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Pupils from The Dales School celebrate Northumberland Day with The Commissioners Quay Inn at Blyth Northumberland

Budding Blyth chefs join forces with The Commissioners Quay Inn to celebrate Northumberland Day

June 2018

Budding Blyth chefs came up with a tasty way of marking Northumberland Day with The Commissioners Quay Inn. 
Youngsters from The Dales School rose to a culinary challenge laid down by the inn, to come up with dishes worthy of celebrating the county’s first ever Northumberland Day.
Dishes inspired by the young chefs’ creations took pride of place on the specials board at The Commissioners Quay Inn at Blyth for a week from May 28 – the date chosen to fly the flag for all things Northumbrian.
Head chef Richie Moore had set youngsters the challenge of coming up with recipes that summed up the taste and essence of England’s border county. 

And to inspire the children aged seven to 11, Richie visited The Dales School where he carried out a cookery demonstration, making an upside down cheesecake complete with foam shrimps and jelly starfish in a sandcastle bucket, to represent Blyth’s South Beach. 
Richie said: “The response from the children has been exceptional. All the children really enjoyed the taster session we had at the school, and it certainly seems to have set their creative juices flowing.  
“Their suggestions were excellent, with dishes, including roast North Sea Cod and local Langoustines, pan haggerty, shepherd’s pie with local lamb, and a dessert using cherry and vanilla ice cream to represent the red and yellow of the Northumberland flag.
The children took part in a visit to The Commissioners Quay Inn where they enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of the inn and saw a selection of their dishes being made before taking part in a taste-test session. 
Bailey Parker, 11, said: “I liked everything about the visit. The food we tasted has been delicious. It was fun trying new things and looking around the hotel. It was like a ship.”
Tracy Park, a teaching assistant at The Dales School, said: “The children at the Dales really enjoy coking and all the experiences that go with it. We hope this venture continues to motivate and inspire the children to do more cooking.” 
For Richie, being involved in the competition has been a doubly rewarding experience. Not only is the 47 year old originally from Blyth, but he grew up opposite The Dales School when it was Bebside Middle.
Passionate about his home town, he is delighted that The Commissioners Quay Inn has set out to put itself at the heart of the community.
He is particularly keen to inspire the chefs of the future. “I want to encourage young cooks like those at The Dales School to develop their passion for food, and I am looking forward to hopefully working with them again and inspiring them to develop their enjoyment of cooking and embark upon a career in a professional kitchen.”
Keith Liddell CEO of The Inn Collection Group which operates The Commissioners Quay Inn, said: “I was very impressed by the high standard of the recipes and the way all the children captured the flavour, spirit, and contrasting landscape of Northumberland through their use of ingredients. 
“Northumberland is a hearty, honest and robust county, and this was reflected in the likes of the pan haggerty dish, while the use of fish and lamb showcased the area’s spectacular coast and countryside beautifully.
“We have a lot to be proud of in Northumberland, not least the food, and we need to be celebrating all those good things and shouting about them further afield.”
Northumberland Day took place on May 28 with events across the county. The date has been chosen to coincide with Northumberland County Show on May 29 and because it fell in the school half-term, allowing families to get involved and celebrate the day.
Fathers Day at The Commissioners Quay Inn Blyth

Top of the Pops - Treat your Dad this Father's Day

June 2017

We've already celebrated Mother's Day and the countdown to the day for Dads everywhere is on. 

Father’s Day takes place on the third Sunday of June and this year it's on Sunday June 18.

If you're stumped what to get your Dad this Father’s Day we’ve just the answer with a winning combo of great food, fine real ales and some much-appreciated Dad-time at The Commissioners Quay Inn for the main man in your life.

A Dad himself, general manager Daniel Evans said: "Which Dad doesn’t love some time away with his family, a really good bite to eat and being able to sit back and enjoy a bit of Dad-time with a proper pint or two of real ale? 

“Whether you want to treat your Dad to a special meal together, or give him the chance to enjoy some well-earned time out with a break away, The Commissioners Quay Inn is just the place.”

Commissioners Quay Inn wins Prestigious Property Award

May 2017

The Commissioners Quay Inn has won Commercial Development of the Year at last week’s prestigious Insider Media Property Awards ceremony.

The Insider North East Property Awards 2017 celebrate the remarkable achievements of the region's developments. Following the establishment of eight regional property awards dinners in the UK’s biggest cities outside of London over the last 20 years, the North East Property Awards 2017 recognize the most successful companies and projects over the previous 12 months.

The Commissioners Quay Inn was developed on the waterfront at Blyth to create a leisure venue for people to enjoy. The judges felt this was a true place-making development, turning a derelict site in an area of social deprivation into a space that the community can be proud. They also concluded that there was significant risk in this development that required strong leadership and decision-making.

The Commissioners Quay Inn was developed by Arch, and is operated by The Inn Collection Group. The jewel in the crown of Blyth’s impressive harbour development, the sleek Inn makes the most of every inch of its water’s edge location. Overlooking the River Blyth towards the sea, this vibrant and welcoming venue provides home made food and drink as well as providing much-needed bed and breakfast accommodation facility for tourists and corporate visitors to Blyth. A destination in its own right, The Commissioners Quay Inn really is the place to eat, drink, sleep and explore from.

Jacqui Kell, chief executive of Arch said: “Congratulations must go to the whole team that were involved in the development of the building for their vision and commitment in making The Commissioners Quay Inn the outstanding success it is today and a facility for Blyth and the surrounding community to be proud of. The facilities are second to none and as the second phase in the regeneration of the quayside area we are setting the quality bar extremely high. I am delighted that The Commissioners Quay Inn has won this.”

Keith Liddell, The Inn Collection Group chief executive said: We are absolutely delighted that The Commissioners Quay Inn has lifted the title for such a prestigious award. The service we provide to residents and visitors are first class, but to be able to say we are doing this from an award-winning building is even more special”.

It’s In Our Nature – The Commissioners Quay Inn partners Visit Northumberland

May 2017

The Commissioners Quay Inn has teamed up with Visit Northumberland to celebrate the unique character of Northumberland and encourage people to explore England’s most northerly county.

#ItsInOurNature hails Northumberland’s individuality and diverse features, including its celebrated beaches, wildlife and nature reserves plus its remote, nature-rich hill country. 

The Commissioners Quay Inn general manager Daniel Evans said: “The Commissioners Quay Inn really does have it all. Not only are we just half an hour’s drive from Newcastle, we’re at the gateway to Northumberland where there really is something for everyone. With Blyth Beach virtually on the doorstep and the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty just beyond, we are ideally placed for exploring Northumberland. What’s more, our waterfront location gives unprecedented views across the River Blyth to the open sea beyond.

“We are delighted to be partnering Visit Northumberland and helping spread the word by working with the campaign to offer press trips to journalists, competitions and simply sharing #ItsInOurNature on our social media networks to encourage people to come, visit, stay and of course spend which is vital for Blyth’s economy.”

It’s In Our Nature runs until August 2017.

Follow #ItsInOurNature across social media networks and look out for the campaign in national press.