Duke to open new Northumberland inn next week

The Hog's Head Inn, Alnwick
The Hog's Head Inn, Alnwick

The Duke of Northumberland will pour the first pint at the official opening of a new Alnwick pub next Tuesday.

It will mark the official opening of the Hog’s Head Inn and raise a toast to the completion of the £4.2million project, which has been funded by Northumberland Estates.

Hospitality operator Greensfield Moor Developments Ltd will be managing the 53-bedroom venture and have designed and provided the interior fit-out for the inn, working alongside infrastructure, support services and construction group, Robertson.

Greensfield Moor Developments director, Keith Liddell, said: “To have a unit with the calibre of finish and facilities as The Hog’s Head Inn is a real coup for Alnwick and the surrounding area.

“Together with Northumberland Estates, we have created a truly unique and atmospheric family-friendly place for people to enjoy good, sensibly priced food and drink and excellent value accommodation.

“As well as welcoming local customers and visitors holidaying in the area or here on business, our facilities - combined with Alnwick’s wonderful attractions - are paving the way for us to attract group travel businesses who will visit and bring much-needed spend into the town which will be beneficial to local traders too.”

Colin Barnes, head of planning and development at Northumberland Estates, said: “The inn has been an important project for the Estate and is viewed as a key investment in the town.

“A great deal of effort has gone in from ourselves and the operator, Greensfield Moor Developments, to take this project from an initial idea, through planning, to final delivery of a really high-quality development, and we are very happy to see all of this hard work now come to fruition.

“With its reliance on tourism, Alnwick is very much in need of the type of accommodation as The Hog’s Head Inn will be able to offer visitors and locals alike.

“There was much speculation over what type of inn operator might be attracted to the town. We are delighted that Northumberland Estates has been able to support a well-founded local business and assist it with its expansion plans. We would like to wish Mr Liddell every success in his new venture.”

Andy McLeod, regional managing director for Robertson, said: “This has been an extremely rewarding project and we are delighted to have been involved in The Hog’s Head Inn, and its future as a valued tourism and leisure attraction in Alnwick.

“Robertson has an excellent track record of successfully delivering a variety of projects throughout the North East of England and this iconic project further demonstrates the diversity of work we do.”

The new food-driven pub, named after the Inn of Harry Potter Fame, is situated on Hawfinch Drive, next to Cawledge Business Park.

Catering for up to 150 diners within its doors and with a further 70 covers on the pub’s outside terraces, The Hog’s Head Inn will also be able to provide accommodation for more than 100 guests across 53 en-suite rooms. It will be open daily from 7.30am.

For more, see www.hogsheadinnalnwick.co.uk