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Rock on at The Hog's Head Inn

October 2017

Eagle eyed people out and about the North East should look out for a beautifully painted rock featuring The Hog's Head Inn. 

The rock, painted by talented artist Ashleigh Louise Legg of Fingerprint Art, is one of seven, each depicting The Hog's Head Inn and its six sister inns: The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses, The Lindisfarne Inn near Holy Island, The Commissioners Quay Inn at Blyth, The Kingslodge Inn at Durham, The Seaton Lane Inn at Seaton and The King’s Head Inn at Newton under Roseberry. 

Each painted rock has a message asking the rock to be returned to the inn where they can claim a prize. People can share the rocks they find on social media before they are hidden again for people to discover.

Operations director Sean Donkin said: “We’ve been inspired by the rock painting craze of Tyneside Rocks, Durham Rocks and Northumberland Rocks that is sweeping the region, which sees people painting rocks and hiding them for others to find.

“We thought it was a lovely idea and a great way to get people out and about enjoying the coast and countryside around our inns and away from mobile phones or computer screens but there is still the connection to social media which children – and adults enjoy.

“Ashleigh, a talented local artist, has painted our inns – which are all distinctive in landmark locations like The Hog's Head Inn close to Alnwick Castle and Garden. 

“We hope people have a lovely time searching for our rocks. And if you’re not lucky enough to find one yourself, why not try your hand at painting one of our inns for other people to discover, too?”

The Hogs Head Inn at Alnwick supports the RNLI Fish Supper campaign

The Hog's Head Inn goes hook, line and sinker to support RNLI Fish Supper campaign

October 2017

The Hog's Head Inn is going hook, line and sinker to support the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s Fish Supper fundraising campaign.

Promising ‘trout of this world’ fish dishes on Friday nights throughout October, The Hog's Head Inn is giving a £1 donation (50p children’s meals) from every RNLI Fish special to the charity which saves lives at sea.

The Hog's Head Inn general manager Gary Turner said: “What better way can there be to support a fantastic charity like the RNLI than enjoying one of our local beer-battered fish and homemade chip meals in the knowledge  that by doing so you are helping a very worthy cause? We are just a few miles from the coast and seaside resorts like Alnmouth, Seahouses and Craster so supporting a charity that will drop everything to come to the rescue of those in difficulty at sea is very worthwhile. 

“We’re proud to support the RNLI and their volunteer crews so that they can continue to save even more lives at sea.”

The nationwide RNLI Fish Supper event honours lifeboat crew members who miss meal times and special occasions with loved ones to save lives at sea. 

The money raised from The Hog's Head Inn fish suppers will be used to buy equipment and pay for training for RNLI volunteers.

The RNLI’s fish-themed annual fundraiser aims to raise awareness of crew who drop everything ­– even weddings, birthdays and births – to venture into often dangerous waters to rescue people who have found themselves in difficulty.

Last year, RNLI lifeboat crews across the UK and Ireland rescued 8,643 people and saved 431 lives. It costs over £485,000 per day to run the RNLI, and the charity relies on donations from the public to continue its lifesaving service.

The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,200 lives.

Robin Palmer, RNLI volunteer crew member said: “As a volunteer crew member, my pager can beep at any time. Whether I’m at work, asleep in bed or about to tuck into my dinner – I’ll stop what I’m doing and go straight to the lifeboat station, ready to save lives.

“Events such as Fish Fridays hosted by The Hog's Head Inn are a great way for people to get together, enjoy a fantastic meal and raise vital funds for our lifesaving charity.”

The Hog's Head Inn's sister inns are also taking part in the campaign.

In Northumberland, participating RNLI Fish Supper The Inn Collection Group pubs are The Lindisfarne Inn at Beal, The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses and The Commissioners Quay Inn at Blyth.

In Durham The Kingslodge Inn in Flass Vale, Durham City Centre is involved while also offering up RNLI Fish Supper feasts are The Seaton Lane Inn at Seaton, County Durham and The King’s Head Inn at Newton under Roseberry, Great Ayton.

For more information about the RNLI’s Fish Supper campaign visit RNLI.org/FishSupper

Win an Inn Club stay at The Hog's Head Inn

August 2017

Enthusiasts of The Hog's Head Inn are in with a chance of winning a fantastic stay at our popular Alnwick inn with the launch of The Inn Collection Group’s Inn Club.

 Inn Club members get access to exclusive special offers at The Hog's Head Inn and our sister Inn Collection Group pub deals, travel ideas and insider location secrets as well as being entered into a draw to win a three-night dinner, bed & breakfast stay for two at the inn of their choice.

The Inn Collection Group’s Sean Donkin said: “Whether you’re travelling for pleasure or for work, being a part of our new Inn Club brings you cracking new special offers and deals as well as insider insights from travel gurus with their ear to the ground about what's happenning around our award-winning inns. 

“If you’re a fan of gems like Durham, the Northumberland coast, Roseberry Topping and unique attractions like Alnwick Castle and Garden then all it takes are two ticks of your time to make a couple of clicks to be part of the inn crowd – and also to be in with a chance of winning a fantastic stay at The Hog's Head Inn – or one of our sister award winning inns." 

Join the Inn Club and be in with a chance of winning a stay at The Hog's Head Inn by clicking here

Christmas party nights Alnwick Northumberland Hogs Head Inn

Make Sure You’re the Early Robin that Catches the Worm - Book now for Christmas

July 2017

It might be the peak of British summertime and sun cream, shorts and sandals still uppermost in people’s minds.

But here at The Hog’s Head Inn the festive season is already upon us as our thoughts turn to Santa hats, party nights and turkey dinners.

If it seems a tad early to be talking about Christmas, think again.

Before you know it, December will have arrived, and if you haven’t got ahead of the game you could easily find yourself left out in the cold with nowhere to go for your office party, family get together or New Year’s Eve bash.

With the fantastic line-up of festive events on offer this year at The Hog’s Head Inn, however, you’ll want to make sure you’re the early Robin that catches the worm.

General Manager Gary Turner says: “It may still be summer, but now is the ideal time to be thinking about the festive season to avoid the disappointment of losing out on the party or event you were dreaming of.

“We put a lot of thought into our festive packages and are known for our cracking Christmas line ups with added sparkle you, your friends, family and work colleagues deserve at what is a special time of year.

“Putting off booking could mean you sadly miss out on the cracking Christmas you are looking forward to and instead end up being a Scrooge when everyone around you is getting into the festive spirit. We have discounted room rates - subject to availability and choice - when booking one of our festive events, so get in quick while there still is room at the Inn! Just give us a call for our best rates. 

“We know our fantastic festive packages and party nights are going to be popular, so don’t delay and pop by, give us a call, or drop us an email to christmas@inncollectiongroup.com. to see what we can do for you and ensure you Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas rather than a Silent Night.

“After all…it tis the season to be jolly!”

Highlights include:

1-24 December: Cracking Christmas Fayre Menu. Feast on two festive courses for £9.95 per person or three courses for £59.95 each. Perfect for celebrating with friends, families and work colleagues. Must be booked in advance and is available every day excluding Sundays and Christmas Party Nights.

1-15 December: Christmas Party Nights, 7pm-midnight, £25 per person. Get inn the festive spirit with a delicious meal, superb selection of drinks, an allocated table for the evening, and fabulous live entertainment on the following dates.

Friday 1 December: The Happy Cats – a drop of the Irish, a spoonful of salsa, a twist of Tamla, all shaken up with 30 years of rock ‘n roll experience and good humour.

Saturday 8 December: Flux Capacitor – 80s dance classics.

Friday 15 December: The Pretty Weeds – a female fronted four-piece band playing a fantastic mix of soul, pop, rock and Motown.

2, 9 and 16 December: Breakfast with Santa, 10am-12pm. Enjoy breakfast with some very special guests from the North Pole. Each child will receive a gift from Santa and one of his Elves – as long as they have been well behaved, of course! Adults £10; Children, £5.

25 December: Christmas Day Lunch, 12pm-2pm. Relax in style on the big day and let The Hog’s Head Inn take the strain. A delicious three course Christmas meal awaits at £34.95 per person (under 12s £15.95).

31 December: New Year’s Eve, 7pm-1am. Welcome in 2018 at The Hog’s Head Inn with mouth-watering food, a superb selection of drinks, and live entertainment from Soul Addiction, the North East’s newest soul and party band.