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Dear Guests and Customers

We hope that you have managed to stay safe and well during this extremely testing period.

There is no doubt that, over the last three months, the world has changed; as we all adapt to the new “norm”, we has been working behind the scenes in preparation for this new approach to life.

As you’re aware, we closed on Sunday 22nd March in line with the Government directive, to ensure the safety of our guests, our suppliers and our team.

During the lockdown period, we have been looking after the gardens, making improvements and planting our vegetables in readiness of inclusion on the menu.

We have also had some wonderful engagement with our #talesofbattlesteads social media campaign, which has allowed everyone to share memories of all of those special occasions at the hotel over the past months and years.

Following the latest government announcement on 23rd June 2020. We are delighted to confirm our re-opening on 4th July 2020.

Our team is hugely excited to welcome you from Saturday 4th July, we are pleased to announce that our reservations system is now open online and ready to take your bookings for overnight stays, short breaks and dinners.

On behalf of the team, I would like to thank you for all the messages of support and for your patience during this challenging time.  We are looking forward very much to welcoming you back in the very near future.

With my best personal wishes,

Katie Meyrick-Scott

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To all our customers

Further to the Prime Minister’s recent announcement we have taken the sad but necessary decision to close Battlesteads at 11.00am tomorrow (Wednesday 25th March 2020) for the shortest period as possible, whilst adhering to UK Government guidelines.

We appreciate there will be people with general enquiries and ask you to get in touch via info@battlesteads.com to discuss anything further.

We want to do what we can to lighten the mood in these sombre times, so please keep in touch through our social media channels.

May I take this opportunity to thank the team at Battlesteads for their sheer determination to keep the lights on as long as possible. You are the epitome of customer service.

Stay safe, keep well and we shall be back, stronger than ever, as soon as we can.

Best Regards,

Katie Meyrick-Scott
General Manager

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With the rapid global development of COVID-19 we would like to let you know where we stand.

As of midnight on Friday 20th March we are closed to all non residents of the hotel. This measure will stay in place until we are advised otherwise by the UK Government.

We are still open for residents of the hotel, and this will remain so until the UK Government announces guidelines for hotels.

If you feel that you still wish to support us during these testing times, we have a full range of gift vouchers available via our website, which can be purchased and emailed to you, for a loved one or friend who can spend it with us after normality resumes.

Stay safe, stay healthy and we will update you with any changes as and when the information becomes available to us.

Team Battlesteads

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TO OUR CUSTOMERS, FRIENDS AND LOCAL COMMUNITY

With the rapid global development of COVID-19 and yesterday's statement, we would like to let you know where we stand.

First and most importantly, we intend to remain open through this difficult time.

We will continue to follow guidance from the Government and as long as the business is safe for all, we will remain open. Our priority is to continue to support our Battlesteads family of staff and suppliers, we will do whatever we can to achieve this.

As business begins to slow down, we are adapting our operations day to day, thus enabling us to continue providing our guests and customers with great hospitality for as long as possible.

From Wednesday 18th March, we are making temporary changes to our current opening hours which will see us closing for restaurant service Monday to Friday during the hours of 10am to 6.00pm and 10am to 2pm for bar service. Additionally, we will be offering a takeaway service during the evening, 7 days a week, This will be a new venture particularly with those in mind that are in isolation, a post regarding this will follow shortly.

We hope that you all will still be able to visit us, so we can continue to provide the hospitality we have built our reputation on over the last 15 years.

If you feel that is not currently possible and still wish to support us during these testing times, we have a full range of gift vouchers available via our website, which can be purchased and emailed to you, for a loved one or friend who can spend it with us after normality resumes.

Stay safe, stay healthy and we will update you with any changes to our services as necessary.

Team Battlesteads

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Northumberland hotel and restaurant Battlesteads, near Wark, is Brexit-proofing its new eight-course tasting menu, with a focus on home-grown produce and UK seasonality.

To ensure the availability of all dishes on the hotel’s tasting menu, which aims to offer guests a true taste of Northumberland, Battlesteads has specifically designed the new autumn/winter menu to have no reliance on ingredients or products from the EU, in case a ‘no deal’ scenario results in food and drink shortages.

The award-winning eco hotel grows much of the green vegetables, salads and herbs on the menu in its onsite gardens and polytunnels. Last year Battlesteads also introduced a temperature and humidity-controlled mushroom farm to grow oyster and shitake mushrooms all year round, and head chef Eddie Shilton also home-smokes meats, fish and cheese sourced locally.

Dishes on the new menu include a selection of in-house produced charcuterie, including Wark forest ham, saucisson sec, smoked duck, smoked brie and speck, with pickled courgettes from the garden; semi freddo and carpaccio of beetroot, with micro-herbs grown under LED lights; home-smoked salmon with lemon jelly; duck breast with savoury granola, black pudding 'prune', charred cauliflower floret and cassis jelly; a regularly changing dessert and Northumbrian cheeseboard.

The menu can also be accompanied by a flight of wines, sourced from outside the EU, and finishing with Battlesteads owner Dee Slade’s homegrown and homemade sloe gin.

Head chef at Battlesteads, Eddie Shilton, said: "Our focus has always been on showcasing the very best local and home-grown produce, and our tasting menu offers the perfect opportunity to show diners just how fantastic seasonal UK food can be. Our gardening team, grows an amazing range of vegetables, herbs and fruit, and we are lucky to have some of the best producers in the country right here on our doorstep. UK-wide, 28% of what we eat comes from the EU, but our tasting menu is a true taste of Northumberland that won’t be impacted by Brexit or our relationship with Europe."

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Northumberland hotel and restaurant Battlesteads, near Wark, has been shortlisted for what is widely considered the Oscars of the hospitality industry – the Cateys 2019.

Battlesteads has been shortlisted for the Sustainable Business Award and will be going up against the best of British hospitality at the awards ceremony, held on 2 July at London's Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott hotel.

The Cateys, now in their 36th year, recognise the most talented individuals, biggest brands and strongest performers in the hospitality industry. The shortlist was chosen by a panel of industry judges selected for their expertise and industry knowledge, making the Cateys the ultimate accolade in peer group recognition.

Owner of Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant, Richard Slade, said: "The Cateys represent the best of the best in the hospitality industry, so I am absolutely thrilled that Battlesteads has been shortlisted this year. Over the past 10 years we have been striving to be the most sustainable hotel in the country, as well as championing tourism in Northumberland, and it feels fantastic to be recognised for this by the judges. We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for the ceremony in July, and hoping we bring back the trophy!"

Battlesteads Hotel offers a sustainable tourism experience combining a warm Northumberland welcome, accommodation including five eco-lodges, a restaurant showcasing the best local produce and home-grown ingredients, and a Dark Sky Observatory where visitors can discover the magic of the night skies.

The hotel has previously been recognised for its sustainability by the Good Hotel Guide, the AA, and at the Visit England Awards for Excellence.

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