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The Commissioners Quay Inn sweeps boards at Best of the Best Awards

The Commissioners Quay Inn nails its colours to the mast as being best of the best

October 2017

The Commissioners Quay Inn has swept the boards in The Inn Collection Group’s inaugural Best of the Best Awards.

Introduced for customers to vote for their favourite pub in categories including the best food, drink and accommodation as well as the staff behind their favourite venues – the awards attracted over 2000 votes across 21 categories, with the Blyth inn coming top in a whopping 16 categories.

Fans of the waterfront inn ranked The Commissioners Quay Inn top in categories ranging from best overall establishment and most family friendly inn to best cask ale and best Sunday lunch.

General manager Daniel Evans said: “We are over the moon to have done so well in so many categories. The proof of the pudding is in the eating and the fact that these awards are voted for by our customers makes them even more special.

“We are proud to have won categories across every sector of our offering – from our food and drink, to our outstanding team. It’s a real coup to have that accolade from our customers and I would like to thank everyone who voted for us and to the team here at The Commissioners Quay Inn for the great job they do.”

Food lovers at Durham city’s The Kingslodge Inn voted the Flass Vale inn top in dining categories including best chef’s special, best vegetarian meal and best seafood dish, while the inn also shone in the best housekeeping team award.

Newton-under-Roseberry based pub with rooms The King’s Head Inn was voted best by customers in the accommodation category.

Beal-based The Lindisfarne Inn narrowly missed the top spot for the best pizza category, taking the runner up slice.

A close runner up in the popular best fish and chips award was seaside pub, The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses. The inn’s front of house and management teams were only just pipped at the post by The Commissioners Quay Inn in the awards’  two most voted for categories.

The Inn Collection Group operations director Sean Donkin said: “We were absolutely delighted by the response to our first ever Best of the Best Awards. Our customers cast their vote by the thousand to show what does it for them at our inns across the north of England.

“It was brilliant to see that without exception, the most voted for categories were those including people – such as the best front of house team and best management team. It is exceptionally rewarding for the people behind our inns to get such recognition. It affirms the hard work and dedication they put in to making sure our customers enjoy the best possible experience when they step through our doors.”

The Commissioners Quay Inn supports RNLI Fish Supper campaign

The Commissioners Quay Inn goes hook, line and sinker for RNLI Fish Supper campaign

October 2017

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

The award-winning pub is promising ‘trout of this world’ fish dishes on Friday nights throughout October, with a £1 donation (50p children’s meals) from every RNLI Fish special going to the charity which saves lives at sea.

From crowd-pleasing local ale battered fish and chips to just-landed catch of the day plates, the inn is pledging to tip the scales when it comes to supporting the RNLI’s annual Fish Supper campaign to raise funds for their local lifeboat crews.

Dan Evans is general manager at The Commissioners Quay Inn. Said Dan: “Proper, homemade battered fish and perfectly cooked chips are right up there as being one of our favourite meals as a nation. To my mind there can be no better way to help a lifesaving charity like the RNLI than tucking into one of our local beer-battered fish and homemade chip meals in the knowledge that you’re helping to support a great cause.

“Our local volunteer Blyth crew are just a stone’s throw from our inn. We see the amazing work they do on an ongoing basis and the lifeline role they play in our community, which is so sea-orientated. We’re proud to support the RNLI so that they can continue to save even more lives at sea.”

The Commissioners Quay Inn will also have local brewers Cullercoats Brewery beer on tap throughout October, with 3p for every pint sold being donated to the RNLI – the perfect accompaniment for washing down your RNLI fish supper with.

The nationwide 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 pub's 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 at Blyth RNLI, 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 Commissioners Quay Inn are a great way for people to get together, enjoy a fantastic meal and raise vital funds for our lifesaving charity.”

As well as The Commissioners Quay Inn, the pub's sister inns are also supporting the campaign. 

In Northumberland, participating RNLI Fish Supper The Inn Collection Group pubs are The Lindisfarne Inn at Beal, The Bamburgh Castle Inn, Seahouses and The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick.

In Durham The Kingslodge Inn in Flass Vale, Durham City Centre is involved while also offering up RNLI Fish Supper feasts are The Seaton Lane Inn at Seaton, County Durham and The King’s Head Inn at Newton under Roseberry, Great Ayton.

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

Win a stay at The Commissioners Quay Inn Blyth Northumberland

Win an Inn Club stay at The Commissioners Quay Inn

August 2017

Love The Commissioners Quay Inn? Then don't miss your chance of winning a fantastic stay at Northumberland's newest inn, with the launch of The Inn Collection Group’s Inn Club.

 Inn Club members get access to exclusive special offers at The Commissioners Quay 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, the Northumberland coast, Roseberry Topping and unique attractions like Woodhorn and Northumberlandia 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 Commissioners Quay 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 Commissioners Quay Inn by clicking here

RNLI charity fundraiser Alex Ellis Roswell at The Commissioners Quay Inn at Blyth

The Commissioners Quay Inn steps up to welcome RNLI charity walker

August 11th 2017

The Commissioners Quay Inn stepped in to offer some much needed rest and recuperation to a charity fundraiser who is walking 9,500 miles for the RNLI.

Alex Ellis-Roswell started walking the 9,500-mile coast of Britain and Ireland in August 2014 and when The Commissioners Quay Inn heard his epic trek had reached Northumberland, though he was in need of a much-needed break.

General manager Daniel Evans said: “We were massively impressed with Alex’s incredible challenge and his unerring commitment to supporting such an important charity as the RNLI. We wanted to support his challenge – and show our continued support to the RNLI by offering to put Alex up for a couple of nights, to give his feet a well-deserved break so he can complete the final 1,000 miles of his walk down the east coast of England. 

“We were waved him off on the final stages of his journey with an extra spring in his step – and some great memories of Blyth and our legenedary Northumberland hospitality. 

“The RNLI is a charity we are delighted to support. Our location on the sea front here in Blyth and close proximity to numerous pleasure and commercial marine vessels as well as people just enjoying being by the sea and river brings home just how important the RNLI are in safeguarding people on the water.”

 When Alex completes his challenge, he will have walked for more than three years and taken over 20 million footsteps. 

During his time in Blyth, he went along to the local RNLI lifeboat station and met up with some of the crew who were training that evening. The challenge includes visiting all 237 lifeboat stations in Britain and Ireland. 

Alex, who has raised nearly £60,000 so far, said: “There’s no doubt lifeboat volunteers are heroes. “Their dedication, sacrifice and bravery is an inspiration. “The fact that I’ve managed to raise so much money to support them says to me how much respect people have for the volunteer crews and what they do for us. “It’s unfortunate there’s so much bad news in the world right now, but here are thousands of men and women – from all different backgrounds – coming together to help others. 

“I’m very grateful to The Commissioners Quay Inn for its hospitality during my time in Blyth, which is very much appreciated.” 

To donate to the charity online through Alex’s challenge, visit