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The Inn Collection Group is shortlisted for Publican Awards 2017

The Inn Collection Group has been shortlisted in the prestigious national Publican Awards.

The group has reached the finals in the Best Accommodation Provider category at the awards ceremony - the pub industry’s equivalent of the Oscars - at London’s Battersea Evolution on March 14.

The Inn Collection Group impressed The Publican Awards panel with its entry and now faces further rigorous testing as part of the judging process. Judges will visit the inns and speak to staff, carry out ‘mystery shopper’ trips to the sites and grill management at a Dragons’ Den-style panel interview in London in February.

Inn Collection Group chief executive, Keith Liddell, said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for Publican Awards for a second year running. These are the biggest and most-keenly contested awards in our industry and we’re delighted to be shortlisted for the Best Accommodation Provider.

Mr Liddell said: “Our inns offer excellent value, pubs with room style accommodation in handpicked locations, delicious pub food served all day, every day, well-stocked bars, and a warm welcome to our customers.

“We look forward to showing The Publican Awards judges what makes our inns the success they are with tourists and locals alike when they make the trip to the North East to visit us.”

 

North East Tourism Awards success for The Inn Collection Group pubs

The Inn Collection Group was the only leisure operator to have multiple pubs picking up the silverware at the top North East England Tourism Awards.

The Inn Collection Group is celebrating after a record three of its inns picked up silverware in the coveted North East England Tourism Awards.

The Lindisfarne Inn at Beal in Northumberland picked up silver in the closely contested Tourism Pub of the Year as well as silver in The best Boutique/Small Hotel of the Year.

The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick punched above its weight, beating off strong competition to pick up silver for the Inclusive Tourism Award.

The newly opened Commissioners Quay Inn at Blyth open for just two months at the tome of award nomination walked away with Highly Commended for The best Boutique/ Small Hotel of the Year category. 

The inns will now automatically go forward to the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2017 for the first time.

Success at the North East Tourism Awards comes after the group was runner up in the industry’s Oscars The Publican Awards – in the Best Accommodation Operator category. 

This year’s North East England Tourism Awards attracted a record-breaking 143 entries, and more than 60 of those were businesses that entered the for the first time, according to award organisers, the destination management and marketing organisation NewcastleGateshead Initiative.

The awards draw entries from Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and County Durham. 

Keith Liddell, chief executive of The Inn Collection Group, said: “We are very proud to be the only operator with multiple units picking up awards in such a prestigious competition. This is a testament to the high standards of our facilities, the quality of our food and drink offering and our first class customer service. We constantly strive to raise standards in hospitality are delighted to be recognised for our efforts to draws visitors to North East England and, in doing so, help put our region firmly on the tourist map as a great place to eat, drink, sleep and explore.

“But it’s not just about awards. Our staff across all of our inns pull out the stops all year round to create the best experience possible for our customers, and I’m proud of their efforts, 365 days a year.”

The awards were held at a glittering ceremony at Newcastle Civic Centre’s Banqueting Hall, in an event hosted by one half of The Mimic Men and BBC Radio Newcastle breakfast show presenter, Alfie Joey.

Alfie Joey and the Mimic Men are appearing at The Hog's Head Inn on Saturday December 17th for a Christmas Entertainment special. Limited tickets available priced at £45. Stay the night from just £30.  To book, call 01665 606 576 or email christmas@inncollectiongroup.com 

Christmas at The Inn Collection Group

From fantastic festive acts including Britain's Got Talent favourites - The Mimic Men - to Christmas parties, breakfasts with Santa to lunch on the big day itself - The Inn Collection Group has got your Christmas wrapped up. 

With a great array of festive entertainment, combined with delicious Christmas fare, The Inn Collection Group has everything you need to celebrate Christmas inn style across its welcoming inns across the North East of England. 

Operations director Sean Donkin said: "We really do have a fantastic line up of Christmas entertainment planned across our inns. There is something to suit everyone, whether you're looking to celebrate with family, friends or work colleagues - or are looking for a lovely place to slip away to enjoy a stress-free Christmas.

"Early bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment as entertainment is already selling out.

"And if you're looking for the perfect Christmas gift to give, we offer vouchers to dine and stay at our inns, too."

Find out more about Christmas entertainment at each of our inns by clicking on the links below. 

The Lindisfarne Inn, near Holy Island

The Bamburgh Castle Inn, Seahouses

The Hogs Head Inn, Alnwick

The Commissioners Quay Inn, Blyth

The Kingslodge Inn, Durham City

The Seaton Lane Inn, Seaton near Seaham

The Kings Head Inn, Newton under Roseberry 

Accessibility Ambassador Ady on hand to help at The Hog's Head Inn

Accessibility ambassador Ady on hand to help at Hogs Head Inn accommodation

The Hog's Head Inn at Alnwick has been described as ‘punching above their weight’ when it comes to accessibility. 

And now the inn has appointed an accessibility ambassador in a unique move to help all guests enjoy a first-rate, inclusive tourism experience, including disabled people and guests with physical and sensory access needs.

Hot on the heels of the Rio Paralympics, our head of housekeeping Ady Brannigan has stepped into the role of accessibility ambassador, which will see her be on hand to help guests with a wide range of accessibility needs before, during and after their stay. 

Gary Turner, general manager of The Hog’s Head Inn, said: “Ady is very popular with all our guests and this, coupled with her in depth knowledge of the inn, our rooms and the local area means she was perfect for this new ambassadorial role which she does in addition to her day to day job as head housekeeper. 

“Her knowledge of the building, the different room types as well as the fixtures and fittings means that she can advise on where guests with additional needs would be most comfortable and respond to their queries. Ady can also give tips about getting to us if you have accessibility needs and activities and things to do while you are staying in the area.   

“We have had disabled guests stay with us who have benefited from Ady’s advice and who have booked to return later this year and also in 2017. There’s no greater accolade or vote of confidence for her skills than this.”

Part of the team at The Hog’s Head Inn since it opened in 2012 Ady’s role comes as a further commitment from the inn to help people with different accessibility needs make the very most of their stay. 

From ground floor wet room bathrooms, hypoallergenic bedding, emergency cord pulls, strobe fire alarms for people with hearing impairments and low level baths, The Hog’s Head Inn has rooms suitable for all different types of accessible needs.

Ady said: “It’s an excellent idea and completely unique to have a dedicated person like myself on hand to advise and help people with accessibility advice. 

“It can be a real worry for people with accessibility issues when they are coming away to stay - and for their family and carers. If I can help put their mind at rest by providing them with advice about which room type to stay in or help with any special requests to make their stay easier, it is all worthwhile.”

Ady’s ambassador role comes on the back of further accessibility investment at The Hog’s Head Inn by owners, Northumberland-based leisure operators, The Inn Collection Group. 

The inn, along with it’s six sister inns including The Bamburgh Castle Inn, The Lindisfarne Inn and The Commissioners Quay Inn in Northumberland; The Kingslodge Inn and The Seaton Lane Inn in Durham and The King’s Head Inn at Newton under Roseberry, has launched an innovative new website tool to help guests with varying disabilities as well as overseas browsers to navigate and explore their website with a click of a button.

The group is also training all of its staff to become dementia friends in partnership with The Alzheimer’s Society, to be able to support customers with dementia.

BGT favourites headline Hogs Head Inn festive entertainment

Christmas entertainment mimic men Hogs Head Inn

They got four yeses from Britain's Got Talent judges and declared  'amazing' by BGT fans. 

And now top comedy duo The Mimic Men are set to headline The Hog's Head's Christmas entertainment line up. 

Catch the Mimic Men - otherwise known as Hebburn actor and BBC Radio Newcastle's Alfie Joey and Cal Halbert - as they belt out their brilliant impressions at The Hog's Head Inn on Saturday December 10 and Saturday December 17.

The Hog's Head Inn general manager Gary Turner said: "Britain's Got Talent fans loved the Mimic Men and we're over the moon to have actors, comedians, impressionists and all round nice guys Alfie Joey and Cal Halbert coming to the inn to deliver a festive showpiece that will have you crying with laughter.

"Tickets are already selling quickly, so we do advise early bookings to avoid disappointment." 

Tickets are on sale now priced at £45 including a three course festive meal. Why not make a night of it and stay the night from just £30 per person, including breakfast? Book now by calling 01665 606 576 or email christmas@inncollectiongroup.com 

More details on the Mimic Men at The Hog's Head Inn 

Inn Collection Group joins Dark Skies partnership with Visit Northumberland

Dark Skies accommodation Northumberland

The Inn Collection Group has joined forces with Visit Northumberland to offer a galaxy of opportunities to Dark Skies enthusiasts.  

The Bamburgh Castle Inn, The Lindisfarne Inn, The Hog's Head Inn and The Commissioners Quay Inn are partner inns with 'Northumberland - the land that's just as good with the lights off' in a bid to encourage people to experience Northumberland's dramatic night skies. 

Sean Donkin, operations manager at The Inn Collection Group said: "Northumberland offers stargazing heaven and you don’t need to be 
an expert or have an expensive telescope to enjoy this natural beauty.

"We have joined forces with Visit Northumberland to promote Northumberland and the surrounding areas as a stunning place to stay and visit to experience some of the darkest skies in Europe. The Northumberland Coast is perfect for seeing the stunning Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights and guests staying with us are regularly treated to some stunning displays.

"We look forward to working closely with Visit Northumberland to raise awareness of Northumberland's dark skies and providing bed and breakfast accommodation to people coming to enjoy one of Mother Nature's most incredible displays."

Find out more about Northumberland's Dark Skies here

Inn Collection Group opens £4.5m Commissioners Quay Inn

The Inn Collection Group opens The Commissioners Quay Inn Blyth hotel accommodation Northumberland

The Inn Collection Group have opened the £4.5m Commissioners Quay Inn in Northumberland.

Located at the heart of the town’s redeveloped Quayside, The Commissioner’s Quay Inn was purpose built by Northumberland County Council’s economic development company Arch and is operated by The Inn Collection Group. 

Boasting 40 bedrooms across four floors - many of which have stunning views out to sea – The Commissioners Quay Inn is in pole position when the Tall Ships Race comes to Blyth in August, as well as providing year-round quality and affordable accommodation.

A well-stocked bar and large dining area where people can enjoy homemade meals from breakfast until 9pm, plus an outdoor dining terrace alongside the River Blyth are among the key elements of this stunning new inn. 

Keith Liddell, ICG CEO said: “We are absolutely delighted with the new unit. It is everything we imagined it to be and seeing it come to life with so many people here enjoying the finished product is incredibly rewarding.

“We’re bringing the same approach in Blyth as we have to the other sites in our portfolio which is great-tasting food, a relaxed, laid back ambiance to eat and drink in and excellent value, contemporary accommodation.

“Our other inns have proved hugely popular within the local communities they operate as well as being an important facility attracting visitors to stay and explore the local area from. This is our vision for The Commissioner’s Quay Inn – a place where everyone is welcome, whether you’re dropping by for a drink, a meal or staying overnight.”

The Commissioners Quay Inn was officially opened by Mr Liddell with Arch chairman and deputy leader of Northumberland County Council, Councillor Dave Ledger and leader of Northumberland County Council, Councillor Grant Davey. 

Cllr Dave Ledger said: “The Commissioner’s Quay Inn is a fantastic, purpose-built venue of the type Blyth has been crying out for.

“It sits perfectly with the redeveloped waterfront and we’re confident it will be a real asset for the town that local people and visitors alike will enjoy.”

The Commissioner’s Quay Inn was built as the jewel in the crown of the waterfront at Blyth and has created a fantastic venue for people to enjoy home made food and drinks including local real ales and speciality teas and coffees as well as providing a much-needed bed and breakfast accommodation facility for tourists and corporate visitors to Blyth.

Over 50 jobs have been created with the opening of the new inn. Hospitality specialist 

Catherine Bellhouse, who has worked with the Hilton Group and the Copthorne Hotel in Gateshead, is general manager of the venue.

She said: “I’m aiming to put The Commissioner’s Quay Inn on the map for the quality of its customer service.

“Giving people a truly great experience, whether they are staying, eating or enjoying a drink in the bar, is at the top of my agenda.”

The inn will be open 365 days a year, providing comfortable, good value accommodation, and serving food and drink throughout the day from first thing in the morning until 9pm. 

The expanding Inn Collection Group, a finalist in the prestigious Publican Awards Best Accommodation Operator category and the current Northumberland Business Awards Best Leisure Business, is the biggest private bedroom provider in Northumberland with more than 200 bedrooms across its North East estate. 

Its portfolio in Northumberland includes North East Tourism Pub of the Year, The Bamburgh Castle Inn in Seahouses, The Lindisfarne Inn at Beal and The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick. The group also operates The Seaton Lane Inn near Sunderland, The King’s Head Inn at Newton under Roseberry and the newly acquired The Kingslodge Inn in Durham.

The Kingslodge Inn New Chef has a Recipe for Success

Durham’s newest pub appoints its first Head Chef to serve up a delicious menu at The Kingslodge Inn for its hotel and restaurant

Durham’s newest pub has appointed its first Head Chef to serve up a delicious menu at The Kingslodge Inn.

Christopher Bond, who in past employment has been part of an AA two rosette winning team, has taken the helm of The Kingslodge Inn kitchen, which has already achieved a five-star rating from Environmental Health.

The Kingslodge Inn, which opened last month on Waddington Street in Durham City, is situated on the edge of Flass Vale. It now occupies the site of the former Kingslodge Hotel and Finbarrs restaurant, creating a pub with rooms and with its casual dining offers the perfect place to eat, drink, stay and explore the historic city of Durham.

Christopher, 36, originally from York, and now living in South Tyneside has taken up the post of Head Chef and with his Kitchen Team will be serving high-quality food from 7.30am until 9pm daily.

The Kingslodge Inn menu has traditional classic pub fayre dishes but served with a modern twist. Like many gastropubs and bistro’s, it offers casual dining, where customers will have a relaxed, informal dining experience, ordering at the bar before their high-quality home-cooked food is prepared to order and served to their table.

Leanne Jeffrey, General Manager at The Kingslodge Inn said, “We are really enjoying providing  Durham with a cosy and welcoming traditional pub with rooms, in a location convenient to both local people and visitors alike. We have had a great response from local residents and other customers since we opened. And now that we have Christopher in place we are looking forward to adding superb home-cooked food to our offering.”

With over 20 years’ experience in the catering industry including at Lucia’s in York, and over 10 years in management Christopher says it’s the “intensity, creativeness and the pressure” that he loves about his trade.

According to Christopher quality and high standards are the recipe for success and are of the utmost importance; evident in his thoughts about his own favourite food - a bacon sandwich. “It’s the quality of the bacon, which then has to be treated with care, that is the recipe for making it really tasty.”

In keeping with his own love of cooking Mediterranean style food his favourite dish on the menu is the Mediterranean Stuffed Chicken “It is simple and light with a great combination of flavours,” he says.

The current menu offer breakfasts from full English to an omelette, Eggs Benedict to a bacon or sausage sandwich between 7.30am and 10.30 - also open to non-residents. Lighter fare is available from 10.30m onwards with mains, starters and desserts available from 12noon until 9pm. Mains include Steak and Ale Pie, Fish and Chips, Burgers, Steaks, Salads, Gammon, Salmon, Pan Haggerty and other vegetarian dishes as well as a Children’s Menu.

Located just a stone’s throw from the heart of historic Durham city yet surrounded by the peaceful woodland of Flass Vale, The Kingslodge Inn has all the benefits of a city-centre location but with a laid-back, relaxed vibe and convenient, free parking on-site.

The Kingslodge Inn is now part of the multi award-winning Inn Collection Group family of northeast pubs with rooms. The fast-growing hospitality specialist also owns The Lindisfarne Inn near Holy Island, The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses and The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick, The Seaton Lane Inn near Seaham, and  The King’s Head Inn at Newton under Roseberry in North Yorkshire; as well as the soon to open The Commissioners Quay Inn in Blyth. 

The Lindisfarne Inn goes up a gear to welcome cyclists

Lindisfarne Inn welcome cyclists Sandstone Way Northumberland bike riders

The Lindisfarne Inn has geared up its facilities to go all out to welcome cyclists. 

The Lindisfarne Inn, the nearest mainland pub to Holy Island, is located on the edge of the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), on the 120-mile Sandstone Way Berwick to and from Hexham mountain bike route and the Coast and Castles cycle route. 

The trailblazing inn secured match funding from the Northumberland Coast AONB Sustainable Development Fund to help boost its facilities and offer for cyclists. It has invested in safe and secure bike storage, bike stands, repair kits, pumps, bike wash down equipment and distinctive signs to show passing cyclists it is there to welcome them. 

The special service extends to the food on offer too. The inn worked with 24-hour mountain bike endurance rider Rich Rothwell to create a special Explorer menu of high energy, home made dishes to eat at the inn, snacks to take away as a packed lunch or as portables to eat on the go. 

Cyclists staying overnight have the option of keeping their bike in the brand new Cycle Cabin, or taking their bike into the inn’s en suite bedrooms which also have handy plastic trays for muddy footwear, while the inn will help to dry wet clothing too. A collection service for cyclists operates through the inn’s courtesy vehicle, subject to availability.

Gary Turner, from The Lindisfarne Inn’s parent company, The Inn Collection Group, said:  “We’ve really tried to put ourselves in the pedals of customers arriving by bike and being prepared and ready to offer the facilities and extra touches they need to make their time with us as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. That’s whether they are staying with us as a centre base or passing by on a linear route. It’s a model we will certainly be looking to roll out across our other pubs with rooms across the North East and North Yorkshire, too. 

“We’ve also invested in staff training to ensure our team has access and knowledge to information that will help riders calling in – like where to go for bike repairs and servicing and being able to answer questions riders may have about cycle routes around us. We have also trained staff to become bike repair mechanics and are looking to offer our own bike hire service too.”

 Mr Turner added: “Obviously, the inn benefits from its location and the passing cyclist trade, but by putting in high quality facilities for riders so they enjoy their visit, we’re meeting the needs of a new flow of loyal customers who will return to use our facilities again and again and spread the word among the cycling fraternity that we’re a good place to stop.”

Iain Robson, of the Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership, said: “We have an aim of getting visitors to the Northumberland coast out of their cars and onto two wheels. Alongside walking and using the bus, cycling is a great way of exploring the coast and we know that cyclists, like walkers, spend more money with local businesses than car-bourne visitors. ‘Drive less – see more’ is our message to people coming to the coast this summer.

The Lindisfarne Inn worked closely with social enterprise Cycle Northumberland to create its new cycle tourism offering. That advice is now being shared with other businesses in the Cycle Tourism Toolkit, a series of factsheets packed with information about the needs of cyclist tourists and how businesses can fulfill them. 

Graham Vickers director of Cycle Northumberland said: “The Cycle Tourism Toolkit has been created to help businesses, whether they provide food, accommodation, services or are a visitor attraction become cyclist ready and friendly. 

“Becoming cyclist-ready means not being caught out by their needs. The toolkit is packed full of resources to help businesses make the cyclist’s experience of Northumberland good and memorable, which will encourage repeat business and recommendations. This is an expanding segment of the visitor market and one which can really benefit Northumberland’s tourism industry.”

Rich Rothwell said: "It's fantastic to see that The Lindisfarne Inn is recognising the needs of cyclists. The facilities they have put into place have been well thought through and are exactly what a day or touring cyclist needs. Northumberland is a superb location for cycling of all kinds and to provide support for riders in this way is quite unique. The routes that pass the Lindisfarne Inn cater for riders of all abilities, and there are facilities there for all to benefit from".

The inn is also raising funds for The Sandstone Way by donating 5p from every pint sold of the pub’s aptly named house ale, The Sandstone Way.

Hospitality specialist appointed to head the new Commissioners Quay Inn

Catherine Bellhouse general manager The Commissioners Quay Inn

Multi award-winning pub operator The Inn Collection Group have appointed hospitality specialist Catherine Bellhouse to head up their £4.5m The Commissioners Quay Inn which opens in the North East this summer.

Appointed general manager of The Commissioners Quay Inn at Blyth, Northumberland, Mrs Bellhouse brings almost three decades of hospitality and leisure experience to the 40-bedroom inn, which opens in July ahead of the Tall Ships Race in August.

Beginning her career with Hilton Hotels & Resorts on the Isle of Man then at the brand’s Nottingham hotel, Mrs Bellhouse came to the North East as operations manager of the Copthorne Hotel in Newcastle before working in multi-site management for the Pizza Express chain.

Mrs Bellhouse said: “I’m excited to be joining an operator as highly regarded as The Inn Collection Group and to be leading the new Commissioners Quay Inn. It is a tremendous opportunity and one I am looking forward to embracing.

“I have a winning mentality and my inherent desire is to put The Commissioners Quay Inn on the map for the quality of its customer service. Giving people a truly great experience - whether they are staying, eating or drinking with us - is at the top of my agenda.”

Mrs Bellhouse will be overseeing the recruitment of 35 staff for The Commissioners Quay Inn, including appointments to the key roles of head chef, head housekeeper and assistant managers, as well as front of house, bar, housekeeping, maintenance and kitchen positions.

The waterfront inn, located on redeveloped land along Blyth’s Quay Road, will be open 365 days a year, providing accommodation and serving food and drink throughout the day from breakfast through to 9pm in its bar and dining areas.

The Inn Collection Group’s operations director Sean Donkin said: “We’re thrilled to be welcoming someone of Catherine’s calibre and ambition to the helm of The Commissioners Quay Inn.

“She has some great ideas for the inn and her customer-first vision is an exact match to our ethos here at The Inn Collection Group.”

The expanding Inn Collection Group, a finalist in the prestigious Publican Awards Best Accommodation Operator category and the current Northumberland Business Awards Best Leisure Business, is the biggest private bedroom provider in Northumberland with more than 200 bedrooms across its North East estate.

Its portfolio in Northumberland includes North East Tourism Pub of the Year, The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses, The Lindisfarne Inn at Beal and The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick. The group also operates The Seaton Lane Inn near Sunderland, The King’s Head Inn at Newton under Roseberry and the newly acquired The Kingslodge Inn in Durham city centre.

The Commissioners Quay Inn is being built by Arch, The Northumberland Development Company, across four floors with superb coastal views from its quayside location. As well as proving the perfect spot to view the Tall Ships at Blyth, it will fill a gap in the market for quality and affordable accommodation in the area. 

Lindisfarne Inn duo to make the drop from the Forth Rail Bridge

Two of The Inn Collection Group's key members of staff are facing their fears and taking the plunge off Scotland’s famous Forth Rail Bridge to raise money for charity.

Alan Brier and Anita Mabon of The Lindisfarne Inn will be abseiling down the 165ft drop from the bridge across the Firth of Forth on Sunday June 12. The Ultimate Abseil event is organised in aid of the Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland charity and has so far helped raise more than £1 million for the lifeline service.

Anita, assistant manager at The Lindisfarne Inn, said: “We felt as we are close to the border between England and Scotland, it would be good to support a Scottish charity as if you are taken ill here, the chances are you would be sent over the border.

“It’s such a worthwhile cause, but I actually have a fear of heights and hate having to even drive across a bridge, because I don’t like high bridges either. So it’s going to be a challenge.”

Alan, who is head of maintenance at the Northumberland inn, the closest mainland inn to Holy Island, said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us, and we’re really excited – if a little nervous- about it.

“We’re hoping regulars and visitors to the Inn will sponsor our abseil and help raise funds for this important charity.”

Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland has been organising abseils from the Forth Rail Bridge for a number of years. Abseillers drop free-fall style like the SAS from the bridge on to the sandy beach 165ft below.

Sean Donkin, operations director at The Inn Collection Group, which runs The Lindisfarne Inn, said: “We’re really proud of Anita and Alan for taking on the Ultimate Abseil challenge.

“The Lindisfarne Inn is so close to the Scottish Border and many of our customers are from Scotland, so it’s great to be able to support a Scottish charity. Giving back to the community is important for every business and we’re right behind Anita and Alan.

“We’ll be signing up to sponsor them and we’d encourage all our guests and visitors to give generously too.”

The Inn Collection Group is the biggest private supplier of accommodation across Northumberland at its three venues in the county – The Lindisfarne at Beal, The Bamburgh Castle Inn in Seahouses and the Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick. It’s fourth Northumberland inn, The Commissioner’s Quay at Blyth, opens this summer. The group also operates The Seaton Lane Inn and The Kingslodge Inn in County Durham, and The King’s Head Inn in North Yorkshire.

To sponsor Alan and Anita click here

Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team Launch ‘Name the Ale’ Fundraiser with The King’s Head Inn

Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team Launch ‘Name the Ale’ Fundraiser with The King’s Head Inn

The King’s Head Inn, Newton-under-Roseberry has teamed up with its local Mountain Rescue Team to help raise funds for the vital organisation and honour the amazing work they do right on the popular Inn’s doorstep.

The pub has launched a competition to name a new ale to help raise vital funds for the Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team. The new ale will then take pride of place on the bar at The King’s Head Inn and a donation of 5p per pint will then be made to Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team from every pint sold.
 
Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team is a search and rescue organisation set up 50 years ago to go to the aid of persons lost or injured on the North York Moors and other remote regions. The fifty men and women in the team, are from all walks of life, are on call 24 hours a day 365 days a year and are all unpaid volunteers. They are called out about 50 times a year with a fifth of these incidents occurring at Roseberry Topping.
 
Pete Mounsey of Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team said:
 
“We are always very grateful for any fundraising activity to help support our organisation. We are regulars at The King’s Head Inn and follow our weekly training sessions at Roseberry Topping with a visit to the pub. We are delighted that they have come up with the great idea to help support our work. It will not only raise funds but also raise awareness about our activities in this area.”
 
To enter people simply need to choose a name that has a connection to the Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team and The King’s Head Inn. Then complete an entry form, available online or in the pub and take it to The King’s Head Inn with a £1 donation to Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team. Closing date May 29th.
 
Paul Brown, General Manager at The King’s Head Inn said: 
 
“We are so lucky to be located in one of the most idyllic locations in the country. Many of our customers are walkers and cyclists who regularly enjoy the outdoors at North Yorks Moors and especially Roseberry Topping, before enjoying a drink or a meal or staying here at The King’s Head Inn. We hope not only to raise vital funds for Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team but also have a permanent reminder on the bar of the work that they do for us.”
 
Set at the foot of Roseberry Topping, known as the ‘Matterhorn of Cleveland’, the award-winning King’s Head Inn is part of the Inn Collection Group family of north east pubs with rooms.

The Kingslodge Inn Launches in Durham City

The Kingslodge Inn Opens in Durham City

The Kingslodge Inn in Durham City has re-opened following an extensive refurbishment, following the acquisition of the former hotel and restaurant by The Inn Collection Group last month.

The five-week major refurbishment of former Kingslodge Hotel in Durham City has now been completed.

Two additional bedrooms have been created downstairs, bringing the total number to 23. The current separate restaurant area is now an integral part of the new Kingslodge Inn as the company expands its portfolio of inns across North East England.

Sean Donkin, Operations Director at The Inn Collection Group, said:  “We are pleased to be opening our first city Inn. In line with our other award-winning Inns in the region The Kingslodge Inn will offer a cosy and welcoming traditional pub with excellent en-suite accommodation, serving fine beers along with superb home-cooked food in a location convenient to both local people and visitors alike.”

In addition to its location close to the heart of historic Durham City, The Kingslodge Inn is situated near to the mainline train station and less than a mile from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral and Castle - one of the most recognisable landmarks in the country. 

The new General Manager is Leanne Jeffrey, from Whitley Bay, who has over 20 years’ experience in the industry both in the north east and abroad. She has been Deputy Manager at The Inn Collection Group’s Hog’s Head Inn in Alnwick, for the past year and is looking forward to taking on an exciting new challenge in Durham.

Leanne Jeffrey said:  “I am really looking forward to making The Kingslodge Inn a welcoming place. The concept, like the other Inn Collection Group Inns, is a pub with rooms. It has been transformed into a traditional pub with excellent en-suite accommodation, serving fine beers along with superb home-cooked food in a location convenient to both local people and visitors alike.

“The new Kingslodge Inn will offer facilities for everyone. We want to establish The Kingslodge Inn as an important part of the offer to tourists in Durham City but equally we are looking forward to welcoming Durham residents as regulars as well as cyclists and walkers. Even dogs will be very welcome in designated areas in both the bar and our accommodation.”

Inn Collection Group chief executive, Keith Liddell, said: Mr Liddell said: “All of our inns provide excellent, value-for-money accommodation in handpicked locations, home-cooked pub food served all day, every day, well-stocked bars, and a warm welcome to our customers. We are very excited about the prospect of operating a successful Inn in the historic Durham City.”

Welcoming inn cyclists

Cyclist friendly accommodation hotel Northumberland

The Inn Collection Group is inviting tourism businesses in Northumberland to a cycle tourism event to help them gear up their facilities for cyclists. 

The group's cyclist friendly Lindisfarne Inn is hosting its free ‘Welcoming Inn Cyclists’ event on Thursday May 12 to mark the completion of their cyclist-friendly project - and share best practice with other businesses to help put Northumberland on the UK cycle tourism map.

Gary Turner of The Lindisfarne Inn said: “Introducing cyclist-friendly facilities doesn’t have to be expensive but it can make a big difference to your business. By considering and providing the things cyclists need you can draw in a whole new market.”  

Located on the edge of Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and on the 120-mile Sandstone Way Berwick to Hexham cycle route and the Coast and Castles Cycle Route between Newcastle and Edinburgh, The Lindisfarne Inn has experienced an upswing in cycling tourism since putting the spotlight on this expanding sector.

The Lindisfarne Inn secured funding from The Northumberland Coast AONB Partnerships  Sustainable Development Fund to roll out the project. It has invested in safe and secure bike storage, bike stands, repair kits, pumps, bike wash down areas and distinctive signs to show passing cyclists they are welcome.

The inn has also worked with 24-hour mountain bike endurance rider Rich Rothwell to create a special Explorers menu for cyclists - and other guests getting out and about - with high energy, healthy options to eat at the inn or take away as portables to eat on the go.

Iain Robson from the AONB  Partnership said: “Getting visitors out of their cars and onto two wheels is part of our tourism strategy for the AONB so  we were delighted to contribute  to this pilot project  from our Sustainable Development Fund to help The Lindisfarne Inn put its cycling facilities vision in place.

“The Lindisfarne Inn is a fantastic example of how a little thought about the needs of this type of tourist can be met and it offers plenty of ideas that other tourism businesses can take away and use themselves to gear up their cycling offering.

“The more cyclist-friendly facilities we have in the county, the more the word will get out that Northumberland is a great cycling holiday destination – not just because of its superb scenery and cycling trails, but because businesses are welcoming and equipped for them.”

Backing The Lindisfarne Inn’s initiative is Cycle Northumberland, a not-for-profit organisation helping individuals, groups and businesses get the most out of cycling. They are launching a new Cycle Tourism Toolkit at the event, to help businesses become cycle-ready.

Director Graham Vickers said: “The Cycle Tourism Toolkit has been created to help businesses, whether they provide food, accommodation, services or are a visitor attraction become cyclist ready and friendly.

“Becoming cyclist-ready means not being caught out by their needs. The toolkit is packed full of resources to help businesses make the cyclist’s experience of Northumberland good and memorable, which will encourage repeat business and recommendations. This is an expanding segment of the visitor market and one which can really benefit Northumberland’s tourist industry.”

The Lindisfarne Inn ‘Welcome Inn Cyclists’ event takes place on Thursday May 12th at 11am followed by refreshments from the cycling Explore menu and facility showarounds between 12 and 3pm. Businesses wishing to attend should email claire.thorburn@impactpr-m.co.uk by Tuesday May 10th.

Commissioners Quay Inn recruitment begins

The award-winning Inn Collection Group is creating 35 jobs at its new purpose-built The Commissioners Quay Inn at Blyth, which opens in July ahead of the arrival of the Tall Ships Race in August.

Recruitment is now starting for the key roles of head chef, head housekeeper and assistant managers at the inn, which enjoys stunning sea views from its vantage point on the quayside. Further full and part time positions will also be created for front of house, bar, housekeeping, maintenance and kitchen staff.

The Commissioners Quay Inn, which is being built by Arch, The Northumberland Development Company, has four floors with 40 bedrooms and large bar and dining areas, is the newest addition to The Inn Collection Group. The expanding hospitality and leisure specialist is the biggest private bedroom provider in Northumberland with more than 200 bedrooms across its North East estate.

The Inn Collection Group operations director Sean Donkin said: “We’re excited to be putting the finishing touches to The Commissioners Quay Inn and are looking forward to starting the recruitment of key staff for the inn.

“The Inn Collection Group is a dynamic, fast-growing business with a positive and motivational culture for our employees. These are great opportunities for people who want to take their career in the hospitality sector to the next level to join our team.”

The Commissioners Quay Inn takes the group’s tally of Northumberland sites to four. These include North East Tourism Pub of the Year, The Bamburgh Castle Inn in Seahouses, The Lindisfarne Inn at Beal and The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick.

The Seaton Lane Inn near Sunderland, The King’s Head Inn at Newton under Roseberry and the newly acquired The Kingslodge Inn in Durham – the group’s first city-centre site – complete its portfolio.

The Inn Collection Group was a finalist in the Best Accommodation Operator category in this year’s Publican Awards – the industry’s equivalent to the Oscars – and was also named as Best Leisure Business in The Northumberland Business Awards in 2015.

In keeping with The Inn Collection Group model, The Commissioners Quay Inn will be open 365 days a year providing value-for-money accommodation, quality drinks including local real ales and serve homemade pub food from breakfast until 9pm.

The Inn Collection Group chief executive, Keith Liddell, said: “The Commissioners Quay Inn will be the perfect place to watch the Tall Ships when they arrive in Blyth. The event is set to bring thousands of people into the town and, along with our new team of staff, we’re looking forward to welcoming both tourists and locals through our doors.

“Our new inn is in a fantastic position at the heart of the redevelopment of the quayside area. We’re excited to be opening in such a great location and to boosting Blyth’s economy with the creation of 35 full-time employment positions.

“The Commissioners Quay Inn will be a great addition to our portfolio and fill the current gap in the market that exists for accommodation in Blyth. Beyond the Tall Ships, the inn will provide much needed accommodation for visiting businesses to the likes of the Port of Blyth and Catapult.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New General Manager Appointed For The Kingslodge Inn

New General Manager Appointed For The Kingslodge Inn
A General Manager has been appointed for Durham’s newest pub, The Kingslodge Inn by The Inn Collection group.
 
Leanne Jeffrey, from Whitley Bay, has over 20 years’ experience in the industry both in the north east and abroad. She has been Deputy Manager at The Inn Collection Group’s Hog’s Head Inn, Alnwick, for the past year and is looking forward to taking on an exciting new challenge in Durham.
 
Leanne Jeffrey, said:  “I am really looking forward to making The Kingslodge Inn a welcoming place. The concept, like the other Inn Collection Group Inns, is a pub with rooms. It has been transformed into a traditional pub with excellent en-suite accommodation, serving fine beers along with superb home-cooked food in a location convenient to both local people and visitors alike.
 
“The new Kingslodge Inn will offer facilities for everyone. We want to establish The Kingslodge Inn as an important part of the offer to tourists in Durham City but equally we are looking forward to welcoming Durham residents as regulars as well as cyclists and walkers. Even dogs will be very welcome both in the bar and in the accommodation.”
 
Leanne will head a team of approx. 35 people including the existing employees of the establishment and a further 25 recently recruited for new hospitality and catering roles in the city.
 
A major refurbishment of The Kingslodge Inn has been underway since the award-winning and fast growing hospitality specialist bought the property last month. The refurbishment will create an additional two rooms, bringing the total number to 23. The former separate restaurant area will also become an integral part of the new Kingslodge Inn as the company expands its portfolio of inns across North East England.
 
Keith Liddell, Chief Executive Officer, The Inn Collection Group, said: “We are very excited about the prospect of operating a successful Inn in the historic Durham City. It is the first city location for The Inn Collection Group. All of our inns provide excellent, value-for-money accommodation in handpicked-locations, home-cooked pub food served all day, every day, well-stocked bars, and a warm welcome to our customers.
 
“Leanne Jeffrey has been a great Deputy Manager at our very busy pub in Alnwick and we have no doubt that with her wealth of experience, she and her new team will create a great quality pub in keeping with the high standards that our eat, drink, sleep and explore concept demands.”
 
The Kingslodge Inn joins the Inn Collection Group family of north east pubs with rooms earlier this year. The fast-growing hospitality specialist also own The Lindisfarne Inn near Holy Island, The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses and The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick, The Seaton Lane Inn near Seaham as well as The King’s Head Inn at Newton under Roseberry in North Yorkshire.
 
The Inn Collection Group was shortlisted in the prestigious national Publican Awards earlier this year with the group reaching the finals in the Best Accommodation Provider category at the awards ceremony - the pub industry’s equivalent of the Oscars.
 
The fast growing hospitality specialist was named best leisure business in the Northumberland Business Awards in 2015. Taking top honours in the sought after leisure category, the Inn Collection Group was recognised by judges for its innovation, proven track record, value for money and standards of service across the hospitality sector. In the North East Tourism Awards The Bamburgh Castle Inn was named the Tourism Pub of the Year and The Hog’s Head Inn in Alnwick, won silver in the Access for All category.
 
The Kingslodge Inn will re-open, with a special invitation to those in the local vicinity, on Friday 15 April. An introductory menu will be served from Monday 18 April.
 
The Inn Collection Group thanks all The Kingslodge Inn patrons and customers for their patience while the refurbishment has been underway.
 
For booking enquiries call 0191 370 9977 or email: enquiries@kingslodgeinn.co.uk

 

The Inn Collection Group represents Northumberland at The Publican Awards

Award winning Inn Collection Group accommodation North East England

The Inn Collection Group represented Northumberland in The Publican Awards – the hospitality industry’s equivalent of the Oscars – where it was shortlisted in the Best Accommodation Operator category.

The group, which is the biggest private supplier of accommodation in Northumberland where it has three inns with a fourth opening later this year, plus sites in Durham and North Yorkshire, were named national finalists at a glittering ceremony hosted by comedian Michael McIntyre at London’s Battersea Evolution on Tuesday (March 15).

The Inn Collection Group chief executive, Keith Liddell, said: “It is a major achievement to have reached the finals of such a prestigious national award against the highest calibre of bog-name operators the length and breadth of the country.

“They really are our industry’s Oscars, and I want to congratulate all of our staff for their hard work and efforts that put The Inn Collection Group on the national shortlist.”

The Inn Collection Group has over 200 rooms across its portfolio: The Bamburgh Castle Inn, The Lindisfarne Inn and The Hog’s Head Inn in Northumberland; The Seaton Lane Inn in County Durham; The King’s Lodge Inn in Durham City Centre and The King’s Head Inn in North Yorkshire. The purpose-built £4.5m Commissioner’s Quay in Blyth opens later this ahead of the Tall Ships arriving in the Northumberland town.

After being shortlisted for the quality of its entry, the group’s inns were visited – both openly and undercover – by the awards panel who inspected and assessed sites and staff. A team from The Inn Collection Group also travelled to London last month for a Dragons’ Den-style grilling from judges before the final decision was reached.

Mr Liddell said: “It certainly has been a rigorous judging process and it is tremendous that our group has performed so exceptionally. It is gratifying that we came through the various assessments with flying colours and were able to show the judges why our inns provide a first-rate accommodation offer for guests in the North East and Yorkshire.

“Our inns provide the complete accommodation package – comfortable, quality, value for money accommodation and an all day, every day food offer in some of the very best locations in the region, from the harbour’s edge in Seahouses, Northumberland to city centre locations as The King’s Lodge Inn in Durham.

“We pride ourselves on giving a warm welcome to everyone who steps inside, thanks to excellent customer service through ongoing investment in staff training and development and maintaining the high-quality standards of our estate environments. We’re pleased the judges have recognised our model by putting us through to the finals.”

Now in their 25th year, The Publican Awards attracted a massive number of entries for the 2015/16 competition.  

The 2015/16 awards season has been highly successful for the Inn Collection Group. The Bamburgh Castle Inn in Seahouses was named Tourism Pub of the Year in the North East England Tourism Awards and The Hog’s Head Inn in Alnwick took silver in the Access for All category. The Inn Collection Group also claimed the Leisure Award at the Northumberland Business Awards.

Inn Collection Group to Create 25 New Jobs in Durham City

Inn Collection Group to Create 25 New Jobs in Durham City

A fast-growing hospitality specialist is creating 25 new jobs in Durham City.

The new jobs will be at the new Kingslodge Inn following the major refurbishment of the property in Durham City by after The Inn Collection Group. This will bring the total number of employees to 180.

All existing hotel employees have transferred to the new business but additional catering and hospitality staff will be required for other areas of the business. The refurbishment of the ground floor will not only create two additional bedrooms but also expand the business with the current separate restaurant area becoming an integral part of the new Kingslodge Inn.

There will be full-time and part-time opportunities for front of house, bar staff as well as full kitchen team.

Anyone interested in the new employment opportunities should contact send their CV to: info@inncollectiongroup.com

Closing date for applications is 28th March.

Interviews will be held on 29th, 30th and 31st March.

Successful applicants will then begin employment on April 11th.

Sean Donkin from The Inn Collection Group, said:  “We are very pleased to be opening our first city Inn. We have safeguarded the jobs of those staff employed in former hotel, however our plans to develop the site mean we need to recruit more talented hospitality people for both the kitchen and front of house areas, and would ask anyone interested in working for The Inn Collection Group at the new Kingslodge Inn, to contact us as soon as possible”.

The Kingslodge Inn is now part of the Inn Collection Group family of north east pubs with rooms. The fast-growing hospitality specialist also own The Lindisfarne Inn near Holy Island, The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses and The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick, The Seaton Lane Inn near Seaham as well as The King’s Head Inn at Newton under Roseberry in North Yorkshire; as well as the soon to open Commissioners Quay Inn in Blyth.

The Inn Collection Group is currently shortlisted in the prestigious national Publican Awards. The group has reached the finals in the Best Accommodation Provider category at the awards ceremony - the pub industry’s equivalent of the Oscars.

The fast growing hospitality specialist was named Best Leisure Business in the Northumberland Business Awards in 2015. Taking top honours in the sought after leisure category, The Inn Collection Group was recognised by judges for its innovation, proven track record, value for money and standards of service across the hospitality sector. In the North East Tourism Awards, The Bamburgh Castle Inn was named the Tourism Pub of the Year and The Hog’s Head Inn in Alnwick, won silver in the Access for All category.

The Inn Collection Group Acquires Seventh Property

The Inn Collection Group Acquires Seventh Property

North East hospitality and leisure specialist adds The Kingslodge Hotel in Durham City to portfolio

North East hospitality and leisure specialist The Inn Collection Group (ICG) has added its first city property to its expanding portfolio of inns.

The purchase of The Kingslodge Hotel in Durham City, brings the number of Inns operated by the group to seven. 

A major refurbishment of The Kingslodge Hotel in Durham City is now underway, which will create two additional rooms, bringing the total number to 23. The current separate restaurant area will also become an integral part of the new The King’s Lodge Inn as the company expands its portfolio of inns across North East England.

All existing hotel employees will transfer to the new business and additional staff will need to be recruited for other areas of the business.

ICG chief executive officer Keith Liddell, said: “The acquisition of The Kingslodge Hotel is the latest step in our buy and develop expansion plan. It is the perfect addition to our group and has a great location that’s popular with tourists and locals alike. Its location in the historic city as well as close proximity to Sunderland and Newcastle means the unit is a popular choice for corporate customers too.”

“Mixing a local, tourism and corporate offer is a key part of our strategy at our existing inns, which like The King’s Lodge Inn, share great locations and provide a homely pub atmosphere, good value bed and breakfast accommodation and serve food all-day, every day.”

The King’s Lodge Inn will be transformed into a cosy and welcoming traditional pub with excellent en-suite accommodation, serving fine beers and local real ales alongside superb home-cooked food in a location convenient to both local people and visitors alike.

In addition to its location, close to the heart of historic Durham City, The King’s Lodge Inn is situated near to the mainline train station and less than a mile from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral and Castle - one of the most recognisable landmarks in the country.  

The King’s Lodge Inn joins The Inn Collection Group family of north east pubs with rooms. The fast-growing hospitality specialist also owns The Lindisfarne Inn near Holy Island, The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses and The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick, The Seaton Lane Inn near Seaham as well as The King’s Head Inn at Newton under Roseberry in North Yorkshire; and the soon to open Commissioners Quay Inn in Blyth. 

The Inn Collection Group is currently shortlisted in the prestigious national Publican Awards. The group has reached the finals in the Best Accommodation Operator category at the awards ceremony - the pub industry’s equivalent of the Oscars. 

The fast growing hospitality specialist was named best leisure business in the Northumberland Business Awards in 2015. Taking top honours in the sought after leisure category, the Inn Collection Group was recognised by judges for its innovation, proven track record, value for money and standards of service across the hospitality sector. In the North East Tourism Awards The Bamburgh Castle Inn was named the Tourism Pub of the Year and The Hog’s Head Inn in Alnwick, won silver in the Access for All category.

Inn Collection Group chief executive, Keith Liddell, said: “All of our inns provide excellent, value-for-money accommodation in handpicked locations, home-cooked pub food served all day, every day, well-stocked bars, and a warm welcome to our customers. We are very excited about the prospect of operating a successful Inn in the historic Durham City as it joins The Inn Collection Group portfolio and it’s eat, drink, sleep and explore model.”

This will take the total number of bedrooms offered by The Inn Collection Group across its seven Inns to over 200.

Coast, Castle and Countryside trail launched

English Tourism Week Inn Collection Group Trail

The Inn Collection Group are marking English Tourism Week (March 5 – 13) with a new trail along the north east coast to make it easier for visitors to experience the wealth of coastal attractions in the region.

The ‘Coast, Castles and Countryside’ trail has been introduced by The Inn Collection Group with visitors choosing to stay at The Kings Head Inn in North Yorkshire, The Seaton Lane Inn in Durham and The Lindisfarne Inn in Northumberland in any order.

Staying at the three Inns means a visitor is never more than a half-an-hour from the coast or a castle, whilst being close to the countryside.

Roseberry Topping, North Yorkshire Moors, North Yorkshire & Cleveland Heritage Coast, Durham Heritage Coast, UNESCO WHS Durham Cathedral & Castle, Chillingham Castle, Bamburgh Castle, Dunstanburgh Castle, Alnwick Castle, Northumberland National Park and Holy Island are all within easy reach of the three Inns.

A three-night stay with dinner, bed and breakfast for two people before 20th March is just £240. Book during English Tourism Week and receive a further 10% discount.

Keith Liddell, CEO of The Inn Collection Group said: “We are very lucky to have Inns located in amazing positions along the north east coastline and that are all within easy reach of some of the region’s best and most-loved attractions.

“We are the very proud owners of the North East Tourism Pub of the Year – The Bamburgh Castle Inn and what better week than English Tourism Week to launch this new trail that showcases not only the quality of The Inn Collection Group's food, drink and group accommodation offer but also the amazing locations where you can find our Inns.”

The Kings Head Inn is located in the picture-postcard village of Newton under Roseberry and sits beneath iconic Roseberry Topping – Cleveland’s ‘Matterhorn of the North’. This charming inn with 12 en-suite bedrooms is wrapped around by the North York Moors National Park, the Cleveland Way and is close to Yorkshire’s seaside gems of Staithes, Whitby and Scarborough, The King’s Head Inn is just a short drive from Middlesbrough and the Tees Valley, too.

The Lindisfarne Inn located close to Holy Island and just south of Berwick-upon-Tweed, is perfect for visiting Northumberland and for forays into the Scottish Borders. Right on the new Sandstone Way and Coast & Castle cycle routes and with the famous walking trails of St. Oswald’s Way and St. Cuthbert’s Way passing nearby, The Lindisfarne Inn with 21 en-suite bedrooms is just the  place to eat, drink and stay for walkers, cyclists and bird watchers who flock to the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Seaton Lane Inn is located just minutes away from Durham’s dramatic heritage coastline and within easy reach of Sunderland, Newcastle and Durham city centres. Nestled in the peaceful village of Seaton, just off the A19, The Seaton Lane Inn is a traditional country pub with rooms where you can tuck into quality local food served all day, every day and sleep soundly in one of the 18 en-suite bedrooms

Running from 5 – 13 March 2016 English Tourism Week is an annual week-long celebration of events showcasing the quality and vibrancy of our visitor experiences and the value our industry brings to our nation. 

Commissioners Quay Inn Topping Out Ceremony

Commissioners Quay Inn Blyth Hotel Accommodation Northumberland

The Inn Collection Group and Northumberland County Council’s dedicated development company Arch have celebrated the completion of structural building work at The Commissioners Quay Inn with a topping out ceremony at the site in Blyth.

The ceremony celebrated the completion of the highest point of the new Inn with 40 bedrooms on the site along Blyth’s Quay Road. The Commissioners Quay Inn will be developed by Arch Developments, and operated by hospitality and leisure specialists, The Inn Collection Group (ICG) which has an expanding portfolio of inns with rooms across the North East and North Yorkshire.

The four-storey building, which is part-funded by the North East LEP’s North East Investment Fund (NEIF), has a stunning waterfront location and will be open for business ahead of the arrival of the Tall Ships in the summer, creating 40 new jobs for the town.

The Commissioners Quay Inn has been designed with 40 bedrooms across three floors, while a bar and eatery area on the ground floor will provide covers for up to 265 diners inside with a further 100 covers outside and offer informal meeting spaces. The Inn will operate on the ICG model of providing value-for-money accommodation, quality beverages including local real ales, and homemade pub fare served all day, 365 days a year.

Cllr Grant Davey, Leader of Northumberland County Council said: “The Commissioners Quay Inn is scheduled to open in the summer and we anticipate the inn will be a hugely popular place for people to stay when the Tall Ships arrive. It will be perfectly positioned for viewing the world-class spectacle and guests can expect to enjoy some fantastic views of the Northumberland coastline too.

There is a real shortage of accommodation of this nature in Blyth and The Commissioners Quay Inn will fulfil this current gap in the market offering much-need accommodation to visitors so they extend their stay in the town, fuelling more trade for local businesses. In both the short and long term, the new development will give a boost to Blyth’s economy, both from the building jobs created during construction and the 40 permanent, full time positions the inn will generate”.

Cllr Dave Ledger, Arch Chair and Deputy Leader of Northumberland County Council said: “We are excited to be working with a leisure operator of the ICG’s calibre to provide Blyth with much-needed new accommodation provision in a prime regeneration location. The development of The Commissioners Quay Inn is in keeping with Northumberland County Councils investment programme in Blyth to boost the area’s economic and tourism capacity. As well as creating jobs, visitors bring vital added spend into the local economy, so this announcement is good news all around”.

ICG chief executive Keith Liddell said: “As we move closer towards completion of The Commissioners Quay Inn, we are delighted to have reached this significant milestone in the project build. Our focus will now move to the building’s interior and creating an outstanding environment for people to eat, drink and stay in.”

The vision for the whole Commissioners Quay scheme is an integrated, mixed-use place that is a destination for living, working and visiting. 

Makeover for award-winning Bamburgh Castle Inn

Award winning Bamburgh Castle Inn gets makeover hotel accommodation Northumberland

The award-winning Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses has completed a major refurbishment paving the way for even better visitor facilities at the seaside inn and meet growing demand for more bedrooms.

Renowned for its fantastic panoramic views over the busy harbour at Seahouses, out to the Farne Islands and along the coast to its namesake Bamburgh Castle, The Bamburgh Castle Inn has added four new en-suite bedrooms that enjoy this amazing view. The inn’s dining areas, which are popular with both visitors and locals, have also been given a complete new look for 2016.

The Inn, which is the current gold-award winning North East Tourism Pub of the Year, now has a total of 33 rooms over three floors offering single, double, twin, family and fully accessible accommodation on this beautiful part of the Northumberland coast.

The Bamburgh Castle Inn general manager, Nicola Austin, said: “We have what has to be one of the best views on the whole of the North East coast. We consistently achieve 100% occupancy and this, coupled with a high demand for our premium sea view rooms, led about the decision to transform less-used space into four stunning new en-suite bedrooms.”

The Bamburgh Castle Inn serves food to residents and visitors from breakfast time through to 9pm at night and features home-cooked meals based on local and seasonal ingredients, with daily specials. The Sunday carvery, with a choice of meats, vegetables and towering Yorkshire puddings, is also hugely popular.

As part of the major investment by the parent company, hospitality and leisure operators The Inn Collection Group, the dining areas – many of which enjoy the same sea knock-out views as the inn’s new bedrooms – have been refurbished to provide an even more comfortable and enjoyable experience, whether you are popping in for morning coffee, lunch or a celebratory meal.

Nicola said: “After winning the North East Tourism Pub of the Year award, we’re not resting on our laurels and we’re determined to keep improving to offer the very best to our customers.

“Whether you’re a regular guest, a new visitor or live locally, we look forward to welcoming you to enjoy the new-look Bamburgh Castle Inn.”

Hog’s Head Inn chefs rise to challenge to be crowned Yorkshire Pudding king

Sunday Carvery Alnwick Hogs Head Inn Yorkshire Pudding Day

The Hog’s Head Inn is renowned for the size and quality of its Sunday carvery and towering Yorkshire Puddings. And the inn's chefs are going all out to top their usual creations with a competition to mark this year’s British Yorkshire Pudding Day.

The essential addition to the traditional Sunday roast only got its own designated day in 2008 but this year on Sunday February 7, The Hog’s Head Inn will be celebrating the occasion in style – and diners at the inn’s popular carvery will be able to tuck into the results.

The inn’s brigade of chefs will be battling it out to cook up the biggest Yorkie and they’re planning to take the challenge very seriously.

Head chef Chris Taylor said: “We’ll be measuring our Yorkshire Puddings so there can be absolutely no doubt about who has risen to the occasion and baked the biggest one on the day.

“Being able to cook a golden, crisp Yorkshire Pudding is a skill that should be in every chef’s repertoire and although size isn’t everything, it is a key component of the best Yorkshire Puds.”

Yorkshire Puddings were originally made in big tins and were served before the main meal, in an effort to fill up hungry families and reduce the amount of meat that was needed. Today, the tall individual portions served up with a roast dinner are the norm.

But just like the method of presenting them, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to creating the perfect Yorkshire Pudding. Individual chefs have their own recipes – often closely guarded – that they have tried and tested over the years and members of the Hog’s Head Inn team are no exception.

General manager, Gary Turner, said: “As you can imagine, chefs can be very competitive and there is already a lot of buzz in the kitchens over who is going to make the biggest Yorkshire Pudding.

“Our Yorkies are well known locally as an integral part of our fantastic Sunday carvery that’s served every week and all our chefs are aiming to be crowned as Yorkshire Pudding king of The Hog’s Head Inn.

“British Yorkshire Pudding Day is a great way to celebrate what is such as an important part of our food heritage and we’re looking forward to seeing just how big our chefs’ Yorkies will be on the day.”

Diners will be able to enjoy some of the extra special Yorkshires with their carvery meals this Sunday and pictures of the chefs’ creations will be shared on The Hog's Head Inn's Facebook page and Twitter feed

 The Hog’s Head Inn’s head chef Chris Taylor shares his top tips to make sure your Yorkshire Puddings rise to the occasion…

  1.  Use equal amounts of whisked egg, plain flour and milk. Chris suggests using a coffee cup of each, which will make around 10 small puddings.
  2. Whisk the eggs before adding to a bowl
  3. Whisk the milk with a hand whisk or an electric whisk. Whisking the eggs and milk separately puts added air into ingredients.
  4. Mix the eggs and milk together.
  5. Sift the flour, adding it in parts.
  6. Using vegetable oil heat before pouring in the batter.
  7. Bake at 200 degrees for 20 minutes – the cooking time will vary depending on the size of your puddings. 

The Kings Head Inn welcomes the Tour de Yorkshire

With less than 100 days to go the Kings Head Inn, located just one mile off the route and less than 5 miles from the official start to Stage 3 is getting ready to welcome the Tour de Yorkshire, as the county prepares for the return of one of the most spectacular and well received events in the British sporting calendar.

Race goers will also be able to enjoy home-cooked food from breakfast right through to 9.30pm every day; and with 12 delightful en-suite bedrooms in the adjoining 17th century cottages, cyclists and spectators will also be able to sleep soundly in one of The King’s Head Inn’s bedrooms, created from adjoining 17th century cottages, combining country comfort with modern facilities to create the perfect blend of old and new. Book online now or by telephone.

With new routes and new challenges, huge crowds will be entertained by Race Ambassadors and a Tour de Yorkshire Caravan which will visit key points on the route before the race starts. The route will take the 18 teams of eight riders to all four corners of Yorkshire, linking together the county’s sporting, historic, industrial and literary greats.

Day 1 - Friday April 29, Beverley to Settle (185-km)

Stage One begins in Beverley, home to one of England’s finest Minsters, before the peloton races to Tadcaster and on to Knaresborough which was the scene of some of the biggest crowds for the Tour de France in 2014. Taking in some of the Grand Depart 2014 route, a series of climbs takes the riders past Brimham Rocks before a finish in Settle.

Day 2 - Saturday April 30, Otley to Doncaster (135.5-km)

On Stage Two, men and women will face exactly the same stage which starts in Otley, home of the current women’s road World Champion Lizzie Armitstead. From Otley riders travel south, on roads not raced on in the Tour de France or Tour de Yorkshire, towards Conisbrough Castle and on to Doncaster.

Day 3 - Sunday May 1, Middlesbrough to Scarborough (198-km)

Stage Three will start in Captain James Cook’s home town of Middlesbrough, then through Great Ayton (just one mile from The Kings Head Inn) then into Herriot Country before tackling the infamous Sutton Bank, the first of six King of the Mountain points in just one stage. Riders then head over the North York Moors and down towards Scarborough for what promises to be a thrilling finale and a race to the very end.

For full details of the Tour de Yorkshire route click here

Walkers, cyclists and pets are welcome at The Kings Head Inn at all times. To book, call 01642 722 318 or email: info@kingsheadinn.co.uk