Community Pubs are Perfect Venues to Enjoy Olympic Torch Relay

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.”


Day 59 Tuesday 17 July

HASTINGS: The BullRoyal Standard (Hastings, East Sussex, hosting evening event)

Day 60 Wednesday 18 July

ASHFORD: Beaver Inn
HYTHE: Globe InnBritannia Inn
FOLKESTONE: Richmond Tavern
DOVER: Lord Nelson (Dover hosting evening event)

Day 61 Thursday 19 July

DEAL: The MagnetRoyal HotelClarendon Hotel
SANDWICH: Market InnBell Hotel
RAMSGATE: The SportsmanHorse and Groom
BROADSTAIRS: Wrotham ArmsRoyal Albion HotelNeptunes Hall
MARGATE: Northern BelleRose in June
CANTERBURY: Grove Ferry InnCasey’sThe ParrotThe CricketersWhite Hart
FAVERSHAM: Chimney BoyCrown and AnchorRailway HotelMarket InnBear Inn

Day 62 Friday 20 July

MAIDSTONE: Fisherman’s Arms
GILLINGHAM: Beacon Court Tavern
ROCHESTER: Two Brewers
HIGHAM: Gardeners Arms
GRAVESEND: Grapes Café Bar
SEAL: Five Bells