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May 2018

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Iconic County Durham sister pub The Seaton Lane Inn reopens following major refurb

April 2018

Our sister inn The Seaton Lane Inn has reopened following a major refurbishment.

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.”

 

Lindisfarne Inn staff rally to help stricken motorists

March 2018

With accommodation already fully occupied, staff turned the restaurant of The Lindisfarne Inn into a refuge for 50 stricken travellers marooned by the severe weather. 

Duvets and free hot drinks were handed out to travellers who had abandoned their vehicles on the A1 at Beal due to the severe weather conditions. 

Chris Taylor is general manager of The Lindisfarne Inn, which is owned by The Inn Collection Group. Mr Taylor said: “We worked into the night to give shelter and warmth to stranded travellers. We extended food service, turned up the heating and handed out duvets and free hot drinks to travellers. We weren’t going to turn away into the freezing temperatures. 

“We all pulled together to help as many people as we could who were seeking refuge in atrocious conditions, as well as looking after people staying with us who have found themselves stranded by the weather. 

“I need to say what a true credit my staff have been – not just to the inn, but to the company as a whole. They have been working 18-hour long shifts back to back to help as many people as possible.”

Supervisor Lewis Scott said: “We just did what we felt was right to do. We couldn’t see people stuck. We made people as comfortable as best we could, handing out duvets. 

“The atmosphere was lovely, it felt really strange – it kind of felt like it was the end of the world. But everyone was happy and talked to each other – including the staff – there were only five of us in all day and night covering the bar, kitchen, housekeeping and maintenance, as so many people hadn’t been able to get in because of the snow. 

“We’d started work at 7.30 am and worked until about 1230. Everyone just rolled up their sleeves. The night just flew by." 

The Inn Collection Group’s managing director Sean Donkin said: “I am extremely proud of the goodwill of the team at The Lindisfarne Inn and their outstanding actions. They really did go above and beyond to assist stranded motorists, whose only other option would have been to spend the night in their cars in freezing conditions.

“It’s a heartwarming example of the important role pubs play in the community and how, in adverse times such as these, people come together to support each other.”

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

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

To celebrate the wealth of walks around The Lindisfarne Inn, the inn has introduced Walk Inn breaks.  

Including bed and breakfast, a welcome drink on arrival, dinner, a pack of 20 waterproofed O/S walks around the inn of your choice, and a packed lunch, Walk Inn start from £40 per person on top of standard room rates.

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