Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/2013-11?keys= en Silver Award for Brewery Visitor Centre http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/silver-award-brewery-visitor-centre <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>28 November 2013</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/visitor-centre">Visitor Centre</a>, <a href="/blog/news">News</a></p><p>Shepherd Neame’s Visitor Centre has received a silver award in the Small Visitor Attraction Category of the <a href="http://www.beautifulsouthawards.co.uk" target="_blank" title="http://www.beautifulsouthawards.co.uk/">Beautiful South Excellence Awards 2013-2014</a>.<br /> <br />The award is the latest in a string of accolades for the attraction which received gold accreditation from the Green Tourism Business Scheme earlier this year and picked up silver at last year’s Beautiful South Awards. The results were announced in front of an audience of almost 300 tourism industry professionals at the Felbridge Hotel in West Sussex last night (Wednesday 27<sup>th</sup> November).<br /> <br />The award comes at the start of a busy time for the Visitor Centre team with Yuletide brewery tours running most days in December and many private events and celebrations booked in the next few weeks.  In addition, the centre’s function venue, <a href="http://www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk/events/crossfire-plus-funke-and-two-tone-baby-play-old-brewery-store">The Old Brewery Store</a>, is set to host a concert on Saturday 7<sup>th</sup> December from The Crossfire – one of the County’s leading cover bands – for which limited tickets are still available.<br /> <br />Details of next year’s programme have just been finalised and bookings are now open for evening <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/events" title="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/events">events</a>, such as the superb six-course Seasonal Beer Dinner – these are freshly prepared with local ingredients and there’s a beer to match each course.  Tickets for these evenings, other events and brewery tours are available as gift certificates and are ideal Christmas presents. Full details of the Visitor Centre can be found <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions" target="_blank">here</a>.<br /> <br />Visitor Centre manager Graham Hukins said, “We are delighted with this award – it is a real accolade for the fantastic team here at the Visitor Centre.” <br /> <br />Tourism South East chairman, Ken Robinson, said: “It is great to see such excellence rewarded. The Beautiful South Awards represent the culmination of hard work and dedication by the best tourism professionals, in our best tourism businesses.”</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/new-name-and-look-hotel-stunning-seafront-location"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> New Name and Look for Hotel in Stunning Seafront Location </a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-bricklayers-arms-bromley">Pub of the Week: The Bricklayers Arms, Bromley <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Silver Award for Brewery Visitor Centre " class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 16:29:51 +0000 T.Flint 26351 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The Bricklayers Arms, Bromley http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-bricklayers-arms-bromley <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>26 November 2013</p><p>A Bromley pub the <a href="http://bricklayersarmsbromley.co.uk" target="_blank">Bricklayers Arms</a>, Masons Hill, has benefited from a £60,000 refurbishment by brewers Shepherd Neame just in time for Christmas.<br /> <br />A vibrant community local, known affectionately by regulars as ‘The Bricks’, the pub has been completely refurbished.  The interior has been redecorated in a palette of warm natural tones to give it a contemporary, sophisticated feel, while maintaining the classic features ofthis early 20<sup>th</sup> century building.</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Bricklayers%20Arms%20nov13-44.jpg" />The pub was officially re-opened November 18th by Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame, and a cheque for £200 was presented to The Scouts’ Bromley Network (for 18-25 year olds).</p> <p>Says manager Elaine Lloyd, who has been at the pub since January:  “What a transformation! The pub now boasts a beautiful modern interior providing a stylish, comfortable setting for all our customers.  We’re looking forward to welcoming Christmas parties to celebrate in style with our festive menu.”<br /> <br />Bookings are now being taken for the pub’s Christmas menu which offers a traditional two or three-course meal with all the trimmings. Available from 1 December to 14 January 2014 (excluding Christmas week), booking forms are available from the pub or to download <a href="http://bricklayersarmsbromley.co.uk" target="_blank">here</a>.  <br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Bricklayers%20Arms%20nov13-5.jpg" /> <div> <div>Regular events at the pub include a music quiz, DJ nights and live music evenings.  Sports fans can enjoy Sky TV showing horse racing, golf, football, cricket and rugby on the pub’s four large screens.  An attractive outdoor, two-storey covered and heated smoking area is available for customers’ convenience.<br /> </p> <p>Shepherd Neame retail director Nigel Bunting says, “Situated just a few minutes’ walk from the town centre, the Bricklayers Arms is a large split-level, characterful pub offering great food in an attractive environment.”<br /> <br />For more information don't hesitiate to get in touch, either at their <a href="http://bricklayersarmsbromley.co.uk" target="_blank">website</a> or by phone (020 8460 4552). </div> </div> <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/silver-award-brewery-visitor-centre"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Silver Award for Brewery Visitor Centre </a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-hop-pole">Pub of the Week - Hop Pole <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Bricklayers Arms, Bromley " class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:02:09 +0000 T.Flint 26336 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week - Hop Pole http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-hop-pole <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>19 November 2013</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pub-week">Pub of the Week</a></p><p>Wandsworth pub the <a href="http://hoppolewandsworth.co.uk" target="_blank">Hop Pole</a>, famed for its first-class real ales and lagers, has reopened after a £60,000 refurbishment by brewer Shepherd Neame.<br /> <br />A traditional community local overlooking the beautiful, grade II listed Wandsworth Park, the pub has been completely redecorated and updated.  The pub now sports a new bar, wooden flooring, lighting and re-upholstered furniture as well as a new fireplace, which will make the pub cosy and welcoming in the coming winter months.<br /> <br />Licensee Colm Lynch, who has been at the pub for 17 years, has built-up a popular following for his classic real ale house, which serves award-winning ales and lagers as well as both traditional pub food and more exotic Thai dishes.<br /> <br />Said Colm, who originally hails from County Meath in Ireland: “We’ve a great regular crowd, who’ve been very positive about the new look pub. We screen all the big sporting events including GAA Gaelic games as well as live music events and like to think of ourselves as an authentic country local in the City.”<br /> <br />The pub’s TV screens show most major sporting events including football, rugby, cricket and Gaelic games.  A heated and covered garden area is also available.<br /> <br />Shepherd Neame property and tenanted trade director George Barnes says: “The Hop Pole is a superb real ale pub with a unique entertainments offer, which really caters for the local community and offers a warm welcome to all.”<br /> <br />For more information, visit the <a href="http://hoppolewandsworth.co.uk" target="_blank">Hop Pole online</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-bricklayers-arms-bromley"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The Bricklayers Arms, Bromley </a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/major-investment-landmark-sheppey-pub">Major Investment in Landmark Sheppey Pub <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week - Hop Pole" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 09:18:55 +0000 T.Flint 26081 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Major Investment in Landmark Sheppey Pub http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/major-investment-landmark-sheppey-pub <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>18 November 2013</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a>, <a href="/blog/news">News</a></p><p>One of the Isle of Sheppey’s most iconic buildings, the award-winning Royal Hotel, Sheerness, is to be given a refurbishment costing more than £100,000 by brewers Shepherd Neame.<br /> <br />It is the brewery’s second major recent investment on the island following the successful £350,000 relaunch of The Aviator, Queenborough, and Shepherd Neame is seeking a new licensee to run the business.<br /> <br />The Royal Hotel, in The Broadway, is a traditional town centre pub and hotel, which has been a major landmark in the heart of Sheerness for nearly 200 years. It was built in 1825 by Sir Edward Banks, who also designed Sheppey Dockyard and Southwark and Waterloo Bridges.<br /> <br />The venue continues to be popular with both locals and visitors alike and has twice been voted Sheppey Pub of the Year. The pub is a thriving centre of the community with pool and darts teams, Sky TV, a function room, split level dining areas and 13 letting bedrooms.<br /> <br />The building will be updated with contemporary décor and facilities while highlighting its traditional architectural features, such as the bar counter and back bar. The function room and bar will be redecorated and fitted with new flooring and furniture while a specialist lighting and sound system will enable the mood to be changed between daytime and evening. A new glass entrance lobby will be created and new toilet facilities with additional capacity are included, with provision for disabled customers.<br /> <br />Shepherd Neame’s tenanted operations manager Greg Wallis said: “We would be delighted to receive applications from ambitious people with a flair for hospitality who can have some input into the refurbishment plans. This is a significant investment in the Sheerness economy and a great opportunity to run a business in one of the town’s most high-profile, iconic buildings.<br /> <br />“This refurbishment, which we plan to carry out in the new year, will modernise the ground floor to create a nice, clean, comfortable environment for customers while remaining sympathetic to the building’s history and character.”<br /> <br />For more information on becoming a Shepherd Neame tenant contact Linda Reece on 01795 542132 or via email <a href="http://recruitment@shepherd-neame.co.uk" target="_blank">here</a>, alternativley you can visit our <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/run-tenancy" target="_blank">tenancy page</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-hop-pole"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week - Hop Pole</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/geoff-rambler-donates-proceeds-his-book-combat-stress">Geoff Rambler donates proceeds from his book to Combat Stress <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Major Investment in Landmark Sheppey Pub" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 15:32:11 +0000 T.Flint 26066 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Geoff Rambler donates proceeds from his book to Combat Stress http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/geoff-rambler-donates-proceeds-his-book-combat-stress <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>16 November 2013</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/charity">Charity</a></p><p>November 12<sup>th </sup>saw Shepherd Neame chief executive, Jonathan Neame, hand over the proceeds from Geoff  Rambler’s (aka Geoff Ettridge) book Heroic Yomps to Combat Stress representative Michelle Campbell. </p> <p>Combat Stress is the UK’s leading charity that specialises in the treatment and support of British Armed Forces Veterans who have mental health problems, they currently are supporting over 5,000 Veterans aged from 20 to 101 are a vital lifeline to these men and women and their families. <br /> <br />The book, which shows 27 walks around Kent between Shepherd Neame pubs, has been selling in the Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre, on line and in some Kent shops for £5.  Last week saw the official handover of the proceeds so far, a very respectable £1500.<br /> <br />The book is still available, for a full list of local stockists please see Geoff’s website or visit the Brewery Visitor Centre.  </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/major-investment-landmark-sheppey-pub"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Major Investment in Landmark Sheppey Pub</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/full-steam-ahead-refurbished-reigate-pub">Full Steam Ahead for Refurbished Reigate Pub <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Geoff Rambler donates proceeds from his book to Combat Stress " class="rdf-meta"></span> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0000 T.Flint 26101 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Full Steam Ahead for Refurbished Reigate Pub http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/full-steam-ahead-refurbished-reigate-pub <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>12 November 2013</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pub-week">Pub of the Week</a></p><p>Reigate pub the <a href="http://princeofwalesreigate.co.uk/" target="_blank">Prince of Wales</a>, Holmesdale Road has reopened after a £120,000 refurbishment by brewer Shepherd Neame, which has been inspired by the pub’s railway history.</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/PRINCE_112.jpg" /><span>Named after a steam train and situated adjacent to Reigate station, the pub dates back </span><span>to the 1850s and was formerly a railway building owned by British Rail. </span></p> <p><span>The building housed railway workers in the 19</span><sup>th</sup><span> century and the garden was used as a loading area for cattle bought and sold at Reigate market. </span> <div> <div> <p><span>The brewery has completely renovated the pub to create some eye-catching features which celebrate its railway heritage.  A stylish log burner welcomes weary travellers in from the cold and overhead luggage racks, historical photos and memorabilia tell the story of the pub’s railway roots. </span></div> <div>Licensees, Keith and Theresa Wild, who have been at the pub for ten years, are thrilled with the new look. </div> <div>Keith said: “It’s the best pub in the world! It’s completely unrecognisable from before.  </div> <div>We’re attracting new customers and receiving some very positive feedback from our regulars.  Our new programme of winter events includes regular live music gigs once a month, a wine tasting and a beer and food tasting.”</div> <div> </div> <div><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/PRINCE_003.jpg" />The pub offers a selection of lunch time meals served from midday until 2pm from Monday to Friday. For those who prefer to have a relaxing pint while catching up on their favourite sport, a wide-screen TV is also available.</div> <div><span>Shepherd Neame property and tenanted trade director George Barnes says, “The Prince of Wales is a traditional town pub in a historic building.</p> <p>The refurbishment has broadened the pub’s appeal and is attracting even more customers to enjoy its live music line-up.”</span></div> <div> <br />The pub also offers bed and breakfast accommodation with four en-suite bedrooms.  A large garden with a covered, heated area and a car park for 18 cars are provided for customers’ convenience. </p> <p><strong><em>Forthcoming events at the Prince of Wales:</em></strong></p> <p>·         <em>Live music once a month, Saturday evenings:</em><br />·         <em>Sat 21 December, 9-11pm – The Velvet Undertones</em><br />·         <em>Wednesday 19 November – Wine tasting</em></p> <p>Dont hesitate to get in touch with the Price of Wales either at their <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/reigate/prince-wales" target="_blank">website</a>, or by phone (01737 243 112). </div> <div> </div> <div><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/PRINCE_046.jpg" /></div> </div> <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/geoff-rambler-donates-proceeds-his-book-combat-stress"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Geoff Rambler donates proceeds from his book to Combat Stress </a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/brewery-visitor-centre-shortlisted-award">Brewery Visitor Centre Shortlisted for Award <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Full Steam Ahead for Refurbished Reigate Pub" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:57:28 +0000 T.Flint 26256 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Brewery Visitor Centre Shortlisted for Award http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/brewery-visitor-centre-shortlisted-award <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>07 November 2013</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/visitor-centre">Visitor Centre</a></p><p>Shepherd Neame’s award-winning Visitor Centre has been shortlisted for the <a href="http://www.beautifulsouthawards.co.uk" target="_blank" title="http://www.beautifulsouthawards.co.uk/">Beautiful South Excellence Awards 2013-2014</a>.<br /> <br />The awards celebrate the best in tourism across the South East, with Britain’s oldest brewer being one of four finalists in the Small Attraction category.<br /> <br />The visitor centre has much to offer; with two-hour daytime guided <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/brewery-tours" title="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/brewery-tours">tours</a> running most days.   Visitors are taken through the heart of the brewery to see the Company’s range of Kentish Ales and speciality lagers being brewed. There’s a chance  to taste malted barley and smell Kentish hops and the tour also takes in The Old Brewery Store – once the Brewery’s Wine &amp; Spirit Store –which now houses historic delivery vehicles, a wonderful collection of traditional pub signs and a recreated coopers’ workshop. No trip would be complete with the chance to sample the beers and the tour ends with a fascinating tutored tasting.<br /> <br />Evening <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/events" title="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/events">events</a>, include a superb six-course Beer Dinner – a meal of freshly prepared, local ingredients with a beer to match each course – and concerts in The Old Brewery Store.<br /> <br />Family owned Shepherd Neame is hoping for a repeat of recent successes: at the 2010 Beautiful South Tourism Awards it won gold in the Small Visitor Attraction category; in 2011 the brewery was named Small Visitor Attraction of the Year at the Visit England Awards for Excellence and Best Little Treasure at the Group Travel Awards; and picked up a Silver award at the Beautiful South Tourism Awards 2012-13.<br /> <br />Visitor Centre manager Graham Hukins said, “We are delighted to have made the shortlist for this prestigious competition – it is testimony to the dedication and enthusiasm of our staff."<br /> <br />“We’re still running tours most days in November and to celebrate reaching the finals, we are offering a 20 per cent discount on midweek tours. In December, we have Yuletide tours with the chance to try traditional mulled ale and our Christmas Beer and Food Evening on Saturday December 14 is booking up fast.”<br /> <br />The winners of the Beautiful South Awards will be announced on November 27 at an evening of celebration at Felbridge Hotel in West Sussex. </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-reigate-pub"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Full Steam Ahead for Refurbished Reigate Pub</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-queens-head">Pub of the Week: The Queens Head <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Brewery Visitor Centre Shortlisted for Award" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:19:21 +0000 james.purcell 25576 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The Queens Head http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-queens-head <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>05 November 2013</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pub-week">Pub of the Week</a></p><p>Boughton-under-Blean, near Faversham is home to our spectacular pub of the week, <a href="http://www.queenspub.co.uk/" target="_blank">The Queens Head</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/893069_514487015282747_1079473093_o.jpg" />This charming and stylish country pub was built in 1950 and is situated half way between Canterbury and Faversham, just off of the A2.The ub boasts the best of both worlds, in the winter visitors can relax in the lounge bar area by the roaring open fire, and in the summer, patrons can enjoy the pubs sun soaked veranda overlooking the beautiful gardens, and of course there’s award winning Shepherd Neame traditional ales and wines all year round!</p> <p>The Queens Head always serves a wide selection of delicious bar snacks and hearty meals, all freshly prepared on site, with a menu of great value favourites and an ever updating specials board. The Queens Head prides itself for being a “pub restaurant” in the best sense of both words. It boasts a warm, friendly pub atmosphere with a comprehensive range of ales and wines from around the world, but with the top quality food and service expected from a restaurant.</p> <p>Many of the ingredients used in the pubs food come from its own 30 acre farm and the food is so good that the pub won our “Pub Food of the Year” award last year! The farm rears pedigree Romney Sheep, Boer goats and Dexter Cattle, has a host of chickens and a group of 18 alpacas. All the farms livestock are well looked after and of course, free range. If it doesn’t come from The Queens Heads farm, it’s sourced as locally as possible, to ensure the highest quality ingredients as fresh as possible.</p> <p>Whether you’re looking for a pub for a special occasion, a family get together, a great value night out when you don’t feel like cooking or just a drink with friends, The Queens Head is the perfect place.</p> <p>The Queens Head is a family pub, meaning everyone’s always welcome, including young children and dogs. The pub proudly provides baby change facilities, highchairs, water bowls and dog biscuits for customers. </p> <p>For more information and bookings, you can get in touch with The Queens Head via <a href="mailto:info@queenspub.co.uk ">email</a> of their <a href="http://www.queenspub.co.uk/" 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/brewery-visitor-centre-shortlisted-award"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Brewery Visitor Centre Shortlisted for Award</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/environment-secretary-unveils-water-recovery-plant">Environment Secretary Unveils Water Recovery Plant <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Queens Head" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 16:50:25 +0000 T.Flint 25421 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Environment Secretary Unveils Water Recovery Plant http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/environment-secretary-unveils-water-recovery-plant <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>04 November 2013</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/environment">Environment</a></p><p>Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has officially opened a water recovery plant at the Shepherd Neame brewery in Faversham, Kent.<br /> <br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/IMG_0284.jpg" />The new development cost in excess of £3million. The facility recycles the waste water that results from brewing and cleaning, which was previously sent to the drain. The new technology will help the brewery reduce its level of water consumption by approximately 40 per cent.<br /> <br />Chalk-filtered mineral water from the artesian well deep beneath the brewery will now only be used for brewing and the newly recovered water will be used for cleaning.<br /> <br />Before unveiling a plaque to mark the opening, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said: “It is great to see a traditional brewery use cutting edge technology to reduce its water footprint.  This new plant will not only improve the environment but help grow the rural economy. It is an excellent example of innovation and I hope others are inspired to follow their lead."<br /> <br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Unveiling%20the%20plaque.jpg" />The plant is based at Shepherd Neame’s Faversham brewery and has taken one year to build. Speaking after the unveiling, Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame said: “This is a considerable investment for the company and the plant provides a long term solution for our brewery’s waste water. Excellent quality water is the lifeblood of any brewery and we’re delighted this facility will reduce our load on local infrastructure and improve our sustainability.”</p> <p>A gallery of images can be viewed <a href="http://snea.me/1a2D2wV" target="_blank">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/pub-week-queens-head"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The Queens Head</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/sausage-week-2013">Sausage Week 2013 <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Environment Secretary Unveils Water Recovery Plant" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:03:31 +0000 james.purcell 25306 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Sausage Week 2013 http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/sausage-week-2013 <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>04 November 2013</p><p>Shepherd Neame's managed houses are proud to be taking part in British Sausage Week, an annual celebration of the taste, quality and diversity of the traditional British Pork sausage! This year’s Sausage week runs from the 4<sup>th</sup> of November until the 10<sup>th</sup>.</p> <p>Our Pork &amp; Spitfire ale sausages are made exclusively for us by Broad Oak Farm, Hatfield in Essex and produced consistently, all year round, using only the freshest ingredients and the finest primal cuts of Pork.</p> <p>All of our managed pubs will be taking part this year by selling a selection of pub favourites and daily specials, including: <ul> <li>Sausages with apple fritters, served with creamy mashed potato and rich gravy.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Sausages and bacon, served with mixed bean &amp; potato casserole.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Toad in the hole, topped with bacon, served with shredded savoy cabbage.</li> </ul> <p>Did you know? <ul> <li>The word sausage derives from the Latin salsisium, meaning something that has been salted.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first specific reference in English came in a fifteenth century vocabulary ‘Salcicia’,a ‘sawsage’.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Sausages were nicknamed bangers during the Second World War. Their high water content due to the scarcity of other ingredients meant that they were liable to explode when cooked as the water turned to steam.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>There are more than 470 recipes and flavours for sausages in Britain. If you take into account all the different variations from butchers across the country you could eat a different British sausage every day for ten years.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Approximately 182,848 metric tonnes of sausage were consumed in the UK in 2012, laid end to end that would be enough sausage to:</li> </ul> <p>         - Form a wall, four sausages high, around the entire coastline of Great Britain!</p> <p>         - Cover a distance from London to Perth in Australia and back twice!</p> <p>         - Wrap around the London Eye, the capital’s Millennium wheel, 129 thousand times!</p> <p>         - Add another layer, 10 sausages high, to the entire length of the Great Wall of China!</p> <p>         - See more <a href="http://www.lovepork.co.uk/pork-products-cuts/sausages/sausage-faqs/#sthash.nexnW8DV.dpuf" target="_blank">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/environment-secretary-unveils-water-recovery-plant"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Environment Secretary Unveils Water Recovery Plant</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-duke-cumberland-whitstable">Pub of the Week: The Duke of Cumberland, Whitstable <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Sausage Week 2013 " class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 08:52:36 +0000 T.Flint 25266 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk