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Topping Out celebrated at Northumberland sister inn

August 2018

The completion of the structural building work at The Kingslodge Inn's sister pub with rooms, The Amble Inn, has been marked with a topping out at the development site in Coquet Enterprise Park, Amble, Northumberland.

The new 30 bedroomed Inn, developed by Arch and its successor company Advance Northumberland will be operated by The Kingslodge Inn owners, the multi award winning Inn Collection Group. It is located off the A1068 leading into Amble from the south, the two-storey building has been designed to provide an attractive venue for daytime and evening trade. 

The investment of £4m is expected to create the equivalent of 35 full time jobs in the town once the building work and fit out completes later this year.

The Inn has been designed with 30 bedrooms including a mix of family and twin rooms, with a 150-seated restaurant and bar with further seating in an external terrace, car parking and cycle spaces.  The development is part of a wider plan to enhance Coquet Enterprise Park and the Inn will contribute to the town’s tourism offer by increasing the accommodation availability and helping to attract additional visitors.

The Inn will operate on The Inn Collection Group model of providing value-for-money accommodation, quality beverages including local real ales, and homemade pub fare served all day, 365 days a year. The Inn Collection Group has an expanding portfolio of inns with rooms across the North East and North Yorkshire.

The Inn Collection Group's managing director Sean Donkin said: “We are excited to have reached this important milestone in the building of The Amble Inn and look forward to the completion of this landmark property.  

Our focus will now be placed on the building’s interior design and build. We will be creating something rather special which, once finished, will be a hugely popular dining and bar area supported with an excellent accommodation offering.

The Amble Inn will be a key driver in supporting Amble’s regional economy with strong job creation and inter trading opportunities as well as providing those who live, work and are visiting Amble with an outstanding new environment to eat, drink and sleep in.”

Richard Wearmouth Chair of Arch said: "This key 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 also 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.”

Durham Tourism Superstar Finalist Leanne Jeffrey

Leanne's a finalist in Durham Tourism Superstar Awards

July 2018

The Kingslodge Inn's general manager Leanne Jeffrey was a finalist in the hotly-contested Durham Tourism Superstar awards. 

Leanne was one of just five shining stars who reached the finals of the awards which recognise the dedication and passion of those working in Durham’s tourism industry who go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure visitors have a priceless experience in the county.

Leanne said: “I was incredibly proud to have been nominated for these awards and delighted to be a finalist in such a prestigious award for doing something that comes naturally to me and that I love to do. It is such an honour and a great privilege to be recognised in this way. 

“I take so much pleasure in sharing my passion for County Durham with our guests and passing on my knowledge to others, so they enjoy every moment of their time in our fantastic county. 

“I would like to thank everyone who voted for me and look forward to helping more people have a stay in Durham which totally exceeds their expectations.

“Congratulations to all the other finalists and of course to the Durham Tourism Superstar herself, Emily Hope of Beamish - The Living Museum of the North. She is absolutely shines in all she does and is so deserving of this title and I wish her the very best of luck when she flies the flag for Durham in the National Tourism Superstar Finals.”

Ivor Stolliday, chairman of Visit County Durham, said: “The competition is a wonderful way to recognise those individuals working tirelessly in the tourism industry. All of the finalists are incredible and each act as ambassadors for our county, we should all be extremely proud of them.”

Vote Leanne as Durham's next Tourism Superstar

June 2018

The search is on to find Durham’s next tourism superstar and The Kingslodge Inn’s general manager Leanne Jeffrey has been shortlisted for the awards. 
The award recognises the dedication and passion of those working in Durham’s tourism industry. 
Whether it’s helping guests put together itineraries to County Durham’s many attractions, hiding secret treasures for her guests to find about Durham - or even taking a stranded grandmother to Durham cathedral in her own car, Leanne goes above the call of duty to ensure visitors have a priceless experience. 
Leanne said: "I am so proud and honoured to be nominated for this award. Especially when it is something that comes naturally to me and I just love doing. I just love chatting to guests and helping them decide and plan where they would like to visit and how to get there. Putting together our very own Kingslodge Inn Treasure Hunt, or hiding our inn's special stone in secret spots for our guests to search out and find across the city. 
"It would be absolutely amazing to be voted Durham Tourism Superstar and to fly the flag for our amazing County that I'm so passionate about living and working in."
Voting is now open and we’re calling on you to show your support for Leanne by casting your vote her way. 
Voting closes at midnight on Friday July 13th. The winner will be announced at Visit County Durham’s annual Garden Party at Beamish Hall on July 24th and will then go on to represent the county in a national tourism superstar award. 
Please show your support for Leanne and cast your vote in a mere couple of clicks here.  


The Kingslodge Inn in Durham were finalists in the Britivic Lifting Spirits Awards in association with the Morning Advertiser

The Kingslodge Inn goes above and beyond in Britvic Lifting Spirits Awards

June 2018

The Kingslodge Inn was a finalist in national awards that recognise outlets that go above and beyond to lift the spirits on the local community with its Silver Lunch Club. 

The inn was one of just five finalists from pubs, hotels and restaurants across the country that were recognised in the Britvic Lifting Spirits Awards in association with the Morning Advertiser for their community work with isolated older people living alone in Durham. 

The inn regularly opens its doors for older people living alone in the city with it's Silver Lunch Club which includes an annual Christmas party with entertainment and a free three-course Christmas lunch and monthly subsidised lunch clubs that over 80 people coming along to enjoy not just a delicious home made meal, but fun and laughter in the company of others. 

The initiative was the brainchild of general manager Leanne Jeffrey who attended the awards ceremony in London with Age UK Durham's development manager Kirsty King-Lough. 

Leanne said: "It was such an honour to be nominated for these awards for doing something that just comes naturally to us. It was very humbling being among such inspiring people and hearing what they do to go above and beyond in their communities and to have the accolade of being a finalist among such exceptional company. 

"What pleases me most is that we are making a difference to the lives of some of Durham's most vulnerable and isolated older people through our Silver Lunch Club and that through this we can bring a little sunshine and warmth to people who spend much of their time alone, with just the radio or the television for company. I am so pleased that our lunch club has become such a success and that it continues to grow. We never turn away one away and everyone is welcome to come and join us."

To find out more about The Kingslodge Inn's Silver Lunch Club call 0191 370 9977 or email enquiries@kingslodgeinn.co.uk

The Kingslodge Inn for father's day accommodation meals in Durham city and County Durham perfect father's day presents.

Father's Day covered at The Kingslodge Inn

June 2018

Father’s Day is fast approaching on Sunday June 17.

Finding the main man in your life the perfect Father’s Day gift is no easy task.

The Kingslodge Inn has just the answer with a winning combination of great food, superb local real ales as well as amazing Durham city to explore.

Sean Donkin is managing director of The Inn Collection Group, owners of The Kingslodge Inn and a father-of-three.

He said: "Speaking as a father myself, there's nothing better than spending time with your family, whether it's enjoying some well-earned time away or a meal out that everyone can enjoy together and The Kingslodge Inn is just the place to do that.

"With it's close location to Durham city centre and world class attractions like Durham cathedral, the UK's largest open air museum Beamish and magnificent High Force waterfall - which has just been listed by MSN as one of the top ten most beautiful places you'll be surprised is in the UK - The Kingslodge Inn will be a favourite with dads everywhere."

Father's Day gift vouchers at The Kingslodge Inn are available to purchase. Call us directly on 0191 370 9977 or our booking hotline on 0191 580 3610 (during office hours) or book accommodation online anytime. 

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May 2018

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Sean Donkin is managing director of The Inn Collection Group, owners of The Kingslodge Inn. 

Sean said: “We fully support GDPR as it’s designed to give you more control over how your data is used, but at the same time we don’t want you to miss out on our newsletters with our latest news, updates and exclusive offers for The Kingslodge Inn and our other award-winning pubs with rooms. 

“We get a lot of positive feedback from people about how much they enjoy our Inn Crowd newsletters, which are full of insider information about what’s on in the area, exciting new pub additions and, of course, special offers and competitions. 

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The Seaton Lane Inn reopens in East Durham where to stay when visiting Sunderland Durham Seaham Hall accommodation Seaton

Iconic sister inn reopens in East Durham - The Seaton Lane Inn

April 2018

It's been closed for a major top to toe refurbishment. And now our sister inn The Seaton Lane Inn is open once again with a completely new look...

The overhaul includes a total redesign of this landmark County Durham inn’s dining and bar area which has an outdoors-indoors theme, complete with vivid prints; pops of bright, earthy colours and accessories and a blend of contemporary and retro signature furniture and lighting. 

The addition of a bold, botanical-themed orangery complete with water feature and plant walls forms a central showstopper for customers to relax in. 

Each of the inn’s 18 en-suite bedrooms have been refurbished, with signature wallpaper, natural-coloured paneling and metallic detailing. 

In a nod to tradition, the inn’s exterior retains its white upper section, while an olive green ground floor continues the natural theme. 

Seaton resident John Wight was the first customer through the doors. He said: “It’s fantastic. I never envisaged it would look like this – it’s amazing. It’s great to be back. There’s nothing like being at your local, the staff are excellent, you can’t fault them. They are like a family. 

“It’s brilliant to have The Seaton Lane Inn back and looking so beautiful.” 

General manager Paul Brown said: “What a transformation. It is absolutely stunning. The best thing has been seeing people’s reactions when they step inside. We went to great lengths to keep the new interior a secret and the end result is spectacular with real wow-factor. 

“The investment has transformed The Seaton Lane Inn into a sophisticated, yet relaxed place you just won’t want to leave and a tremendous asset for business and consumer guests in County Durham, serving quality homemade food and drink all day, every day as well as providing high-quality, AA four-star accommodation.”

Discover some of Britain's Favourite Walks from The Kingslodge 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 Kingslodge Inn and enjoy some of the UK’s best walks on your doorstep.

A trailblazing nine routes within driving distance of The Kingslodge Inn - and the pub with rooms' northern sister inns - made it into the programme’s top 100, with the North 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 Kingslodge 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 Kingslodge 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.

“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.”

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