Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/2011/06/default.aspx?keys= en Merry christmas from the brewers http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/merry-christmas-brewers <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>22 December 2011</p><p>On behalf of all the brewers I would like rto wish you all</p> <p>A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year</p> <p><img src="/brewery/blog/image.axd" alt="" width="204" height="537" /></p> <p>Stewart Tricker</p> <p>Senior brewer</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/participating-pubs-january-and-february-offers"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Participating Pubs - January And February Offers </a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/its-christmas">It&#039;s Christmas <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Merry christmas from the brewers " class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 07:15:00 +0000 polly.wann 2042 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk It's Christmas http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/its-christmas <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>15 December 2011</p><p><strong>For the brewers Christmas is now over.</strong> Whatever we brew between now and the 23rd December will just fill the system back up. We can rest on our laurels knowing that we have brewed all that we were asked to do, ranging from Spitfire and Asahi through to Christmas Ale in cask (a fine 5% beer), a limited edition Porter cask and Christmas Ale in bottle.</p> <p>Of course other areas are still very busy, most of the bottled product is now flying off the supermarket shelves so we are desperately trying to keep up with demand. I know it sounds sad but I do tend to look on the shelves to make sure our products are there and in other shoppers’ trolleys to see whose beer they are buying.</p> <p>Cask and keg supply to the pubs is critical meaning that telesales, draymen and the rest of the distribution team are working feverishly to make sure the beer is where you all want it to be – on the bar, they are also bringing the empties back as fast as they can so that both the keg and cask lines can continue to supply.</p> <p>The purchasing team are carefully balancing stock levels with production volumes and our suppliers Christmas shutdowns to ensure that we can brew and package anything anytime anywhere as the finished stock levels decrease.</p> <p>The accountants seem to love this time of year bringing joy to us all as they insist on a full stock count on Christmas eve and anticipate the excitement of balancing the books.</p> <p>We will of course be brewing and packaging through Christmas week and between then and the New Year to ensure that there is the range of beers out there that we all want to enjoy.</p> <p>Like many of you we are looking forward to our Christmas party to celebrate all that we have achieved but ours will be at the end of January when we traditionally have a slightly quieter period before the run up to Easter, the Olympics, the Queen’s Jubilee and the anticipated summer heat wave!!</p> <p>I would therefore on behalf of all at Shepherd Neame like to wish you a very merry Christmas and hope you enjoy whatever you have planned for the festive period.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Stewart Tricker - Senior Brewer</em></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/merry-christmas-brewers"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Merry christmas from the brewers </a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/full-steam-ahead-refurbished-victorian-pub">Full steam ahead for refurbished Victorian pub <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="It&#039;s Christmas " class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 15 Dec 2011 04:19:00 +0000 polly.wann 2043 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Full steam ahead for refurbished Victorian pub http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/full-steam-ahead-refurbished-victorian-pub <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>13 December 2011</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><a fcksavedurl="http://www.fountainhotelsittingbourne.co.uk" href="http://www.fountainhotelsittingbourne.co.uk/" target="_blank">The Fountain</a> in Sittingbourne has received a whole new look to reflect its railway past following a £60,000 refurbishment by Shepherd Neame.<br />The Victorian pub’s makeover highlights its prominent position next to the town’s railway station. Along with its redecorated exterior, fresh colour scheme and new signage, the pub’s railway theme extends to new pictures on the walls and railway station signs around the bar.</p> <p>New licensee David Foster said: “We have a great little snug area which resembles a carriageway and old-style London lighting with the twisted strand wiring which adds to the atmosphere. We will soon take delivery of an old, London station clock which should be a talking point.”</p> <p>While The Fountain pays homage to the past, it offers all the modern comforts including authentic Thai cuisine, available for lunch and dinner.<br />David said: “We serve exactly the same style of food that you could expect during a visit to Thailand. My wife Arisara is Thai and does all the cooking. We serve such dishes as curries, noodles, soups and stir frys. We also serve vegetarian meals and English options are available.”</p> <p>The Fountain also hosts live music nights and offers darts, pool and free wi-fi.<br />David added: “Come in for some great food, great beer, great atmosphere and a very friendly welcome.”</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/its-christmas"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> It&#039;s Christmas </a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/cricketers-pass-fund-raising-boundary">The Cricketers pass fund raising boundary <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Full steam ahead for refurbished Victorian pub" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 00:00:00 +0000 polly.wann 2161 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk The Cricketers pass fund raising boundary http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/cricketers-pass-fund-raising-boundary <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>06 December 2011</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>Two hospices have been bowled over by a Shepherd Neame pub which helped raise more than £38,000 for them with its annual <a fcksavedurl="http://www.pedal4charity.co.uk" href="http://www.pedal4charity.co.uk/" target="_blank">Pedal4Charity</a> event.<br />Cycling, quizzing and dancing are just three of the events which saw <a fcksavedurl="http://www.baronspubs.com/cricketers" href="http://www.baronspubs.com/cricketers" target="_blank">The Cricketers</a>in Horsell, Surrey, top last year’s tally by an impressive £5,000 for the Woking and Sam Beare Hospices.</p> <p>The Cricketers has supported the Pedal4Charity for the last four years, raising tens of thousands of pounds each time for the hospices, which provide specialist palliative care. This year’s event included a 22-mile cycle ride from and to the pub.</p> <p>Ron Neale, who created the Pedal4Charity event and announced the figure at a thank-you party for participants at The Cricketers, said: “It is amazing. It has taken me by surprise. Last year we raised £33,000 and I thought that would be hard to beat.”</p> <p>The fund-raising ride, which attracted 260 cyclists, was boosted by a festival on the nearby green comprising live music, a barbecue and amusements for the children. There was also a barn dance and a pub quiz, each attracting 250 people and the whole thing lasting over five days.</p> <p>“The Cricketers hosts the event and Shepherd Neame provided a mobile bar for the barn dance,” added Ron who, along with his team, plans to organise another event next year.<br />Cyclists, comprising hardy enthusiasts and families, set off from The Cricketers at 11am, before heading back from about 1pm.<br />Ron said: “The speedy ones whipped around the course in about hour and a half, with others coming in four hours later. The festival itself attracted about 600 to 700 people –and that doesn’t include the cyclists.”<br />In total, the Pedal4Charity events have raised £110,000 for the hospices.</p> <p>Pedal4Charity may be over for this year, but staff at The Cricketers have remained busy on the fund-raising front. The team backed Spitfire Ale’s involvement in the international men’s health charity campaign, <a fcksavedurl="http://uk.movember.com/mospace/network/spitfire" href="http://uk.movember.com/mospace/network/spitfire" target="_blank">Movember</a> by cultivating a fine array of facial hair. The team raised more than £1,300 for the cause.</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/full-steam-ahead-refurbished-victorian-pub"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Full steam ahead for refurbished Victorian pub</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/ade-faversham">Ade in Faversham <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="The Cricketers pass fund raising boundary" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 06 Dec 2011 00:00:00 +0000 polly.wann 2162 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Ade in Faversham http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/ade-faversham <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>05 December 2011</p><p>Comedian, Adrian Edmondsen visited the Faversham Brewery recently to film for his latest series, Ade in Britain.</p> <p><img style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial;" src="/brewery/blog/image.axd" alt="" /></p> <p>Shown around by Senior Brewer, Stewart Tricker, Ade visited the barley fields, a hop garden and helped mash in a brew Spitfire before heading to the sample room!</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/cricketers-pass-fund-raising-boundary"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> The Cricketers pass fund raising boundary</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/festival-british-beer-and-cheese">Festival of British Beer and Cheese <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Ade in Faversham " class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 05 Dec 2011 07:02:00 +0000 polly.wann 2044 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Festival of British Beer and Cheese http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/festival-british-beer-and-cheese <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>28 November 2011</p><p>On Friday I was at the Festival of British Beer and Cheese at the Brewers Hall in the City of London.</p> <p>The event had been organised by the Beer Academy and was a wonderful opportunity to experience beers old and new and to try to match them to suitable cheeses.</p> <p>There were brewers from Wells and Youngs, Fullers, Meantime, Caledonian, Greene King, Everards, Marstons and Hall and Woodhouse as well as ourselves and cheeses were supplied by Denhay, British Cheese Board, Dewlay, Goodwood, Long Clawson, Milk Link and Paxton and Whitfield.</p> <p>As you can imagine with such a large range of both brewers and cheese makers (is there a more scientific term for them?) the choice was huge, there were several Porters, lagers and seasonal beers as well as wheat beers, barley wines, vintage ales and IPAs. Beer strengths ranged from 3.5 to 9% with several of the beers being bottle conditioned. The more unusual brewing ingredients included raspberries (in Meantime’s Raspberry Wheat beer), honey (in Fuller’s Honeydew), liquorice (in our own Sainsbury’s London Porter) and stinging nettles (in Hall and Woodhouse’s Stinger) which gave a very strange sensation on the tongue.</p> <p>The range of cheeses was equally impressive, Somerset brie and goat’s cheese vied for our attention alongside cheddars, stiltons, Lancashire, Leicestershire Reds and Cheshire. Some of the cheeses were aged for 6 to 9 months in cloths and at least one was kept in a cave. There were cheeses with fruit or chives or onions added and one had been washed in honey mead.</p> <p>As you can imagine the range of both beers and cheeses means we only scraped the surface of which beer went with which cheese but all the brewers and cheese producers had a great time trying (as did the 150 plus paying members of the public).</p> <p>I suggest you try 1698 with stilton (with or without cranberries) and Canterbury Jack with a nice light Cheshire cheese, but that’s only my preference.</p> <p>The day was long and tiring (but was it really work?), deeply rewarding and immense fun.</p> <p>I strongly recommend that you come along to the next Beer and Cheese event (or any other beer and food matching) there really is so much to experience and I guarantee you will come across new tastes as well as being able to share a beer with friends (even if you have only just met them).</p> <p>Enjoy</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Stewart Tricker - Senior Brewer</em></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/ade-faversham"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Ade in Faversham </a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/grain-glass">Grain to Glass <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Festival of British Beer and Cheese " class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 03:28:00 +0000 polly.wann 2045 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Grain to Glass http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/grain-glass <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>24 November 2011</p><p>On Tuesday I and a number of brewing colleagues from around the country met up with farmers, hop growers, maltsters and members of the NFU as well as members of parliament at the launch of the Grain to Glass report.</p> <p>This is a joint industry initiative to raise awareness of the importance of the brewing industry to the rural economy and to call for government support going forwards.</p> <p>Some of the facts that I picked up included:</p> <p> </p><ul><li>270000 rural jobs depend on the brewing industry</li> <li>The brewing and pub industry contributes £28 billion to the UK economy</li> <li>1.7 million tonnes of barley are used per year in brewing and distilling (over 30% of the total UK crop)</li> <li>There are over 400 breweries based in rural locations.</li> <li>In 2010 over 100 new breweries opened taking the UK total to more than 800 producing 5000 different brands (in the year 2000 there were only 500 breweries).</li> </ul><p>These figures show how important the brewing industry is to the national economy.</p> <p>At Shepherd Neame we are firmly committed to this initiative, we use 100% British malt and 98% of our ale hops are grown in Kent, we even have Protected Geographical Indicator (PGI) status for our Kentish Ales guaranteeing the use of first class local ingredients.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Stewart Tricker - Senior Brewer</em></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/festival-british-beer-and-cheese"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Festival of British Beer and Cheese </a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/chefs-lamb-day-cut-above">Chefs&#039; Lamb day is a cut above <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Grain to Glass " class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 24 Nov 2011 06:13:00 +0000 polly.wann 2046 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Chefs' Lamb day is a cut above http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/chefs-lamb-day-cut-above <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>23 November 2011</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a></p><p>Shepherd Neame chefs perfected their lamb preparation skills with a development day at Ashford food supplier <a fcksavedurl="http://www.brake.co.uk" href="http://www.brake.co.uk/" target="_blank">Brakes</a>.</p> <p>The brewery’s head development chef Simon Howlett oversaw the session, attended by nine Shepherd Neame pub chefs and supported by local butchers JC Rooks &amp; Sons and EBLEX, the organisation which supports the British beef and lamb industry.</p> <p>Simon said: “The day was all about encouraging the use of lamb on our menus by introducing some new cuts and allowing our chefs to become more familiar with it. For example, we looked at a riblet cut, which is similar to a spare rib in a pork loin, only smaller. It is full of flavour, but needs to be slow-cooked or casseroled.”</p> <p>The day also saw Hugh Judd of <a fcksavedurl="http://www.eblex.org.uk" href="http://www.eblex.org.uk/" target="_blank">EBLEX</a> speak to the chefs about their roles in the industry and ended with a cooking competition, won by Steve Piddock of the Bell Hotel in Sandwich.<br />Simon said: “Two weeks before the event each chef was given a different cut of lamb for them to prepare in a cook-off. Steve won with herb-crusted sirloin of lamb, smoked sweet potato and a fondue of leeks with red wine jus.”</p> <p>This latest development day follows similar events in which Shepherd Neame chefs have practised pioneering steak cuts and learnt new fish skills.<br />Shepherd Neame Retail Operations Manager Graeme Endacott said: “These skills days demonstrate our commitment to training and development and help to keep us ahead of our competitors in terms of quality, choice and innovation.”</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/grain-glass"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Grain to Glass </a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/ade-proves-be-barrel-laughs">Ade proves to be a barrel of laughs <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Chefs&#039; Lamb day is a cut above" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 23 Nov 2011 00:00:00 +0000 polly.wann 2163 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Ade proves to be a barrel of laughs http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/ade-proves-be-barrel-laughs <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>22 November 2011</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a></p><p>Comedian Ade Edmondson rolled out the barrel when he visited the Shepherd Neame brewery in Faversham for his new ITV series, <a fcksavedurl="http://www.itv.com/food/programmes/ade-britain" href="http://www.itv.com/food/programmes/ade-britain" target="_blank">Ade In Britain</a>.<br />Star of Bottom and The Young Ones, Ade tried his hand at brewing for the series which looks at great British customs and heritage.</p> <p>His visit – to be broadcast on Friday, December 2 at 4pm – sees the funny man take a serious interest in Shepherd Neame’s brewing methods.<br />Shepherd Neame senior brewer Stewart Tricker, who accompanied the Comic Strip star, said: “Ade visited a nearby hop garden as Shepherd Neame sources its ingredients locally, and he mashed in at the brewhouse. We also spent some time in the sampling room. At one point he did try to run out of the brewery with a cask on his shoulders!”</p> <p>The series, which started on November 7, follows Ade as he travels around Britain discovering each region’s traditional foods and customs. As Shepherd Neame’s Kentish ales enjoy protected geographical indication – a European Union designation recognising provenance – Britain’s oldest brewer fitted the bill perfectly.</p> <p>Ade saw for himself how Shepherd Neame combines local ingredients with hundreds of years’ of brewing excellence and the latest technology to produce such distinctively Kentish ales as Spitfire, Bishops Finger and Master Brew.</p> <p>The comedian is no stranger to Kent. His folk band, <a fcksavedurl="http://www.thebadshepherds.com" href="http://www.thebadshepherds.com/" target="_blank">The Bad Shepherds</a>, played in Whitstable earlier this year and is set to return when they perform at The Quarterhouse in Folkestone on November 25. He also made a memorable Captain Hook in the panto, Peter Pan, at Canterbury in 2009/10.<br />Visitors can discover the secrets behind Shepherd Neame’s brewing expertise with a brewery tour. For more information and to book a visit <a fcksavedurl="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/brewery/tours/" href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/brewery/tours/" target="_blank">click here</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/chefs-lamb-day-cut-above"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Chefs&#039; Lamb day is a cut above</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/tourism-oscar-nomination-heralds-beer-food-festival-brewery">&quot;Tourism Oscar&quot; nomination heralds beer &amp; food festival at the brewery <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Ade proves to be a barrel of laughs" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 00:00:00 +0000 polly.wann 2164 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk "Tourism Oscar" nomination heralds beer & food festival at the brewery http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/tourism-oscar-nomination-heralds-beer-food-festival-brewery <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>21 November 2011</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/visitor-centre">Visitor Centre</a></p><p>Shepherd Neame has been shortlisted for a <a fcksavedurl="http://www.beautifulsouthawards.co.uk" href="http://www.beautifulsouthawards.co.uk/" target="_blank">Tourism South East Beautiful South Excellence Award</a> – known as the ‘Tourism Oscars’. <br />The Visitor Centre, at the Faversham headquarters of Britain’s oldest brewer, is nominated in the Flavour of the South East category of the awards which recognise excellence, quality and innovation achieved over the last 18 months. </p> <p>Category entrants must serve food and drink of the highest quality, including regional dishes. They must also show their contribution to the local economy through a commitment to local sourcing and communicate this to visitors. </p> <p>Commenting on the award nomination, Maddy Carr, Tourism South East business development executive for Kent said, “In 2011 the ability to provide exemplary service and the highest quality is paramount. These Awards recognise those businesses that have been delivering to the highest standards and we’re delighted with the record number and quality of entrants. May I congratulate the Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre on being shortlisted and we look forward to seeing them on 1st December, when we announce the final results.” </p> <p>Visitor Centre manager Graham Hukins said: “This is a wonderful accolade for our business as we work so hard to ensure the highest standards for our customers. A commitment to combining superb local produce with our award winning beers is central to our activities and is exemplified by our inaugural <a fcksavedurl="http://www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk/events/christmas-beer-kentish-food-festival" href="http://www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk/events/christmas-beer-kentish-food-festival" target="_blank">Christmas Beer and Local Food Festival</a> later this month.” <br />The event takes place on Saturday 26th November in the brewery’s recently-launched functions and entertainment venue – <a fcksavedurl="http://www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk" href="http://www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk/" target="_blank">The Old Brewery Store</a>. Over 15 local producers will be exhibiting at the festival, displaying everything from pickles to ice cream and from game to cheeses. </p> <p>Admission to the event is free and visitors will be able to sample traditional mulled ale, as well as discover which beers make an excellent accompaniment to Christmas dinner. The event runs from 10.30am – 4.30pm enabling visitors to attend the show before joining the celebrations to mark the switch-on of Faversham’s Christmas Lights in the town centre. </p> <p>Following the festival, there are chances to enjoy superb beer and food at the Visitor Centre with Yuletide tours and tastings running in December along with Christmas-themed Beer and Food Evenings. The brewery shop is open Monday to Saturday and is packed full of great gifts – many of them produced in Kent.</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/ade-proves-be-barrel-laughs"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Ade proves to be a barrel of laughs</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shepherd-neame-top-european-awards">Shepherd Neame is top in European awards <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="&quot;Tourism Oscar&quot; nomination heralds beer &amp; food festival at the brewery" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 21 Nov 2011 00:00:00 +0000 polly.wann 2165 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk