What a year! Brixham has been buzzing and the weather wonderful. All the Festivals were a great success, the Pirates and BrixFest in May and Fish Stock in September were better than ever. Andy, our Head Chef, led the cooking demonstrations with admiring crowds. To finish we won Gold for dining Pub and Restaurant in the English Riviera Tourism and South Devon Awards. Ten of us attended the Award Ceremony and cheered the loudest! As our Head Receptionist Vix said – the Quayside Team rocks!
A busy Half Term is over and the clocks have gone back. Dark evenings are rolling in – Hey ho! But we are still here, still busy and ready to welcome you with some great special offers (see our website or phone). We are all now looking forward to Christmas and New Year. New Year is almost full so book now. There are some places left for Christmas with lots of fun in store – afternoon tea with Vix and Dee, Staff carols, a present from Santa, Treasure Hunt around the Harbour, fun Quiz, Boxing Day Horse Racing over dinner, lots of bubbles, scrumptious food and very good company. Why not join us and forget the washing up!
Hope to see you soon, The Quayside Winning Team!
Saturday 11 January 2014. The White Billed Diver.
An unexpected visitor graced our shores on this sunny day – The White Billed Diver. This incredible creature breeds in the Arctic and normally spends the winter out at sea in the northern Pacific Ocean. The recent windy weather blew it off course and into Brixham. And despite its remote lifestyle, it is surprisingly friendly.
Today the rain has stopped and it is a beautiful day. The harbor is bathed in sunshine with boats gently bobbing, casting shadows on a shining sea. The star of the day is, however, The White Billed Diver who struts his stuff near the jetty, much to his spectators’ delight!
This rare bird was spotted in Brixham: Jan 2014
Bird watchers have come to Brixham’s jetty to ‘twitch’ in their droves! Many move in large groups sporting expensive cameras on large tripods with huge lenses.They are all here to take advantage of this rare opportunity to see this amazing bird. One enthusiast explained that Brixham is a great place to spot many exciting breeds such as the Purple Sandpipers and Slovenian Grebe. But the rare specimen everyone wanted to catch on film was the White Billed Diver. Here is a photo taken by Chris Slack, (my favorite photographer with lots of his pictures around our Hotel.)
In addition, there are walkers enjoying the views, walkers with their dogs, and fishermen casting their reels.
It’s so exciting having all these people here, smiling and enjoying Brixham. I feel energized having soaked up the wonderful sun and spectacular views – buoyed up, ready for the year ahead.