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May 2018

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Sean Donkin is managing director of The Inn Collection Group, owners of The Kingslodge Inn. 

Sean said: “We fully support GDPR as it’s designed to give you more control over how your data is used, but at the same time we don’t want you to miss out on our newsletters with our latest news, updates and exclusive offers for The Kingslodge Inn and our other award-winning pubs with rooms. 

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The Seaton Lane Inn reopens in East Durham where to stay when visiting Sunderland Durham Seaham Hall accommodation Seaton

Iconic sister inn reopens in East Durham - The Seaton Lane Inn

April 2018

It's been closed for a major top to toe refurbishment. And now our sister inn The Seaton Lane Inn is open once again with a completely new look...

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.”

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

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

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

 

Game qualification is feather in the cap for The Kingslodge Inn chefs

December 2017

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

Chefs from The Kingslodge Inn and sister pubs – The Lindisfarne Inn at Beal; 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 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 Kingslodge 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.”