Alnwick pub with rooms The Hog’s Head Inn has celebrated its ten-year anniversary with a wow-factor upgrade.
Owners The Inn Collection Group have gone the whole hog with a major refurbishment of the inn’s bar and dining areas to celebrate a decade of trading at the inn, which is named after the tavern in the famous Harry Potter books and films.
The refurbishment is a celebration of the community around the popular inn, with features including new tractor tables as a nod to Alnwick’s agricultural community and bespoke murals of local landscapes championing the Alnwick district.
The refurbishment also saw each of the inn’s 56 ensuite bedrooms and manager’s accommodation suite enjoy a full upgrade.
General manager Sean Schofield said: “We are delighted with The Hog’s Head Inn’s fresh new look, which offers our customers a relaxed yet quality environment to eat, drink or stay with their family and friends.
“The refurb took three months and the inn was closed for five weeks while a top to toe revamp took place and it has been worth the wait. It makes our ten-year anniversary even more special and is a lovely way to give back to locals and our guests who have supported us since we opened and celebrates the community here in Alnwick.”
The Hog’s Head Inn’s ten-year anniversary coincides with the appointment of talented new head chef Jonny McManus.
A former head chef at Alnwick Castle for seven years, Jonny said: “As a local lad I am excited to be joining The Hog’s Head Inn. I am looking forward to building on the inn’s strong food credentials with an exciting new offering that matches the energy of the refurb.
“We want to appeal not just to people visiting the area but to local people living in and around Alnwick as a place to enjoy good family dining.”
A former chef lecturer at Northumberland College, Jonny is passionate about good food and sharing his love and talent for cooking with a new generation of chefs.
Jonny said: “I spent three years as chef lecturer at Northumberland College and am excited to be using that experience to build and train a young team of chefs at The Hog’s Head Inn working closely with The Inn Collection Group’s chef academy that encourage more people to discover and enjoy hospitality as a rewarding and dynamic career path.”
The Hog’s Head Inn first opened its doors in 2012 as a purpose built 53-bedroom pub with rooms on Hawfinch Drive in Alnwick as a partnership between The Inn Collection Group and Northumberland Estates.
To mark the ten-year celebrations and as a thank you to the local community for their support over the years customers enjoyed a slice of birthday cake and were given complimentary sparkling wine to raise a toast to The Hog’s Head Inn.