Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog?keys= en May Day Music Weekend at Seaside Pub http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/may-day-music-weekend-seaside-pub <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>23 April 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a>, <a href="/blog/events">Events</a></p><p>A weekend of music is being held at <a href="/node/666">The Telegraph</a> pub in Deal to raise money for <a href="https://www.demelza.org.uk" target="_blank">Demelza children’s hospice</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Licensee%20Dawn%20James%20at%20The%20Telegraph%20pub%20in%20Deal.jpg" />The Shepherd Neame pub in Hamilton Road is offering karaoke on Friday, May 1, a disco on Saturday, May 2, and live music on Sunday, May 3.</p> <p>The afternoon and evening of live music starts at 2pm, and will feature performances by an eclectic range of groups and individual musicians, including ska band <a href="http://www.the-estimators-london-ska-band.co.uk/" target="_blank">The Estimators</a>, reggae performers One Love, local singer Dave Shepherd and covers band <a href="http://www.scene-six.co.uk" target="_blank">Scene Six</a>. There will also be a barbecue throughout the afternoon, and the chance to win some great prizes in a raffle.</p> <p>Admission to all three events is free.</p> <p>Licensee Dawn James said: “This is the third year we have held the May Day Music weekend. It is always a fun community event, and a fantastic way to raise money for a very worthy cause.”</p> <p>For more information, contact The Telegraph on 01304 371746.</p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/head-along-favershams-own-comedy-store">Head Along to Faversham&#039;s Own Comedy Store <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="May Day Music Weekend at Seaside Pub" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 57031 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Head Along to Faversham's Own Comedy Store http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/head-along-favershams-own-comedy-store <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>22 April 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/old-brewery-store">Old Brewery Store</a>, <a href="/blog/visitor-centre">Visitor Centre</a>, <a href="/blog/events">Events</a></p><p>Enjoy an evening of comedy at <a href="http://www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk" target="_blank">The Old Brewery Store</a> in Faversham.</p> <p>The events venue at the Shepherd Neame brewery is hosting a comedy night on the first Thursday of every month, and the next show is taking place on <a href="/node/54866">Thursday, May 7</a>.</p> <p>It is being hosted for a second time by Faversham comedian Richard Coughlan, and will feature another local performer, Dave Bailey from Sittingbourne.</p> <p>The line-up also includes Naomi Cooper, Jake Howie, Athena Kugblenu, Steve Hili and Dimitri Bakanov.</p> <p>Visitor centre manager Graham Hukins said: “We have been delighted with the popularity of the comedy nights at TOBS since we launched them in March. They are a great platform for local, budding comedians to showcase their talents, and a hilarious evening of entertainment is guaranteed.”</p> <p>Doors open at 6.30pm for an 8pm start, with tickets priced £5. It is open to over 18s only.</p> <p>For more information or to buy tickets <a href="/node/54866">click here</a> or phone 01795 542285.</p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/may-day-music-weekend-seaside-pub"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> May Day Music Weekend at Seaside Pub</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-new-flying-horse-wye">Pub of the Week: The New Flying Horse, Wye <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Head Along to Faversham&#039;s Own Comedy Store" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 08:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 56676 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The New Flying Horse, Wye http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-new-flying-horse-wye <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>21 April 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pub-week">Pub of the Week</a>, <a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a></p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/NewFlyingHorse/blog_half_New%20Flying%20Horse%2C%20Approach.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />The <strong><a href="http://www.newflyinghorsewye.co.uk/welcome" target="_blank">New Flying Horse</a></strong> in Wye is a stunning village pub boasting some of the most beautiful guest rooms in the area.<br /><br />Set in the heart of Wye, a charming Kentish village situated between Ashford and Canterbury and with mainline train connections to London, it is the perfect destination for a weekend break in the countryside.<br /><br />The pub is appealing both inside and out, with an attractive bar area, plenty of seating for diners, along with two separate restaurant areas and extensive garden ideal for lunches with friends, or a relaxing cream tea in the sunshine.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/NewFlyingHorse/blog_half_New%20Flying%20Horse%2C%20Wye-004_0.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" />It is in the garden that The New Flying Horse provides its undoubtedly unique surprise.  While many pubs can boast attractive gardens, there are none quite like this, for part of the garden is in fact an authentic recreation of a Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal Winner - Julian Dowle’s design “A Soldier’s Dream of Blighty”.<br /><br />The Chelsea Pensioners’ Garden was created for the 2005 Chelsea Flower Show, with input from the Chelsea Pensioners themselves, and includes a Dig for Victory vegetable garden, a pond, a field of poppies and a miniature pub.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/NewFlyingHorse/blog_half_New%20Flying%20Horse%2C%20Wye-012.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 186px; float: left;" />And it is not all just for show – many of the vegetables and herbs grown in the garden, chosen from a 1939 seed catalogue by the Chelsea Pensioners, are picked fresh and used in the kitchen.<br /><br />The pub has an excellent reputation for its food, and seeks to cater for all tastes and appetites, with a bar menu for quicker lunches and lighter bites, and a full restaurant menu, all available throughout the pub wherever you choose to dine.  The focus is on providing excellent meals using only the best, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.  There are also daily specials, and an unforgettable Sunday Roast.  Booking is always advised.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/NewFlyingHorse/blog_half_New%20Flying%20Horse%2C%20Wye%20-%20bedroom%20tiff-010.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 179px; float: right;" />On the bar you will find a range of well-kept cask ales, lagers and an excellent wine list.  The nine rooms all provide the highest standards of accommodation, combining traditional features with modern luxuries, and are a real treat to stay in.<br /><br />Being within a short distance of Canterbury, with its cathedral and many other attractions, makes Wye ideal for a well-positioned yet peaceful base for sightseeing, or simply for a walking weekend, with direct access to the Kent Downs, and some incredible views over Wye and beyond.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/NewFlyingHorse/blog_half_New%20Flying%20Horse%2C%20Wye-015.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 186px; float: left;" />The pub also runs a very popular quiz night on Sundays at 8pm - booking advised, and other occasional events.  To find out more, visit the <a href="http://www.newflyinghorsewye.co.uk/welcome" target="_blank">pub’s website</a>, of follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/newflyinghorse" target="_blank">Facebook </a>or <a href="https://twitter.com/newflyhorse" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, or simply call one of the team on 01233 812 297.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/head-along-favershams-own-comedy-store"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Head Along to Faversham&#039;s Own Comedy Store</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/whitstable-bay-backs-seaside-literary-festival">Whitstable Bay Backs Seaside Literary Festival <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The New Flying Horse, Wye" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:35:04 +0000 M.Farmer 56876 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Whitstable Bay Backs Seaside Literary Festival http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/whitstable-bay-backs-seaside-literary-festival <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>20 April 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/sponsorship">Sponsorship</a>, <a href="/blog/whitstable-bay">Whitstable Bay</a></p><p>Faversham Steam Brewery’s Whitstable Bay collection is delighted to announce its sponsorship of this year’s <strong><a href="http://www.whitlit.co.uk/" target="_blank">WhitLit Festival</a></strong>.</p> <p>It is the second annual literary festival to take place in the beer’s namesake coastal town, and starts on May 9.</p> <p>This year’s event will feature talks by well-known authors including Kate Mosse, David Nicholls, Kate Adie, Penny Vincenzi, and Sandi Toksvig.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/RS349_ShepherdNeame2014%2067074%20%281%29.jpg" />Visitors will be able to enjoy the Whitstable Bay collection, which comprises Pale Ale, Blonde Lager, Organic Ale and Black Oyster Stout, at good pubs, restaurants and bars across the town. Just as WhitLit Festival’s motto is ‘independent spirit’, the Whitstable Bay collection also dares to be different. A distinct, refreshing range of beers, it offers tradition with a twist, using some of the most distinctive hops.</p> <p>Brand manager Rachael Boswell said: “We are delighted to sponsor such a fantastic event in our collection’s namesake town. Whitstable is renowned for its vibrant culture, and WhitLit 2015 is the embodiment of that.”</p> <p>Festival director Victoria Falconer said: “Our festival is a celebration of Whitstable, with the majority of events featuring local authors, presenters or themes. As Whitstable Bay is not only named after the town, but produced by a local, independent brewery, we are delighted to welcome it as a first-time sponsor of the event.”</p> <p>To find out more about WhitLit, <a href="http://www.whitlit.co.uk/" target="_blank">visit their website</a>, and find them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/whitstableliteraryfestival" target="_blank">Facebook </a>or <a href="https://twitter.com/whitstablelit" target="_blank">Twitter</a>.</p> <p></p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/pub-week-new-flying-horse-wye"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The New Flying Horse, Wye</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/soaring-success-spitfire-ale-tv-ad-campaign">Soaring Success for Spitfire Ale TV Ad Campaign <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Whitstable Bay Backs Seaside Literary Festival" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:04:22 +0000 james.purcell 56651 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Soaring Success for Spitfire Ale TV Ad Campaign http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/soaring-success-spitfire-ale-tv-ad-campaign <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>17 April 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/awards">Awards</a>, <a href="/blog/spitfire">Spitfire</a></p><p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/bma-award-badge-winner-310x190px.png" />A series of TV adverts for Spitfire Premium Kentish Ale has been honoured at a national awards ceremony.</p> <p>The Bottle of Britain campaign, starring comedians Alexander Armstrong and Ben Miller, was named Best Broadcast Advertising Campaign in the inaugural Beer Marketing Awards.</p> <p>Armstrong and Miller play RAF Spitfire pilots, who use stereotypical modern-day street vernacular while speaking with clipped 1940s accents.<br />Originally brewed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Spitfire Premium Kentish Ale is renowned for its cheeky and award-winning marketing and advertising, and the latest TV adverts continue this theme, with a very British sense of humour.</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Beer%20Marketing%20Awards%202015%20-%20Spitfire%20wins%20Best%20Broadcast%20Advertising%20Ca....jpg" />The ongoing campaign, created by London creative agency Libertine, has also been well received online, with the adverts receiving more than one million views.</p> <p>Spitfire’s head of brand marketing Mark Miller said: “We are thrilled to have been recognised at a national level for our advertising campaign. Its memorable characters and distinctly British humour has helped us engage with a new audience.”</p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/whitstable-bay-backs-seaside-literary-festival"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Whitstable Bay Backs Seaside Literary Festival</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/step-back-time-sensational-seventies">Step Back in Time to the Sensational Seventies <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Soaring Success for Spitfire Ale TV Ad Campaign" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:55:23 +0000 james.purcell 56476 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Step Back in Time to the Sensational Seventies http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/step-back-time-sensational-seventies <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>16 April 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/old-brewery-store">Old Brewery Store</a>, <a href="/blog/events">Events</a></p><p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Abalicious.jpg" />Pull on your platforms, fling on your flares and boogie on down to Faversham’s Old Brewery Store for an evening of authentic Seventies sounds.</p> <p>Leading UK Abba tribute act Abalicious is headlining the Sensational Seventies Evening at the Shepherd Neame events venue.</p> <p>Support will be provided by Elton John-soundalike Elton Towers, before the evening finishes with a live performance of some classic disco hits.<br />It is taking place at 7pm on Saturday, April 25, with tickets priced £12.50.</p> <p>To book tickets or for more information, <a href="http://www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk/events/sensational-seventies-evening-featuring-abalicious">click here</a> or call 01795 542016</p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/soaring-success-spitfire-ale-tv-ad-campaign"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Soaring Success for Spitfire Ale TV Ad Campaign</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shop-pick-ale-samplers-tour-and-supper">Shop Pick: Ale Sampler&#039;s Tour and Supper <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Step Back in Time to the Sensational Seventies" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 55926 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shop Pick: Ale Sampler's Tour and Supper http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shop-pick-ale-samplers-tour-and-supper <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>15 April 2015</p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/ToursFunc/blog_half_Visitor%20Centre%20bar%20-%20ale%20samplers%20supper_0.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 129px; float: left;" />This week's Shop Pick is a <strong>Gift Certificate</strong> for our Ale Sampler's Supper.<br /><ul><li>Guided tour of the brewery</li><li>Beer tasting</li><li>Delicious two course supper</li><li>Gift bag full of beer to take away</li></ul><strong>Just £75 - for two people!</strong><p>The certificate is valid for one year, so the lucky recipient can book a date to suit them. If you've left it a bit late, we can send it direct with a gift message - just let us know when you order.</p><h4 style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px;"><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/brewery-tour-and-supper-two-gift-certificate" target="_blank">ORDER NOW</a></h4><p>If you want to visit yourself, you can see available dates and <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/events/evening-tour-ale-samplers-supper" target="_blank">book here</a>.<br /><br />You can get a sneak peek at our tour on Pinterest:</p><p><a data-pin-board-width="400" data-pin-do="embedBoard" data-pin-scale-height="200" data-pin-scale-width="80" href="https://www.pinterest.com/shepherdneame/shepherd-neame-brewery/" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">Follow Shepherd Neame's board Shepherd Neame Brewery on Pinterest.</a><br /><br /> </p><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async="" src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/step-back-time-sensational-seventies"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Step Back in Time to the Sensational Seventies</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/24-million-hotel-makeover-provides-local-employment-boost">£2.4 Million Hotel Makeover Provides Local Employment Boost <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shop Pick: Ale Sampler&#039;s Tour and Supper" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:15:00 +0000 M.Farmer 55626 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk £2.4 Million Hotel Makeover Provides Local Employment Boost http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/24-million-hotel-makeover-provides-local-employment-boost <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>14 April 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a></p><p>A total of 20 new jobs are to be created as part of the £2.4 million transformation of the <a href="http://www.royalwells.co.uk">Royal Wells Hotel</a> in Tunbridge Wells.<br /> <br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Scaffolding%20in%20place%20at%20the%20Royal%20Wells_0.jpg" />Work began on the Grade II listed 18th century hotel in January, and there is less than a month to go before it reopens on Thursday, May 7.<br /> <br />It is the single largest refurbishment project ever for Faversham-based brewery Shepherd Neame, who took over the hotel in 2012. Key improvements include the introduction of an elegant, spacious Orangery and courtyard garden; an extended Wells Bar; expanded main ground floor function room; and four new en-suite bedrooms, taking the total to 27.<br /> <br />Due to the expansion of the hotel’s facilities, general manager Martin Lyall is <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/join-us/work-pub/jobs" target="_blank">advertising for additional full and part-time staff</a> to join the team. There are 20 new hospitality and catering roles, including front of house staff and supervisors, a receptionist, events assistant, commis chef and chef de partie, and it will take the total number of staff to 50.<br /> <br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/The%20roof%20on%20the%20new%20orangery.jpg" />Martin said: “We have been overwhelmed by the response to our recruitment adverts, and are delighted to be able to provide an economic boost for the local area.”<br /> <br />Shepherd Neame’s director of retail and tenanted operations Nigel Bunting said: “We are confident that our new-look hotel will prove a popular choice for customers to enjoy a drink or meal, and also build upon its popularity as a venue for short breaks, weddings and functions. We can’t wait to unveil it to the public.”</p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/shop-pick-ale-samplers-tour-and-supper"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shop Pick: Ale Sampler&#039;s Tour and Supper</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-peacock-goudhurst">Pub of the Week: The Peacock, Goudhurst <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="£2.4 Million Hotel Makeover Provides Local Employment Boost" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:30:00 +0000 james.purcell 55921 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The Peacock, Goudhurst http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-peacock-goudhurst <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>14 April 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a>, <a href="/blog/pub-week">Pub of the Week</a></p><a href="http://www.peacockgoudhurst.co.uk/" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/blog_half_Peacock%20Goudhurst.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 186px; float: left;" /><strong>The Peacock at Goudhurst</strong></a> is an atmospheric 14<sup>th</sup> Century pub serving great beer and delicious home-cooked food.  The peg-tiled, weather boarded building dates back to around 1380, stunning to look at from the outside, and inside retaining its historic charm with exposed brickwork, oak beams and inglenook fireplaces.<br /><br />Originally a public house serving the nearby Glassenbury Estate, it is named after the peacocks that strutted around the grounds.  Today the pub is at the hub of its local community, with regulars such as the Kent Morris Men, and also attracts visitors from further afield who travel to the pub for its food, or just to enjoy a pint and soak up some of the history of the place.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/blog_half_Peacock%20fireplace.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" />The pub is as attractive inside as out, well cared for, with a very characterful bar and separate dining area.  There is an impressive fireplace for the winter months, and large, pretty beer garden for relaxing with family and friends on warmer days – with improvements currently being and a barbecue on the way for the summer!<br /><br />The food is traditional, home-cooked food of a very high standard, with a selection of starters, mains and desserts, a thoughtful ‘Peachick’menu for the kids, and a sandwich menu.  We particularly fancy the wild mushrooms on toast with poached duck egg, followed by the garlic &amp; sage pork chop with honey roast carrots, with perhaps a little room left for the chocolate &amp; ale cake with malt cream!  All meals are freshly prepared, with ingredients from local suppliers, and menus change every two to three weeks to take advantage of the best seasonal, local produce.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/blog_half_Peacock%20garden_0.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />On the bar you will find a range of cask ales, including a seasonal, plus lagers, wines and all the usual tipples and softer options.<br /><br />Should you wish to make a day of it, The Peacock is just a few miles from <a href="http://bedgeburypinetum.org.uk/" target="_blank">Bedgebury Pinetum</a>, with its extensive conifer collection and outdoor activity centre, and not far from <a href="http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sissinghurst-castle-garden/" target="_blank">Sissinghurst Castle</a>, with its amazing gardens designed by Vita Sackville-West. The pub also hosts regular live music, with an acoustic set on the second Sunday and live band on the last Sunday of every month from 4pm.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/blog_half_Peacock%2C%20Circa%201380.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" />The Peacock is open seven days a week, with food served every day except Monday. To find out more, view sample menus, and keep up with what’s on, visit the <a href="http://www.peacockgoudhurst.co.uk/" target="_blank">pub’s website</a>, call the team on 01580 211233, or find them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/peacockgoudhurst" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.  They hold a <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g503905-d3748651-Reviews-The_Peacock-Goudhurst_Kent_England.html" target="_blank">Trip Advisor</a> Certificate of Excellence.<br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/24-million-hotel-makeover-provides-local-employment-boost"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> £2.4 Million Hotel Makeover Provides Local Employment Boost</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/summer-events-shepherd-neame-0">Summer Events at Shepherd Neame <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Peacock, Goudhurst" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 07:30:00 +0000 M.Farmer 55591 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Summer Events at Shepherd Neame http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/summer-events-shepherd-neame-0 <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>12 April 2015</p><p>There’s something for everyone on offer at Faversham-based brewery Shepherd Neame this summer, from great comedy and live music to tasty beer and food matching events - and history buffs are also in for a treat. We round up the major events taking place from May to July.<br /> <br /><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/events/special-events" target="_blank"><strong>The Old Brewery Store Comedy Club</strong></a><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/1.jpg" />Enjoy an evening of laughter at The Old Brewery Store. The brewery’s events venue is hosting a comedy night on the first Thursday of every month, offering a platform for local, budding comedians to showcase their talents. The evenings are open to over 18s only.<br />When: 8pm on Thursday, May 7, Thursday, June 4 and Thursday, July 2.<br />Where: The Old Brewery Store<br />Tickets: £5<br /> <br /><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/events/special-events" target="_blank"><strong>Beer &amp; Food Matching Evening</strong></a><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/2.jpg" />Explore the world of beer with this special six-course dinner, hosted by one of the brewery’s beer experts. Guests will learn about seven beers in a variety of styles, and enjoy a delicious meal designed to complement their flavours, prepared using the finest, locally sourced ingredients.<br />When: 7pm on <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/events/springtime-beer-food-matching-evening" target="_blank">Saturday, May 9</a> and <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/events/summer-beer-food-matching-evening-1" target="_blank">Saturday, July 4</a>.<br />Where: Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre<br />Tickets: £49.95 per person. Advance booking is essential.<br /> <br /><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/events/special-events" target="_blank"><strong>Brewery Tour and Ale Samplers’ Supper</strong></a><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/3.jpg" />Take an evening tour of the brewery, before enjoying a tutored tasting of Kentish ales and speciality lagers. This will be followed by a two-course, home-cooked supper accompanied by a pint of your choice.<br />When: <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/events/evening-tour-ale-samplers-supper-spring" target="_blank">Friday, May 15; Friday, May 29; Friday, June 12</a>; <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/events/evening-tour-ale-samplers-supper-summer" target="_blank">Friday, July 3; Friday, July 10; and Friday, July 24</a>.<br />Where: Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre<br />Tickets: £29.50 per person. Advance booking is essential.<br /> <br /><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/events/two-tone-treat-skatonics" target="_blank"><strong>Two Tone Treat: The Skatonics</strong></a><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/4.jpg" />Ska fans are in for a treat as The Skatonics are coming to The Old Brewery Store. The acclaimed eight-piece tribute act will perform a catalogue of covers from the likes of The Specials, Madness, Bad Manners and The Selecter. Support will be provided by R&amp;B, soul and funk  band Milly Mae, which plays a mix of original music and covers. <br />When: 7pm on <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/events/two-tone-treat-skatonics" target="_blank">Saturday, May 16</a><br />Where: The Old Brewery Store<br />Tickets: £8<br /> <br /><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/events/faversham-classic-car-show-brewery-tour" target="_blank"><strong>Faversham Transport Weekend: Guided Brewery Tours and Tutored Tastings</strong></a><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/5.jpg" />This year marks the 20<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the popular two-day event, which sees hundreds of vintage vehicles go on display in Faversham town centre, including some of Shepherd Neame’s classic cars and vans. And motor enthusiasts have the chance to see more of the historic fleet in one of the special guided tours taking place at the brewery. Guests will also be able to enjoy a tutored tasting.<br />When: 11am, 11.45am and 2pm on <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/events/faversham-classic-car-show-brewery-tour" target="_blank">Sunday, May 17</a><br />Where: Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre<br />Tickets: £12.75 for adults, £8.90 for children aged 12 to 17 inclusive.<br /> <br /><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/events/magna-carta-weekend-brewery-tour" target="_blank"><strong>Magna Carta Weekend: Guided Brewery Tour and Tutored Tastings</strong></a><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/6.jpg" />2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta, and as one of the few towns with an original copy, Faversham is holding a weekend of celebrations on June 13 and 14. Magna Carta not only established the rule of law, it also defined the traditional pint of ale: “There shall be but one Measure throughout the Realm”, so Shepherd Neame is marking the occasion by creating 1215 (8% abv). The limited edition traditional strong English ale is infused with medieval ale ingredients such as Mugwort, Yarrow, Woodruff and Fennel, and visitors will be able to sample it during special guided brewery tours including tutored tastings during the weekend.<br />When: 11am and 2pm on <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/events/magna-carta-weekend-brewery-tour" target="_blank">Sunday, June 14.</a><br />Where: Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre<br />Tickets: £12.75 for adults, £8.90 for children aged 12 to 17 inclusive.<br /> <br /><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/events/history-shepherd-neame-tour" target="_blank"><strong>History of Shepherd Neame Tour</strong></a><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/7.jpg" />A rare opportunity is on offer to discover the secrets of Britain’s oldest brewer. For one day only, John Owen, Shepherd Neame’s award-winning archivist and historian, is leading a new series of specialist history tours that will take in areas of the brewery usually hidden from public view along with documents and artefacts from the archives that are not normally on display. The tours will last around one hour.<br />When: 10.40am and 1.40pm on <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/events/history-shepherd-neame-tour" target="_blank">Saturday, July 4.</a><br />Where: Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre<br />Tickets: £6<br /> <br /><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/events/too-rex-uks-tribute-marc-bolans-t-rex" target="_blank"><strong>Too Rex</strong></a><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/8.jpg" />Step back in time to the 1970s glam rock era with top tribute act TooRex. The group will perform all of the classic hits made famous by flamboyant frontman Marc Bolan and his band T.Rex, including Get It On, Children of the Revolution and Metal Guru.<br />When: 7pm on <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/events/too-rex-uks-tribute-marc-bolans-t-rex" target="_blank">Saturday, July 18</a><br />Where: The Old Brewery Store<br />Tickets: £12.50 in advance or £15 on the door<br /> <br />You can contact the Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre on 01795 542016</p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/pub-week-peacock-goudhurst"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The Peacock, Goudhurst</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/find-out-more-about-running-shepherd-neame-pub">Find Out More About Running a Shepherd Neame Pub <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Summer Events at Shepherd Neame" class="rdf-meta"></span> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 08:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 55776 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk