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Downton Abbey Alnwick Christmas Day special

December 2014

Alnwick was the spectacular backdrop for Downton Abbey’s two-hour seasonal special which aired on Christmas Day.

Alnwick Castle was used as the location for Brancaster Castle in the hit costume drama.

Production teams spent two-weeks in Northumberland and filmed in the Castle’s spectacular interior rooms, Northumberland Estates’ Hulne Abbey and shooting on the estate itself.

The Hog’s Head Inn was proud to host many of the Downton Abbey cast and crew with its car park operating as a unit base during the filming. 

Hog's Head Inn celebrates Great British Game Week with Recipe Competition

November 2014

The Hog’s Head Inn is looking for your favourite game recipes as it celebrates Great British Game Week. 

The Hog’s Head Inn is celebrating Great British Game Week, a campaign dedicated to promoting the delights of wild British game.

And as well as a specials board packed full of local game dishes and flavours to mark the game-filled week which runs until November 30, The Hog’s Head Inn is urging foodies to submit their favourite game recipes to celebrate great British game.

Head chef Chris Taylor will be selecting the winning recipe which, as well as making it onto the Hog’s Head Inn Specials Board, will earn its creator the prize of a meal for two plus overnight stay at the popular Hog’s Head Inn in Alnwick. 

Chris said: "I love game. Not only is it mouth wateringly tasty, it is local, in season right now, good for you and free range too. What more could you want?

“The beauty of game for me is in its versatility. That is why we want you to share your favourite ways to cook game so we can pay homage to this special ingredient.

“We’re looking for foodies to enter our game recipe competition and share their favourite ways of cooking Northumberland pheasant, partridge, pigeon and venison that we are supplied with by local sporting estates around us.”

The winning recipe will be cooked by Chris and his kitchen team and placed on the Specials board at The Hog’s Head Inn."

To enter The Hog’s Head Inn Great British Game Competition, simply email your recipe and contact details to Chris at  by December 5th. 

In the meantime you can enjoy great game dishes at The Hog’s Head Inn, with food being served daily until 9pm.

 Find out more about Great British Game Week at

Christmas 2014 at The Hog's Head Inn

September 2014

It's never too early to start thinking about Christmas.  

As well as offering a superb Christmas Day Lunch menu and Festive Fayre throughout December, The Hog's Head Inn is once again welcoming music, comic and screen legend Brendan Healy and swing sensation Glen Roughead who will be performing during Christmas Party Nights in December. 

Back by popular demand, Glen Roughead will be performing at The Hog's Head Inn on Friday December 12th.

Laugh the night away with funnyman Brendan Healy for a night of good crack and canny scran Saturday December 13th and Saturday December 20th.

Tickets, including entertainment and a three course festive dinner cost £40. Stay the night for an extra £35 including breakfast. 

General manager Gary Turner said: :"We're looking forward to another outstanding Christmas here at The Hog's Head Inn. Head chef Chris Taylor has devised a sensational festive fayre menu, while our Christmas Day menu itself is packed full of traditional favourites with all the trimmings and some seasonal twists too.

"We do recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment on 01665 606 576." 

Barndale School help launch Hogshead Castle

October 2014

Pupils from Alnwick's Barndale House Special School came to play and help launch The Hog's Head Inn's new 'Hogshead Castle'.

Youngsters from Barndale enjoyed a celebration party lunch before giving the new 'Hogshead Castle' a thorough testing, climbing, sliding, clambering and swinging on the new play area.

General Manager Gary Turner said: "We were delighted to welcome such polite and ethusiastic youngsters to help us launch our new Hogshead Castle play area. We had a lot of fun putting the Castle through its paces. It was lovely to see the kids having so much fun. 

"The Hog's Head Inn is family-friendly and this brilliant play area will be a welcome addition to children - and grown ups, too, who can relax and enjoy a drink or bite to eat while the kids have fun in the play area."

New 'Hogshead Castle' Opens

September 2014

Little wizards and witches visiting The Hog's Head Inn are in for a treat with the opening of Hogshead Castle - a fantastic children's play area right outside the inn.

Named after the tavern in the famous Harry Potter tales of the famous boy wizard, The Hog's Head Inn thought it fitting to little ones their own castle to play in while they visit. 

General manager Gary Turner said: "We are proud to be a family friendly inn and Hogshead Castle is provng to be a huge success with family members young and old and is keeping children entertained for hours while the grown ups enjoy some well earned rest and relaxtion.

"It is completely free of charge for our customers to use, so drop by and let the little ones have a play and enjoy our hospitality." 

Fancy the perfect steak?

October 2014

Meat lovers are in for a treat at The Hog's Head Inn thanks to the inn's amazing new steak menu. 

The Hog's Head Inn has introduced a new range of steaks, cooked to your liking, with its own blend of secret alchemy.

Steak lovers can feast on a sublime 14oz sirloin or a whopping 19oz tomahawk - a striking rib eye with the bone left in for even more flavour. 

Head chef Chris Taylor said: "A perfectly cooked and flavoursome steak is the fantasy meal choice of many and here at The Hog's Head Inn we are determined to offer our customers a simply unbeatable steak."

A combination of thickly sliced prime cuts of dry-aged North East beef, head chef Chris Taylor’s secret steak rub and clever cooking has resulted in a feeding frenzy among steak aficionados at The Hog’s Head Inn.

"There is something of a reverence when we take out our steaks to the table. Other diners fall silent as they see the steaks being taken out - they really are a feast for the senses in every way!" 

Downton comes to Alnwick

August 2014

Popular ITV series Downton Abbey is being filmed at Alnwick this week.

The hit costume drama is being shot at Alnwick Castle today with filming at the fortess home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland running until August 8.

Alnwick Castle's website states: “Please note that various areas of Alnwick Castle will be closed or have limited access on July 28 – August 8 (inclusive), due to the filming of a major ITV period drama.

“Please check the ‘What’s On’ page for details about which events will be taking place on these days, as some are affected by the filming and may have to be cancelled or rescheduled. Some days may require a visitor capacity limit.

“The grounds are open as usual unless otherwise stated (certain areas of the grounds may need to be closed off at short notice on the day).

“Please note that some of the State Rooms may be dressed for filming while open to the public on those days.

Our staff are first to become new Northumberland Ambassadors.

August 2014

The Hog's Head Inn staff are among the first to become Northumberland County Council's brand new Northumberland Ambassadors.

Ready to  boost tourists’ experiences in the county just in time for the peak summer season, staff from The Lindisfarne Inn received their title by undertaking ten ‘Know your Northumberland’ training courses. The courses provided businesses which come in contact with tourists with crucial area knowledge to enhance visitors’ stays, encourage them to spend more quality time in the county and hopefully make repeat trips.

The Know your Northumberland courses were organised by Northumberland County Council in partnership with Northumberland College who provided accredited qualifications. New courses have been added to the programme and will begin in the autumn.

An awards ceremony was held at Northumberland County Council to present the Northumberland Ambassadors with Northumberland College accredited certificates. 

Out of those 69 participating in the courses, seven received the gold Northumberland Ambassador qualifications, with eight reaching silver qualifications and 11 receiving bronze.

The Northumberland Ambassadors will receive a logo for their website and a certificate acknowledging their achievement.  As well as a badge to proudly mark their status, the Northumberland Ambassadors will have the knowledge to inspire visitors staying within our county and celebrate Northumberland’s many assets.

Keith Liddell, chief executive officer of the Inn Collection Group which owns The Hog's Head Inn said: “We were delighted to work with Northumberland County Council to support the ‘Know Your Northumberland’ initiative. We invested in staff from The Lindisfarne Inn at Beal, The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses and The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick to take part in the familiarisation trips. They found learning more about the amazing attractions on our doorstep – and a little further afield in the county – fascinating and are already sharing their new-found knowledge of the county with visitors.”

“Our aim is to make sure visitors at our inns not only get the most out of their stay in Northumberland, but that they return and share their experiences with others.”

A variety of Northumberland based businesses took part in the courses including; Northumberland accommodation providers; café and gift shop owners; tourist information staff; local producers; tourism association members; Beadles from the Sanderson Arcade and Nordic walking and historical guides.  The courses ran from February until May. 

Northumberland County Councillor Val Tyler policy board member for culture and community infrastructure said:

"Congratulations to everyone who has taken part in the ‘Know your Northumberland’ courses.  It is excellent to see that so many businesses in contact with tourists within Northumberland taking part to help visitors to our county to enjoy our attractions and stay longer.”