We held our reunion at Derby to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the adoption in 1942 of HMS Kenya by the then town of Derby.
On arrival on Friday PM we where greeted by two smart and cheerful receptionists, filled in the necessary forms and allocated our room. My wife,unable to get in or of a bath our room had a walk-in shower which was also suitable for disabled guests. The ground floor room was clean, tidy and airy, a comfortable bed and ample storage space for a weekend stay.
The meals though not large were sufficient for most of our company
and were all beautifully presented and full of flavour. This is one of the very few hotels were the breakfast is still table service. The table staff clean smart and very efficient. On Saturday evening we had a gala dinner which the Mayor and Mayoress attended, It was a roast beef dinner which some found the meat a little tough to cut. overall it went very well. All the meals we had were piping hot, soups, main course and desserts all well presented by a very efficient table staff.
We found all the staff efficient and helpful which made our stay a pleasure. One member of staff, the food and beverage manager deserves a special mention. Sophie Allan-Bruce. An intruder gained access to the hotel due to a door having to be left unlocked for safety reasons. We had a suite away from the main hotel reception.
This intruder stole a bottle of the finest "Pussers Rum" he was spotted by Sophie and fled the hotel. Knowing she would unable to replace this rum she gave chase, rugby tackled him, grazing her knees and bruising her ribs she managed to retrieve our rum. No doubt action will be taken against this villain as there were some very good pictures of him on the hotels CCTV.
The hotel is only ten minutes easy walk from the city centre or a five minute walk to the railway station were you can get a bus to the city centre. A large car park at the rear of the hotel is easily accessed from the main road.
The check out was again simple and efficient, we were all thanked,
wished well and bid safe journeys. We will most certainly return next year for our reunion less