Archive for January, 2011

Farewell 2010 – Hello 2011

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

The first decade of the new millennium (as I am sure for many of you) has passed by as if our feet have hardly had time to touch the ground! Janice and myself have now had ownership of The Ship Inn for over 5 years and with April 2011 looming it will be 6 years since we agreed to purchase the inn from Pauline and Frank. Sadly for those who knew Pauline Gregory she sadly passed away with a battle for just over a year with cancer. At only 61 Pauline was the driving force when she had the business. Janice and myself are indebted to her, along with husband Frank for the help she gave us back in those early days in 2005. With her unique style and “Pauline humour” we have very many fond memories to look back on.

Overall 2010 has been a busy year with weddings over the past year on the increase as couples agree to “tie the knot” at Lindisfarne Castle. As we go into 2011 it appears that the trend for choosing to get married on the island is still on the up and choosing to have The Ship Inn for the reception whether for a simple buffet or  formal dinner is as popular as ever. Midsummer even provided the biggest marquee wedding with an excellent job done by all our staff whereby nearly 150 persons were catered by having a formal wedding dinner.

Other catering facilities have also been provided for from, retirement, wedding & birthday anniversaries. One of the most interesting occasions being celebrating as “It’s good to be here at 75 years party!” As the host said on the night, “why toast your friends when they die, instead let’s celebrate when we are still here!” You can’t argue with that!

From an accommodation perspective, as we entered 2010, existing rooms were given a make over in the Winter of 2010 with all of our en-suites being replaced with a  new super luxury room 3 being introduced with complimentary super luxury bathroom & shower. This room with the “Victorian Style” king sized luxury bed, complete with chaise lounge has been a great success with many a guest returning to rebook this room. For all of our hard work it was pleasing to be given an upgrade from 3 to 4 stars by the tourism board, so a big thank you to those who helped to make it happen.

Weather wise, 2010 was not a bad year with many a sunny & warm day encouraging folk to enjoy our well sheltered and sunny beer garden with music provided from time to time by a passing band providing a very enjoyable ambiance on those welcome warm & sunny days.

As Autumn approached, the island prepared for its annual bonfire spectacular which was to its usual high standard which lead to the festivity ending by folk being packed into the inn for a warming drink. Winter then approached and after a relatively warm start in early November the arctic winds swung in and Winter came with a vengeance, so rarely seen in recent years. The 1st snows fell heavily on the 24 November. With December and the end of the year fast approaching, day after day the snow fell, temperatures hovered often around -10C in the day with minus mid teens at night. So this year with the old classic song “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas” became a reality with deep snow on Christmas day with no sign of the first serious thaw occurring until we approached the New Year.

So as we go into 2011 we would like to wish all our past customers a very happy and hopefully proseprous New Year and whether you are a past customer or are considering a visit to Holy Island we look forward to ensuring you have a warm welcome if you should decide to visit The Ship Inn.