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Bamburgh Castle wins Gold in Tourism Oscars

November 2015

The Bamburgh Castle Inn is celebrating after being named the region’s Tourism Pub of the Year at the North East England Tourism Awards.

The Inn took the accolade ahead of Angel of Corbridge, The Bridge Tavern and The Staith House and will now go on to represent the North East at the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.

With our stunning views of the harbour at Seahouses and the Farne Islands, we are a popular year-round destination for visitors as well as being a hit among locals too.  Working to provide an excellent visitor experience for everyone, The Bamburgh Castle serves great, home-cooked food, real ales and offers a warm welcome to all.

The inn caters for everyone and is popular among walkers, cyclists and divers visiting this beautiful part of the Northumberland coastline. We are pet-friendly too and have specially designated rooms for guests who want to bring their dogs on holiday with them.

Bamburgh Castle Inn general manager, Nicola Austen, said: “This is absolutely fantastic news for our team at the Inn, and of course our visitors. We’re now looking forward to representing the best of the North East’s tourism industry at the national awards.

 “We have arguably the best location of any pub on the North East coast but our success at the North East England Tourism Awards is really down to the people who work here.

“Everyone is committed to going the extra mile to make sure guests have the best possible experience, whether they are staying with us, coming for a meal or just popping in for a drink.”

The Bamburgh Castle’s sister inn, the Hog’s Head Inn in Alnwick, was also successful at the awards, taking the Access for All title.

The North East England Tourism Awards were established 2012 to showcase the best of the region’s tourism attractions, and are organised and delivered by the NewcastleGateshead Initiative and the Northern Tourism Alliance.


Bamburgh Castle Inn is finalist in North East England Tourism Awards

October 2015

The Bamburgh Castle Inn has reached the finals in the prestigious North East England Tourism Awards. 

The Bamburgh Castle Inn is on the shortlist for the Tourism Pub of the Year category in the awards showcase the range of high quality tourism businesses and experiences on offer to visitors across the North East.

A record number of entries were submitted for the awards, with 120 businesses submitting entries.

Organised and delivered by NewcastleGateshead Initiative in partnership with the Northern Tourism Alliance since 2012, entries have increased by more than 70 per cent in the last four years, making the 2015 awards the biggest to date.

Sarah Stewart, chief executive at destination management and marketing organisation NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many entries this year. The quantity and quality of the applications not only demonstrates the variety of tourism businesses and attractions across the North East, offering visitors an unforgettable experience, it’s also a testament to our thriving visitor economy.

“Tourism businesses employ more than 55,000 people across the North East with an additional 730 jobs created over the last 12 months.

“It’s always a joy to see the outstanding work the finalists have delivered and I look forward to celebrating all of their achievements with them at the awards ceremony in November.”

Pete O’Brien, general manager of The Bamburgh Castle Inn said: “We are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for these awards which really are the tourism Oscars of our industry. We pride ourselves on offering a truly excellent experience to visitors and locals alike across our food, beverages and accommodation services. We make the most of our unbeatable location – here on the Northumberland coast – and our great team of staff all go the extra mile to add value to and make our customer’s experience with us special.”

The Bamburgh Castle Inn joins 58 applications who have made this year’s shortlist from a wide range of tourism businesses across Country Durham, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland, including our sister inn, The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick which has been shortlisted for the Access for All award.

The results will be announced at the ceremony on Tuesday, November 24, at Newcastle Civic Centre’s Banqueting Hall, hosted by BBC Radio Newcastle breakfast show presenter, Alfie Joey. 

Bamburgh Castle Inn joins Dark Skies Campaign

October 2015

The Bamburgh Castle Inn is delighted to have partnered up with Visit Northumberland in their new campaign that celebrates our county’s dazzling dark skies.

‘Northumberland the land that’s just as good with the lights off’ celebrates Northumberland’s status as an International Dark Sky Park, and encourages people to visit Northumberland to enjoy its unspoilt skies.

Autumn offers prime viewing time for people to enjoy the unspoilt dark skies above us, when the nights are properly dark and the Milky Way can be seen overhead.

Throughout November you might be lucky enough to see Meteor showers.  As the temperatures drop in the night sky during the crisp winter months, the sky becomes more transparent making it even easier to see the glittering skies above us, if you're lucky enough you may spot a Meteor shower. 

On the coast near The Bamburgh Castle Inn you might be lucky enough to see the amazing Aurora Borealis.  Commonly known as the Northern Lights, the Aurora Borealis is a spectacular natural light display.

You don’t need an expensive telescope to enjoy Northumberland’s dark skies, just wrap up warm, pack a pair of binoculars, a hot drink and bite to eat and head off to enjoy a star studded show. 

Dark Sky safaris are offered by local tour company Northern Experience Wildlife Tours – or for details of other Dark Skies events go to or look on twitter #nlandstars 

Get Away for Less offers launched

September 2015

The Bamburgh Castle Inn has launched its Get Away For Less winter break offer. 

Bookings are now being taken for The Bamburgh Castle Inn's Get Away for Less offer of a two-course dinner, bed and breakfast for just £44.95. 

General manager Peter O'Brien said: "Our winter breaks offers are always incredibly popular. We are delighted to be offering customers our new Get Away for Less dinner, bed and breakfast package which is £44.95 per person, per night from November 1st. This cracking offer includes a two-course evening meal from our tasty, selected menu.

"Winter time in Northumberland is a fantastic time of year, when you get cold crisp days and can enjoy having this beautiful part of the world almost all to yourself.

"We do recommend booking early as sea view rooms and weekends become quickly booked."

Get Away for Less at The Bamburgh Castle Inn starts on November 1st and runs until March 31st. 

All bookings taken by Central Reservations on 0191 580 3610 (during normal office hours) or on 01665 720 283 at all other times 

The offer can not be used in conjunction with any other offer and the management decision is final. 

New Spring Menu Launches

April 2015

Spring is in the air - and it has made its way onto the menus and plates at The Bamburgh Castle Inn.

Head chef David Barella has launched his new Spring menu in time for Easter. 

Said David: "Spring in Northumberland is always a great time of year, and with it comes the chance to enjoy a host of lovely, seasonal dishes which you can enjoy on our new menu, including my favourite Homemade Maple, Chilli & Red Onion Pork Burger and a flavoursome Rump of Lamb.

"There are some wonderful new vegetarian dishes like a soft goats cheese nestled into leafy greens with pear and walnuts and a white fig and pear dressing as well as a wide selection of proper, home cooked children's meals.

"Try to leave a little room for one of our desserts which are superb, like our homemade Egg Custard Tart - and everyone's favourite - our special Sticky Toffee Pudding!"

The Bamburgh Castle Inn serves home cooked pub food daily from 8am until 9pm. 

Spring Menu

Coffee, Cork & Craft Menu

Customers help raise over £1250 for marine rescue charity

March 2015

Real ale drinkers at The Bamburgh Castle Inn have helped to raise over £1250 to rescue and support marine mammals in difficulties in the North Sea.

The Bamburgh Castle Inn, which enjoys one of the best locations on the North East coast looking out to the Farne Islands and along to Bamburgh Castle, selected the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) as its chosen charity for 2014. Each time a pint of Hadrian & Border Farne Island – the Inn’s house real ale - was sold in the bar last year, the Inn donated 5p in aid of the charity’s work with sick and stranded porpoises, dolphins, whales and seals.

The Bamburgh Castle Inn general manager, Peter O Brien, present the cheque to Corinne Gordon from the BDMLR, which will put the money towards essential rescue equipment including a marine mammal medic kit, dolphin stretcher and seal kennel and bag.

Peter said: “We were delighted to raise so much towards the BDMLR’s work, which plays an important role in saving and caring for our marine mammals.

“We selected the charity for support last year because it makes a real difference locally. The BDMLR’s volunteers are on call around the clock to respond to reports of sick or injured marine mammals washed up on our beaches, and it’s a service that is absolutely essential here in Seahouses because of the huge grey seal population on the Farne Islands.

“Thousands of visitors take boat trips or dive off the islands every year and many of these have helped towards the preservation of the seal colony by supping a pint at the Inn. It’s great to know that our customers have helped the charity to buy and replace the equipment it depends on to carry out its sterling work.”

The Bamburgh Castle Inn is famed for its stunning views of the Farne Islands, which are home to the UK’s largest population of grey seals. Unfortunately, during stormy weather, seal pups are often stranded on local beaches and the BDLMR is a key resource to ensure their survival.

The BDMLR relies entirely on the generosity of the public to fund its work and on the dedication of its volunteers, who work along the English, Scottish and Welsh coastlines. Money raised by the charity also goes towards training volunteers in the essential skills they need to deal with marine mammals in distress. The charity assists the coastguard, police and animal welfare groups in addition to responding to calls from the public.

Alan Knight OBE the BDMLR’s  chair and founder said: “This is a fantastic contribution and will make a massive difference to the local team. What makes it even better is that so many people were enjoying themselves while making a contribution! We would like to thank Peter O’Brien and his team at The Bamburgh Castle Inn for their efforts and also our volunteers who have done so much in the area for marine wildlife.”

BDMLR area coordinator Richard Ilderton said: This donation will be used for vital equipment including a marine mammal medic kit, dolphin stretcher, seal kennel and bag to help sick and stranded porpoises, dolphins, whales and seals. My utmost thanks go to the Bamburgh Castle Inn and all our Marine Mammal medics in this area who do a fantastic job in one of the busiest areas. Well done all.”

 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 for more information about the charity’s vital work.


Go 'wild' at The Bamburgh Castle Inn

February 2015

The Bamburgh Castle Inn is proud to be a campaign partner with Visit Northumberland in their exciting new ‘Wild Spirit’ campaign which celebrates Northumberland as a truly wild place to visit.

The campaign, which champions all Northumberland has to offer visitors, including what to do, where to stay and where to eat, was launched in The Times newspaper on Saturday.

The Bamburgh Castle Inn, along with sister inns The Hog’s Head Inn at Seahouses and The Lindisfarne Inn at Alnwick, was named by The Times as ‘The Inn Crowd’ to stay for people looking to enjoy the UK’s must visit destination of Northumberland.

Peter O’Brien, general manager of The Bamburgh Castle Inn, said: “We are delighted to be partners in Visit Northumberland’s Wild Spirit campaign.

“The campaign celebrates the sheer diversity of wild things Northumberland has to offer families, couples and groups of all ages and interests. From its wild life to its wild nights – The Bamburgh Castle Inn offers visitors the chance to experience it all.

“You can take a boat trip to the Farne Islands opposite our inn, which are home to thousands of sea birds as well as the UK’s largest grey seal colony – while at night, you can enjoy the startling dark skies and – if you are lucky – catch an amazing display of the Northern Lights.

“And experiencing all that is on our doorstep will certainly help you work up an appetite. We serve goof, home cooked pub food all day, every day, so The Bamburgh Castle Inn is the perfect place to come after a hard day’s exploring and going wild in the country and on the coast!”

Find out more about the Wild Spirit campaign at: visit The Bamburgh Castle Inn and Visit Northumberland Facebook pages and seach for #WildNland on Twitter


Head chef David stars in regional food campaign

February 2015

The Bamburgh Castle Inn's head chef David Barella is starring in a Northumberland food trail campaign.

David's tasty loin of Northumberland venison with fondant potato with chestnuts , sprouts and bacon recipe was chosen by independents judges as part of the DEFRA-funded Northern Lands food tourism project to feature in a series of downloadable recipe cards and launched a series of Food Trail recipes in North East ragional newspaper, The Journal.

The project aims to raise the profile of local produce and excite visitors about how food distinctiveness can add to their experience. 

David Barella said: "We were delighted to be incolved with the food trail campaign. Northumberland is packed with excellent produce and talented chefs. It was an accolade to be chosen to take part in the series and share my favourite recipes."

Read about David in The Journal here.