North East pub group shortlisted for three awards in national competition
A North East pub group has been shortlisted for a trio of national awards.
The Inn Collection Group is a finalist in three categories of the prestigious Publican Awards, which champion the very best operators in the pub industry.
It is in the running for Best Accommodation Operator and Best Managed Pub Company and is also looking to retain the sought-after title of Best Pub Employer, an award the group has held for two consecutive years.
Sean Donkin, managing director of The Inn Collection Group, said: “It’s pretty amazing being shortlisted for these awards. To reach the finals in three categories is a real boost in these difficult times, as the sector continues to be hard-hit by the ongoing pandemic.
“More so, it’s a fitting tribute to the extraordinary team we have at The Inn Collection Group who display time after time their resilience, passion to succeed and agility to adapt, evolve and deliver.
“It’s down to each and every member of our team that the company continues to overcome adversity and that we push together to be the best as one, without losing sight of the reason why we do what we do – and that’s giving our customers the best possible experience when they eat, drink, sleep and explore from our inns.”
He added: “We will continue to reinvest in our staff with the latest innovations in training and supporting their well-being throughout these difficult times.
"We are continuing to carry out exciting refurbishments and upgrades across our inns and investing in the environments and communities we operate within, so we emerge from lockdown in a strong position that is ready to go from the outset – hopefully with some premium new silverware in the cabinet, too.”
An online evening awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 30 will replace the usual Publican Awards ceremony.
The Alchemy-backed group has venues across Northumberland, including The Lindisfarne Inn at Beal, Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses, Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick, Amble Inn at Amble and The Commissioners Quay Inn at Blyth.
It has also expanded into County Durham, Cumbria, Yorkshire and Lancashire while a 40-bedroom, new-build site on Sunderland’s seafront at Seaburn is currently under construction.