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Daniel steps up to take ‘quay’ role at Blyth inn helm


The Commissioners Quay Inn has appointed Daniel Evans as its new general manager.

 Daniel has stepped up to take the helm of the £4.5m waterfront pub with rooms where he has been assistant manager since its July opening.

Daniel, who hails from Blyth, brings a wealth of customer service, event management and hospitality experience to The Commissioners Quay Inn, which is part of The Inn Collection Group family. 

 The Inn Collection Group operations director Sean Donkin said: “We are delighted that Daniel has risen through the ranks with the Group to become general manager at The Commissioners Quay Inn. Daniel impressed with his proven track record for implementing strategic business initiatives and with his inbuilt enthusiasm for the role.

 “The Inn Collection Group prides itself on delivering a tremendous experience for all our customers, whether they are dining or staying with us and Daniel shares our customer-first vision.

Father-of-three Daniel said: “I am very proud to be stepping into the lead at The Commissioners Quay Inn. One of our most powerful assets is our people. Continued investment in staff training, confidence and progression is key for me, and I am looking forward to working with our 60-strong team to bring about further staff training, up skilling and development.

 “My team are an integral part in how we deliver on customer expectation, so everyone who walks through our doors - whether they are eating, drinking or staying with us - enjoys a totally individualised experience and returns and recommends us.”



Self guided walks at The Commissioners Quay Inn Blyth Northumberland holidays walking breaks

The Commissioners Quay Inn goes the extra mile to welcome 'inn' walkers


The Commissioners Quay Inn is lacing up its boots to go a step further for walkers with a new range of walking breaks. 

The Commissioners Quay Inn has paired up with self guided walking publisher, to offer new ‘Walk-Inn’ breaks with easy-to-follow, self-guided walks, key meals and accommodation.  

Great for walkers of all levels including families, relaxed ramblers and serious yompers, the breaks include Walking-Books’ self-guided packs, each containing 20 classic walks around the inn.

Also included is a hearty, two-course dinner for you to walk off, plus a comfy room to bed down in and, of course, a full English breakfast to fuel you up for the day ahead. Packages also include a welcome drink on arrival plus a picnic to enjoy while on the go.

Catherine Bellhouse, general manager at The Commissioners Quay Inn, said: "With superb beaches on the doorstep and some of the most spectacular countryside in the country just a short drive away, we wanted to go a step further to encourage people to come and experience the fantastic walking country around us with self walking guides to help them make the most of their stay.”

Walking Books director Mike Law said: “We’re delighted to have teamed up with The Commissioners Quay Inn and applaud their efforts to make walking accessible to as many people as possible. I hope that together we can inspire people of all walking abilities to head out and enjoy the fantastic scenery around the inn on foot.

“Walking Books guides are completely different to anything you will see in the shops. Our aim when deciding to publish our guides is to make them as user-friendly as possible so we decided on our concept of putting the walks on handy, durable, weather-proof walking cards with a unique combination of concise, easy-to-follow routes local information and professional mapping. To complete our pack we added a useful user guide and decided to provide a custom made map-case for the walking card which meant the walker had everything they needed for their walk on an A5 weather-proof card that could be carried conveniently around the neck or in a jacket pocket.” 

  • A single night Walk-Inn break starts from £84.97 per person (based on two people sharing)

On the Grapevine - The Commissioners Quay Inn raises a glass to wine course


The Commissioners Quay Inn has been raising a glass to the grape with a special course organised by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET).

 Designed to help wine and spirits professionals guide customers into making informed wine selections in what can often be a bewildering array of choice, the course had a blend of theory and practical training, which The Commissioners Quay Inn general manager Catherine Bellhouse enjoyed.

Raising a glass after passing the WSET course, Catherine said: “There is a such a wide range of wines these days for people to choose from – and it can be very difficult to decide which variety to go for and to understand how its complexities and characteristics can complements a particular dish. 

“It was very informative and certainly helped you to look beyond your favourite varieties and gain a solid understanding of different wines so we can help our customers make informed choices whether they are choosing a glass to enjoy in the bar, or to accompany a certain meal. 

“We have a super selection of wines from all corners of the globe, and all are designed to appeal to a wide range of different tastes and that can be paired with our range of homemade dishes.”

The Commissioners Quay Inn 'Try Gin-uary' is the perfect tonic to 'Dry January'


If the thought of Dry January leaves you cold, award-winning The Commissioners Quay Inn has the perfect tonic with their Try ‘Ginuary’ local craft gin showcase. 

The Commissioners Quay Inn is capturing the spirit of the gin renaissance with by turning the spotlight on pioneering local gin distillers throughout January, to bring something different to their customers’ gin and tonic. 

The inn will feature gins distilled nearby to encourage customers to put a different gin in their glass throughout January.

Already well-known for the choice and quality of the local and craft ales The Commissioners Quay Inn serves, it is now giving spirit lovers and gin newbies the opportunity to sample some of the best gins in the North and to work their way through a hand picked selection of lesser-known gin varieties.  

David Walker of The Inn Collection Group which owns The Commissioners Quay Inn said: “We’re trying to make January a little less blue by trying something that’s more of a tonic, with a small collection of local craft gins that we’ve tasted and loved. What’s more, they’re all distilled in locations close to our inns. 

“Gin is so quintessentially British, and with so many different taste variations now available, the possibilities for flavours from gin seem endless, we’re keen to showcase some directly from our little region of the world.  

“People are trying different garnishes too – ice and a slice of lemon no longer cuts the mustard and there are plenty of premium mixers upping their game to support the in-gin boom.”

Walter Riddell of Hepple Gin said: “We are thrilled that Hepple has been included in The Commissioners Quay Inn's Ginuary line up. We make our gin rather differently, using young green juniper sourced from the hills around Hepple near Rothbury in Northumberland. 

“We use two separate distillation systems and a high-pressure extraction system to bring a crisp freshness not found in any conventionally made gin. Because of the complexity of our distillery process and our exacting harvesting regime, we only make a small quantity of Hepple, our only product.”

The Commissioners Quay Inn's Try Ginuary will be showcasing: 

  • Durham Gin -  a small batch gin distilled in a 400 litre copper pot still called Lily, using traditional methods. Only a couple of hundred bottles are made from each batch and are labelled by hand. 
  • Hepple Gin – north Northumberland produced gin that’s vacuum distilled at lower temperatures to capture more flavour, including the young green juniper gathered from the Hepple Estate. 
  • Masons Yorkshire Gin – distilled slowly and traditionally in two 200-litre stills called Steve and Lefty, the first gin to be distilled in Yorkshire contains juniper and citrus flavours. 
  • Poetic License – flavoured with juniper and cardamom spice, lemon, lime and eucalyptus, this is a fresh scented gin that also contains a host of secret botanicals. 

Tasters will be able to try the different garnishes and serving suggestions recommended by the distillers to bring out the best in their gins.

Dave said: “We’re initially offering the craft gins on a limited basis during January but if they prove popular, we’ll be looking to put them behind the bar full time.