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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.

 

Jeff Davies is Team Member of the Month: February

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Ode to Jeff

 Can he fix it? Yes he can!!
 Who needs Bob when Jeff’s our man?
Always there to mend the breaks,
 his steady hand that never shakes,
With a friendly nod and a furrowed brow,
 he goes to task with calm know how.
From leaky taps and shower heads
 to light bulbs, plugs and building beds.
He tackles all jobs with talent and skill,
 a man on a mission with his trusty drill,
Seeking out wrongs and putting them right,
with him around we can all sleep tight!
 So thank you Jeff for all you do, 
Team member this month just had to be you!!

 A huge thanks to Jeff for all the effort he puts into keeping the hotel safe and gremlin free!! Also congratulations are in order as he has just become a proud Grandfather for the second time –  welcome to the world Amy!!

Justin Williams – From Team Member of the Month to well deserved promotion!

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

It seems like only yesterday we were celebrating the lovely Justin being nominated as Team Member of the Month, and now it gives us great pleasure to announce that due to his continued commitment and excellent Customer Service skills he has been promoted to Supervisor status!!

Praises and congratulations to one side, we thought that now would be the time to dig down into the nitty gritty of his life and spill the beans!!

 WHO IS JUSTIN WILLIAMS!!?

His favourite drink is Red Wine, even more so now that it co-ordinates beautifully with his Red Supervisors Jacket!

 He has some hidden talents that we have the privilege in being the first to broadcast here….he is a dab hand at the old DJ turntables and has tried his hand at knife juggling (unsuccessfully)  he is getting married in 6 weeks and almost succeeded in chopping off his ring finger (accident or cunning plan???)

 He isn’t scared of ghosts or bugs or spiders but admits to being terrified of his future Mother-in-law!! Your not alone Justin (comforting pat on the shoulder!)

 He is also a self confessed Biker Boy and owns a Yamaha and a Honda and enjoys nothing more than a Sunday afternoon blazing a trail into the sunset!!!

 That’s it for now…we will keep you updated on the wedding progress.  Well done Justin!!

Golden service gets the seal of approval from Lord Mayor

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Lord Mayor of the City and County of Swansea, Councillor Richard Lewis with Brenda Porter and Catherine Garcia of The Dragon HotelFor many people reaching retirement age is a much-anticipated landmark, viewed with excitement and plans of putting your feet up.

But for one Swansea lady that’s been far from the case.

Now 82, Brenda Porter is still working as a waitress at the city’s landmark Dragon Hotel in a career that spans 50 years since the Hotel’s grand opening in 1961. Now as the Hotel celebrates its 50th birthday year Brenda has received a celebratory treat of her own.

After reading about Brenda’s exceptional service at the Hotel in the Evening Post, Lord Mayor of the City and County of Swansea, Councillor Richard Lewis invited Brenda along to a coffee morning to chat through her memories of the Hotel and Swansea over the last 50 years.

During her hour with the Lord Mayor, Brenda reminisced about the highlights of working at The Dragon Hotel, which have included working at the grand launch night in 1961, and serving the great and good of Swansea at the many charity and society events held at the Hotel.

Speaking of her invitation to meet with the Lord Mayor, Brenda said: “I had a truly wonderful time and was delighted to have had the honour to meet with the Lord Mayor and take tea in his office.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed all of my 50 years working at the Dragon Hotel, and it was lovely to chat about the memories that we both share and the events that we have both played a part in at the Hotel. It was lovely to sit and talk with someone who has such a great knowledge of Swansea and its people.”

Lord Mayor of Swansea, Cllr Richard Lewis, said: “Brenda is clearly a remarkable woman. To have quite literally been serving the people of Swansea as well as many thousands of visitors to our great city for 50 years is a wonderful achievement that should be celebrated.

“It’s amazing that Brenda was there on the opening night of the hotel back in 1961 and is still there today doing a fantastic job. She is a tremendous ambassador for Swansea.”

Spring is in the air!!

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Happy St David’s Day everyone, the daffodils are blooming and the sun is shining!!

Tracey and I have been enjoying the 6 nations, we won’t talk about the team’s one defeat! We are preparing for the descent of our friends across the water – the Irish.  They definitely know how to party in style.  We love our Celtic visitors they are all so much fun!

“…Have I told you lately that I love you?” (The dulcet tones of our Reservations Manager fill the Front office and dogs everywhere start to howl!!)

Calling all Rod Stewart fans out there, we are already very busy for the 1st June so don’t leave it too late to reserve your room..  I am in great preparation learning all of his songs and I love to sing – badly as Tracey would say!! That should be a very good day/night so get your hair coiffed and your ‘Handbags & Gladrags’ at the ready!

A big heart on Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Evening Post CuttingAs detailed in The South Wales Evening Post on Wednesday, 16th February 2011(right), February 14th saw The Dragon Health & Fitness Club staff and members take part in an organised event celebrating 50 years of the British Heart Foundation. Along with other gyms and health clubs in the Swansea area, The Dragon had to promote an event with the 50 theme in mind. Some discarded ideas included 50km on the treadmill, bike and rower but we finally set the challenge of swimming a combined effort of 50km in one day, it took a lot of hard effort and some long hours in the pool, in fact 2,777 lengths in total, but we managed to hit the target at 9.30pm! We would like to thank everyone who took part and sponsored the team for this great cause, the final sum of money raised is still unknown but appears to be over £350.

Completing this challenge now frees up the team to put their heart and soul into celebrating 50 years of The Dragon Hotel – I somehow don’t think that 50km on the treadmill is going to be included in those celebrations either!

Team Member of the Month – January 2011

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Justin WilliamsWell folks, it’s time again for us to look back on the previous month and choose a member of the Team who has stood out amongst colleagues and run that extra mile. A person who puts the happiness of others before themselves and strives to be the best of the best! I am delighted to announce that Justin Williams is that very person!

 

Justin works in the Brasserie and Restaurant at the Hotel and is well thought of by fellow employees and guests, due to his infectious sense of humour and camaraderie within the team.

A few interesting facts to know about Justin are:

  • His favourite colour is black (because it’s slimming)
  • He describes himself as ‘outgoing, energetic and trustworthy’.
  • His favourite food is steak and chips (Man food) washed down with a good Rioja
  • At the age of ten he nearly drowned after panicking whilst snorkelling, His best mate John rescued him in a selfless act of heroism

On the 30th of April this year Justin will be relinquishing his Bachelorhood in order to join the “Under the Thumb” brigade. He is rather peeved with Prince William and Kate Middleton for stealing both his lime light and his magazine deal with ‘Hello’ but refuses to hold a grudge!

He’s a little bit nervous about his upcoming nuptials due to the fact that his Fiancée is an avid fan of the television show ‘My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’ so he doesn’t know if she will arrive in a caravan or on a horse swamped in pink taffeta! Although he doesn’t care what she wears because he thinks that she looks gorgeous in anything (aww he’s a keeper!)

So huge congratulations to Justin for achieving the wonderful accolade that is Team Member of the Month, an award well deserved and all our best wishes for his pending marriage! We will keep all you avid blog readers posted on the wedding preparations!!

50th Birthday Media Spotlight

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Light show marks 50 years of the Dragon
South Wales Evening Post – January 8th 2011

What are your best memories of hotel?
South Wales Evening Post – January 24th 2011

Golden time at your service
South Wales Evening Post – February 12th 2011

Wedding Day Excitement as New Life started with New Landmark
South Wales Evening Post – March 28th 2011

Hotel’s ‘gift’ to tired rugby club
South Wales Evening Post – April 11th 2011

Birthday celebration as hotel hits a landmark
South Wales Evening Post – April 30th 2011