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New Lakes sister hotel revealed

September 2018

We’re excited to reveal our new sister hotel in the Lake District – The Waterhead Hotel.

The beautiful 24-bedroom lake-side Waterhead Hotel near Coniston Village has become the newest addition to our multi award-winning Inn Collection Group.

Set in its own four-acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, the historic Waterhead Inn has its own jetty on Coniston Water and boasts picturesque views across the lake and striking Old Man of Coniston fell.  

Managing director of The Inn Collection Group Sean Donkin said: “We are delighted to be the new owners of The Waterhead Hotel which is renowned as a landmark destination in the Lakes District. 

“We are proud to offer our customers handpicked places in outstanding locations to eat, drink, sleep and explore from and The Waterhead Inn delivers on all counts.

“The Lakes have been a prime focus destination for us and the addition of this fabulous hotel in such an idyllic location will further enhance and complement the diversity if our offering to our customers.”

The Kingslodge Inn supports SoSAD Deerness Rescue Kennels

The Kingslodge Inn supports SoSAD dogs


We love our four-legged customers. 

And while we'd love a pub dog of our own, we know it's not possible. So the next best thing is helping to support our local dog rescue charity - Supporters of Stray or Abandoned Dogs (SoSAD) - a group of volunteers, who are committed to helping stray and abandoned dogs, based at Deerness Kennels in Langley Moor. 

Supported by our parent company, The Inn Collection Group, we donated dog food, funds towards vets’ bills and £100 worth of vouchers for SoSAD to use with us or one of our sister inns. 

Mole Valley Farmers also joined us in donating dog food to the charity which is committed to re-homing all our stray and rescue dogs who are homeless through no fault of their own, through family circumstances, owner's ill health, bereavement, being abandoned or abused, or just that their owners don't want them anymore.

General manager Leanne Jeffrey said: "We are so glad to be able to support the incredible work of SoSAD at Deerness Kennels. They do such an amazing job taking in abandoned, abused and unwanted dogs and providing them with a safe haven until a new home can be found for them.

"The Kingslodge pride itself on being somewhere that goes above and beyond being simply dog friendly as a venue. If we can help make a difference to the lives of dogs that are less fortunate than those who bounce into our inn with their owners, it is absolutely worth doing. We look forward to supporting SoSAD in the future and hope to welcome in their rehomed dogs with their tails wagging, along with their proud new owners."

Chair of SoSAD Simon Donnolly said: I would like to say a big thank you to The Kingslodge Inn. I have been moved as chairperson by how generous businesses like The Kingslodge Inn are and to find out there are so many dog-lovers in so many different organisations. 

"The Kingslodge Inn donations are going to be so so useful. We have around 15 - 20 dogs in at time who may take a while to be rehomed.  The dog food that has been donated is fantastic and will make a real, real difference as is the money towards expensive vets' bills. 

"The vouchers will be great to raffle and also to reward our dedicated volunteers who do the heavy lifting here at the centre."

Simon added: "I do want to really make a meal of this, but I'm sure you'd really enjoy having a meal at The Kingslodge Inn more - we look forward to going in there soon!"

To find out more about SoSAD or to make a donation go to http://www.strayaction.com



Topping Out celebrated at Northumberland sister inn

August 2018

The completion of the structural building work at The Kingslodge Inn's sister pub with rooms, The Amble Inn, has been marked with a topping out at the development site in Coquet Enterprise Park, Amble, Northumberland.

The new 30 bedroomed Inn, developed by Arch and its successor company Advance Northumberland will be operated by The Kingslodge Inn owners, the multi award winning Inn Collection Group. It is located off the A1068 leading into Amble from the south, the two-storey building has been designed to provide an attractive venue for daytime and evening trade. 

The investment of £4m is expected to create the equivalent of 35 full time jobs in the town once the building work and fit out completes later this year.

The Inn has been designed with 30 bedrooms including a mix of family and twin rooms, with a 150-seated restaurant and bar with further seating in an external terrace, car parking and cycle spaces.  The development is part of a wider plan to enhance Coquet Enterprise Park and the Inn will contribute to the town’s tourism offer by increasing the accommodation availability and helping to attract additional visitors.

The Inn will operate on The Inn Collection Group model of providing value-for-money accommodation, quality beverages including local real ales, and homemade pub fare served all day, 365 days a year. The Inn Collection Group has an expanding portfolio of inns with rooms across the North East and North Yorkshire.

The Inn Collection Group's managing director Sean Donkin said: “We are excited to have reached this important milestone in the building of The Amble Inn and look forward to the completion of this landmark property.  

Our focus will now be placed on the building’s interior design and build. We will be creating something rather special which, once finished, will be a hugely popular dining and bar area supported with an excellent accommodation offering.

The Amble Inn will be a key driver in supporting Amble’s regional economy with strong job creation and inter trading opportunities as well as providing those who live, work and are visiting Amble with an outstanding new environment to eat, drink and sleep in.”

Richard Wearmouth Chair of Arch said: "This key development will bring quality, new accommodation which would undoubtedly mean more visitors and therefore more business for Amble. The Inn will not only enhance Coquet Enterprise Park as part of our long-term plans for the area but it will also bring much needed jobs to Amble. It’s developments like this which increase the potential for attracting inward investment to benefit Northumberland as a whole.”

Durham Tourism Superstar Finalist Leanne Jeffrey

Leanne's a finalist in Durham Tourism Superstar Awards

July 2018

The Kingslodge Inn's general manager Leanne Jeffrey was a finalist in the hotly-contested Durham Tourism Superstar awards. 

Leanne was one of just five shining stars who reached the finals of the awards which recognise the dedication and passion of those working in Durham’s tourism industry who go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure visitors have a priceless experience in the county.

Leanne said: “I was incredibly proud to have been nominated for these awards and delighted to be a finalist in such a prestigious award for doing something that comes naturally to me and that I love to do. It is such an honour and a great privilege to be recognised in this way. 

“I take so much pleasure in sharing my passion for County Durham with our guests and passing on my knowledge to others, so they enjoy every moment of their time in our fantastic county. 

“I would like to thank everyone who voted for me and look forward to helping more people have a stay in Durham which totally exceeds their expectations.

“Congratulations to all the other finalists and of course to the Durham Tourism Superstar herself, Emily Hope of Beamish - The Living Museum of the North. She is absolutely shines in all she does and is so deserving of this title and I wish her the very best of luck when she flies the flag for Durham in the National Tourism Superstar Finals.”

Ivor Stolliday, chairman of Visit County Durham, said: “The competition is a wonderful way to recognise those individuals working tirelessly in the tourism industry. All of the finalists are incredible and each act as ambassadors for our county, we should all be extremely proud of them.”