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King's Head Inn staff celebrate family centenary

November 2015

Sisters who are part of The King's Head Inn team are celebrating a real family centenary working with us. 

Gillian Harland has worked at The King’s Head Inn since it opened 39 years ago, sister Lynne Simpson has 31 years under her belt, and their late mother Pauline Swalwell spent 25 years cooking at the inn and continued making its legendary Christmas mince pies for five years after she retired. 
 
The family is responsible for many of our heritage dishes like Gillian's famous steak pie and stroganoff. 
 
Gillian, from Great Ayton, is second chef at the Inn and joined when it originally opened as the King’s Head Hotel almost four decades ago. She worked alongside her mum, Pauline, who sadly passed away 15 years ago from a sudden aneurysm. 
 
Gillian said: “Mum inspired both Lynne and I to work at The King’s Head, and we think about her every day. 
 
“She was known for her gorgeous pastry and her technique of just going by weight and feel – she never used a pair of scales. I use her method to make the pastry for our steak pies in the Inn today. I never weigh anything – I just go by how it feels and the consistency. 
 
“Her traditions are being passed down and I also make scones the traditional way.”
 
Gillian has added her own special touches to our menu, including her popular stroganoff, salmon hollandaise, duck breast with fruit gravy, towering Yorkshire puddings, and chicken and mushroom pies, with that extra special pastry. 
 
Sister Lynne arrived at The King’s Head to help out when there was a staff shortage, and she’s been here ever since. She now looks after front of house.
 
She said: “They were short of staff and I came to help out because my mum asked me to. 
 
“It was good working together. Mum would be over the moon we’ve racked up 100 years between the three of us. The King’s Head Inn was her life; she loved being here, because of the great atmosphere.
 
“We’ve inherited that love of the place as well. I love coming to work – there’s not many people can say that. I think mum would enjoy the atmosphere here today – there’s a real sense of warmth and welcome here. I do think of her every time I’m here.”
 
The family has seen some major changes since the Inn opened. The small kitchen where they originally worked has been enlarged and the dining facilities have been extended. The whole Inn was refurbished last year and four extra bedrooms added after it became part of The Inn Collection Group, which also has inns in Northumberland and County Durham. 

King's Head Inn in 'Best Hotel' roundup

October 2015

The King's Head Inn has been ranked top by  Woman's Own magazine as one of their best places in the country to sleep.  

The King's Head Inn was chosen by the popular national women's magazine as part of a feature on the best hotels to stay in the UK for less than £100 per night. 

General Manager Paul Brown said: "We were delighted to be chosen by Woman's Own as their pick of the country for the  best country bolthole to stay. We have to say they have very good taste and we couldn't agree more!"

The magazine said: 'Set at the foot of Roseberry Topping, known as the 'Matterhorn of Cleveland', The King's Head Inn dates from the 17th century. Delicious home cooked meals are served in the newly refurbished dining area, with low level lighting and dark wood panelling creating a cosy atmosphere. The revamp has extended to the 12 comfy bedrooms. It's the perfect spot for anyone wanting to explore the North York Moors, the location of TV series Hartbeat, or explore the ports of Whitby and Robin Hood's Bay.'

Food service extended to 9.30pm

August 2015

Diners at The King's Head Inn can enjoy the pub's fantastic home-cooked fare for even longer each evening as meals are now being served until 9.30pm each night.

The King's Head Inn, which serves delicious home made meals daily from its award-winning kitchen, decided to extend its service hours in response to customer feedback.

Said general manager Paul Brown: "We always listen to our customers' feedback.  A growing number of people were eating out later in the evening - particularly if they had been enjoying climbing nearby Roseberry Topping, out on the Moors or visiting the many attractions nearby. We also find that our corporate visitors do not arrive until later in the evening if they have been travelling or working late.

"There is nothing worse than arriving somewhere to eat out only to be told that last food orders have ceased. We always do our best to accommodate and have made the decision to extend the time customers can order food from 9.00pm to 9.30pm."

Paul added: "Of course we still serve food during the day from breakfasts right through until 9.30pm so if you are an early bird diner or eating with young children then rest assured you can still sit down to eat at whatever time that suits."

The King's Head Inn is open daily for home made food including breakfasts, light bites, lunches and evening meals. A range of specials changes each day as well as a seasonal main menu. 

 

 

 

New summer menu launched

July 2015

Summer is (finally) here and to celebrate King's Head Inn head chef Les Watson has launched a new summer menu. 

Seasonal dishes to sizzle the tastebuds this summer include a delicious Trio of Lamb Cutlets and Seafood Mornay as well as King's Head Inn classics Chicken Parmesan and Whitby Fish and Chips. 

There's a tasty range of vegetarian dishes too to celebrate the sunshine, like our Sun-dried Tomato & Parmesan Carbonara and plenty of gluten free options too. 

Round off your summertime meal with a cool dessert. And what could be more British summertime than a classic Knickerbocker Glory, complete with layers of strawberries, strawberry ice cream and a moreish strawberry sauce. 

King's Head Inn general manager Paul Brown said: "We're delighted with our new summer menu which is full of tasty, seasonal dishes for diners to enjoy this summertime. Perfect for enjoying with family and friends al fresco in our beer garden beneath Roseberry Topping."

Bedroom makeovers

June 2015

Bedrooms at The King's Head Inn have enjoyed a make over in part of owners The Inn Collection Group's ongoing investment of The King's Head Inn.

The bedroom refurbishment has seen the inn's 12 bedrooms revamped as part of ongoing enhancements to the King's Head Inn as part of our aim to offer first rate accommodation that is combines comfort with real value for money. 

General Manager Paul Brown said: "Our guests comfort is a priority and we take pride in offering the best facilities we can. Following the inn's opening last year in which a number of new rooms were added, we have invested in refurbishing the remaining rooms so they are uniform in design, comfort and quality as well as being very good value for money."

The King's Head Inn welcomes new head chef Les

March 2015

The King's Head Inn is delighted to welcome Les Watson as its new resident head chef.

Experienced chef Les will head up The King's Head Inn kitchen, which prides itself on offering quality, home cooked pub food with an emphasis on local ingredients. 

Said Les: "I'm delighted to be joining The King's Head Inn team and continuing the inn's reputation for cracking good pub food using fresh, local ingredients in an outstanding location, here below Roseberry Topping.

"We have some fantastic local suppliers and ingredients including Whitby fish and Yorkshire game and meat. I'm looking forward to working with the team here and giving our customers some excellent dishes to savour."

No stranger to The Inn Collection Group, Les has worked at The King's Head's sister pub, The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses and has over 30 years culinary experience as an inspired chef.

We look forward to welcoming you to sample Les's culinary creations including a brand new Spring menu which launches soon. 

 

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New Spring menu launches

April 2015

The King's Head Inn head chef Les Watson has launched a tempting Spring menu.

Packed full of Spring flavours including roast shoulder of lamb, local seafood mornay and a melt-in-the-mouth vegetable crumble, Les has created a menu full of family favourites with his own culinary twist, too. 

Said Les: "The King's Head Inn is perfectly placed to tap into the great local food all around - from Whitby fish to Yorkshire and North East meats and game, all of which you will find on our new menu. 

"There is nothing better than delicious and hearty, well cooked pub food for all the family to enjoy, which is what we have created here at  The King's Head. 

"We have a super range of starters, main courses - including vegetarian and gluten free options - and a selection of simply delicious home made desserts, like the quintessentially British classic Eton Mess. 

"And we don't forget little ones either - there's a great choice of home made meals for children too."

Accompanying the King's Head Inn new Spring menu is a carefully sourced wine list, real ales and wide selection of non alcoholic drinks. 

The King's Head Inn serves home made pub food daily from 7.30am (8am weekends) until 9pm. 

Spring Menu

Coffee, Craft & Cork Menu

Quiz raises funds for charity

January 2015

Quiz raises money for Cleveland Mountain Rescue

Keen quizzers tested their general knowledge to raise money for the Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team (CMRT).

The King’s Head Inn at Newton under Roseberry has chosen the CMRT as its charity of the year for 2015 and will be raising funds for the charity throughout the year.

The Inn’s general manager, Paul Brown, said: “Our fantastic location at the foot of Roseberry Topping and at the entrance to the North York Moors National Park and the Cleveland Way means we’re a hugely popular destination for walkers and cyclists who want to explore the stunning landscape.

“However, when the weather turns bad, or there is an accident, walkers and cyclists rely on the help of the Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team. The team provides a sterling service and relies on fundraising to ensure it its work continues, so we are doing our bit to help by selecting it as our chosen charity for 2015.”

The CMRT deals with more than 40 incidents every year on the northern side of the North York Moors and beyond when it responds to calls from neighbouring teams for help. There are around 50 ‘professional volunteers’ from students to doctors, teachers and police officers who make up the team that is on call around the clock to help search for missing people or assist those who are injured.

The charity needs to raise around £30,000 annually to ensure the team can carry out its vital work and pay for medical and rescue equipment, training, fuel and ongoing vehicle maintenance and replacement.

Graeme White, fundraising officer for CMRT said: “We’re grateful that The King’s Head has chosen us as its charity of the year for 2015.

“All our team members are volunteers who are united by a love of the outdoors and are experienced walkers, climbers and mountaineers. We live in a beautiful part of the world but accidents can and do happen – and a service like the Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team is much needed.

“However, it’s an expensive service to run, and we’re delighted that The King’s Head is helping to fund our work during 2015.”