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Celebrated head chef Kelvin joins The Hog's Head Inn award winning team

June 2017

We’re delighted to announce acclaimed chef Kelvin Gallaugher has joined our award-winning team here at The Hog’s Head Inn.  

Kelvin, whose name is synonymous with outstanding food, has a smorgasbord of gastronomic credentials including The Treehouse in Alnwick, The Mizen Head and Victoria Hotel in Bamburgh and high-end hotel and wedding venue, Newton Hall.

Kelvin cut his culinary teeth at the Collingwood Arms, where he realised he wanted to carve out a career in the kitchen. Encouraged by the head chef, who spotted Kelvin’s talent, he moved to London to hone his cheffing skills, working in top London restaurants including the hip Atlantic Bar & Grill, frequented by the likes of Madonna, Jack Nicholson, Robert de Niro and Kate Moss.

He has rubbed shoulders in the kitchen with some of the leading stars in British cookery today including Jason Atherton, Mark Sargeant and award-winning baker, Dan Lepard.

But after five years of London living, a trip home to his native Northumberland persuaded Kelvin to swap the cement and glass of city life for the beaches and castles of England’s most northerly county.

Father-of-two Kelvin is excited to be taking the helm of The Hog’s Head Inn kitchen.

He said: “'It's been a while since I've worked in a pub type operation and certainly never in a pub of the size of The Hog's Head Inn, but I'm relishing the challenge and look forward to the chance for more people to sample my cooking.

"The Inn Collection Group, who own The Hog’s Head Inn, who are a really progressive company. They give you the opportunity to have autonomy and put a personal stamp on things.

“There is a lovely atmosphere at The Hog’s Head Inn and I’m looking forward to working with the team in the kitchen to drive the food offer here.

“I thrive in the kitchen and enjoy teaching people as well. I’ve been lucky enough to have worked with some amazingly talented chefs and learnt a lot of techniques from them. Now, I have the opportunity to pass my knowledge and skills on to the kitchen team here to further both my own and their careers."

Kelvin will be bringing in a new menu to The Hog’s Head Inn which he describes as being ‘pub food and a little bit more’.

“I don’t have a particular cooking style as such. I just enjoy cooking and like people to enjoy what I make. I want people to be able to eat their way around the world in one building – a one stop eating house, if you like, where someone can come in for fish and chips, but someone else in the party can have a decent curry.

“We will always do the pub classics because that’s the backbone of the business, but there will be some different things. When people have confidence in your cooking style they are happy to give something they normally wouldn’t have a try. I want people to try new things.”

A sneak preview of those ‘new things’ includes Korean Pork Stir Fry and Chilli Fried Squid with Asian Slaw and a Piri Piri Spiced Chicken Burger.

An advocate of local produce, Kelvin is looking forward to bringing more local flavours and producers to the table.

“I like trying to use as much locally sourced produce as possible. I’m a big believer in using local stuff where possible and that’s something I want to be able to do here and we’re looking at bringing in more local dairy produce, game – when in season and local fish.”

Fathers Day gifts stay at The Hogs Head Inn Alnwick Northumberland

Top of the Pops - Treat your Dad to a Father's Day Getaway to The Hog's Head Inn

May 2017

We've already celebrated Mother's Day and the countdown to the day for Dads everywhere is on. 

Father’s Day takes place on the third Sunday of June and this year it's on Sunday June 18.

If you're stumped what to get your Dad this Father’s Day we’ve just the answer with a winning combo of great food, fine real ales and some much-appreciated Dad-time at The Hog’s Head Inn for the main man in your life.

A father himself, general manager Gary Turner said: "I know as a Dad myself, having some time away with my family is always special. It’s a luxury to be able to spend time together. Add to that a good bite to eat and being able to sit back with a proper pint to hand and what could be better? 

“We’re sure a stay away would be the perfect gift for Dads everywhere, so go on – treat the man in your life!” 

To book your Father's Day stay at The Hog’s Head Inn call 01665 606576 or 0191 5803610 or book online, anytime.

It’s In Our Nature – Why The Hog’s Head Inn has teamed up with Visit Northumberland

May 2017

The Hog’s Head Inn has teamed up with Visit Northumberland to celebrate the unique character of Northumberland and encourage people to explore England’s most northerly county. 

#ItsInOurNature hails Northumberland’s individuality and wide ranging features, including celebrated gardens, beaches, wildlife and nature reserves plus its remote, nature-rich hill country. 

The Hog’s Head Inn’s general manager Gary Turner said: “Northumberland just has so much to offer - there really is something for everyone. Drive one way and you have miles of famed beaches, go another and you can hide away in Northumberland’s beautiful hill country, with its big skies and sweeping valleys. 

“Northumberland has it all and we are proud to be partnering Visit Northumberland to spread the word about its individuality and to encourage people to come, visit and eat, drink, sleep and explore with us -  and of course to spend which is vital for our economy. 

“Our location, close to Alnwick Castle and Garden, yet with the coast and hauntingly beautiful interior but a shirt drive away, makes The Hog’s Head Inn an ideal place to set up base for exploring our amazing county.” 

It’s In Our Nature runs until August 2017. 

Follow #ItsInOurNature across social media networks and look out for the campaign in national press.

Self guided walking breaks at The Hogs Head Inn

The Hog's Head Inn laces up its boots with new Walk Inn breaks

The Hog's Head Inn is lacing up its boots to go a step further for walkers with a new range of walking breaks. 

The Hog's Head Inn has paired up with self guided walking publisher, to offer new ‘Walk-Inn’ breaks with easy-to-follow, self-guided walks, key meals and accommodation at our inn, close to well-loved destinations like the Simonside and Cheviot Hills, Heart of Northumberland, Northumberland coast and Scottish Borders.

Great for walkers of all levels including families, relaxed ramblers and serious yompers, the breaks include Walking-Books’ self-guided packs, each containing 20 classic walks around the inn.

Also included is a hearty, two-course dinner for you to walk off, plus a comfy room to bed down in and, of course, a full English breakfast to fuel you up for the day ahead. Packages also include a welcome drink on arrival plus a picnic to enjoy while on the go.

Gary Turner, general manager at The Hog's Head Inn, said: "We have always been a popular place for walkers, due to our great central location in Northumberland, making coastal, hill and countryside walks easily accessible and because we are open all day, every day. We wanted to go a step further to encourage people to come and experience the fantastic walking country around us with self walking guides to help them make the most of their stay.”

Walking Books director Mike Law said: “We’re delighted to have teamed up with The Hog's Head Inn and applaud their efforts to make walking accessible to as many people as possible. I hope that together we can inspire people of all walking abilities to head out and enjoy the fantastic scenery around the inn on foot.

“Walking Books guides are completely different to anything you will see in the shops. Our aim when deciding to publish our guides is to make them as user-friendly as possible so we decided on our concept of putting the walks on handy, durable, weather-proof walking cards with a unique combination of concise, easy-to-follow routes local information and professional mapping. To complete our pack we added a useful user guide and decided to provide a custom made map-case for the walking card which meant the walker had everything they needed for their walk on an A5 weather-proof card that could be carried conveniently around the neck or in a jacket pocket.”

  • A single night Walk-Inn break starts from £94.98 per person (based on two people sharing)