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Mark Bocking head chef at The Lindisfarne Inn

Mark brings an army of flavour to The Lindisfarne Inn

June 2017

He’s served in both Gulf wars, cooked for Royalty and the Prime Minister and served up high-end banquets to over 300 guests. 

Now talented Mark Bocking has joined The Lindisfarne Inn as our new head chef.

It was in the fiery heat of a desert kitchen that Royal Air Force veteran Mark began his kitchen career. He joined the RAF as a chef, and has served in jungle field kitchens in Belize, and fed over 3,000 personnel at a time in Mount Pleasant, an RAF station in the Falkland Islands, where the corridors from one end of the camp to another were over a mile long.

Former Prime Minister John Major dined on Mark's food at Chequers, while Princess Anne was the guest of honour at an RAF banquet where Mark was part of a right-royal kitchen-brigade.

Closer to home, Mark is widely regarded on the local food scene for his stellar cookery. He spent seven years as head chef at The Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel in Embleton and three years as sous chef at the acclaimed Treehouse Restaurant in Alnwick.

Now, he is looking forward to making the kitchen at the award-winning Lindisfarne Inn his own and adding his flair to the food offer there. 

Said Mark: “It is an exciting new chapter for me and a completely different challenge to what I have done before. I’m really looking forward to putting my own stamp on the menu here, which is a lot more technical elements and dishes with a bit of a twist like a chicken panacotta – it’s my version of a chicken and sweetcorn soup. 

“I love the fact the inn uses a lot of seafood – I’ll certainly be keeping that on the menu, but adding in my own touches.”

Mark confesses to having a sweet tooth. “I have always been a dessert person. I like making my own desserts like a chocolate parfait. Everything is homemade – the pastry, the sorbets. It’s how it should be.” 

Look out for Mark’s new menu coming soon.



Gathers Day gift ideas stay at The Lindisfarne Inn hotel near Holy Island

Top of the Pops - celebrate Father's Day at The Lindisfarne Inn

Sunday June 18

We've already celebrated Mother's Day and the countdown to the day for Dads everywhere is on. 

Father’s Day takes place on the third Sunday of June and this year it's on Sunday June 18.

If you're stumped what to get your Dad this Father’s Day we’ve just the answer with a winning combo of great food and great beer at The Lindisfarne Inn for the main man in your life to enjoy some well-deserved 'Dad-time' with those who are special to him. 

A father himself, The Lindisfarne Inn general manager Chris Taylor said: "I know as a Dad myself, there's nothing better than enjoying some quality time with my family. Getting to do that and enjoy a perfect pint and some really good food is the icing on the cake, so a stay with us would be the perfect gift for any Dad this Father's Day.

"Not only that, we're surrounded by some of the best golf courses in the UK, amazing bike trails and miles of beaches, so we're sure he'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to see and do while he's here."

To book your Father's Day stay at The Lindisfarne Inn call 01289 381223 or 0191 5803610. 

Bamburgh Castle beach The Lindisfarne Inn ItsInOurNature

It’s In Our Nature – The Lindisfarne Inn joins forces with Visit Northumberland to promote Northumberland

May 2017

With some of Northumberland’s most iconic natural and cultural attractions on the doorstep, it’s fitting that The Lindisfarne Inn is a partner in a campaign which celebrates the character of Northumberland. 

As the nearest mainland inn with rooms to Holy Island, The Lindisfarne Inn enjoys close access to some of Northumberland’s star attractions, including Holy Island and its unique causeway, Lindisfarne Priory, The Cheviot Hills, Berwick upon Tweed and mile-upon-mile of empty beaches. 

The campaign, It’s In Our Nature, is the brainchild of the county’s destination marketing agency Visit Northumberland, which celebrates the inimitable, contrasting make-up of Northumberland. 

General manager Chris Taylor said: “Where else but Northumberland can you have some of the finest yet most remote beaches in the UK, dramatic hill country and vast open skies all within an hour or so drive? It’s In Our Nature celebrates the amazing array of character that makes up Northumberland. 

“The Lindisfarne Inn is perfectly placed to allow people to take a journey through Northumberland and discover its many experiences.” 

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

It’s In Our Nature runs until August 2017. 


The Lindisfarne Inn goes the extra mile to welcome walkers


The Lindisfarne Inn is lacing up its boots to go a step further for walkers with a new range of walking breaks. 

The Lindisfarne Inn has paired up with self guided walking publisher, to offer new ‘Walk-Inn’ breaks with easy-to-follow, self-guided walks, key meals and accommodation at the nearest mainland inn to Holy Island, and close to well-loved destinations like the Northumberland coast, Cheviot Hills, and Scottish Borders.

Great for walkers of all levels including families, relaxed ramblers and serious yompers, the breaks include Walking-Books’ self-guided packs, each containing 20 classic walks around the inn.

Also included is a hearty, two-course dinner for you to walk off, plus a comfy room to bed down in and, of course, a full English breakfast to fuel you up for the day ahead. Packages also include a welcome drink on arrival plus a picnic to enjoy while on the go.

Chris Taylor, general manager at The Lindisfarne Inn, said: "We have always been a beacon for walkers thanks to our great location close to Holy Island, our warm welcome and because we are open all day, every day. We wanted to go a step further to encourage people to come and experience the fantastic walking country around us with self walking guides to help them make the most of their stay.”

Walking Books director Mike Law said: “We’re delighted to have teamed up with The Lindisfarne Inn and applaud their efforts to make walking accessible to as many people as possible. I hope that together we can inspire people of all walking abilities to head out and enjoy the fantastic scenery around the inn on foot.

“Walking Books guides are completely different to anything you will see in the shops. Our aim when deciding to publish our guides is to make them as user-friendly as possible so we decided on our concept of putting the walks on handy, durable, weather-proof walking cards with a unique combination of concise, easy-to-follow routes local information and professional mapping. To complete our pack we added a useful user guide and decided to provide a custom made map-case for the walking card which meant the walker had everything they needed for their walk on an A5 weather-proof card that could be carried conveniently around the neck or in a jacket pocket.”


  • A single night Walk-Inn break starts from less than £90 per person (based on two people sharing)