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Landmark County Durham pub The Seaton Lane Inn reopens after refurb

It's been closed for a major top to toe refurbishment. And now The Inn Collection Group's The Seaton Lane Inn is open once again with a remarkable 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.”

Thirst class effort: Charity ale raises funds for Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team at The King’s Head Inn

A charity ale launched by The King’s Head Inn to support Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team has raised much-needed funds during one of the charity’s busiest ever times.

Customers at The King’s Head Inn have supped their way through a whopping 5,000 pints of the inn’s ‘Thirst Aid’ ale since it was launched  – with 5p from every pint sold going to Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team.

Ken Dunbar of Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team said:  “The money raised by The King’s Head Inn is very timely and very thankfully received and could not have come at a more critical time for us.

“Not only have we just made our biggest-ever investment to rebuild our out-dated base and turn it into a proper, modern environment to store our vehicles and equipment, but because of the Beast from the East visitation, we have had a really busy start to the year.

“Our team was actively involved in supporting local district nurses to help them provide urgent medical assistance to people in the surrounding communities who were snowbound.

“The King’s Head Inn funds are extremely important to us, as a charity with volunteers we are absolutely reliant on the generosity of people who support us with fundraising efforts like the inn and their customers.

Mr Dunbar added: “This has certainly been one of the most enthusiastically embraced fundraising events our team members have enjoyed. Being encouraged to go to the local pub and drink beer with a clear conscience knowing it was all been done in a good cause was brilliant!”

The inn’s ‘Thirst Aid’ ale was launched in 2016 following a competition to name the beer, which takes pride of place on the pub’s bar.

The winning name was suggested by Malcolm Rymer, from Nunthorpe, after The King’s Head Inn teamed up with its local Mountain Rescue Team to help raise funds for the organisation and honour the work they do right on the popular inn’s doorstep.

General manager Chris Moor said: “We’re located in an area that is absolutely central to walkers and is a fantastic playground for outdoors enthusiasts. We wanted to do our bit to support a local charity that provides a real lifeline in the local community.

“The King’s Head Inn enjoys a long-standing connection with Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team, which is now in its 53rd year. As their base is just along the road from us, we’ve enjoyed welcoming many generations of CMRT volunteers in to enjoy our facilities over the years.

“We hope people will continue to raise a glass of Thirst Aid - and funds - for such a worthwhile cause.”

The King’s Head Inn is owned by independent hospitality operators The Inn Collection Group, which is backed by Kings Park Capital. 

Cheers for beers: Blyth inn is cock-a-hop at pulling top ale award

The Commissioners Quay Inn is raising a toast to celebrate pulling a top beer award.

The Blyth inn on Quay Road has been awarded its very first Cask Marque award in recognition of its expertise and commitment to giving customers the perfect glass of beer.

General manager of The Commissioners Quay Inn Daniel Evans said: “As beer aficionados ourselves, we’re a little obsessed about seeking out and serving the very best quality glass of beer to our customers.

“From staff training, robust cellar management and beer care to exemplary glass and bar hygiene, we take absolutely no short cuts in getting it right and take pride in serving and watching our customers enjoy a glass of proper real ale.

“It’s fantastic to get this recognition from Cask Marque which assures us – and our customers – that they are guaranteed a great pint when they step through our doors.”

Cask Marque accreditation is only awarded to licensees whose ale passes a series of rigorous independent beer quality audits.

The Commissioners Quay Inn, which is part of award-winning north east leisure operators The Inn Collection Group, serves a wide range of hand pull ales from breweries including Black Sheep Brewery, Anarchy Brew Company, Hadrian & Border Brewery and Cullercoats Brewery Limited.

The Seaton Lane Inn to reopen on Friday April 6th

Following a tip to toe refurbishment The Seaton Lane Inn will reopen at 12 noon on Friday April 6th. 

A major overhaul of The Inn Collection Group owned, landmark Seaton inn is nearing completion, with customers shortly to experience the inn’s all new redesigned dining area, complete with signature furniture, contemporary lighting and fresh colour schemes.

An expansive orangery promising laid back dining and drinking will adjoin a new bar, offering a wider range of local, national and craft ales, speciality spirits, soft drinks and wines from across the globe.

Each of the inn’s en suite bedrooms has been renovated, too.

General manager Paul Brown said: "The inn is looking absolutely brilliant and we can't wait to unveil the all new Seaton Lane Inn to our customers. It will be a very exciting moment in the inn's history and we're looking forward to celebrating it with the community here in Seaton and beyond. 

Sean Donkin, managing director of The Inn Collection Group, said: “This is an exciting chapter for The Seaton Lane Inn and will mark a milestone in its history. 

“Customer experience is critical for us and our redesign of The Seaton Lane Inn is fundamentally about investing in our customers and providing them with an enhanced venue that embraces our eat, drink, sleep and explore model. 

“Our investment plans to update, improve and modernise The Seaton Lane Inn, while preserving the inn’s character, will ensure the pub continues to be a beacon for hospitality and a great place to dine and stay for locals, tourists and business customers in County Durham. We are looking forward to opening our doors for business once again and to show off the stunning new Seaton Lane Inn.”