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Bamburgh Castle Inn pairs up with award winning wildlife operator for birdwatching spectacle tours

December 2017

The Bamburgh Castle Inn has paired up with award-winning operator, Northern Experience Adventure Tours to offer new guided tours of some of the UK’s most spectacular wildlife displays. 

The tours, designed to take in seasonal wildlife extravaganzas during the year, include a Winter Wonderland package capturing the spectacle of thousands of migrating wildfowl that overwinter on the Northumberland coast and a summer seabird spectacle and photography holiday showcasing the incredible sights and sounds of thousands of visiting seabirds, along with the photography opportunities they offer. 

Nicola Austin, general manager of The Bamburgh Castle Inn said: “We are delighted to be partnering with a wildlife operator of the calibre of Northern Experience Adventure Tours, and giving people such unique wildlife opportunity that people travel the world over to experience.”

The four-day Winter Wonderland package, runs from February 4th – 7th while the Seabird Spectacle packages run from July 1st-4th or July 15th-18th.

Tours include three nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast at The Bamburgh Castle Inn and two days guided birdwatching, with Northern Experience Wildlife Tours including transport and packed lunches. 

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Game qualification is feather in the cap for Bamburgh Castle Inn kitchen team

December 2017

Staff from The Bamburgh Castle Inn kitchen went lock, stock and barrel for game and were on target to take a full bag of qualifications. 

Chefs from The Bamburgh Castle Inn and sister pubs – The Lindisfarne Inn at Beal; The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick; The Commissioners Quay Inn at Blyth in Northumberland; The Seaton Lane Inn and The Kingslodge  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 Bamburgh Castle 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.”


The Bamburgh Castle Inn sister inn gets go ahead in Amble The Inn Collection Group

Green light for new Amble sister Inn

November 2017

Owners of The Bamburgh Castle 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. 

Winter breaks at The Bamburgh Castle Inn are back


The Bamburgh Castle Inn’s famous winter breaks have made a popular return. 


Until March 20 the inn’s winter break rates of dinner, bed and breakfast starting from just £44.95 per person, per night apply.

Nicola Austin, general manager at The Bamburgh Castle Inn, said: “If ever you needed an excuse to come and visit Seahouses and our award-winning inn, then our popular winter break rates will convince you to head our way for a fantastic stay away. 

“Not only is the inn lovely and cosy during the winter months, but it’s a great time of year to visit. It’s less crowded, you get amazing sunrises and sunsets, spectacular star gazing opportunities and amazing wildlife spectacles to take in, too – like the arrival of the new baby seal pups on the Farne Islands opposite us. 

"As our winter breaks are such a popular offer, we do recommend early bookings, especially during school holidays and weekends. And if you are looking for the perfect gift or Christmas present to give, why not give a winter break voucher as a lovely gift idea? 

“We’re looking forward to giving you a warm welcome at The Bamburgh Castle Inn this winter.” 

Find out more about our winter breaks here.