Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog?keys= en A Tasty Way to Celebrate the Fourth of July http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/tasty-way-celebrate-fourth-july <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>27 June 2015</p><div><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Celebrate%20the%20fourth%20of%20July%20with%20Samuel%20Adams%20Boston%20Lager.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 177px; float: right;" />Celebrate American Independence Day on July 4 with a special Beer and Food Matching Evening at Shepherd Neame.</div><div><br />We are hosting a special six-course dinner featuring traditional American favourites including clam and smoked haddock chowder, ribeye steak with beer battered onion rings and chunky chips, and baked vanilla cheesecake.</div><div><br />Each course will feature an accompanying beer designed to complement its flavours, including America’s original craft beer Samuel Adams Boston Lager, brewed in the UK under licence by Shepherd Neame, and Samuel Adams’ Blonde Ambition, a limited edition cask ale specially created to celebrate American Independence Day. Brewed by Shepherd Neame from a recipe devised in conjunction with the Boston Beer Company, it uses equal measures of US and UK hops.</div><div><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/ToursFunc/blog_half_Beer%20and%20food%20evening_resize_0.jpeg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" /><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">The dinner will be hosted by one of the brewery’s beer experts, and guests will learn about ingredients and brewing techniques, the variety of beer styles available, and how to match beers with food.</span></div><div><br />It is taking place at 7pm on Saturday, July 4 in the Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre.</div><div><br />Tickets are priced £49.95 per person, and advance booking is essential.</div><div><br />To book or for more information, call 01795 542016 or <strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/events/summer-beer-food-matching-evening-1" target="_blank">book online here.</a></strong><br /><br /><br /> </div><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/spitfire-soars-action-worthy-cause">Spitfire Soars Into Action for Worthy Cause <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="A Tasty Way to Celebrate the Fourth of July" class="rdf-meta"></span> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 10:30:00 +0000 M.Farmer 66546 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Spitfire Soars Into Action for Worthy Cause http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/spitfire-soars-action-worthy-cause <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>25 June 2015</p><div><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Win%20a%20once-in-a-lifetime%20experience.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" /><strong><a href="http://www.spitfireale.co.uk/" target="_blank">Spitfire Kentish Premium Ale</a></strong> is offering its drinkers the chance to win a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience: flying an historic Spitfire aeroplane.</div><div><br />The exclusive prize is up for grabs as part of a year-long campaign by Spitfire to to raise £75,000 for the <strong><a href="https://www.rafbf.org/" target="_blank">RAF Benevolent Fund</a></strong>, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.</div><div><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Spitfire%20soars%20into%20action%20for%2075th.png" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 181px; float: right;" />Limited edition bottles of Spitfire Ale, featuring the heart roundel of the RAF Benevolent Fund on their crown instead of the traditional RAF roundel, will have promotional bottle collars inviting drinkers to enter the special anniversary competition.</div><div><br />The winner will join a pilot for a tandem flight in the iconic British fighter aircraft, with an opportunity to actually take the controls. And their memorable day will also include flying two other historic Second World War planes – a Tiger Moth and Harvard.</div><div><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Some%20of%20the%20promotional%20drip%20mats_0.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 209px; float: left;" />Consumers simply have to enter their details to be included in the competition, which runs from July 1 to September 30. Visit <a href="http://www.spitfireale.co.uk/win">www.spitfireale.co.uk</a> to enter.</div><div><br />The back label of every bottle will also encourage drinkers to donate £3 to the RAF Benevolent Fund by texting the word SPITFIRE to 70660.</div><div><br />Licensees will be provided with promotional posters, drip mats and pump crowners, to help raise awareness of the competition and fundraising initiative, and it will be promoted online via social media.</div><div><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_One%20of%20the%20limited%20edition%20t-shirts.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 198px; float: right;" />Spitfire is also producing limited edition RAF Benevolent Fund Spitfire t-shirts priced £10, which will be available at selected airshows and events throughout the year, and online at <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop-categories/clothing" target="_blank">www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop</a>. There will also be 75th anniversary wristbands, priced £2, available from selected Shepherd Neame pubs in London and the South East.</div><div><br />Spitfire Ale brand manager William Upfield said: “The chance to fly a Spitfire is an experience that money can’t buy, and we are delighted to be able to offer such a special prize to our customers. Spitfire Ale is a proud partner of the RAF Benevolent Fund, and an official partner of the RAF, and we hope that as many people as possible will support us in our year of fundraising to mark this significant anniversary and support those helped by the charity.”</div><div><br /><strong>WHO ARE WE HELPING?</strong></div><div>CASE STUDIES (left to right, below):</div><div>Senior aircraftman <a href="https://www.rafbf.org/how-we-help/who-we-have-helped/luke-wigman">Luke Wigman</a>, 29, from Nottingham, hadn't thought about a life beyond the RAF until he was seriously injured after stepping on an improvised explosive device (IED) during foot patrol in Afghanistan.</div><div><br />In 2012, senior aircraftman <a href="https://www.rafbf.org/how-we-help/who-we-have-helped/kevin-ogilvie">Kevin Ogilvie</a> from Lowestoft was just 22 when he was left paralysed from the chest down after his armoured vehicle drove over an IED in Afghanistan.</div><div><br />30-year-old <a href="https://www.rafbf.org/how-we-help/who-we-have-helped/michael-goody">Mike Goody</a> from Bognor Regis, a senior aircraftman, had his foot amputated after his regiment were hit by an IED while on patrol in Afghanistan.</div><div><img alt="" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/RAFBF%20heroes.png" /></div><div>For more information on the work of the RAF Benevolent Fund, <a href="https://www.rafbf.org/" target="_blank">visit the website.</a><br /><br /><br /> </div><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/tasty-way-celebrate-fourth-july"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> A Tasty Way to Celebrate the Fourth of July</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/lions-enjoy-roaring-reception-shepherd-neame">Lions Enjoy a Roaring Reception at Shepherd Neame <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Spitfire Soars Into Action for Worthy Cause" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 07:45:00 +0000 M.Farmer 66391 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Lions Enjoy a Roaring Reception at Shepherd Neame http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/lions-enjoy-roaring-reception-shepherd-neame <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>22 June 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/charity">Charity</a></p><div><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;"><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Supermodel%20Jodie%20Kidd%20leads%20out%20the%20cyclists%20from%20the%20brewery.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />A dozen former British and Irish Rugby Lions – and supermodel Jodie Kidd – were among a group of 100 cyclists to enjoy lunch at Shepherd Neame on Saturday, June 20.</span></div><div> </div><div>They stopped off at the brewery while completing the <strong><a href="http://www.rideofthelions.co.uk/" target="_blank">Ride Of The Lions Waterloo 200</a></strong>, a 200 mile charity cycle ride to mark the 200th anniversary of the historic battle.</div><div><br /> </div><div><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_%28l-r%29%20Shepherd%20Neame%27s%20head%20of%20property%20services%20Martin%20Godden%2C%20chief%20executive%20Jonathan%20Neame%2C%20export%20manager%20Olly%20Scott%20.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" />The ride was aimed at re-enacting the momentous journey taken by Major Henry Percy in 1815 as he raced on horseback to London with the dispatch to declare the battle a victory.</div><div> </div><div>Cyclists, including Shepherd Neame’s export manager Olly Scott and head of property services Martin Godden, departed from Waterloo, just south of Brussels, on Friday, June 19. They crossed the Channel at Dunkirk before staying overnight in Dover.<br /><br />On Saturday, June 20, the group were joined by Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame, and cycled to Faversham for an early lunch at the brewery, before travelling to finish their journey at St James’s Square in London.</div><div> </div><div><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_The%20cyclists%20gather%20in%20The%20Old%20Brewery%20Store%2C%20Faversham.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />Members of the public volunteered to take part, along with war veterans who are beneficiaries of Walking With The Wounded, the principal charity partner for Ride Of The Lions.</div><div> </div><div>The group was split up into four teams, each containing Lions, so each cyclist could experience the camaraderie of the rugby pitch while marking the legacy of the Battle of Waterloo.</div><div> </div><div>Lions taking part included England’s Peter Winterbottom, Mike Teague, Dean Richards, Steve Bainbridge, Roger Uttley and Ben Clarke; Scotland’s Roger Baird, Rodger Arneil and Derek White; Daffyd James from Wales; and Rob Henderson from Ireland.</div><div> </div><div><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_The%20cyclists%20were%20raising%20money%20for%20Walking%20With%20The%20Wounded.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" />Peter Winterbottom said: “Once again our former Lions have come together with Walking With The Wounded and gallant members of the public to challenge themselves for a worthy cause. We would like to thank Shepherd Neame for their superb hospitality and generosity – the thought of a beer kept many a cyclist going to the end!”</div><div> </div><div>Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame said: “We were delighted to welcome the group to the brewery during their epic fundraising cycle ride. It is a remarkable accomplishment for a very worthwhile cause.”</div><div> </div><div>To make a donation, visit <strong><a href="http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/ROTL">http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/ROTL</a></strong><br /><br /><br /> </div><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/spitfire-soars-action-worthy-cause"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Spitfire Soars Into Action for Worthy Cause</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-six-bells-cliffe">Pub of the Week: The Six Bells, Cliffe <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Lions Enjoy a Roaring Reception at Shepherd Neame" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 09:57:56 +0000 M.Farmer 66411 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The Six Bells, Cliffe http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-six-bells-cliffe <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>22 June 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pub-week">Pub of the Week</a></p><p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Six%20Bells%2C%20Cliffe%20%2834%29.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" /><strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/rochester/six-bells" target="_blank">The Six Bells</a></strong> is situated in the village of Cliffe near Rochester, surrounded by beautiful country walks, with an RSPB nature reserve nearby.  It is popular with local residents, as well as walkers, and visitors to the Medway towns and countryside.<br /><br />Having enjoyed a full refurbishment earlier this year, the pub has a stylish yet comfortable interior, with lots of exposed brickwork, wooden floors and ample seating. There has also been a second bar and snug area developed in a previously unused area at the back of the pub.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Six%20Bells%2C%20Cliffe%20%289%29.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" />For entertainment, there is a pool table, juke box and two large widescreen TVs for watching sport, with most Sky and BT Sport fixtures shown. Outside you will find a generously sized garden with patio and lawn area, making the Six Bells in its quiet village location ideal for relaxing with a drink.  In the summer months, there is also a bouncy castle for its younger customers.<br /><br />For food, there is a range of bar snacks and traditional pub fayre on offer all day Monday to Saturday, and on Sunday until 6pm. Wednesday evenings are heating up, with the arrival of Cliffe Spice, and their mouth-watering Indian buffet from 5pm.<br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Six%20Bells%2C%20Cliffe%20%2815%29_0.jpg" style="margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" /><br />On the bar you will find a good choice of quality cask ales, plus a selection of wines, and all your usual favourites.<br />The village of Cliffe is on the Hoo Peninsula, overlooking the Thames marshes. There are numerous nearby walks, the Cliffe Pools RSPB reserve, and cycle routes.<br /> </p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Six%20Bells%2C%20Cliffe%20%282%29.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /><p>Why not combine lunch at the Six Bells with a visit to nearby Rochester and its many attractions including Rochester Cathedral, Dickens World and the Historic Dockyard at Chatham? The pub also hosts a very well attended classic car show every third Thursday of the month.<br /><br />For more information, give the team a call on 01634 221459, visit their website, or find them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/thesixbellscliffe" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> </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/lions-enjoy-roaring-reception-shepherd-neame"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Lions Enjoy a Roaring Reception at Shepherd Neame</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/new-coastal-bar-and-restaurant-shepherd-neame">New Coastal Bar and Restaurant for Shepherd Neame <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Six Bells, Cliffe" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 09:30:00 +0000 M.Farmer 66161 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk New Coastal Bar and Restaurant for Shepherd Neame http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/new-coastal-bar-and-restaurant-shepherd-neame <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>20 June 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a></p><div><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_The%20Minnis%20Bar%20%20Brasserie.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />Shepherd Neame is acquiring seaside bar and restaurant The Minnis in Birchington.<br /> </div><div>Boasting panoramic views across Minnis Bay, one of the finest beaches in North Kent, it will be renamed The Minnis Bay Bar &amp; Brasserie, and will operate as part of the brewery’s managed estate.<br /> </div><p> </p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_IMG_8955.JPG" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" /><div>Customers can relax in the comfortable surroundings of the stylish family-friendly restaurant, or when the weather is fine, dine alfresco on the terrace and large garden area overlooking the sea.<br /> </div><div>The Minnis Bay Bar &amp; Brasserie will be open every day and evening, serving freshly ground coffee and a selection of other hot drinks, along with Shepherd Neame’s renowned Kentish ales and excellent wines from independent family vineyards around the world.<br /> </div><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_IMG_8973.JPG" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" /><div>It will also offer a varied menu of light bites and classic British cuisine with a contemporary twist. All dishes are cooked onsite, using the locally sourced, seasonal produce for which the Garden of England is renowned. Due to its coastal location, seafood will be a speciality.<br /> </div><div>The addition of The Minnis takes Shepherd Neame’s total portfolio of managed pubs and hotels across the South East to 53. It will be officially taken over by the brewery on June 29, and will continue to operate during the handover and retain its team of staff.<br /> </div><div><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_WP_20150615_005.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 158px; float: right;" />Shepherd Neame’s director of retail and tenanted operations Nigel Bunting said: “We are always looking for opportunities to add high quality outlets to our retail estate. The Minnis in a fantastic location, boasting unrivalled sea views, and we are confident that it will prove a valuable addition to our portfolio.”<br /><br /><br /><br /> </div><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-six-bells-cliffe"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The Six Bells, Cliffe</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shepherd-neame-and-maidstone-united-brew-new-deal">Shepherd Neame and Maidstone United Brew up a New Deal <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="New Coastal Bar and Restaurant for Shepherd Neame" class="rdf-meta"></span> Sat, 20 Jun 2015 09:30:00 +0000 M.Farmer 66066 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shepherd Neame and Maidstone United Brew up a New Deal http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shepherd-neame-and-maidstone-united-brew-new-deal <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>19 June 2015</p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Shepherd%20Neame%20chief%20executive%20Jonathan%20Neame%20and%20Maidstone%20United%20co-owner%20Oliver%20Ash.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />Shepherd Neame has agreed a new five year deal with <a href="http://www.maidstoneunited.co.uk/" target="_blank">Maidstone United</a>.<br /> <br />The brewery is backing the Vanarama National League South newcomers with a significant five-figure sponsorship and will continue to exclusively supply the football club until 2020.<br /> <br />We have supported the Stones for many years and took its backing to new heights in 2012 when, as part of the homecoming, it named the clubhouse as the Spitfire Lounge.<br /> <br />Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame said: “The development of Maidstone United’s stadium has given them a new lease of life and we are delighted to continue our relationship. The club is going from strength to strength with its recent promotion and we look forward to continuing on this journey with them.”<br /> <br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_%28l-r%29Simon%20Daniel%2C%20Jonathan%20Neame%2C%20Oliver%20Ash%2C%20Dougie%20Dick.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" />Stones co-owner Oliver Ash added: “We are delighted to continue a partnership that has been in place since the stadium opened. Shepherd Neame’s support for sport is well-known and to have such a respected brand associated with the club is good for us and this long term commitment shows it’s good for them too.”<br /> <br />The brewery annually invests more than £500,000 in sport, from grassroots to first class level.<br /><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/new-coastal-bar-and-restaurant-shepherd-neame"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> New Coastal Bar and Restaurant for Shepherd Neame</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/celebrating-five-decades-broadstairs-folk-week">Celebrating Five Decades of Broadstairs Folk Week <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shepherd Neame and Maidstone United Brew up a New Deal" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 11:20:06 +0000 M.Farmer 66056 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Celebrating Five Decades of Broadstairs Folk Week http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/celebrating-five-decades-broadstairs-folk-week <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>18 June 2015</p><div><a href="http://www.broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk" target="_blank"><strong>Broadstairs Folk Week</strong></a> turns 50 this year, and a special work of sand art has been created to celebrate the support offered by Shepherd Neame in this landmark year.<br /> </div><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Folkweek%202.jpg" style="margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px; font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 320px; height: 176px; float: left;" /><div>It has been drawn on Broadstairs’ Viking Bay by renowned local artist Ross Andrews to mark five decades of the event, which we are pleased to once again be sponsoring.<br /> </div><div>More than 600 musicians, singers and dancers will be flocking to the Kent seaside town for the festival, which is taking place from August 7 to 14. <br /><br /><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">The special anniversary line-up includes </span><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">Mercury Prize-nominated singer songwriter Kate Rusby, and Broadstairs’ own Tim Edey, named BBC Radio 2’s Folk Musician of the year in 2012.</span></div><div> </div><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Sea%20view%20from%20the%20Royal%20Albion%20Hotel.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 300px; height: 200px; float: right;" /><div>More than 500 events, including concerts, workshops, dances, parades, a craft fair and children's festival, will be taking place in venues throughout the town. Our own Royal Albion Hotel, Wrotham Arms and Neptunes Hall in the town will be among those hosting music performances.<br /><br /> </div><div>Festival director Jo Tuffs said: “Broadstairs Folk Week would like to thank Shepherd Neame for its invaluable sponsorship over many years.  We are proud to be associated with Britain’s oldest brewer – and there is definitely a natural partnership between great real ale and folk music. The festival is a registered charity and every year seeks sponsorship and grants to ensure the event remains in the town. Folk Week would not have reached its landmark 50th year without Shepherd Neame’s support.”<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Wrotham%20Arms%2C%20Broadstairs%20%285%29.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 300px; height: 200px; float: left;" /></div><div> </div><div>A Souvenir Programme is now available from the Folk Week office and various retail outlets around Broadstairs, Margate and Canterbury. Call 01843 604080 to request a Souvenir Programme, priced £5 plus £1.50 postage and packing. There’s also a Broadstairs Folk Week App which can be downloaded from the Folk Week website.<br /> </div><div>Festival Tickets and individual tickets are now on sale for a day, weekend or week – with or without camping. <br /><br /><img alt="" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Folkweek%20Edit%203.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 320px; height: 176px; float: right;" />For more information email <a href="mailto:info@broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk">info@broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk</a> or visit <a href="http://www.broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk/">www.broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk</a></div><div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> </div><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/shepherd-neame-and-maidstone-united-brew-new-deal"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shepherd Neame and Maidstone United Brew up a New Deal</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/elegant-design-makeover-iconic-shepherd-neame-beer">Elegant Design Makeover for Iconic Shepherd Neame Beer <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Celebrating Five Decades of Broadstairs Folk Week" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 15:17:25 +0000 M.Farmer 65886 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Elegant Design Makeover for Iconic Shepherd Neame Beer http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/elegant-design-makeover-iconic-shepherd-neame-beer <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>18 June 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/beer">Beer</a></p><div><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Brands/blog_half_New%20look%201698%20bottle.jpg" style="height: 280px; float: left; width: 192px; margin-top: 30px; margin-bottom: 30px;" />Shepherd Neame have unveiled a new look for our award-winning <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/brands/ales/1698-bottle-conditioned-ale" target="_blank">1698 Bottle Conditioned Kentish Strong Ale</a>.</div><div><br />Originally brewed in 1998 to celebrate our tercentenary, 1698 is a dark amber-coloured ale with a robust hop character as it is thrice-hopped using Kentish Admiral and Goldings hops. As a Kentish Strong Ale, it has Protected Geographical Indication, the same unique regional protection afforded to Champagne and Parma Ham.</div><div><br />The ale matures naturally in the bottle and can be enjoyed fresh or allowed to settle for a few months to mellow. The natural effervescence produced by bottle-conditioning – the interaction of yeast and brewing sugars – gives 1698 fine, Champagne-like bubbles that further enhance the aroma and flavour.</div><div><br />Its elegant new packaging is in keeping with the Classic Collection of beers, which include Brilliant Ale, India Pale Ale, Double Stout and Mild. The 1698 bottle labels are entirely black and cream, and include the motto <em>Faversham, The Market Town of Kings</em>, along with the three lion crest from the Royal Arms of England. As a Royal Court to the former Kings of Kent, Faversham holds 17 Royal Charters and is able to use the heraldic emblem as its own.  </div><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Brands/blog_half_1698-label_0.png" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 247px; height: 280px; float: right;" /><div><br />Shepherd Neame’s marketing manager Mark Miller said: “1698 is a connoisseur bottle-conditioned ale, and we feel that its elegant, classic new look is the perfect fit to reflect its quality and Shepherd Neame’s long history.”</div><div><br />The new look 1698 (ABV 6.5%) is available in a 500ml bottle from Asda, selected Tesco stores, good independent stockists and Shepherd Neame’s brewery shop at <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/1698-bottle-conditioned-ale-16-x-500ml-bottles">www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop</a>.<br /><br /><br /><br /> </div><div> </div><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/celebrating-five-decades-broadstairs-folk-week"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Celebrating Five Decades of Broadstairs Folk Week</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/great-music-great-cause-0">Great Music for a Great Cause <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Elegant Design Makeover for Iconic Shepherd Neame Beer" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 08:30:00 +0000 M.Farmer 64626 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Great Music for a Great Cause http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/great-music-great-cause-0 <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>17 June 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a>, <a href="/blog/charity">Charity</a></p><div><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_The%20Bull%20Inn%2C%20Faversham%20%282%29.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" /><strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/faversham/bull-inn" target="_blank">The Bull Inn</a></strong> in Faversham is holding its second Gigs in the Garden music festival to raise money for Pilgrims Hospices.</div><div> </div><div>It is taking place on Saturday, July 4, and will feature performances by local bands including The Narratones, Creek, 2.4, Kingsize Jones, Mike Lees, The Big Lacuna, The KC Moans and the Just Groovin’ Disco.</div><div> </div><div>Licensee Sara Apps, who has run the pub for the past 18 years with husband Martin, said: “Last year’s festival proved a huge success, raising almost £4,000 for charity, so we decided to make it an annual event.<br />Lots of local musicians have volunteered to perform for free, which is fantastic, and we will also be holding a barbecue and a raffle to raise extra funds.”<br /> </div><div>Doors open at 12noon, with music from 1pm until 10.30pm.</div><div> </div><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Sara%20and%20Martin%20Apps%20in%20the%20garden%20at%20the%20Bull%20Inn.JPG" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 181px; float: right;" /><div>Sara added: “We want to create a real festival feel, so we will be providing wristbands instead of tickets, so people can pop in and out during the afternoon and evening. There will also be glow sticks available for the evening!”</div><div> </div><div>Wristbands are available from the pub now, priced £5, or will be available on the day priced £7. For more information phone the pub on 01795 534740, or find them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/TheBullInnFaversham" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.<br /><br /><br /><br /> </div><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/elegant-design-makeover-iconic-shepherd-neame-beer"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Elegant Design Makeover for Iconic Shepherd Neame Beer</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/celebrating-beer-day-britain">Celebrating Beer Day Britain <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Great Music for a Great Cause" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 09:05:38 +0000 M.Farmer 65646 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Celebrating Beer Day Britain http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/celebrating-beer-day-britain <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>15 June 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/events">Events</a></p><div>Beer lovers across the country raised a glass in a celebration of the nation’s favourite tipple on the first <a href="http://www.beerdaybritain.co.uk/" target="_blank">Beer Day Britain</a> – including staff at Britain’s oldest brewer, Shepherd Neame.<br /> </div> <div>The national ‘cheers to beer’ took place at 12.15pm on Monday, June 15, chosen as it was the date in 1215 that the Magna Carta was sealed, the historic document which established the rule of law and also defined the traditional pint of ale: “There shall be but one Measure throughout the Realm”.<br /> </div> <div>Beer Day Britain’s organisers started a trend on Twitter with the hashtag #CheersBDB and photos of people raising their beer glass.</div> <div>Shepherd Neame joined in the celebrations, with staff at the brewery in Faversham, Kent, gathering for a communal toast. Licensees and managers at pubs across its estate also rang their Last Orders bells at 12.15pm and encouraged customers to raise a glass to Beer Day Britain.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Beer-Day-Britain-580.jpg" /><br />Its brewers also created a commemorative beer for the occasion. A traditional strong English ale, <a href="/node/60661">1215</a> (8% abv) is infused with medieval ale ingredients from the hedgerow such as Mugwort, Yarrow, Woodruff and Fennel, which were used before hops became proliferant.</div> <div> </div> <div>It is presented in a traditional amber 750ml bottle, embossed with the Shepherd Neame crook. Only 1,215 bottle-conditioned beers have been released, each encased within a presentation box bearing the signature approval of brewery president Robert Neame. It is exclusively available from the brewery shop and online at <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop">www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop</a>.<br /> </div> <div>Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame said: “We were delighted to support the first Beer Day Britain. We feel it is important to make people proud of Britain’s beer and pubs, and help raise the profile of beer as Britain’s national drink.”<br /> </div> <div>For more information visit <a href="http://www.beerdaybritain.co.uk/" target="_blank">www.beerdaybritain.co.uk</a>, or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/BeerDayBritain" target="_blank">@BeerDayBritain</a> on Twitter.</div><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/great-music-great-cause-0"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Great Music for a Great Cause</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/bishops-finger-named-top-british-beer">Bishops Finger Named Top British Beer <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Celebrating Beer Day Britain" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 14:05:58 +0000 james.purcell 65361 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk