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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

The Lindisfarne Inn pairs up with The Berwick Advertiser to give readers a free starter or pudding to celebrate the New Year

January 2018

The Lindisfarne Inn is inviting diners to raise a knife, fork and spoon to 2018 with a scrumptious celebratory offer for readers of The Berwick Advertiser of a free starter or dessert.

The Berwick Advertiser is celebrating the New Year ‘Inn’ style by pairing up with award-winning The Lindisfarne Inn by offering readers a free starter or dessert with every adult main course purchased.

Heading the inn’s acclaimed kitchen team is head chef Mark Bocking who serves up a delicious range of homemade pub dishes with daily changing specials where local game and seafood makes a regular appearance.

And with the voucher below, a trip to The Lindisfarne Inn – just off the A1 near Holy Island, has just got even tastier by giving every reader the chance to get their teeth into a free starter or pudding.

Open daily from 7.30am with food served until 9pm, The Lindisfarne Inn’s winter menu has a wide range of crowd pleasers guaranteed to warm the cockles of your heart on a chilly January day. 

From comfort food classics, like Northumbrian Game Pudding and haggis, neeps and tatties, to homemade pizzas with a range of delectable toppings and a spicy new selection of curry dishes The Lindisfarne Inn’s versatile menu attracts a loyal band of followers.

General manager Chris Taylor said: “We are very pleased to be partnering with the Berwick Advertiser to wish readers a very happy New Year.

“January is seen by many as being the bleakest month of the year. What could be more uplifting than a delicious homemade meal out with family or friends, with the added bonus of a free course on us? It’s just the thing to banish any January blues you may be feeling.”

To claim you free starter or pudding voucher, simply buy your copy of The Beriwck Advertiser, published on January 4th,  or download and print from and handover when you order. A voucher is valid for every adult main course meal, from Monday to Thursday until February 8th

Game qualification is feather in the cap for The Lindisfarne Inn kitchen team

December 2017

Chefs from The Lindisfarne Inn kitchen went lock, stock and barrel for game and were on target to take a full bag of qualifications. 

Chefs from the inn along with sister pubs – The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses; The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick; The Commissioners Quay Inn at Blyth in Northumberland; The Seaton Lane Inn and The Kingslodge  in County Durham and The King’s Head Inn in Newton under Roseberry, took part in a Game Food Hygiene training course, and sat the assessment to gain the award of ‘Trained Hunter’ status as part of the group’s ongoing commitment to maintaining the highest standard of food preparation and service. 

The course saw chefs explore the processes involved to safely process game from fur or feather to the kitchen table.

Game enthusiast Sean Donkin is operations director at The Inn Collection Group, owners of The Lindisfarne Inn.

He said: “Game dishes are amongst the most popular our award-winning kitchens create. It is a food we are very proud to champion. Not only is it incredibly tasty and versatile, it is a very healthy product being naturally leaner than farmed meat, has low food miles and is totally free range and ethically reared.

“Part and parcel with cooking with game is ensuring that we source and use game that is fully traceable and meets our rigorous standards of food hygiene.

“As well as a talent and flair for creating absolutely delicious game dishes in the kitchen, our chefs all proved themselves to be high fliers in their knowledge and understanding of hygiene issues relating to game, its sourcing, preparation and storage.”

He added: “The course is part of our ongoing commitment to staff training and development. Maintaining these high standards through training, education and best practice ensures our customers enjoy dishes that not only taste superb, but are prepared and made to the very highest food hygiene standards.”