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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

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Be the Early Robin that Catches the Worm - Book now for Christmas

July 2017

With summertime upon us sun cream, shorts and sandals are still uppermost in people’s minds.

But here at The Kingslodge Inn the festive season is already upon us as our thoughts turn to Santa hats, party nights and turkey dinners.

If it seems a tad early to be talking about Christmas, think again.

Before you know it, December will have arrived, and if you haven’t got ahead of the game you could easily find yourself left out in the cold with nowhere to go for your office party, family get together or New Year’s Eve bash.

With the fantastic line-up of festive events on offer this year at The Kingslodge Inn, however, you’ll want to make sure you’re the early Robin that catches the worm.

General Manager Leanne Jeffrey says: “It may still be summer, but now is the ideal time to be thinking about the festive season to avoid the disappointment of losing out on the party or event you were dreaming of.

“We put a lot of thought into our festive offering and ensuring it has the added sparkle you, your friends, family and work colleagues deserve at what is a special time of the year.

"We have discounted room rates subject to availability and choice if you're looking to stay over at one of our festive events, so book in quick while there still is room at the Inn! Just give us a call for our best rates. 

“Putting off booking could mean you sadly miss out on the cracking Christmas you are looking forward to, and instead end up being a Scrooge when everyone around you is getting into the festive spirit.

“We know our fabulous array of festive packages and party nights are going to be popular, so don’t delay and pop by, give us a call, or drop us an email to christmas@inncollectiongroup.com, to see what we can do for you and ensure you Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas rather than a Silent Night.

“After all…it tis the season to be jolly!”

Highlights include:

1-24 December: Cracking Christmas Fayre Menu. Feast on two festive courses for £15.95 per person or three courses for £19.95 each. Perfect for celebrating with friends, families and work colleagues. Must be booked in advance and is available every day excluding Sundays and Christmas Party Nights.

1-16 December: Christmas Party Nights, 7pm-midnight, £29.95 per person. Get inn the festive spirit with a delicious meal, superb selection of drinks, an allocated table for the evening, and fabulous live entertainment on the following dates.

Friday 1 December: The Shakes – Floor-filling anthems from The Beatles to Prince, and Tom Jones to The Killers.

Friday 8 December: Zen – recreating some of the best hits of the 1980s with a little bit of the 70s just as you remember them.

Friday 15 December: Soul Central – Powerful, top notch soulful vocals and saxophone tones, bluesy keys, funky drumming and grooving bass and guitar, Soul Central boasts a repertoire stretching fron the 1950s to the present day.

2, 9 and 23 December: Breakfast with Santa, 10am-12pm. Enjoy breakfast with some very special guests from the North Pole. Each child will receive a gift from Santa and one of his Elves – as long as they have been well behaved, of course! Adults £10; Children, £5.

25 December: Christmas Day Lunch. Relax in style on the big day and let The Kingslodge Inn take the strain. A delicious three course Christmas meal awaits at £49.95 per person (under 12s £24.95).

31 December: New Year’s Eve, 7pm-1am, £29.95 per person (under 12s £14.95). Welcome in 2018 at The Kingslodge Inn with mouth-watering food, a superb selection of drinks, and live entertainment from The Dust Town Dogs, who are sure to get you up on the dance floor with their mix of rock, pop, disco and punk.

 

 

 

The Kingslodge Inn visit is just the job for Hedley College students 

June 2017

A group of disabled young people have had their job-seeking prospects boosted thanks to Durham city pub, The Kingslodge Inn. 

Students from Hedley’s College, part of The Percy Hedley Foundation, were given an insider insight into the hospitality industry during a behind the scenes visit to the Flass Vale pub with rooms.  

The access-all-areas tour gave the 18-25-year-olds - who have multiple learning disabilities, including cerebral palsy and autism - a chance to see how each section of The Kingslodge Inn operates, from housekeeping to check in and from front-of-house to the kitchen and to learn about the range of skills needed to work in the industry.

 The students enjoyed hands-on interaction, taste testing new dishes with sous chef Ashley Turner and rolling up their sleeves to help prepare rooms with the housekeeping team during the visit organised by The Kingslodge Inn’s general manager, Leanne Jeffrey.

Leanne invited the students to The Kingslodge Inn, part of multi-award winning leisure operators The Inn Collection Group, after learning about the college’s work to help disabled young people boost their job prospects across the region. 

Leanne said: “I absolutely believe in helping young people who are keen and enthusiastic better their chances of entering into the workplace.

“I’m sure we can all remember a time when someone went out of their way to help us along our career journey and I felt it was important to do my bit to help such bright and motivated young people who refuse to be held back by their personal barriers.

“I was really struck by how confident and enthusiastic the students were. They would be an absolute asset in the workplace and we are looking at ways to work further with Percy Hedley to offer work experience and apprenticeships to students from the college.

“The hospitality industry is a particularly good area for disabled people as there are so many different paths you can go down, from housekeeping, to working in the kitchen, waiting, bar work, reception duties, and front of house. 

Dionne Smith is Employment Project Officer at The Percy Hedley Foundation. She works to help employers become more disability confident and organise work placements, visits and workshops to break down any barriers for students and employers. 

She said: “Leanne was really keen to get the students involved. We thought we would start with the visit and then look at the possibility of placements that can be specially tailored for our students. 

“The students were all really keen to find out what roles there were in the pub and its rooms and how they could get involved. 

“All the students approached the visit positively and responded really well. I hope going forward we can build closer ties with The Kingslodge Inn and The Inn Collection Group. It’s a fantastic opportunity for everyone to develop a deeper relation and help bridge the gap for young people with additional needs to go from full-time education into employment.” 

For Curtis Curry, 20, who has Achondroplasia, a form of Dwarfism of the spine, The Kingslodge Inn visit was a course highlight and confirmed he wants to pursue a career in the hospitality sector.

He said: “I loved how big the kitchen was and I like making the food and getting to look round the bedrooms and seeing how big they were. I loved having a turn pushing the trolley and getting the bed linen. I want to get a job here!”

The Kingslodge Inn at Durham is supporting The RNLI

The Kingslodge Inn has a jammy way of raising money for The RNLI

May 2017

The Kingslodge Inn has introduced a jammy way to raise funds for The RNLI.  

The Kingslodge Inn has become a ‘Betty’s Jar’ pick up and drop off point, where customers can pick up small recycled jars called Betty’s 5p pots to fill with loose change and return these to the inn to be emptied, helping towards the cause.

Leanne Jeffrey, general manager at The Kingslodge Inn said: “The RNLI is an excellent charity and we are proud to be able to support them with the Betty’s jars campaign. We’re recycling and relabeling our own jam jars for the cause so they become mini-collection pots that are helping to save lives.”

Sean Donkin, operations director at The Inn Collection Group which owns The Kingslodge Inn said: “We are delighted to be supporting The RNLI which does a superb and courageous job to save lives at sea. We hope to be able to help raise funds that will provide vital kit for their crew men and women.” 

The RNLI’s community fundraising manager for the North East Gill King said: Our crews rely on lifesaving kit, like their yellow wellies, lifejackets and helmets, when they go out in all weathers to save lives at sea. We are thrilled that The Kingslodge Inn is helping to raise money for the RNLI and thank them for their support.”