Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/2013?keys= en Pub of the Week: The Pepper Box Inn, Ulcombe http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-pepper-box-inn-ulcombe <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>31 December 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>Full of character, <a href="http://www.thepepperboxinn.co.uk/" target="_blank">The Pepperbox Inn</a> is a traditional family run pub situated in Ulcombe near Maidstone - heart of the Kent countryside. Located a short distance from Leeds Castle on the greensand way and the south eastern toll ride, the pub is in an ideal spot for walkers &amp; riders alike, and is happy to accommodate groups. The pub can be found just a 5 minute drive up winding country lanes from the A20 and is a 10 minute drive from junction 8 of the M20 (Leeds Castle exit).</p> <p>Set high on the Greensand Ridge, one of the greatest vantage points in the county, the pub boasts outstanding views of the weald of Kent from its large, hop covered terrace and, for the colder months there are comfortable leather sofas next to large inglenook fireplaces inside.<br />The Pepperbox is steeped in local history and has been run by the same family since 1958 – three generations of Shepherd Neame tenants ensures that the pub can offer an experienced warm welcome to customers old and new.</p> <p>First generation tenants Jack &amp; Betty Wood first came to the Pepperbox in 1958, when the Inn was still known as the Horseshoes and the name 'Pepperbox' (which refers to an early type of pistol) was only a local nickname, the name was officially changed by Jack during the 1960's. Records show that not long before the pub had also been the village shop including bake house &amp; butchery, some of the butcher’s hooks still hang from the beams in the main bar. </p> <p>The Pepperbox has had a few changes in its time, with an extended dining area and larger kitchen, but the overall charm and warmth remains the same as it always was, with the main bar still characterised by the large inglenook fire and the hops that hang over the many tankards of the pubs regulars who have come and gone over the years.</p> <p>To find out more about this fascinating pub or for bookings don’t hesitate to get in touch with them via phone (01622 842558) or <a href="http://www.thepepperboxinn.co.uk/" target="_blank">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/british-guild-beer-writers-awards-2013"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> British Guild of Beer Writers Awards 2013</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-zetland-arms-kingsdown">Pub of the Week: The Zetland Arms, Kingsdown <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Pepper Box Inn, Ulcombe" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:57:18 +0000 T.Flint 29166 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The Zetland Arms, Kingsdown http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-zetland-arms-kingsdown <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>24 December 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>Beautifully nestled under the cliffs beneath the Walmer &amp; Kingsdown Golf Club and the spectacular White Cliffs country walk, the Zetland Arms is the perfect sea side pub, offering beautifully cooked fresh seafood dishes accompanied by an unrivalled location right on the beach.</p> <p>Just a short drive from the port of Dover and the ancient medieval town of Sandwich, The Zetland Arms pub is worth seeking out for its fabulous food and unique location, not to mention the unrivalled sea views. On a clear day visitors to The Zetland Arms can enjoy views all along the Walmer-Deal shoreline, to Sandwich Bay and Thanet in one direction and up to the nearby start of the White Cliffs in the other direction. Looking out to sea visitors can idle time away watching the cross Channel ferries sailing to and from France.</p> <p>Come lunchtime the Zetland offers a huge array of food that will appeal to everyone. From crab sandwiches to burgers to locally caught fresh fish and enticing daily restaurant specials - just sit back in the friendly atmosphere and take in those sea views. The Zetland is also hugely popular with walkers coming over the white cliffs from St. Margarets, the pub is as dog friendly as it gets - you don't need to worry about leaving anyone out in the cold! For large groups of walkers The Zetland is happy to provide sandwiches and liquid refreshments, but calling ahead is recommended!</p> <p>The Zetland Arms is also a popular venue for golfers; the seafront venue is just a short walk from the Walmer and Kingsdown golf club and only a couple of minutes’ drive from other prestigious links golf courses such as; Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club, Prince's Golf Club and Royal St. George's Golf Club, venue for the 2011 Open Championship.</p> <p>Due to its location, the Zetland Arms is the perfect place to be all year round - what could be more enjoyable on a hot summer's day than a walk along the promenade up from Deal to Kingsdown swiftly followed by a refreshing drink at the ideally located Zetland Arms. Locals and visitors alike make full use of the ample seating at the front of the pub restaurant overlooking the sea, and in the chillier months there is a suntrap walled garden to the rear. </p> <p>To find out more or for bookings dont hesitate to get in touch with the pub by phone (01304 370114) or <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/deal/zetland-arms" target="_blank">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-pepper-box-inn-ulcombe"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The Pepper Box Inn, Ulcombe</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/simons-christmas-tips">Simon&#039;s Christmas Tips <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Zetland Arms, Kingsdown " class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 11:10:23 +0000 T.Flint 29151 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Simon's Christmas Tips http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/simons-christmas-tips <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>22 December 2013</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/food">Food</a>, <a href="/blog/christmas">Christmas</a></p><p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Simon%20Howlett_red.jpg" />We asked Head Development Chef, Simon Howlett for his top tips for the perfect Christmas Dinner - see his thoughts below:</p> <p>"If you’re not keen on brown meat then go for a turkey crown, let the cooked meat rest for at least 30 minutes before carving.<br /> <br />Roast your potatoes in goose or duck fat, boil potatoes and smash them up in pan before adding to hot oil for nice crispy bits, try<br />adding rosemary or garlic for flavour<br /> <br />Do as much prep as you can the day before, prep your vegetables , potatoes, make your stuffing, wrap sausages with bacon and make your sauces<br /> <br />Par boil sprouts the day before and then sauté off with bacon and chestnuts, finish with maple syrup<br /> <br />Not got enough stove space then cook your Christmas pudding in a slow cooker"</p> <p>If you have your own tips for the perfect Christmas dinner, comment below or tell us on Facebook.</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-zetland-arms-kingsdown"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The Zetland Arms, Kingsdown </a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/bishops-finger-re-branding-points-new-direction">Bishops Finger Re-branding Points In a New Direction <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Simon&#039;s Christmas Tips" class="rdf-meta"></span> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 12:20:07 +0000 james.purcell 28191 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Bishops Finger Re-branding Points In a New Direction http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/bishops-finger-re-branding-points-new-direction <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>19 December 2013</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/beer">Beer</a></p><p>One of the oldest British ale brands, Bishops Finger Kentish Strong Ale has been re-designed by brewer Shepherd Neame with a new look that celebrates its Kentish heritage.</p> <p>Originally brewed in 1958 as a celebratory ale after years of post-war austerity, 55 years on Bishops Finger remains a popular premium ale available nationwide.</p> <p>Using a classic design in harmony with the brewery’s other heritage brands, the Classic Collection, Generation Ale and 1698, it will maintain the ecclesiastical purple, gold, black and white colour scheme, but with a stronger ‘premium bitter’ aesthetic.<br />A traditional Kentish Strong Ale, Bishops Finger takes its name from the Kentish nickname for an ancient finger-shaped signpost found only in Kent on the Pilgrims Way pointing to Canterbury and the shrine of Thomas A Becket, before it was destroyed by Henry VIII in the 16<sup>th</sup> century.</p> <p>Brewed with chalk-filtered mineral water and Kentish hops, Bishops Finger’s EU Protected Geographical Indication guarantees the provenance of its ingredients and means it is the only beer in the world which can be called a Kentish Strong Ale.<br />Bishops Finger brand manager Kate Maclean said: “The rationale behind the new direction was to take the brand back to its heritage. The packaging now communicates both the story of the sign that led the way for the Pilgrims and the history of Bishops Finger as one of Britain’s oldest ale brands.</p> <p>“The new design very much brings it in line with our Classic Collection range to emphasise our Heritage, having all the traits of a traditional and premium product.”</p> <p>At 5.4% abv Bishops Finger is available in 500ml bottles nationwide in all major supermarkets and good independent retailers. The cask ale pump clip will also take the new branding in the New Year.<br /> <br /><strong><em>The birth of a Kentish legend</em></strong></p> <p><em>The tale of Bishops Finger has its origins in the privations suffered by the people of Kent following the Second World War.</em><br /><em>Once the initial euphoria of the Allied victory had subsided, the 1940s and 1950s proved to be a frugal time as people struggled to rebuild their lives amid years of rationing and controls.</em></p> <p><em>During the war, malt had been strictly rationed and the Government’s message to brewers was “quantity not quality”.</em></p> <p><em>Rationing finally ended in the mid-1950s and in 1957 Shepherd Neame’s Head Brewer Gordon Ely was given the go-ahead by the Board of Directors to produce the Faversham Brewery’s first strong ale for nearly 20 years. The beer was to be a celebration following the grey post-war years of austerity.</em></p> <p><em>The ale Gordon Ely brewed was introduced to free trade customers in a letter dated February 1958.</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/simons-christmas-tips"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Simon&#039;s Christmas Tips</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/transformed-castle-hotel-fit-king">Transformed Castle Hotel is Fit for a King <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Bishops Finger Re-branding Points In a New Direction " class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 15:48:32 +0000 T.Flint 27776 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Transformed Castle Hotel is Fit for a King http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/transformed-castle-hotel-fit-king <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>17 December 2013</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>, <a href="/blog/beer">Beer</a></p><p>Eynsford’s the Castle Hotel has re-opened after a 14 week long, £90,000 joint refurbishment by new licensees Sharon and Gordon Thompson and brewer Shepherd Neame.<br /> <br />A family business, husband and wife Sharon and Gordon and their four children are all involved in the day-to-day running and bring a wealth of experience in pubs and restaurants to the venture.  The couple were previously licensees of another Shepherd Neame pub the Kings Head, Wye.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right " src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Licensees%20Sharon%20and%20Gordon%20Thompson1.jpg" />Originally dating back to the early 19<sup>th</sup> century, when The Castle was known as The Harrow Inn, the first record of ‘The Castle Hotel’ was in 1904. <br /> <br />Now the Thompson’s have lovingly refurbished it to meet the demands of the 21<sup>st</sup> century consumer. </p> <p>The bar and dining areas have been given a contemporary yet classic makeover, along with seven individually designed en-suite letting rooms. The bedrooms, which include standard doubles, a family room and a suite, are due to be completed in February 2014.<br /> <br />A trained chef with previous experience as a property developer, Sharon has designed and project-managed the refurbishment.  She says: “This project has been a labour of love.  We chose the hotel as it is situated in the lovely Darent Valley and we saw the opportunity for a successful multi-faceted hospitality business in beautiful surroundings.<br /> <br />“Our offer is high-quality, while still competitively priced, and we’re taking advantage of every opportunity: customers can choose from traditional fish and chips or lobster, a coffee or a cocktail, breakfast or a three-course dinner.  Everyone is welcome including children and dogs.”<br /> <br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/The%20Castle%20large-13.jpg" /><span>The interior styling has been inspired by old Scottish hotels. Comfortable leather Chesterfields sit alongside re-conditioned furniture in soft tartans. </p> <p>The use of natural materials and subtle stag and antler motifs on cushions and light fittings complete the understated Caledonian chic and the feel of a country house hotel.</span> </p> <p>A lunch menu is available from midday until 5pm, with a main menu of seasonal, locally sourced produce available from midday until 9pm. A large selection of Kentish ales, international lagers, wines and whiskies are also available.<br /> <br />Shepherd Neame property and tenanted trade director George Barnes says, “Sharon and Gordon’s entrepreneurial spirit and passionate vision of their business has resulted in a stunning hotel with a fabulous food and drink offer, which is already being very well received.”<br /> <br /><strong><em>Forthcoming events:</em></strong><br /><em>The Castle Hotel hosts monthly special events:</em> <ul> <li><em>Saturday 25 January – Burns Night Celebration</em></li> <li><em>Friday 28 February – Michael Bublé Tribute night</em></li> <li><em>Saturday 29 March – South African Wine Tasting</em></li> </ul> <p>For more information visit the Castles <a href="http://castlehotelkent.com" 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/bishops-finger-re-branding-points-new-direction"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Bishops Finger Re-branding Points In a New Direction </a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shoreditch-pub-refurbishment-brings-country-city">Shoreditch Pub Refurbishment brings the country to the city <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Transformed Castle Hotel is Fit for a King " class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 09:38:23 +0000 T.Flint 27751 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shoreditch Pub Refurbishment brings the country to the city http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shoreditch-pub-refurbishment-brings-country-city <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>10 December 2013</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a></p><p>A Shoreditch pub, the Prince Arthur, Brunswick Place has reopened after undergoing a complete refurbishment. <br /> <br />New licensee Euan Johnstone and Kent brewer Shepherd Neame have jointly invested £100,000 to completely modernise the pub, while maintaining the eclectic aesthetic of a classic, real ale country pub.<br /> <br />The upstairs living accommodation has been transformed into a function room accommodating up to 20 people. Outside, the pub has been redecorated and now sports new awnings and signage. New toilets and a relaxed country pub interior complete the look.<br /> <br />Licensee Euan Johnstone, a direct descendant of the first Neame to own the brewery, has owned and managed several large London nightclubs.<br /> <br />Euan said: “The pub is a change of direction for me, a new challenge. I knew it well and when I heard that the former tenant was leaving, I was keen to take it on. It’s an authentic real ale pub close to Silicon Roundabout serving the local community. It’s this essence which I’ve tried to preserve and keep in mind while renovating the pub by using reclaimed materials and furniture to give it a laid back, lived-in feel.”<br /> <br />The new function room is available for hire for private functions and is already home to the pub’s three dart teams, creating a dedicated area where they can meet and play.<br /> <br />There are plans to introduce food in the run-up to Christmas, the first time food has been served at thepub. Hearty traditional pub food using Kentish fare, where possible, from Shepherd Neame’s heartland will cater for the local office trade.<br /> <br />Says Shepherd Neame property and tenanted trade director George Barnes, “Tucked away in a quiet side street in a very fashionable part of London, the Prince Arthur is a charming pub. It is very popular with the local community for an after-work pint and can also now offer a good-value lunchtime bite toeat.”<br /> <br />Unlike many other City pubs,the Prince Arthur is also open seven days a week. For more information see the pubs <a href="http://www.princearthurlondon.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/transformed-castle-hotel-fit-king"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Transformed Castle Hotel is Fit for a King </a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-refurb-prince-cards-bexlyheath-pub-goers">Pub Refurb for a Prince of the Cards for Bexlyheath Pub-Goers <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shoreditch Pub Refurbishment brings the country to the city" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 09:38:23 +0000 T.Flint 30736 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub Refurb for a Prince of the Cards for Bexlyheath Pub-Goers http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-refurb-prince-cards-bexlyheath-pub-goers <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>03 December 2013</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a></p><p>A local couple with experience working in the casino business have taken on Bexleyheath pub the <a href="http://princealbertbexleyheath.co.uk" target="_blank">Prince Albert</a> on the Broadway.  Husband and wife Barrie and Claire Houghton have re-opened the pub after a £100,000 refurbishment by brewers Shepherd Neame.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Prince%20Albert%20large-12.jpg" /> <div>The refurbishment, which has already received high praise in reviews from locals on <a href="http://tripadvisor.co.uk" target="_blank">Trip Advisor</a>, has included a complete interior and exterior redecoration and the creation of a new function room.</p> <p>Barrie and Claire, who have lived locally for the last 16 years, are bidding to put the Prince Albert on the map by serving up high quality pub food and offering private dining for large groups in a relaxed, classic pub environment.<br /> <br />Barrie said: “We were looking for a change of direction in our careers and saw the potential for a successful food-led pub business at the Prince Albert. We think that the new-look pub with its outstanding range of ales and lagers and fantastic facilities is just what local businesses and residents have been lacking.”<br /> <br />A chalkboard will tempt pub-goers’ taste buds with a selection of mouth-watering main courses featuring “pork belly with sweet potato and an apple and cinnamon sauce” and Barrie’s favourite “Thai chicken and prawn curry with green beans”, as well as traditional Sunday roasts.  The lunch and bar menu includes wraps, sandwiches, jackets and sumptuous salads such as “crispy duck” and “blue cheese and pear”.</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Prince%20Albert%20large-22.jpg" /><span>The pub is now taking bookings for its Christmas menu and can accommodate large groups of up to 60 or 70 people in the new upstairs function room. </span>Barrie and Claire are looking forward to putting their Casino expertise to use by hiring casino tables for private events and hosting some Casino-themed charity fundraisers as well as live music events.</p> <p>The pub now also boasts a decking area with outdoor seating for around 30 people. <br /> <br />Shepherd Neame property and tenanted trade director George Barnes says, “Barrie and Claire have used their local knowledge and expertise to create an imaginative food and entertainment offer which will appeal to Bexleyheath pub-goers.  The pub is already gaining a reputation as a high-quality, welcoming town pub.”<br /> <br />For more information visit their <a href="http://princealbertbexleyheath.co.uk" target="_blank">website</a>.  </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/shoreditch-pub-refurbishment-brings-country-city"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shoreditch Pub Refurbishment brings the country to the city</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/investor-relations/investor-news/shepherd-neame-limited-director/pdmr-shareholding-1">Shepherd Neame Limited Director/PDMR Shareholding <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub Refurb for a Prince of the Cards for Bexlyheath Pub-Goers " class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:26:12 +0000 T.Flint 26401 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk New Name and Look for Hotel in Stunning Seafront Location http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/new-name-and-look-hotel-stunning-seafront-location <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>02 December 2013</p><p>Shepherd Neame is to spend £1.4 million redeveloping a hotel at one of the most picturesque spots on the Kent coast, regularly used as a film location.<br /> <br />The Fayreness Hotel, overlooking Botany Bay at Kingsgate near Broadstairs, will be renamed the Botany Bay Hotel, remodelled to make the most of its spectacular views and stylishly refurbished with a family-friendly coastal feel.<br /> <br />Work started in the late autumn with a phased refurbishment of the hotel’s 30 bedrooms, which will be decorated to reflect the coastal setting using natural sand and blue-green colours, artefacts, and artwork of local scenes.<br /> <br />The hotel will close for 10 weeks from January before a grand re-opening in time for Easter. The two UPVC conservatories at the front of the building will be replaced by an elegant orangery and the existing brick exterior will be clad in traditional Kentish weatherboarding.<br /> <br />A wrap-around deck will afford better sea views for those who wish to sit outside, while the interior will be fitted with additional windows to allow more natural light and fresh air.<br />The main bar area will be entirely refurbished and divided into comfortable seating areas, including the introduction of a coffee lounge and a cosy fireplace. The function room and its integral bar will be upgraded, along with the adjoining restaurant, enabling the hotel to cater for private functions and wedding parties of up to 150.<br /> <br />The sea view restaurant will serve modern English cuisine using the freshest, locally sourced, seasonal produce, with seafood a speciality. The bar will serve high-quality bar meals as well as Shepherd Neame’s renowned Kentish ales, a choice of international lagers and an excellent selection of wines from family-owned vineyards around the world.<br /> <br />Walkers will have an area to wash their boots in the revamped garden which will also feature a bicycle park. Botany Bay is a Blue Flag quality beach with more than 200 metres of golden sands, stunning cliffs and rock pools, made famous by TV and film productions such as Dan Snow’s <em>D-Day: The Last Heroes </em>and Sky Atlantic comedy <em>Hunderby</em> as well as the iconic Visit Kent poster campaign produced by Saatchi.<br /> <br />Shepherd Neame retail director Nigel Bunting said: "Botany Bay is probably the finest beach in Kent and a stunning location. It makes sense to rename and redevelop the hotel as a favourite choice for the many local residents to drop in for a meal or a drink and as a great venue for short breaks, weddings and functions.”<br /> <br />The hotel features spectacular sea views over Botany Bay and is a short walk from the sandy beaches of Kingsgate Bay and Joss Bay. It is a favourite with golfers as it is a few yards from North Foreland Golf Club and the Royal St George’s and Prince’s courses are a short drive away. For art-lovers, the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate is also nearby.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Fayreness%20Refurb%20artist%20impression%201.jpg" /></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="/investor-relations/investor-news/shepherd-neame-limited-director/pdmr-shareholding-1"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shepherd Neame Limited Director/PDMR Shareholding</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/silver-award-brewery-visitor-centre">Silver Award for Brewery Visitor Centre <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="New Name and Look for Hotel in Stunning Seafront Location " class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 15:33:14 +0000 T.Flint 26441 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk 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