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Spring into The Kingslodge Inn’s New Menu

March 2017

Head chef Chris Bond is celebrating the first anniversary of The Kingslodge Inn with the launch of new seasonal British-inspired menus.

The Kingslodge Inn opened its doors in spring 2016 and quickly established itself as a popular Durham dining out spot.

Since then diners have been treated to both classic pub fare and Mediterranean-influenced cuisine at the Waddington Street inn on Flass Vale.

Now Chris has looked closer to home for inspiration with lunch and dinner menus that also indulge his passion for high-quality British produce.

Both the lunch and evening offerings include the classic pub favourite, steak and ale pie, as well as The Kingslodge burger made with prime British-sourced beef and served with red onion, marmalade, bacon, cheese, citrus slaw, and chips.

Chris says the new spring menus reflect his culinary philosophy: simple food done well.

“We are very relaxed here at The Kingslodge Inn, we’re not pretentious. I wanted the new menus to echo that. It’s about simple, well-made dishes that are put together without cutting any corners or compromising on flavour or technique.

“Provenance is key for me. As the public has become better educated about food, so they too have become more concerned about where their food is coming from.

“But when I say provenance, I believe that feta cheese should come from Greece, and our pork should be coming from Durham, as the county is renowned for it.”

Crispy local pork belly and chorizo can be tucked into as a sandwich on the lunch menu, while it also has its place as a main at dinner with cabbage, apple and vegetable mash and prosciutto chips.

Fish is another highlight at both lunch and dinner, with smoked trout and prawn linguine making an appearance as a main, and Thai fish cake and white bait starters.

Vegetarian options include wild mushroom rarebit, a Portobello mushroom burger with halloumi, citrus slaw and chips, and a delightful sautéed greens, broccoli, tomato and garlic stew with toasted almonds.

Children aren’t forgotten with a homemade flatbread pizza with mozzarella and tomato; fish and chips; buttered pasta; breaded chicken with new potatoes and garden peas; and cheeseburger.

Prices range from £4.95-£7.25 for the starters on both the lunch and dinner menus. Lunch mains start at £7.25 for the flatbread pizza up to £22.95 for the petite filet steak. Dinner mains are from £9.95 to £29.95 for the filet mignon.

All the dishes on the children’s menu are priced at £5.95.

Chris says: “It’s a modern British menu. We have the classics with the petite and mignon filets, the traditional pub dishes with the steak and ale pie and fish and chips, and the contemporary with the likes of gnocchi Florentine with chicken and chorizo, and the homemade flatbread pizza with a choice of fresh and modern toppings.”

His favourite dish? “All of them! I’m proud of every single one.”

 

 

Milbut Durham University Womens Rugby kit sponsors The Kingslodge Inn England Rugby Six Nations Durham

Support-inn Women's Rugby in Durham

March

As rugby fever grips with fans on tenterhooks wondering if England can clinch the Six Nations Grand Slam, The Kingslodge Inn has been proudly supporting The Durham University colleges Van Mildert and Josephine Butler’s Women’s Rugby Football Club, Combined Milbut as their shirt sponsor.

 The Kingslodge Inn’s lions and logo graced the distinctive black, red and gold team shirts of the Combined Milbut players who have finished second in Durham University's Intra-University Premiership comprising of teams from all 16 of the University's colleges.

General manager of The Kingslodge Inn, Leanne Jeffrey said: “We would like to congratulate all the players, coaches and supporters of Milbut for a great league result. We jumped at the chance to become the shirt sponsors of Milbut and to be able to support such a great team of sportswomen and their connections. They have had a phenomenal season which is testament to their hard work training and some gutsy performances on the pitch. Well done ladies! We look forward to welcoming you into The Kingslodge Inn for some well deserved celebratory drinks soon!” 

Claudia MacDonald, corporate and social secretary of Combined Milbut said: “We have absolutely loved having The Kingslodge Inn as our sponsor, the additional investment in the team has allowed us to increase our professionalism, and improve our facilities for training. 

“Milbut only lost one game and completed the season in second place in the league and were winners of the Floodlit Cup.  

Five of our first-years, who had previously never played rugby before, have also progressed through to University level, an achievement we are very proud of.

“We hope that Milbut will continue to provide a stepping stone into higher level rugby, and an environment within which players can be introduced to the fantastic game of rugby, and given the right support to develop as a player. 

“We cannot thank The Kingslodge enough for their support of our team and hope this will continue next season."

British Pie Week The Kingslodge Inn Abbeyfield

Granny Knows Best - The Kingslodge Inn and Abbeyfield celebrate British Pie Week

February

Grandma is said to always know best, and The Kingslodge Inn is setting out to prove the adage with the launch of a competition to track down the perfect pie.

The Kingslodge Inn in County Durham has teamed up with older people’s charity, The Abbeyfield Society, to hunt out the most traditional and imaginative recipes in celebration of British Pie Week taking place between March 6-12.

Grandparents, older people and Abbeyfield residents are being asked to play their part in the quest to search out the tastiest time-honoured and home-grown pie recipes.

From formulations unique to the North East to sweet and savoury classics, it is hoped the over-65s will get behind what promises to be a delicious celebration of culinary know-how and British food heritage, that’s also set to raise funds for the national Abbeyfield charity.

The star recipe as judged by The Kingslodge Inn's expert team of chefs, will not only be championed as a British Pie Week special on both the inns’ home-cooked menus, but see money raised from sales going direct to Abbeyfield to help support its work to ease loneliness in older people.

The victor will win a three-course meal for two at either The Kingslodge Inn in historic Durham City.

The competition is part of a wider Granny Knows Best campaign being rolled out nationally by Abbeyfield, honouring the older generations’ culinary expertise and excellence.

The Kingslodge Inn general manager, Leanne Jeffrey, said: “When it comes to pies, it really is true that granny knows best. We’re hoping people will get in touch with us with recipes that will take diners back to the flavours and textures they remember from childhood.

“We’re looking for recipes for pies made the traditional way, using traditional techniques and ingredients – whether they’re sweet or savoury – and with that extra dollop of love that goes into a recipe that’s been passed down and eaten by generations.

“We’re looking forward to linking up with Abbeyfield for the project and we’re excited to see what our senior cooks come up with to share with diners.”

This will be the second time The Kingslodge Inn has joined forces to support Abbeyfield, after throwing  a free three-course festive meal to over 80 older people living alone, as part of the charity’s Companionship at Christmas campaign to bring food and friendship to isolated older people.

Abbeyfield’s divisional director for the north Teresa Parker said: “This is a fantastic chance to revive once-loved pie recipes, celebrate all that’s good about North East food and drink, bring people together, and get Abbeyfield residents and older members of our communities cooking and hopefully having lots of fun with family and friends.

 “Pies are as quintessentially British as fish and chips and roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, and we want to celebrate everything that is good about the sort of old-fashioned, homely cooking that has brought families together for generations.

“Even better, this competition won’t just raise awareness about our proud culinary heritage, but much needed funds for Abbeyfield so we can continue to ensure that people’s golden years are among the happiest of their lives.” 

Teresa added: “We’re delighted with the support we’re receiving from The Kingslodge Inn, and their recognition of the input older people have in society. Projects like this help to get older people out into the community, which enriches their lives. It also reminds them that they are wanted and needed, and still have an important role to play.

“We’re looking forward to practising the recipes in our kitchens here at Abbeyfield before they are submitted – and of course feasting on the results.”

If you are aged 65 and over you can submit your pie recipe in person to The Kingslodge Inn on Waddington Street, Durham or by email to enquiries@kingslodgeinn.co.uk or by post, addressed to Leanne Jeffreys, The Kingslodge Inn, Waddington Street, Flass Vale, Durham City, DH1 4BG.

The closing date for entries is Thursday March 2.

 

The Kingslodge Inn enjoys great attendance at first-ever Durham Business Club breakfast

January

The Kingslodge Inn played host to its first-ever Durham Business Group networking event.

Around 90 businesses signed up to attend the inn's networking breakfast with Durham Business Group, a local networking and business support group which aims to support businesses to collaborate, share knowledge and forge relationships.

Held on January 25, as a homage to Burns Night, the networking breakfast had a Scottish twist, with Durham Business Group board member Graham Soult of cannyinsights.com addressing the haggis. 

Leanne Jeffrey, general manager of The Kingslodge Inn, said: "We were absolutely delighted to have such a fantastic turnout of local business people to our first-ever Durham Business Club networking breakfast.

"Durham has an incredible business pedigree and it was fantastic to have such a wide array of businesses at The Kingslodge Inn and to host a networking event that was so enthusiastically received by the members. To have such a diverse range of businesses networking, sharing information and swapping local knowledge was rewarding to be a part of.

"It was a great opportunity to showcase The Kingslodge Inn, our food and bedrooms and the facilities we offer here in Durham for business customers as well as leisure visitors. 

"We would like to thank everyone for coming along to the event and hope to welcome local businesses and indeed Durham Business Club again in the future.