Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog?keys= en Pub of the Week: The George & Dragon, Ightham http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-george-dragon-ightham <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>31 March 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><strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/ightham/george-dragon" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_George%26Dragon%20Ightham.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />The George and Dragon</a></strong> at Ightham is a village pub brimming with character and history.  This impressive Tudor building was built in the early 1500s, originally as a nobleman’s house. Today it is still as handsome as ever, with its striking black and white façade, and many internal period features including inglenook fireplaces and beautiful big wooden beams.<br /><br />Over the past couple of years, pub landlady Debbie Wilding and partner Barry Jenner have transformed this charming village pub, which is now a successful business at the heart of its community.<br /><br />As with many pubs of this age, there are several local legends attached to The George and Dragon. It was in an Ightham pub, possibly The George, that the Duke of Northumberland was held captive on his journey to London for his execution.  The pub is also said to be the place where Guy Fawkes and his conspirators met to plan the Gunpowder plot!<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_George%20%26%20Dragon%2C%20Ightham%20%285%29.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" />Inside the pub today you will find a bar and separate dining room, with a beer garden for warmer days. There is also a large private function room available for hire. The décor is sympathetic to the pub’s history, which contributes to the pub’s character. On the bar, you will find a good selection of cask ales, as well as a choice of lagers, soft drinks, and an excellent wine list.<br /><br />The George and Dragon’s menu is a really quite exciting selection combination of classic English pub food and French-influenced fine dining.  Alongside your usual favourites such as scampi and chips or ham and eggs, you will find a more adventurous selection of ‘plat chauds’ such as the French classic Tournedos Rossini - fillet beef with a madeira sauce and fondant potatoes, or Loup de mer en papillote – seabass cooked in a paper case with fennel, coriander, lime and ginger. <br /><br />Vegetarians are not forgotten either, with a choice of thoughtful dishes that go beyond the obvious.  If, however, you just want a sandwich with your pint, that is fine, too as the pub offer a range of baguettes, freshly prepared with artisan bread.  Families are welcome, with a separate children’s menu. The full current menu, with prices, can be found <a href="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/microsites/492/food/spring-summer-menu-2015-1427201605.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>, although please note dishes may change daily.  Food is served every day, including breakfasts, from 9am.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_George%20%26%20Dragon%2C%20Ightham%20%284%29.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 179px; float: left;" />Ightham is a pretty village situated a few miles outside of Sevenoaks in Kent, just a short distance from the M20. If you wish to make a day of it you can visit the nearby <a href="http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ightham-mote/" target="_blank">Ightham Mote</a>, a National Trust managed 14<sup>th</sup> century moated manor house, with pretty gardens and woodland walks. The pub hosts regular live music on the last Friday of every month, frequent quiz nights and a range of other events.  <br /><br />To keep up with forthcoming events, visit the pub’s website, follow them on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/thegeorgeanddragonightham" target="_blank">Facebook</a> or <a href="http://www.twitter.com/GandD_Ightham" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, or call the team on 01732 882 440<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-previous right"><a href="/blog/work-progresses-24-million-hotel-makeover">Work Progresses on £2.4 Million Hotel Makeover <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The George &amp; Dragon, Ightham" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:18:38 +0000 M.Farmer 54821 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Work Progresses on £2.4 Million Hotel Makeover http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/work-progresses-24-million-hotel-makeover <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>30 March 2015</p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_The%20Royal%20Wells.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 170px; float: left;" />A £2.4 million transformation of the <strong><a href="http://royalwells.co.uk/" target="_blank">Royal Wells Hotel</a></strong> in Tunbridge Wells has reached the halfway point.<br /> <br />It is the single largest refurbishment project to date for Shepherd Neame, having bought the Grade II listed 18th century hotel in September 2012.<br /> <br />The programme of work began in January 2015, and includes replacing the current restaurant with an elegant, spacious Orangery, which will be able to accommodate up to 70 people. Guests can also enjoy alfresco dining in the large courtyard garden which is being created outside the Orangery, and will offer seating for up to 52 people.<br /> <br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/two_col_Design%20for%20the%20new%20Orangery.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 350px; height: 143px; float: right;" /><div><br />The hotel’s reception area is being refurbished and the layout changed so guests can move freely into the main bar. The bar is also being given a fresh new look, with character features including a cosy open fireplace.<br /> <br />The Ephraim function room on the ground floor, which has its own bar, is being expanded to cater for parties of up to 120 people. A platform lift will be installed to allow disabled access, and the toilets will also be updated. The Alexandra function room on the first floor, which can accommodate up to 50 people, is also being given a fresh new look. <br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/two_col_Design%20for%20the%20Ephraim%20function%20room.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 350px; height: 151px; float: right;" />Four additional en-suite bedrooms are being added to the hotel, taking the total to 27, and all the rooms are being completely refurbished in a contemporary, elegant style<br /> <br />Queen Victoria made frequent visits to the hotel in the early part of the 19th century and later granted the use of her coat of arms, which is displayed at the top of the building. The refurbishment project will include restoring this historic artefact to its former glory.<br /> <br />The hotel is currently closed while the extensive programme of work is carried out, and will reopen in May 2015.<br /> <br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_The%20newly%20painted%20coat%20of%20arms%20on%20top%20of%20the%20Royal%20Wells.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 301px; height: 200px; float: left; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px;" />Director of retail and tenanted operations Nigel Bunting said: “We are really pleased with the progress of the work at the Royal Wells Hotel. Our contractors have just passed the halfway point in the project, and everything is going according to schedule. We are taking care to ensure the hotel’s heritage is preserved, while introducing the latest contemporary facilities, and are confident that it will remain one of the town’s most popular destinations.”<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-george-dragon-ightham"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The George &amp; Dragon, Ightham</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/seaside-pub-reopens-after-100000-makeover">Seaside Pub Reopens After £100,000 Makeover <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Work Progresses on £2.4 Million Hotel Makeover" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 07:30:00 +0000 M.Farmer 53946 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Seaside Pub Reopens After £100,000 Makeover http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/seaside-pub-reopens-after-100000-makeover <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>27 March 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a></p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/The%20new%20look%20Smack%20Inn-250.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; float: left;" />Traditional seaside pub <strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/whitstable/smack" target="_blank">The Smack Inn</a></strong> in Whitstable has a new look and a new face behind the bar. Licensee Charles Smythe has taken on the pub, which has just undergone a £100,000 refurbishment project.<br /><br />The pub was originally a pair of fisherman’s cottages built in the 1800s, and a more rustic feel has been created in keeping with the pub’s heritage, by exposing the brickwork in the bar area and stripping the wall panelling back to natural wood. The traditional feel has also been enhanced by retaining the original bar counter, along with the ceramic glazed tiles and etched glass at the front of the pub.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/The%20new%20beach%20hut-style%20seating%20area.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 300px; height: 200px; float: right;" />The garden has enjoyed a major revamp, with a new beach hut-themed covered seating area as its centrepiece. The vibrantly striped structure is situated on the new wooden decking area.<br /><br />The pub’s exterior has been repainted with the addition of handpainted signwriting and a bespoke swing sign. The space at the front of the pub has also been converted from a parking area to customer seating. Work started in January, and the pub reopened on Friday, March 27.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Smack%2C%20Whitstable%20%2812%29%20%281280x853%29.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />Charles, who also runs Shepherd Neame’s Old City Bar in Canterbury, along with three other pubs in the city, said: “I live in Canterbury, so I know Whitstable well, and have always really liked the town as it is so quirky and bohemian. When The Smack became available, I was delighted to be able to take on such an interesting, historic pub. It is in a central location, just a short stroll from the seafront, and also has a fantastic large garden.”<br /><br />The pub will have a mixture of four full-time and part-time staff, managed by Tiffany Kirtikar, who lives in Whitstable and has extensive industry experience. It will open from 11.30am to 11.30pm, Sunday to Thursday, and 11.30am to 12.30am, Friday and Saturday. <br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_The%20Smack%2C%20interior.JPG" style="width: 280px; height: 179px; float: right;" />Food isn’t currently available, but Charles is hoping to have a menu of traditional pub classics and snacks available from May. He is also hoping to introduce a permanent barbecue in the garden, and invite customers to bring along their own food to cook on it.<br /><br />Father-of-two Charles added: “There is nothing more social than a barbecue, and our ‘bring your own’ evenings at the Old City Bar have proved popular, so I hope they will work just as well in Whitstable. We are hoping to open an outside bar as well, so The Smack really will be the perfect place to come when the sun is shining.”<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_The%20Smack%2C%20bar.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />Nigel Bunting, director of retail and tenanted operations, said: “Charles has achieved great success at the Old City Bar in Canterbury, and we are delighted that he has taken on a second Shepherd Neame pub. The refurbishment project at The Smack Inn has given it a fresh new look while retaining its character and atmosphere, and we are sure the pub will continue to go from strength to strength.”<br /><br /><br /><br /><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async="" src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script><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/work-progresses-24-million-hotel-makeover"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Work Progresses on £2.4 Million Hotel Makeover</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/redesign-royals-favourite-liqueur">Redesign for Royals&#039; Favourite Liqueur <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Seaside Pub Reopens After £100,000 Makeover" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:53:28 +0000 M.Farmer 54341 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Redesign for Royals' Favourite Liqueur http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/redesign-royals-favourite-liqueur <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>26 March 2015</p><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/grants-morella-cherry-brandy-50cl-bottle" target="_blank"><strong>Grant’<img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Brands/Wine/Grant%27s%20Morella%20Cherry%20Brandy.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 253px; height: 750px; float: left;" />s Morella Cherry Brandy</strong></a> has unveiled an updated traditional look to reflect its long, illustrious heritage.<br /><br />First produced in 1774 by Thomas Grant in Maidstone, Kent, using the Garden of England’s famed variety of cherry, Grant’s Morella Cherry Brandy is steeped in history. It is mentioned in Charles Dickens’ novel The Pickwick Papers, and was a favourite tipple of Queen Victoria, whose portrait appears on the label.<br /><br />Its popularity with the Royal Family has continued over the years. The liqueur was granted the coveted Royal Warrant from HRH The Prince of Wales in 1998, which is proudly illustrated on the new label design.<br /><br />Shepherd Neame purchased Thomas Grant in 1988, and relaunched Grant’s Morella Cherry Brandy in the 1990s. The rich, cherry red liquid (24% abv), is still made to the same traditional recipe, using only English grain spirit, and was named the Best Liqueur in 1994 at the International Wine and Spirit Competition.<br /><br />Its sleek new bottle now boasts quality cream labels, embossed with traditional gold lettering, scrolls and stylised cherry images, to reflect its quality, heritage and celebrated past.<br /><br />Michael Prior, manager of Todd’s The Wine Company, the wine and spirits division of Shepherd Neame, said: “Grant’s Morella Cherry Brandy is a prestigious, high quality liqueur with an enviable reputation and heritage, and we are pleased with its new packaging, which we feel conveys the unique quality and long history of the product.”<br /><br />A 50cl bottle of Grant’s Morella Cherry Brandy retails at £17.50 and is available to <strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/grants-morella-cherry-brandy-50cl-bottle" target="_blank">buy online here</a>.</strong><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/seaside-pub-reopens-after-100000-makeover"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Seaside Pub Reopens After £100,000 Makeover</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shop-pick-ultimate-collection-0">Shop Pick: Ultimate Collection <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Redesign for Royals&#039; Favourite Liqueur" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:30:00 +0000 M.Farmer 53351 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shop Pick: Ultimate Collection http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shop-pick-ultimate-collection-0 <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>25 March 2015</p><h4 style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px;"><span style="font-size: 1.231em; line-height: 20.0063037872314px;">This week's Shop Pick is the </span><a href="/www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/ultimate-collection"><span style="font-size: 1.231em; line-height: 20.0063037872314px;">Ultimate Collection</span></a><br /> </h4><h3 style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px;"><strong style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/ultimate-collection" style="text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/one_col_Ultimate%20Collection%20lineup2.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 168px;" /></a></strong></h3><p><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">This 12 bottle mixed case showcases <strong>12 different ales</strong>, including popular favourites such as </span><strong style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">Spitfire</strong><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;"> and the legendary</span><strong style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;"> Bishops Finger</strong><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">, as well as the entire Classic Collection - including an </span><strong style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">India Pale Ale</strong><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">, the aptly named </span><strong style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">Brilliant Ale</strong><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">, a luxurious </span><strong style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">Double Stout</strong><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">, and the sumptuous bottle-conditioned beer, </span><strong style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">1698</strong><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">This case of 12 bottles is the </span><strong style="line-height: 1.538em;">perfect gift </strong><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">for any beer fan, or just as a </span><strong style="line-height: 1.538em;">treat to yourself.  </strong><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">Go on, you deserve it! </span></p>Also includes some <strong>tasting notes</strong>, so you can taste and assess each ale, just like our Masterbrewers. Contents may vary slightly<br /><br /><h3><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/ultimate-collection" target="_blank"><strong>ORDER YOURS NOW!</strong></a><br /><br /><br /> </h3><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/redesign-royals-favourite-liqueur"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Redesign for Royals&#039; Favourite Liqueur</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-crown-inn-chislehurst">Pub of the Week: The Crown Inn, Chislehurst <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shop Pick: Ultimate Collection" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:08:54 +0000 M.Farmer 53996 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The Crown Inn, Chislehurst http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-crown-inn-chislehurst <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>24 March 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/blog_half_Crown%20Inn%2C%20Chislehurst-001.jpg" style="width: 301px; height: 200px; float: left;" />Situated on the edge of Chislehurst Common, <strong><a href="http://www.crownchislehurst.co.uk/" target="_blank">The Crown Inn</a></strong> enjoys an enviable location in this leafy suburb, close enough to London to be an ideal city-goer’s stopover - just a 15 minute direct train, but quiet and green enough to feel a million miles away.<br /><br />Built in 1874, the pub has a traditional charm, balancing a period feel with contemporary style. There are seven beautifully decorated en-suite guest rooms, providing some of the best accommodation in the area.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/blog_half_Crown%20Inn%2C%20Chislehurst-005.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 313px; height: 200px; float: right;" />On the bar, you will find a good range of Shepherd Neame cask ales, including seasonals, and a choice of lagers. The Crown Inn also has an excellent wine list, and is known for its freshly prepared, seasonal dishes.  Food can be served in the bar or restaurant, the menu offering something for all tastes and appetites, from House Specials to Pub Classics, and some inspired vegetarian and fish options.  They also serve an excellent Sunday Roast, with an early bird offer for those who are hungry enough to eat by 12.30!<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/blog_half_crown%20function%20room.jpg" style="width: 268px; height: 200px; float: left;" />The Crown also has a function room which has recently been redecorated, and is looking fabulous. With its own bar and private decking area, and a capacity of up to 70 people, this is an excellent choice for parties and functions, with catering available to suit your requirements.<br /><br />If you fancy a day out with a difference, the Crown Inn is just a few minutes away from <a href="file:///H:/Digital%20Marketing/Pubs/Pub%20of%20the%20week/Published" target="_blank">Chislehurst Caves</a>, where you can take a lamp-lit tour into the dark mysterious passageways - no booking required.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/blog_half_Crown%20Inn%2C%20Chislehurst.jpg" style="width: 299px; height: 200px; float: right;" />As well as being an excellent destination for a peaceful lunch or drinks with friends, the Crown Inn is far from sleepy, with plenty of regular events. There is a quiz night every other month, with the next one coming up this Thursday 26th March at 8pm, an open mic night the first Tuesday of every month at 8.30, and live music once a month, usually on the first Friday.  The pub is also host to a very popular speed dating evening the second Friday of every month at 8.30pm – booking is required as it is very well attended. <br /><br />For more information, or details on any of these events, <a href="http://www.crownchislehurst.co.uk/" target="_blank">visit the website</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/crownchislehurst" target="_blank">follow the pub on Facebook</a> or call the team on 020 8467 7326.<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/shop-pick-ultimate-collection-0"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shop Pick: Ultimate Collection</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/enjoy-evening-comedy-faversham">Enjoy an Evening of Comedy in Faversham <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Crown Inn, Chislehurst" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:58:47 +0000 M.Farmer 53556 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Enjoy an Evening of Comedy in Faversham http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/enjoy-evening-comedy-faversham <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>23 March 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/old-brewery-store">Old Brewery Store</a></p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/shepneame57.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />Tickets are now on sale for the April <strong>comedy night</strong> at <strong><a href="http://www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk/" target="_blank">The Old Brewery Store</a></strong> in Faversham, following the success of last month’s sell-out inaugural event.<br /><br />The events venue at the brewery will be hosting a comedy night on the first Thursday of every month, and the next show is taking place on Thursday, April 2.<br /><br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Richard%20Coughlan2.jpeg" style="width: 280px; height: 190px; float: right;" />It is being hosted by Faversham comedian Richard Coughlan, who has more than 13 years’ experience on the circuit, including five runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Other performers include Janet Garner, Nick Hall, Bethan Keane, Lucas Jolson and Daniel Sheppard.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Nick%20Hall2.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 226px; float: left;" />Shepherd Neame visitor centre manager Graham Hukins said: “Tickets for our first comedy night in March sold out, and we are hoping that just as many people come along to support the April show. We have lined up some great comedians, and it should be a fantastic evening.”<br /><br />Doors open at 6.30pm for an 8pm start, with tickets priced £5. It is open to over 18s only.<br /><br />For more information or to buy tickets visit <strong><a href="http://www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk/events/comedy-club">www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk/events/comedy-club</a></strong>  or phone 01795 542285.<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/pub-week-crown-inn-chislehurst"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The Crown Inn, Chislehurst</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/free-coastal-wedding-fair">Free Coastal Wedding Fair <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Enjoy an Evening of Comedy in Faversham" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:30:00 +0000 M.Farmer 53046 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Free Coastal Wedding Fair http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/free-coastal-wedding-fair <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>21 March 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a>, <a href="/blog/weddings">Weddings</a></p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Weddings%20by%20the%20Beach%2C%20Botany%20Bay%20Hotel%2C%20CREDIT%20Photographer%20Daniel%20McClarren3.jpg" style="width: 299px; height: 200px; float: left;" />Brides and grooms-to-be won’t want to miss the forthcoming coastal Wedding Fair at the <strong><a href="http://www.botanybayhotel.co.uk/" target="_blank">Botany Bay Hotel</a></strong> near Broadstairs.<br /><br />The hotel, situated on the magnificent clifftop at Kingsgate, is hosting the free event from <strong>10am to 2.30pm on Sunday, March 29.</strong><br /><br /><br />It will bring together more than 30 local exhibitors, offering a wealth of inspiration and advice to help make your special day perfect.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Botany%20Bay%20Hotel%20wedding-%20credit%20IMMI%20Photography%20%286%29.jpg" style="width: 301px; height: 200px; float: right;" />The hotel’s dedicated wedding team will also be on hand to answer questions and show guests around the popular venue, atop the picturesque Botany Bay.<br /><br />Every visitor will receive a free goody bag and be entered into the draw to win a £150 goody bag.<br /><br /><br />To pre-register visit <strong><a href="http://www.akentish-wedding.co.uk/events/preregistration">www.akentish-wedding.co.uk/events/preregistration</a></strong>, or for more information email <a href="mailto:dominic@akentish-wedding.co.uk">dominic@akentish-wedding.co.uk</a> or call 07834 907700.<br /><br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Wedding%20cake.JPG" style="width: 147px; height: 220px; float: left; margin-left: 30px; margin-right: 30px;" /><img alt="" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Botany%20Bay%20Hotel%20wedding-%20credit%20IMMI%20Photography%20%2814%29_0.jpg" style="width: 146px; height: 220px; float: left; margin-left: 30px; margin-right: 30px;" /><img alt="" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Wedding%20Top%20Table%20at%20The%20Botany%20Bay.JPG" style="width: 146px; height: 220px; float: left; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px;" /><div><br /> <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><strong>Other forthcoming free wedding fairs (both from 10.30am to 3.30pm):</strong><br /><strong>Saturday, May 9: The Royal Hotel, Deal</strong><br /><strong>Sunday, April 19: The Bell Hotel, Sandwich</strong><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/enjoy-evening-comedy-faversham"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Enjoy an Evening of Comedy in Faversham</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/official-relaunch-new-look-village-pub">Official Relaunch for New Look Village Pub <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Free Coastal Wedding Fair" class="rdf-meta"></span> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 10:30:00 +0000 M.Farmer 52961 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Official Relaunch for New Look Village Pub http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/official-relaunch-new-look-village-pub <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>20 March 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a></p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Exterior%20of%20the%20Six%20Bells%2C%20Cliffe_0.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />Dozens of guests attended the official launch party for new look village pub <strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/rochester/six-bells" target="_blank">The Six Bells in Cliffe</a></strong>.<br /><br />The £120,000 refurbishment project at the pub, run by licensee Kelly Walker, took three weeks, and involved a complete interior and exterior makeover.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Six%20Bells%2C%20Cliffe%201.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" />In the main bar area, exposed brickwork on the walls and fireplace creates a more traditional look, along with refurbished, stripped wooden floors. The furniture has been reupholstered, and quirky pieces of bric-a-brac have been introduced to give the pub a rustic feel.<br /><br />The main bar has been completely refitted with new beer fonts and pumps, and a new feature wine display has been introduced. A second bar and snug area has also been created in a previously unused area at the back of the pub, providing a more intimate space for customers.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Six%20Bells%2C%20Cliffe%203.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />A new entertainment system has been installed, including two large wall-mounted widescreen TVs showing Sky, along with a new jukebox. The original front corner entrance of the pub has been reopened, and new bespoke signwriting has been added to the exterior.<br /><br />The pub has also expanded its food offer, and will be serving a range of homemade bar snacks and traditional pub meals from 12noon to 8pm, Monday to Saturday, and 12noon to 6pm on Sunday.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_4Six%20Bells%2C%20Cliffe%203.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" />Local dignitaries and residents were invited to the official opening event on Monday, March 9, with the first pint pulled by Parkinson’s disease sufferer John Tucker, who lives in the village and has been a regular at the pub for many years.<br /><br />Licensee Kelly Walker said: “I have been at the pub for just over a year, and John has been a great support and is a really well known character in the village, so I decided he would be the perfect man for the job!”<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Six%20Bells%2C%20Cliffe%202.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame also attended the launch event, and to mark the occasion presented a cheque for £500 to charity Parkinson’s UK.<br /><br />He said: “We are delighted with the improvements made at the pub, which has given it a contemporary look while retaining its unique character. We are sure that the pub will continue to go from strength to strength.”<br /><br />Contact and location details can be found on the <strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/rochester/six-bells" target="_blank">pub's website</a></strong>.<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/free-coastal-wedding-fair"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Free Coastal Wedding Fair</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shepherd-neame-chefs-spring-action">Shepherd Neame Chefs Spring Into Action <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Official Relaunch for New Look Village Pub" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 11:29:10 +0000 M.Farmer 53026 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shepherd Neame Chefs Spring Into Action http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shepherd-neame-chefs-spring-action <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>19 March 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a>, <a href="/blog/food">Food</a></p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_IMG_0147.JPG" style="width: 147px; height: 220px; float: left;" />Head chefs from our managed houses came together to try out the new spring/summer core menu.<br /><br />More than 20 chefs took part in the two day event, held at a professional kitchen in Ashford, Kent. It was led by Shepherd Neame’s head development chef Simon Howlett, who started by holding a refresher session on topics such as food labelling, stock management, health and safety procedures and other company standards.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_IMG_0292.JPG" style="width: 220px; height: 147px; float: right;" />The chefs were then divided into pairs and given a couple of the new recipes to try out, liaising with Simon over any issues experienced throughout the session. The event finished with the chefs’ pub managers coming along to sample the dishes and offer feedback.<br /><br />Simon said: “We hold these workshops four times a year, to introduce each new seasonal menu to the chefs at our managed houses. <br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_IMG_0324.JPG" style="width: 220px; height: 147px; float: left;" />“The sessions are also a great networking opportunity for the chefs, allowing them to discuss best practice with each other, and take the opportunity to ask questions about any aspect of their work in a relaxed environment. “We were really pleased with the feedback from the chefs and the pub managers, and the dishes will be introduced at pubs throughout the estate from the end of March.”<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/official-relaunch-new-look-village-pub"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Official Relaunch for New Look Village Pub</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shop-pick-brewery-tour-certificate">Shop Pick: Brewery Tour Certificate <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shepherd Neame Chefs Spring Into Action" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 14:45:01 +0000 M.Farmer 52956 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk