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



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.”

Vote Leanne as Durham's next Tourism Superstar

June 2018

The search is on to find Durham’s next tourism superstar and The Kingslodge Inn’s general manager Leanne Jeffrey has been shortlisted for the awards. 
The award recognises the dedication and passion of those working in Durham’s tourism industry. 
Whether it’s helping guests put together itineraries to County Durham’s many attractions, hiding secret treasures for her guests to find about Durham - or even taking a stranded grandmother to Durham cathedral in her own car, Leanne goes above the call of duty to ensure visitors have a priceless experience. 
Leanne said: "I am so proud and honoured to be nominated for this award. Especially when it is something that comes naturally to me and I just love doing. I just love chatting to guests and helping them decide and plan where they would like to visit and how to get there. Putting together our very own Kingslodge Inn Treasure Hunt, or hiding our inn's special stone in secret spots for our guests to search out and find across the city. 
"It would be absolutely amazing to be voted Durham Tourism Superstar and to fly the flag for our amazing County that I'm so passionate about living and working in."
Voting is now open and we’re calling on you to show your support for Leanne by casting your vote her way. 
Voting closes at midnight on Friday July 13th. The winner will be announced at Visit County Durham’s annual Garden Party at Beamish Hall on July 24th and will then go on to represent the county in a national tourism superstar award. 
Please show your support for Leanne and cast your vote in a mere couple of clicks here.  


The Kingslodge Inn in Durham were finalists in the Britivic Lifting Spirits Awards in association with the Morning Advertiser

The Kingslodge Inn goes above and beyond in Britvic Lifting Spirits Awards

June 2018

The Kingslodge Inn was a finalist in national awards that recognise outlets that go above and beyond to lift the spirits on the local community with its Silver Lunch Club. 

The inn was one of just five finalists from pubs, hotels and restaurants across the country that were recognised in the Britvic Lifting Spirits Awards in association with the Morning Advertiser for their community work with isolated older people living alone in Durham. 

The inn regularly opens its doors for older people living alone in the city with it's Silver Lunch Club which includes an annual Christmas party with entertainment and a free three-course Christmas lunch and monthly subsidised lunch clubs that over 80 people coming along to enjoy not just a delicious home made meal, but fun and laughter in the company of others. 

The initiative was the brainchild of general manager Leanne Jeffrey who attended the awards ceremony in London with Age UK Durham's development manager Kirsty King-Lough. 

Leanne said: "It was such an honour to be nominated for these awards for doing something that just comes naturally to us. It was very humbling being among such inspiring people and hearing what they do to go above and beyond in their communities and to have the accolade of being a finalist among such exceptional company. 

"What pleases me most is that we are making a difference to the lives of some of Durham's most vulnerable and isolated older people through our Silver Lunch Club and that through this we can bring a little sunshine and warmth to people who spend much of their time alone, with just the radio or the television for company. I am so pleased that our lunch club has become such a success and that it continues to grow. We never turn away one away and everyone is welcome to come and join us."

To find out more about The Kingslodge Inn's Silver Lunch Club call 0191 370 9977 or email

The Kingslodge Inn for father's day accommodation meals in Durham city and County Durham perfect father's day presents.

Father's Day covered at The Kingslodge Inn

June 2018

Father’s Day is fast approaching on Sunday June 17.

Finding the main man in your life the perfect Father’s Day gift is no easy task.

The Kingslodge Inn has just the answer with a winning combination of great food, superb local real ales as well as amazing Durham city to explore.

Sean Donkin is managing director of The Inn Collection Group, owners of The Kingslodge Inn and a father-of-three.

He said: "Speaking as a father myself, there's nothing better than spending time with your family, whether it's enjoying some well-earned time away or a meal out that everyone can enjoy together and The Kingslodge Inn is just the place to do that.

"With it's close location to Durham city centre and world class attractions like Durham cathedral, the UK's largest open air museum Beamish and magnificent High Force waterfall - which has just been listed by MSN as one of the top ten most beautiful places you'll be surprised is in the UK - The Kingslodge Inn will be a favourite with dads everywhere."

Father's Day gift vouchers at The Kingslodge Inn are available to purchase. Call us directly on 0191 370 9977 or our booking hotline on 0191 580 3610 (during office hours) or book accommodation online anytime. 

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May 2018

If you like getting local insider know-how, travelista tips on the best things to see and do and being the first to know about exclusive special offers at the award-winning Kingslodge Inn, then check in to our Inn Crowd. 

As changes to General Data Protection Regulation – or GDPR for short – draw nearer, if you’ve signed up to receive The Kingslodge Inn’s news, exclusive offers and for your chance to win a stay with us, then make sure you update your preferences to stay on our VIP book. 

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. 

“We get a lot of positive feedback from people about how much they enjoy our Inn Crowd newsletters, which are full of insider information about what’s on in the area, exciting new pub additions and, of course, special offers and competitions. 

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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.”


Room at the inn - over 100 silver celebrators join us for Christmas party for the elderly

November 2017


There was room at The Kingslodge Inn when over 100 older people joined us for a cracker of a Christmas celebration.

The Kingslodge Inn joined older people’s charity The Abbeyfield Society to support their annual Companionship at Christmas campaign.  Offering older people affected by loneliness the chance to share physical, emotional and spiritual warmth, Companionship at Christmas runs throughout the festive period and beyond. 

Silver revellers from Durham, Sunderland, Newcastle and Corbridge were among the party goers who tucked into a three course festive meal donated by The Kingslodge Inn and Abbeyfield and with support from Age UK Durham, before taking to the dance floor and enjoying party games, live music performances and carol singing. 

For 89-year-old Jean from Gilesgate, the highlight of the day was enjoying being surrounded by company and good cheer. 

Jean, who has lived alone since losing her husband and childhood sweetheart 33-years ago, said: “I really enjoyed it and will think about this day for ages. I have enjoyed the company so much and there was a lovely atmosphere. I don’t get out and see everyone as much, as I don’t see so well. I am at my best having people around and today has been very special. I have made new friends today – and made lots of memories too.”

Also enjoying the party atmosphere and raising a special glass of birthday champagne was Rita Duckett who was celebrating her 101st birthday. 

Rita, who lives at Abbeyfield’s The Newcastle Society Grove House in Gosforth, puts the secret of her longevity down to a glass of sherry each night before bedtime. 

Alastair Mulvie, director of fundraising at Abbeyfield said: “It has been a tremendous day. Seeing so many older people simply enjoying themselves, laughing, sharing stories, dancing, enjoying good food and forging new friendships has been such a joy and captures the very essence of what Abbeyfield is all about. 

“Abbeyfield was founded over 60 years ago to counter the debilitating loneliness faced by a forgotten generation of older people. That ethos continues today with campaigns such as Companionship at Christmas and our winter Feel the Warmth initiative. 

“I would like to thank The Kingslodge Inn and Age UK in Durham for their support in laying on such a fantastic event. Working together with businesses and like-minded organisations like them allows us to be able to make a difference to the lives of older people and make their later years happier and more fulfilled. 

Leanne Jeffrey, general manager at The Kingslodge Inn said: “I think we all felt ourselves welling up at times during the afternoon to see everyone having so much fun and enjoying themselves, like 91-year-old Joe who was dancing away to the music.

“Christmas is a time we associate with excitement, parties and celebrations, but for many older people it’s a time when they feel even more isolated. For many of those here today their only company is the television or radio. 

“It means so much knowing that we’ve given so many people a day to remember; helped them to make new friends, given them a lovely meal and let them know The Kingslodge Inn is a place that’s welcoming and friendly for them to call in and see us at any time. We even have one lady coming along to join us for Christmas Day lunch and are now running a monthly lunch club that 50-elderly people come along to with Age UK and Abbeyfield. It has been a fantastic day and we have been very proud to play our part in hosting such a worthwhile event.”

Now in its eighth year, Companionship at Christmas has offered a lifeline of warmth and friendship to thousands of older people at Christmas. 

Sadly, an estimated 500,000 older people are expected to spend Christmas alone in the UK.

The campaign sees Abbeyfield houses and homes across the country open up their doors to offer free overnight stays – so people don’t have to wake to an empty house on Christmas Day, meals, entertainment in the build up to Christmas and beyond. 



Green light given for new Northumberland sister inn The Amble Inn The Inn Collection Group operators

Green light given for new Northumberland sister inn

November 2017

Owners of The Kingslodge Inn, The Inn Collection Group, have been confirmed as operators of a multi-million pound Northumberland pub with rooms development, set to open in October 2018.

Arch, developers of the site in the marina town of Amble, selected The Inn Collection Group as operators ahead of national competition.

The seven-site company will now add the Northumberland development to its acquisition portfolio of pubs with rooms, which includes new build schemes The Commissioners Quay Inn at Blyth and The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick.

The addition of the 30-bedroom Amble development to the group’s estate takes their total bedroom number to 232, making the Kings Park Capital backed operator one of the north east’s largest independent accommodation providers.

Construction of the inn started last month, generating an anticipated 60 jobs during the build element, with a further 35 positions created once the inn opens.

Keith Liddell, chief executive of The Inn Collection Group, said: “We are delighted that The Inn Collection Group has been selected to operate this exciting new leisure development in Amble. Our brand is synonymous with delivering a value-for-money, quality service and attention to detail, principles we look forward to applying in Amble.

“Our eat, drink, sleep and explore model will be a tremendous addition to Amble and the surrounding area’s leisure and business markets and we are looking forward to revealing further details about the inn in due course.

“The Amble development will be an excellent asset to our portfolio and cements our positioning as a leader in the leisure operator sector. With growing investment and regeneration in Amble there is a shortage of accommodation of this nature in Amble. The new development will undoubtedly fill this current gap in the market, offering much-need accommodation in the town to visitors so they can extend their stay locally, fuelling more trade for local businesses.

“In both the short and long term, the new development will give a boost to Amble’s economy, both from the jobs created during construction and the 35 permanent, full time positions the inn will generate.”

Located on Amble’s Coquet Enterprise Park Quay Road, an area earmarked for redevelopment, the two-storey building has been designed to provide an attractive venue for daytime and evening trade. The development will compliment recent investment in the marina town’s harbour regeneration.

Richard Wearmouth Chair of Arch said: "This 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 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.”

Colin Bell, Business Growth Director at the North East LEP, said: “This is a significant investment in Amble and the surrounding area. The inn will contribute to the town’s leisure and commercial capability by increasing the area’s accommodation offer and helping to attract valuable additional overnight visitors.”

The development has been designed with a mix of 30 double, twin, accessible and family bedrooms across two floors. A ground floor bar and eatery area will provide covers for up to 150 diners inside with a further 100 covers outside and offer informal meeting spaces. There will be on site parking and cycle spaces.

The Amble scheme will operate on The Inn Collection Group’s model of providing value-for-money accommodation, quality beverages – with a focus on provenance and local real ales, and home made pub fare served all day, 365 days a year.

Construction of the development is being delivered by Tolent Living Ltd. 

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

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

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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, 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!”

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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.”

Top of the Pops - Treat your Dad this Father's Day at The Kingslodge Inn

May 2017

We've already celebrated Mother's Day and the countdown to the day for Dads everywhere is on. 

Father’s Day takes place on the third Sunday of June and this year it's on Sunday June 18.

If you're stumped what to get your Dad this Father’s Day we’ve just the answer with a winning combo of great food, fine real ales and some much-appreciated Dad-time at The Kingslodge Inn for the main man in your life.

General manager Leanne Jeffrey said: "We’re sure Dads everywhere would love being treated to spend some well-deserved Dad-time, lovely food and being able to sit back, relax with the perfect pint!

“Whether you want to treat your Dad to a special meal together, or take some time out with a break away, The Kingslodge Inn is just the place to come.”

Spring into The Kingslodge Inn’s New Menu

March 2017

Head chef Chris Bond is celebrating the first anniversary of The Kingslodge Inn with the launch of new seasonal British-inspired menus.

The Kingslodge Inn opened its doors in spring 2016 and quickly established itself as a popular Durham dining out spot.

Since then diners have been treated to both classic pub fare and Mediterranean-influenced cuisine at the Waddington Street inn on Flass Vale.

Now Chris has looked closer to home for inspiration with lunch and dinner menus that also indulge his passion for high-quality British produce.

Both the lunch and evening offerings include the classic pub favourite, steak and ale pie, as well as The Kingslodge burger made with prime British-sourced beef and served with red onion, marmalade, bacon, cheese, citrus slaw, and chips.

Chris says the new spring menus reflect his culinary philosophy: simple food done well.

“We are very relaxed here at The Kingslodge Inn, we’re not pretentious. I wanted the new menus to echo that. It’s about simple, well-made dishes that are put together without cutting any corners or compromising on flavour or technique.

“Provenance is key for me. As the public has become better educated about food, so they too have become more concerned about where their food is coming from.

“But when I say provenance, I believe that feta cheese should come from Greece, and our pork should be coming from Durham, as the county is renowned for it.”

Crispy local pork belly and chorizo can be tucked into as a sandwich on the lunch menu, while it also has its place as a main at dinner with cabbage, apple and vegetable mash and prosciutto chips.

Fish is another highlight at both lunch and dinner, with smoked trout and prawn linguine making an appearance as a main, and Thai fish cake and white bait starters.

Vegetarian options include wild mushroom rarebit, a Portobello mushroom burger with halloumi, citrus slaw and chips, and a delightful sautéed greens, broccoli, tomato and garlic stew with toasted almonds.

Children aren’t forgotten with a homemade flatbread pizza with mozzarella and tomato; fish and chips; buttered pasta; breaded chicken with new potatoes and garden peas; and cheeseburger.

Prices range from £4.95-£7.25 for the starters on both the lunch and dinner menus. Lunch mains start at £7.25 for the flatbread pizza up to £22.95 for the petite filet steak. Dinner mains are from £9.95 to £29.95 for the filet mignon.

All the dishes on the children’s menu are priced at £5.95.

Chris says: “It’s a modern British menu. We have the classics with the petite and mignon filets, the traditional pub dishes with the steak and ale pie and fish and chips, and the contemporary with the likes of gnocchi Florentine with chicken and chorizo, and the homemade flatbread pizza with a choice of fresh and modern toppings.”

His favourite dish? “All of them! I’m proud of every single one.”



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Support-inn Women's Rugby in Durham


As rugby fever grips with fans on tenterhooks wondering if England can clinch the Six Nations Grand Slam, The Kingslodge Inn has been proudly supporting The Durham University colleges Van Mildert and Josephine Butler’s Women’s Rugby Football Club, Combined Milbut as their shirt sponsor.

 The Kingslodge Inn’s lions and logo graced the distinctive black, red and gold team shirts of the Combined Milbut players who have finished second in Durham University's Intra-University Premiership comprising of teams from all 16 of the University's colleges.

General manager of The Kingslodge Inn, Leanne Jeffrey said: “We would like to congratulate all the players, coaches and supporters of Milbut for a great league result. We jumped at the chance to become the shirt sponsors of Milbut and to be able to support such a great team of sportswomen and their connections. They have had a phenomenal season which is testament to their hard work training and some gutsy performances on the pitch. Well done ladies! We look forward to welcoming you into The Kingslodge Inn for some well deserved celebratory drinks soon!” 

Claudia MacDonald, corporate and social secretary of Combined Milbut said: “We have absolutely loved having The Kingslodge Inn as our sponsor, the additional investment in the team has allowed us to increase our professionalism, and improve our facilities for training. 

“Milbut only lost one game and completed the season in second place in the league and were winners of the Floodlit Cup.  

Five of our first-years, who had previously never played rugby before, have also progressed through to University level, an achievement we are very proud of.

“We hope that Milbut will continue to provide a stepping stone into higher level rugby, and an environment within which players can be introduced to the fantastic game of rugby, and given the right support to develop as a player. 

“We cannot thank The Kingslodge enough for their support of our team and hope this will continue next season."

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Granny Knows Best - The Kingslodge Inn and Abbeyfield celebrate British Pie Week


Grandma is said to always know best, and The Kingslodge Inn is setting out to prove the adage with the launch of a competition to track down the perfect pie.

The Kingslodge Inn in County Durham has teamed up with older people’s charity, The Abbeyfield Society, to hunt out the most traditional and imaginative recipes in celebration of British Pie Week taking place between March 6-12.

Grandparents, older people and Abbeyfield residents are being asked to play their part in the quest to search out the tastiest time-honoured and home-grown pie recipes.

From formulations unique to the North East to sweet and savoury classics, it is hoped the over-65s will get behind what promises to be a delicious celebration of culinary know-how and British food heritage, that’s also set to raise funds for the national Abbeyfield charity.

The star recipe as judged by The Kingslodge Inn's expert team of chefs, will not only be championed as a British Pie Week special on both the inns’ home-cooked menus, but see money raised from sales going direct to Abbeyfield to help support its work to ease loneliness in older people.

The victor will win a three-course meal for two at either The Kingslodge Inn in historic Durham City.

The competition is part of a wider Granny Knows Best campaign being rolled out nationally by Abbeyfield, honouring the older generations’ culinary expertise and excellence.

The Kingslodge Inn general manager, Leanne Jeffrey, said: “When it comes to pies, it really is true that granny knows best. We’re hoping people will get in touch with us with recipes that will take diners back to the flavours and textures they remember from childhood.

“We’re looking for recipes for pies made the traditional way, using traditional techniques and ingredients – whether they’re sweet or savoury – and with that extra dollop of love that goes into a recipe that’s been passed down and eaten by generations.

“We’re looking forward to linking up with Abbeyfield for the project and we’re excited to see what our senior cooks come up with to share with diners.”

This will be the second time The Kingslodge Inn has joined forces to support Abbeyfield, after throwing  a free three-course festive meal to over 80 older people living alone, as part of the charity’s Companionship at Christmas campaign to bring food and friendship to isolated older people.

Abbeyfield’s divisional director for the north Teresa Parker said: “This is a fantastic chance to revive once-loved pie recipes, celebrate all that’s good about North East food and drink, bring people together, and get Abbeyfield residents and older members of our communities cooking and hopefully having lots of fun with family and friends.

 “Pies are as quintessentially British as fish and chips and roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, and we want to celebrate everything that is good about the sort of old-fashioned, homely cooking that has brought families together for generations.

“Even better, this competition won’t just raise awareness about our proud culinary heritage, but much needed funds for Abbeyfield so we can continue to ensure that people’s golden years are among the happiest of their lives.” 

Teresa added: “We’re delighted with the support we’re receiving from The Kingslodge Inn, and their recognition of the input older people have in society. Projects like this help to get older people out into the community, which enriches their lives. It also reminds them that they are wanted and needed, and still have an important role to play.

“We’re looking forward to practising the recipes in our kitchens here at Abbeyfield before they are submitted – and of course feasting on the results.”

If you are aged 65 and over you can submit your pie recipe in person to The Kingslodge Inn on Waddington Street, Durham or by email to or by post, addressed to Leanne Jeffreys, The Kingslodge Inn, Waddington Street, Flass Vale, Durham City, DH1 4BG.

The closing date for entries is Thursday March 2.


The Kingslodge Inn enjoys great attendance at first-ever Durham Business Club breakfast


The Kingslodge Inn played host to its first-ever Durham Business Group networking event.

Around 90 businesses signed up to attend the inn's networking breakfast with Durham Business Group, a local networking and business support group which aims to support businesses to collaborate, share knowledge and forge relationships.

Held on January 25, as a homage to Burns Night, the networking breakfast had a Scottish twist, with Durham Business Group board member Graham Soult of addressing the haggis. 

Leanne Jeffrey, general manager of The Kingslodge Inn, said: "We were absolutely delighted to have such a fantastic turnout of local business people to our first-ever Durham Business Club networking breakfast.

"Durham has an incredible business pedigree and it was fantastic to have such a wide array of businesses at The Kingslodge Inn and to host a networking event that was so enthusiastically received by the members. To have such a diverse range of businesses networking, sharing information and swapping local knowledge was rewarding to be a part of.

"It was a great opportunity to showcase The Kingslodge Inn, our food and bedrooms and the facilities we offer here in Durham for business customers as well as leisure visitors. 

"We would like to thank everyone for coming along to the event and hope to welcome local businesses and indeed Durham Business Club again in the future.





The Kingslodge Inn's 'Try Gin-uary' is the perfect tonic to 'Dry January'


If the thought of Dry January leaves you cold, award-winning The Kingslodge Inn has the perfect tonic with their Try ‘Ginuary’ local craft gin showcase. 

The Kingslodge Inn is capturing the spirit of the gin renaissance with by turning the spotlight on pioneering local gin distillers throughout January, to bring something different to their customers’ gin and tonic. 

The inn will feature gins distilled nearby to encourage customers to put a different gin in their glass throughout January.

Already well-known for the choice and quality of the local and craft ales The Kingslodge Inn serves, it is now giving spirit lovers and gin newbies the opportunity to sample some of the best gins in the North and to work their way through a hand picked selection of lesser-known gin varieties.  

David Walker of The Inn Collection Group which owns The Kingslodge Inn said: “We’re trying to make January a little less blue by trying something that’s more of a tonic, with a small collection of local craft gins that we’ve tasted and loved. What’s more, they’re all distilled in locations close to our inns. 

“Gin is so quintessentially British, and with so many different taste variations now available, the possibilities for flavours from gin seem endless, we’re keen to showcase some directly from our little region of the world.  

“People are trying different garnishes too – ice and a slice of lemon no longer cuts the mustard and there are plenty of premium mixers upping their game to support the in-gin boom.”

Walter Riddell of Hepple Gin said: “We are thrilled that Hepple has been included in The Kingslodge Inn's Ginuary line up. We make our gin rather differently, using young green juniper sourced from the hills around Hepple near Rothbury in Northumberland. 

“We use two separate distillation systems and a high-pressure extraction system to bring a crisp freshness not found in any conventionally made gin. Because of the complexity of our distillery process and our exacting harvesting regime, we only make a small quantity of Hepple, our only product.”

The Kingslodge Inn's Try Ginuary will be showcasing: 

  • Durham Gin -  a small batch gin distilled in a 400 litre copper pot still called Lily, using traditional methods. Only a couple of hundred bottles are made from each batch and are labelled by hand. 
  • Hepple Gin – north Northumberland produced gin that’s vacuum distilled at lower temperatures to capture more flavour, including the young green juniper gathered from the Hepple Estate. 
  • Masons Yorkshire Gin – distilled slowly and traditionally in two 200-litre stills called Steve and Lefty, the first gin to be distilled in Yorkshire contains juniper and citrus flavours. 
  • Poetic License – flavoured with juniper and cardamom spice, lemon, lime and eucalyptus, this is a fresh scented gin that also contains a host of secret botanicals. 

Tasters will be able to try the different garnishes and serving suggestions recommended by the distillers to bring out the best in their gins.

Dave said: “We’re initially offering the craft gins on a limited basis during January but if they prove popular, we’ll be looking to put them behind the bar full time. 

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


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


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


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 or call 0191 370 9977.

  To view the full menu please go to 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