Saturday, 23 January 2010

Black Horse is hot to trot

We were delighted when local businessman Bob Fountain asked us to launch a lovingly restored 17th century property as one of the finest gastro pubs in the North East.

Bob, who owns the adjacent Aston Workshop in Beamish reopened the Black Horse this month to offer a modern adaptation of bar room classics with a ‘field to plate’ approach from its two acre kitchen garden and orchard.

We've been busy accelerating awareness of the pub though design and execution of an online direct marketing campaign as well as high profile PR campaign in the regional and national media. We've worked with Bob for six years now promoting the Aston Workshop so we were delighted when he asked us to promote his pet project which has been years in the planning.
The Black Horse was originally constructed around 1690 when it was one of ten cottages built on the estate of the infamous Bobby Shafto MP for County Durham and was the first and largest of the cottages which all had red tiled roofs, hence the name Red Row. Leases were given to build the cottages on the condition that one able bodied man from each cottage was available to work on the quarry or down the coalmine.

It is known that 28 people lived in the Black Horse according to a census we have dated 1851, that included domestic servants, scholars and colliery workers and their children. People also gathered here for drinking and gambling sessions due to its remote country location. Eventually it had to legitimize itself and it became a licensed drinking pub around 1850.

Bob bought the pub four years ago and has spent the last two years recreating its charm and atmosphere but with a modern interpretation of a traditional classic interior. He said: “After the property had been run down for a number of years there was an opportunity to purchase the property, and where better to have a pub than at the end of your garden and grow and serve our own food!”

The menus have been devised by head chef Tony O’Neill who has spent several years working in kitchens across the North East including a spell as executive chef for Beamish Hall Hotel.

The restaurant is open seven days a week from 10.30am – midnight serving food from 12pm until 10pm with a special lunch time menu up to 6pm and is located on two floors. The ground floor has a bar area, also serving food and 60 seat restaurant whilst there are another 60 seats upstairs. A private function room seats up to 60 people. There is also outside seating areas accommodating 200 people.

To book your table see Black Horse, Red Row, Beamish, Co. Durham, DH9 0RW t: 01207 232 569 or email or see

Friday, 8 January 2010

We’re letting loose This Morning

Check out GMTV’s This Morning show all this week, as we’ve organised for Loose Women’s Sherrie Hewson to present a fantastic competition on the show for our client, Windjammer Landing Villa Beach resort in Saint Lucia.

Sherrie, also famous for her role as Maureen Naylor in Coronation Street, will be shown sipping one of the resort’s famous rum cocktails on her villa balcony at the resort and experiencing all that Windjammer and Saint Lucia has to offer.

Sherrie is the latest in a line of celebrities we’ve worked with to promote Windjammer – we’ve arranged trips for Richard and Judy and Claudia Winkleman to name but a few, resulting in excellent national coverage in the Sunday Express and Independent.

The enviable prize we’ve organised for the lucky This Morning viewer is an all expenses paid holiday for up to six people and complimentary use of the impressive kids’ club, the top water sports centre, a choice of five restaurants and of course not to mention the idyllic beach.

The resort is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and is offering a variety of themed 20th offers which we’ve been working hard to promote in local and national media, including 20% discount off accommodation, food and drink and luxurious spa treatments.

Windjammer has served 10,000 holidaymakers over the years and truly offers something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a fun filled family break or a romantic escape.

Make sure you watch out for the competition this week from 10.30am every day for your chance to win!

Check out for more information.

Monday, 4 January 2010

Happy New Year to Holgate!

We start the new year by launching a new website for Holgate HR, a new business that launches officially today!

Holgate HR & Development Consultancy provides people solutions to businesses across the UK and has been established by Andy Holgate and Caroline Dixon, two HR professionals based in Newcastle with decades of experience working at a senior and strategic level in human resources.

We’ve armed them with a fantastic new corporate identity, print materials and website to give their business a head start and we're now busy planning a PR campaign to accelerate awareness of their services. As a result they are already streets ahead of their competitors.

We wish them every success!