Tony's town centre pub is the real deal

24 March 2011

A popular lunchtime haunt has a smart, new look thanks to a refurbishment by brewer Shepherd Neame and licensee Tony Blackburn. One of East Grinstead’s oldest pubs, the Sussex Arms, in West Street, has been redecorated inside and out and now boasts two comfortable seating areas, one furnished for casual dining plus a second “chill-out” area with settees, leather chairs and coffee tables.

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Hit tunes take off at the Aviator

17 March 2011

A Shepherd Neame pub has helped raise almost £400 for Help For Heroes after hosting a night of classic swing sounds. The Aviator on the Isle of Sheppey was the venue for the latest stage of the Frankie Martin Great British Pub Tour, in which the former soldier performs one gig a night for a year at venues around the country in aid of the forces’ charity.

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Shepherd Neame tops pub food survey

08 March 2011

Pubs run by Kent brewer Shepherd Neame have come out on top in an independent survey on the importance of pub food. Shepherd Neame pub food achieved the best ratings among customers of a number of major pub companies across the UK.

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Belle Vue scoops top award

07 March 2011

A Shepherd Neame pub has been voted the best in Thanet.The Belle Vue in Pegwell Bay came out tops in a reader survey – styled the Pub Oscars – run by the Thanet Times. While categories included Best Landlord in a Leading Role and Best Real Ale Pub, the Belle Vue Tavern walked away with the big one – the Best Pub in Thanet.Journalist Saul Leese, who ran the competition via his column Time, Gentleme

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Allotments scheme grows in strength

02 March 2011

A community allotment scheme operating on land owned by Shepherd Neame has received a grant of more than £6,000 from the National Lottery.The 29 plots on the previously unused field behind the Plough Inn at Brabourne Lees, near Ashford is now a thriving green-fingered community – and the Awards For All grant of £6,639 means the allotment’s success is set to grow.Things got under way last year when

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