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Posted: 11 July 2012
Blog category: Pubs
Shepherd Neame pubs along the route of the Olympic torch relay are putting up the bunting in preparation for the once-in-a-lifetime community celebration.
The Faversham brewery has many pubs in towns and villages along the Kent stretch of the route, in key locations perfect for enjoying the action. Each pub gives customers the chance to relax in comfortable surroundings, with fine food and drink, a few yards from the heart of the Olympic celebrations.
Many of the pubs along the route will be going for gold by serving a limited-edition cask ale, brewed specially by Shepherd Neame to welcome the torch into the county. Torchbearer is a full-bodied and fruity 4.5% abv ale with a golden hue, courtesy of golden coloured malts and locally-grown First Gold hops.
The torch is passing through Kent on Tuesday 17, Wednesday 18, Thursday 19 and Friday 20 July, visiting Tunbridge Wells, Ashford, Hythe, Folkestone, Dover, Deal, Ramsgate, Broadstairs, Margate, Canterbury, Faversham, Leeds Castle, Maidstone, the Medway Towns, Gravesend and Sevenoaks.
Les Koncsik, licensee of the Crown and Anchor, in The Mall, Faversham, said the torch would be coming past the pub about 5pm and his customers would have a grandstand view of the action. He added: “We are open from 10.30am till late and we will have the bunting out and a firkin of Torchbearer ale to celebrate.”
Matt Collins, manager of the Bell Hotel, Sandwich, said: “Everyone in Sandwich is very positive and delighted that the Olympic torch is coming through the town. The procession passes right by our door around 9am so there will be excellent views from the pub. We will be serving coffee and breakfast from 7am and we are hoping for good weather so we can serve customers out on the terrace.”
Sandra Dowsett, who has been licensee of the Lord Nelson, Dover for two years, said: “It’s good news for Dover that the Olympic torch is coming here and that a special event is being staged in the evening. The torch passes just down the end of the road and we will be putting on some karaoke that night to keep the party going.”
SHEPHERD NEAME PUBS ON THE OLYMPIC TORCH ROUTE
Day 59 Tuesday 17 July
Day 60 Wednesday 18 July
Day 61 Thursday 19 July
DEAL: The Magnet, Royal Hotel, Clarendon Hotel
SANDWICH: Market Inn, Bell Hotel
RAMSGATE: The Sportsman, Horse and Groom
BROADSTAIRS: Wrotham Arms, Royal Albion Hotel, Neptunes Hall
MARGATE: Northern Belle, Rose in June
BIRCHINGTON: Sea View Hotel
CANTERBURY: Grove Ferry Inn, Casey’s, The Parrot, The Cricketers, White Hart
FAVERSHAM: Chimney Boy, Crown and Anchor, Railway Hotel, Market Inn, Bear Inn
Day 62 Friday 20 July