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Views to drink inn: a unique reconstruction of an iconic Northumberland pub

The new terrace at Bamburgh Castle Inn (photo: Tracey Bloxham)

The addition of a raised glass terrace more than doubled the number of outdoor guests. The new decking area stands on Corten steel columns and juts out towards the harbor with great views of the harbor and sea.

A previously disused driveway has been transformed into a light-flooded glass atrium that houses a second bar for the popular pub, as well as an inviting seating area with a wood-burning stove, rustic wood paneling and nautical-inspired decor.

The staff team at the new look Bamburgh Castle Inn (Photo: Tracey Bloxham)

Sean Donkin, chief executive of The Inn Collection Group, said: “Bamburgh Castle Inn truly has one of the best seaside locations in the UK. When people come to Seahouses, they want to experience this – to sit outside and have a view of the harbor and the sea beyond.

“Individuality is the beating heart of each of our pubs and it’s all about taking that and enhancing it for a greater customer experience. The addition of the terrace is about allowing as many people as possible to experience drinking from the many views from the pub.”

Caring for local trade was key to development. The addition of a second bar has created an informal area away from the main dining area with the atmosphere of a traditional pub, where customers can enjoy a relaxed drink while standing behind the bar without the noise of footsteps.

The development has also seen neighboring Coble Cottage, acquired by The Inn Collection Group in 2020, redeveloped to include 14 en-suite rooms, increasing the number of rooms at The Bamburgh Castle Inn by 30 per cent and bringing the total number of bedrooms on the site to 60.

The new Atrium Bar at The Bamburgh Castle Inn (Photo: Tracey Bloxham)

The infrastructure was also carefully considered as part of the renovation. Behind the scenes, a purpose-built modern kitchen can accommodate increased capacity and cater for an increased number of meals.

Shaun added: “Fourfolding the size of the pub service goes hand in hand with what goes on behind the scenes. Factoring the infrastructure to ensure high levels of customer service and quality was an important part of the project and we pride ourselves on getting it absolutely right.

“We are absolutely delighted with the final results. This is good news for everyone – creating a new and vibrant addition to Seahouses and the surrounding area.”

Designer and architect Barry Nicholson, director of BXB Interiors and Architecture, said: “This was quite a unique project. The completely uninterrupted view of Seahouses Harbor from the elevated terrace, which itself juts out over the harbour, is unlike anything else you will see in the region.”

Bamburgh Castle Inn operates under The Inn Collection Group’s concept of Eat, Drink, Sleep and Explore, providing food, drink and accommodation daily all year round.

Outside Northumberland, the group’s 31-room pub portfolio includes hotels in the Lake District, Tyne and Wear, Durham, Yorkshire, Lancashire and Wales.

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