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December 2015

The Hog’s Head Inn is proud to announce that we’ve been shortlisted for Pub of the Year in The Chronicle’s People’s Choice Awards.

It’s the first year that the newspaper has run the awards, which are voted for by readers. We’d love it if our customers could help us go one better than the Silver we’ve just won in the Access for All category in the North East England Tourism Awards and take the top title in this new competition.

We’d be delighted if you could support us by voting in the contest. It only takes a minute and you can find the details here The contest requires your name and email address, then click on ‘Your Vote’ and scroll down to the Hog’s Head Inn. That’s all there is to it.

The Hog’s Head Inn general manager Gary Turner said: “I want to thank our customers for helping us make the shortlist for Pub of the Year. We’re the newest purpose-built inn in Northumberland and it would be fantastic if we could be crowned People’s Choice champions.

“We’re in a great location on the outskirts of Alnwick, and as our recent success in the North East England Tourism Awards showed, we are accessible to all. The inn was planned with access as a key part of the design, and we offer a warm welcome to everyone.

“We’re family-friendly and have a fabulous children’s play area, and we serve food all day, every day with a seasonal, local menu. We’re earning a brilliant reputation for our amazing steaks and of course, our Sunday carvery.”

The pub that scores the most votes in The Chronicle’s People’s Choice Awards will win the People’s Choice 2015 title and £5,000 of advertising on the newspaper’s website.


You have until 10am on Wednesday December 23 to vote and the winners will be announced during the week starting January 4 2016. 

Hogs Head Inn takes silver in tourism Oscars

November 2015

The Hog’s Head Inn is celebrating after taking the silver Access for All award at the North East England Tourism Awards, held in Newcastle.

The Inn picked up silver in the strongly contended category, including big names in the regional leisure industry - the Calvert Trust, Kielder, Sage Gateshead & GOTH, and Newcastle United Football Club/Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events.  

Our modern, purpose-built inn was committed to Access for All from the outset. The level, no-step first floor leads into the dining area and bar, and a number of bedrooms are specially designed for people with restricted mobility. They feature wet room bathrooms, emergency pull cords in the bedroom and bathroom, and connected doors to neighbouring bedrooms. Outside, the inn has a designated disabled car parking area.

The Hog’s Head Inn general manager, Gary Turner, said: “We’re delighted that The Hog’s Head has won silver in such an important category amid such strong competition.

 “Our success in the North East England Tourism Awards is down to the fantastic team we have working here, who really do go the extra mile to make sure guests have the best possible experience, whether they are staying with us, coming for a meal or just popping in for a drink.

“We believe that everyone should be able to enjoy what we offer equally, and our win in the Access for All category shows that’s working.”

 The Hog’s Head’s sister inn, the Bamburgh Castle Inn in Seahouses, was also successful at the awards, taking the Tourism Pub of the Year title.

The North East England Tourism Awards were established 2012 to showcase the best of the region’s tourism attractions, and are organised and delivered by the NewcastleGateshead Initiative and the Northern Tourism Alliance. 

Comedy legend returns to Hog's Head

October 2015

Iconic north east entertainer Brendan Healy is returning to The Hog's Head Inn.

Star of the TV screen including Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and Spender and musician with several acts, including John Miles, Goldie and legendary folk rock group Lindisfarne, the North East's favourite comic will reurn to The Hog's Head Inn for a weekend of festive funniness in December. 

General Manager Gary Turner said: "We are delighted that Brendan is returning to The Hog's Head by popular demand for a trio of comedy nights in December.

"Brendan is a true comic legend and brought the house down with laughter on his last visit. So if you want to laugh the night away with a true icon of the screen and stage with your family, friends or colleagues book now as tickets are already selling fast!"

Catch the inimitable Brendan Healy when he returns to The Hog's Head Inn on Friday 18th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th December. 

Limited ticket numbers are available priced at £75 including three course dinner, bed & breakfast or £40 for dinner and entertainment only. 

Book now on 01665 606 576. 

Brendan Healy at The Hog's Head Inn

Hog's Head is shortlisted for 'Tourism Oscars'

October 2015

The Hog’s Head Inn has been shortlisted for the prestigious North East England Tourism Awards.

Beating off competition from across the region, The Hog’s Head Inn has been announced as a finalist in the Access for All category of the awards, dubbed the ‘Tourism Oscars’.

A record number of entries were submitted for the awards, with 120 businesses submitting entries for this year’s awards.

Organised and delivered by NewcastleGateshead Initiative in partnership with the Northern Tourism Alliance since 2012, entries have increased by more than 70 per cent in the last four years, making the 2015 awards the biggest to date.

Sarah Stewart, chief executive at destination management and marketing organisation NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many entries this year. The quantity and quality of the applications not only demonstrates the variety of tourism businesses and attractions across the North East, offering visitors an unforgettable experience, it’s also a testament to our thriving visitor economy.

 “Tourism businesses employ more than 55,000 people across the North East with an additional 730 jobs created over the last 12 months.

“It’s always a joy to see the outstanding work the finalists have delivered and I look forward to celebrating all of their achievements with them at the awards ceremony in November.”

 Gary Turner, general manager of The Hog’s Head Inn said: “This is wonderful news. I am absolutely delighted that The Hog’s Head Inn has reached the finals for these awards which are so highly regarded. As well as our excellent facilities and services to ensure accessibility for all guests, my team here demonstrates exceptional customer service to all. It is welcoming that our efforts to be as accessible and user friendly for each and every one of our visitors has been recognised in this way.”

The Hog’s Head Inn joins 58 applications who have made this year’s shortlist from a wide range of tourism businesses across Country Durham, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland, including our sister inn, The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses which has been shortlisted for the Tourism Pub of the Year award.

 The results will be announced at the ceremony on Tuesday, November 24, at Newcastle Civic Centre’s Banqueting Hall, hosted by BBC Radio Newcastle breakfast show presenter, Alfie Joey. 

Hog's Head Inn joins Dark Skies Campaign

October 2015

The Hog's Head Inn is delighted to have partnered up with Visit Northumberland in their new campaign that celebrates our county’s dazzling dark skies.

‘Northumberland the land that’s just as good with the lights off’ celebrates Northumberland’s status as an International Dark Sky Park, and encourages people to visit Northumberland to enjoy its unspoilt skies.

Autumn offers prime viewing time for people to enjoy the unspoilt dark skies above us, when the nights are properly dark and the Milky Way can be seen overhead.

Throughout November you might be lucky enough to see Meteor showers.  As the temperatures drop in the night sky during the crisp winter months, the sky becomes more transparent making it even easier to see the glittering skies above us, if you're lucky enough you may spot a Meteor shower. 

The Hog's Head Inn is perfect as a base for people to head inland the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park, Europe’s largest, stretching across 1470 square kilometres of breathtaking scenery combining Northumberland National Park with Kielder Water & Forest Park.  Due to its unspoiled skies and minimal light pollution it was awarded gold tier designation by the International Dark Sky Association, making it officially the best place in England for people to go to enjoy the night sky. 

Or head to the coast where  you might be lucky enough to see the amazing Aurora Borealis.  Commonly known as the Northern Lights, the Aurora Borealis is a spectacular natural light display.

You don’t need an expensive telescope to enjoy Northumberland’s dark skies - we'll prepare you a bite to eat and a hot drink to take away - you just have to wrap up warm, pack a pair of binoculars and head off to enjoy a star studded show. 

Dark Sky safaris are offered by local tour company Northern Experience Wildlife Tours – or for details of other Dark Skies events go to look on twitter #nlandstars 

Get Away for Less offer launched

September 2015

The Hog's Head Inn has launched its Get Away For Less winter break offer. 

Bookings are now being taken for The Hog's Head Inn's Get Away for Less offer of a two-course dinner, bed and breakfast for just £44.95. 

General manager Gary Turner said: "Our winter breaks offers are always very popular as more and more people are discovering the magic of Northumberland during the winter months - and are keen to get a great bargain too. We are delighted to be offering customers our new Get Away for Less dinner, bed and breakfast package which is £44.95 per person, per night from November 1st. This great offer includes a two-course evening meal from our selected menu.

"We do recommend booking early as weekends become quickly booked."

Get Away for Less at The Hog's Head Inn starts on November 1st and runs until March 31st. 

All bookings taken by Central Reservations on 0191 580 3610 (during normal office hours) or on 01665 606 576 at all other times 

The offer can not be used in conjunction with any other offer and the management decision is final. 

It's good to eat - Hog's Head Inn launches healthy option specials

June 2015

Delicious food that not only tastes great but that’s good for you, too, is on the menu at The Hog's Head Inn with their new Healthy Summer Meal options. 

Diners looking for lighter options can tuck into flavoursome daily changing specials with an emphasis on low calorie and low carbohydrates without impacting on flavour. 

The Hog's Head Inn head chef Chris Taylor said: "We've introduced our new healthy summer meals after consulting with our customers about the types of dishes they want to see on our menu and specials board. 

"We already have a broad range of meals that cater for diners with special dietary requirements and for those who want to share dishes or enjoy more on their plate. But we felt it was important to add to our range dishes that are lighter and a healthy option without compromising on taste or flavour."

The Hog's Head Inn healthy options change each day as part of the specials menu, and include winning flavour combinations like  watermelon and crayfish salad and zingy chilli-rubbed seared steak, flash griddled on the broiler. 


Hog's Head Inn hosts Visit England tourism event

May 2015

The Hog's Head Inn was delighted to host a drop in event for local tourism businesses with Visit England tourism chief, Pam Folden. 

The event, organised by Northumberland Tourism, saw Pam Foden, Visit England's Head of Industry Development meet with accommodation providers and visitor attraction operators interested in finding out more about VisitEngland's quality assessment schemes.

Pam was also able to give advice about online reviews such as Trip Advisor.

Charlotte Turner of The Inn collection Group which owns The Hogs Head Inn, The Bamburgh Castle Inn, The King's Head Inn and The Lindisfarne Inn said: "It was excellent to meet Pam and to have the opportunity to find out more about how Visit England is working with accommodation providers to enhance our visitor offering. It was particularly interesting, too, to discuss online marketing and seek her guidance about online review platforms such as Tripadvisor."

New Spring Menu launches

April 2015

Spring is in the air - and on the plates at The Hog's Head Inn. 

Head chef Chris Taylor has launched his new Spring menu, featuring a selection of new and mouthwatering dishes - but keeping a few pub favourites, too. 

Said Chris: "I'm delighted with our new Spring menu, which has a truly International feel to it, with dishes like our juicy King Prawn Jambalaya and Swinging Cajun Chicken. 

"Our acclaimed steaks have made the main menu after we launched them to overwhelming success last year. Meat lovers will be in second heaven with our whopping 19oz Tomahawk, with its secret spiced rub and melt in the mouth flavour."

The new Spring menu has a great range of vegetarian dishes and gluten free options too, including a tasty Chickpea and Coriander Burger and Red Pepper & Tomato Tortilla Cannelloni.

"And with a tempting selection of delicious desserts, local cheeses and sharing sundaes, we're sure our customers will be delighted too."

The Hog's Head Inn serves fresh, home made food daily, from 7.30am until 9pm. 

Spring Menu

Coffee, Craft & Cork Menu

Inn serves up a sizzling steak night offer

May 2015

Get your teeth into The Hog's Head's sizzling steak special.

Each Thursday night sees The Hog's Head Inn host a mouthwatering steak night special, where diners can enjoy a free bottle of wine or four beers on the house, with every two magnificent steaks ordered from the inn's exclusive steak menu. 

General manager Gary Turner said: "We've turned up the meat on our already sizzling steak griddle to bring diners this fantastic steak night offer each Thursday. Our steaks are truly legendary and are a meat lover's paradise.

"Now you can enjoy a drink on us while you sink your teeth into one of our super-special steaks on a Thursday night."

Go 'wild' at The Hog's Head Inn

February 2015

The Hog’s Head Inn is proud to be a campaign partner with Visit Northumberland in their exciting ‘Wild Spirit’ campaign which celebrates Northumberland as a truly wild place to visit.

 The campaign, which champions all Northumberland has to offer visitors, including what to do, where to stay and where to eat, was launched in The Times newspaper on Saturday.

 The Hog’s Head Inn, along with sister inns The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses and The Lindisfarne Inn at Alnwick, were named by The Times as ‘The Inn Crowd’ to stay for people looking to enjoy the UK’s must visit destination of Northumberland.

 Gary Turner, general manager of The Hog’s Head Inn, said: “We are proud to be partners in Visit Northumberland’s Wild Spirit campaign.

 “There is simply so many things to see and do in Northumberland for families, couples and groups of all ages and interests. Here is Alnwick you can pay a visit to Alnwick Castle, home of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts where the kids can try their hand at broomstick riding, or make for the Alnwick Garden where wild highlights include the Duchess of Northumberland’s famous Poison Garden.

 “Northumberland’s wild and rugged geographic make up makes it a haven for wild game, a passion of our head chef Chris Taylor who was interviewed by The Times about his take on game cooking.

 “And for a truly wild dining experience, you can’t miss The Hog’s Head Inn’s fabled steaks, which were featured in The Times, including our 19oz Tomahawk”.

 “The Hog’s Head Inn is in the perfect location for people looking to explore Northumberland and its many, diverse attractions. We look forward to welcoming you for a wild time!”

Find out more about the Wild Spirit campaign at: visit The Hog’s Head Inn and Visit Northumberland Facebook pages and seach for #WildNland on Twitter