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Tourism award winner takes over at The Seaton Lane Inn

November 2015

The General Manager of the North East Tourism Pub of the Year has been announced as the new person in charge at The Seaton Lane Inn.

Peter O’Brien is the new General Manager and will be operating The Seaton Lane Inn working alongside all of the existing members of staff. Peter led The Bamburgh Castle Inn, part of the Inn Collection Group, to victory in the recent North East Tourism Awards as it won the Gold award for Tourism Pub of the Year.

The Seaton Lane Inn General Manager, Peter O’Brien said: “I am really looking forward to working with all the staff at The Seaton Lane Inn. It already has a great mix of local, leisure and business customers attracted by its homely pub atmosphere, good value bed and breakfast accommodation and excellent food that is served all-day, every day. The success we had at The Bamburgh Castle Inn was a real team effort, and that is what I’d like to be able to bring to The Seaton Lane Inn.”

The Seaton Lane Inn joined The Inn Collection Group family of north east pubs with rooms earlier this year. The fast-growing hospitality specialist also own The Lindisfarne Inn near Holy Island, The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses and The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick as well as The King’s Head Inn at Newton under Roseberry in North Yorkshire

The Inn Collection Group was also recently named best leisure business in the Northumberland Business Awards 2015. Taking top honours in the sought after leisure category, the ICG was recognised by judges for its innovation, proven track record, value for money and standards of service across the hospitality sector. In addition to The Bamburgh Castle Inn winning Gold, a second of the groups Inns, The Hog’s Head Inn in Alnwick, also won silver in the Access for All category the North East Tourism Awards.

The Inn Collection Group chief executive, Keith Liddell, said: “The Seaton Lane Inn is a well-appointed, well-run inn which has been able to slot seamlessly into The Inn Collection Group portfolio with its eat, drink, sleep and explore model. We are looking forward to developing this Inn further now that Peter has joined the team. It is tremendous that our inns are performing so well and we are hoping that 2016 will be an exciting year for The Seaton Lane Inn.”

Sean joins Inn Collection Group board

October 2015

The Inn Collection Group (ICG) has promoted Sean Donkin to Operations Director of the fast-growing North East hospitality and leisure group.

Sean, who joined the company in 2008 as general manager of the Bamburgh Castle Inn in Seahouses, has risen to director level from his previous post as the group’s Operations Manager.

He will be responsible for directing operations and developments at the group, which employs 200 people. In particular, Sean will be heavily involved in the expansion of the group, which has just added The Seaton Lane Inn in County Durham to its portfolio and announced plans for a new build unit on the Northumberland coast.

ICG CEO Keith Liddell said: “Sean has proven himself to be the man for the job at this exciting time in our development, as we increase our presence in the market and eye up further potential targets to add to the Inn Collection Group.

“Sean has worked with us since the early days of the group and has proved himself to have the management and leadership skills to step up to the next level. It’s our policy wherever possible to train and promote our management and now director-level staff from within the group and I am delighted to welcome a man of Sean’s calibre to the board.”

Sean’s promotion to Operations Director comes as the ICG pushes ahead with plans for the new £4.5m 40-bedroom Commissioners Quay Inn at Blyth. The brand new inn with dining and meeting facilities is being built by Northumberland County Council’s development company Arch and will be operated by ICG. It is scheduled to open in May next year and will provide key hospitality facilities when the Tall Ships Race visits the Northumberland port later in 2016.

ICG also operates the purpose-built Hog’s Head Inn in Alnwick, The Bamburgh Castle Inn in Seahouses, The Lindisfarne Inn at Beal, The King’s Head Inn at Newton under Roseberry in North Yorkshire and has just added The Seaton Lane Inn at Seaton, near Sunderland, to its expanding portfolio. All the units in the ICG provide good value accommodation and home cooked food around the clock from 7am until at least 9pm to customers.

Sean said: “The Inn Collection Group has allowed me to maximise my experience in the hospitality and leisure sector and I’m delighted to take up this new mantle within the business.

“This is a busy and exciting period for us as we absorb The Seaton Lane Inn into the group and work on the new development at The Commissioners Quay Inn. I’m also looking forward to being involved in identifying and securing new acquisitions for the ICG as we continue our expansion.

"Our portfolio currently has a bedroom total of 180, making us the largest private hospitality accommodation operator in Northumberland. As a group we will be continuing to grow our coverage throughout the North East region.”

ICG was formed in 2013 to bring together the Hog’s Head, Bamburgh Castle and Lindisfarne Inns run by Mr Liddell and acquire The King’s Head Inn, which became part of the group in 2014.

Seaton Lane Inn joins Inn Collection Group family

July 2015

The Seaton Lane Inn has joined The Inn Collection Group family of north east pubs with rooms.

The Inn Collection Group, who own the successful Northumberland pubs The Lindisfarne Inn near Holy Island, The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses and The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick as well as The King’s Head Inn at Newton under Roseberry in North Yorkshire are delighted to welcome The Seaton Lane Inn as their latest addition.

Keith Liddell, CEO of The Inn Collection Group said: “We are delighted and very proud to be the new owners of The Seaton Lane Inn which is the perfect new addition to our pub family. It has a great location that’s popular with tourists and locals alike. Its close proximity to Durham, Sunderland and Newcastle means the unit is a popular choice for corporate customers too.

“Mixing a local, tourism and corporate offer is a key part of our operations at our existing four inns, which like The Seaton Lane Inn, share great locations and provide a homely pub atmosphere, good value bed and breakfast accommodation and serve food all-day, every day.

“The Seaton Lane Inn is a well-appointed, well-run inn which we aim to slot seamlessly into The Inn Collection Group portfolio and it’s eat, drink, sleep and explore model. We are looking forward to working with general manager Stephen Gibbon and his team here at The Seaton Lane Inn.”

Houghton Feast, Houghton-le-Spring

October 2015

Dating to the 12th century. this annual festival brings together fairground fun, a carnival parade, music, fireworks and a traditional ox-roast. October 2-11 2011

Find out more at http://www.houghtonfeast.co.uk