Ten out of ten: Staff celebrate decade milestone with The Inn Collection Group

Longstanding employees at The Inn Collection Group celebrated their ten-year work anniversary with the company. 

Together David Barella, Charlotte Turner, Jan Moffett and Maria Badjorova have clocked up over 40 years working with The Inn Collection Group which owns and operates some of the North East’s most popular venues, including The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses, The Lindisfarne Inn at Beal and The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick. 

They were rewarded for their hard work and dedication to the company at a presentation with managing director, Sean Donkin. 

Sean said:  “Loyal and dedicated employees like David, Jan, Charlotte and Maria are the very backbone of our operations. They play a direct role in our continued success as a company, creating award-winning, enjoyable venues from which our customers can eat, drink, sleep and explore from. 

“As a company, we believe in investing in our team and supporting them to develop within the organisation from prime sites such as our flagship inn, The Bamburgh Castle which has been a prime site for incubating and nurturing talented individuals. On behalf of The Inn Collection Group I would like to thank them for their valued service and longstanding contribution to the company.” 

David Barella is head chef at The Bamburgh Castle Inn where he has led the kitchen brigade since the inn opened its doors in 2008. David is instrumental in staff training and takes pride in developing his kitchen team, leading staff to progress their own career journey within the company, from kitchen porter to head chef. 

Jan Moffett is head housekeeper at The Lindisfarne Inn at Beal near Holy Island.  Jan oversaw the refurbishment and expansion of the inn’s bedrooms and has played a key role in developing its walker and cyclist facilities. Jan regularly takes up the mantle of duty manager and supports The Lindisfarne Inn team to be cross-skilled in all areas of the inn’s operations. 

Office manager and PA to Sean Donkin, Charlotte Turner epitomises The Inn Collection Group’s ethos of nurturing staff from within and supporting them to rise through the company’s ranks. Charlotte began her career with The Inn Collection Group as part of The Bamburgh Castle Inn’s front of house team, before progressing to become assistant manager at the group’s top performing inn, before playing a pivotal role in the launch of The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick. Charlotte is the first point of contact within The Inn Collection Group hub and manages its daily office operations. 

Maria Badjorova is assistant manager at The Bamburgh Castle Inn, hailed by the Group as its flagship site, where Maria has been an integral part of the team since its opening ten years ago. Beginning as bar supervisor, Maria has overseen the inn’s continued growth, including its 15-room expansion, the redevelopment of the inn’s premium sea view rooms and most recently the addition of a 13-bedroom annexe.  

  • If you are interested in joining The Inn Collection Group team, opportunities currently exist at The Bamburgh Castle Inn for front of house staff. For more information email 

The Inn Collection Group completes funding deal with OakNorth

The Inn Collection Group completes growth funding deal with OakNorth bank

OakNorth, the bank for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs, has provided The Inn Collection Group with finance to fund their expansion.

Established in 2006, The Inn Collection Group has become a market leader in developing contemporary inns providing accommodation, food and drink to leisure and business customers. It currently has 215 rooms across its seven sites, but plans to increase this to almost 300 by 2020 with the OakNorth lending. 

In addition to opening an eighth inn later this year – a 30-bedroom inn in Amble, Northumberland – The Inn Collection Group has added another 13 rooms to The Bamburgh Castle Inn, The Annex, and has refurbished the Seaton Lane Inn that has recently reopened. The Group's growth map also includes the addition of 29 new rooms at its popular Durham city centre operation, The Kingslodge Inn.

The Inn Collection Group’s Managing Director Sean Donkin, said: “Over the last half decade, we’ve embarked on a ‘buy and build’ growth strategy that has seen us become one of the largest private providers of accommodation in North East England. Over the next three years, we will continue to develop and seek out new premises, focusing on sites that fit with our philosophy and the continual evolution of our group, offering high-quality accommodation at value for money prices. Raising funds from OakNorth will pave the way for us to drive these growth plans and focus on the immediate expansion of our pubs with rooms model.”

Stuart Blair, Debt Finance Director at OakNorth, said: “The UK’s hotel industry has seen annual growth of three percent for the last five years, boosted by major events such as the London Olympics, the Royal Wedding, and the Rugby World Cup. The Great Exhibition of the North which is currently underway is expected to give the region’s tourism a further boost, attracting approx. three million people and one million from across the UK.

“The management team at The Inn Collection Group is in a prime position to take advantage of this – we were impressed by their business model, the operational experience of Sean, Keith Liddell and the wider team, as well as the quality of each site. The team have a plan to grow the group by expanding into new sites and locations, and we look forward to working with them to support this.”

Senior team appointments for expanding Inn Collection Group

Paul Brown and Gary Turner join The Inn Collection Group's Senior Management Team expands

Pub operator The Inn Collection Group is on the expansion trail with a duo of senior appointments. 

Expansion plans across the Group’s North East of England stronghold have led to the promotions of Paul Brown as operations manager and Gary Turner as commercial and compliance manager as the company develops its senior team.

Paul, an experienced operations manager who has worked in the sector for 25 years having held roles at Shearings Holidays and J D Wetherspoon plc, joined the Group in 2014 to head up its Cleveland unit, The King’s Head Inn at Newton under Roseberry.  He will spearhead operations and drive performance at the seven-unit site, which is set to open an eighth unit in Northumberland later this year.

Gary, who joined the Group to manage its 53-bedroom operation, The Hog’s Head Inn in Alnwick, Northumberland five years ago, has been promoted to take up a new company role of commercial and compliance manager. He brings with him 17 years leisure and travel tourism industry experience, working in the sector with Bourne Leisure and Haven.

The Inn Collection Group’s managing director Sean Donkin said: “Both Paul and Gary have been tremendous assets to the company since joining and have been involved in operations that have had significant impacts on our performance.

“Their appointments come at a pivotal time for the Group as we begin to roll out strategic ‘buy and build’ growth plans as part of the company’s continued evolution journey. Both Paul and Gary will play an integral role in our expansion while maximizing trading operations at our existing sites.”




We've Father's Day covered

Fathers Day with The Inn Collection Group

Father’s Day is fast approaching on Sunday June 17. Buying the main man in your life the perfect Father’s Day gift is no easy task.

The Inn Collection Group has just the answer with a winning combo of great food, stellar beer in the perfect pub - and a leisurely stay away.

Managing director Sean Donkin and a father-of-three himself said: "Speaking as a father myself, there's nothing better than spending time with your family, whether it's some well earned time away or a meal out that everyone can enjoy together.

"We've inns in fantastic locations to appeal to dads everywhere, whether they love a game of golf, a spot of fishing or just relaxing with a pint and the papers, a stay or meal with The Inn Collection Group would be a very well received gift to give this Father's Day."

Here are Sean's pick of Father's Day favourites: 

For golf-loving dads our inns will suit him to a tee. Surrounded by some of the best golf courses in the country, here’s our pick of where to putt. 

The Lindisfarne Inn – near Goswick, Berwick, Bamburgh and Seahouses golf courses. 
The Hog’s Head Inn – close to Alnwick and Alnmouth golf courses. 

Which dad doesn’t love a pint of real ale in a proper pub with the newspapers? With a fine selection of local ales and the pre requisite comfy corner for dad escapism, our inns certainly hit the spot.

The King’s Head Inn, Newton under Roseberry, North Yorkshire – quintessential country pub with changing guest local guest ales and sun trap beer garden. 

The Kingslodge Inn, Durham City – country pub in the heart of the city with ales from Durham Brewery.

For fishing-dads 

If your dad’s angling for a great gift, look no further than a stay at one of our seaside inns for a stay that will make his day hook, line and sinker.

The Seaton Lane Inn, County Durham – for sea fishing off Durham’s Heritage Coast 

The Bamburgh Castle Inn, Seahouses, Northumberland – find the one that got away off the stunning Northumberland coast

The Commissioners Quay Inn, Blyth, Northumberland – for great rainbow, brown and blue trout river fishing as well as sea angling trips.

Father's Day gift vouchers are available from the inn of your choice of by calling our booking hotline on 0191 580 3610 (during office hours) or for accommodation, book online anytime.