Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/2013-08?keys= en Faversham Hop Festival 2013 http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/faversham-hop-festival-2013 <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>30 August 2013</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/faversham-hop-festival">Faversham Hop Festival</a></p><p>Faversham plays host to the annual Hop Festival this weekend and visitors to this year's festivities can expect a weekend of fine Kentish food, beer and entertainment as 20,000 descend on the UK's hop-growing home.</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/_MG_1003_600.jpg" /><br />The free festival, which takes place on August 31 - September 1 recalls the days when hop-pickers travelled from London by train to take their annual working holiday, bringing in the harvest and ending their stay with huge parties.</p> <p>The carnival-like atmosphere offers something to suit all tastes. Music lovers will be spoilt for choice with three live music stages in the town centre, showcasing folk groups, rock bands and local musicians throughout the weekend. For details <a href="#Stages">see below</a></p> <p>Faversham pubs will also host live music and entertainment from Friday evening. <strong><a href="http://www.anchor-pub.co.uk/events" target="_blank">The Anchor</a>,</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/faversham/railway-hotel" target="_blank">Railway Hotel</a> </strong>and <strong><a href="http://www.marketinnfaversham.co.uk/page21.html" target="_blank">Market Inn</a> </strong>boast outdoor stages, and other pubs hosting bands include the <strong><a href="http://www.playinginfaversham.com/2012/08/the-chimney-boy-faversham-hop-festival.html" target="_blank">Chimney Boy</a></strong>, <strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/faversham/sun-inn/events" target="_blank">Sun Inn</a></strong>, <strong><a href="http://www.playinginfaversham.com/2012/08/the-bull-inn-faversham-hop-festival.html" target="_blank">The Bull</a></strong> , <strong><a href="http://www.playinginfaversham.com/2012/08/the-bear-inn-faversham-hop-festival.html" target="_blank">The Bear</a> </strong>and <strong><a href="http://www.playinginfaversham.com/2012/08/the-three-tuns-faversham-hop-festival.html">The Three Tuns</a></strong>.</p> <p>Ale fans can enjoy a real treat with a pint of <a href="/node/15241">Queen Court Harvest Ale</a>, brewed especially for the festival and made using fresh, green hops. The beer will be available from Shepherd Neame pubs and bars outside the brewery in Court Street.</p> <p>Visitors looking for a bite to eat can choose from traditional inns and superb restaurants. The <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/faversham/sun-inn" target="_blank">Sun Inn</a>, a charming ale house in the conservation area of Faversham, offers contemporary British dishes with local and seasonal influences, while the <a href="http://www.anchor-pub.co.uk/food" target="_blank">Anchor Inn</a> in Abbey Street serves dishes using fresh local ingredients that are sourced to make each dish so well renowned.</p> <p>There’s also the <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/faversham/railway-hotel" target="_blank">Railway Hotel</a>, a Victorian pub featured in the Good Beer Guide, the ideal spot to enjoy a pint of ale. Visitors can dine in the pub’s restaurant, which serves high-quality, locally sourced dishes.</p> <p>Shepherd Neame’s multi award-winning <strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/events/faversham-hop-festival-sat-31st-aug-sun-1st-sept">Visitor Centre</a></strong> is opening its doors for brewery tours and special hoppers’ lunches over the weekend. Visitors will have the chance to see inside the heart of the working brewery and, of course, enjoy a tutored beer tasting with Shepherd Neame ales such as Spitfire and Bishops Finger.<br /> <h3><a name="Stages" id="Stages">Town Stages</a></h3> <p><a href="http://favershamhopfestival.org/brewery-stage.html" target="_blank">Brewery Stage - Court Street</a><br /><a href="http://favershamhopfestival.org/basic-bands-spitfire?&amp;view=category&amp;layout=blog&amp;id=40&amp;Itemid=60" target="_blank">Spitfire Stage - Market Place</a><br /><a href="http://favershamhopfestival.org/basic-bands-west-street?&amp;view=category&amp;layout=blog&amp;id=55&amp;Itemid=204" target="_blank">Master Brew Acoustic Stage - West Street</a><br /><a href="http://favershamhopfestival.org/basic-bands-preston?&amp;view=category&amp;layout=blog&amp;id=41&amp;Itemid=61" target="_blank">Preston St. Stage</a></p> <p>For more information, see the official <a href="http://favershamhopfestival.org" target="_blank">Faversham Hop Festival</a> website</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/king-s-head-expands-satisfy-demand-tasty-pub-grub"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> King’s Head Expands to Satisfy Demand for Tasty Pub Grub</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/meaty-investment-butchery-lane-pub-and-restaurant">Meaty Investment for Butchery Lane Pub and Restaurant <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Faversham Hop Festival 2013" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 10:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 21156 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Meaty Investment for Butchery Lane Pub and Restaurant http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/meaty-investment-butchery-lane-pub-and-restaurant <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>22 August 2013</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 Canterbury pub dating back to 1504, Casey’s in Butchery Lane, is set for a £180,000 transformation and has been renamed ‘The Shakespeare’, a return to the historic inn’s former name, by brewers Shepherd Neame. <br /> <br />The pub closed on 22 July for three weeks for the first phase of development of the existing listed building and courtyard. Plans for future re-development in October this year will incorporate a former gift shop on Burgate to the rear of the pub, which was purchased last year by the Faversham brewers and will become ‘Wine at the Shakespeare’.<br /> <br />One of the only independent food outlets in Canterbury, the pub will be run by chefs and Shepherd Neame <em>Tenants of the Year 2012</em> Gareth Finney, 35, and Dan Sidders, 29. The business partners are also licensees of two other Shepherd Neame pubs in Canterbury The Parrot in Church Lane and Ye Olde Beverlie in St Stephens Green, as well as the Albion Taverna in Faversham. They took over Casey’s in December last year.<br /> <br />The duo, who both trained as chefs and have previously worked together, decided to pool their passion for food and hospitality several years ago, when Dan joined Gareth as co-licensee at the Albion Taverna.  Having built-up a pub trade with a Mexican food offer, they have gone on to bring their expertise in successful pub dining to The Parrot, Ye Olde Beverlie and now The Shakespeare.<br /> <br />The Shakespeare will have a strong food-led offer with a mouth-watering menu ranging from nibbles to hearty main courses sourced from the best of Kent produce.  In keeping with its location on Butchery Lane, so-called because it was historically home to butchers and food retailers, the menu features some generous meaty morsels. Customers will be able to choose from a Butchers Board of Black pudding &amp; smoked bacon croquettes, sliced home cooked ham, chunks of Pork pie &amp; salt &amp; vinegar chicken wings; a range of Kentish Gourmet burgers; and Crispy Pork Belly, as well as some lighter fish and vegetable options.<br /> <br />Says Gareth, “The Shakespeare will offer a safe haven from the bustle of the city, where people can come and forget the stresses and strains of work and everyday life and enjoy a drink and a bite to eat. <br /> <br />“As well as our lunch and main menus we’ll be offering coffee and pastries during the day, some jazz and soul music to accompany evening drinks and we plan to host evening events for local groups and businesses.  We’re very excited about our new wine bar, which will launch later this year.”<br /> <br />The first phase of the refurbishment will include the creation of a smart modern interior as well as new signage and exterior redecoration. The open air courtyard adjoining the two properties will be given a Victorian market feel.<br /> <br />Shepherd Neame property and tenanted trade director George Barnes says, “Gareth and Dan are passionate about food and have created another imaginative food menu coupled with a strong ale, wine and coffee offer.  With the extensive investment and redevelopment programme, the Shakespeare will offer a sophisticated city centre pub experience which will appeal to locals, tourists and business customers alike.”<br /> <br />Situated in Butchery Lane, once called Golden Angel Lane until the statue of an angel was stolen in the 18th century, The Shakespeare has long been a favourite place for wandering minstrels and monks alike. Built in 1504 it was originally a theatre, or playhouse and is the only surviving Tudor example after Oliver Cromwell had most of the theatres in England razed to the ground. </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/faversham-hop-festival-2013"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Faversham Hop Festival 2013</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shepherd-neame-signs-three-year-deal-canterbury-city-fc">Shepherd Neame Signs Three-Year Deal with Canterbury City FC <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Meaty Investment for Butchery Lane Pub and Restaurant" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 13:55:45 +0000 james.purcell 20921 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shepherd Neame Signs Three-Year Deal with Canterbury City FC http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shepherd-neame-signs-three-year-deal-canterbury-city-fc <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>09 August 2013</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/sponsorship">Sponsorship</a>, <a href="/blog/sport">Sport</a></p><p>Kent brewer Shepherd Neame has signed a three-year sponsorship deal with local football club Canterbury City FC, who play in the premier division of the Southern Counties East Football League.<br /> <br />The deal will see Shepherd Neame’s logo appear on Canterbury City’s first team kit as they become the club’s ‘First Team Partner’.<br /> <br />City chairman Tim Clark said “It is fantastic for the club to have a well-known and locally-respected company such as Shepherd Neame supporting us.<br /> <br />“We are grateful to Shepherd Neame for their three-year commitment particularly as we now embark on considering alternative locations for a home ground. We are now playing FA Cup football again for the first time in 15 years so this is an exciting time at the club.”<br /> <br />Giles Hilton, Shepherd Neame’s head of free on sales, said: “Shepherd Neame has a proud record of supporting a variety of sports from grassroots to county level. We wish the players and supporters of Canterbury City FC every success in the forthcoming season and look forward to a fruitful relationship over the next three years.”<br /> <br />City's commercial director John Fabre added "This agreement is a real boost for the club and will help to accelerate our plans for the future. Along with Canterbury City Council's backing of our community work and other loyal and longstanding supporters, we can really look forward to the forthcoming seasons.”</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/meaty-investment-butchery-lane-pub-and-restaurant"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Meaty Investment for Butchery Lane Pub and Restaurant</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/faversham-stars-channel-4-drama">Faversham Stars in Channel 4 Drama <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shepherd Neame Signs Three-Year Deal with Canterbury City FC" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 11:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 20411 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Faversham Stars in Channel 4 Drama http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/faversham-stars-channel-4-drama <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>05 August 2013</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>Starring a wealth of British talent from stage and screen, <a href="http://www.channel4.com/programmes/southcliffe" target="_blank"><em>Southcliffe</em></a> tells the story of a fictional English market town devastated by a spate of shootings which take place over a single day; a tragedy that has ripped apart the community. The inexplicable chain of events at the dark heart of this four-part mini-series shatters time and space for Southcliffe’s inhabitants.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/photo_red.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 225px;" />The first episode of the new Channel 4 drama, which took over much of Faversham last October in order to film in an authentic market town location, aired last night, with the following episode airing tonight (5 Aug).</p> <p>Sharp-eyed viewers will have noticed that much of '<em>Part 1 - The Hollow Shore</em>' was filmed at <a href="http://www.marketinnfaversham.co.uk" target="_blank">The Market Inn</a>, on East Street as main character, Stephen Morton's local. The series also includes scenes shot at the <a href="/node/662" target="_blank">Sun Inn</a>, just off Faversham's Market Place.</p> <p>Featuring a cast that includes Rory Kinnear (<em>Black Mirror</em>), Eddie Marsan (<em>Tyrannosaur</em>), Shirley Henderson (<em>Anna Karenina</em>), Sean Harris (<em>Prometheus),</em> Kaya Scodelario (<em>Skins</em>), Joe Dempsie (<em>Skins</em>), Anatol Yusef (<em>Boardwalk Empire</em>) and Nichola Burley (<em>Wuthering Heights</em>), <em>Southcliffe</em> is a drama that is not to be missed!</p> <p>'<em>Part 2 - Lights Falls</em>', airs tonight on Channel 4 at 9pm<br />You can watch Part 1 on the <a href="http://youtu.be/0gzYU7VUXUM">4oD Drama YouTube Channel</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-signs-three-year-deal-canterbury-city-fc"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shepherd Neame Signs Three-Year Deal with Canterbury City FC</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/george-cherry-brandy-house-creates-cocktail-toast-royal-baby">By George! Cherry Brandy House Creates Cocktail to Toast Royal Baby <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Faversham Stars in Channel 4 Drama" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 09:08:06 +0000 james.purcell 19846 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk