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Top of the Pops - Treat your Dad to The King's Head Inn for Father's Day

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 King's Head Inn for the main man in your life.

A father himself, general manager Chris Moore said: "I know first hand what a treat it is to enjoy some time with the family - whether it's enjoying a meal together without the cooking and clearing up, or getting away for some much-needed Dad-time with the perfect pint to hand! 

“Whether you want to treat your Dad to a special meal together, or take some time out with a break away, The King's Head Inn is just the place to come.”

Walking breaks The Kings Head Inn Cleveland North York Moors Yorkshire self guided walking pub breaks offer

The King's Head Inn goes a step further to welcome ‘inn’ walkers


It’s already one of the best bases for walkers but The King’s Head Inn - at the foot of the North’s ‘Matterhorn’ Roseberry Topping - is going a step further to become even more of a beacon for active visitors.

The King’s Head Inn has proved to be a magnet for walkers thanks to its position on the Cleveland Way and at the entrance to the North York Moors National Park with its myriad walking trails. Now the inn is adding to its appeal to walkers by pairing up with North East based walking guide publisher to offer unique walking packages for people to enjoy cost-effective, accessible walking breaks in Cleveland and the North York Moors.

The new Walk-Inn breaks at The Kings Head Inn include Walking-Books’ easy-to-follow, self-guided packs containing 20 classic walks around the Cleveland Way and North York Moors.

The breaks, designed for walkers of all levels include dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation, a welcome pint of North Yorkshire’s finest on arrival plus a nutrient-packed lunch for walkers to take with them as they strike out. The service even includes complimentary boot cleaning at the end of a hard day’s hike, so weary walkers can relax with dinner and a well-deserved drink on their return to the AA three-star inn.

The King’s Head Inn general manager, Chris said: “We’ve always attracted walkers thanks to our great position at the foot of Roseberry Topping and wanted to go a step further to encourage people to put their best foot forward and make it easy and accessible for them to explore the beautiful countryside around us.

“The Walking-Books guides are fantastic. They have everything you need in them to get out and enjoy the walks stretching out in all directions around us. You just have to lace up your walking boots and go!”

Walking Books owner Mike Law said: “We’re delighted to have teamed up with The Kings 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 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 costs £75 per person; two nights Walk-Inn £125 per person and three nights Walk-Inn £170 per person
Moving mountains for Maisie Chris Hames at Roseberry Topping and The Kings Head Inn Newton under Roseberry

The King's Head Inn backs veteran’s gruelling Everest-height climb of Topping for critically injured local girl 


The King’s Head Inn is backing a serving Army Captain who is set to climb iconic landmark Roseberry Topping 30 times in 24 hours – the equivalent to scaling Everest - on February 26 and 26 to raise funds for an 11-year-old girl critically injured in a riding accident.

The King’s Head Inn is providing round-the-clock refreshments and accommodation for Gulf war, Iraq and Afghanistan veteran Capt Christopher Hames who is raising funds for local girl, Maisie Welsh. Maisie was left blind in one eye and sustained life-changing facial injuries following the accident three months ago and now needs years of painful, reconstructive facial surgery.

The challenge will see Chris take on a climb higher than Everest summit from its base camp as he ascends and descends the famous ‘Matterhorn of the North’. The challenge will take place over difficult, rocky terrain during night and day, covering a minimum of 56-miles and 17,010 feet of climb and descent. Everest summit from base camp is 11,377 feet. 

Admitting this will be one of the toughest physical challenges he has faced, Chris, 46, a serving officer with The Royal Army Physical Training Corps, said: “I’ve had some pretty epic challenges over my 29-years in the Army, but this will be up there as being one of the toughest. It will be worth every step to raise funds to support Maisie and her family who have had their lives turned upside down.

“Just days before the accident I saw Maisie play football with my daughter. It goes to show how quickly things can change for any of us. Everything has changed for her and her family and support is needed in so many ways. Maisie is fully aware of the extent of her injuries and with a huge amount of help is slowly coming to terms with them. She is a fighter but she still has to undergo so much throughout the rest of her life.”

The King’s Head Inn will also be serving up a two-course special ‘Meals for Maisie’ throughout the weekend from Friday to Sunday night, with £1 from every special meal sold going to the Chris fundraising appeal. The pub is staging a raffle and will be running fundraising activities. 

General manager Chris Moor said: “As a father myself my heart goes out to Maisie and her family. We are in absolute awe of Chris’s challenge and are delighted to be able to support him and assist in raising much-needed funds for Maisie and her family at such a difficult time.

“We’re hoping for a great turnout of support from people to come and use us a base to cheer Chris on and to help raise as much money as we can for such a remarkable young lady as Maisie.”

Maisie’s father Adam Welsh said: “It’s a very special thing that Chris is doing for Maisie and we can’t thank him enough and to The King’s Head Inn for their support. It has been a very difficult time for our family and the fact that people are prepared to go to such lengths to support us is appreciated by us all.”

Chris’s 24-hour Moving Mountains for Maisie begins on Saturday February 25 at 1200 hrs from the gate to Roseberry Topping.  Meals for Maisie and fundraising activities will take place at The King’s Head Inn from Friday February 24 onwards.

The King's Head Inn's 'Try Gin-uary' is the perfect tonic to 'Dry January'


If the thought of Dry January leaves you cold, The King's Head Inn has the perfect tonic with their Try ‘Ginuary’ local craft gin showcase. 

The King's Head Inn is capturing the spirit of the gin renaissance with by turning the spotlight on pioneering local gin distillers throughout January, to bring something different to their customers’ gin and tonic. 

The inn will feature gins distilled nearby to encourage customers to put a different gin in their glass throughout January.

Already well-known for the choice and quality of the local and craft ales The King's Head Inn serves, it is now giving spirit lovers and gin newbies the opportunity to sample some of the best gins in the North and to work their way through a hand picked selection of lesser-known gin varieties.  

David Walker of The Inn Collection Group which owns The King's Head Inn said: “We’re trying to make January a little less blue by trying something that’s more of a tonic, with a small collection of local craft gins that we’ve tasted and loved. What’s more, they’re all distilled in locations close to our inns. 

“Gin is so quintessentially British, and with so many different taste variations now available, the possibilities for flavours from gin seem endless, we’re keen to showcase some directly from our little region of the world.  

“People are trying different garnishes too – ice and a slice of lemon no longer cuts the mustard and there are plenty of premium mixers upping their game to support the in-gin boom.”

Walter Riddell of Hepple Gin said: “We are thrilled that Hepple has been included in The King's Head Inn's Ginuary line up. We make our gin rather differently, using young green juniper sourced from the hills around Hepple near Rothbury in Northumberland. 

“We use two separate distillation systems and a high-pressure extraction system to bring a crisp freshness not found in any conventionally made gin. Because of the complexity of our distillery process and our exacting harvesting regime, we only make a small quantity of Hepple, our only product.”

The King's Head Inn's Try Ginuary will be showcasing: 

  • Durham Gin -  a small batch gin distilled in a 400 litre copper pot still called Lily, using traditional methods. Only a couple of hundred bottles are made from each batch and are labelled by hand. 
  • Hepple Gin – north Northumberland produced gin that’s vacuum distilled at lower temperatures to capture more flavour, including the young green juniper gathered from the Hepple Estate. 
  • Masons Yorkshire Gin – distilled slowly and traditionally in two 200-litre stills called Steve and Lefty, the first gin to be distilled in Yorkshire contains juniper and citrus flavours. 
  • Poetic License – flavoured with juniper and cardamom spice, lemon, lime and eucalyptus, this is a fresh scented gin that also contains a host of secret botanicals. 

Tasters will be able to try the different garnishes and serving suggestions recommended by the distillers to bring out the best in their gins.

Dave said: “We’re initially offering the craft gins on a limited basis during January but if they prove popular, we’ll be looking to put them behind the bar full time.