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Over 70 older people enjoy Christmas party hosted by The Kingslodge Inn

December

Companionship was the order of the day at The Kingslodge Inn when over 70 older people living alone in the Durham area came to a Christmas party hosted by the inn and older people's charity, Abbeyfield. 

The Kingslodge Inn threw open its doors to older people living alone in the communities around the inn, with a festive three-course feast, carol singing, entertainment and of course, company. 

The Dean of Durham, Andrew Tremlett attended the party and said Grace as the homecooked festive lunch was served. 

Leanne Jeffreys, general manager at the Waddington Street said: “It was absolutely brilliant. We had the most amazing day and knowing we had made so many people happy is a wonderful feeling. 

“Everyone was smiling and laughing, we were singing along to the music - the staff had all dressed ip and were dancing with guests - it was a very special and memorable day for us all and we are so pleased to have been able to do this and make a difference to the lives of people who spend most of their days alone."
 
“We’re going to be working closely with Abbeyfield and Age UK moving forward to continue to offer events that older people who are alone in Durham can come along to and enjoy on a regular basis.”

Every person attending the party took home a Christmas gift donated by The Kingslodge Inn's customers. 

 

The Kingslodge Inn at Durham offers free lunches to older people living alone

Friendship is top of the menu as The Kingslodge Inn offers free festive lunches for elderly people living alone

December

Older people living in and around Durham City who are facing the prospect of a lonely Christmas are being invited to a free festive lunch at The Kingslodge Inn. 

The Waddington Street inn is opening its doors to isolated over-55s on December 19, where companionship and friendship will be the order of the day, as much as a festive feast with all the trimmings. 

The Kingslodge Inn has teamed up with older people's charity Abbeyfield’s nationwide Companionship at Christmas campaign, which offers vulnerable older people blighted by seasonal loneliness free, festive events across its 500 plus houses nationwide. 

The Dean of Durham, Andrew Tremlett is supporting the event and will be attending.

The Kingslodge general manager Leanne Jeffrey said: “Loneliness in older people is always heart breaking, but none more so than at Christmas time, a time we associate with good times and togetherness. We welcome in many older customers with their friends and families, but we know not all older people are lucky enough to be surrounded by company at Christmas. 

“We heard about Abbeyfield’s Companionship at Christmas campaign through one of our guests who was concerned about a neighbour spending Christmas alone. It really brought home the plight of the elderly, right here in our community, so we decided to help by putting on the festive meal.

“We want as many older people who live alone to come along, enjoy delicious food and hopefully make new friends they will keep in touch with. We’re delighted that the Dean of Durham will be coming to join in the celebrations too.” 

A recent Abbeyfield study found that around 500,000 older people in the UK will be alone this Christmas, and almost three-quarters of those surveyed said that sharing food in the company of others was an essential ingredient of a good Christmas.

Teresa Parker, Abbeyfield’s Divisional Director in the North, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that The Kingslodge Inn is supporting Abbeyfield’s Companionship at Christmas Campaign and is reaching out to make a difference to older people who, sadly all too often, spend their days with only the radio or television for company. 

“Enjoying a fun-filled Christmas surrounded by family and friends is something we often take for granted. It’s heart-breaking to think that for an estimated 500,000 older people across the UK, Christmas is a time of crushing loneliness and isolation, intensifying painful memories of lost loved ones, bereavement and the fear and stigma of being alone and a burden to others. 

“At Abbeyfield, we are always looking for new ways to link up with the community like The Kingslodge Inn and to offer the hand of friendship to older people who are alone. We hope older people in and around Durham will come along and enjoy what promises to be a great day.” 

Abbeyfield was founded 60 years ago to counter social isolation and loneliness among older people. The charity is running free, festive events across its 500 plus houses in the UK and at venues such as The Kingslodge Inn.

 

  • If you are living alone and over 55 and would like to book a place at The Kingslodge Inn’s Christmas meal on December 19, please call 0191 370 9977 or 01727 734 128.

We're Dementia Friends at The Kingslodge Inn

OCTOBER 2016

We’re really proud that we are working with Dementia Friends North East to ensure that everyone feels welcome in our Inn.

All of our staff have undertaken the Dementia Awareness training delivered by the wonderful Rowena Carr, a Dementia Care Worker from the Chester-Le-Street branch of Alzheimer’s Awareness.

Dementia may not yet be curable but in just one hour we learned the fundamentals in how to #WelcomeInn someone who is living with dementia.

What we learned:

1 in 14 people have some kind of dementia. Alzheimer’s is a specific type of dementia but there are 116 types

Dementia is not a natural part of ageing

Dementia is a disease that attacks the brain

Dementia is not just about memory loss, it affects the whole person and their body

Dementia can affect people’s perceptions, for example they may be confused by a pattern on a carpet or on someone’s clothing

People living with dementia can struggle to communicate

How can we help?

1. Be patient. Listen and give the individual the time to ask and answer
2. Don’t make assumptions on their behalf
3. Slow your own speech down to help them understand
4. Visual signs may be helpful

Our team completed their training and found it really useful. They’re pledged to be dementia friends, committing to one action each to raise the awareness of dementia. You’ll see them proudly wearing their badges at work.

 

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Steal away for a warming winter break away at The Kingslodge Inn

December 2016

The Kingslodge Inn is offering a special dinner, bed and breakfast rate for you to enjoy the delights of Durham in winter from £62.50 per person. 

General manager Leanne Jeffries said: "Whether you are soaking up the culture of historic Durham, visiting our city to give your son and daughter a send off to begin university or paying them a suprise visit, or just looking for a hidden gem of a place to relax, unwind and enjoy our wonderful city, The Kingslodge Inn is the place to come."  

For more information visit our special offers page or call us on 0191 370 9977.

 

The Kingslodge Inn celebrate highest quality assured with a Taste Durham award and an AA Dinner Award

Highest Quality Assured at the award-winning Kingslodge Inn in Durham City 

August 2016

 The Kingslodge Inn is celebrating after being the recipient of two quality awards for its delicious food offering at the newly opened pub with rooms in Durham City.

 Having already achieved a five-star rating from Environmental Health, and a three-star AA Gold Award for guest accommodation, it has now been awarded the coveted AA Dinner Award and is also the proud recipient of a Taste Durham ‘Highest Quality Assured’ award.

 Leanne Jeffery, General Manager at The Kingslodge Inn said: “We are very proud to receive a Taste Durham award and the AA Dinner award. We pride ourselves on having the highest standards and it’s great that our customers are assured the highest quality when they stay or dine at The Kingslodge Inn. It's a great testament to the hard work put in by the whole team here that we have received these awards.”

 Taste Durham showcases and celebrates the county’s food and drink and encourages people who live here, and those who are visiting, to sample the best on offer. The award provides consumers with exactly what they want - independent and trusted information about where to eat. It showcases local eateries that provide a quality experience across Durham.

 “Mixing a local, tourism and corporate offer and delivery quality food and accommodation to all of these customers is a key part of our strategy for all our Inns and The Kingslodge Inn is no exception,” said Sean Donkin, Operations Director, The Inn Collection Group. “The new team has done exceptionally well in providing a homely pub atmosphere, excellent value-for-money bed and breakfast accommodation and delicious food served all day, every day, as well as well-stocked bars, and a warm welcome to our customers.”

  The Taste Durham involves a ‘mystery shopper exercise’ from an experienced assessor from Quality in Tourism, on behalf of VisitEngland. They visit and score the business against a range of criteria including physical features such as the condition of the establishment, the food on offer, cleanliness, comfort and ease of use of the facilities. The assessor also looks at the warmth of the welcome and the atmosphere for customers.

 “We would like to congratulate The Kingslodge Inn on attaining their ‘Highest Quality Assured’ accolade – joining over 70 Taste Durham award-winning businesses across the county,” said Michelle Gorman, managing director at Visit County Durham. “Durham’s reputation as a foodie destination is growing, and the Taste Durham food quality scheme helps to bring establishments of excellence to the attention of both visitors and residents alike.”

 

 

 

head chef at The Kingslodge Inn brings a taste of summer with new menu and recruits more chefs

The Award-Winning Kingslodge Inn Brings a Taste of Summer and New Jobs to Durham

August 2016

The Kingslodge Inn in Durham City has launched a new menu bringing a taste of summer to Durham and is also looking for more Chefs for its busy kitchen.

 Head-chef, Christopher Bond took over the helm at The Kingslodge Inn in May and is now making his mark on the menu with the introduction of a new Mediterranean-influenced menu, inspired by fresh, healthy ingredients and spices. Together these create simple and light tasty dishes, with a great combination of flavours, perfect for any time of day.

 Under Christopher Bond, who in past employment has been part of an AA two rosette winning team, The Kingslodge Inn has already achieved a five-star rating from Environmental Health, it was recently awarded the AA Dinner Award and is now a proud recipient of a ‘Highest Quality Assured’ Taste Durham award.

 Christopher, 36, originally from York, and now living in South Tyneside and his Kitchen Team serve high-quality food from 7.30am until 9pm daily and he is looking for more Sous Chefs, Chef de Parties and Breakfast Chefs to join his team.

 In keeping with his own love of cooking Mediterranean style food the new menu includes dishes such as Harissa Spiced Lamb; Lemon, Garlic & Thyme Chicken Skewers; Quesadillas; Orecchiette Oreja; as well as fish dishes, pub classics such as Ribeye Steak, Horseshoe Gammon, Scampi, Haddock and Chips as well as a choice of salad and vegetarian dishes, including regional favourite Pan Haggerty.

 “This menu combines pub classics with new meals inspired by the Mediterranean. It’s my favourite style of cooking as it’s inspired by fresh, healthy ingredients and spices which produce delicious simple and light dishes with a great combination of flavours. I am really pleased with the new menu which I hope will bring a splash of the Mediterranean to Durham throughout the year!” said Christopher Bond, Head Chef.

 The Kingslodge Inn on Waddington Street in Durham City is situated on the edge of Flass Vale. Occupying the former site of The Kingslodge Hotel and Finbarrs restaurant, the pub with rooms offers a casual dining experience, where customers will have a relaxed, informal dining experience, ordering at the bar before their high-quality home-cooked food is prepared to order and served to their table.

 “We are really enjoying providing  Durham with a cosy and welcoming traditional pub with rooms, in a location convenient to both local people and visitors alike. We have had a great response from local residents, visitors to Durham and other customers since we opened and this new menu will enhance further our home-cooked food offering, said Leanne Jeffrey, General Manager at The Kingslodge Inn. “With the development of the food business here at The Kingslodge Inn, we are also looking to recruit people to join our kitchen team.”

 Anyone interested in working at The Kingslodge Inn should email their cv to enquiries@kingslodgeinn.co.uk or call 0191 370 9977.

  To view the full menu please go to www.kingslodgeinn.co.uk/eat or to book a table call 0191 370 9977

#nebloggers delight at The Kingslodge Inn Durham

#NEBloggers Delight at The Kingslodge Inn

July 2016

One of Durham’s newest pubs, The Kingslodge Inn has attracted the attention of many North East Bloggers #NEBloggers over the past few weeks as it establishes itself as the new place to dine in Durham City.

Food, lifestyle and travel bloggers from across North East England have visited and this is what they had to say:

  • “The Inn is such a stunning building, if you didn't know it was in Durham city it would look like it had just been pulled out of the picturesque countryside. … I would most definitely visit the Kingslodge Inn again, the food was brilliant and the service really topped off our evening.” Ruth Bracegirdle
  • “The Kingslodge Curry of the day which was Thai Red and it looked incredible! It didn’t disappoint. The portion size was absolutely huge. I’m not complaining at all because it was amazing, packed full of flavour, creamy and coconutty with just the right amount of kick. The chicken was succulent and the green vegetables were very fresh and crunchy and complimented the curry perfectly. The hand cut chips, rice and naan breads were all gorgeous too and were the perfect accompaniment to the dish.” Mother Hermit
  • “My cheesecake was pretty amazing; albeit huge I managed to polish off almost the whole thing. I loved the presentation, but I loved the taste even more; it was so creamy and chocolatey, I would definitely recommend trying it if you get the chance.”Tor, That’s Peachy Blog
  • “First impressions count and from the outside the Inn has it all, beautifully kept gardens, hidden seated areas which scream warm summer nights and a stately feel to the whole building. Inside was just as impressive with shabby chic, tartan style furniture and fittings with a real home style feel to the decor.  Comfort is obvious yet class and taste spill from every room. Quiet and beautiful surrounding certainly make this the future choice for our family nights out!” Debbie, Country Heart and Home.
  • “The Kingslodge Inn, Durham, is a great dog-friendly pub … All of the food is prepared from fresh, something that you can really taste, no reheated microwavable meals here just great cooked food, which are as much a feast for the eyes as they are for the tummy.” Mandy Charlton

The Kingslodge Inn, on Waddington Street in Durham City, is situated on the edge of Flass Vale. It occupies the site of the former Kingslodge Hotel and Finbarrs restaurant, creating a pub with rooms and with its casual dining offers the perfect place to eat, drink, stay and explore the historic city of Durham.

The Kingslodge Inn menu has traditional classic pub fayre dishes but served with a modern twist. Like many gastropubs and bistro’s, it offers casual dining, where customers will have a relaxed, informal dining experience, ordering at the bar before their high-quality home-cooked food is prepared to order and served to their table.

 The current menu offer breakfasts from full English to an omelette, Eggs Benedict to a bacon or sausage sandwich between 7.30am and 10.30 - also open to non-residents. Lighter fare is available from 10.30m onwards with mains, starters and desserts available from 12noon until 9pm. Mains include Steak and Ale Pie, Fish and Chips, Burgers, Steaks, Salads, Gammon, Salmon, Pan Haggerty and other vegetarian dishes as well as a Children’s Menu.

 Located just a stone’s throw from the heart of historic Durham city yet surrounded by the peaceful woodland of Flass Vale, The Kingslodge Inn has all the benefits of a city-centre location but with a laid-back, relaxed vibe and convenient, free parking on-site.

 The Kingslodge Inn is now part of the multi award-winning Inn Collection Group family of northeast pubs with rooms. The fast-growing hospitality specialist also owns The Lindisfarne Inn near Holy Island, The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses and The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick, The Seaton Lane Inn near Seaham, and The King’s Head Inn at Newton under Roseberry in North Yorkshire; as well as the recently opened The Commissioners Quay Inn in Blyth.

 Full reviews available to read here:

Mandy Charlton Blog

Mother Hermit

That’s Peachy

Maria Milea

Country Heart and Home

Cranberry and Apricot

Hello Jennifer Helen

Katie Jane Online

Daily Brew Reviews

Honestly Helen

Rock and Roll Pussycat

Pretty Little Gym Addict

The Kingslodge Inn new head chef at the Durham hotel and reastaurant

The Kingslodge Inn in Durham introduces new chef with a recipe for success

May 2016

Durham’s newest pub has appointed its first Head Chef to serve up a delicious menu at The Kingslodge Inn.

 Christopher Bond, who in past employment has been part of an AA two rosette winning team, has taken the helm of The Kingslodge Inn kitchen, which has already achieved a five-star rating from Environmental Health.

 The Kingslodge Inn, which opened last month on Waddington Street in Durham City, is situated on the edge of Flass Vale. It now occupies the site of the former Kingslodge Hotel and Finbarrs restaurant, creating a pub with rooms and with its casual dining offers the perfect place to eat, drink, stay and explore the historic city of Durham.

 Christopher, 36, originally from York, and now living in South Tyneside has taken up the post of Head Chef and with his Kitchen Team will be serving high-quality food from 7.30am until 9pm daily.

 The Kingslodge Inn menu has traditional classic pub fayre dishes but served with a modern twist. Like many gastropubs and bistro’s, it offers casual dining, where customers will have a relaxed, informal dining experience, ordering at the bar before their high-quality home-cooked food is prepared to order and served to their table.

 Leanne Jeffrey, General Manager at The Kingslodge Inn said, “We are really enjoying providing  Durham with a cosy and welcoming traditional pub with rooms, in a location convenient to both local people and visitors alike. We have had a great response from local residents and other customers since we opened. And now that we have Christopher in place we are looking forward to adding superb home-cooked food to our offering.”

 With over 20 years’ experience in the catering industry including at Lucia’s in York, and over 10 years in management Christopher says it’s the “intensity, creativeness and the pressure” that he loves about his trade.

 According to Christopher quality and high standards are the recipe for success and are of the utmost importance; evident in his thoughts about his own favourite food - a bacon sandwich. “It’s the quality of the bacon, which then has to be treated with care, that is the recipe for making it really tasty.”

 In keeping with his own love of cooking Mediterranean style food his favourite dish on the menu is the Mediterranean Stuffed Chicken “It is simple and light with a great combination of flavours,” he says.

 The current menu offer breakfasts from full English to an omelette, Eggs Benedict to a bacon or sausage sandwich between 7.30am and 10.30am – also open to non-residents. Lighter fare is available from 10.30am onwards with mains, starters and desserts available from 12noon until 9pm. Mains include Steak & Ale Pie, Fish & Chips, Burgers, Steaks, Salads, Gammon, Salmon, Pan Haggerty and other vegetarian dishes as well as a Children’s Menu.

The Kingslodge Inn Launches in Durham City

The Kingslodge Inn Launches in Durham City

April 2016

The Kingslodge Inn in Durham City has re-opened following an extensive refurbishment, following the acquisition of the former hotel and restaurant by The Inn Collection Group last month.

The five-week groundfloor refurbishment of former Kingslodge Hotel in Durham City has now been completed.

Two additional bedrooms have been created downstairs, bringing the total number to 23. The current separate restaurant area is now an integral part of the new Kingslodge Inn as the company expands its portfolio of inns across North East England.

Sean Donkin, Operations Director at The Inn Collection Group, said:  “We are pleased to be opening our first city Inn. In line with our other award-winning Inns in the region The Kingslodge Inn will offer a cosy and welcoming traditional pub with excellent en-suite accommodation, serving fine beers along with superb home-cooked food in a location convenient to both local people and visitors alike.”

In addition to its location close to the heart of historic Durham City, The Kingslodge Inn is situated near to the mainline train station and less than a mile from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral and Castle - one of the most recognisable landmarks in the country. 

The Kingslodge Inn is King of the Inns in La Di Da Magazine

King of the Inns says La Di Da Magazine

July 2016

We are delighted to be featured in La Di Da Magazine - which describes itself as 'for the fine and fashionable people of the North East and North Yorkshire' which has chosen to feature The Kingslodge Inn in its Summer 2016 edition - an issue that is all about the best places to stay and play.

In a feature titled 'King of the Inns' their verdict is: "If you like pub grub in stylish surroundings then you'll love Durham's new kid on the block." 

Full review available to read here in the Summer 2016 edition on Page 73 - La Di Da Magazine