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Discover Britain's Favourite Walks from The King's Head Inn

February 2018

If the runaway success of ITV’s Britain’s Favourite Walks has inspired you to dust off your walking boots, then head for The King's Head Inn and enjoy some of the UK’s best walks on your doorstep.

A trailblazing nine routes within driving distance of The King's Head Inn - and the pub with rooms' northern sister inns - made it into the programme’s top 100, with the North – and especially coastal walks – coming out top among voters.

Around 8,000 people voted for their favourite walks for the programme, presented by Julia Bradbury and Ore Oduba, with famous faces and keen hikers profiling their own favourite paths.

Sean Donkin operations director of The Inn Collection Group, owners of The King's Head Inn said: “It’s no surprise that people love to walk in the North. We have the best beaches, more castles than any other county in England, rugged hill country and showstopper viewpoints  – all interspersed with amazing local history and attractions.

“Our inns, which include The King's Head Inn, span the North of England, including Northumberland, County Durham and North Yorkshire, pride themselves on welcoming in walkers. Our staff are keen hikers themselves. Myself, along with general managers from the whole group have just walked the route from Dunstanburgh to Craster – the very route which made the show’s final ten in the whole of the country. 

"Roseberry Topping, another favourite walk of our team - and my personal favourite walk - is situated just behind The King's Head Inn - was voted 23 in the show as being one of the nation's favourite walks."

He added: “We welcome muddy boots, have wash down facilities, help with drying wet gear – and staff are always happy to share local knowledge of nearby routes, facilities, accessibility, public transport and what people can see and do along the way – they will even drop off and collect walkers from their routes, if they can.”

To celebrate the wealth of walks around The King's Head Inn, the inn has introduced Walk Inn breaks.  

Including bed and breakfast, a welcome drink on arrival, dinner, a pack of 20 waterproofed O/S walks around the inn of your choice, and a packed lunch, Walk Inn cost £85 per person.

See walks from ITV’s Britain’s Favourite Walks – Top 100 here

 

Game qualification is feather in the cap for The King's Head Inn chefs

December 2017

Chefs from The King's Head Inn kitchen went lock, stock and barrel for game and were on target to take a full bag of qualifications. 

Chefs from the group’s seven pubs – The Lindisfarne Inn at Beal; The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses; The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick; The Commissioners Quay Inn at Blyth in Northumberland; The Seaton Lane Inn and The Kingslodge  in County Durham, took part in a Game Food Hygiene training course, and sat the assessment to gain the award of ‘Trained Hunter’ status as part of the group’s ongoing commitment to maintaining the highest standard of food preparation and service. 

The course saw chefs explore the processes involved to safely process game from fur or feather to the kitchen table.

Game enthusiast Sean Donkin is operations director at The King's Head Inn.

He said: “Game dishes are amongst the most popular our award-winning kitchens create. It is a food we are very proud to champion. Not only is it incredibly tasty and versatile, it is a very healthy product being naturally leaner than farmed meat, has low food miles and is totally free range and ethically reared.

“Part and parcel with cooking with game is ensuring that we source and use game that is fully traceable and meets our rigorous standards of food hygiene.

“As well as a talent and flair for creating absolutely delicious game dishes in the kitchen, our chefs all proved themselves to be high fliers in their knowledge and understanding of hygiene issues relating to game, its sourcing, preparation and storage.”

He added: “The course is part of our ongoing commitment to staff training and development. Maintaining these high standards through training, education and best practice ensures our customers enjoy dishes that not only taste superb, but are prepared and made to the very highest food hygiene standards.”

Green light given for new Northumberland sister inn to The King's Head Inn part of The Inn Collection Group family

Green light given for our new Northumberland sister inn

November 2017

Owners of The King'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. 

Rock on at The King's Head Inn

October 2017

Eagle eyed people out and about the North East should look out for a beautifully painted rock featuring The King's Head Inn.

The rock, painted by talented artist Ashleigh Louise Legg of Fingerprint Art, is one of seven, each depicting The King's Head Inn and its six sister inns: The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses, The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick, The Commissioners Quay Inn at Blyth, The Kingslodge Inn at Durham, The Seaton Lane Inn at Seaton and The Lindisfarne Inn near Holy Island. 

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 King's Head Inn which sits in front of Roseberry Topping. 

“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?”