‘House’ for Inn group’s clean sweep in the food hygiene stakes
We're celebrating a clean sweep of top food hygiene scores.
Operations manager Sean Donkin of joint hospitality venture Lindisfarne Inns Limited and Greensfield Moor Developments are celebrating a hat trick of top scores for their trio of inns.
The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick, The Lindisfarne Inn at Beal and The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses have each been awarded the highest score of five in the Food Standards Agency’s national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.
The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme allows consumers to make informed choices about the places where they eat out or shop for food.
The hygiene standards found at the time of inspection are rated on a scale of “0” to “5”. At the bottom of the scale is ‘0’ which means urgent improvement is required, while at the top of the scale is ‘5’ representing very good hygiene standards.
Sean Donkin said: “We are delighted to have a full house in the food hygiene scheme, with all of our inns achieving top scores of five marks.
“We take food hygiene extremely seriously at all of our inns, which this clean sweep of top scores for our high hygiene standards, knowledge and understanding of food storage and preparation and how this is implemented, shows.
“We fully support the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme which gives consumers, that all important information and confidence to choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving them information about the hygiene standards achieved in pubs like our own, restaurants, cafes, takeaways, hotels and food shops.”
Northumberland County Council moved from the former ‘Scores on the Doors’ system to adopt the national ‘Food Hygiene Rating Scheme' to enable their ratings to be consistent with those elsewhere in the country.
The ‘Food Hygiene Rating Scheme’ is a local authority/Food Standards Agency partnership initiative. The national scheme provides consumers with information about hygiene standards in food premises at the time they are inspected by local food safety officers to check compliance with legal requirements – the food hygiene rating given reflects the inspection findings.
Spring forward with The Lindisfarne Inn's new menu
Spring time is here and to celebrate we've launched a fantastic new menu.
Created by our talented head chef, Robert Stott, our Spring and Summer menu features a great selection of family favourites as well as some ingenious tasty twists too.
You'll find starters bursting with flavour like our moreish Loaded Nachos, a sublime Homemade Chicken Live Pate and finger-lickingly good Lemon and Garlic King Prawns.
Main courses include Sauteed Haddock sauteed in lime butter until it's skin is crisp and golden, a winning combination of juicy Roast Chicken with Apple and Stilton, while Robert's famous Steak and Ale pie cooked to his top secret recipe just cannot be taken off the menu.
Vegetarians are well catered for too, with delicious dishes like Roasted Vegetable Tart with garlic and thyme infused vegetables bound in an individual tartlet and a Coriander and Chickpea Burger which is sure to tempt even the most carnivorous of meat lovers too.
We cater for gluten free diners too, and have a cracking new range of children's dishes and light bites too.
Robert said: "We're really pleased with the new menu. The staff and I have all enjoyed taste testing recipes and ideas and the results here are proven favourites with everyone here at the Inn. We do try to use local ingredients too, and don't forget to check out our Specials board too.
"We're sure our guests are going to enjoy tucking into our new menu - it's good enough to eat!"
Browse The Lindisfarne Inn's new menu here.
Marvellous Morgans at The Lindisfarne Inn
We're a big fan of classic cars, here at The Lindisfarne Inn.
And the Morgan is a car we're particularly taken with! We were very proud to feature in MOG magazine, the magazine for Morgan enthusiasts. The Lindisfarne Inn and our sister Inn, The Hog's Head Inn were both featured in the magazine's Epic Drive around Northumberland.
As we're handily close to the A1 and near to Holy Island, we really are the ideal place for a pit stop or as a base for exploring Northumberland and it's many epic drives. One of which is definitely driving across the Causeway to Holy Island, just a few minutes drive from our Inn. And if you're driving to or from Scotland, we're in the perfect location to break up your journey, as Morgan owners have discovered.
After appearing in the magazine, we've been delighted to welcome more Morgan owners who are enjoying the Epic Drive around Northumberland and travelling on to Scotland.
The owners of this beautiful car had read about The Lindisfarne Inn in MOG and called in to enjoy our famous hospitality on their way to Scotland. What's more, they made our general manager Scott Hughes' day by letting him get behind the wheel and have his picture taken!
We're looking forward to welcoming more Morgan enthusiasts - please call in and say hello - or why not stay with us from just £42.50 per person, per night, bed and breakfast?
Inn backs NFU Buy British campaign
The Lindisfarne Inn is backing a national campaign urging customers to ‘Buy British’ as the horse meat scandal continues.
The inn is backing the National Farmer’s Union (NFU) rallying call ‘Make it British, make it local, make it happen’ highlighting the message that Great British Farmers produce Great British food.
The Lindisfarne Inn operations manager Sean Donkin said: “We fully support the NFU’s Buy British campaign. Our policy has and always will be to buy quality assured British red meat from trusted local suppliers and to support farmers from the North East.
“Our customers can be fully confident that the food they are eating is made from scratch in our kitchens using fully traceable red meat. The end result is a quality product that tastes delicious and has regional - if not local - provenance. It is simply nothing less than our customers deserve.”
The NFU campaign is in direct response to the scandal which has seen horsemeat being passed off as beef in some imported frozen foods and has highlighted the complexity of the food chain in some imported products.
NFU President Peter Kendall said: “British farmers are very proud of what they produce and are, quite rightly, furious about this current situation. They feel let down by what looks like a criminal element in an isolated part of the food chain which has certainly not helped in reassuring consumers that the food they are buying is what they say it is.
“Our meat industry is one of the most highly regulated in the country and it is imperative that we remind consumers that British farmers work to some of the most stringent standards.”
The Lindisfarne Inn is further showing its support of the NFU campaign by using the twitter hashtag #buybritish to champion British produce to show their support as well as continuing to buy the high standard food produced on British farms.
Supporting local suppliers
What have Fortnum and Mason and The Lindisfarne Inn got in common?Answer: We both support local food and drink businesses!
Traceability, supporting local suppliers and offering our customers great tasting food is very important to us.
That’s why at The Lindisfarne Inn all our meals are homemade by our talented team of chefs and we know the provenance of our ingrediants. And where we can source exceptional products made by local food and drink businesses we do.
Head chef Robert Stott said: “We’re always on the look out for new ingredients and products from local suppliers that taste good and allow us to support the local community too.
“We’re proud to have on our menu Beckleberry’s gourmet ice creams to accompany our home mad desserts and to serve in their own right.
“As well as having delicious flavours, people want to try a product that is local to the area they are visiting."
As well as listing Beckleberry’s as a supplier, the Inn serves Newcastle based Rington’s teas and coffees, while fish and shellfish come from North Shields and local fishermen depending on catch availability. Season products include game from Cragside Estate and Low Heighley Moor in Northumberland.
The Lindisfarne Inn is Cask Marque accredited, why not wash down your fully traceable home cooked meal with a glass of Northumberland real ale from Alnwick or Newcastle-based Hadrian and Border Brewery.