Wednesday, 16 May 2018

What's Your Pleasure? South Hams Bank Holiday Events

There is sure to be something enjoyable going on to take your fancy over the next May Bank Holiday Weekend.

A sneaky peek at just a few of them - take your pick...


(National Trust)

Friday May 25th 

11.00 - 16.00


Friday May 25th and Saturday May 26th

19.30 - 21.30 

Day Sailing Trips on Kaskelot Tallship

Saturday 26th - Monday 28th May 

09.30 -15.30

Saturday 26th May

14.00 - 16.00

Saturday 26th May 

Sunday 27th May

Open 08.30 

A big thank you to Visit South Devon for all the great images and information.

Please visit the website for full details:

Just a few of the many attractions you can enjoy during your stay at Stoke Lodge Hotel - the Family Run Country House Hotel by the Sea. 

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Want to try a bit of Nature Raiding?.. South Hams events in May

The new buzz phrase, I heard the other day, is 'Nature Raiding'... 

Whatever will those inventive PR spin people think of next?? 

I mean, we all know that escaping into Nature and getting a bit of fresh air and exercise whenever we can is good for us - but if Those in the Know want to call a spring walk in the sunshine a 'Nature Raid', then who am I to argue? Sounds like a good idea to me...

 There's a warm and welcoming sun in the blue sky today, and the little clouds scudding along in  the breeze are of the regulation white and fluffy variety...perfect!

When they are not busily flying around with their beaks full of important nest building material, the birds in the tress are singing their dear little heads off.

The breathtaking banks of bluebells are taking over where the primroses left off on the winding and pretty roads to the South Hams, and Spring is definitely in  the air today - hurrah!

If you feel in need of a simple bit of relaxation as well as Nature Raiding, book a mini break at Stoke Lodge Hotel and start to unwind and enjoy yourself!


Here to whet your appetite is a small taster of events and things to do in the South Hams area during the next couple of weeks or so. 

Don't leave it too long though - those bluebells won't last forever...!

From Dart Music Festival to Dawn Chorus Walks, Spring Walks to Surfing Lessons, Folk Music to a Fish Market Tour, Crab Fests to Canoe Trips - oh and not forgetting the Brixham Pirate Festival, and much more..!

Please see below some links for further information:

Dart Music Festival - hugely popular annual event:

National Trust - Greenway's Spring Walks and more:

South Devon AONB - various events:

English Riviera What's On - various events :

Visit South Devon - the South Hams:

And for 'Walking in Nature' - the South West Coast Path:

Stoke Lodge Hotel - the family run Country House Hotel by the Sea. 

In the heart of the South Hams, it's the the perfect base for your own personal Nature Raid - and so much more... 


Wednesday, 25 April 2018

World Book Event - Another Resounding Success!

World Book Event 2018 – Everything Changes When We Read...

Saturday 21st April saw the welcome return for the third year running of the popular World Book Event, which was as usual a sell-out.

Hosted by Stoke Lodge Hotel, this ‘extravaganza for writers and readers alike’ is organised by Devon Life Book Reviewer Annette Shaw.

Annette was inspired by the World Book Night event, which is celebrated on April 23rd each year and run by The Reading Agency, a charity whose mission is “to inspire more people to read more, encourage them to share their enjoyment of reading, and celebrate the difference that reading makes to all our lives”.

Because, as they say, ‘Everything Changes When We Read…’.

Patrick Barton - serenading us in the sun!

After a chatty morning coffee, all washed down delightfully with music from Patrick Barton's soothing acoustic guitar, there was a friendly rummage on a table fairly groaning with books for the usual free book exchange.

The event then kicked off with two very interesting and informative talks from guest speakers Wendy Thorogood and Hilda Kalap.

Wendy and Hilda each discussed different aspects of illiteracy and talked of the important work of The Reading Agency, who strenuously believe that reading for pleasure - from as early an age as possible - is absolutely vital for so many reasons. 

For more information on these fantastic resources please visit their websites:

World Book Night - The Reading Agency -

Local Author Philip Reeve

There then followed a fascinating talk and presentation from author Philip Reeve, whose novel ‘Mortal Engines’ is currently being filmed in New Zealand and produced by Peter Jackson (of films ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ fame, amongst many others).

More info here:

Local author Philip entertained us with stories of how he started his career as an illustrator and then turned to writing books for teenagers and young adults, at which he has become very successful.

Philip is a prolific writer and his enthusiasm for his craft was nothing short of infectious!

Speakers in the sun - with Organiser Annette Shaw

All three talks were very illuminating and certainly gave us something to think about as we enjoyed pre-lunch drinks on the sunny terrace, before repairing to the airy Garden Restaurant.

Val, Philip, Alan, Annette, Victoria and Julie

A delicious buffet lunch awaited us there, with a tempting array of cooked meats, prawns, crab pate, salads and many tasty side dishes and accompaniments – not to mention a selection of lovely desserts to help us finish on a sweet note.

After lunch came a talk from Elizabeth Ducie, author of many books and short stories, and Holly Jones, owner of Manna From Devon Cookery School and author of the Wood Fired Oven cookbooks. Elizabeth and Holly covered all aspects of self-publishing, and with a helpful question and answer session this talk was very useful and informative for all the budding writers present.

I am sure we will be seeing members of this year’s audience speaking at the Local Writers next year’s event...

Which brings me to the next and final speakers’ session where several local writers each had a five minute slot to talk about their work – with strict MC Alan Depledge having to be pretty nifty with his timer and butler’s bell…

We heard from Julie Archer, then Julie stood in for Jill Treseder (who sadly had to leave early) with news of her new novel, followed by Merrilyn Williams, Dan Metcalf, Mary Mclarey, Jenny Kane, Rachel Kiddey, Margaret Barnes, Steve Stevenson-Olds, Rolf Soderlind and Ian Hobbs (Good Reads). 

Remember, you heard their names here first…

There then followed a raffle with books kindly donated by Jane Corry, Jenny Kane, Elizabeth Ducie, Mary McLary and Richard Lappas, followed by a presentation of thank you gifts for organiser Annette Shaw and MC Alan Depledge.

What better way to end such a successful day than with a Devon Cream tea? Thankfully no arguments ensued regarding the order in which the jam and cream should be spread - probably because by this time the atmosphere was as happy and relaxed as could be, and folks all seemed to have that Feel Good Factor going on.

Hopefully a good time was had by all - and fingers crossed Annette may decide to do it all over again next year…

It all goes to show that Stoke Lodge is so much more than just 'your local hotel' - it makes a great venue too! 

Many thanks to the Mayer Family and all the staff for making it such a perfect day for all of us avid readers and writers.

Links for further info:

Stoke Lodge Hotel - the family run Country House Hotel by the sea...

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Spring and Summer events - save the dates..!


April 29th Stoke Fleming 11 - 4 at Stoke Fleming Village Hall

Back by popular demand - The Scarecrow Trail is returning!

With artisan stalls, a BBQ, donations bar, raffle, tea, coffee, and cake, this fun family day out Scarecrow Trail is this year in aid of the village school and Great Ormond Street Hospital who are currently looking after a pupil at Stoke Fleming School.

This year’s theme is children’s favourites through the ages, so that is anything considered a children’s favourite from; song, TV, film and literature.

Entry on the day is just £2 per person.

For more info visit:


Three magical days of 'music for all' - a plethora of performances of different styles and genres performed all over town in a whole host of venues. 

Not to be missed, so hurry - accommodation for this ever popular event gets snapped up very quickly!

 Dart Music Festival 11th, 12th & 13th  May 2018


Saturday, July 28th from 2 PM - 6 PM at Stoke Lodge Hotel, Cinders Lane

Family Fun Day at Stoke Lodge Hotel, with picnic, BBQ and games galore for all the family - and teddy bears!

If you go down Cinders Lane today you’re sure of a big surprise,
If you go down Cinders Lane today you'd better go in disguise!
For every bear that ever there was will gather there for certain because
Today’s the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic!....

BBQ on the lawn at 4:30 - Entrance Fee - Adults £3, Children £2, Teddies FREE

Stoke Lodge - the Family Run Country House Hotel by the Sea...

Tel: 01803 770523


Thursday, 19 April 2018

World Book Day Event - third year running!

Stoke Lodge Hotel is delighted to be once again hosting the World Book Day event

This popular event takes place on Saturday 21st April 2018, and will once again be a day filled with an interesting variety of speakers, news, views and comments from local writers and guests.

The day will be 'punctuated' by Morning Coffee, and delicious buffet Lunch in the Garden Restaurant, with a Devon Cream Tea to round off the proceedings.

Lesley Pearse - and Friends..!

The first 2016  event was a huge success, with best selling author Lesley Pearse kicking off the proceedings with a fun and entertaining talk about her writerly path to success. 

Other speakers throughout the day included Mel Menzies, Steve Stevenson-Olds, Jenny Kane, Chris Robiallard, Jane Gill, and Tony Porter. Click here for more links and info:

Kate Furnivall, Annette Shaw and Jane Corry

Last year's event in 2017 welcomed authors Jane Corry and Kate Furnivall, who gave us very interesting insights into how and why they started on their successful writing careers. 

Then came talks from Victoria Sutor and Jill Treseder on The Reading Agency, while Jill then joined other local authors Julie Archer and Lucy Willetts to talk about their work. Again, info here:

This year welcomes author Philip Reeve, whose book Mortal Engines is now being filmed and produced by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh (of the Hobbit and Lord of The Rings Trilogies).  

Philip will be giving a talk and a presentation on his life as an author and the Hollywood process, which promises to be very informative and entertaining.

He will be joined by guest speakers Wendy Thorogood and Hilda Kalap who will talk about the work of The Reading Agency, Elizabeth Ducie on Self Publishing, and owner of Manna From Devon Cookery School Holly Jones.

A huge thank you to Devon Life Book Reviewer Annette Shaw, who had the idea to hold the World Book Night Celebration at ‘my favourite hotel’ and who tirelessly organises the event throughout the year to make it the stunning success that it is today!

There will also be book information, recommendations and of course the popular 'Book Share' table, and with an added bonus this year of a free draw to win a selection of Waverley Books paperbacks!

World Book Day Event - Saturday 21st April 2018. For writers and readers alike - what's not to like? 

Monday, 16 April 2018

Sunday Brunch Prize draw - Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions

Competition Terms and Conditions
Competitions with Stoke Lodge Hotel
Please read these competition rules carefully. If you enter one of our competitions, we will assume that you have read these rules and that you agree to them. All information detailing how to enter a competition forms part of these terms and conditions.
To enter a competition, you must be: (a) UK resident; and (b) 18 years old or over at the time of entry.
Only one entry is allowed per person.
Should you wish to enter a competition you may enter via the website, email or social media as directed in the competition announcement.
Sending an e-mail is not proof that we have received your entry. No responsibility can be accepted for entries that are lost or delayed, or which are not received for any reason.
The winner will be chosen either by a panel of judges comprised of members of the marketing team of Stoke Lodge Hotel or at random from all correct entries, depending on the nature of the competition.
The closing date is as specified in each competition, and Visit South Devon reserves the right to amend the competition end date at any time. All entries must be received by the advertised closing time and date.
If you win a competition, we will notify you by e-mail or Social Media, depending how you entered. The judges’ decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
Winners must claim their prize within 20 days of notification by Stoke Lodge Hotel unless otherwise stated in the correspondence. The winner must contact Stoke Lodge Hotel using the same method they were contacted by.
The prize will not be transferable to another person.
No part of a prize is exchangeable for cash or any other prize.
If an advertised prize is not available, we reserve the right to offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value.
Incorrectly completed entries will be disqualified.
Stoke Lodge Hotel, or the third party administrating the prize, will endeavour to send prizes within a month of the competition end date but cannot guarantee this delivery time.
The winners may be required to take part in publicity. The winner’s name and county may be disclosed to anyone who requests this within one month of the published closing date.

A list of the winners for the competitions carried out within the last 3 months can be obtained by emailing, please allow 28 working days for a response.
Events may occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of the prizes impossible due to reasons beyond the control of Stoke Lodge Hotel and accordingly Stoke Lodge Hotel may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the promotion and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to Stoke Lodge Hotel
Employees of organisations connected with the competition are not eligible for entry.
Entries from 3rd party and automated competition websites will be excluded.
Photography Competitions:
All images submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them and must not have been published elsewhere. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that any images they submit have been taken with the permission of the subject and do not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws. Entrants must warrant that the photograph they are submitting is their own work and that they own the copyright for it.
Copyright in all images submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants. However, in providing the image, each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to Stoke Lodge Hotel to feature any or all of the submitted images in any of their publications, their websites and/or in any promotional material.

All New Menus - Lazy Sunday Brunch...

It's Sunday morning...

The sun is shining...

The birds are singing, and the seagulls are squawking their own inimitable version of a dawn chorus...

Your pillow is so soft, your bed is so warm and cosy.

You'd really rather stay put and finish reading that great book than have to get up and put the boring old toast on...

So don't! 
Enjoy your lie in, relax for that extra hour or so and then saunter off to Stoke Lodge Hotel to sample their all-new Brunch Menu.

Here's a taste of some of the lovely Brunchy things to come:


Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese & Capers
Smoked Bacon, Avocado & Tomato, Mayonnaise
Brie & South Devon Chili Jam (V)

Ciabatta Toast

Smashed Avocado, Smoked Salmon & Dijon dressing
Smoked Bacon, Smashed Avocado, Tomatoes
Smashed Avocado, Mushrooms & Tomatoes (V)
Add an egg (V)
Smoked Salmon & Scrambled Eggs

Gluten Free Buns Available

Waffles or Stack of  Five Pancakes 

Fruit Compote & Greek Yoghurt (V)
Smoked Bacon & Maple Syrup
Cinnamon Butter (V)
Toasted Tea Cake with Butter


Smoked Bacon & Maple Syrup
Butter & Marmite (V

Stoke Lodge Brunch

Eggs, Sausage, Smoked Bacon, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Fries

Vegan Options (V)

Vegan Pancake with Maple Syrup & Fruit Compote
Smashed Avocado, Mushrooms & Tomatoes on Ciabatta Toast
Hummus, Avocado, Chickpea & Salad Bagel
Scrambled Tofu & Vegetables on Ciabatta Toast



Prosecco – Mini Bottle or Full Bottle

Bucks Fizz


Mocktail of the day

Bloody Mary

Add a Shot of Port



To celebrate their new SUNDAY BRUNCH menu starting from this Sunday 22nd April, Stoke Lodge Hotel is giving away brunch for four - and a bottle of Prosecco!

For a chance to win visit the facebook page
oh, and Good Luck!

Just another one of the great new ideas from those Marvellous Mayer Girls... If you would like to book a brunch, the Hotel will be serving between 11am - 1pm every Sunday.