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Tall Ship takes up new berth in The Commissioners Quay Inn

August 26th

On the day some of the world’s most famous Tall Ships sailed into Blyth, new Northumberland pub The Commissioners Quay Inn took delivery of a handcrafted replica of HMS Victory. 

The intricate model of Nelson’s flagship in the Battle of Trafalgar was gifted to Blyth quayside pub The Commissioners Quay Inn, after it made a donation to The Friends of the Church of Our Lady – a group of volunteers working to preserve the historic 12th century church at Seaton Delaval Hall. 

Standing at 88cm high and over a metre long, the model was donated to the Friends by Margaret McBriarty - whose late husband Terry painstakingly crafted the replica - to help raise funds for the church’s restoration project. It was presented to The Commissioners Quay Inn general manager Catherine Bellhouse by Mrs McBriarty, where it will take pride of place long after the actual Tall Ships have sailed. 

Catherine Bellhouse said: “We were delighted to support such a worthy, local cause as The Friends of the Church of Our Lady and feel humbled to have such a magnificent artifact on permanent display here at The Commissioners Quay Inn. It is very fitting that Mrs McBriarty was able to present the ship to us on the actual day that the Tall Ships themselves arrived at the quay outside and will be a legacy of their visit. 

“The model has attracted a lot of attention and interest and certainly bears a striking resemblance to some of the ships in front of the inn today. It’s a real talking point.” 

Mrs McBriarty said: “The model of HMS Victory was crafted by my husband. He found building these ships a way of concentrating and relaxing after he took early retirement due to his ill health. 

“I’m really pleased that it has linked up with the new Commissioners Quay Inn. My husband would have been delighted that thanks to the their generous financial donation he has been able to support this beautiful little chapel.” 

The Church of Our Lady has been closed for over two years due to structural issues, but the volunteers hope to reopen the Norman church next year.

  • Visitors are still able to view the church’s fascinating interior from its porch. To arrange a visit or to make a donation go to

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The Commissioners Quay Inn has officially opened its doors. 

The £4.5m new pub with rooms on Blyth’s redeveloped Quayside welcomed in crowds of people, gathered to eat and drink at Northumberland’s newest inn.

One of the first people through the doors, was Blyth resident Michelle Gregory who said: “It’s absolutely stunning. We live nearby and have watched the inn being built and couldn’t wait to come and try it. It’s amazing and just what Blyth has been waiting for. We had the most fantastic food – all home cooked and scrumptious drinks in stunning surroundings – all on the doorstep. We’ll be back soon.” 

Located at the heart of the town’s redeveloped Quayside, The Commissioner’s Quay Inn was purpose built by Northumberland County Council’s economic development company Arch and is operated by award-winning leisure business, The Inn Collection Group. 

Boasting 40 bedrooms across four floors - many of which have stunning views out to sea – The Commissioners Quay Inn is in pole position when the Tall Ships Race comes to Blyth in August, as well as providing year-round quality and affordable accommodation.

A well-stocked bar where people can enjoy homemade meals from breakfast until 9pm, a large dining area plus outdoor dining terrace are key elements of the new inn.

 Keith Liddell, CEO of the group said: “We are absolutely delighted with the new unit. It is everything we imagined it to be and seeing it come to life with so many people here enjoying the finished product is incredibly rewarding.

“We’re bringing the same approach in Blyth as we have to the other sites in our portfolio which is great-tasting food, a relaxed, laid back ambiance to eat and drink in and excellent value, contemporary accommodation. 

“Our other inns have proved hugely popular within the local communities they operate as well as being an important facility attracting visitors to stay and explore the local area from. This is our vision for The Commissioner’s Quay Inn – a place where everyone is welcome, whether you’re dropping by for a drink, a meal or staying overnight.”

The Commissioners Quay Inn was officially opened by Keith Liddell with Arch chairman and deputy leader of Northumberland County Council, Councillor Dave Ledger and leader of Northumberland County Council, Councillor Grant Davey. 

Cllr Dave Ledger said: “The Commissioner’s Quay Inn is a fantastic, purpose-built venue of the type Blyth has been crying out for.

“It sits perfectly with the redeveloped waterfront and we’re confident it will be a real asset for the town that local people and visitors alike will enjoy.” 

Catherine Bellhouse is the general manager of The Commissioners Quay Inn. Catherine, who has worked with the Hilton Group and the Copthorne Hotel in Gateshead, said: “I’m aiming to put The Commissioner’s Quay Inn on the map for the quality of its customer service.

“Giving people a truly great experience, whether they are staying, eating or enjoying a drink in the bar, is at the top of my agenda.”

The inn will be open 365 days a year, providing comfortable, good value accommodation, and serving food and drink throughout the day from first thing in the morning until 9pm.

Our staff 'refuse' to be beaten by litter pick challenge

July 5th

 Over 40 members of The Commissioners Quay Inn staff cleaned up on a litter pick to raise funds for charity.

Ahead of the new inn’s opening on July 15, staff bagged a team building exercise for a good cause, filling over 30 sacks of rubbish collected from Blyth beach as part of Northumberland County Council’s Love Northumberland Hate Litter campaign. 

Staff were also raising funds for coastal charity, the marine mammal rescue organisation the British Divers Marine Life Rescue. 

General manager of The Commissioners Quay Inn Catherine Bellhouse said: “We’ve spent the last few months recruiting local staff and it was great to get all 40 of them together at once taking part in such a worthwhile exercise. 

“Most of our team use the beach themselves with family and friends, so it was great to be able to make a difference to a place that means a lot to so many of our team – and to our new customers.

“The Commissioners Quay Inn is all about creating memorable experiences and hopefully we’ve helped do this along the road, too.”