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Lindisfarne Inn joins Northumberland Coast Path Passport Scheme

20/06/2016

The Lindisfarne Inn has signed up to a new passport scheme for walkers using the Northumberland Coast Path.

The Lindisfarne Inn is now an official Welcome Ports on The Northumberland Coast Path Passport, a scheme introduced by the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) 

Martin Marshall, general manager at The Lindisfarne Inn said: “We are ideally placed for walkers using the Northumberland Coast Path being the nearest mainland inn to Holy Island and close to the Northumberland coast so jumped at the chance to support the Passport scheme by becoming an official Welcome Port.

“As well as providing a great offering for guests who are walking or cycling in the area, becoming a Welcome Port shows our commitment to being walking and cycling friendly. We offer single night stays, serve up food and drink all day, every day including a special Explorers menu and have trained, knowledgeable staff offering local information, advice and guidance.”

The Northumberland Coast Path, which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary, is split into six sections for walkers, each of which can be completed in a day. The passport is intended to provide walkers with a guide to places to stay, eat or take a break on or near to the path.

The Northumberland Coast Path has been used by thousands of walkers since it opened in July 2006. Many are visitors to Northumberland who come specifically on walking holidays and their contribution to the local economy runs into millions of pounds each year.

Iain Robson of the Northumberland Coast AONB said: “Walkers are the perfect visitors. They often arrive without a car and because they are travelling light, tend to buy everything that they need from local businesses. They leave only footprints on the beach and lot of money in the local economy.

“We hope that their passport will become a treasured possession, a memento of their walk evoking memories of the friendly inn where we stayed, those tasty fish and chips eaten on the harbour or that refreshing pint at the end of a long day’s walk. Collecting stamps along the way will become part of the experience for walkers.” 

The Northumberland Coast Path passport pack contains a passport and certificate, which walkers can send in for verification on completion, plus information about the Welcome Ports taking part in the initiative. The pack costs £2 and any surplus raised from sales will go towards maintaining signs and way markers along the path. 

For more information about The Northumberland Coast Path Passport scheme go to www.northumberlandcoastpath.org

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Lindisfarne Inn goes up a gear to welcome cyclists

May 2016

The Lindisfarne Inn has geared up its facilities to go all out to welcome cyclists. 

The Lindisfarne Inn, the nearest mainland pub to Holy Island, is located on the edge of the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), on the 120-mile Sandstone Way Berwick to and from Hexham mountain bike route and the Coast and Castles cycle route. 

The trailblazing inn secured match funding from the Northumberland Coast AONB Sustainable Development Fund to help boost its facilities and offer for cyclists. It has invested in safe and secure bike storage, bike stands, repair kits, pumps, bike wash down equipment and distinctive signs to show passing cyclists it is there to welcome them. 

The special service extends to the food on offer too. The inn worked with 24-hour mountain bike endurance rider Rich Rothwell to create a special Explorer menu of high energy, home made dishes to eat at the inn, snacks to take away as a packed lunch or as portables to eat on the go. 

Cyclists staying overnight have the option of keeping their bike in the brand new Cycle Cabin, or taking their bike into the inn’s en suite bedrooms which also have handy plastic trays for muddy footwear, while the inn will help to dry wet clothing too. A collection service for cyclists operates through the inn’s courtesy vehicle, subject to availability.

Gary Turner, from The Lindisfarne Inn’s parent company, The Inn Collection Group, said:  “We’ve really tried to put ourselves in the pedals of customers arriving by bike and being prepared and ready to offer the facilities and extra touches they need to make their time with us as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. That’s whether they are staying with us as a centre base or passing by on a linear route. It’s a model we will certainly be looking to roll out across our other pubs with rooms across the North East and North Yorkshire, too. 

“We’ve also invested in staff training to ensure our team has access and knowledge to information that will help riders calling in – like where to go for bike repairs and servicing and being able to answer questions riders may have about cycle routes around us. We have also trained staff to become bike repair mechanics and are looking to offer our own bike hire service too.”

 Mr Turner added: “Obviously, the inn benefits from its location and the passing cyclist trade, but by putting in high quality facilities for riders so they enjoy their visit, we’re meeting the needs of a new flow of loyal customers who will return to use our facilities again and again and spread the word among the cycling fraternity that we’re a good place to stop.”

Iain Robson, of the Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership, said: “We have an aim of getting visitors to the Northumberland coast out of their cars and onto two wheels. Alongside walking and using the bus, cycling is a great way of exploring the coast and we know that cyclists, like walkers, spend more money with local businesses than car-bourne visitors. ‘Drive less – see more’ is our message to people coming to the coast this summer.

The Lindisfarne Inn worked closely with social enterprise Cycle Northumberland to create its new cycle tourism offering. That advice is now being shared with other businesses in the Cycle Tourism Toolkit, a series of factsheets packed with information about the needs of cyclist tourists and how businesses can fulfill them. 

Graham Vickers director of Cycle Northumberland said: “The Cycle Tourism Toolkit has been created to help businesses, whether they provide food, accommodation, services or are a visitor attraction become cyclist ready and friendly. 

“Becoming cyclist-ready means not being caught out by their needs. The toolkit is packed full of resources to help businesses make the cyclist’s experience of Northumberland good and memorable, which will encourage repeat business and recommendations. This is an expanding segment of the visitor market and one which can really benefit Northumberland’s tourism industry.”

Rich Rothwell said: "It's fantastic to see that The Lindisfarne Inn is recognising the needs of cyclists. The facilities they have put into place have been well thought through and are exactly what a day or touring cyclist needs. Northumberland is a superb location for cycling of all kinds and to provide support for riders in this way is quite unique. The routes that pass the Lindisfarne Inn cater for riders of all abilities, and there are facilities there for all to benefit from".

The inn is also raising funds for The Sandstone Way by donating 5p from every pint sold of the pub’s aptly named house ale, The Sandstone Way.

Lindisfarne Inn duo to make the drop from the Forth Rail Bridge

May 2016

Two of The Lindisfarne Inn’s key members of staff are facing their fears and taking the plunge off Scotland’s famous Forth Rail Bridge to raise money for charity.

Alan Brier and Anita Mabon will be abseiling down the 165ft drop from the bridge across the Firth of Forth on Sunday June 12. The Ultimate Abseil event is organised in aid of the Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland charity and has so far helped raise more than £1 million for the lifeline service.

Anita, assistant manager at The Lindisfarne Inn, said: “We felt as we are close to the border between England and Scotland, it would be good to support a Scottish charity as if you are taken ill here, the chances are you would be sent over the border.

“It’s such a worthwhile cause, but I actually have a fear of heights and hate having to even drive across a bridge, because I don’t like high bridges either. So it’s going to be a challenge.”

Alan, who is head of maintenance at the Northumberland inn, the closest mainland inn to Holy Island, said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us, and we’re really excited – if a little nervous- about it.

“We’re hoping regulars and visitors to the Inn will sponsor our abseil and help raise funds for this important charity.”

Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland has been organising abseils from the Forth Rail Bridge for a number of years. Abseillers drop free-fall style like the SAS from the bridge on to the sandy beach 165ft below.

Sean Donkin, operations director at The Inn Collection Group, which runs The Lindisfarne Inn, said: “We’re really proud of Anita and Alan for taking on the Ultimate Abseil challenge.

“The Lindisfarne Inn is so close to the Scottish Border and many of our customers are from Scotland, so it’s great to be able to support a Scottish charity. Giving back to the community is important for every business and we’re right behind Anita and Alan.

“We’ll be signing up to sponsor them and we’d encourage all our guests and visitors to give generously too.”

The Inn Collection Group is the biggest private supplier of accommodation across Northumberland at its three venues in the county – The Lindisfarne at Beal, The Bamburgh Castle Inn in Seahouses and the Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick. It’s fourth Northumberland inn, The Commissioner’s Quay at Blyth, opens this summer. The group also operates The Seaton Lane Inn and The Kingslodge Inn in County Durham, and The King’s Head Inn in North Yorkshire.

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Welcoming Inn Cyclists

April 2016

The Lindisfarne Inn is inviting tourism businesses in Northumberland to a cycle tourism event to help them gear up their facilities for cyclists. 

The Lindisfarne Inn is hosting its free ‘Welcoming Inn Cyclists’ event on Thursday May 12 to mark the completion of their cyclist-friendly project - and share best practice with other businesses to help put Northumberland on the UK cycle tourism map.

Gary Turner of The Lindisfarne Inn said: “Introducing cyclist-friendly facilities doesn’t have to be expensive but it can make a big difference to your business. By considering and providing the things cyclists need you can draw in a whole new market.”  

Located on the edge of Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and on the 120-mile Sandstone Way Berwick to Hexham cycle route and the Coast and Castles Cycle Route between Newcastle and Edinburgh, The Lindisfarne Inn has experienced an upswing in cycling tourism since putting the spotlight on this expanding sector.

Gary added: “In the past year, we’ve seen a rise in the numbers of cyclists coming into The Lindisfarne Inn, from professionals and amateurs to family groups that have hired bikes to explore the new Sandstone Way. But this has increased considerably since we have put in place our new facilities for cyclists.

 “Clearly, we benefit from our location, but we wanted to make a real effort to put in place additional facilities and measures to make us more accessible and to meet the needs of cyclists whether they are staying overnight or stopping by en route.

“We know Northumberland has amazing scenery and routes for cyclists but we want to be the county wearing the yellow jersey when it comes to leading the way in providing facilities for cycle tourists.”

The Lindisfarne Inn secured funding from The Northumberland Coast AONB Partnerships  Sustainable Development Fund to roll out the project. It has invested in safe and secure bike storage, bike stands, repair kits, pumps, bike wash down areas and distinctive signs to show passing cyclists they are welcome.

The inn has also worked with 24-hour mountain bike endurance rider Rich Rothwell to create a special Explorers menu for cyclists - and other guests getting out and about - with high energy, healthy options to eat at the inn or take away as portables to eat on the go.

Iain Robson from the AONB  Partnership said: “Getting visitors out of their cars and onto two wheels is part of our tourism strategy for the AONB so  we were delighted to contribute  to this pilot project  from our Sustainable Development Fund to help The Lindisfarne Inn put its cycling facilities vision in place.

“The Lindisfarne Inn is a fantastic example of how a little thought about the needs of this type of tourist can be met and it offers plenty of ideas that other tourism businesses can take away and use themselves to gear up their cycling offering.

“The more cyclist-friendly facilities we have in the county, the more the word will get out that Northumberland is a great cycling holiday destination – not just because of its superb scenery and cycling trails, but because businesses are welcoming and equipped for them.”

Backing The Lindisfarne Inn’s initiative is Cycle Northumberland, a not-for-profit organisation helping individuals, groups and businesses get the most out of cycling. They are launching a new Cycle Tourism Toolkit at the event, to help businesses become cycle-ready.

Director Graham Vickers said: “The Cycle Tourism Toolkit has been created to help businesses, whether they provide food, accommodation, services or are a visitor attraction become cyclist ready and friendly.

“Becoming cyclist-ready means not being caught out by their needs. The toolkit is packed full of resources to help businesses make the cyclist’s experience of Northumberland good and memorable, which will encourage repeat business and recommendations. This is an expanding segment of the visitor market and one which can really benefit Northumberland’s tourist industry.”

The Lindisfarne Inn ‘Welcome Inn Cyclists’ event takes place on Thursday May 12th at 11am followed by refreshments from the cycling Explore menu and facility showarounds between 12 and 3pm. Businesses wishing to attend should email claire.thorburn@impactpr-m.co.uk by Tuesday May 10th.

 
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The Lindisfarne gets the cocktails Inn

March 2016

Visitors to The Lindisfarne Inn may find themselves a little shaken or stirred by the delicious new cocktails on offer at the bar.

The inn has introduced a fabulous list of sophisticated and classic cocktails and mocktails to tempt the taste buds.

The Lindisfarne Inn general manager, Martin Marshall, said: “Cocktails have been growing increasingly popularity and we’ve been receiving more and more requests from customers to introduce them at The Lindisfarne Inn.

“We’ve had a great time trying out different cocktails with a professional mixologist as well as learning the secrets behind mixing the perfect cocktail each time.

“We’ve also added a range of mocktails for those who aren’t drinking, including Sweet Sunrise, made from orange juice, pineapple juice and grenadine; and Cream Cola made from vanilla, cherry and Pepsi.”

The seven alcoholic cocktails on the menu cover a range of different spirits and flavours, whether you are looking for a sharp, refreshing drink or something sweet and dark.

They are: Haig Club, a mix of Haig Club single grain, apple soda and ginger bitters; Smirnoff Apple Bite, made from Smirnoff vodka, lemonade and apple juice; Smirnoff Sea Breeze, made from Smirnoff vodka, cranberry juice and grapefruit juice; Amaretto Cooler, Disaronno Amaretto mixed with orange juice and cranberry juice; Smirnoff Melonball, a mix of Smirnoff vodka, Midori melon liqueur and lemonade; Dark & Stormy made from Captain Morgan Original, ginger beer and lime juice; and Gordon’s Ginger Fizz, made from Gordon’s gin, ginger beer and bitters.

Martin added: “The Lindisfarne Inn’s bar is a great place for a celebration and the addition of the cocktail list to our wide range of wines, spirits, real ales and lagers, ciders and soft drinks, means you will be spoiled for choice.”

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Makeover adds sparkle to Lindisfarne Inn bedrooms

January 2016

Bedrooms at The Lindisfarne Inn have been given a makeover ready for the new season.

The inn’s 21-en suite rooms have been given a top-to-toe refurbishment ensuring guests enjoy an even sounder night’s sleep with us. 

As well as new fixtures and fittings, bathrooms and soft furnishings,  The Lindisfarne Inn bedrooms have been painted in a palette of relaxed heritage hues. 

Assistant housekeeper Sandra Middlemiss said: “The makeover has given our bedrooms that extra sparkle. Not only do they look fantastic, we are confident that our guests will enjoy a wonderful and restful night’s sleep.

“We work hard to ensure every aspect of the inn is well maintained and pleasant for our staying guests and customers to enjoy. When it comes to accommodation in Northumberland, we think The Lindisfarne Inn is pretty hard to beat!”