Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog?keys= en Get Set for the Great British Beerathon http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/get-set-great-british-beerathon <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>31 July 2014</p><p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Participants%20in%20the%20Great%20British%20Beerathon%202013.jpg" />The annual Great British Beerathon is taking place at the Hoop and Grapes in Farringdon Street, London, on Saturday, August 2nd. </p> <p>A total of 150 people, the majority in fancy dress, will set off from the Shepherd Neame pub to complete five one mile laps around the City of London.</p> <p>Each lap finishes at the Hoop and Grapes, where they will pick up their Slobstacles before heading out through the beer garden to continue the course.  Slobstacle one is a pint of bitter and a scotch egg; Slobstacle two is a pint of lager and a Cornish pasty; Slobstacle three is a pint of cider and a pork pie; Slobstacle four is a pint of Guinness and a piece of crumble.</p> <p>Prizes are given in a range of categories including fastest finish and best fancy dress costume.</p> <p>The event first took place five years ago in a local park, organised by the local branch of the Hash House Harriers running club, and has been held at the Hoop and Grapes every year since.  Organiser David Hellard, 36, said: “It started as a group of friends in the park with a few cans of beer and some food from the supermarket.  </p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Hoop%20%26%20Grapes.JPG" />"We had a real laugh doing it, so we decided to hold it again the next year, this time setting off from our local pub the Hoop and Grapes and using it to raise money for charity.  It has got bigger every year, and places in this year’s event have sold out. Everyone always has a fantastic time while raising money for a good cause.”</p> <p>Hoop and Grapes licensee Mike Stokes said: “We are delighted to be hosting this unique event for another year. We will be providing the food and drink for competitors at a subsidised price so more money can go to charity.”</p> <p>This year’s Great British Beerathon starts at 1pm. Spectators are welcome. All donations will go to Street Child, which helps create educational opportunity for vulnerable children in West Africa. <a href="http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=DavidHellard">Click here</a> to make a donation.</p> <p>For more information visit <a href="http://beerbellyrunning.weebly.com/the-great-british-beerathon.html" target="_blank">http://beerbellyrunning.weebly.com/the-great-british-beerathon.html</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-transforms-old-junk-new-garden-bar-and-stage">Pub Transforms Old Junk Into New Garden Bar and Stage <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Get Set for the Great British Beerathon" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000 M.Farmer 39961 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub Transforms Old Junk Into New Garden Bar and Stage http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-transforms-old-junk-new-garden-bar-and-stage <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>30 July 2014</p><p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Licensee%20Chris%20Johnson%20by%20the%20new%20bar%20area.jpg" />A quirky new garden bar and stage made entirely from reclaimed materials has been unveiled at <a href="http://thedovedargate.co.uk/" target="_blank">The Dove</a> at Dargate, near Faversham.</p> <p>The country pub, owned by Shepherd Neame, dates back to the 18th century and was taken over in November last year by licensee Chris Johnson and his partner Dee.</p> <p>They have already made their mark with the á la carte menu created by head chef Ben Johnson, Chris’ son, which has received <a href="http://thedovedargate.co.uk/reviews.html" target="_blank">rave reviews</a> from the likes of MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace, and accolades including a listing in the Michelin Guide and Good Food Guide.  And now they are offering a more casual dining experience with a barbecue menu including homemade burgers and locally sourced hotdogs and steaks on offer at the new outside bar.</p> <p>Customers can enjoy their food al fresco in the picturesque garden while watching entertainment on the new Little Dove stage.  The bar and stage have been created entirely from reclaimed materials with the help of Dargate artist and pub regular <a href="https://www.facebook.com/madeinkent">Jeremy Hagues</a>, who makes furniture from discarded materials.</p> <div><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Dove%20Chris%20Johnson.jpg" />Chris, 48, said: “We decided to add the outside bar and stage as the pub has a beautiful garden which was really being under-utilised. We got together with Jeremy, who was kind enough to offer his help for free, and scrounged absolutely everything!  “The front of the stage is made out of old gates and gas burner rings, and we used old hop poles to create the bar, decorating it with lights in old bed springs and other unusual bits of junk.  Our griddle is a manhole cover, and we have an old safe as the store for our spirits and soft drinks.” </p> <p>Jeremy, 53, said: “My son Albert works at The Dove, and my wife Sarah and I recently held our wedding celebration in its garden, so the pub is really special to us and I was delighted to help.  Chris and I make a good partnership, and I am really proud of what we have created at The Dove. Hopefully it will make people smile.”</div> <p>It took just eight weeks to complete the work, and the first live music event was held on the Little Dove stage earlier this month. Chris said: “The garden was packed with people, and everyone said how much they enjoyed the evening. Even if the weather is bad we can still use the garden, as we have an old parachute which can cover all the tables and chairs, and there is an awning at the front of the bar to shelter customers.”</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Musicians%20on%20the%20Little%20Dove%20stage_0.jpg" />Chris added: “We are planning to rent out the garden for private parties and functions, and eventually introduce a pizza oven behind the outside bar to increase the food we can offer. It is such a great space, the possibilities are endless!”</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/get-set-great-british-beerathon"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Get Set for the Great British Beerathon</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-manor-farm-barn-southfleet">Pub of the Week: Manor Farm Barn, Southfleet <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub Transforms Old Junk Into New Garden Bar and Stage" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:43:34 +0000 M.Farmer 39956 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: Manor Farm Barn, Southfleet http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-manor-farm-barn-southfleet <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>29 July 2014</p><p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/ManorFarmBarn/blog_half_Manor%20Farm%20Barn%2C%20Southfleet-008.jpg" />Should you happen to be passing this summer, you will soon be able to see quite a lot more of the staff at the Manor Farm Barn than usual.  After staff here with hit with the news that they had lost a colleague to pancreatic cancer, the close-knit team decided to do something positive in their friend’s memory.</p> <p>Paula Beagley, 50, had worked at the pub since it opened in 2002, and will be sadly missed by the team and the pub’s regulars.  Following the news that she had lost her battle with cancer, the bar staff got together to create a semi-nude comedy calendar, to raise money for the charity Pancreatic Cancer UK.  The calendar consists of a selection of clever and cheeky pictures, and will be available from the beginning of August.  The team are hoping to raise £3000.</p> <p>However, picking up your copy is not the only reason to stop by this lovely pub.  Manor Farm Barn is a beautifully restored 18th century barn, with some stunning features, including a thatched roof, exposed oak beams, and dramatic high ceiling.  They serve a good variety of classic pub meals, as well as seasonal dishes, and mouth-watering burgers, with a special menu for younger visitors.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/ManorFarmBarn/blog_half_Manor%20Farm%20Barn%2C%20Southfleet-011.jpg" />The pub boasts a large patio garden with seating for over 100 people, and barbecues are held regularly throughout the summer, as well as live music the first Friday of every month.   There is plenty of parking, and good disabled access. The pub can be found near the village of Southfleet, on the B266.  Their proximity to Bluewater make it a tempting addition to a shopping trip, with the Bluewater bus stop just 100 yards from the pub.</p> <p>The pub are currently busy preparing for their Charity Summer Ball in aid of Ellenor Lions Hospice on 23<sup>rd</sup> August from 7pm.  Tickets cost just £10 per person including food, and with live music from the popular pub circuit band Beer Pressure, it promises to be an evening full of fun, to keep you dancing and singing along until late!  <a href="https://www.facebook.com/themanorfarmbarn">Follow the pub on Facebook </a>for more on this and other upcoming events.</p> <p>To find out more, or to make a booking, call the team on 01474 834967.</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-transforms-old-junk-new-garden-bar-and-stage"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub Transforms Old Junk Into New Garden Bar and Stage</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/five-minutes-brian-and-anne-hogg-managers-dog-and-bear-lenham">Five minutes with… Brian and Anne Hogg - Managers of the Dog and Bear at Lenham <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: Manor Farm Barn, Southfleet" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:57:35 +0000 M.Farmer 39921 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Five minutes with… Brian and Anne Hogg - Managers of the Dog and Bear at Lenham http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/five-minutes-brian-and-anne-hogg-managers-dog-and-bear-lenham <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>28 July 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>Age: </strong>Brian 51; Anne 41</p> <p><strong>Education: </strong>Brian has City and Guilds catering qualifications; both have Personal Licences</p> <p><strong><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Dog%20%2526%20Bear-%20Le.jpg" /></strong><strong>Career:</strong> Brian and Anne met 20 years ago working at the Philipburn House Hotel in the Scottish Borders, as head chef and duty manager respectively. The couple, who have been married for 17 years, joined Shepherd Neame in 1996 as trainee hotel managers, and managed the Crown Inn at Sarre until 1997. They managed the Woolpack at Chilham until July 2004, when they moved to the Dog and Bear.</p> <p><strong>Hobbies and interests</strong>: Golf, food and wine.</p> <p><strong>What are your main responsibilities?<br />B</strong>: I look after the front of house and the cellar, and Anne looks after the office and rooms.</p> <p><strong>How do you balance work and family life?<br />B</strong>: We have two daughters, aged 16 and 14, so we try to work opposite shifts. If I’m working 6.30am to 3.30pm, then Anne will work from 3pm to 12pm. <strong>A:</strong> We always have a family day in the week and spend Sunday night together.</p> <p><strong>How many are in the team?</strong><br /><strong>A</strong>: We have 26 staff, a mixture of full and part-time.</p> <p><strong>What personal characteristics help you in your role?<br />B: </strong>Being organised and prepared. By being on top of all the little details, you can ensure a perfect welcome for guests. <strong>A: </strong>You have to enjoy meeting people and be able to hold a conversation about absolutely anything. It is also important to be happy to roll up your sleeves and do any job. We try to lead by example, and never ask the staff to do anything we haven’t done ourselves.</p> <p><strong>What are the most rewarding parts of your job?<br />A: </strong>Seeing customers returning as they have enjoyed their experience with us, and building strong relationships with our regulars. We are on first name terms with lots of them.  We also take real pride in the development of our staff, such as our assistant manager Natalie Waghorn, who started with us as a trainee.</p> <p><strong>What is tough about the job?</strong><br /><strong>B:</strong> It’s not a job, it’s a way of life. Be prepared for unsociable hours, and the unpredictability of the business. No two days are ever the same and there can be sudden peaks and troughs in trade, although that is also part of the fun of it.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Dog%20%2526%20Bear-%20Le-2.jpg" />What do you consider your biggest success at the company so far?<br />A:</strong> We are particularly proud of the way we have become part of village life during our time here at the Dog and Bear. We sponsor two football teams and the cricket team, hold a free Christmas tea party for the village pensioners, and try to support the community whenever we can, taking care to use local suppliers. <strong>B:</strong> We are also very proud of our fantastic team of staff here at the Dog and Bear. We have many long-serving employees, including our head chef, Paul Daybank, who has been with us since we arrived here 10 years ago. It keeps the business stable, and ensures consistency for customers, as they see the same faces when they visit us. Running a good pub and hotel is all about the people. You need a good team behind you to make it flow and work.</p> <p><strong>Why did you decide to work for Shepherd Neame?</strong><br /><strong>B: </strong>We had both been working at the Philipburn House Hotel for a long time, and thought it was time for a change. We decided to apply for a pub management position together, and were invited for interviews all over the country. We came down to Kent for an interview with recruitment co-ordinator Linda Reece at Shepherd Neame, and she offered us the best training package.</p> <p><strong>How has the company changed since you joined?<br />A:</strong> The biggest change has been the impact of the internet. When we started we sent out 20 brochures a day, and now we don’t send any. Everything is online, which is great as it means we are more accessible to people. They can see where we are, look at our menus or book a room in seconds.</p> <p><strong>What first attracted you to the industry?</strong><br /><strong>B:</strong> My grandfather was a baker. When I was young, I baked thousands of rolls with him and hated the monotony of it. I wanted to do something more diverse, so I decided to train as a chef. After college, I worked in two restaurants before going to the Philipburn House Hotel as second chef. I was there for 13 years, and promoted to head chef during that time. <strong>A:</strong> I worked part-time as a waitress at the hotel while I was at school. When I finished school, I spent three weeks in an admin role, but I hated the office environment as I felt enclosed. I decided to go back to the hotel, and started as a receptionist on 80p an hour, gradually working my way up to duty manager. I enjoyed the social side of working at the hotel. The team was friendly, I liked meeting new people, and I felt completely comfortable. </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-manor-farm-barn-southfleet"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: Manor Farm Barn, Southfleet</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/taste-truly-classic-ale">Taste a Truly Classic Ale <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Five minutes with… Brian and Anne Hogg - Managers of the Dog and Bear at Lenham" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 40151 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Taste a Truly Classic Ale http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/taste-truly-classic-ale <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>27 July 2014</p><p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Food/blog_half_Brilliant%20Ale%20-%20Shepherd%20Neame%20Classic%20Collection.jpg" />One of Shepherd Neame’s oldest brews, Brilliant Ale, will be available on draught later this month.</p> <p>It is part of the Faversham-based brewery’s Classic Collection, a range of draught beers recreated from historic recipes discovered in its archives, which also includes Double Stout, India Pale Ale, Mild and Porter.</p> <p>Records show that Brilliant Ale was first brewed sometime between 1825 and 1855, making it Shepherd Neame’s oldest Classic Collection beer to date.  Historically, the recipe consisted of 100% pale ale malt, bittered by the brewery’s signature East Kent Goldings hops, resulting in a golden, hoppy ale.</p> <p>When creating the ale, the brewers are believed to have gained inspiration from the bright early morning sun shining through the brewhouse window on to the oak mash.  Head brewer Richard Frost said: “We have rejuvenated Brilliant Ale by using the modern hop variety Cascade, along with East Kent Goldings, but we’re staying true to the spirit of this great pale ale, which was hugely popular in its day. We’re very proud to be able to revitalise unique brews like Brilliant from bygone days to share with today’s beer drinkers.”</p> <p>Brilliant Ale (ABV 4.0%) will be available on draught nationwide from Monday, July 28 to Sunday, August 31. It is also available all year in bottle (ABV 5.6%).</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/five-minutes-brian-and-anne-hogg-managers-dog-and-bear-lenham"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Five minutes with… Brian and Anne Hogg - Managers of the Dog and Bear at Lenham</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/featured-recipe-bbq-hot-smoked-salmon-parsley-and-chive-flatbreads">Featured Recipe: BBQ Hot Smoked Salmon with Parsley and Chive Flatbreads <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Taste a Truly Classic Ale" class="rdf-meta"></span> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 M.Farmer 39471 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Featured Recipe: BBQ Hot Smoked Salmon with Parsley and Chive Flatbreads http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/featured-recipe-bbq-hot-smoked-salmon-parsley-and-chive-flatbreads <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>26 July 2014</p><p>The salmon is cured and then hot smoked on the barbecue with Earl Grey tea leaves which impart a subtle smokiness. Here we served it up with Whitstable Bay Pale Ale which cuts through the smokiness well and contrasts with the sweetness of the salmon.<br />View a printable version <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Food/recipe%20bbq%20hot%20smoked%20salmon%20with%20chive%20and%20parsley%20flatbreads.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>Preparation 30 mins (plus curing 2 days): Cooking 20 minutes: Serves 4</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_BBQ%20Hot%20Smoked%20Salmon%20in%20pan.jpg" /><strong>Ingredients:</strong><br />4 thick salmon fillets<br />1 tbsp brown sugar<br />2 tsp salt<br />1 tsp lime juice<br />1 tbsp sticky barbecue sauce<br />1 tbsp Earl Grey tea leaves</p> <p><strong>Flatbreads:</strong><br />500g self raising flour<br />300g Greek yoghurt<br />10g chopped chives<br />10g chopped parsley<br />Pinch salt<br />¼ tsp baking powder</p> <p><strong>Sauce:</strong><br />2 tbsp mayonnaise<br />2 tbsp cooked beetroot, pureed<br />1 tsp lemon juice<br />Zest of 1 lemon</p> <p>Dressed baby leaves to serve.</p> <p><strong>Method:</strong><br />1/ Cut the salmon into 2.5cm cubes and place in a bowl with the salt, sugar, lime juice and bbq sauce. Turn in the mixture to coat. Keep in the fridge for two days, stirring occasionally.</p> <p>2/ Put all the ingredients for the flatbreads in a food processor and pulse until a smooth dough is formed. If it is a little wet then add a little more flour. Roll the dough out on a floured surface until 2-3mm thick and cut into small circles. Place between sheets of greaseproof paper until you are ready to cook them.</p> <p>3/ Thread the salmon cubes onto four skewers. If using wooden skewers be sure to soak them in water beforehand to stop them burning. Place a holed bbq wok on the barbecue (or improvise with a colander). Place a small square of foil in the bottom and place the tea leaves on top. Place a lid over the top and heat until the tea leaves start to smoke. Use the holes of the wok/colander to secure the skewers above the tea leaves and replace the lid. Cook for around 20 minutes or until the salmon is cooked. If the salmon is still a little pink in the middle then all the better.</p> <p>4/ Meanwhile cook the flatbreads on the barbecue. Brush a little water over the dough circles and cook directly on the bars until lightly browned on both sides, set aside to keep warm.</p> <p>5/ Make the sauce by mixing all the ingredients together and arrange the leaves on the serving plates. Serve the skewers with the flatbreads and a smear of the sauce on the plate.</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/taste-truly-classic-ale"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Taste a Truly Classic Ale</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shepherd-neame-extreme-do-it-again">Shepherd Neame Extreme Do It Again! <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Featured Recipe: BBQ Hot Smoked Salmon with Parsley and Chive Flatbreads" class="rdf-meta"></span> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 M.Farmer 39751 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Top Marks for City Centre Pub http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/top-marks-city-centre-pub <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>25 July 2014</p><p><a href="/pubs/canterbury/millers-arms"><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Miller%27s%20Arms%201.jpg" /></a><br /><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/canterbury/millers-arms">The Miller’s Arms</a><span> in Canterbury has won its second Certificate of Excellence award from the world’s largest travel website </span><a href="http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk">TripAdvisor</a><span>.</span></p> <p>The award celebrates hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments which consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor.  </p> <p>Situated in the city centre, close to Canterbury Cathedral, Shepherd Neame pub The Miller’s Arms was built in 1826 to serve local mill workers.</p> <p>It boasts a cosy bar, informal restaurant area and courtyard garden, along with 12 en-suite bedrooms which have all been recently refurbished. Brunch is served from 7.30am every day, with light snacks and main meals available during the afternoon and evening.</p> <p>The TripAdvisor honour is the second success in recent weeks for the pub, which won the Perfect Pint Award in the annual Shepherd Neame <img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Miller%27s%20Arms%20sign.jpg" />Pub Awards, with judges praising manager Paul Henderson and his team for going the extra mile to serve fantastic beer.</p> <p>Paul said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been given a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the second year running. Following the recent refurbishment project, the pub is looking better than ever, and it great to know that our customers are enjoying their time with us. As TripAdvisor is based purely on independent reviews, it makes this award even more significant.”</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/shepherd-neame-extreme-do-it-again"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shepherd Neame Extreme Do It Again!</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/hartley-morris-men-tour">Hartley Morris Men on Tour <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Top Marks for City Centre Pub" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000 M.Farmer 39696 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Hartley Morris Men on Tour http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/hartley-morris-men-tour <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>23 July 2014</p><p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Hartley%20Morris-1.jpg" />An open-top bus transported the Hartley Morris Men around Kent at the weekend for their annual Shepherd Neame Tour.</p> <p>Twenty members of the group, based in Wrotham, travelled down to the Gate Inn at Chislet on Friday, where they entertained with an evening of folk singing in the bar, before enjoying complimentary accommodation.  In the morning they set off on tour in an open-top bus, supported by a donation from Shepherd Neame.  The group’s first stop was Faversham, dancing in Market Square then outside Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre.</p> <p>They moved on to the Chequers Inn at Doddington, where they performed and enjoyed lunch, before travelling to Herne Bay, dancing by the historic Clock Tower then outside the Rose Inn.  They travelled back to The Gate Inn for another evening of singing in the bar and complimentary overnight stay, before heading home on Sunday.</p> <p><img alt="Hartley Morris mMen at The Chequers, Doddington" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Hartley%20Morris%20Men%20outside%20the%20Chequers%20Inn%20at%20Doddington.jpg" />Bagman Tony Tomlin, who lives in Maidstone, said: “Our annual weekend of performance at different Shepherd Neame pubs has been going for 39 years. It started as one of our members used to work as a drayman for the brewery, and we still have links to Shepherd Neame as its Rose and Crown pub in Wrotham is what we call our spiritual home, with our own special corner featuring morris dancing memorabilia. “We really love the weekend as it is a great opportunity to get away as a group and perform in a different area, and, of course, have an excuse to drink some of Shepherd Neame’s beers!”</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/top-marks-city-centre-pub"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Top Marks for City Centre Pub</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/fresh-start-historic-pub-gutted-blaze">Fresh Start for Historic Pub Gutted by Blaze <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Hartley Morris Men on Tour" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:28:24 +0000 M.Farmer 39691 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Fresh Start for Historic Pub Gutted by Blaze http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/fresh-start-historic-pub-gutted-blaze <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>22 July 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a></p><p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Three%20Lions%20with%20firefighters.jpg" />A Farncombe pub gutted by fire earlier this year has been officially re-opened following a major reconstruction project.  <a href="http://www.thethreelionsfarncombe.co.uk" target="_blank">The Three Lions</a> had just enjoyed a makeover when new licensee Sarah Firth and husband Graham moved in on January 17.  Less than three weeks later, on February 4, a fire tore through the historic Shepherd Neame pub, causing extensive damage throughout.</p> <p>Although the dedicated team were behind the bar serving drinks the next day, a third of the premises was unusable, and Sarah and Graham had to move out as their accommodation was uninhabitable.  But just over five months later, the pub is back to its former glory, thanks to a £125,000 refurbishment funded by the brewery.</p> <p>Dating back to the late 17th century, the pub is believed to be the oldest in the Surrey village. The project has included the redecoration of all bar areas and toilets using heritage colours in keeping with the pub’s historic character; a new bar counter; new log burning stove and new carpets, curtains and furniture. The tenants’ accommodation has also been completely restored.</p> <p>The pub’s exterior has been repainted, including traditional signwriting, and new timber seating installed in the garden, which has been made more family-friendly with a new picket fence separating it from the car park.  New catering equipment has been installed in the kitchen, which is now serving up a range of snacks and delicious pub classics from noon to 3pm, Tuesday to Sunday; and from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday and Thursday.</p> <p>Local dignitaries and residents were invited to the official opening event on Monday, July 21, with the first pint pulled by retired Godalming <img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Three%20lions%20donation.jpg" />Fire Station crew manager Mick Croker, the first firefighter on the scene when the pub was alight.  Other members of the local crew also turned up at the pub in their fire engine, to celebrate the pub’s re-opening.</p> <p>Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame attended the launch event, and to mark the occasion presented a cheque for £500 to Matthew Richardson, charity fundraiser for <a href="http://www.firefighterscharity.org.uk" target="_blank">The Fire Fighters Charity</a>.  </p> <p>Sarah said: “I worked as a sales manager for a local newspaper group for the past 16 years, but I wanted a new challenge and when The Three Lions became available, it seemed the perfect opportunity. It is the first pub I have run, and it has definitely been a challenging introduction to the industry! But I have a fantastic team of staff, and have received incredible support from the local community. I would also like to thank Shepherd Neame for all their hard work to return the pub to its former glory.”</p> <p>Shepherd Neame’s property and services director George Barnes said: “The Three Lions is an historic pub, and our aim was to create a contemporary look while retaining its character and atmosphere, and we are very pleased with the results. Sarah has demonstrated incredible tenacity and dedication during the past six months, and I am confident that she will continue to build upon the pub’s success.”</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/hartley-morris-men-tour"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Hartley Morris Men on Tour</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-plough-harrow-deal">Pub of the week: The Plough &amp; Harrow, Deal <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Fresh Start for Historic Pub Gutted by Blaze" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:30:33 +0000 M.Farmer 39631 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the week: The Plough & Harrow, Deal http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-plough-harrow-deal <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>22 July 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pub-week">Pub of the Week</a></p><p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Plough%20%26%20Harrow%20approach.gif" />The Plough &amp; Harrow is a family run country pub in the old Kent mining village of Tilmanstone, near Deal.  Set in beautiful Kent countryside, the pub has a large bar area, as well as an air conditioned restaurant overlooking the extensive garden, making it the perfect stop off for a refreshing drink or bite to eat this summer.</p> <p>With a variety of seating, covered areas and lawn, and even a bouncy castle through the summer months, the pub’s garden has something to offer everyone, whether you are stopping off after a ramble, bringing the family for lunch, or a couple looking to spend a relaxing Sunday in the sun.  You can also say hello to Marlene – the pub’s own, very friendly, Micro Pot Bellied Black Pig!</p> <p>The Plough prides itself on their freshly prepared food, home cooked to order.  They are also passionate about the provenance of the ingredients, with meats from local farms, fish fresh from the boats in Folkestone, and fruit and veg from local producers.  Whatever you are hungry for, the varied, seasonally inspired menus offer something for every appetite, and food can be ordered in the bar, restaurant or garden depending on your preference.  While you are waiting, you can enjoy a pint of Shepherd Neame cask ale, glass of wine, or soft drink.<br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Plough%20%26%20Harrow%20horses.jpg" /><br />The pub is easily accessed from the A256, off the A2, making it the ideal escape from the crowds after a visit to Dover, which is around 15 minutes away.  Canterbury and Sandwich are also within easy reach.  Children are welcome, as are walkers and riders, and their accompanying dogs and horses!  The pub also participates in a motorhome stopover scheme.</p> <p>With a busy social calendar, there is often something going on, with everything from regular live music events to potato growing competitions!  There is a fun quiz every last Thursday of the month, and a book club on the 1<sup>st</sup> Wednesday – all are welcome.</p> <p>Upcoming events include live music from The Ratzkins on Saturday, August 9<sup>th</sup>, and a Charity Family Fun Day in aid of Cystic Fybrosis on 6<sup>th</sup> September, which promises to be a fun packed day with a variety of stalls activities for everyone – for more details <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ploughharrowtilmanstone" target="_blank">follow the pub on Facebook</a> of check their <a href="http://www.theploughandharrow.moonfruit.com/#" target="_blank">website</a>. </p> <p>To find out more, or make a booking, call the team on 01304 617582.</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/fresh-start-historic-pub-gutted-blaze"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Fresh Start for Historic Pub Gutted by Blaze</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/featured-recipe-baileys-cr-me-brulee-0">Featured Recipe: Baileys Crème Brulee <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the week: The Plough &amp; Harrow, Deal" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:38:38 +0000 M.Farmer 39626 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk