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Lindisfarne Inn joins Dark Skies campaign

October 2015

The Lindisfarne Inn is delighted to have partnered up with Visit Northumberland in their new campaign that celebrates our county’s dazzling dark skies.

‘Northumberland the land that’s just as good with the lights off’ celebrates Northumberland’s status as an International Dark Sky Park, and encourages people to visit Northumberland to enjoy its unspoilt skies.

Autumn offers prime viewing time for people to enjoy the unspoilt dark skies above us, when the nights are properly dark and the Milky Way can be seen overhead.

Throughout November you might be lucky enough to see Meteor showers.  As the temperatures drop in the night sky during the crisp winter months, the sky becomes more transparent making it even easier to see the glittering skies above us, if you're lucky enough you may spot a Meteor shower. 

On the coast near The Lindisfarne Inn you might be lucky enough to see the amazing Aurora Borealis.  Commonly known as the Northern Lights, the Aurora Borealis is a spectacular natural light display.

You don’t need an expensive telescope to enjoy Northumberland’s dark skies, just wrap up warm, pack a pair of binoculars, we'll give you a hot drink and pack you up a bite to eat and you can head off to enjoy a star studded show. 

Dark Sky safaris are offered by local tour company Northern Experience Wildlife Tours – or for details of other Dark Skies events go to www.visitnorthumberland.com/nlandstars or look on twitter #nlandstars 

It's never too early for Christmas

September 2015

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

The Lindisfarne Inn has launched its new Christmas Day and New Year's Eve menus which are jam packed with cracking Christmas fare. 

General manager Martin Marshall said: "Our talented kitchen team have created a real showstopper of a Christmas Day menu and New Year celebration meal too.

"Christmas is a magical time here at The Lindisfarne Inn. As well as great food and drink, our guests love the fact they can just relax and enjoy a stress-free time with no washing up or cooking involved at all."

Bookings are now being taken for Christmas Day lunch and the inn's New Year's Eve dinner. 

Said Martin: "Both events are always very popular so we would recommend people book early to avoid disappointment."

Browse The Lindisfarne Inn's Christmas and New Year menus below.

Lindisfarne Inn wheels out a warm welcome to cyclists

July 2015

The Lindisfarne Inn is on track to become a major stop-off point for cyclists enjoying some of the most stunning scenery in England.

The Inn is celebrating the opening of Northumberland’s new 120-mile Sandstone Way mountain bike route from Berwick to Hexham by pulling out all the stops to become a real cyclist-friendly venue. New bike-friendly facilities for cyclists stopping off for a meal or an overnight stay are being provided, with the aim of making cyclists’ stays as comfortable and secure as possible.

Lindisfarne Inn manager Martin Marshall said: “We are on the Coast & Castles cycle route and have always been a popular destination for cyclists.

“Now with the opening of the new Sandstone Way, and to prepare for the arrival of the Tour of Britain in September, we’ve geared up the Inn’s cycle friendly facilities. We’re a short cycle ride from Berwick upon Tweed where the Sandstone Way sets off. The Lindisfarne Inn is ideally placed for riders who have travelled up to Berwick by rail and who are looking to make a head start on the route, either for their first night’s bed and breakfast or an early lunch.

The Inn, just off the A1 at Beal – the gateway to Holy Island – has linked up with the Northumberland cycling tourism organisation Cycle Pad and The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to make sure they are geared up to being cycling-friendly.

As a result, the Inn is has new bike racks where day visitors can lock up their bikes while they enjoy a meal. Guests staying at the Inn have secure overnight lock-up areas to store their bikes as well as a wash-down area, provision for drying dirty boots and clothes and basic cycle repair kits. There is also information on local cycling services.

Martin said: “It’s not just about the equipment. We’re also working with all our staff to ensure they are ready and prepared for cyclists and their particular needs, such as being able to offer information about the cycling routes around us, and being alert to cyclists’ needs, such as access to water and helping them dry wet clothing.

“Part of that is recognising that cyclists are often late through no fault of their own. They may have had a puncture, for example, and when they arrive they require a warm welcome, food and drink – no matter what time it is.”

Cycling tourism is a major growth area in Northumberland and the Lindisfarne Inn is geared up to support everyone from road cyclists, mountain bikers, tourers, and those who have just taken to two wheels for a family holiday. It also has charging points for the growing number of people using electric cycles.

The Lindisfarne is part of The Inn Collection Group and will be piloting the new cycle-friendly approach before it is rolled out to the other Inns in the group including The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses, The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick and The King’s Head Inn at North Yorkshire.

Graham Vickers director of Cycle Pad said: “Cycle Pad are working with charitable leisure and cultural trust Active Northumberland to encourage businesses, groups, towns and villages to provide consistent services and information to cyclists across the country.

“It is great to be working with The Lindisfarne Inn and The Inn Collection Group to assist them to help cyclists. Using The Lindisfarne Inn as their cycle friendly flagship is a great idea and we are delighted to help them become a great cycling asset to the area.”

The Lindisfarne Inn already provides facilities for walkers enjoying Northumberland’s myriad trails including the St Oswald’s Way and St Cuthbert’s Way which pass close by and is a dog-friendly venue, where families can bring their pet on holiday too.

 

Martin's rise up the ranks to become our new manager

May 2015

Martin Marshall has fulfilled his career ambition to become manager of his own pub by heading up the team here at The Lindisfarne Inn.

Martin has taken up the reins at the 'Lindy', becoming The Inn Collection Group’s youngest general manager at 27-years-old. 

Martin began his career with the Group in 2012 originally in a housekeeping position at The Lindisfarne Inn's sister inn, The Bamburgh Castle Inn in the Northumberland resort of Seahouses, before joining the bar team there. He went on to become a trainee manager at the popular seaside inn before stepping up to become a deputy manager at the Group’s purpose-built 53-room Hog’s Head Inn in Alnwick, Northumberland, upon completion of The Inn Collection Group’s training programme.

The role provided Martin with a thorough understanding of sales, service and customer care, which he is now putting into action at The Lindisfarne Inn.

Martin said: “Managing an inn myself is something I have always wanted to do since I joined the Inn Collection Group. During my time with the company I have been provided with a first-class grounding in every aspect which has paved the way for me to step up to this role.

“I learned so much working alongside The Hog’s Head manager Gary Turner and I’m excited to be putting that into action at The Lindisfarne Inn, which is a fantastic place.”

The Lindisfarne Inn is the most northerly in the Inn Collection’s portfolio and provides 21 rooms in modern lodge-style accommodation. Located just off the A1, it is a popular stopping off point for families visiting Holy Island as well as walkers and cyclists enjoying the famous St Oswald’s Way, the new Sandstone Way and Coast and Castles cycleways.

The Inn is also known for the quality of its home-cooked meals served throughout the day, with a focus on local produce.

Providing the best possible customer experience is central to Martin’s plans as the Inn’s new general manager.

He said: “I want the customers who come through that door to enjoy the whole experience we offer – the meals, the food, the atmosphere.

“Ensuring our team provides top-notch good customer service is central to what the team and I provide here, so that our customers and guests enjoy themselves and come back time and time again.”

In addition to its three Northumberland Inns, The Inn Collection Group’s expanding portfolio also includes The King’s Head Inn at the foot of Roseberry Topping in the North York Moors National Park.

Inn Collection Group chief executive Keith Liddell said: “We were delighted to appoint Martin as general manager at The Lindisfarne Inn. Martin’s career path demonstrates our commitment in staff training and to giving dedicated and talented people the opportunity to shine.

“It is our ambition as the leading pub and hospitality group in northern England to be an organisation where people can build and progress their careers in the tourism and hospitality sectors.

 

 

New Spring Menu launches at The Lindisfarne Inn

April 2015

Spring time has arrived in Northumberland. And with it a new seasonal menu at The Lindisfarne Inn. 

Head chef Robert Ferrier has devised a fresh Spring menu with some delicious seasonal flavours - and some old favourites too. 

Said Robert: "Our new Spring menu is crammed full of delicious seasonal dishes that the kitchen team and I have had a wonderful time creating, using our favourite ingredients with some local twists too. 

"One of my favourites is the local lamb hot pot made - perfect for those chillier Spring nights and the Aubergine and Courgette Gateaux which is simply divine.

"We have our ever popular hand crafted burgers, from the classic Lindisfarne Beef Burger to our super-tasty and zingy Piri Piri Chicken Fillet Burger. 

"And to finish, we have an absolutely sensational selection of desserts including our own recipe Sticky Toffee Pudding and a Salted Caramel and Chocolate Tart - it is mouthwateringly good - and local Doddington Ice Cream."

The Lindisfarne Inn serves its home cooked, proper pub food daily until 9pm. 

Spring Menu

Coffee, Cork & Craft

Go wild at The Lindisfarne Inn

February 2015

The Lindisfarne Inn is proud to be a campaign partner with Visit Northumberland in their exciting ‘Wild Spirit’ campaign which celebrates Northumberland as a truly wild place to visit.

The campaign, which champions all Northumberland has to offer visitors, including what to do, where to stay and where to eat, was launched in The Times newspaper on Saturday.

The Lindisfarne Inn, along with sister inns The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses and The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick, were named by The Times as ‘The Inn Crowd’ to stay for people looking to enjoy the UK’s must visit destination of Northumberland.

Anna Taylor, general manager of The Lindisfarne Inn, said: “We are delighted to be partners in Visit Northumberland’s Wild Spirit campaign.

 “Northumberland has so much to offer visitors – whether it is wild nights out taking in our dark skies, our wild history, our wildlife, and our wild landscape. Northumberland is England’s most northerly county and its make up of hills, coast and country combined with world-class attractions make it a real destination hotspot.

“The Lindisfarne Inn is perfectly placed for visitors to Northumberland to enjoy the great outdoors here and array of activities and attractions, and offers a comfortable, welcoming place to stay and to dine. We look forward to welcoming visitors to Northumberland who are in search of a wild time!”

Find out more about the Wild Spirit campaign at: www.visitnorthumberland.com/wild visit The Lindisfarne Inn and Visit Northumberland Facebook pages and seach for #WildNland on Twitter

Head chef Robert takes the kitchen helm

March 2015

Savoy Education Trust Award Finalist Robert Ferrier has joined The Lindisfarne Inn as our new head chef. 

Robert, whose culinary pedigree includes time in the kitchens at the famous Drumsynie Estate at Loch Lomand, the former Marshall Meadows Hotel in Berwick and Scottish Restaurant of the Year – The Horse Shoes Inn near Peebles, will now lead the Lindisfarne Inn's kitchen team. 

Said Robert: "I am delighted to be joining The Lindisfarne Inn as head chef. The Lindisfarne Inn has built a strong reputation for food which I am looking forward to developing and building further. 

"My philosophy is to create an environment where families can eat good food together in comfort. I'm also looking forward to building up more links with local suppliers.

"We source  seasonal fish including mackerel from and sustainably caught cod and river trout from local fishermen; local cheeses and ice creams from Doddington Dairy and game from nearby sporting estates and I am looking forward to getting more local Northumberland food on our Specials Board."

The father of three, who is married to Nicola who he met while working at Marshall Meadows Hotel, said: “As a parent, when I go our and eat I have an eye on the whole group. If you can feed your children happily on fresh and tasty ingredients and have something delicious for the grown ups too, then I’m happy. This is my philosophy as a parent and diner.”

Robert, who describes his cooking as ‘gimmick free’ opts to use good quality ingredients to give a farm to fork experience with good quality, pub food.

His specials board has recently boasted ‘Popcorn Shrimp’ – local shrimp dusted with chilli and lime breadcrumbs, fresh, seasonal fish – simply cooked – is on the plate while classics such as Robert’s steak and ale pie is always a sure-fire hit.

Dogs welcome at The Lindisfarne Inn

February 2015

Northumberland is a paradise for dogs. With its miles of beaches and vast open countryside, there are endless places for you and your dog to enjoy fantastic walks together. 

The Lindisfarne Inn now welcomes dogs in designated parts of our main pub, so your pet is welcome inside while you enjoy a drink or dine with us, as well as being welcome in selected dog-friendly bedrooms. 

General manager Anna Taylor said: "We know that people's dogs are very much part of the family and they like to bring them into pubs rather than leave them in the car, or at home.

"While we have always had a number of designated dog friendly rooms so that guests can bring their dog on holiday with them, we are delighted to now welcome dogs in 'dog-friendly' sections of our main pub, too for pet-owner customers looking to dine or enjoy a drink with us.

"There are suprisingly few pubs that allow dogs inside, but we have listened to customers and think it is important to offer a pet-friendly part of our pub. There are also areas where dogs are not allowed, as we do appreciate that some people may have allergies orwould prefer to dine away from pets."