Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/2012-12?keys= en T'was The Night Before Christmas (in the brewery) http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/twas-night-christmas-brewery <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>24 December 2012</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Author:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/stewart-tricker" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Stewart Tricker</a></p><div><b id="internal-source-marker_0.30351228010840714"><span>T'was the night before Christmas, when all through the brewhouse</span><br /><span>Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.</span><br /><span>The stockings were hung by the coppers with care,</span><br /><span>In hopes that the Neames soon would be there.</span></p> <p><span>The beers were nestled all snug in their kegs,</span><br /><span>While visions of strong ales danced in our heads.</span><br /><span>And staff in their cellars no casks to tap,</span><br /><span>Had just settled their brains for a long winter’s nap.</span></p> <p><span>When out on the hill there arose such a clatter,</span><br /><span>I sprang from the desk to see what was the matter.</span><br /><span>Away to the window I flew like a flash,</span><br /><span>With fear for what fell with such a crash.</span></p> <p><span>The moon on the dusting of new-fallen snow</span><br /><span>Gave the lustre of mid-day to vessels below.</span><br /><span>When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,</span><br /><span>But a miniature dray, and eight tiny reindeer.</span></p> <p><span>With a little old drayman, so lively and quick,</span><br /><span>I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.</span><br /><span>More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,</span><br /><span>And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!</span></p> <p><span>"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!</span><br /><span>On, Comet! On, Cupid! , on Donner and Blitzen!</span><br /><span>To the top of the fermenter! to the top of the wall!</span><br /><span>Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"</span></p> <p><span>As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,</span><br /><span>When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.</span><br /><span>So up to the mill room the coursers they flew,</span><br /><span>With the sleigh full of ales, stouts, and lager too.</span></p> <p><span>And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof</span><br /><span>The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.</span><br /><span>As I drew in my head, and was turning around,</span><br /><span>Down the fermenter St Nick came with a bound.</span></p> <p><span>He was dressed all in blue, with golden crooks dotted </span><br /><span>Other Shepherd Neame logos discreetly were spotted </span><br /><span>A bundle of hops he had flung on his back</span><br /><span>And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.</span></p> <p><span>His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!</span><br /><span>His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!</span><br /><span>His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,</span><br /><span>And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.</span></p> <p><span>The tankard of ale he held tight in his hand,</span><br /><span>And the aroma of hops fair filled the land.</span><br /><span>He had a broad face and a little round belly,</span><br /><span>That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!</span></p> <p><span>He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,</span><br /><span>And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!</span><br /><span>A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,</span><br /><span>Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.</span></p> <p><span>He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,</span><br /><span>And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.</span><br /><span>And laying his finger aside of his nose,</span><br /><span>And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!</span></p> <p><span>He sprang to his dray, to his team gave a whistle,</span><br /><span>And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.</span><br /><span>But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,</span><br /><span>"Happy Christmas to all, cheers and to all a good-night!"</span></b></div> <div> <div><em>Loosely based on the original Clement Clarke Moore poem</em></div> <div> </div> <div>With Christmas wishes from all the brewers</div> <div> </div> <div><em>Stewart Tricker - Senior Brewer</em></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> </div> <div> </div><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/statement-westminster-arms"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Statement - Westminster Arms</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/christmas-opening-hours-trade">Christmas Opening Hours for Trade <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="T&#039;was The Night Before Christmas (in the brewery)" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 08:29:03 +0000 Stewart.Tricker 9551 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Christmas Opening Hours for Trade http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/christmas-opening-hours-trade <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>20 December 2012</p><p>The Shepherd Neame Distribution Centre will be open between 8.30 and noon on Saturday 22 and Saturday 29 December for customers who wish to collect.</p> <p>These transactions will be for cash or credit card only.  </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/twas-night-christmas-brewery"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> T&#039;was The Night Before Christmas (in the brewery)</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-chestfield-barn">Pub of the Week: Chestfield Barn <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Christmas Opening Hours for Trade" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 09:33:37 +0000 james.purcell 9506 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: Chestfield Barn http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-chestfield-barn <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>12 December 2012</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><p>The 14<sup>th</sup> Century <a href="/node/424" target="_blank">Chestfield Barn</a> is a wonderfully historic pub restaurant situated in the picturesque village of Chestfield near Whitstable. In recent months the interior of the pub has been completely redecorated but still maintains its traditional character with flagstones and oak beams made from original Blean Forest timbers.<br /> <br />The Chestfield Barn offers a selection of freshly prepared meals and has just launched a new <a href="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/microsites/424/food/main-menu-1353416252.pdf" target="_blank">winter menu</a> which includes dishes such as pan fried breast of duck, braised beef olives and monkfish wrapped in Parma ham as well as traditional pub favourites.  For a more contemporary twist you can enjoy a spicy lamb chilli with dumplings or barbequed pork belly skewers with a piri-piri dip from the <a href="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/microsites/424/food/pub-grub-menu-1353416290.pdf" target="_blank">bar and light lunch menu</a>.  All the ingredients at the Chestfield Barn come from local suppliers.  Recent seasonal specials have included locally caught wild rabbit and pheasant and a Sunday roast is available every week from 12 – 6pm.<br /> <br />There is live jazz once a month on a Thursday. So if you want to liven up your lunchtime come along and listen to Richard’s Rascals playing mainstream jazz standards from 12.30 – 3.00 pm.<br /> <br />If you are still looking to book your <a href="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/microsites/424/food/christmas-menu-1354113468.pdf" target="_blank">Christmas meal</a>, the atmospheric upstairs restaurant can seat up to 60 people. Smaller groups of family or friends are welcome throughout December and the Chestfield Barn will be celebrating New Year’s Eve with a five course menu and live music.<br /> <br />For more information about the Chestfield Barn visit the <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/whitstable/chestfield-barn" target="_blank">website</a><br /> <br />Please note that due to the historical nature of the building, facilities for children are very limited and they must be supervised at all times.</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/christmas-opening-hours-trade"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Christmas Opening Hours for Trade</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shepherd-neame-successfully-counters-unnecessary-emro">Shepherd Neame successfully counters &#039;unnecessary&#039; EMRO <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: Chestfield Barn" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 13:12:21 +0000 james.purcell 9376 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shepherd Neame successfully counters 'unnecessary' EMRO http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shepherd-neame-successfully-counters-unnecessary-emro <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>06 December 2012</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a>, <a href="/blog/run-tenancy">Run a Tenancy</a></p><p> Shepherd Neame has spearheaded a successful campaign to counter a proposed Early Morning Restriction Order (EMRO) being imposed on pubs in Deal, Kent.<br /> <br />Deal Town Council has rejected a proposal from its planning committee to ask the licensing authorities in Dover to force pubs in the seaside down to shut at 11.45pm on weekdays and 12.45am on Fridays and Saturdays.<br /> <br />Speaking a meeting to consider the plan, Andy Davidson, Shepherd Neame’s tenanted business development manager for the area, told councillors that there was no case for implementing an EMRO in Deal.<br /> <br />Speaking after the meeting Davidson said: “The council had not consulted with local businesses, including Shepherd Neame as the owner of three pubs that would have been covered by the EMRO. In addition, they were proposing to make the application to Dover District Council without giving any reason or offering any supporting evidence as to why they believe an EMRO is needed.”<br /> <br />Davidson also pointed out that the proposed 11.45pm closing time would not comply with the law. Under the amendments to the Licensing Act introduced this year, EMROs can only operate between midnight and 6am.    <br /> <br />Shepherd Neame managed pub the <a href="http://www.theroyalhotel.com">Royal Hotel</a>, as well as leased businesses the <a href="http://www.kingsheaddeal.co.uk">King’s Head</a> and the <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/deal/clarendon-hotel">Clarendon Hotel</a>, would all have been affected. Davidson added: “Our pubs, along with the vast majority of licensed businesses in Deal, are run professionally and cause no problems.<br /> <br />“Many licensees from the town spoke at the meeting, and as the only multiple pub operator represented, it was important that Shepherd Neame was there support their case.” The proposal from the planning committee was rejected by nine votes to three.<br /> <br />Graham Stiles, licensee of the King’s Head for 32 years, said: “Andy Davidson’s support at the council meeting was excellent, and played an essential part in getting the EMRO plan voted down.<br /> <br />“The proposal would have had a serious impact on the trade of many well-run pubs in the town, who have and continue to operate responsibly, in accordance with their Premises Licences. Andy’s presentation made it clear that the proposal had not been properly considered or consulted on.”<br /> <br />George Barnes, Shepherd Neame's property and tenanted trade director, said: “We work very closely with the licensing authorities and take our responsibilities seriously. In this case, licensees at the helm of well-run businesses would have been seriously impacted by a poorly thought out and disproportionate proposal.<br /> <br />“Dealing with the bureaucracy of licensing regulation can be a challenge for individual licensees, which is why professional advice is an important part of the support we offer our licensees.”</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-chestfield-barn"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: Chestfield Barn</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-king-william-iv">Pub of the Week: King William IV <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shepherd Neame successfully counters &#039;unnecessary&#039; EMRO" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 10:14:35 +0000 polly.wann 9291 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: King William IV http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-king-william-iv <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>05 December 2012</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><p>The <a href="/node/533" target="_blank">King William IV</a>, located in the heart of the Wealden village of Benenden, is an unspoilt local that dates back to the 16th century. Close to the attractive village green, cricket pitch and church, this pub is also near to Sissinghurst Castle.<br /> <br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/bar.JPG" />You’ll be greeted by a warm welcome from licensees, Paul and Jackie at the King William. There are two areas to enjoy; the hustle and bustle of the bar has the chatter of friendly locals or you can enjoy a meal in the separate restaurant area.<br /> <br />The <a href="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/microsites/533/food/main-menu-1354539264.pdf" target="_blank">menu</a> features dishes to suit all tastes, with an emphasis on hearty and well executed pub classics.<br /> <br />If you’re feeling festive you may want to book a table to enjoy the Christmas Party <a href="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/microsites/533/food/christmas-party-menu-1353315758.pdf" target="_blank">menu</a> one lunchtime or evening which runs until 24<sup>th</sup> December. It is priced at a very reasonable two courses for £19.95 or three courses for £24.95.<br /> <br /> <br />To find out more about the King William IV visit the <a href="/node/533" target="_blank">website</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/shepherd-neame-successfully-counters-unnecessary-emro"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shepherd Neame successfully counters &#039;unnecessary&#039; EMRO</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/double-success-beautiful-south-awards">Double Success at the Beautiful South Awards <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: King William IV" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 12:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 9341 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Double Success at the Beautiful South Awards http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/double-success-beautiful-south-awards <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>04 December 2012</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><a href="http://www.woolpackinnchilham.co.uk" target="_blank">The Woolpack</a> at Chilham and the Shepherd Neame <a href="/node/2349">Visitor Centre</a> were both successful at <a href="http://www.beautifulsouthawards.co.uk/" target="_blank">the Beautiful South</a>'s Awards for Excellence 2012 -2013 held at Denbies Wine Estate, Surrey.</p> <p>The Beautiful South Awards recognise businesses and destinations across the tourism industry for their exceptional levels of customer service and dedication to raising standards.</p> <p>In the new category of 'Pub of the Year', the Woolpack was highly commended and the Visitor Centre received a Silver Award in the Small Visitor Attraction category.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.beautifulsouthawards.co.uk" target="_blank">www.beautifulsouthawards.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-next left"><a href="/blog/pub-week-king-william-iv"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: King William IV</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/worlds-oldest-brewery">World&#039;s Oldest Brewery? <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Double Success at the Beautiful South Awards" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 12:27:59 +0000 james.purcell 9166 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk