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The Lindisfarne Inn's Gin-uary is the perfect tonic to 'Dry January'

January

If the thought of Dry January leaves you cold, award-winning The Lindisfarne Inn has the perfect tonic with their Try ‘Ginuary’ local craft gin showcase. 

The Lindisfarne Inn is capturing the spirit of the gin renaissance with by turning the spotlight on pioneering local gin distillers throughout January, to bring something different to their customers’ gin and tonic. 

The inn will feature gins distilled nearby to encourage customers to put a different gin in their glass throughout January.

Already well-known for the choice and quality of the local and craft ales The Lindisfarne Inn serves, it is now giving spirit lovers and gin newbies the opportunity to sample some of the best gins in the North and to work their way through a hand picked selection of lesser-known gin varieties.  

David Walker of The Inn Collection Group which owns The Lindisfarne Inn said: “We’re trying to make January a little less blue by trying something that’s more of a tonic, with a small collection of local craft gins that we’ve tasted and loved. What’s more, they’re all distilled in locations close to our inns. 

“Gin is so quintessentially British, and with so many different taste variations now available, the possibilities for flavours from gin seem endless, we’re keen to showcase some directly from our little region of the world.  

“People are trying different garnishes too – ice and a slice of lemon no longer cuts the mustard and there are plenty of premium mixers upping their game to support the in-gin boom.”

Walter Riddell of Hepple Gin said: “We are thrilled that Hepple has been included in The Lindisfarne Inn's Ginuary line up. We make our gin rather differently, using young green juniper sourced from the hills around Hepple near Rothbury in Northumberland. 

“We use two separate distillation systems and a high-pressure extraction system to bring a crisp freshness not found in any conventionally made gin. Because of the complexity of our distillery process and our exacting harvesting regime, we only make a small quantity of Hepple, our only product.”

The Lindisfarne Inn's Try Ginuary will be showcasing: 

  • Durham Gin -  a small batch gin distilled in a 400 litre copper pot still called Lily, using traditional methods. Only a couple of hundred bottles are made from each batch and are labelled by hand. 
  • Hepple Gin – north Northumberland produced gin that’s vacuum distilled at lower temperatures to capture more flavour, including the young green juniper gathered from the Hepple Estate. 
  • Masons Yorkshire Gin – distilled slowly and traditionally in two 200-litre stills called Steve and Lefty, the first gin to be distilled in Yorkshire contains juniper and citrus flavours. 
  • Poetic License – flavoured with juniper and cardamom spice, lemon, lime and eucalyptus, this is a fresh scented gin that also contains a host of secret botanicals. 

Tasters will be able to try the different garnishes and serving suggestions recommended by the distillers to bring out the best in their gins.

Dave said: “We’re initially offering the craft gins on a limited basis during January but if they prove popular, we’ll be looking to put them behind the bar full time. 

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The Lindisfarne Inn impresses judges to scoop silverware duo at 'tourism oscars'

November

 

The Lindisfarne Inn picked up a duo of silvers in the recent North East England Tourism Awards in its first year of entering the region's 'tourism oscars'. 

Contesting strong competition from across the entire North East region, The Lindisfarne Inn was awarded silver in the most popular category - The Tourism Pub of the Year as well as silver in The best Boutique/Small Hotel of the Year.

 The Lindisfarne Inn will now automatically go forward to the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2017 for the first time. 

This year’s North East England Tourism Awards attracted a record-breaking 143 entries, and more than 60 of those were businesses that entered the for the first time, according to award organisers, the destination management and marketing organisation NewcastleGateshead Initiative.

The awards drew entries from Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and County Durham. 

Keith Liddell, chief executive of The Inn Collection Group which owns The Lindisfarne Inn, said: “We are delighted that The Lindisfarne Inn has been recognised in this way for the high standards of our facilities, the quality of our food and drink offering and our first class customer service. We constantly strive to raise standards in hospitality are delighted to be recognised for our efforts to draws visitors to North East England and, in doing so, help put our region firmly on the tourist map as a great place to eat, drink, sleep and explore. 

“But it’s not just about awards. Our staff across all of our inns pull out the stops all year round to create the best experience possible for our customers, and I’m proud of their efforts, 365 days a year.”

There was success for The Lindisfarne Inn's sister inns The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick which punched above its weight, beating off strong competition to pick up silver for the Inclusive Tourism Award.

 The newly opened The Commissioners Quay Inn at Blyth open for just two months at the tome of award nomination walked away with Highly Commended for The best Boutique/ Small Hotel of the Year category.  

The awards were held at a glittering ceremony at Newcastle Civic Centre’s Banqueting Hall, in an event hosted by one half of The Mimic Men and BBC Radio Newcastle breakfast show presenter, Alfie Joey.

The Lindisfarne Inn has been shortlisted for not one – but two categories in its first year of entering the prestigious North East England Tourism Awards 2016.

The Lindisfarne Inn shortlisted for two prestigious awards

October

The Lindisfarne Inn has been shortlisted for not one – but two categories in its first year of entering the prestigious North East England Tourism Awards 2016.

We’re up for the best Tourism Pub of the Year and the best Boutique/Guest Accommodation of the Year. And the nominations mean we’ve also been automatically entered in the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2017.

Award organisers, the destination management and marketing organisation NewcastleGateshead Initiative, say this year’s awards attracted a record-breaking 143 entries, and more than 60 of those were businesses that entered the awards for the first time.

Tourism businesses from across Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and Country Durham were eligible to enter the awards, and we’ll be facing tough competition in both categories.

The Lindisfarne Inn general manager Chris Taylor said: “Being nominated in not one but two categories is fantastic recognition of what we do so well – which is welcoming in people to enjoy our great facilities – whether they are walkers, cyclists, families, dog owners – at our great inn – the nearest mainland inn to Holy Island.

“It’s also a testament to our fantastic team of hard working staff who go all out to ensure people enjoy their time with us.”

In both the Tourism Pub of the Year and Boutique/Guest Accommodation of the Year categories, we highlighted our work to turn The Lindisfarne Inn into a cyclist-friendly venue, with special facilities and even meals, for cycling visitors using The Sandstone Way and the Coast and Castles route.

 

Keith Liddell, chief executive of The Lindisfarne Inn’s parent company, The Inn Collection Group, said: “These are brilliant and well-deserved nominations for the Lindisfarne Inn.

 

“The Inn’s staff have worked so hard to put it on the cyclists’ map and being shortlisted for this award will spread the message even further.”

Food and families top the new boss’s agenda at The Lindisfarne Inn

October

 The Lindisfarne Inn is welcoming back its talented former head chef Chris Taylor as its new general manager. 

Chris, who also headed the kitchen brigade at The Lindisfarne Inn’s sister inn, popular eatery, The Hog’s Head in Alnwick, is returning with food and families at the top of his agenda.

Returning to The Lindisfarne Inn with wife Leonie and children Dylan, four, and eight-week old baby Joey, Chris is aiming to put a family focus both on dining and staying at the inn, with a family-friendly, Sunday roast special and winter break offers including free accommodation and food for under 12s. 

His passion for game, now in season, can be seen in the revamped daily specials, while Chris’s self-confessed sweet tooth - shared with the inn’s Michelin star trained pastry chef Richard Sharp - means diners are in for a divine dessert offering with Bake Off – worthy puddings making for a sweet finale at the inn’s new Sunday roast offering each week. 

Chris said: “It’s great to come back home to the Lindy and I’m looking forward to putting my stamp on the inn.

“We’ll be creating some fantastic new meals from the superb range of Northumbrian ingredients on our doorstep and of course developing amazing desserts to tempt your taste buds.

“As well as turning The Lindisfarne Inn into a real foodie destination, we’re pushing out our family-friendly credentials. As the dad of two young children, I know what a difference a welcoming atmosphere makes when you’re out with the family and that’s something we’ll be going above and beyond to ensure here.”

Part of his family-friendly agenda includes the focus on Sunday lunches and encouraging families to sit around the table together to tuck into a roast with all the trimmings with a delicious homemade dessert as a special treat. There will also be a new vegetarian and vegan selection on the menu. 

Said Chris: “Food and families is on the top of my agenda. I firmly believe in sitting down and eating together as a family. A Sunday roast was the traditional time when families spent time together over a meal and it’s something I really want to encourage families to do – come in and enjoy a Sunday lunch together with us without the hassle or arguments about preparing it, clearing up and of course washing up.” 

Sean Donkin, operations director from The Inn Collection Group which owns The Lindisfarne Inn, said: “Chris has some superb plans for The Lindisfarne Inn and we’re delighted to have him back in The Inn Collection Group family. 

“As a company, we focus on promoting from within the group and growing our people’s skills and experience. Chris is a great example of this in action and we wish him the very best in his new role.”