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Win an Inn Club stay at The Hog's Head Inn

August 2017

Enthusiasts of The Hog's Head Inn are in with a chance of winning a fantastic stay at our popular Alnwick inn with the launch of The Inn Collection Group’s Inn Club.

 Inn Club members get access to exclusive special offers at The Hog's Head Inn and our sister Inn Collection Group pub deals, travel ideas and insider location secrets as well as being entered into a draw to win a three-night dinner, bed & breakfast stay for two at the inn of their choice.

The Inn Collection Group’s Sean Donkin said: “Whether you’re travelling for pleasure or for work, being a part of our new Inn Club brings you cracking new special offers and deals as well as insider insights from travel gurus with their ear to the ground about what's happenning around our award-winning inns. 

“If you’re a fan of gems like Durham, the Northumberland coast, Roseberry Topping and unique attractions like Alnwick Castle and Garden then all it takes are two ticks of your time to make a couple of clicks to be part of the inn crowd – and also to be in with a chance of winning a fantastic stay at The Hog's Head Inn – or one of our sister award winning inns." 

Join the Inn Club and be in with a chance of winning a stay at The Hog's Head Inn by clicking here

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Make Sure You’re the Early Robin that Catches the Worm - Book now for Christmas

July 2017

It might be the peak of British summertime and sun cream, shorts and sandals still uppermost in people’s minds.

But here at The Hog’s Head Inn the festive season is already upon us as our thoughts turn to Santa hats, party nights and turkey dinners.

If it seems a tad early to be talking about Christmas, think again.

Before you know it, December will have arrived, and if you haven’t got ahead of the game you could easily find yourself left out in the cold with nowhere to go for your office party, family get together or New Year’s Eve bash.

With the fantastic line-up of festive events on offer this year at The Hog’s Head Inn, however, you’ll want to make sure you’re the early Robin that catches the worm.

General Manager Gary Turner says: “It may still be summer, but now is the ideal time to be thinking about the festive season to avoid the disappointment of losing out on the party or event you were dreaming of.

“We put a lot of thought into our festive packages and are known for our cracking Christmas line ups with added sparkle you, your friends, family and work colleagues deserve at what is a special time of year.

“Putting off booking could mean you sadly miss out on the cracking Christmas you are looking forward to and instead end up being a Scrooge when everyone around you is getting into the festive spirit. We have discounted room rates - subject to availability and choice - when booking one of our festive events, so get in quick while there still is room at the Inn! Just give us a call for our best rates. 

“We know our fantastic festive packages and party nights are going to be popular, so don’t delay and pop by, give us a call, or drop us an email to to see what we can do for you and ensure you Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas rather than a Silent Night.

“After all…it tis the season to be jolly!”

Highlights include:

1-24 December: Cracking Christmas Fayre Menu. Feast on two festive courses for £9.95 per person or three courses for £59.95 each. Perfect for celebrating with friends, families and work colleagues. Must be booked in advance and is available every day excluding Sundays and Christmas Party Nights.

1-15 December: Christmas Party Nights, 7pm-midnight, £25 per person. Get inn the festive spirit with a delicious meal, superb selection of drinks, an allocated table for the evening, and fabulous live entertainment on the following dates.

Friday 1 December: The Happy Cats – a drop of the Irish, a spoonful of salsa, a twist of Tamla, all shaken up with 30 years of rock ‘n roll experience and good humour.

Saturday 8 December: Flux Capacitor – 80s dance classics.

Friday 15 December: The Pretty Weeds – a female fronted four-piece band playing a fantastic mix of soul, pop, rock and Motown.

2, 9 and 16 December: Breakfast with Santa, 10am-12pm. Enjoy breakfast with some very special guests from the North Pole. Each child will receive a gift from Santa and one of his Elves – as long as they have been well behaved, of course! Adults £10; Children, £5.

25 December: Christmas Day Lunch, 12pm-2pm. Relax in style on the big day and let The Hog’s Head Inn take the strain. A delicious three course Christmas meal awaits at £34.95 per person (under 12s £15.95).

31 December: New Year’s Eve, 7pm-1am. Welcome in 2018 at The Hog’s Head Inn with mouth-watering food, a superb selection of drinks, and live entertainment from Soul Addiction, the North East’s newest soul and party band.




Celebrated head chef Kelvin joins The Hog's Head Inn award winning team

June 2017

We’re delighted to announce acclaimed chef Kelvin Gallaugher has joined our award-winning team here at The Hog’s Head Inn.  

Kelvin, whose name is synonymous with outstanding food, has a smorgasbord of gastronomic credentials including The Treehouse in Alnwick, The Mizen Head and Victoria Hotel in Bamburgh and high-end hotel and wedding venue, Newton Hall.

Kelvin cut his culinary teeth at the Collingwood Arms, where he realised he wanted to carve out a career in the kitchen. Encouraged by the head chef, who spotted Kelvin’s talent, he moved to London to hone his cheffing skills, working in top London restaurants including the hip Atlantic Bar & Grill, frequented by the likes of Madonna, Jack Nicholson, Robert de Niro and Kate Moss.

He has rubbed shoulders in the kitchen with some of the leading stars in British cookery today including Jason Atherton, Mark Sargeant and award-winning baker, Dan Lepard.

But after five years of London living, a trip home to his native Northumberland persuaded Kelvin to swap the cement and glass of city life for the beaches and castles of England’s most northerly county.

Father-of-two Kelvin is excited to be taking the helm of The Hog’s Head Inn kitchen.

He said: “'It's been a while since I've worked in a pub type operation and certainly never in a pub of the size of The Hog's Head Inn, but I'm relishing the challenge and look forward to the chance for more people to sample my cooking.

"The Inn Collection Group, who own The Hog’s Head Inn, who are a really progressive company. They give you the opportunity to have autonomy and put a personal stamp on things.

“There is a lovely atmosphere at The Hog’s Head Inn and I’m looking forward to working with the team in the kitchen to drive the food offer here.

“I thrive in the kitchen and enjoy teaching people as well. I’ve been lucky enough to have worked with some amazingly talented chefs and learnt a lot of techniques from them. Now, I have the opportunity to pass my knowledge and skills on to the kitchen team here to further both my own and their careers."

Kelvin will be bringing in a new menu to The Hog’s Head Inn which he describes as being ‘pub food and a little bit more’.

“I don’t have a particular cooking style as such. I just enjoy cooking and like people to enjoy what I make. I want people to be able to eat their way around the world in one building – a one stop eating house, if you like, where someone can come in for fish and chips, but someone else in the party can have a decent curry.

“We will always do the pub classics because that’s the backbone of the business, but there will be some different things. When people have confidence in your cooking style they are happy to give something they normally wouldn’t have a try. I want people to try new things.”

A sneak preview of those ‘new things’ includes Korean Pork Stir Fry and Chilli Fried Squid with Asian Slaw and a Piri Piri Spiced Chicken Burger.

An advocate of local produce, Kelvin is looking forward to bringing more local flavours and producers to the table.

“I like trying to use as much locally sourced produce as possible. I’m a big believer in using local stuff where possible and that’s something I want to be able to do here and we’re looking at bringing in more local dairy produce, game – when in season and local fish.”

It’s In Our Nature – Why The Hog’s Head Inn has teamed up with Visit Northumberland

May 2017

The Hog’s Head Inn has teamed up with Visit Northumberland to celebrate the unique character of Northumberland and encourage people to explore England’s most northerly county. 

#ItsInOurNature hails Northumberland’s individuality and wide ranging features, including celebrated gardens, beaches, wildlife and nature reserves plus its remote, nature-rich hill country. 

The Hog’s Head Inn’s general manager Gary Turner said: “Northumberland just has so much to offer - there really is something for everyone. Drive one way and you have miles of famed beaches, go another and you can hide away in Northumberland’s beautiful hill country, with its big skies and sweeping valleys. 

“Northumberland has it all and we are proud to be partnering Visit Northumberland to spread the word about its individuality and to encourage people to come, visit and eat, drink, sleep and explore with us -  and of course to spend which is vital for our economy. 

“Our location, close to Alnwick Castle and Garden, yet with the coast and hauntingly beautiful interior but a shirt drive away, makes The Hog’s Head Inn an ideal place to set up base for exploring our amazing county.” 

It’s In Our Nature runs until August 2017. 

Follow #ItsInOurNature across social media networks and look out for the campaign in national press.