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Inn-spired makeover is a hit at The Seaton Lane Inn

April 2018

The Seaton Lane Inn has reopened following a major refurbishment.

The overhaul includes a total redesign of the inn’s dining and bar area which has an outdoors-indoors theme, complete with vivid prints; pops of bright, earthy colours and accessories and a blend of contemporary and retro signature furniture and lighting. 

The addition of a bold, botanical-themed orangery complete with water feature and plant walls forms a central showstopper for customers to relax in. 

Each of the inn’s 18 en-suite bedrooms have been refurbished, with signature wallpaper, natural-coloured paneling and metallic detailing. 

In a nod to tradition, the inn’s exterior retains its white upper section, while an olive green ground floor continues the natural theme. 

Seaton resident John Wight was the first customer through the doors. He said: “It’s fantastic. I never envisaged it would look like this – it’s amazing. It’s great to be back. There’s nothing like being at your local, the staff are excellent, you can’t fault them. They are like a family. 

“It’s brilliant to have The Seaton Lane Inn back and looking so beautiful.” 

General manager Paul Brown said: “What a transformation. It is absolutely stunning. The best thing has been seeing people’s reactions when they step inside. We went to great lengths to keep the new interior a secret and the end result is spectacular with real wow-factor. 

“The investment has transformed The Seaton Lane Inn into a sophisticated, yet relaxed place you just won’t want to leave and a tremendous asset for business and consumer guests in County Durham, serving quality homemade food and drink all day, every day as well as providing high-quality, AA four-star accommodation.”

 

 

The Seaton Lane Inn to reopen on Friday April 6th

March 2018

Following a tip to toe refurbishment The Seaton Lane Inn will reopen at 12 noon on Friday April 6th. 

A major overhaul of the landmark Seaton inn is nearing completion, with customers shortly to experience the inn’s all new redesigned dining area, complete with signature furniture, contemporary lighting and fresh colour schemes.

An expansive orangery promising laid back dining and drinking will adjoin a new bar, offering a wider range of local, national and craft ales, speciality spirits, soft drinks and wines from across the globe.

Each of the inn’s en suite bedrooms has been renovated, too.

General manager Paul Brown said: "The inn is looking absolutely brilliant and we can't wait to unveil the all new Seaton Lane Inn to our customers. It will be a very exciting moment in the inn's history and we're looking forward to celebrating it with the community here in Seaton and beyond. 

Sean Donkin is managing director of The Inn Collection Group, which owns the 18-bedroom pub with rooms. He said: “This is an exciting chapter for The Seaton Lane Inn and will mark a milestone in its history. 

“Customer experience is critical for us and our redesign of The Seaton Lane Inn is fundamentally about investing in our customers and providing them with an enhanced venue that embraces our eat, drink, sleep and explore model. 

“Our investment plans to update, improve and modernise The Seaton Lane Inn, while preserving the inn’s character, will ensure the pub continues to be a beacon for hospitality and a great place to dine and stay for locals, tourists and business customers in County Durham. We are looking forward to opening our doors for business once again and to show off the stunning new Seaton Lane Inn.”

 

Discover Britain's Favourite Walks from The Seaton Lane Inn

February 2018

If the runaway success of ITV’s Britain’s Favourite Walks has inspired you to dust off your walking boots, then head for The Seaton Lane Inn and enjoy some of the UK’s best walks on your doorstep.

A trailblazing nine routes within driving distance of The Seaton Lane Inn - and the pub with rooms' northern sister inns - made it into the programme’s top 100, with the North – and especially coastal walks like Durham's Heritage Coast – coming out top among voters.

Around 8,000 people voted for their favourite walks for the programme, presented by Julia Bradbury and Ore Oduba, with famous faces and keen hikers profiling their own favourite paths.

Sean Donkin operations director of The Inn Collection Group, owners of The Seaton Lane Inn said: “It’s no surprise that people love to walk in the North. We have the best beaches, more castles than any other county in England, rugged hill country and showstopper viewpoints  – all interspersed with amazing local history and attractions.

“Our inns, which include The Seaton Lane Inn, span the North of England, including Northumberland, County Durham and North Yorkshire, pride themselves on welcoming in walkers. Our staff are keen hikers themselves. Myself, along with general managers from the whole group have just walked the route from Dunstanburgh to Craster in Northumberland – the very route which made the show’s final ten in the whole of the country.

“We welcome muddy boots, have wash down facilities, help with drying wet gear – and staff are always happy to share local knowledge of nearby routes, facilities, accessibility, public transport and what people can see and do along the way – they will even drop off and collect walkers from their routes, if they can.”

See walks from ITV’s Britain’s Favourite Walks – Top 100 here

 

The Seaton Lane Inn to undergo major refurbishment

December 2017

Landmark County Durham pub The Seaton Lane Inn is set to embark on a significant refurbishment including a major overhaul of its restaurant, bar and bedrooms.

Owners of The Seaton Lane Inn, leading leisure operators The Inn Collection Group, have announced the Seaton pub with rooms will undergo the exciting refurbishment as part of planned investment.
Regeneration plans include a newly reconfigured and expanded dining area, expansive orangery and all-new bedrooms.
As well as improving facilities for guests, the regeneration of The Seaton Lane Inn is expected to generate further jobs at the 18-bedroom inn.

Sean Donkin, operations director at The Inn Collection Group, said: “This is an exciting chapter for The Seaton Lane Inn and will mark a milestone in its history.

“Customer experience is critical for us and our redesign of The Seaton Lane Inn is fundamentally about investing in our customers and providing them with a stunning venue that embraces our eat, drink, sleep and explore model.
“Our investment plans to update, improve and modernise The Seaton Lane Inn, while preserving the inn’s character, will ensure the pub continues to be a beacon for hospitality and a great place to stay and dine for locals, tourists and business customers in County Durham.

Mr Donkin added: “Our refurbishment plans come as welcome news to the local area, adding to Durham heritage coast’s tourism and business appeal.”

The Seaton Lane Inn will be closed temporarily from early January to allow regeneration works to be carried out without disruption to customers. The newly refurbished inn will reopen on Friday April 6th at 12 noon. 

Experienced in pub redevelopments, multi-award winning The Inn Collection Group’s conversion portfolio includes The Kingslodge Inn at Durham, Northumberland pubs The Lindisfarne Inn near Holy Island and The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses as well as The King’s Head Inn at Newton under Roseberry in Cleveland.

The group’s new build credentials include Northumberland-based The Commissioners Quay Inn at Blyth, The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick and the newly announced The Amble Inn at Amble.

With a total bedroom number of 232, the Kings Park Capital backed Inn Collection Group is one of the north east’s largest independent accommodation providers.