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Meet our new Lake District sister hotel

September 2018

We’re excited to reveal our new sister hotel in the Lake District – The Waterhead Hotel.

The beautiful 24-bedroom lake-side Waterhead Hotel near Coniston Village has become the newest addition to our multi award-winning Inn Collection Group.

Set in its own four-acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, the historic Waterhead Inn has its own jetty on Coniston Water and boasts picturesque views across the lake and striking Old Man of Coniston fell.  

Managing director of The Inn Collection Group Sean Donkin said: “We are delighted to be the new owners of The Waterhead Hotel which is renowned as a landmark destination in the Lakes District. 

“We are proud to offer our customers handpicked places in outstanding locations to eat, drink, sleep and explore from and The Waterhead Inn delivers on all counts.

“The Lakes have been a prime focus destination for us and the addition of this fabulous hotel in such an idyllic location will further enhance and complement the diversity if our offering to our customers.”


Topping Out ceremony at Amble sister inn

August 2018

The completion of the structural building work at The Bamburgh Castle Inn's sister pub with rooms, The Amble Inn, has been marked with a topping out at the development site in Coquet Enterprise Park, Amble.

The new 30 bedroomed Inn, developed by Arch and its successor company Advance Northumberland will be operated by Bamburgh Castle Inn owners, the multi award winning Inn Collection Group. It is located off the A1068 leading into Amble from the south, the two-storey building has been designed to provide an attractive venue for daytime and evening trade. 

The investment of £4m is expected to create the equivalent of 35 full time jobs in the town once the building work and fit out completes later this year.

The Inn has been designed with 30 bedrooms including a mix of family and twin rooms, with a 150-seated restaurant and bar with further seating in an external terrace, car parking and cycle spaces.  The development is part of a wider plan to enhance Coquet Enterprise Park and the Inn will contribute to the town’s tourism offer by increasing the accommodation availability and helping to attract additional visitors.

The Inn will operate on The Inn Collection Group model of providing value-for-money accommodation, quality beverages including local real ales, and homemade pub fare served all day, 365 days a year. The Inn Collection Group has an expanding portfolio of inns with rooms across the North East and North Yorkshire.

The Inn Collection Group's managing director Sean Donkin said: “We are excited to have reached this important milestone in the building of The Amble Inn and look forward to the completion of this landmark property.  

Our focus will now be placed on the building’s interior design and build. We will be creating something rather special which, once finished, will be a hugely popular dining and bar area supported with an excellent accommodation offering.

The Amble Inn will be a key driver in supporting Amble’s regional economy with strong job creation and inter trading opportunities as well as providing those who live, work and are visiting Amble with an outstanding new environment to eat, drink and sleep in.”

Richard Wearmouth Chair of Arch said: "This key development will bring quality, new accommodation which would undoubtedly mean more visitors and therefore more business for Amble. The Inn will not only enhance Coquet Enterprise Park as part of our long-term plans for the area but it will also bring much needed jobs to Amble. It’s developments like this which increase the potential for attracting inward investment to benefit Northumberland as a whole.”

Ten out of ten: Bamburgh Castle Inn staff celebrate decade milestone

June 2018

Longstanding employees at The Bamburgh Castle Inn celebrated their ten-year work anniversary with the pub. 

Together David Barella and Maria Badjorova have clocked up over 20 years working with The Bamburgh Castle Inn as the inn's head chef and assistant manager.  

They were rewarded for their hard work and dedication to the company along with Jan Moffett of The Lindisfarne Inn at Beal and Charlotte Turner, office manager at The Inn Collection Group which owns both inns, at a presentation with the group's managing director, Sean Donkin. 

Sean said:  “Loyal and dedicated employees like David, Jan, Charlotte and Maria are the very backbone of our operations. They play a direct role in our continued success as a company, creating award-winning, enjoyable venues from which our customers can eat, drink, sleep and explore from. 

“As a company, we believe in investing in our team and supporting them to develop within the organisation from prime sites such as our flagship inn, The Bamburgh Castle which has been a prime site for incubating and nurturing talented individuals. On behalf of The Inn Collection Group I would like to thank them for their valued service and longstanding contribution to the company.” 

Maria Badjorova is assistant manager at The Bamburgh Castle Inn, hailed by the Group as its flagship site, where Maria has been an integral part of the team since its opening ten years ago. Beginning as bar supervisor, Maria has overseen the inn’s continued growth, including its 15-room expansion, the redevelopment of the inn’s premium sea view rooms and most recently the addition of a 13-bedroom annexe. 

David Barella is head chef at The Bamburgh Castle Inn where he has led the kitchen brigade since the inn opened its doors in 2008. David is instrumental in staff training and takes pride in developing his kitchen team, leading staff to progress their own career journey within the company, from kitchen porter to head chef. 

Jan Moffett is head housekeeper at The Lindisfarne Inn at Beal near Holy Island.  Jan oversaw the refurbishment and expansion of the inn’s bedrooms and has played a key role in developing its walker and cyclist facilities. Jan regularly takes up the mantle of duty manager and supports The Lindisfarne Inn team to be cross-skilled in all areas of the inn’s operations. 

Office manager and PA to Sean Donkin, Charlotte Turner epitomises The Inn Collection Group’s ethos of nurturing staff from within and supporting them to rise through the company’s ranks. Charlotte began her career with The Inn Collection Group as part of The Bamburgh Castle Inn’s front of house team, before progressing to become assistant manager at the group’s top performing inn, before playing a pivotal role in the launch of The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick. Charlotte is the first point of contact within The Inn Collection Group hub and manages its daily office operations. 

  • If you are interested in joining The Inn Collection Group team, opportunities currently exist at The Bamburgh Castle Inn for front of house staff. For more information email 
Fathers Day at The Bamburgh Castle Inn Seahouses is the best gift for dads this father's day 2018

We've Father's Day covered at The Bamburgh Castle Inn

June 2018

Father’s Day is fast approaching on Sunday June 17.

Finding the main man in your life the perfect Father’s Day gift is no easy task.

The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses has just the answer with a winning combination of great food, superb real ales and a leisurely seaside stay away.

Sean Donkin is managing director of The Inn Collection Group, owners of The Bamburgh Castle Inn and a father-of-three.

He said: "Speaking as a father myself, there's nothing better than spending time with your family, whether it's some well earned time away or a meal out that everyone can enjoy together and The Bamburgh Castle Inn is just the place to do that.

"With it's close location to world class golf courses including Seahouses, Bamburgh Castle and Goswick, fishing trips leaving from the harbour next to the inn itself, fantastic beaches for a family cricket or rounders game, The Bamburgh Castle Inn is perfect for dads everywhere."

Father's Day gift vouchers at The Bamburgh Castle Inn are available to purchase. Call us directly on 01665 720 283 or on our booking hotline on 0191 580 3610 (during office hours) or book accommodation online anytime.