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Cheers! The Bamburgh Castle Inn raises a glass to wine

March 2017

The Bamburgh Castle Inn has been raising a glass to wine by learning their Rioja from their Riesling with a special course organised by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET).

 The Bamburgh Castle Inn's general manager Nicola Austin took part in the one-day course, which helps wine and spirits professionals become wine wizards, helping guide customers into making informed choices about wines to match their palates and taste buds as well as food and wine pairings.   

The course, which Nicola passed with flying colours, mixed together hands-on wine tasting and theory. It featured an introduction to the world of wine, with an exploration of the main types of and styles of wine including sight, smell and taste.

Nicola said: “The course was absolutely fascinating and gave a great insight into wines and spirits for both professionals and enthusiasts. With such a wide range of wines available, it can be bewildering. Just like a full bodied red, the course was a well balanced mix of theory and practical learning, which I'm looking forward to sharing with my team and putting into practice at The Bamburgh Castle Inn.

 “We have a superb cellar with a great choice of wines from across the globe at The Bamburgh Castle Inn. While everyone has their own preferences and tastes it was an excellent opportunity to find out more about wines so we can help customers make the best choices whether they’re relaxing with a drink in the bar, or looking for the perfect wine to complement their choice of meal."





The Bamburgh Castle Inn celebration of local craft gin is the perfect Dry January tonic


If the thought of Dry January leaves you cold, award winning The Bamburgh Castle Inn has the perfect tonic with their Try ‘Ginuary’ local craft gin showcase. 

The Bamburgh Castle Inn is capturing the spirit of the gin renaissance with by turning the spotlight on pioneering local gin distillers throughout January, to bring something different to their customers’ gin and tonic. 

The inn will feature gins distilled nearby to encourage customers to put a different gin in their glass throughout January.

Already well-known for the choice and quality of the local and craft ales The Bamburgh Castle Inn serves, it is now giving spirit lovers and gin newbies the opportunity to sample some of the best gins in the North and to work their way through a hand picked selection of lesser-known gin varieties.  

David Walker of The Inn Collection Group which owns The Bamburgh Castle Inn said: “We’re trying to make January a little less blue by trying something that’s more of a tonic, with a small collection of local craft gins that we’ve tasted and loved. What’s more, they’re all distilled in locations close to our inns. 

“Gin is so quintessentially British, and with so many different taste variations now available, the possibilities for flavours from gin seem endless, we’re keen to showcase some directly from our little region of the world.  

“People are trying different garnishes too – ice and a slice of lemon no longer cuts the mustard and there are plenty of premium mixers upping their game to support the in-gin boom.”

Walter Riddell of Hepple Gin said: “We are thrilled that Hepple has been included in The Bamburgh Castle Inn's Ginuary line up. We make our gin rather differently, using young green juniper sourced from the hills around Hepple near Rothbury in Northumberland. 

“We use two separate distillation systems and a high-pressure extraction system to bring a crisp freshness not found in any conventionally made gin. Because of the complexity of our distillery process and our exacting harvesting regime, we only make a small quantity of Hepple, our only product.”

The Bamburgh Castle Inn's Try Ginuary will be showcasing: 

  • Durham Gin -  a small batch gin distilled in a 400 litre copper pot still called Lily, using traditional methods. Only a couple of hundred bottles are made from each batch and are labelled by hand. 
  • Hepple Gin – north Northumberland produced gin that’s vacuum distilled at lower temperatures to capture more flavour, including the young green juniper gathered from the Hepple Estate. 
  • Masons Yorkshire Gin – distilled slowly and traditionally in two 200-litre stills called Steve and Lefty, the first gin to be distilled in Yorkshire contains juniper and citrus flavours. 
  • Poetic License – flavoured with juniper and cardamom spice, lemon, lime and eucalyptus, this is a fresh scented gin that also contains a host of secret botanicals. 

Tasters will be able to try the different garnishes and serving suggestions recommended by the distillers to bring out the best in their gins.

Dave said: “We’re initially offering the craft gins on a limited basis during January but if they prove popular, we’ll be looking to put them behind the bar full time. 

“But if you are taking part in Dry January, don’t worry, we have plenty for you too – a fantastic selection of soft drinks, mocktails and non-alcoholic beers and wine.”


The Bamburgh Castle Inn Seahouses Northumberland award winning accommodation free use of spa Ocean Club Seahouses special offer deals

The Bamburgh Castle Inn teams up with The Seafield Ocean Club to offer

Inn-vigoration now comes as standard at The Bamburgh Castle Inn

The Bamburgh Castle Inn has teamed up with The Seafield Ocean Club to offer guests exclusive, all inclusive* use of its award-winning facilities. 
Now, guests who book a stay with us can enjoy full use of the club's thermal wellness suites, a 20-metre pool and whirlpool tub. A state-of-the-art fitness suite means there's no need to miss a work out, either. 

The Bamburgh Castle Inn general manager Nicola Austin said: "We are proud to be the only pub with rooms and hotel in the area to offer our guests this all-new inclusive acess to The Ocean Club in Seahouses, so they can enjoy full use of its luxurious spa facilities, pool and gym as part of their stay with us. So whether you want to invigorate or unwind while you stay with us, the choice is yours! Just remember to pack your swimwear and workout gear and make the most of this great new facility if you are staying with us."

Health, beauty, fitness and wellbeing is at the heart of The Ocean Club, located handily close to The Bamburgh Castle Inn, making it the perfect place for a pre-Christmas pamper. Equipped with a 20m pool and spa relaxation room with heated beds, a full gym and fitness area plus an award-winning beauty treatment suite, you can kick back and relax and allow the stress to drain away.

And if you book in to one of the Bamburgh Castle’s famous bargain winter breaks – from £49.95 per person, per night including a delicious two-course evening meal, bed and breakfast – it won’t stress your wallet either.

So gather the girls for a pampering weekend; give as the perfect chill-out Christmas gift or simply book a break away to unwind your mind before or after the whirlwind of Christmas. 
*Excludes health and beauty treatments and fitness classes which are pre bookable in advance and subject to availability. For more information go to
Offer lasts until March 31st 2017. 



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Santa Claus is coming inn-to town at The Bamburgh Castle Inn

Make a date with Santa this December

Santa Claus and his elves are dropping in for tea with children at The Bamburgh Castle Inn. 

Mr Christmas' sleigh will be arriving in time for tea at The Bamburgh Castle Inn on Thursday December 15. 
Nicola Austin, general manager said: “We’re very excited that Santa Claus himself is going to be dropping in to Northumberland to meet children. Our breakfast and tea with the man himself is a new concept that offers a fun, festive experience which is far more than the usual quick meeting and gift giving you’ll see in a Santa’s grotto.

“This year we’ve arranged with Father Christmas for him to take a little time out from his hectic pre-Christmas diary and enjoy a little down time with children and their families along with his elves."

Tea with Santa at The Bamburgh Castle Inn includes a special festive meal, with a free glass of juice for kids and a free glass of Prosecco with each adult meal. Children get the chance to meet Father Christmas and one of his elves and will receive a Christmas gift. Tickets cost £5.95 per child (babies under one year are free) and £9.95 for adults. The event runs from 4pm to 6pm. 
Nicola added: “We’ve already had lots of enquiries so we’re advising people to book their ticket for Tea with Santa in advance to avoid disappointment.”
To book for Tea with Santa, contact The Bamburgh Castle Inn on 01665 720 283 or email