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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)

Wine wizards trained to help customers make 'grape' choices at The Hog's Head Inn


The Hog’s Head Inn has been performing wine wizardry by raising a glass to the grape with a special course organised by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET).

 The Hog’s Head Inn general manager Gary Turner took part in the one-day course, designed to help wine and spirits professionals guide customers into making informed wine selections, amid what can often be a bewildering array of choice. 

Raising a glass after passing the WSET course, Gary said: “There is a dizzying array of wines for people to choose from – and it can be difficult to decide which variety to go for, especially if you are looking to pair it with a particular meal choice.

“The course really did help you to look beyond your favourite grape varieties and gain a robust understanding of different wine choices so we can help assist our customers whether they are choosing a glass of wine to relax and enjoy in the bar, or to accompany a particular dish. 

“We have a fantastic selection of wines from all corners of the globe, with wines designed to appeal to a wide range of different tastes and that are a cracking match to our range of homemade dishes. 

“With so many wines on offer, the course was invaluable in helping us find out about different wines and encouraged us to take our taste buds on a tour to explore different varieties and grapes, so we can help our customers make the best wine choice whether they are enjoying a glass or two at the bar, or are looking for the perfect pairing for their meal.”