Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/signup?keys= en New Survey Shows Vital Role of Beer and Pubs in Kent http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/new-survey-shows-vital-role-beer-and-pubs-kent <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>26 February 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/bbpa">BBPA</a>, <a href="/blog/news">News</a></p><ul> <li>         More than 26,000 jobs in Kent reliant on beer and pubs</li> <li>         The beer and pub industry adds £559m to Kent economy</li> <li>         Industry pays wages totalling £277m in Kent</li> </ul> <p>The brewing and pub sector plays a vital role in the Kent economy, according to new figures released on website <a href="http://www.beerandpubjobs.co.uk">www.beerandpubjobs.co.uk</a>.</p> <p>Independent advisory firm Oxford Economics was commissioned by the British Beer &amp; Pub Association (BBPA) to conduct a major survey of Britain’s brewing and pub trade, showing the impact on jobs, wages, and the economy at a local level.</p> <p>The report identifies 1,502 pubs and 28 breweries in Kent, and states that the brewing and pub sector contributes £559m to the county’s GDP, and £297.7m in taxes. A total of £38.8m is directly invested in the county by the industry.</p> <p>It also shows that a total of 26,014 jobs in Kent are reliant on beer and pubs, 19,670 of them directly. The industry plays a pivotal role in the county’s youth employment, with 9,401 of those workers directly employed in the industry aged 16 to 24.</p> <p>BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds said: “In Kent the brewing and pub sector is a dynamic part of the local economy. Historic and vibrant; it creates jobs, adds to the local economy and is at the centre of the hospitality industry, our cultural heritage and the social life of every community.”</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blocks/Shepherd%20Neame%20chief%20executive%20Jonathan%20Neame.jpg" />Jonathan Neame, BBPA chairman and chief executive of Shepherd Neame based in Faversham, which directly employs around 1,200 staff at the brewery and in its 52 managed houses, and indirectly provides jobs for around 4,000 people across its tenanted estate, welcomed the findings of the report.</p> <p>He said: “I am delighted that this report has identified the important role that the brewing and pub sector plays in the Kent economy, and indeed across the UK as a whole. The sector is performing well thanks to greater consumer confidence, improved weather conditions, and lower taxation on beer. As a consequence, after many years of decline, the beer market has grown.”</p> <p>Indeed, following the release of the report, the BBPA is calling for the Government to cut beer duty for a third time in this year’s Budget on March 18.</p> <p>Ms Simmonds said: “Our new website shows that beer and pubs provide huge numbers of local jobs, especially for young people. The last two years of duty cuts have made a real difference, saving jobs across the country, boosting investment and increasing confidence. But with beer duty still 36% higher than it was in 2008, we really need another cut.  I also hope MPs will take note of the huge local impact of <a href="http://www.beerandpubjobs.co.uk">www.beerandpubjobs.co.uk</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-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-black-boy-sevenoaks">Pub of the Week: The Black Boy, Sevenoaks <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="New Survey Shows Vital Role of Beer and Pubs in Kent" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 51686 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The Black Boy, Sevenoaks http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-black-boy-sevenoaks <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>24 February 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/BlackBoy/blog_half_Blackboy%2C%20Sevenoaks-007.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 185px; float: left;" /><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/sevenoaks/black-boy" target="_blank">The Black Boy</a> is a busy pub right in the heart of Sevenoaks town centre.  The ideal spot for a lunch with friends or colleagues, the pub is just as popular as a meeting place for drinks in the evening, and is known for its home from home feel, and comfortable, relaxed ambience.<br /><br />Inside, the Black Boy successfully combines a traditional pub feel with the crisp modern stylishness of a wine bar, with wooden floors, plenty of seating, and a few cosy corners to settle into. There is an outside seating area in its pleasant courtyard which, as it forms part of the pedestrianized section of the town, is perfect for watching the world go by.  When it isn’t warm enough to go al fresco, there are two welcoming open fires and comfy sofas to be found inside.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/BlackBoy/blog_half_Blackboy%2C%20Sevenoaks-001.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 186px; float: right;" />At lunchtime, there is a menu of sandwiches and pub classics, as well as daily specials, and in the evenings a range of tempting bar snacks provide the ideal accompaniment to an after work pint, or relaxing bottle of wine with friends. On the bar you will find a range of Shepherd Neame ales and lagers, a very carefully chosen selection of quality red and white wines, a wine of the month, and all your usual soft drinks, selection of teas and coffees.<br /><br />Situated in the centre of Sevenoaks, the pub is a great destination for a post shopping lunch, or stop off after visiting one of the local attractions, such as nearly <a href="http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole/" target="_blank">Knole</a>, a historic house and medieval deer park, which is within walking distance or a short drive from the pub.  The town’s <a href="http://www.stagsevenoaks.co.uk/" target="_blank">Stag Theatre</a> is also a short walk away.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/BlackBoy/three_col_Black-Boy-Main.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 209px; float: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" />In keeping with the relaxing atmosphere, the pub hosts an acoustic music night the first Tuesday of every month.  It is also available for private hire on Sundays, with catering available, and is proving very popular for birthdays and christening receptions.<br />The Black Boy is in Bank Street, in Sevenoaks town centre.  For more information and directions, you can visit <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/sevenoaks/black-boy" target="_blank">their website</a>, call the team on 01732 452 192 or find them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/blackboysevenoaks" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.<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-survey-shows-vital-role-beer-and-pubs-kent"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> New Survey Shows Vital Role of Beer and Pubs in Kent</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/faversham-gets-its-own-comedy-store">Faversham Gets Its Own &#039;Comedy Store&#039; <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Black Boy, Sevenoaks" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:22:38 +0000 M.Farmer 51706 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Faversham Gets Its Own 'Comedy Store' http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/faversham-gets-its-own-comedy-store <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>23 February 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/old-brewery-store">Old Brewery Store</a></p><p>A new monthly comedy night is being launched at The Old Brewery Store in Faversham.</p> <p>The events venue at the Shepherd Neame brewery will be hosting a comedy night on the first Thursday of every month, with the inaugural show on Thursday, March 5.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Adam%20Morrison.jpg" />The first show will feature two local performers, University of Kent student Matt Hoss, who lives in Canterbury, and Sheerness-based Adam Morrison. The other comedians, from London, are Andy Evans, Martine Pepper, Oli Bettesworth, Christopher Lane, and host Sam Wyatt.</p> <p>Shepherd Neame visitor centre manager Graham Hukins said: “We were overwhelmed by the response we received when we advertised for comedians to perform. There aren’t many venues in Faversham and the local area offering comedy, so we hope this will prove popular. We are purposely keeping the ticket price very affordable to encourage as many people as possible to come along and see this talented bunch of up-and-coming comedians.”</p> <p>Doors open at 6.30pm for an 8pm start, with tickets priced £5. It is open to over 18s only.</p> <p>For more information or to buy tickets <a href="http://www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk/events/comedy-club" target="_blank">click here</a> or phone 01795 542285.</p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/pub-week-black-boy-sevenoaks"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The Black Boy, Sevenoaks</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shop-pick-samuel-adams-boston-lager">Shop Pick: Samuel Adams Boston lager <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Faversham Gets Its Own &#039;Comedy Store&#039;" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 51401 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shop Pick: Samuel Adams Boston lager http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shop-pick-samuel-adams-boston-lager <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>18 February 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/samuel-adams">Samuel Adams</a></p><h4>OFFICIALLY A WORLD CLASS LAGER!<br /> </h4><div>This week's <strong>Shop Pick</strong> is a case of 24 bottles of <strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/samuel-adams-boston-lager-24-x-330ml-bottles?utm_source=SNWeb&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=ShopPick" target="_blank">Samuel Adams Boston Lager</a></strong>, which was announced this week as a <strong>Gold Medal Winner</strong> at the <a href="http://www.brewingawards.org/home_1_1_home.html" target="_blank">International <span style="line-height: 1.538em; font-size: 13.0080003738403px;">Brewing Awards</span><span style="line-height: 1.538em; font-size: 13.0080003738403px;">.</span></a></div><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Sam%20Adams%20Boston%20Winner.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 159px; height: 280px; float: left;" /><h4 style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px;"><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Samuel%20Adams%20Boston%20Pouring.jpg" style="width: 173px; height: 230px; float: right; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /></h4><div>The world’s leading US craft beer, and a legend in its US homeland, Samuel Adams Boston Lager <span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">combines the full flavour of ale with the </span><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">smoothness of lager. First brewed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1984, Sam Adams was hailed as 'The Best Beer in America' two years later.</span></div><div><br />Brewed under license here at Shepherd Neame, Britain's Oldest Brewer.<br /><br />To <strong>celebrate our win</strong>, we are offering<strong> 20% off when you order a case</strong> from our <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/samuel-adams-boston-lager-24-x-330ml-bottles?utm_source=SNWeb&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=ShopPick" target="_blank">online shop</a> - no code needed just <strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/samuel-adams-boston-lager-24-x-330ml-bottles?utm_source=SNWeb&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=ShopPick" target="_blank">click here</a></strong><br /><br />Read more about <a href="http://www.samueladams.com/" target="_blank">Samuel Adams here</a><br /><h4><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/samuel-adams-boston-lager-24-x-330ml-bottles?utm_source=SNWeb&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=ShopPick" target="_blank">Click here to ORDER NOW</a> or call 01795 542014<br /><br /><br /> </h4></div><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/faversham-gets-its-own-comedy-store"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Faversham Gets Its Own &#039;Comedy Store&#039;</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/spring-action-trio-great-beers">Spring into Action with a Trio of Great Beers <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shop Pick: Samuel Adams Boston lager" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:05:56 +0000 M.Farmer 51416 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Spring into Action with a Trio of Great Beers http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/spring-action-trio-great-beers <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>18 February 2015</p><p>Raise a glass to the arrival of spring with a trio of seasonal Shepherd Neame beers.</p> <p>Britain’s oldest brewer is releasing three of its most popular limited edition cask ales in March: Early Bird, Dragonfire and India Pale Ale.<br /><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/brands/ales/early-bird">Early Bird</a> (4.3% ABV) takes its name from the Early Bird variety of Shepherd Neame’s signature East Kent Goldings hops, grown in hop gardens near the Faversham brewery.</p> <p>A refreshing pale golden beer with floral aroma, it is a superb accompaniment for salads and fish dishes.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Alma%2C-Faversham-%28Painter%27s-Forstal%29-300.jpg" />There’s no chance you will miss it at the bar, as the brand has undergone a complete redesign to give it a more eye-catching, contemporary look. Look out for the colourful green square pump clip.</p> <p>Created to commemorate St George’s Day, <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/brands/ales/dragonfire">Dragonfire</a> (ABV 4.5%) combines barley, oats, rye and wheat with two English hop varieties – Goldings and First Gold – in addition to a fiery secret ingredient.</p> <p>Conceived in Shepherd Neame’s pilot brewery, the gutsy seasonal ale is full bodied and rich with a mellow mahogany hue. It is among a new collection of No.18 Yard Brewhouse beers, named after the historic cask store.</p> <p><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/brands/ales/india-pale-ale">India Pale Ale</a> (ABV 4.5%) hails from the tradition of 18th Century IPAs, which relied on generous hopping to protect exports during arduous journeys overseas. This modern incarnation retains the strength, body and strong hop character which is synonymous with this beer's provenance.</p> <p>India Pale Ale delivers potent bitterness, offset with generous amounts of pale ale malt to deliver a balanced, yet uncompromising brew.<br />All three beers are available on cask from March to May.</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-samuel-adams-boston-lager"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shop Pick: Samuel Adams Boston lager</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shepherd-neame-beers-are-officially-world-class">Shepherd Neame Beers are Officially World-Class <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Spring into Action with a Trio of Great Beers" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 51346 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shepherd Neame Beers are Officially World-Class http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shepherd-neame-beers-are-officially-world-class <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>17 February 2015</p><p>Shepherd Neame has won a gold, silver and bronze medal in the <a href="http://www.brewingawards.org/" target="_blank">International Brewing Awards</a>, dubbed the Oscars of the brewing industry.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/logopngmain.png" />Nearly 1,000 beers and ciders from all over the world entered this year’s awards, which have been running since 1886, and encourage innovation and diversity in beer and honour brewing excellence.</p> <p><a href="/node/2130" target="_blank">Samuel Adams Boston Lager</a> (4.8% ABV) won gold in Class 2 (4.8% - 6.9% ABV) of the International Keg Lager Competition. Brewed under license by Shepherd Neame, it was first produced in Boston and is the world’s leading US craft beer, combining the full flavour of ale with the smoothness of lager.</p> <p>The contemporary Whitstable Bay Collection, launched by Shepherd Neame under its Faversham Steam Brewery moniker last year, also scored highly in the awards.</p> <p><a href="/node/18206" target="_blank">Whitstable Bay Blonde Premium Lager</a> (4.5% ABV) won bronze in Class 1 (2.9% - 4.7% ABV) of the International Keg Lager Competition, and <a href="/node/18186" target="_blank">Whitstable Bay Organic Ale</a> (4.5% ABV) won silver in the Organic Beer category of the International Speciality Beer Competition.</p> <p>The beers are judged only by currently working professional brewers who have acknowledged and current expertise in the tasting and commercial evaluation of beers.</p> <p>Head brewer Richard Frost said: “To win three medals is a tribute to the expertise and dedication of our brewers, who are dedicated to brewing ales and lagers of the highest quality and offering a distinct flavour.”</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/spring-action-trio-great-beers"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Spring into Action with a Trio of Great Beers</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-prince-arthur-shoreditch">Pub of the Week: The Prince Arthur, Shoreditch <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shepherd Neame Beers are Officially World-Class" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:14:14 +0000 james.purcell 51351 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The Prince Arthur, Shoreditch http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-prince-arthur-shoreditch <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>17 February 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>The <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/shoreditch/prince-arthur" target="_blank">Prince Arthur</a> is one of those hidden London gems – a ‘real’ authentic pub, tucked away in a quiet road off Old Street, right on the edge of the City.  It is much loved by its regulars, popular with office workers, and thoroughly enjoyed by anyone else lucky enough to pop in.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Prince%20Arthur%2C%20Shoreditch-005.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 193px; float: left;" />Following an extensive makeover, the pub underwent a transformation at the end of 2013, to become the smart, tidy little pub it is today.  The interior manages to be wholly traditional, but with a real punch of modern style and a little bit of cheekiness, with an unusual and eclectic mix of pictures adorning the walls. The bar is welcoming and charming, enhanced on chilly days by a roaring open fire.<br /><br />Upstairs you will find a second bar, with a generous space given over for playing darts.  This area is available for private hire, and is ideal for functions and parties.  There is also a roof terrace, complete with tables and chairs, a real sun trap on warmer days.  Currently only bar snacks are available, but the kitchen is being developed, with plans to offer lunches and more very soon.<br /><br />The pub is known for its well-conditioned, quality Shepherd Neame ales, including seasonals, and features regularly in the Good Beer Guide. Should you prefer, you will also find a choice of lagers and wines, and your usual softer options.  Should you feel like lifting your spirits, there is an excellent range including over 20 whiskeys, as well as a range of bourbons, gins and rums, and more.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Prince%20Arthur%2C%20Shoreditch-002.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" />Close to Old Street tube, and only a short distance from both Spitalfields and Columbia Road markets, the Prince Arthur is an ideal spot to seek out for lunch after a busy morning shopping, or for a relaxing pint at the end of the working day. A fortnightly quiz is held on Tuesdays 8pm.<br /><br />The pub is not far from Shoreditch High Road – for more information and directions visit <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/shoreditch/prince-arthur" target="_blank">their website</a>.  You can also call the team on 020 7253 2517, or find them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/princearthurshoreditch" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.<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/shepherd-neame-beers-are-officially-world-class"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shepherd Neame Beers are Officially World-Class</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/ringing-changes-six-bells">Ringing In the Changes at the Six Bells <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Prince Arthur, Shoreditch" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:42:34 +0000 M.Farmer 51331 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Ringing In the Changes at the Six Bells http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/ringing-changes-six-bells <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>16 February 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a></p><p>The <a href="/node/648" target="_blank">Six Bells</a> in Cliffe has reopened following a major refurbishment project costing £120,000.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Exterior%20of%20the%20Six%20Bells%2C%20Cliffe.jpg" />The work at the Shepherd Neame-owned pub, run by licensee Kelly Walker, took three weeks, and involved a complete interior and exterior makeover.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Six%20Bells%2C%20Cliffe%20-%20Copy.jpg" />A new entertainment system has been installed, including two large wall-mounted widescreen TVs, 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.</p> <p>Kelly said: “I have been at the pub for just over a year, and am delighted with the refurbishment. Opening up the unused area at the back of the pub to create a new bar and snug has made such a difference, giving us a lot more space. All the regulars have said how much they love the pub’s new look, and we are seeing a real surge in new customers.”</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Nigel Bunting, Shepherd Neame’s director of retail and tenanted operations said: “The Six Bells is a very successful pub, and we are delighted to invest in this development to take it to the next level.”</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-prince-arthur-shoreditch"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The Prince Arthur, Shoreditch</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/free-seaside-wedding-fair">Free Seaside Wedding Fair <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Ringing In the Changes at the Six Bells" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 09:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 50701 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Free Seaside Wedding Fair http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/free-seaside-wedding-fair <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>15 February 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_Bride%20outside%20The%20Marine%20Hotel.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 180px; float: left;" />Brides and grooms-to-be won’t want to miss the forthcoming seaside Wedding Fair at the <a href="http://www.marinewhitstable.co.uk/" target="_blank">Marine Hotel in Tankerton</a>.<br /><br />The free event is taking place at the hotel in Marine Parade from 10am to 2.30pm on Sunday, February 22. 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_Marine%20Hotel%2C%20Tankerton.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 200px; float: right;" />The Marine Hotel’s dedicated wedding team will also be on hand to answer questions and show guests around the popular venue, which boasts panoramic views over the sea. Every visitor will receive a free goody bag and be entered into the draw to win a £150 goody bag.<br /><br />For more information email <a href="mailto:dominic@akentish-wedding.co.uk">dominic@akentish-wedding.co.uk</a> or call 07834 907700.<br /><br /><em>Image credit: <a href="http://www.bayimages.co.uk">www.bayimages.co.uk</a></em><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/ringing-changes-six-bells"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Ringing In the Changes at the Six Bells</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/original-kentish-ale-gets-new-look">The Original Kentish Ale Gets a New Look <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Free Seaside Wedding Fair" class="rdf-meta"></span> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 08:30:00 +0000 M.Farmer 51066 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk The Original Kentish Ale Gets a New Look http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/original-kentish-ale-gets-new-look <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>14 February 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/masterbrew">Masterbrew</a>, <a href="/blog/beer">Beer</a></p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/ToursFunc/blog_half_The%20new-look%20Master%20Brew%20pump%20clip.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 193px; float: right;" />Shepherd Neame’s renowned <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/brands/ales/master-brew-kentish-ale" target="_blank">Master Brew</a> has a new look, celebrating its heritage as <em>The Original Kentish Ale</em>: the only UK beer style protected by the EU.<br /><br />The beer’s signature green remains, but it’s now offset with a more subtle silver and cream colour palette and clearer fonts. The new-look metal pump clip and bottle label include a photograph from 1905 of hop pickers at Shepherd Neame’s hop farm Queen Court. Thousands of families from London enjoyed annual ‘hopping’ holidays to the Kent countryside until the mid-20<sup>th</sup> century – a tradition that continues to be celebrated at the town’s annual Hop Festival.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/ToursFunc/blog_half_Hop%20pickers%20at%20Queen%20Court%20in%201905.JPG" style="width: 280px; height: 171px; float: left;" />The design also references Faversham as the <em>Home of the Hop, </em>acknowledging the town’s position as a world-centre for hop growing. Some of the UK’s first hop gardens are thought to have been planted in the area, in particular Homestall Farm in 1590 as referenced in a plan at the Kent History Library Centre. Today, Kent is one of only two major hop growing regions in Britain. Queen Court Farm hosts the National Hop Collection, a living archive of historic hop varieties which play a vital role in research and breeding programmes and attract interest from breweries across the world.<br /><br /><strong><a href="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/ToursFunc/The new-look Master Brew.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/ToursFunc/blog_half_The%20new-look%20Master%20Brew.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 235px; float: right;" /></a>KENTISH ALE</strong><br />Shepherd Neame is the only brewer in the UK able to call its beer ‘Kentish Ale’, a style of beer which is afforded Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) from the European Union. It is characterised by a low level of sweetness and a dry, slightly astringent and peppery hop character when paired with the brewer’s unique ale yeast.<br />Master Brew is brewed in the UK’s last remaining solid oak mash tuns using the finest quality British pale ale, crystal and brown malted barley. In accordance with its PGI, it uses chalk-filtered mineral water from the artesian well deep beneath the brewery and is bittered with archetypal Kentish hops Admiral and Target, with later hopping from Goldings for aroma.<br /><br /><strong>TASTING NOTES</strong><br />From three-time Beer Writer of the Year, Ben McFarland:<br /><em>Delicate and devilishly drinkable, this quintessentially Kentish ale lays the county’s hallowed, herbaceous hops on a firm, biscuity bed of pale and crystal malt. Endowed with an inviting auburn-amber hue and a tantalising toffee-ish aroma, it’s an enlivening English ale that, given its unassuming ABV, pleasures the palate with a remarkable fullness of flavour.</em><br /><br />The beer is available on cask and in 500ml bottles (at 3.7% and 4% abv respectively) across pub, bars and off licences across the South East.<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-seaside-wedding-fair"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Free Seaside Wedding Fair</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/animal-magic-shepherd-neame-pub">Animal Magic at Shepherd Neame Pub <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="The Original Kentish Ale Gets a New Look" class="rdf-meta"></span> Sat, 14 Feb 2015 09:30:00 +0000 M.Farmer 51061 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk