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Celebrating Great British Game Week

November 2014

Foodies are being sought by The Bamburgh Castle Inn to submit their favourite game recipes and celebrate Great British Game Week. 

The Bamburgh Castle Inn is celebrating Great British Game Week, a campaign dedicated to promoting the delights of wild British game.

As well as a specials board packed full of local game dishes and flavours to mark the game-filled week which runs until November 30, The Bamburgh Castle Inn is urging foodies to submit their favourite game recipes to celebrate great British game.

Head chef David Barella will be selecting the winning recipe which will make it onto the Inn's Specials Board, as well as earning its creator the prize of a meal for two plus overnight stay at the popular Bamburgh Castle Inn. 

David said: "Game is one of my favourite ingredients to work with. It is delicious, versatile and completely free range. Celebrity chefs are using more game in their shows which is inspiring many more of us to give game a go. 
 
"We are calling for people to enter our game recipe competition and share their favourite ways of cooking game to help us celebrate this wonderful local and natural ingredient that is on our doorstep here in Northumberland. The winning recipe will be cooked by myself and our kitchen team and placed on the Specials board here at The Bamburgh Castle Inn."
 
To enter The Bamburgh Castle Inn Great British Game Competition, simply email your recipe and contact details to David at enquiries@bamburghcastleinn.co.uk  by December 5th. 
 
In the meantime you can enjoy great game dishes at The Bamburgh Castle Inn, with food being served daily until 9pm. www.bamburghcastleinn.co.uk
 
You can find out more about Great British Game Week at www.gametoeat.co.uk

Youngsters game for winning pheasant recipes

November 2014

Pheasant recipes devised by Seahouses schoolchildren during an innovative day to teach them about local food have taken pride of place on the menu of The Bamburgh Castle Inn.

Year Seven pupils from Seahouses Middle School spent a day learning about game, how it is reared and how it is used to create delicious meals. At the end of  ‘Pheasant Day’, the children were challenged to come up with their own pheasant-based recipes, with the best ones being chosen for inclusion on The Bamburgh Castle Inn’s special board.

Diners will be able to sample Eleanor Brown’s Pheasant with Bacon and Roasted figs and Ella Cavener’s Surprise Pie, which contains pheasant breast in a mustard and cider vinegar sauce. The two recipes were chosen by The Bamburgh Castle Inn's head chef, David Barella, who came up with the Pheasant Day concept to give youngsters a unique insight into where their food comes from.

He said: “It was just too difficult to choose one winning recipe because the children had such great, inventive ideas that really showed off pheasant as a versatile and healthy ingredient.

“Game is a great ingredient to cook with because it is so versatile and it is a real taste of Northumberland. We have game on our menu as often as possible when it is in season and the two dishes created by Eleanor and Ella have proved a real hit with diners.”

The Bamburgh Castle Inn has strong links to the community and frequently works with Seahouses Middle School on initiatives to teach children about food and cookery.

The Pheasant Day gave children the opportunity to see pheasants in their natural surroundings at the nearby Ellingham shoot, managed by Colin Rutter, and learn about how they are raised.

Back at The Bamburgh Castle Inn, the group learned how a pheasant is prepared for cooking and tasted four different game dishes. In many cases, it was the first time they had tried game.

 David said: “So much has already been done to show children the concept of field to fork eating with beef, lamb and pork, but many of the children just weren’t aware of game.

 “The whole exercise was important too, because it encourages the children to respect any food source that that has been reared for them to eat.”

 Seahouses Middle School head teacher, Pat Adamson, said: “All the children had great fun creating their own pheasant recipes for the competition, and the whole process fitted in brilliantly with the food technology part of their curriculum.

“Ella and Eleanor were delighted when their recipes were chosen, and we hope everyone who tries their dishes will get as much pleasure eating them as the children did creating them.”

Diners will be able to tuck into hearty Northumberland game-based dishes at the Bamburgh Castle Inn throughout the game season. 

Winter Breaks Return

November 2014

The Bamburgh Castle Inn's unbeatable winter breaks are back again. 

From November 1st until March 31st you can enjoy a two-course dinner*, bed and breakfast stay at The Bamburgh Castle Inn for just £49.95 per person, per night. 

General manager Peter O'Brien said: "Our winter breaks offer excellent value and are a great way to enjoy spending time in our beautiful part of the world for less. 

"Northumberland is spectacular at any time of year, but in winter time the crowds are long gone and you can have this stunning area  all to yourself!

"As our winter breaks are so popular, we do recommend people book early to avoid disappointment. Sea view rooms get booked up well in advance, as do holidays and weekends, so call us now and book your winter break getaway."

Winter breaks make for the perfect Christmas gift idea too, so why not suprise someone special with a gift at The Bamburgh Castle Inn. Gift vouchers are available too. Call us on 01665 720 283 for more information. 

*Offer includes two course meal from head chef David Barella's selected menu. 

Inn supports Seal Onesie Dip

October 2014

The Bamburgh Castle Inn is calling for brave-hearted people to don a onesie and take to the North Sea to raise funds for its chosen charity, The British Divers Marine Life Rescue. 

Taking place on Saturday October 11 at Bamburgh, the Onesie Dip will help raise funds for injured and stranded marine mammals that are often found on the coastline close to The Bamburgh Castle Inn.

Event organiser Lyndsey Morris, a volunteer mammal medic for the BDMLR said: “The Onesie Dip is taking place on Bamburgh beach – close to the Farne Islands, home of one of the UK’s largest grey seal colonies aptly at the time of year when the seal pups are born.

“Around a thousand seal pups are born on the islands each autumn. Each year the BDMLR assist in the rescue of injured seal pups washed up on the Northumberland coastline, as well as stranded marine mammals including whales, dolphins and porpoises.

“The BDMLR is a voluntary network of marine mammal medics which relies entirely on donations to run the service. Teams operating in England, Scotland and Wales respond to call outs from the public, police, coastguard and animal welfare groups, and also train emergency services staff to deal with marine mammals in distress. Volunteers are on call 24 hours a day, every day.

“Money raised from the Onesie Dip will help us to buy a marine mammal medic kit of essential supplies that will be used to help stranded animals.”

Funds raised from the event will also help to support Hessilhead Wildlife Sanctuary in Scotland, where Northumberland seals are rehabilitated, before being released back into the wild.

The event is being jointly organised by Seahouses and North Sunderland Scouts and Beavers groups with The Bamburgh Castle Inn. The event will also support the Scouts and Beavers who will be manning stalls in the Pavilion on the day.

Children and adults alike are welcome to take part in the seal Onesie Dip, although children must be accompanied by an adult. A minimum sponsorship of  £5 for children and £10 for adults is required. Registration for the event takes place from 1pm until 2pm at Bamburgh Pavilion with the marshalled dip itself taking place at 3pm. All those taking part must sign in and out in order to take part in the event.

For more information contact Lyndsey Morris on 07908130761.  

Our Staff are first to become Northumberland Ambassadors

August 2014

The Bamburgh Castle Inn staff are among the first to become Northumberland County Council's brand new Northumberland Ambassadors.

Ready to  boost tourists’ experiences in the county just in time for the peak summer season, staff from The Lindisfarne Inn received their title by undertaking ten ‘Know your Northumberland’ training courses. The courses provided businesses which come in contact with tourists with crucial area knowledge to enhance visitors’ stays, encourage them to spend more quality time in the county and hopefully make repeat trips.

The Know your Northumberland courses were organised by Northumberland County Council in partnership with Northumberland College who provided accredited qualifications. New courses have been added to the programme and will begin in the autumn.

An awards ceremony was held at Northumberland County Council to present the Northumberland Ambassadors with Northumberland College accredited certificates. 

Out of those 69 participating in the courses, seven received the gold Northumberland Ambassador qualifications, with eight reaching silver qualifications and 11 receiving bronze.

The Northumberland Ambassadors will receive a logo for their website and a certificate acknowledging their achievement.  As well as a badge to proudly mark their status, the Northumberland Ambassadors will have the knowledge to inspire visitors staying within our county and celebrate Northumberland’s many assets.

Keith Liddell, chief executive officer of the Inn Collection Group which owns The Bamburgh Castle Inn said: “We were delighted to work with Northumberland County Council to support the ‘Know Your Northumberland’ initiative. We invested in staff from The Lindisfarne Inn at Beal, The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses and The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick to take part in the familiarisation trips. They found learning more about the amazing attractions on our doorstep – and a little further afield in the county – fascinating and are already sharing their new-found knowledge of the county with visitors.”

“Our aim is to make sure visitors at our inns not only get the most out of their stay in Northumberland, but that they return and share their experiences with others.”

A variety of Northumberland based businesses took part in the courses including; Northumberland accommodation providers; café and gift shop owners; tourist information staff; local producers; tourism association members; Beadles from the Sanderson Arcade and Nordic walking and historical guides.  The courses ran from February until May. 

Northumberland County Councillor Val Tyler policy board member for culture and community infrastructure said:

"Congratulations to everyone who has taken part in the ‘Know your Northumberland’ courses.  It is excellent to see that so many businesses in contact with tourists within Northumberland taking part to help visitors to our county to enjoy our attractions and stay longer.”

It's never to early to think about Christmas

July 2014

With 169 sleeps to go, The Bamburgh Castle Inn has revealed it's Christmas Day Lunch menu. 

It's never to early for Christmas says head chef David Barella, who has revealed this year's 2014 Christmas Day Lunch menu.

Complete with all your favourite festive trimmings and seasonal specials, The Bamburgh Castle Inn Christmas Day menu boasts superb starters such as Chicken Liver Pate on a pool of berries.

As well as traditional succulent roast turkey, the main event has choices including Sea Bream in a Lemon, Caper and Prawn Butter and a spectacular Wild Mushroom and Nut Risotto for vegetarians. 

And to finish off this special seasonal lunch, David will be serving up Baked Vanilla Cheescake, a magnificent cheese board or of course, his special Christmas Pudding.

Said David: "We like to pull out all the stops with our Christmas menu amd this year's menu does just that. Christmas is always a very special day at The Bamburgh Castle Inn and I think we have done it justice with this menu.

"Christmas Day is always very popular at The Bamburgh Castle Inn, so we do recommend that people book early to avoid disappointment, especially if they are staying with us too on our winter break packages."

Puffins on the Farne Islands - one of Northumberland's many attractions

Staff become Northumberland Ambassadors

May 2014

Our staff are on their way to becoming Northumberland ambassadors.

We’ve teamed up with Northumberland County Council and Northumberland College in a partnership project as part of an initiative to help visitors get more out of their stay in Northumberland.

The ‘Know your Northumberland’ initiative is seeing staff taking place in a series of one day familiarisation trips to ramp up their knowledge of the county, so they can share what they have learnt with customers.

The Bamburgh Castle Inn’s assistant manager Nicola Austin said: “The familiarisation trips have been excellent and I have throughly enjoyed learning about the attractions nearby as well as those in other parts of Northumberland. 

“We’re often asked by our guests about things to see and do while they are staying with us and I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences as a Northumberland ambassador. Our aim is to enhance their visitor experience while in Northumberland, and encourage them to spend more quality time in our county and to return in the future.”

Northumberland County Councillor Val Tyler, policy board member for community infrastructure and culture said:

“Northumberland is a very large county with a huge amount of things to see and do.

 “By offering these trips we are hoping to create a team of ambassadors for the county and help visitors get the most out of their stay.”

BDMLR

Helping marine mammals one pint at a time

February 2014

The Bamburgh Castle Inn teams up with seal, dolphin and whale rescuers

Enjoying a pint of local real ale while drinking in stunning views of the Farne Islands can now help to ensure the survival of marine mammals in the North Sea.

We've teamed up with the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) charity to raise money for vital equipment  including a marine mammal medic kit, dolphin stretcher and seal kennel and bag to help sick and stranded porpoises, dolphins, whales and seals.

As our charity of the year for 2014, the BDMLR will receive 5p from every pint of house ale sold – the appropriately named Hadrian & Border Farne Island – and will also benefit from a series of fundraising events organised by the Inn throughout the year.

The Bamburgh Castle Inn general manager, Peter O Brien, said: “In the storms before Christmas, dozens of grey seal pups were washed up on the beaches near to us, which really brought home to us how important BDMLR’s work is.

“The view of the Farne Islands is one of the Bamburgh Castle Inn’s biggest attractions for visitors and locals alike, which makes us feel a certain sense of responsibility towards the islands and their wildlife.

“The Farnes are home to the biggest population of grey seals in the UK. The islands attract thousands of divers and sightseers every year and we also benefit from these visitors when they come to enjoy our great food, drink and hospitality at The Bamburgh Castle Inn. By supporting the work of the BDMLR this year, we’re putting something back.”

The BDMLR is a voluntary network of marine mammal medics which relies entirely on donations to run the service. Teams operating in England, Scotland and Wales respond to call outs from the public, police, coastguard and animal welfare groups, and also train emergency services staff to deal with marine mammals in distress. Volunteers are on call 24 hours a day, every day.

Richard Ilderton, BDMLR’s Area Coordinator for the North East, said: “We’re delighted the Bamburgh Castle Inn has chosen us as its charity of the year. The money will help us to buy a marine mammal medic kit of essential supplies that our volunteers use to help stranded animals.

“Anyone who becomes interested in our work through the Bamburgh Castle Inn’s campaign can also train to become one of our volunteers on the Northumberland coast, by taking our Marine Mammal Medic Course. You don’t have to be a diver to become one of our volunteers.”

BDMLR fact file

  • The BDMLR is a registered charity run entirely by volunteers, with teams on call around the clock, 365 days a year.
  • The charity was set up in 1988 in response to the mass deaths of Harbour seals in the Wash off East Anglia.
  • The BDMLR trains more than 400 volunteer Marine Mammal Medics around the UK.
  • It has 20 whale rescue pontoons located at strategic points throughout the UK to help stranded whales and dolphins.
  • Anyone who spots a stranded seal pup should contact the BDMLR and not try to put the animal back in the sea. You should also keep clear of the animal and keep dogs well away. Take a note of the location, state of the tide and any injuries on the animal.
  • You can contact the BDMLR to respond to emergencies on 01825 765546 weekdays from 9am-5pm or 07787 433412 in the evenings and weekends.
  • Check out the BDLMR’s website at www.bdmlr.org.uk for more information about the charity’s vital work.
Seahouses

Happy New Year

January 2014

After seeing the New Year in in true Bamburgh Castle Inn style, our staff would like to wish you a happy and healthy 2014. 

Revellers enjoyed fantastic live music from top North East act The Regulators during the Inn's free New Year celebrations for customers, while Seahouses' impressive Christmas lights shone out along the harbour outside. 

General manager Gary Taylor said: "On behalf of the team here at The Bamburgh Castle Inn we would like to wish our customers a very happy New Year and thank them for their business and support over the past year. We look forward to welcoming old and new faces alike during 2014 and beyond.

"As ever, we have our excellent value winter break packages when you can come and enjoy Northumberland at its unspoilt best. Dinner, bed and breakfast packages start from just £44.50 per person, per night until March 31st 2014. We've also got a great value steak night starting on Thursday nights, with ribeye and sirloin steaks for just £1 per oz."