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Rock on at The Seaton Lane Inn

October 2017

Eagle eyed people out and about the North East should look out for a beautifully painted rock featuring The Seaton Lane Inn.

The rock, painted by talented artist Ashleigh Louise Legg of Fingerprint Art, is one of seven, each depicting The Seaton Lane Inn and its six sister inns: The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses, The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick, The Commissioners Quay Inn at Blyth, The Kingslodge Inn at Durham, The Lindisfarne Inn near Holy Island and The King’s Head Inn at Newton under Roseberry. 

Each painted rock has a message asking the rock to be returned to the inn where they can claim a prize. People can share the rocks they find on social media before they are hidden again for people to discover.

Operations director Sean Donkin said: “We’ve been inspired by the rock painting craze of Tyneside Rocks, Durham Rocks and Northumberland Rocks that is sweeping the region, which sees people painting rocks and hiding them for others to find.

“We thought it was a lovely idea and a great way to get people out and about enjoying the coast and countryside around our inns and away from mobile phones or computer screens but there is still the connection to social media which children – and adults enjoy.

“Ashleigh, a talented local artist, has painted our inns – which are all distinctive in landmark locations like The Seaton Lane Inn which is just off the A19 in Seaton. 

“We hope people have a lovely time searching for our rocks. And if you’re not lucky enough to find one yourself, why not try your hand at painting one of our inns for other people to discover, too?”

The Seaton Lane Inn supports the RNLI Fish Supper campaign

The Seaton Lane Inn goes hook, line and sinker to support RNLI fish supper campaign

October 2017

The Seaton Lane Inn is going hook, line and sinker to support the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s Fish Supper fundraising campaign.

Promising ‘trout of this world’ fish dishes on Friday nights throughout October, The Seaton Lane Inn is giving a £1 donation (50p children’s meals) from every RNLI Fish special to the charity which saves lives at sea.

General manager of the Seaton pub, Paul Brown said: “The RNLI do a brilliant job of saving lives and protecting people on the water. And given our location close to Durham's heritage coast and Seaham's very proud tradition of saving lives at sea we wanted to go all out to support the RNLI's Fish Supper campaign. What could be better than enjoying one of our local beer-battered fish and homemade chip meals, knowing that by doing so you are helping a very worthy cause?

“We’re proud to support the RNLI so that they can continue to save even more lives at sea.”

The nationwide RNLI Fish Supper event honours lifeboat crew members who miss meal times and special occasions with loved ones to save lives at sea. 

The money raised from The Seaton Lane Inn fish suppers will be used to buy equipment and pay for training for RNLI volunteers.

The RNLI’s fish-themed annual fundraiser aims to raise awareness of crew who drop everything ­– even weddings, birthdays and births – to venture into often dangerous waters to rescue people who have found themselves in difficulty.

Last year, RNLI lifeboat crews across the UK and Ireland rescued 8,643 people and saved 431 lives. It costs over £485,000 per day to run the RNLI, and the charity relies on donations from the public to continue its lifesaving service.

The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,200 lives.

Robin Palmer, RNLI volunteer crew member said: “As a volunteer crew member, my pager can beep at any time. Whether I’m at work, asleep in bed or about to tuck into my dinner – I’ll stop what I’m doing and go straight to the lifeboat station, ready to save lives.

“Events such as Fish Fridays hosted by The Seaton Lane Inn are a great way for people to get together, enjoy a fantastic meal and raise vital funds for our lifesaving charity.”

The Seaton Lane Inn's sister inns are also taking part in the campaign. The Kingslodge Inn on Waddington Street, Flass Vale in Durham City Centre and The King’s Head Inn at Newton under Roseberry, Great Ayton will be serving up fabulous fish supper specials. While in Northumberland, participating RNLI Fish Supper The Inn Collection Group pubs are The Lindisfarne Inn at Beal, The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses, The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick and The Commissioners Quay Inn at Blyth.

For more information about the RNLI’s Fish Supper campaign visit

Win an Inn Club stay at The Seaton Lane Inn

August 2017

Fans of The Seaton Lane Inn are in with a chance of winning a fantastic stay at our popular inn - close to Seaham and the Durham Heritage Coast - with the launch of The Inn Collection Group’s Inn Club.

 Inn Club members get access to exclusive special offers at The Seaton Lane Inn and our sister Inn Collection Group pub deals, travel ideas and insider location secrets as well as being entered into a draw to win a three-night dinner, bed & breakfast stay for two at the inn of their choice.

The Inn Collection Group’s Sean Donkin said: “Whether you’re travelling for pleasure or for work, being a part of our new Inn Club brings you cracking new special offers and deals as well as insider insights from travel gurus with their ear to the ground about what's happenning around our award-winning inns. 

“If you’re a fan of gems like Durham's Heritage Coast, the Northumberland coast, Roseberry Topping and unique attractions like Durham Cathedral then all it takes are two ticks of your time to make a couple of clicks to be part of the inn crowd – and also to be in with a chance of winning a fantastic stay at The Seaton Lane Inn – or one of our sister award winning inns." 

Join the Inn Club and be in with a chance of winning a stay at The Seaton Lane Inn by clicking here

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Be the Early Robin - Book Now For Christmas

July 2017

The silly season may well be on us, with sun cream, shorts and sandals still uppermost in people’s minds.

But here at The Seaton Lane Inn, the festive season is already upon us as our thoughts turn to Santa hats, party nights and turkey dinners.

If it seems a tad early to be talking about Christmas, think again.

Before you know it, December will have arrived, and if you haven’t got ahead of the game you could easily find yourself left out in the cold with nowhere to go for your office party, family get together or New Year’s Eve bash.

With the fantastic line-up of festive events on offer this year at The Seaton Lane Inn, however, you’ll want to make sure you’re the early Robin that catches the worm.

General Manager, Paul Brown, says: “It may still be summer, but now is the ideal time to be thinking about the festive season to avoid the disappointment of losing out on the party or event you were dreaming of.

“We put a lot of thought into our festive offering and ensuring it has the added sparkle you, your friends, family and work colleagues deserve at what is a special time of year.

“Putting off booking could mean you sadly miss out on the cracking Christmas you are looking forward to and instead end up being a Scrooge when everyone around you is getting into the festive spirit.

"We've discounted room rates - subject to availability and choice - if you're looking to stay the night for one of our festive events, so book in quick while there still is room at the inn -  just give us a call for our best rates.

“Christmas lunch here at The Seaton Lane Inn has already sold out and we are now taking bookings for 2018, so we know our other fabulous array of festive packages and party nights are going to be popular. So don’t delay and pop by, give us a call, or drop us an email to, to see what we can do for you and ensure you Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas rather than a Silent Night.

“After all…it tis the season to be jolly!”

Highlights include:

1-24 December: Cracking Christmas Fayre Menu. Feast on two festive courses for £15.95 per person (under 12s £9.95) or three courses for £19.95 each (under 12s £11.95). Perfect for celebrating with friends, families and work colleagues. Must be booked and paid for in advance and is available every day excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Pre-booking required Friday-Sunday for parties of six or more.

1-16 December: Christmas Party Nights, 7pm-midnight. Two courses £15.95 per person, or three courses for £19.95 per person. Get inn the festive spirit with a delicious meal, superb selection of drinks, an allocated table for the evening, and fabulous live entertainment on the following dates.

Saturday 16 December: Soul Central – Powerful, top notch soulful vocals and saxophone tones, bluesy keys, funky drumming and grooving bass and guitar, Soul Central boasts a repertoire stretching fron the 1950s to the present day.

Saturday 23 December: Sam Gibson – unique blend of acoustic roc from a wide range of artistes in a variety of genres.

Friday 29 December: Pretty Weeds. This female fronted band plays a mix of soul, pop, rock and Motown.

16-23 December: Santa Events: Special guests from the North Pole will be dropping by to host some very special events. Every child will receive a gift from Santa and one of his Elves – as long as they have been well behaved, of course! Adults £10; Children, £5.

16-17 and 23 December: Breakfast with Santa, 10am-11.30am. Join Father Christmas and his elves for a delicious breakfast.

15 and 23 December: Afternoon Tea, 3pm-5pm. Scrumptious afternoon tea.

31 December: New Year’s Eve, 7pm-1am, £49.95 per person (under 12s £24.95). Welcome in 2018 at The Seaton Lane Inn with mouth-watering food, a superb selection of drinks, and live entertainment from singer, guitarist and live human jukebox, Neil Gibson.