Three cheers for pub chain’s accolade

From left, Lindisfarne Inns director Keith Liddell with Matt Simpson, Carlsberg's regional account manager and Sean Donkin at The Hog's Head Inn
From left, Lindisfarne Inns director Keith Liddell with Matt Simpson, Carlsberg's regional account manager and Sean Donkin at The Hog's Head Inn

North East hospitality group Lindisfarne Inns has become the first free-trade multiple operator in the country to gain a coveted award by major brewer Carlsberg at each of its pubs.

Every venue in the Lindisfarne Inns Group, whose expanding portfolio includes The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses, The Lindisfarne Inn at Beal and The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick, has achieved Carlsberg UK’s sought-after Gold Award.

The beer quality awards, which reward licensees for outstanding cellar standards, have been operating for three years.

Jeff Acton, trade quality manager for Carlsberg, said: “Lindisfarne Inns have become the first in the county to gain a full complement of Carlsberg Gold Awards across all their units. This is an outstanding achievement for Lindisfarne Inns and indeed their individual units, which do all they can to ensure consumers get the perfect pint they deserve.

“The Carlsberg Gold Award should be seen as a quality stamp, whereby consumers can rest assured that they will enjoy a high quality offering.”

“From cellar to glass, the awards are all about quality. Lindisfarne Inns have proved they have the product quality, cellar hygiene, dispenser techniques, glassware and equipment cleanliness to deliver our products to the consumer at the highest quality.”

Sean Donkin, Lindisfarne Inns’ operations manager said: “We are delighted and very proud to achieve this landmark result for our inns and what is also a national first. It is a fitting accolade for the first-class cellar management employed across our inns into preparing and presenting the perfect pint for customers to enjoy.”

The Carlsberg Gold Award is the latest honour for the Lindisfarne Inns Group. The collection of inns has scooped a clutch of awards across its sites, including Cask Marque accreditation as well as securing the top five-star ranking in the national Food Standards Agency’s Food Hygiene Ratings at each site.