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Moving mountains for Maisie Chris Hames at Roseberry Topping and The Kings Head Inn Newton under Roseberry

The King's Head Inn backs veteran’s gruelling Everest-height climb of Topping for critically injured local girl 


The King’s Head Inn is backing a serving Army Captain who is set to climb iconic landmark Roseberry Topping 30 times in 24 hours – the equivalent to scaling Everest - on February 26 and 26 to raise funds for an 11-year-old girl critically injured in a riding accident.

The King’s Head Inn is providing round-the-clock refreshments and accommodation for Gulf war, Iraq and Afghanistan veteran Capt Christopher Hames who is raising funds for local girl, Maisie Welsh. Maisie was left blind in one eye and sustained life-changing facial injuries following the accident three months ago and now needs years of painful, reconstructive facial surgery.

The challenge will see Chris take on a climb higher than Everest summit from its base camp as he ascends and descends the famous ‘Matterhorn of the North’. The challenge will take place over difficult, rocky terrain during night and day, covering a minimum of 56-miles and 17,010 feet of climb and descent. Everest summit from base camp is 11,377 feet. 

Admitting this will be one of the toughest physical challenges he has faced, Chris, 46, a serving officer with The Royal Army Physical Training Corps, said: “I’ve had some pretty epic challenges over my 29-years in the Army, but this will be up there as being one of the toughest. It will be worth every step to raise funds to support Maisie and her family who have had their lives turned upside down.

“Just days before the accident I saw Maisie play football with my daughter. It goes to show how quickly things can change for any of us. Everything has changed for her and her family and support is needed in so many ways. Maisie is fully aware of the extent of her injuries and with a huge amount of help is slowly coming to terms with them. She is a fighter but she still has to undergo so much throughout the rest of her life.”

The King’s Head Inn will also be serving up a two-course special ‘Meals for Maisie’ throughout the weekend from Friday to Sunday night, with £1 from every special meal sold going to the Chris fundraising appeal. The pub is staging a raffle and will be running fundraising activities. 

General manager Chris Moor said: “As a father myself my heart goes out to Maisie and her family. We are in absolute awe of Chris’s challenge and are delighted to be able to support him and assist in raising much-needed funds for Maisie and her family at such a difficult time.

“We’re hoping for a great turnout of support from people to come and use us a base to cheer Chris on and to help raise as much money as we can for such a remarkable young lady as Maisie.”

Maisie’s father Adam Welsh said: “It’s a very special thing that Chris is doing for Maisie and we can’t thank him enough and to The King’s Head Inn for their support. It has been a very difficult time for our family and the fact that people are prepared to go to such lengths to support us is appreciated by us all.”

Chris’s 24-hour Moving Mountains for Maisie begins on Saturday February 25 at 1200 hrs from the gate to Roseberry Topping.  Meals for Maisie and fundraising activities will take place at The King’s Head Inn from Friday February 24 onwards.

The King's Head Inn's 'Try Gin-uary' is the perfect tonic to 'Dry January'


If the thought of Dry January leaves you cold, The King's Head Inn has the perfect tonic with their Try ‘Ginuary’ local craft gin showcase. 

The King's Head Inn is capturing the spirit of the gin renaissance with by turning the spotlight on pioneering local gin distillers throughout January, to bring something different to their customers’ gin and tonic. 

The inn will feature gins distilled nearby to encourage customers to put a different gin in their glass throughout January.

Already well-known for the choice and quality of the local and craft ales The King's Head Inn serves, it is now giving spirit lovers and gin newbies the opportunity to sample some of the best gins in the North and to work their way through a hand picked selection of lesser-known gin varieties.  

David Walker of The Inn Collection Group which owns The King's Head Inn said: “We’re trying to make January a little less blue by trying something that’s more of a tonic, with a small collection of local craft gins that we’ve tasted and loved. What’s more, they’re all distilled in locations close to our inns. 

“Gin is so quintessentially British, and with so many different taste variations now available, the possibilities for flavours from gin seem endless, we’re keen to showcase some directly from our little region of the world.  

“People are trying different garnishes too – ice and a slice of lemon no longer cuts the mustard and there are plenty of premium mixers upping their game to support the in-gin boom.”

Walter Riddell of Hepple Gin said: “We are thrilled that Hepple has been included in The King's Head Inn's Ginuary line up. We make our gin rather differently, using young green juniper sourced from the hills around Hepple near Rothbury in Northumberland. 

“We use two separate distillation systems and a high-pressure extraction system to bring a crisp freshness not found in any conventionally made gin. Because of the complexity of our distillery process and our exacting harvesting regime, we only make a small quantity of Hepple, our only product.”

The King's Head Inn's Try Ginuary will be showcasing: 

  • Durham Gin -  a small batch gin distilled in a 400 litre copper pot still called Lily, using traditional methods. Only a couple of hundred bottles are made from each batch and are labelled by hand. 
  • Hepple Gin – north Northumberland produced gin that’s vacuum distilled at lower temperatures to capture more flavour, including the young green juniper gathered from the Hepple Estate. 
  • Masons Yorkshire Gin – distilled slowly and traditionally in two 200-litre stills called Steve and Lefty, the first gin to be distilled in Yorkshire contains juniper and citrus flavours. 
  • Poetic License – flavoured with juniper and cardamom spice, lemon, lime and eucalyptus, this is a fresh scented gin that also contains a host of secret botanicals. 

Tasters will be able to try the different garnishes and serving suggestions recommended by the distillers to bring out the best in their gins.

Dave said: “We’re initially offering the craft gins on a limited basis during January but if they prove popular, we’ll be looking to put them behind the bar full time. 

Walk our way - new self guided Walk-Inn packages launched at The King's Head Inn


Surrounded by breathtaking countryside, forests and one of the country's best loved landmarks - Rosberry Topping - its no surprise then that The King's Head Inn is a walkers paradise. 

With the Cleveland Way and North York Moors National Park on the doorstep at the walkers friendly King's Head Inn, the inn has launched a new set of 'Walk-Inn' offers with walkers in mind.

Now, walkers putting their best foot forward can enjoy a welcome pint on arrival, enjoy a delicious and nutritious packed lunch all prepared for them each day, a waterproofed O/S walking pack with twenty classic walks around the North York Moors. And as if that’s not enough, the inn will even clean your boots at the end of a long day’s hiking. 

The King's Head Inn general manager Chris Moore said: "We are in an unbeatable location for walkers who are spoilt for choice with the range of walks available around us. At The King's Head Inn it is very important to us to provide a warm welcome to all customers, whether they are walking or cycling enthusiasts and to be able to cater for their needs. 

"By being prepared and ready to welcome in walkers with extra touches to add value to their stay, like packed lunches and with information, advice and guidance about self-guided walking routes we really do hope to be able to help as many people as possible enjoy the diverse and beautiful walking landscapes around The King's Head Inn."

Walk-Inn breaks at The King's Head Inn start from £75 per person for one night. Find out more on our Special Offers page


General manager welcomed back Inn


The Kings Head Inn, the country pub at Newton under Roseberry in North Yorkshire, has appointed a new general manager.

Chris Moor, 35, joins The Kings Head Inn, part of the Inn Collection Company, after 15-years of experience in the pub industry.

Chris, who previously worked in the Lindisfarne Inn and Bamburgh Castle Inn, has re-joined the Inn Collection after a six-year stint working in Cambridge and Milton Keynes for pub retailer and brewer Greene King.

Chris said: “I am thrilled to be welcomed back to the Inn Collection, and especially privileged to be located here at Teesside’s most famous landmark, Roseberry Topping hill! We are developing a walking package aimed at those who want to explore the beauty of the local area. As well as dinner, bed and breakfast, walkers will also receive a pint on arrival, packed lunches for each day, laminated walking maps and even a boot cleaning service!”

Chris and his kitchen team are also revamping the menu using a variety of products from local butchers and other suppliers.