New management at Honiton Motel

PUBLISHED: 13:29 11 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:19 15 June 2010

NEW leaseholders at Honiton Motel have already made improvements after just a week at the helm. Helen Martinez, her father Tom Gurney and members of their family are fully immersed in the business. They were installed as mine hosts on Monday of last week

NEW leaseholders at Honiton Motel have already made improvements after just a week at the helm.Helen Martinez, her father Tom Gurney and members of their family are fully immersed in the business.They were installed as mine hosts on Monday of last week and say they are looking forward to the challenges ahead and meeting local people.Within a week of signing a 20-year lease on the Turks Head complex, they had carried out improvements at The Cloverleaf diner.Next on the list for a makeover are the motel's chalets."We have redecorated The Cloverleaf and aim to carry out similar work in the chalets and provide new soft furnishings," said Helen."We are promoting our food. Mondays to Thursdays we will be offering meal deals - a curry and a pint, chicken New Yorkers and fish and chips."It will be business as usual in the motel's function room, with all events catered for - from live music nights to wedding receptions.A Doll's House and Miniatures Fair will be staged in the function room from 10.30am to 4pm on September 28.The family previously ran The Farmer's Boy, in Maidenhead.Mr Gurney also has experience of working in hotels.Looking after the bar is Helen's husband, Lawrence. Also working at the motel is Helen's brother, Tony, and his partner, Stacey.n See advertisement on page 15.


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