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LB Magic UK – Supplier Love

Wednesday 12th December, 2018|Category: News
This month’s supplier love celebrates the talented Lewis Belcher owner of LB Magic UK. We have worked closely together for a number of years on our Mini Wedding Collections for engaged couples and weddings at the hotel. Lewis is fantastic at what he does and really brings the wow factor to a wedding, entertaining guests with a series of clever and exciting close up tricks. His charm and professionalism set him apart from others in the industry, you really do need to see him perform! Mini Wedding Collection March 2017 – Image 1: Mimosa Photography; Image 2: Duke Team We sat down for a cuppa to share more about him and his ...

Mixing Business with Pleasure

Friday 23rd November, 2018|Category: News
The Duke’s qualities as a business venue have been recognised with a prestigious regional award. We’ve received the bronze in our category at the 2018 Devon Tourism Awards, which was held at Highbullen Hotel in Umberleigh last night. This accolade was for the Business Tourism and Venue category, which selects corporate settings that deliver “an exceptional standard of service and an outstanding, memorable experience”. This achievement makes it two-in-a-row for the Duke – we also won bronze in the same category last year. Businesses from ...

Christmas in Plymouth…!

Monday 19th November, 2018|Category: News
It’s our favourite time of year and we are excited to see a new line up of events in Britain’ Ocean City. Last week saw the city lit for the festivities with the city centre and Drake Circus Christmas light switch on. Late night shopping has begun and the mood is full of festive merriment as Plymouth gears up for its best Christmas line up yet! Here are our highlights… Illuminate 22nd – 25th November ...

A Vintage Tea Party

Friday 16th November, 2018|Category: News
We are so lucky to work in the wonderful world of weddings and this week we get to share our latest Vintage Tea Party styled shoot where we collaborated with the very best suppliers in the region. You may have seen the beautiful feature in Your Devon and Cornwall Magazine, if you haven’t and you’re engaged, make sure you buy your copy for fantastic inspiration and advice when planning your big day! We feel fortunate to work with a strong team of suppliers (many of whom are listed on our Wedding Partners page). including the wonderful Agata from ...

Supplier Love – Cornwall Caricatures

Wednesday 3rd October, 2018|Category: News
We first met Cassie from Cornwall Caricatures back in 2016 when she attended our Wedding Collection. We loved the originality of her creations and she proved very popular amongst our attendees! A caricaturist is a fantastic addition to any wedding, providing guests with a unique form of entertainment, as well as a memento of the day. Duke Wedding Collection 2016 – Image 1: Artography We caught up with Cassie to find out all about her business. Have you always enjoyed drawing, when did you discover it was something you were good at?Drawing faces is all I ever wanted to do as a child. I didn’t walk until I ...

Plymouth Art Weekender

Thursday 6th September, 2018|Category: News
With just over three weeks to go, we are very excited for the highly anticipated Plymouth Art Weekender to commence. An exciting array of events, exhibitions, talks and workshops are set to take place across 63 fantastic venues in Plymouth, including the hotel! We will be sharing some of our favourites each week, although with over 100 to choose from, this may be easier said than done! We have loved hosting Laura Denning with the Hydrosapien rehearsals in our Ballroom over the past month. Guests can look forward to a collaborative performance which pushes the boundaries of how sound can be understood, whilst exploring ideas of Hydrofeminism. The first performance will take place on Friday evening ...

The Wonderful World of Weddings

Monday 3rd September, 2018|Category: News
Jay Stone Photography Jay Stone Photography Have you ever wondered how much people spend on their dream wedding day, and what the biggest expenses are for the average wedding? Well, ...

The Prop Factory – Supplier Love

Saturday 1st September, 2018|Category: News
The Prop Factory is a fabulous company providing a wide range of handmade items to hire for weddings and events. We have had the pleasure of working together on a number of styled photo shoots at the hotel. These have included the 1920s shoot in January 2018 and our English Tea Party shoot in June with UpArt Photography (photos to be revealed shortly!). ...

Gem Ryder MUA – Supplier Love

Tuesday 31st July, 2018|Category: News
If you are looking for a bridal make-up artist for your wedding, look no further than the fabulously creative Gem Ryder MUA. Every bride wants to look and feel amazing on her wedding day. With Gem’s skill and expertise, you can achieve your desired look. Gem uses only the best high-end products, providing you with a quality service that’s professional, friendly and competitively priced. We have worked together on a number of shoots and have always been impressed with the end result. Here are just some photos from the 1920s inspired shoot with UpArt Photography. ...

Wedding Anniversary Celebrations

Friday 27th July, 2018|Category: News
It has been a special day at the hotel today with not one, but two lovely couples celebrating their wedding anniversaries. Jon and Margaret Newell returned to the Duke this morning to celebrate an amazing fifty years of marriage. The couple held their wedding at a local church on 27th July 1968 before returning to our Ballroom with a hundred of their friends and family. They fondly remember their wedding breakfast, with a starter of Prawn Cocktail, a main course of Chicken and a Fruit Salad dessert. Jon and Margaret then spent their honeymoon in Mallorca for two weeks in the sun. When asked the secret to a long and happy marriage, the couple both smiled and ...

Join our Housekeeping Team

Thursday 12th July, 2018|Category: News
We have an exciting opportunity for a motivated person to join our Housekeeping Team. The ideal candidate would have experience in customer service or the hotel sector, however previous experience in Housekeeping is not essential as full training will be provided. This job role will require flexibility and working over the weekends. Shift patterns are from 9am till 3pm, 5 days out of 7, per week, per rota. Job Type: Part-time If this sounds like the ideal role for you, click here to apply. If you have any queries, please call 01752 275850. We look forward to hearing from you. Image credits: Artography; ...

Exploring Britain’s Ocean City by Boat

Tuesday 26th June, 2018|Category: News
We continually encourage our guests to enjoy the unique experiences that Plymouth has to offer such as the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth Gin and the Mayflower Museum! One of the best ways to see the city is on the water with Plymouth Boat Trips. In you’re lucky enough to be local then an annual outing would reveal new facts and stunning sights, and for those of you on holiday it is the perfect way to enjoy being on the water and learning a little about our rich history and heritage. ...
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