Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/country-pub-makes-double-donation-charity/trackback?keys= en Five minutes with... Christine George, Receptionist http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/five-minutes-christine-george-receptionist <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>22 September 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/meet-team">Meet the Team</a></p><p><strong>Lives: </strong>Faversham, Kent</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Christine%20George.jpg" /><strong>Career: </strong>Christine grew up in Faversham and attended Lady Capel School for Girls, which was amalgamated into Abbey School. At the age of 16, she left school to work in a local jeweller’s shop for six months, before joining Shepherd Neame as an office junior in 1968. After a couple of years she transferred to work in the accounts department, then went on to operate the switchboard, which led to her current position as receptionist, which she has held since 2000.</p> <p><strong>Favourite Shepherd Neame beer: </strong>Spooks Ale.</p> <p><strong>Favourite non-Shepherd Neame beer:</strong> Samuel Adams after I went on a trip to Boston, so I was delighted when we began brewing it under license!</p> <p><strong>What are your main responsibilities? </strong>My responsibilities include answering and forwarding phone calls; greeting clients; receiving and distributing deliveries; booking meeting rooms for staff; and keeping the reception area presentable. I pride myself on making sure that everyone who comes through the door receives a friendly greeting and is made to feel comfortable.</p> <p><strong>What does a typical day involve? </strong>I start at 8am and finish at 5pm. My first task in the morning is to make coffee for the day, which is available to all those who use the reception area. I then get settled behind the desk and wait for the phone calls and people to start coming in. There is no typical day in this role - you have to be flexible.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Christine%20George%2C%20Shepherd%20Neame%20Receptionist.jpg" /></strong><strong>What personal characteristics help you in your role? </strong>I come into contact with a diverse range of people, both on the phone and face-to face, so good communication skills are essential. You should enjoy meeting new people and have a friendly, polite demeanour. It is also important to be well-organised and remain calm under pressure, as it can get very busy.</p> <p><strong>What are the most rewarding parts of your job? </strong>When I receive positive feedback from members of the public or brewery staff. It is great to know that I have been able to help them and I am doing a good job.</p> <p><strong>What is tough about the job? </strong>Dealing with awkward people, though luckily this is a very rare occurrence. And as I have been in this role for a long time, I have learnt how to deal with the majority of difficult situations!</p> <p><strong>What do you consider your biggest personal success at the company so far? </strong>I would say my commitment, as I have been at Shepherd Neame for 46 years and I’m still going strong.</p> <p><strong>What are your hobbies and interests outside of work? </strong> I love going to the theatre, reading and watching films. I also enjoy interior design and have recently taken more of an interest in gardening.</p> <p><strong>Why did you join Shepherd Neame? </strong>I was originally interested in working at the brewery because my father Mickey Divers worked here for 43 years. He was the last maltsman for Shepherd Neame, working to turn the malt before the process became mechanised. The company has changed hugely since I joined. I think the main change is that when I started, everything was done by hand, now absolutely everything is on computers.</p> <p><strong>What experiences have stood out for you during your time at the brewery? </strong>Shepherd Neame has played a pivotal role in my life. Not only have I worked here for more than four decades, but I also met my late partner Tony Glossman while working here. Tony was a business development manager for the brewery and we were together for almost 14 years before he passed away four years ago. When Tony’s son James got married to his then fiancée Kate, who is Canadian, the brewers here created a special beer for them, titled Maple Jack. That was a very special day.</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/royal-seal-approval-shepherd-neame"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Royal Seal of Approval for Shepherd Neame</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/featured-recipe-whitstable-fish-pie">Featured Recipe: Whitstable Fish Pie <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Five minutes with... Christine George, Receptionist" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:05:34 +0000 M.Farmer 42126 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Featured Recipe: Whitstable Fish Pie http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/featured-recipe-whitstable-fish-pie <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>20 September 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/recipes">Recipes</a></p><p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Food/blog_half_Whitstable%20Fish%20Pie.jpg" />This is the ultimate fish pie, topped with pea mash it is good on its own, or for the height of luxury serve with some steamed mussels with garlic or some simple wilted greens. The sauce is made with <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/whitstable-bay-blonde-lager-24-x-330ml" target="_blank">Whitstable Bay Blonde lager</a>, which also makes a great drinking accompaniment. The fish is not cooked through in advance which leaves it succulent and moist in the finished pie. The recipe makes six individual pies or one large one. <div>Download a <a href="/sites/default/files/uploads/Food/Recipe%20-%20Whitstable%20Fish%20Pie.pdf" target="_blank">printable copy here</a></p> <p><strong>Preparation time:</strong> 30 mins<br /><strong>Cooking time</strong>: 1hr<br /><strong>Serves 6</strong></p> <p><strong>Ingredients:</strong></p> <p>For the filling:</p> <p>600ml milk<br />One leek, finely chopped<br />Two bay leaves<br />500g thick white fish fillets, such as cod, haddock or Pollock<br />500g smoked haddock fillet, preferably undyed<br />500g thick salmon fillet<br />6 free-range eggs (optional)<br />75g butter<br />75g plain flour<br />¼ pint <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/whitstable-bay-blonde-lager-24-x-330ml" target="_blank">Whitstable Bay Blonde lager</a><br />100ml double cream<br />Small bunch fresh dill, stalks removed<br />Sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper</p> <p>For the topping:</p> <p>1.25kg maris piper potatoes, peeled and cut into even-sized pieces<br />75g butter, cubed<br />75ml double cream<br />150g petit pois<br />12 King prawns in shell<br />100g Cheddar, grated</p> <p><strong>Method:</strong></p> <p>1/ Preheat the oven to 200˚c</p> <p>2/ For the filling, melt the half the butter in a pan and add the leek and cook for 2-3 minutes, add the beer and cook out for a further two minutes. Add the fish and the herbs and cook for a further two minutes, turning the fish in the butter to seal. Set aside to cool and halt the cooking process.</p> <p>3/ Melt the remainder of the butter in a pan, add the flour and stir to create a roux. Cook for one minute and then gradually add the milk, stirring constantly to create a smooth paste. Continue until all the milk is incorporated and then add the cream bring to a simmer. Continue to cook until the sauce is thick and smooth. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Set aside to cool slightly.</p> <p>4/ Fill a saucepan one-third full with water and bring to the boil. Gently add the eggs to the water and cook for four minutes. Drain in a colander under running water for 1-2 minutes then transfer to a bowl of very cold water and set aside. When cool, peel the eggs and cut in half.</p> <p>5/ Meanwhile, for the topping, cook the potatoes in simmering water for 30 minutes or until very tender. Drain in a colander then return to the pan and mash with the butter, cream and the petit pois. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.</p> <p>6/ Spoon some sauce into 6 individual pie dishes (or one large dish). Scatter half the fish and leek mixture over the sauce, discarding the bay leaves. Place half the eggs on top and pour over some more sauce. Continue with the layering process until the ingredients are used up.</p> <p>7/ Put the potato mixture in a piping bag and pipe onto the pies. Scatter a little grated cheddar over each one. Place the pie dishes on a baking tray and bake in the centre of the oven for about 45 minutes or until the top is golden-brown and the filling is bubbling. If using, add the prawns in shell half way through the cooking process.</p> <p>Serve with <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/whitstable-bay-blonde-lager-24-x-330ml" target="_blank">Whitstable Bay Blonde Lager</a>, or <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/whitstable-bay-pale-ale-16-x-500ml-bottles" target="_blank">Whitstable Bay Pale Ale</a> - delicious!<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/five-minutes-christine-george-receptionist"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Five minutes with... Christine George, Receptionist</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/flying-high-spitfire-ale">Flying High with Spitfire Ale <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Featured Recipe: Whitstable Fish Pie" class="rdf-meta"></span> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 08:41:41 +0000 M.Farmer 42426 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Flying High with Spitfire Ale http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/flying-high-spitfire-ale <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>18 September 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a>, <a href="/blog/spitfire">Spitfire</a></p><p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Adrian%20and%20Kay.jpg" />Five lucky landlords won £1,000 of holiday vouchers thanks to Spitfire Premium Kentish Ale.</p> <p>Operation Landlord is an annual promotion organised by Spitfire Ale, the flagship beer of Faversham-based brewery Shepherd Neame.</p> <p>Customers simply had to order a cask of Spitfire Ale, and text the unique code provided to be entered into the prize draw. Five winners were then drawn at random.</p> <p>Among the winners were Adrian and Kay Eden of Shepherd Neame pub The Cricketers Arms in Chelmsford, Essex. The husband and wife team have been at the pub since June last year, and were delighted to receive the cheque.</p> <p>Adrian said: “We were amazed to hear we had won! We have started looking at possible holiday destinations, and are really looking forward to enjoying a fantastic break.”</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Spitfire%203D%20Logo.png" />Spitfire Ale brand manager William Upfield said: “This year’s prize for Operation Landlord was better than ever, reflected by the record number of entries received.</p> <p>We would like to thank everyone who took part, and wish our winners good luck on their travels!”</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/featured-recipe-whitstable-fish-pie"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Featured Recipe: Whitstable Fish Pie</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shop-pick-whitstable-bay-ales-mixed-case">Shop Pick: Whitstable Bay Ales - Mixed Case <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Flying High with Spitfire Ale" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:00:00 +0000 M.Farmer 41976 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shop Pick: Whitstable Bay Ales - Mixed Case http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shop-pick-whitstable-bay-ales-mixed-case <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>17 September 2014</p><p><a href="/shop/whitstable-bay-ales-mixed-case" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_wbay-ales.png" /></a>The <strong>Whitstable Bay Collection</strong> is named after the traditional fishing village of Whitstable; renowned for its annual Oyster Festival, village life and unique beaches.  </p> <p>Our featured product - the <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/whitstable-bay-ales-mixed-case" target="_blank">Whitstable Bay Ales Mixed Case</a> - showcases the two ales from the collection, which also includes a Black Oyster Stout and a Blonde Premium Lager.</p> <p><strong>A very popular organic ale...</strong><br />The Organic Ale is a delicious light coloured ale that is brewed using only organic ingredients, and the brewery’s own chalk-filtered mineral water. It combines delicate hints of fresh hops with the softer, buttery richness of pale and crystal malts to produce a delightful, appetising ale.  </p> <p><strong>A crowd-pleasing pale ale...</strong><br />The Pale Ale is designed to suit all palettes and offer a light, refreshing taste. The sweet maltiness balances perfectly with the fresh pine notes provided by the hops added late in the process, to offer a light-coloured, thirst-quenching ale with glorious grapefruit aromas.</p> <p>Both ales pair well with seafood and salads, and are also an excellent partner for fish and chips.</p> <p>This <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/whitstable-bay-ales-mixed-case" target="_blank"><strong>Special Offer Mixed Case</strong></a> gives you the opportunity to taste both the ales, with 8 bottles of each for you to enjoy in the late summer sunshine.  Also ideal as a gift – just let us know and we can pop in a card with your message.  Click here to <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/whitstable-bay-ales-mixed-case">order now</a>.</p> <p>You can read more about the <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/whitstable-bay">Whitstable Bay Collection here</a>, and even view some <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/brands/ales/whitstable-bay/recipes" target="_blank">beer-inspired recipes</a>.</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/flying-high-spitfire-ale"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Flying High with Spitfire Ale</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-orb-margate">Pub of the Week: The Orb, Margate <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shop Pick: Whitstable Bay Ales - Mixed Case" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:00:00 +0000 M.Farmer 42101 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The Orb, Margate http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-orb-margate <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>16 September 2014</p><p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Tony%20Dodd%20and%20Christina%20Lee.jpg" />The Orb pub in the popular seaside town of Margate celebrated its new look with a re-opening party on Tuesday, September 9.</p> <p>Tony Dodd became licensee of the Shepherd Neame pub in October last year, and teamed up with the brewery for a matched investment development totalling £40,000. Work started in April, and during the past four months the entire pub has been repainted, the toilets have been revamped, and a new bar has been created. New carpets have been introduced throughout, along with new furniture, lighting and decorations. Signwriting has been painted on the side of the pub, and the garden has benefited from new decking and plants.</p> <p>Tony, 56, who runs the pub with partner Christina Lee, said: “I have worked in the leisure industry for the past 25 years, most recently as a consultant, and I wanted a new challenge. In the past I ran several London pubs, and Christina has pub experience, so we decided to bring our skills together and take on a tenancy. “My uncle used to have a hotel in Margate, and my Mum lives in Broadstairs, so I know the area well, and when The Orb became available, it seemed like the perfect opportunity. It is in a great location, and had a lot of potential.”</p> <p>The Orb didn’t previously offer food, but head chef Tony Davis started at the pub in July, and has introduced an á la carte menu served in the intimate new restaurant created on the first floor. Food is available from 12 noon to 2.30pm and 6.30pm to 9.30pm, Wednesday to Saturday, and from 12 noon to 4pm on Sunday.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Commis%20chef%20at%20the%20Orb.jpg" />Tony said: “We wanted to offer restaurant-quality food in a relaxed pub setting. We have opened a new first floor restaurant which can seat 20, and is also a great function room, but customers can also enjoy the menu anywhere in the pub.” </p> <p>As part of his effort to attract a wider range of customers, Tony has also taken advantage of Shepherd Neame’s Coffee and Ale House brand. The pub now has a state-of-the-art machine which serves delicious coffee made from freshly ground beans. He added: “The coffee is proving really popular, and is definitely a factor in the increased number of females coming in during the afternoon. I think the pub’s fresh,<br />contemporary new look also helps.”</p> <p>Local dignitaries and residents were invited to the official opening event, with the first pint pulled by pub regular Brian Andrews. Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame also attended the launch event, and to mark the occasion presented a cheque for £500 to Wendy Eadsforth, chief executive of the Royal School for Deaf Children in Margate.</p> <p>Property and services director George Barnes said: “We were delighted to match Tony’s investment for this refurbishment project, and are very pleased with the results. We are confident that the pub will prove to be a huge success.”</p> <p>For more informaiton, visit the <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/margate/orb" target="_blank">pub website</a> or call the team on 01843 290751.</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-whitstable-bay-ales-mixed-case"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shop Pick: Whitstable Bay Ales - Mixed Case</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-hosts-celebrity-bat-and-trap-match">Pub Hosts Celebrity Bat and Trap Match <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Orb, Margate" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:02:14 +0000 M.Farmer 41916 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub Hosts Celebrity Bat and Trap Match http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-hosts-celebrity-bat-and-trap-match <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>15 September 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a></p><p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Janet%20Street-P.jpg" />Writer and broadcaster Janet Street-Porter and chef Brian Turner delighted regulars at Faversham’s Market Inn when they dropped in for a game of bat and trap.</p> <p>The TV stars were being filmed for their new BBC One series <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04jtm9w" target="_blank">Taste of Britain</a>, currently being screened on weekdays at 3.45pm.</p> <p>Each programme focuses on one county or region in which Brian and Janet search out not only the best local food producers, but also explore the history, wildlife and local traditions that make each area so special.</p> <p>The Kent episode is due to be screened on Monday, September 22, and will show the famous pair trying bat and trap for the first time. They played the traditional Kentish game alongside licensees David and Sue Pott and several pub regulars. </p> <p>Sue said: “We are very proud of our pub’s bat and trap pitches, and were delighted to welcome Janet and Brian to try them out. They both did really well considering it was their first go, and we all had a great morning. Bat and trap is still not a widely known game, so hopefully this programme will raise its profile and encourage more people to try it.”</p> <p>You can visit the <a href="http://www.marketinnfaversham.co.uk/" target="_blank">Market Inn's website</a>, or call them on 01795 532 529.</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-orb-margate"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The Orb, Margate</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/enjoy-night-races">Enjoy a Night at the Races <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub Hosts Celebrity Bat and Trap Match" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:47:59 +0000 M.Farmer 41971 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Enjoy a Night at the Races http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/enjoy-night-races <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>14 September 2014</p><p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Chimney%20Boy%20races_0.jpg" />A charity race night is taking place at the <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/faversham/chimney-boy" target="_blank">Chimney Boy</a> in Faversham on Friday, September 19.  </p> <p>Licensees Nicola McCullagh and Michael Payne have organised the event at the Shepherd Neame pub to raise funds for <a href="http://www.favershamtownfc.co.uk" target="_blank">Faversham Town Football Club</a>.</p> <p>Customers will be asked to place bets on a series of horse, greyhound – and pig – races, and then pre-recorded films will be screened to show the winners, with proceeds given to the club.</p> <p>Nicola said: “We have been at the Chimney Boy since April, and recently discovered that the pub had an advertising board at the Faversham Town FC ground. Chairman Ray Leader contacted us to ask if we would like to renew our sponsorship, which we agreed to, and it gave us the idea of holding more fundraisers for the club. We hope people will come along and support what should be a really fun event!”</p> <p>The charity race night starts at 7.30pm, and admission is free. For more information phone the pub on 01795 532007.</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-hosts-celebrity-bat-and-trap-match"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub Hosts Celebrity Bat and Trap Match</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/featured-recipe-thai-beef-salad">Featured Recipe: Thai Beef Salad <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Enjoy a Night at the Races" class="rdf-meta"></span> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 11:39:09 +0000 M.Farmer 41966 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Featured Recipe: Thai Beef Salad http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/featured-recipe-thai-beef-salad <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>13 September 2014</p><p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Food/blog_half_thai%20beef.jpg" />This salad uses fresh flavours and leftover rare roast beef to create a stunning, virtually fat-free dish that is not only easy but is cheap to prepare and sure to impress.</p> <p>Download a printable copy <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Food/Thai%20beef%20salad.pdf" target="_blank">here</a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Preparation time:</strong> 20 mins</p> <p><strong>Cooking time:</strong> 0 mins<br /><strong>Marinating time:</strong> 2hrs<br /><strong>Serves 4</strong></p> <p><strong>Ingredients:</strong></p> <p>680g of leftover rare roast beef<br />1/2 Chinese cabbage<br />1/2 Cucumber<br />8 radishes<br />1 red onion<br />2 long red chillies, thinly sliced2 tomatoes<br />8 mange tout<br />1 1/2 tbsp fresh lime juice<br />1 tbsp finely chopped dark palm sugar<br />4 kaffir lime leaves, veins removed,and shredded<br />1 tbsp fish sauce<br />2 tsp sesame oil<br />1 tsp soya sauce<br />2 tsp grated fresh ginger<br />1 tsp lemon grass puree<br />1 clove of garlic, shaved<br />25g fresh mint, shredded#<br />25g fresh coriander, shredded<br />25g Thai sweet basil, shredded<br />50g peanuts, finely chopped</p> <p><strong>Method:</strong></p> <p>1/ Slice the beef into very thin strips. Place in a bowl. Whisk together the palm sugar, fish sauce, sesame oil, soy sauce, lemon grass, ginger and garlic. Pour half the dressing onto the beef, cover and refrigerate until required, turning occasionally.</p> <p>2/Finely slice the tomato, cucumber, red onion, mange tout and radishes into thin strips. Shred the cabbage. Place in a bowl with the chilli, mint, coriander, basil, peanuts and lime leaves.</p> <p>3/ Add the beef to the salad, drizzle with remaining dressing and toss to combine.</p> <p>Serve with chilli flowers and lime wedges to decorate and warm pitta breads.</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/enjoy-night-races"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Enjoy a Night at the Races</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/special-delivery-shepherd-neame">Special Delivery for Shepherd Neame <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Featured Recipe: Thai Beef Salad" class="rdf-meta"></span> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 09:32:04 +0000 M.Farmer 41766 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Special Delivery for Shepherd Neame http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/special-delivery-shepherd-neame <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>12 September 2014</p><p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Senior%20tour%20guide%20Alan%20Trent%20in%20the%20new%20van.jpg" />An historic delivery van used by Shepherd Neame more than 90 years ago has returned to the brewery.</p> <p>The maroon Austin 7 was first registered to the Faversham-based brewery in November 1923. It was recently discovered at a private collection in Kent, where it had been restored with its original 1920s livery.</p> <p>The maroon van has now joined the fleet of historic vehicles on show in Shepherd Neame’s Old Brewery Store events venue. Others include a 1928 Austin 20 Van, 1926 Thornicroft lorry, 1951 three-wheeled Reliant trike van and 1970s Triumph Spitfire. All the vehicles can be seen at the end of the brewery tour.</p> <p>Visitor centre manager Graham Hukins said: “We think the van was probably used to deliver bottled beer, or by one of the brewery’s repair men when they went out to visit pubs. We are delighted to add another historic vehicle to our collection, particularly in such fantastic condition.”</p> <p>For information about brewery tours <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/brewery-tours">click here</a> or call the visitor Centre team 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/featured-recipe-thai-beef-salad"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Featured Recipe: Thai Beef Salad</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/autumn-events-shepherd-neame">Autumn Events at Shepherd Neame <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Special Delivery for Shepherd Neame" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:01:45 +0000 M.Farmer 41911 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Autumn Events at Shepherd Neame http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/autumn-events-shepherd-neame <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>10 September 2014</p><p>There’s something for everyone on offer at Faversham-based brewery Shepherd Neame this autumn, from a seasonal beer and food matching evening to some fantastic rock and pop tribute acts. We round up the major events taking place from September to December.</p> <p><a href="/tours-functions/events/evening-tour-ale-samplers-supper-2014-autumn-season" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/ToursFunc/blog_half_Visitor%20Centre%20bar%20-%20ale%20samplers%20supper_1.jpg" />Brewery Tour and Ale Samplers’ Supper</a><br />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: Friday, September 26; Friday, October 31; Friday, November 7; Friday, November 21.<br />Where: Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre<br />Tickets: £28.50 per person. Advance booking is essential.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="/tours-functions/events/autumn-beer-food-matching-evening-0" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/ToursFunc/blog_half_Beer%20and%20food%20evening_resize_0.jpeg" />Autumn Beer &amp; Food Matching Evening</a><br />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. The menu will include whipped goats’ cheese, ginger and lime cheesecake with chilli syrup; smoked salmon, cucumber, ricotta cheese and horseradish pot; ale glazed pork cutlet with sweet caramelised apples and celeriac mash; and lemon verbena crème brulee with tuile biscuit.<br />When: 7pm on Saturday, October 4<br />Where: Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre<br />Tickets: £49.50 per person. Advance booking is essential.</p> <p><a href="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/ToursFunc/blog_half_BAR08.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/ToursFunc/blog_half_BAR08_0.jpg" /></a><a href="http://www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk/events/kentish-wedding-wedding-fair" target="_blank">A Kentish Wedding – Wedding Fair</a><br />Brides and grooms-to-be can gain inspiration for their big day at the latest Wedding Fair organised by events company A Kentish Wedding. It offers the chance to meet 35 local suppliers, and also take a look around Shepherd Neame’s two atmospheric wedding venues - the Old Brewery Store and the Visitor Centre. Shepherd Neame’s dedicated wedding co-ordinator will be on hand to offer tours of the facilities and discuss your requirements. To book a free appointment, call 01795 542285. All couples will receive a free goodie bag, plus free entry into a draw to win a balloon flight.<br />When: Sunday, October 5<br />Where: The Old Brewery Store<br />Doors open at 10.30am. Admission is free.</p> <p><a href="http://www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk/events/queen-ii" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/ToursFunc/blog_half_Queen%20II.jpg" />Queen II</a><br />Get ready to rock with top tribute act Queen II. The acclaimed four-piece will be performing all of the legendary British band’s greatest hits, including I Want To Break Free, Another One Bites The Dust and the iconic Bohemian Rhapsody.<br />When: 7pm on Saturday, November 8<br />Where: The Old Brewery Store<br />Tickets: £12.50</p> <p><a href="http://www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk/events/take-experience" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/ToursFunc/blog_half_The%20Take%20That%20Experience_0.jpg" />The Take That Experience</a><br />The Take That Experience are back (for good) at The Old Brewery Store. Following the success of last year’s show, the talented group are returning to perform the band’s most popular songs, from 90s classics Back for Good, Relight My Fire and Pray, to more recent chart hits such as Patience, Shine and Rule The World.<br />When: 7pm on Friday, December 5<br />Where: The Old Brewery Store<br />Tickets: £12.50</p> <p><a href="/tours-functions/events/christmas-beer-food-matching-evening-0"><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/ToursFunc/blog_half_xmas%20ale.png" />Christmas Beer and Food Matching Evening</a><br />Get into the Christmas spirit with this special festive six-course dinner, hosted by one of the brewery’s beer experts. The menu will include<br />smoked haddock and spinach tartlet with coarse grain mustard; beef and ale casserole with parsnip mash and sauteed greens; Christmas mess crushed meringues with chestnuts, whipped cream and cranberry coulis; and homemade chocolate truffles. Shepherd Neame’s popular Christmas Ale will be among the selection of beers served with each course.<br />When: 7pm on Saturday, December 6<br />Where: Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre.<br />Tickets: £49.50. Advance booking is essential.</p> <p>For more information on all these events visit <a href="http://www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk/" target="_blank">www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk</a> or the <br /><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions" target="_blank">Visitor Centre pages</a>, or call the team on 01795 542016.</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/special-delivery-shepherd-neame"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Special Delivery for Shepherd Neame</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-zetland-arms-kingsdown-0">Pub of the week: The Zetland Arms, Kingsdown <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Autumn Events at Shepherd Neame" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:33:08 +0000 M.Farmer 41756 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk