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The Bamburgh Castle Inn: Picturesque under a dusting of snow

Winter breaks return

November 2013

Our famous winter breaks are back again. 

From November 1st until March 31st our popular winter break rates apply meaning you can enjoy a two-course dinner, bed and breakfast stay for just £44.50 per person, per night.

General manager Gary Taylor said: "It's that time again when we launch our famous winter break rates. They make for the perfect winter break getaway, but also the perfect Christmas gift as well. What could be better than waking up to the sound of the sea, a full Northumberland breakfast and a walk along an empty beach before a hearty evening meal - all for just £44.50 per person, per night?

"As you can expect, it's a very popular offer and bookings are coming in thick and fast. We recommend early booking especially for peak times like weekends and holidays."

Zoe Dawes

Top travel writer pays The Bamburgh Castle Inn a visit

June 2013

The Bamburgh Castle Inn played host to a visit by one of the UK’s top online travel writers./p>

Zoë Dawes, aka The Quirky Traveller, was in the county to pay homage to Northumberland suffragette, Emily Davison. 

Staying at The Bamburgh Castle Inn, Zoë, Travel Blogger of the Year 2011 and a ‘super blogger’ for Visit England, said: “Northumberland is one of my favourite places of England with its glorious beaches, impressive castles and attractive old villages. It has a wealth of history – ancient and some, more recent, as in the case of suffragette Emily Davison, who died after throwing herself under the King’s horse at the Epson Derby 100 years ago.

"Morpeth really entered into the spirit of the ‘Emily Inspire’ events.  I was intrigued with the powerful play about her life and thoroughly enjoyed the colourful procession of ‘suffragettes’ through the town. Even the shops were decorated in support of this inspirational woman. Of course, I had to visit the Bagpipe Museum – very quirky!  I also went round beautiful Bamburgh Castle – so much to see. I was especially impressed with the huge King’s Hall and dainty Faberge figures.  Of course, I didn’t have long enough and I can’t wait to come back!”

Jude Leitch, managing director of Visit Northumberland said: “As one of the top online travel writers in the country, we were delighted Zoë chose to visit Northumberland.

“We’re sure her Quirky Traveller article will be a source of inspiration to many people thinking about visiting Northumberland and will show how richly diverse our county is.”

Jude added: “This is a great year to visit the county which has a raft of historical anniversaries and celebrations. As well as the 100th anniversary of Emily Davison’s death, it is the 500thanniversary of the Battle of Flodden, 175 years since Grace Darling’s epic Farne Island rescue and 150 years since Cragside House was built.  We are also enjoying the much-anticipated return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the north.”

You can read about Zoë’s travels in Northumberland and around the world at www.thequirkytraveller.com

Lindisfarne Inn

House’ for Inn group’s clean sweep in the food hygiene stakes

June 2013

We're celebrating a clean sweep of top food hygiene scores.

Operations manager Sean Donkin of joint hospitality venture Lindisfarne Inns Limited and Greensfield Moor Developments are celebrating a hat trick of top scores for their trio of inns.

The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick, The Lindisfarne Inn at Beal and The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses have each been awarded the highest score of five in the Food Standards Agency’s national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme allows consumers to make informed choices about the places where they eat out or shop for food.

The hygiene standards found at the time of inspection are rated on a scale of “0” to “5”. At the bottom of the scale is ‘0’ which means urgent improvement is required, while at the top of the scale is ‘5’ representing very good hygiene standards.

Sean Donkin said: “We are delighted to have a full house in the food hygiene scheme, with all of our inns achieving top scores of five marks. 

“We take food hygiene extremely seriously at all of our inns, which this clean sweep of top scores for our high hygiene standards, knowledge and understanding of food storage and preparation and how this is implemented, shows.

“We fully support the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme which gives consumers, that all important information and confidence to choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving them information about the hygiene standards achieved in pubs like our own, restaurants, cafes, takeaways, hotels and food shops.”

Northumberland County Council moved from the former ‘Scores on the Doors’ system to adopt the national ‘Food Hygiene Rating Scheme' to enable their ratings to be consistent with those elsewhere in the country.

The ‘Food Hygiene Rating Scheme’ is a local authority/Food Standards Agency partnership initiative.  The national scheme provides consumers with information about hygiene standards in food premises at the time they are inspected by local food safety officers to check compliance with legal requirements – the food hygiene rating given reflects the inspection findings.

Puffins on the Farne Islands Picture credit: National Trust

Puffin census launched on Farne Islands opposite the Inn

April 2013

A puffin census has been launched today on the Farne Islands opposite The Bamburgh Castle Inn. 

Rangers on the islands will carry out a survey to discover how many breeding pairs of birds live on the Islands over the next three months. 

The survey takes place every five years and records date back to 1939 when 3,000 breeding pairs were recorded. 

However, the last survey showed a fall in puffin numbers and head ranger David Steel fears that cold weather and storms have played a part in their decline. 

This spring and summer will see 11 National trust Rangers travelling to and from the islands to count each and every bird. 

After a hard day's filming the puffins in which this amazing footage was captured of a puffin laying an egg, The Bamburgh Castle Inn was glad to welcome some very hungry, cold but happy journalists and National Trust and revive them with a hot drink and something to eat.

Manager Gary Taylor said: "We're so close to the islands, the birdlife there is very important to us. The puffin census is no mean feat and we wish all the rangers the best of luck in carrying out the survey. We hope the census is a success and hopefully these little fellas will have a kinder year ahead of them and numbers can start to rise.

"Our inn is a favourite with bird enthusiasts. You can see the seabirds from our windows. An birdwatching magazine editor was very excited as he spotted a Sooty Shearwater while he was dining! Our beer garden and dining areas overlook the islands, so bring a pair of binoculars and call in. 

"Of course nothing beats a trip to the islands, and you can take a boat out to the Farnes with one of the party boat operators just on our doorstep."

Good luck to the National Trust rangers taking part in the Puffin Census and of course to the puffins themselves. Let's hope a successful breeding season for them is ahead.

Christmas

Christmas line up announced at The Bamburgh Castle Inn

April 2013

We're delighted to unveil this year's cracking Christmas line up, here at The Bamburgh Castle Inn.

In response to popular demand, we've even more Christmas Party nights lined up in December, headlined by the best North East talent, a fantastic festive fare menu and truly magnificent Christmas Day lunch.

General manager Gary Taylor said: "We're really excited abut Christmas at The Bamburgh Castle Inn. After last year's sellout Christmas Entertainment packages, we're putting on fantastic party nights each Friday night in December for you to celebrate the season with family, friends and colleagues. We've got a brilliant line up of comedians, musical performers and acts to get you in that festive spirit all served up with the best Christmas food around.

"Our festive fayre menu will return from December 1st until Christmas Eve, while head chef Davy Barella has devised a stunning and very special Christmas Day Menu too."

Christmas dinner, entertainment, bed and breakfast packages start from just £60 or Christmas meal and entertainment only from £35. The Bamburgh Castle Inn's three course Christmas Day Lunch costs £27.95 (Under 12s eat for £15.95). 

The Christmas Party Night line up features the following fantastic entertainment acts:

 

  • 6th December - Brenda Collins - An internationally acclaimed comedy vocalist with firm North East roots. Dinner, bed & breakfast £60.00 / £35.00 meal & entertainment only.

  • 13th December - Glen Roughhead - Swing the night away with an unforgettable performance of the greatest songs ever written. Dinner, bed & breakfast £65.00 / £40.00 meal & entertainment only.

  • 20th December - Max Peters - A top class all round entertainer with vocals and comedy seamlessly integrated in a pacy entertainment act. Dinner, bed & breakfast £65.00 / £40.00 meal & entertainment only.

  • 27th December - Terry Joyce - An in demand dinner comic, perfect gentleman and all round funny man. Dinner, bed & breakfast £65.00 / £40.00 meal & entertainment only.

 

Buy British

Inn backs NFU Buy British campaign

February 2013

The Bamburgh Castle Inn is backing a national campaign urging customers to ‘Buy British’ as the horse meat scandal continues.

The inn is backing the National Farmer’s Union (NFU) rallying call ‘Make it British, make it local, make it happen’ highlighting the message that Great British Farmers produce Great British food.

The Bamburgh Castle Inn operations manager Sean Donkin said: “We fully support the NFU’s Buy British campaign. Our policy has and always will be to buy quality assured British red meat from trusted local suppliers and to support farmers from the North East.

“Our customers can be fully confident that the food they are eating is made from scratch in our kitchens using fully traceable red meat. The end result is a quality product that tastes delicious and has regional - if not local - provenance. It is simply nothing less than our customers deserve.”

The NFU campaign is in direct response to the scandal which has seen horsemeat being passed off as beef in some imported frozen foods and has highlighted the complexity of the food chain in some imported products.

NFU President Peter Kendall said: “British farmers are very proud of what they produce and are, quite rightly, furious about this current situation. They feel let down by what looks like a criminal element in an isolated part of the food chain which has certainly not helped in reassuring consumers that the food they are buying is what they say it is.

“Our meat industry is one of the most highly regulated in the country and it is imperative that we remind consumers that British farmers work to some of the most stringent standards.”

The Bamburgh Castle Inn is further showing its support of the NFU campaign by using the twitter hashtag #buybritish to champion British produce to show their support as well as continuing to buy the high standard food produced on British farms.