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Festive trading boom tops record year for Inn Collection Group

Pub operators The Inn Collection Group have revealed record Christmas trading following upbeat seasonal sales. 

The North East based leisure operator reported a rise in like-for-like sales of 7.5pc in the five weeks leading up to January 6, compared to the same period last year. 

Sean Donkin, operations director at the North East based pub group said: “We are delighted to have exceeded our seasonal sales forecasts with the strongest like-for-like sales achieved yet in the group’s 10-year history.

 “We enjoyed an extended period of festivities as a result of Christmas falling on a Monday, which enabled us to optimise the number of Christmas party events across our units, which has contributed towards a record rise in accommodation sales.” 

He added: “Bar sales grew strongly, driven by demand for premium drinks products and our Christmas menus and entertainment were well received and helped secure record covers across the period.” 

Strong festive trading topped an excellent year of trading for the operator, with the group delivering like for like sales growth of 13pc for the year as a whole.

Overall, all trading formats performed well across the group’s estate of pubs with rooms, with accommodation leading the way with a 26pc increase in sales. 

The Inn Collection Group’s estate has a current total of 202 bedrooms across its Northumberland, County Durham and Teesside units, and construction of a further 30-bedroom new build inn at Amble, Northumberland, is underway, set to open in October 2018. 

The eight-site leisure operator, which is backed by London-based Kings Park Capital, is one of the North East’s largest independent accommodation providers. 

The Hog's Head Inn teams up with the Northumberland Gazette to give a free starter or pud offer to every reader to celebrate 2018

The Northumberland Gazette has teamed up with The Hog's Head Inn to celebrate the New Year ‘inn’ style by giving a free starter or dessert to every reader so they can raise their knives, forks and spoons to mark 2018.

Led by acclaimed head chef Kelvin Gallaugher, The Hog’s Head Inn’s kitchen boasts a strong following of foodies for its delicious, homemade pub dishes and daily changing specials, while it’s user friendly facilities make it a popular choice with families, too. 

And with this offer, a trip to The Hog’s Head Inn has got even tastier by giving every reader the chance to enjoy a free starter or pudding with every adult main course purchased. 

Open daily from 7.30am with food served until 9pm, The Hog’s Head Inn’s winter menu has a wide range of crowd pleasers guaranteed to warm the cockles of your heart on a chilly January day. 

From comfort food classics, like steak and ale pie slow-cooked in Tyneside Blonde Ale to homemade pizzas with a range of delectable toppings, a spicy new selection of curry dishes as well as the inn’s famous steak range, The Hog’s Head Inn prides itself on having dishes to suit everyone’s tastes.

General manager Gary Turner said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the Northumberland Gazette to wish readers a very happy New Year.

“After the excitement of Christmas and the New Year, January can seem a bit of a come-down. So what better pick-you-up could there be than a mouth watering meal out, with a freebie starter or pudding literally being the icing on the cake!”

To claim you free starter or pudding voucher, simply buy a copy of the Northumberland Gazette (on January 4th) or download and print your Free Starter or Pudding Voucher and handover when you order. A voucher is valid for every adult main course meal, from Monday to Thursday until February 8th.

The Lindisfarne Inn pairs up with The Berwick Advertiser to give readers a free starter or pudding to celebrate the New Year

The Lindisfarne Inn is inviting diners to raise a knife, fork and spoon to 2018 with a scrumptious celebratory offer for readers of The Berwick Advertiser of a free starter or dessert.

The Berwick Advertiser is celebrating the New Year ‘Inn’ style by pairing up with award-winning The Lindisfarne Inn by offering readers a free starter or dessert with every adult main course purchased.

Heading the inn’s acclaimed kitchen team is head chef Mark Bocking who serves up a delicious range of homemade pub dishes with daily changing specials where local game and seafood makes a regular appearance.

And with the voucher below, a trip to The Lindisfarne Inn – just off the A1 near Holy Island, has just got even tastier by giving every reader the chance to get their teeth into a free starter or pudding.

Open daily from 7.30am with food served until 9pm, The Lindisfarne Inn’s winter menu has a wide range of crowd pleasers guaranteed to warm the cockles of your heart on a chilly January day. 

From comfort food classics, like Northumbrian Game Pudding and haggis, neeps and tatties, to homemade pizzas with a range of delectable toppings and a spicy new selection of curry dishes The Lindisfarne Inn’s versatile menu attracts a loyal band of followers.

General manager Chris Taylor said: “We are very pleased to be partnering with the Berwick Advertiser to wish readers a very happy New Year.

“January is seen by many as being the bleakest month of the year. What could be more uplifting than a delicious homemade meal out with family or friends, with the added bonus of a free course on us? It’s just the thing to banish any January blues you may be feeling.”

To claim you free starter or pudding voucher, simply buy your copy of The Beriwck Advertiser, published on January 4th,  or download and print from www.lindisfarneinn.co.uk/Special-Offers and handover when you order. A voucher is valid for every adult main course meal, from Monday to Thursday until February 8th

The Seaton Lane Inn to undergo major refurbishment

The Inn Collection Grop's landmark County Durham pub The Seaton Lane Inn is set to embark on a significant refurbishment including a major overhaul of its restaurant, bar and bedrooms.

The Seaton pub with rooms will undergo the exciting refurbishment as part of planned investment.

Regeneration plans include a newly reconfigured and expanded dining area, expansive orangery and all-new bedrooms.
As well as improving facilities for guests, the regeneration of The Seaton Lane Inn is expected to generate further jobs at the 18-bedroom inn.

Sean Donkin, operations director at The Inn Collection Group, said: “This is an exciting chapter for The Seaton Lane Inn and will mark a milestone in its history.

“Customer experience is critical for us and our redesign of The Seaton Lane Inn is fundamentally about investing in our customers and providing them with a stunning venue that embraces our eat, drink, sleep and explore model.

“Our investment plans to update, improve and modernise The Seaton Lane Inn, while preserving the inn’s character, will ensure the pub continues to be a beacon for hospitality and a great place to stay and dine for locals, tourists and business customers in County Durham.

Mr Donkin added: “Our refurbishment plans come as welcome news to the local area, adding to Durham heritage coast’s tourism and business appeal.”

The Seaton Lane Inn will be closed temporarily from January 3 to allow regeneration works to be carried out without disruption to customers. The newly refurbished inn is scheduled to reopen in time for Easter.

Experienced in pub redevelopments, multi-award winning The Inn Collection Group’s conversion portfolio includes The Kingslodge Inn at Durham, Northumberland pubs The Lindisfarne Inn near Holy Island and The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses as well as The King’s Head Inn at Newton under Roseberry in Cleveland.

The group’s new build credentials include Northumberland-based The Commissioners Quay Inn at Blyth, The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick and the newly announced The Amble Inn at Amble.

With a total bedroom number of 232, the Kings Park Capital backed Inn Collection Group is one of the north east’s largest independent accommodation providers.