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Rock on at The Kingslodge Inn

October 2017

Eagle eyed people out and about the North East should look out for a beautifully painted rock featuring The Kingslodge Inn.

The rock, painted by talented artist Ashleigh Louise Legg of Fingerprint Art, is one of seven, each depicting The Kingslodge Inn and its six sister inns: The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses, The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick, The Commissioners Quay Inn at Blyth, The Lindisfarne Inn near Holy Island, The Seaton Lane Inn at Seaton and The King’s Head Inn at Newton under Roseberry. 

Each painted rock has a message asking the rock to be returned to the inn where they can claim a prize. People can share the rocks they find on social media before they are hidden again for people to discover.

Operations director Sean Donkin said: “We’ve been inspired by the rock painting craze of Tyneside Rocks, Durham Rocks and Northumberland Rocks that is sweeping the region, which sees people painting rocks and hiding them for others to find.

“We thought it was a lovely idea and a great way to get people out and about enjoying the coast and countryside around our inns and away from mobile phones or computer screens but there is still the connection to social media which children – and adults enjoy.

“Ashleigh, a talented local artist, has painted our inns – which are all distinctive in landmark locations like The Kingslodge Inn in Durham's leafy Flass Vale. 

“We hope people have a lovely time searching for our rocks. And if you’re not lucky enough to find one yourself, why not try your hand at painting one of our inns for other people to discover, too?”

The Kingslodge Inn cleans up with clutch of foodie awards

October 2017

The proof of the pudding is in the eating. And customers at The Kingslodge Inn have voted the Durham inn as being best of the best for food. 

The Kingslodge Inn on Waddington Street, Flass Vale has scooped a clutch of the titles in The Inn Collection Group’s inaugural Best of the Best Awards. 

Introduced for customers to vote for their favourite pub with categories for the best food, drink and accommodation and the staff behind their favourite venues – the awards attracted over 2000 votes, with the group’s Durham city inn coming top in four categories. 

Food lovers at The Kingslodge Inn voted the Flass Vale inn top in dining categories including best chef’s special, best vegetarian meal and best seafood dish, while the inn also shone in the best housekeeping team award.

 General manager Leanne Jeffrey said: “We are thrilled to have done so well in the awards. The proof of the pudding is in the eating and the fact that these awards are voted for by our customers makes them even more special. 

“We are proud to have won the prestigious food categories against very strong competition. It is such a compliment to have that accolade from our customers. I would like to thank everyone who voted for us – and to the team here at The Kingslodge Inn for the fantastic work they do.”

The Inn Collection Group’s operations director Sean Donkin said: “Congratulations must go to The Kingslodge Inn for their outstanding performance across the Food and Housekeeping sectors.

We were absolutely delighted by the response to our first ever Best of the Best Awards. Our customers cast their vote by the thousand and The Kingslodge Inn should feel rightly proud. It is exceptionally rewarding for the people behind our inns to get such recognition. It affirms the hard work and effort they put in to making sure our customers enjoy the best possible experience when they come through our doors.”

 

 

The Kingslodge Inn supports RNLI Fish Supper campaign

The Kingslodge Inn goes hook, line and sinker to support RNLI Fish Supper campaign

October 2017

The Kingslodge Inn is going hook, line and sinker to support the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s Fish Supper fundraising campaign.

Promising ‘trout of this world’ fish dishes on Friday nights throughout October, the Waddington Street pub in Flass Vale is giving a £1 donation (50p children’s meals) from every RNLI Fish special to the charity which saves lives at sea.

The Kingslodge Inn general manager Leanne Jeffrey said: “The RNLI do an incredible job of saving lives and protecting people on the water, whether at sea or on waterways like the River Weir. So what better way could there be to support a fantastic charity like the RNLI than enjoying one of our local beer-battered fish and homemade chip meals, knowing that by doing so you are helping a very worthy cause.

“We’re proud to support the RNLI so that they can continue to save even more lives at sea.”

The nationwide RNLI Fish Supper event honours lifeboat crew members who miss meal times and special occasions with loved ones to save lives at sea. 

The money raised from The Kingslodge Inn fish suppers will be used to buy equipment and pay for training for RNLI volunteers.

The RNLI’s fish-themed annual fundraiser aims to raise awareness of crew who drop everything ­– even weddings, birthdays and births – to venture into often dangerous waters to rescue people who have found themselves in difficulty.

Last year, RNLI lifeboat crews across the UK and Ireland rescued 8,643 people and saved 431 lives. It costs over £485,000 per day to run the RNLI, and the charity relies on donations from the public to continue its lifesaving service.

The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,200 lives.

Robin Palmer, RNLI volunteer crew member said: “As a volunteer crew member, my pager can beep at any time. Whether I’m at work, asleep in bed or about to tuck into my dinner – I’ll stop what I’m doing and go straight to the lifeboat station, ready to save lives.

“Events such as Fish Fridays hosted by The Kingslodge Inn are a great way for people to get together, enjoy a fantastic meal and raise vital funds for our lifesaving charity.”

The Kingslodge Inn's sister inns are also taking part in the campaign. The Seaton Lane Inn at Seaton, County Durham and The King's Head Inn in Newton under Roseberry, North Yorks will be serving up  RNLI Fish Suppers. While in Northumberland, The Lindisfarne Inn at Beal, The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses, The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick and The Commissioners Quay Inn at Blyth are the 'plaices' to be to support the campaign. 

For more information about the RNLI’s Fish Supper campaign visit RNLI.org/FishSupper

Win a stay at The Kingslodge Inn Durham

Win an Inn Club stay at The Kingslodge Inn

August 2017

Fans of The Kingslodge Inn are in with a chance of winning a fantastic stay at this Durham city haven, with the launch of The Inn Collection Group’s Inn Club.

 Inn Club members get access to exclusive special offers at The Kingslodge Inn and our sister Inn Collection Group pub deals, travel ideas and insider location secrets as well as being entered into a draw to win a three-night dinner, bed & breakfast stay for two at the inn of their choice.

The Inn Collection Group’s Sean Donkin said: “Whether you’re travelling for pleasure or for work, being a part of our new Inn Club brings you cracking new special offers and deals as well as insider insights from travel gurus with their ear to the ground about what's happenning around our award-winning inns. 

“If you’re a fan of gems like the Northumberland coast, Roseberry Topping and unique attractions like Durham Cathedral then all it takes are two ticks of your time to make a couple of clicks to be part of the inn crowd – and also to be in with a chance of winning a fantastic stay at The Kingslodge Inn – or one of our sister award winning inns." 

Join the Inn Club and be in with a chance of winning a stay at The Kingslodge Inn by clicking here