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Green light given for new sister inn at Amble

November 2017

Owners of The Hog's Head Inn, The Inn Collection Group, have been confirmed as operators of a multi-million pound Northumberland pub with rooms development, set to open in October 2018.

Arch, developers of the site in the marina town of Amble, selected The Inn Collection Group as operators ahead of national competition.

The seven-site company will now add the Northumberland development to its acquisition portfolio of pubs with rooms, which includes new build schemes The Commissioners Quay Inn at Blyth and The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick.

The addition of the 30-bedroom Amble development to the group’s estate takes their total bedroom number to 232, making the Kings Park Capital backed operator one of the north east’s largest independent accommodation providers.

Construction of the inn started last month, generating an anticipated 60 jobs during the build element, with a further 35 positions created once the inn opens.

Keith Liddell, chief executive of The Inn Collection Group, said: “We are delighted that The Inn Collection Group has been selected to operate this exciting new leisure development in Amble. Our brand is synonymous with delivering a value-for-money, quality service and attention to detail, principles we look forward to applying in Amble.

“Our eat, drink, sleep and explore model will be a tremendous addition to Amble and the surrounding area’s leisure and business markets and we are looking forward to revealing further details about the inn in due course.

“The Amble development will be an excellent asset to our portfolio and cements our positioning as a leader in the leisure operator sector. With growing investment and regeneration in Amble there is a shortage of accommodation of this nature in Amble. The new development will undoubtedly fill this current gap in the market, offering much-need accommodation in the town to visitors so they can extend their stay locally, fuelling more trade for local businesses.

“In both the short and long term, the new development will give a boost to Amble’s economy, both from the jobs created during construction and the 35 permanent, full time positions the inn will generate.”

Located on Amble’s Coquet Enterprise Park Quay Road, an area earmarked for redevelopment, the two-storey building has been designed to provide an attractive venue for daytime and evening trade. The development will compliment recent investment in the marina town’s harbour regeneration.

Richard Wearmouth Chair of Arch said: "This development will bring quality, new accommodation which would undoubtedly mean more visitors and therefore more business for Amble. The inn will not only enhance Coquet Enterprise Park as part of our long-term plans for the area but it will bring much needed jobs to Amble. It’s developments like this which increase the potential for attracting inward investment to benefit Northumberland as a whole.”

Colin Bell, Business Growth Director at the North East LEP, said: “This is a significant investment in Amble and the surrounding area. The inn will contribute to the town’s leisure and commercial capability by increasing the area’s accommodation offer and helping to attract valuable additional overnight visitors.”

The development has been designed with a mix of 30 double, twin, accessible and family bedrooms across two floors. A ground floor bar and eatery area will provide covers for up to 150 diners inside with a further 100 covers outside and offer informal meeting spaces. There will be on site parking and cycle spaces.

The Amble scheme will operate on The Inn Collection Group’s model of providing value-for-money accommodation, quality beverages – with a focus on provenance and local real ales, and home made pub fare served all day, 365 days a year.

Construction of the development is being delivered by Tolent Living Ltd. 

Winter breaks deals and offers in Alnwick Northumberland best places to stay for a bargain break in north east England

Comeback for winter breaks at The Hog's Head Inn

November 2017

The Hog’s Head Inn’s famous winter breaks have made a popular return. 

 

Until March 20 the inn’s winter break rates of dinner, bed and breakfast starting from just £49.95 per person, per night apply. 

Gary Turner, general manager at The Hog’s Head Inn, said: “Winter is such a lovely time to visit Alnwick and surrounding north Northumberland. And our winter break rates give you the perfect excuse to come and find out for yourself just how wonderful Alnwick is at this special time of year.

“World class attractions like Alnwick Garden and nearby Bamburgh Castle are open all year round. You can enjoy browsing the streets and shops of Alnwick without the crowds and have the beaches to yourself.

“And what could be better than coming back in from a bracing walk along the beach or hills then to enjoy delicious, warming and homely food from our new winter menu, washed down by a glass of red wine or local real ale? 

“If you are looking for the perfect gift or Christmas present to give, why not give a winter break voucher as a lovely gift idea? 

Gary added: “A word of caution – we do get very busy so early booking is always advisable, especially during school holidays and weekends. 

“We’re looking forward to giving you a warm welcome at The Hog’s Head Inn this winter.”

Find out more about our winter breaks here.

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