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The Hog's Head Inn backs cheeky charity calendar

October 2018

The Hog's Head Inn is supporting an eye-brow raising rugby calendar with a difference.

Showing members of the Newcastle Falcons squad in a whole new light, sales from the calendar will raise money for the nominated charities of Bobby Vickers Testimonial year - the Newcastle Rugby Foundation, Doddie Weir Trust and Stay Strong Stu as well as premiership hero Rob Vickers’ Testimonial. 

Players including Toby Flood, Ally Hogg, Joel Hodgson as well as Rob himself shed their rugby strips to cheekily champion the cause for the calendars, which will be on sale at The Hog's Head Inn.

Managing director of The Inn Collection Group, owners of The Bamburgh Castle Inn, Sean Donkin said: “Hats off – literally – to Rob and his teammates at Newcastle Falcons for daring to bare almost all for such worthy causes.  They’ve produced a great calendar that will certainly bring a smile to your face right now and throughout 2019.

“The Inn Collection Group is proud to be a longstanding supporter of the Newcastle Falcons and their players and fans. We are delighted to be able to support Rob and his chosen charities by selling the calendar across our inns and wish Rob every success for his Testimonial.

The former Newcastle Falcons forward, who made over 250 appearances across 12 years playing for the club, said: “The support from The Inn Collection Group is something I’m truly grateful for. The calendars were a lot of fun to make and that can be seen in the pictures which I hope people enjoy. We certainly turned some heads while we were doing the shoots.

“The money raised from the sales of the calendars will go towards three charities who are very close to my heart. Rugby and farming are my two passions and the charities I have chosen to support through my Testimonial Year reflect this.

“As a trustee of The Falcons Community Foundation I’d like to repay the great work they do for the sport in our region. Doddie Weir is someone I know very well from his time at the club, and he has always been great with me.”

Calendars priced at £10 each are on sale at The Lindisfarne Inn, Beal; The Bamburgh Castle Inn, Seahouses, The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick; The Commissioners Quay Inn at Blyth; The Seaton Lane Inn at Seaton; The Kingslodge Inn at Durham; The King’s Head Inn at Newton under Roseberry and The Waterhead Hotel at Coniston. 

They can also be bought online at www.shopfalcons.co.uk

 

The Hog's Head Inn pushes out the boat to support RNLI Fish SupperĀ 

October 2018

The Hog's Head Inn will be the plaice to be as the Alnwick pub casts out the net to support the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s Fish Supper fundraising campaign.

Each Friday night in October will see The Hog's Head Inn serve up delicious fish suppers with a £1 donation (50p children’s meals) going directly to the charity which saves lives at sea. 

Managing director Sean Donkin said: “We are going hook, line and sinker to support the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s Fish Supper fundraising campaign. Fish and chips really are a national institution. What better way can there be to support the RNLI then to enjoy the perfect fish supper, knowing you are supporting a very worthy cause at the same time. 
"We see at close hand the fantastic work that the volunteer lifeboat crews do to save lives at sea and the first-rate work they do within our communities. We are delighted to be supporting the RNLI across our group and hope people will join us to enjoy a fish supper for a cause.”

The nationwide Fish Supper event honours lifeboat crew members who miss meal times and special occasions with loved ones to save lives at sea. 

The RNLI’s fish-themed annual fundraiser aims to raise awareness of crew who drop everything – even weddings, birthdays and births – to venture into often dangerous waters to rescue people who have found themselves in difficulty.

Last year, RNLI lifeboat crews across the UK and Ireland rescued 8,643 people and saved 431 lives. It costs over £485,000 per day to run the RNLI, and the charity relies on donations from the public to continue its lifesaving service.

The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,200 lives.  

Ian Clayton, operations manager at nearby Seahouses lifeboat said: “Our volunteer crews are ready to drop everything – even their supper – at a moment’s notice to go to the rescue of people in trouble on the water. The money raised by The Inn Collection Group’s Fish Supper evenings will support all aspects of the RNLI’s lifesaving work and could help buy kit for our crew members or fuel for one of our lifeboats.”

For more information about the RNLI’s Fish Supper campaign please visit: visit RNLI.org/FishSupper

 

New Lake District sister hotel revealed

September 2018

We’re excited to reveal our new sister hotel in the Lake District – The Waterhead Hotel.

The beautiful 24-bedroom lake-side Waterhead Hotel near Coniston Village has become the newest addition to our multi award-winning Inn Collection Group.

Set in its own four-acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, the historic Waterhead Inn has its own jetty on Coniston Water and boasts picturesque views across the lake and striking Old Man of Coniston fell.  

Managing director of The Inn Collection Group Sean Donkin said: “We are delighted to be the new owners of The Waterhead Hotel which is renowned as a landmark destination in the Lakes District. 

“We are proud to offer our customers handpicked places in outstanding locations to eat, drink, sleep and explore from and The Waterhead Inn delivers on all counts.

“The Lakes have been a prime focus destination for us and the addition of this fabulous hotel in such an idyllic location will further enhance and complement the diversity if our offering to our customers.”

 

Topping Out ceremony for Amble sister inn

August 2018

The completion of the structural building work at The Hog's Head 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.

The new 30 bedroomed Inn, developed by Arch and its successor company Advance Northumberland will be operated by The Hog's Head 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.”