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The Commissioners Quay Inn Blyth hosts first Business Networking Seminar

Business for breakfast – The Commissioners Quay Inn hosts first business networking breakfasting group

November 2017

Networking and building Blyth’s business community was on the menu at The Commissioners Quay Inn. 

Businesses from the Blyth district attended the new BNI Blyth Networking Breakfast group, set up for forward thinking trade or professional service providers in the town to meet and work together to strengthen the business community. 

The group has been founded by Nikki Masterman, head of HR at accountancy firm Robson Laidler, who said: “Going self employed or having your own business is not only a brave decision it can also be a lonely decision. 

“Feeling quite alone we often struggle to understand what we need to do to grow our business. I had 25 years of experience but no idea on how to run my own business or grow it. 

“By joining the BNI in April 2017 I have not only seen significant growth in my business through the support of the BNI, I have also built up some great friendships making me realise we all go through the same challenges and limiting beliefs in the success and growth we can have. “I have always been passionate about helping others throughout my career and by linking arms with the BNI I can now bring this passion to the local businesses of Blyth.”

Dan Evans, general manager at The Commissioners Quay Inn said: “We were delighted to host this event, which was an excellent platform to network and meet with like-minded people with a shared agenda - to build and develop Blyth’s thriving business community.

 “We are looking forward to the next event and hope more businesses in and around the Blyth district will join us.”

The next BNI networking event - Building a trusted referral service together - takes place on Friday November 24 from 7am - 9am. For more information and tickets click here.



Rock on at The Commissioners Quay Inn

October 2017

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

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

“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 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