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Mimosa Photography

Friday 13th October, 2017|Category: News
Mimosa Photography is run by the talented Megan Hope. We have worked together on a number of exciting shoots in recent months, the first being our Duke Mini Collection which took place in March this year. The event provided engaged couples with the perfect opportunity to see the hotel set up for a wedding, and to meet some lovely suppliers for inspiration. Meg captured the evening beautifully, focusing on each element with fantastic attention to detail. ...

Devon Tourism Award Finalist

Wednesday 11th October, 2017|Category: News
We are absolutely delighted to have been announced as a finalist in the Devon Tourism Awards in the Venue and Business Tourism Award category. We are looking forward to the Awards ceremony in November at Plymouth Guildhall. The following information was provided by the Devon Tourism Awards. Devon’s leading tourism businesses have been chosen for the finals of the Devon Tourism Awards which will be presented at a prestigious ceremony on 23rd November 2017. This year saw a record of 205 entries and an increase to 25 categories in the competition which is now in its 8th year following its launch in 2010. A new category ...

Wallflower Project

Sunday 8th October, 2017|Category: News
Local artists have teamed up with Plymouth University to create visually stunning pieces that will remain for years to come. With one mural completed and four more to go, it’s going to make a wonderful trail around the city! The project will add another feature for guests and visitors to enjoy whilst exploring Britain’s Ocean City during the Mayflower 400 commemorations in 2020. We will let the organiser Dr Jody Patterson, tell you all about this wonderful project and how you can get involved. The Wallflower Project website is almost near completion, but to stay updated in the meantime click here to visit the projects Facebook page. In 2020, a series of cultural projects will help Plymouth ...

A Second AA Rosette for Culinary Excellence

Friday 6th October, 2017|Category: News
The gastronomic offerings of the Duke’s restaurant has been recognised with a coveted award. We are proud to receive a second AA Rosette for Culinary Excellence, following a highly favourable inspection last month. This award is a significant accolade, making our restaurant one of only a handful of establishments in Plymouth to attain this standard. Two Rosettes are awarded only to restaurants that meet exacting criteria of innovation, technical skill and culinary judgement set by the AA. Fewer than 5% of restaurants across the UK are considered to be at a standard deserving of two Rosettes. We have enjoyed a growing reputation as a ...

Celebrating World Tourism Day

Wednesday 27th September, 2017|Category: News
World Tourism Day is celebrated every year and was first established in 1980 to create global awareness about the importance of tourism. As a business we know the value that tourism brings into the local economy. Britain’s Ocean City is on an exciting journey and Mayflower 400 presents an opportunity for the city to see tourism rise over the coming years. Well beyond 2020 we would like to see the legacy of the global event mark Plymouth as a leading UK destination to be enjoyed by guests from far and wide. Destination Plymouth are working hard to raise the city’s profile and Plymouth has been ...

A Marriage of Ideas at The Duke

Friday 8th September, 2017|Category: News
Getting married is one of life’s profound moments of union. But a successful wedding day involves another kind of union too – the collaboration of diverse wedding suppliers to make it all happen. A recent styled wedding shoot at the hotel was an exquisite illustration of how this combination of creative talents can amount to something special. As an iconic and longstanding Plymouth wedding venue, The Duke was the setting for the shoot and played host to some of the region’s finest wedding suppliers. The style brief for the shoot was dreamt up by Meg Hope from Devon-based Mimosa Photography. Meg explains: “I felt ...

The Secret Garden Flowers – Supplier Love

Monday 21st August, 2017|Category: News
We first met Louise from The Secret Garden Flowers at Plymouth Pavilions Big Day Wedding Show in February, her stand was so beautiful that we had to go over and say hello! Since then, Louise has created stunning floral designs for couples holding their wedding at the hotel and Louise was also involved in our latest stylised shoot in May with the wonderful Mimosa Photography. We can’t wait to share the images of her stunning floral creations from that shoot in September (there is a sneak peek of three images below, the rest will come soon)! ...

Destination Devon

Wednesday 16th August, 2017|Category: News
We feel so privileged to live in such a beautiful region. With rolling hills, picturesque countryside and surrounded by the sea, it is clear to see why Devon is so popular. If you are coming from further afield and planning a holiday in the region, you are in for a treat with a wealth of adventures waiting to be had. The Duke is the perfect base for your holiday, we are at the heart of both Devon and Cornwall allowing you to travel with ease and see all the regions hidden gems. When talking about Devon, Steven Spielberg said “I have never before been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty”. We believe this perfectly describes this beautiful ...

City and Waterfront Awards – We Need Your Vote

Tuesday 15th August, 2017|Category: News
Click to Vote Every year the City and Waterfront Awards truly celebrate the fantastic businesses that make up Plymouth’s diverse economy. It means even more as it is the public who nominate and then vote for their favourite businesses to progress. We are thrilled to have been nominated in the category- Best Accommodation Provider / Hotel. There are so many brilliant businesses, the Awards really showcase what Britain’s Ocean City has to offer! We work very hard to celebrate everything that is taking place in Plymouth (big and small!), we want local residents to know what is happening on their doorstep and we want to attract ...

A Fabulous Summer in Plymouth

Friday 4th August, 2017|Category: News
There are lots of fabulous activities to keep the whole family entertained over the Summer holidays. To celebrate, Plymouth has launched a #SummerInPlymouth competition, where the winner will receive tickets to a number of top attractions. To enter, all you need to do is post your best holiday snaps using the hashtag #SummerInPlymouth, it couldn’t be simpler! For full details, click here. The region has so much to offer, our friends at the Devon Association of Tourist Attractions have created a guide to family fun that really will make you wish that the summer was longer, take a look here. You can also view local events by date using their fab online calendar! ...

Bright Ideas for a Summer Wedding

Thursday 3rd August, 2017|Category: News, Seasonal Styling
Above images: Liberty Pearl Photography, Jay Stone Photography, The Lucky Sixpence The Duke of Cornwall Hotel is situated at the heart of Britain’s Ocean City. We are just minutes away from the main shopping centre and even closer to the stunning surroundings of Plymouth Hoe, the perfect backdrop for photos with a sea view. We think it is fair to say that a Wedding at The Duke offers the best of everything and is the perfect place for your family to make the most of your wonderful weekend. Summer is a season synonymous with Weddings. Sunshine, stunning flowers and simply superb colour schemes are just some of the things that come to mind when you imagine this time of ...

Bill Hangs Up His Overalls After Thirty Years

Tuesday 1st August, 2017|Category: News
Above image: Toby Lowe Photography The time has come to bid a sad farewell to Bill, a much-loved member of our team. Bill has worked at the hotel for over thirty years in total, and during this time has played a huge role in helping to refurbish the hotel and to restore the building to its former glory. Having worked at the hotel for a contractor previously, the opportunity arose eight years ago for the hotel to employ Bill on a full-time basis. Since then, Bill has helped refurbish over 30 bedrooms as well as many function rooms including the magnificent Restaurant, Ballroom, Millbay Suite and Hayward Room. The Duke also maintain the train and boat ...
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