18th January 2019
I have always enjoyed eating out, whether at a cafe, a pub, a restaurant or some other kind of establishment. But I’ve never considered myself to be a ‘foodie’, so would not claim to be able to write an expert blog article on the subject of food as such. I am, however, very discerning about where I eat, and that has only increased over the last few years since I became a tour guide. The importance of my guests having the best possible eating experiences is fundamental to their whole impression of the tour, so great care has to be taken to ensure that the places we visit offer the best consistency from one visit to another. Other attributes that I consider to be essential are:
- the ingredients should be fresh, and preferably locally sourced
- the food has to taste great (if it’s been prepared with creativity and expertise, then that is good, but flavour is everything!)
- the customer service has to be first class – it is a priority that my guests feel cared about, and that they receive a friendly and sincere greeting and service from all members of the staff
- I really like for there to be some ambience and character about the place – several of my favourite places have a unique aspect about them, which makes them all the more memorable
- cleanliness is important, however it doesn’t have to be clinically clean – after all, who would expect a several hundred year old inn not to have a cobweb or two in the corner?!
- an original menu is desirable, although since many of my guests come from abroad, traditional home cooked Devon food is just about perfect
- it’s great if the location of the place is picturesque and offers good views
- some might consider this a bit narrow minded, but if I haven’t been to a place before and it hasn’t got at least a very good rating on Tripadvisor, I almost certainly won’t use it for my guests. I have to have a benchmark, and whilst Tripadvisor isn’t fool proof, it is the best reference point I’ve got apart from other people’s local knowledge. See more
24th November 2018
As those of you that have been guests of Unique Devon Tours know, we pride ourselves on giving the best service that we can, and we always aim to go beyond the extra mile where possible. This is well reflected in the Tripadvisor reviews that we have (to date 197 reviews, all of them 5 star – see here!), and the awards that we’ve won, when our efforts have been rewarded with some wonderful accolades at prestigious regional tourism awards, including gold at the Visit Devon Tourism Awards for the last three years running (2015, 2016 and 2017).
Winning Gold at the Visit Devon Tourism Awards in 2015, 2016 and 2017 See more
2nd January 2016
After a very busy 2015, the Winter has come and given me the chance to take stock of where Unique Devon Tours has got to, and just how it can make itself even better and more appealing to a wider range of potential guests. Devon has such a broad array of different activities and places to visit that it seems only right to create some new tours, giving guests more choice of things to do in this most wonderful and unique county, with this award winning tour guiding company.
I have therefore created five new tours, all of them very appealing, in my mind at least, and all of them playing on the strengths of Devon. So, it’s time to go into a bit more detail and to announce the arrival of these new tours in this blog article, explaining why I’ve created them. Please enjoy reading about them:
21st December 2015
The second part of this article will carry on where the first part left off – celebrating just why 2015 has been such a wonderful year for Unique Devon Tours (you can read the first part here).
6. Family History Tours See more
22nd March 2015
For anyone who hasn’t visited the Westcountry or heard of a cream tea, the name might not do it justice. Taking some cream, leaving it to clot and adding it to tea – sounds disgusting! Thankfully, a cream tea is something much more delicious! Devon Heaven Hampers are cream tea experts, selling cream teas by post across the UK, so they have put together this article to explain about the Devonshire cream tea, its origin and the regional differences that spark a lot of debate!
A traditional Devonshire cream tea in beautiful Devon
22nd February 2015
This is an article that I’d never thought of writing until the week in question had actually taken place. It was a week that started with promise, with a two day tour booked and a couple of other potentially useful days in the diary. But so much unfolded during the week that come the end I just had to write about it. I pronounced last year as the best working year of my life – this week that I’m about to tell you about, in late January, certainly has to be one of the best working weeks of my life, if not the best! So, on to the first day…
8th February 2015
Devon is increasingly popular as a destination for both US and Canadian travellers to visit, as word spreads about this beautiful area of the United Kingdom, far away from the crowds of Stonehenge, Bath and London. This most varied of counties has such an array of wonderful things to see and do, with beautiful and dramatic landscapes, that it’s no surprise that visiting North Americans return home to tell their friends all about how wonderful Devon is. However, they are saying much more than just the “what gorgeous green hills” and “Dartmoor was amazing” comments. They are being awakened to just how many strong and intriguing links America and Canada have to Devon, going back over many centuries. I will go into more detail:
26th December 2014
One of my favourite tours to deliver to guests is my Hound of the Baskervilles Tour. During the day we visit many different locations, from tranquil villages and burned down churches, to isolated Dartmoor bogs and Bronze Age settlements. The story behind the story is absolutely intriguing, with many surprises in store for my guests, something I enjoy beholding as they become aware of just how the greatest of all Sherlock stories came about, and who was involved in its creation other than just Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Our family’s copy of the first edition, and the great man who wrote it
07th Dec 2014
It is just over a year now since I launched my tour guiding business, so it’s about time that I launch my blog! I’ve had such a great time getting my business off the ground and trying to reach out to the World, and although it has been challenging and all consuming, it has also been the best working year of my life, without doubt. So, a good way to start would be to give a summary of how things have been going so far, as well as touching on some of the highlights from the past twelve months.
This was one of the many highlight views of 2014 for me