who has finally taken all of her exams and will hopefully be a fully fledged Accounting genius by the time we reach part 3! Dancing and prancing around whilst churning out meeting minutes and other administrative wonders is Kelly 2….who is still waiting for Tom Cruise to call and ask her to be his leading lady….(Love potion next on the agenda)

 “What of NormanNorman_0129 (2)” I hear you ask…Helens trusty, fluffy friend.  Well since the last instalment he has gone up in the world and after speaking to his bank manager was able to invest in a new house, much bigger than his previous residence with a window and a door!  He is currently receiving therapy because of abandonment issues following the revelation that his much loved owner (Helen) is going on holiday without him!!! (all together now- “Oooooooh”)  We wish him all the very best with his recovery.

 We are very happy to announce that Hazel, our fellow Accounts Assistant extraordinaire will be returning to us next week following a ‘spell’ away on Maternity Leave (did you see what I did there?) and we shall we very glad to have her back.  Her little boy Killian is adorable and is a well loved baby brother for Kacey her daughter.  Welcome back Hazel!

 Well until the next time avid readers….will Norman ever recover…..will Helen get a tan…..will Kelly 1 pass her exams and will Hazel remember how to make coffee?!!! Tense music…end scene.

Bikini Bodies, Babies & Beauty !

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Baby Beautiful!!

 Well it’s all happening in the Healthclub this month……!! Not only are we giving you the opportunity to get your Beach Bodies ready with our June offer of 3 Free Personal Training Sessions or 3 month Summer Body Membership, we are now able to offer you the support to lose the pounds and get into that bikini by joining our fantastic weight loss club!! So get motivated and get ready to strut your stuff this summer!

 Motivation speech over with…time for the news!!

 We are due to say a temporary farewell to our fantastic Beauty Therapist Michelle, who is going off on Maternity Leave (her bump has officially out grown the treatment room!) She will be missed by us all (her Dermalogica facials are to die for!)  We wish her all the very best for the imminent arrival of Baby Domenic (Sparkle as named by the rest of the team) and hope she enjoys her baby holiday!

 So with the lovely Michelle out of action, the Beauty treatments will be placed in the very capable hands of Harley, who many of you are familiar with (another facial and massage goddess) and a new Beauty Therapist Karen Young who we offer a very warm Dragon Hotel welcome! So don’t worry girls and boys…our team of pamper experts are here to make you beautiful!

We will keep you updated with all the latest offers and baby news!! Until then – think beautiful thought!

Hamsters, Facelifts and Treading the Boards…

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Well it’s been a while since you heard from the Admin and Accounts department and we have been very busy bees let me tell you!

 Helen the Accounts Manager has acquired a new addition to the family in the form of the very cute and fluffy ‘Norman’ the hamster! He very much enjoys chewing his cage toys and making a mess!!

 Kelly the Administration Manager has been off treading the boards as Miss Adelaide in the musical ‘Guys and Dolls’ with the Port Talbot Amateur Operatic Society, which was a huge success (see photos) and was supported by many members of the Dragon Hotel Team.

 Kelly the Accounts Assistant has been far too busy studying for and passing her accountancy exams and has two more coming up (good luck Kelly we know you can do it!) but promises to have done something exciting for our next blog entry – although I have just had to remind her that she came to watch Guys and Dolls last week, which was very exciting indeed!!

 We have also been fortunate enough to have 2 lottery wins since our last entry and so have £20 towards a meal in the Dragon Brasserie!  To all food lovers out there, come along to the Brasserie for a visit and check out the new signage and Hotel face-lift that we have had done in honour of the Dragon Hotel’s 50th Birthday! It’s fab!

 Well enough from us for now, until the next instalment……Will Norman clean up his act…will Kelly 1 pass her exams……will Tom Cruise invite Kelly 2 to be his leading lady….cue tense music……end scene!

Guys & Dolls Guys & Dolls 2

50th Birthday Celebrations

Monday, May 16th, 2011

It was not only the Hotel’s exterior that looked good at The Dragon Hotel’s 50th Birthday party on Thursday 12th May as guests from across South Wales and beyond turned in dressed up to the nines for a great celebration.

The champagne was flowing; the canapés delicious and even The Swans upheld their end of the bargain by performing brilliantly against the odds at the City Ground. Staff member Kelly Ann Allen provided entertainment on the piano and close-up magician Phil Jay wowed guests as the official part of the evening shaped up in The Piano Bar & Restaurant. (more…)

Summer Weight Loss support is coming your way!

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

weight loss posterThis month we’re excited to launch the Dragon Health Club Weight Loss club with Tara! (more…)

Chef Steve is awarded March’s Team Member of the Month

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Like an artist with blank canvas, he creates a masterpiece
His goal – to provide his guests with an unforgettable feast
With skilful hands and talent, he makes light work of it
Chopping, mixing and stirring until all the pieces fit
With pride he serves each dinner, inspecting each fine detail
It must look flawless in his eyes if he is not to fail
His reward is smiling faces, empty plates with nothing left
No higher compliment can be paid to
the Artist – the Master – the Chef!

It is will great pride and pleasure that we announce the Team Member of the Month is our very talented, modest, creative, lovable, handsome Chef Steve! (The list could go on but he only paid a fiver!)

 Since taking over the reins as Head Chef, Steve has continued without fail to provide the most delicious dishes served to the highest standards!

 Congratulations Chef!! 

Dragon Memories Exhibition Launched

Monday, April 11th, 2011
Louise Howells, Tim Priestlamd and Cath Garcia

Louise Howells, Tim Priestland and Cath Garcia

It was a pleasure to see so many enjoying afternoon tea on Monday, 11th April 2011 when The Dragon Memories Exhibition was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Swansea, Councillor Richard Lewis.  With a trip down memory lane conducted by historian Professor Peter Stead, memories were flowing as swiftly as the tea and coffee!

With a delightful mixture of those who used to work at the hotel, those who celebrated their weddings here and those who simply came to enjoy the afternoon teas of a Saturday, there were plenty of tales captured live on air as Shanny broadcasted live for The Wave.

Ex Dragon staff take a trip down memory lane

Ex Dragon staff take a trip down memory lane

The exhibition runs throughout the public areas of the hotel until May 12th 2011 and all are welcome to visit at their leisure to view the memorabilia on display.

Dragon Hotel Loyalty Club

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Welcome to The Dragon Hotel Loyalty Club, a new initiative which enables loyal hotel guests to maximise on their allegiance by earning more for their money spent here at The Dragon Hotel.  It’s our way of giving back, of saying thank you for your custom and support.

How it works…

It’s as easy to earn points as it is to redeem them!  Once you’ve registered and paid a £5 joining fee you’ll receive your Loyalty Club Card complete with an opening promotional balance of 500 points already on the card.  You can then earn more points on every transaction at The Dragon Brasserie and The Dragon Health & Fitness Club.

You’ll receive 1 loyalty point for every 10 pence spent at The Dragon Brasserie and Health & Fitness Club merchandise and beauty treatments.

After the first 10 transactions earning points you’re welcome to redeem your points at any time as long as the points cover the value of a transaction in full.

Throughout the year we’ll be running promotions exclusive to our Loyalty Club members. Although we’ll be sending informative e-mails regarding the promotions, remember to check this page for details.


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Easter Bunny Coconut Cake

Friday, April 8th, 2011

In case you ever thought we had a bunch of tough guys here in the kitchen of The Dragon Hotel let’s set the record straight with their delightful contribution to Easter this year!

Please remember however, although they may not be tough, they are professionals so take care when trying this recipe out at home…

white-whole-body-easter-bunny-cakeEaster Bunny Coconut Cake:
350g of castor sugar
120g of margarine
200g Self Raising flour
1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
250ml of  milk
5 egg whites
1 tsp. almond extract
75g dry, flaked coconut

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:
450g cream cheese, softened
225g butter, softened
500g icing sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Milk, as needed

Bunny Decorating Ingredients:
Flaked coconut (plain or toasted)
Colored coconut (for grass, etc., instructions at bottom)
Jelly beans or M&M’s for eyes
Candies and marshmallows for decorating the face
Construction paper or flattened, trimmed marshmallows for ears

Cake Instructions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F / 180 degreed C and grease and flour two 9″ round cake pans.

2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the sugar and shortening until fluffy and well mixed with an electric mixer.

3. In a medium mixing bowl, sift together your flour, baking powder, and salt.

4. Add dry ingredients, alternating with milk, to shortening mixture in three stages.

5. When mixed, beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes more.

6. Add the egg whites and almond flavoring. Beat another 2 minutes or so more. Stir in coconut.

7. Divide batter evenly among your two prepared pans.

8. Bake about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

9. Let cool completely on wire racks before removing from pans.

Instructions for Frosting:
1. In a medium mixing bowl, cream together butter and cream cheese.

2. Beat in powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Add a very small amount of milk to thin if needed, half a teaspoon at a time.

Assembling your Bunny Cake:
1. Cut one cake layer in half. Place cut halves side by side, and cut a small wedge from both, about 1/3 way down the body. This separates your bunnies’ heads from their little bunny bodies. The cut wedges will be used as a tail.

2. To make frosting easier, place cut cake pieces in the freezer about an hour before frosting. This will keep the cut parts of the cake from coming loose as you frost.

3. Frost between each half of your layer cake and press together. Do the same with your tail pieces. Place bunny upright on a platter (you won’t be able to move him after he’s frosted) and attach his tail to the body with frosting. Frost outside of cake generously.

4. Press generous amounts of coconut (toasted or untoasted) all over frosted bunny. Use jelly beans or other candies for eyes and nose. If you want to add extra detail to your Easter bunny cake (your choice– simple is more elegant, but details are fun), add licorice strings for whiskers, mini marshmallows for teeth, and large marshmallows (cut them in half across the middle) for fluffy bunny “cheeks”.

5. To make ears, cut pink construction paper to shape and fan slightly. Or flatten a large marshmallow and trim it into an ear shape with scissors (this is easiest if marshmallow is chilled after flattening).

6. Surround your Easter bunny cake on a tray with green coconut grass and chocolate eggs or jellybeans, if desired.