Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/2014-04?keys= en Sports Minister Kicks Off New Football-Themed Beer http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/sports-minister-kicks-new-football-themed-beer <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>30 April 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/beer">Beer</a>, <a href="/blog/sport">Sport</a></p><p>Sports Minister Helen Grant helped brew the first batch of 4-4-2 at Shepherd Neame’s Faversham brewery on Friday, April 25.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Jonathan%20Neame%20and%20MP%20Helen%20Grant-300.jpg" />Named after the England side’s favoured football formation, the seasonal ale also has its own special line-up – in the form of 10 different hop varieties included in the brew.</p> <p>Conceived in Shepherd Neame’s pilot brewery, 4-4-2 is among a new collection of <em>No.18 Yard Brewhouse</em> beers, named after the historic cask store.</p> <p>The beer will be available from June 9 to July 13, a perfect accompaniment to the summer of sporting excitement ahead.</p> <p>Ms Grant also enjoyed a tour of the brewery, where she saw the UK’s last remaining solid oak mash tuns; sipped chalk-filtered mineral water from the brewery’s artesian well and sampled some malted barley.</p> <p>She also tasted some of Shepherd Neame’s Kentish ales and speciality lagers, before being presented with a bottle of 4-4-2 as a memento of the afternoon.</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/MP%20Helen%20Grant%20with%20Shepherd%20Neame%20head%20brewer%20Richard%20Frost%20pouring%20hops%20into%20the%20copper-300.jpg" />Ms Grant said: “Major sporting events have a unique ability of bringing communities together to cheer on the national team. In celebration of the World Cup this summer the Shepherd Neame has produced a special 4-4-2 beer.</p> <p>“With ingredients sourced from Kent, as part of the brewing process, I’m sure it will be enjoyed responsibly by many fans and let’s hope it brings Roy Hodgson and the England team some good luck in Brazil.”</p> <p>Chief executive Jonathan Neame said: “We were delighted to welcome Helen Grant to the brewery and discuss the important contribution that the company makes to local sport and local tourism.</p> <p>“We hope that everyone will join us in getting behind the England team’s bid for football glory this summer by enjoying a pint of 4-4-2.”</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-backs-fundraiser-memory-young-soldier"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Brewery Backs Fundraiser in Memory of Young Soldier</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/thanet-mp-officially-opens-new-coastal-hotel">Thanet MP Officially Opens New Coastal Hotel <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Sports Minister Kicks Off New Football-Themed Beer" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:01:43 +0000 james.purcell 35936 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Thanet MP Officially Opens New Coastal Hotel http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/thanet-mp-officially-opens-new-coastal-hotel <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>29 April 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/hotels">Hotels</a></p><p>The <a href="http://www.botanybayhotel.co.uk" target="_blank">Botany Bay Hotel</a> at Kingsgate near Broadstairs was officially opened by South Thanet MP Laura Sandys on Friday, April 25.<br /> <br />Formerly known as the Fayreness Hotel, it has just undergone a £1.4 million refurbishment by Britain’s oldest brewer, Shepherd Neame.<br /> <br /><img alt="" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Botany%20Bay%20Hotel%20%283%29.jpg" /><br />As a result of the brewery’s investment, 15 new roles have been created at the coastal hotel, taking the total to more than 50.<br /> <br />It is expected that more employees will be taken on to cope with increased demand during the summer season, due to its spectacular seaside location, just a minute’s stroll from the picturesque Botany Bay.<br /> <br />Ms Sandys was among a group of local dignitaries invited to see the hotel’s stylish new look and meet the team.<br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Jonathan%20Neame%20and%20Laura%20Sandys%20at%20the%20launch%20event.jpg" /><br />She said: “I am thrilled to be formally opening the Botany Bay Hotel following a very significant investment that has seen it undergo substantial refurbishment. It really does look fantastic and I am particularly pleased that 15 new roles have been created, taking the total number of jobs to over 50. This is very good news for Thanet.”<br /> <br />Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame also attended the launch event, and to mark the occasion presented a cheque for £500 to the Thanet Disabled Riding Centre.<br /> <br />Speaking at the launch, Mr Neame said: “This is a major development for Thanet, and we are pleased that Ms Sandys was able to join us for its official opening.</p> <p>“We are very proud of the hotel’s new look, but also that our significant investment is resulting in major economic benefits to the coastal area of East Kent, following on from the success of our recent £1.6 million transformation of the Marine Hotel at Whitstable.</p> <p>“We have created a significant number of new hospitality and catering roles at the Botany Bay, and we are confident that the presence of such a stylish destination hotel will provide a boost for the local tourism market.”</p> <p>For more information visit <a href="http://www.botanybayhotel.co.uk" target="_blank">www.botanybayhotel.co.uk</a></p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/sports-minister-kicks-new-football-themed-beer"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Sports Minister Kicks Off New Football-Themed Beer</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/investor-relations/investor-news/company-interim-results-presentation-28-april-2014">Company Interim Results Presentation 28 April 2014 <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Thanet MP Officially Opens New Coastal Hotel" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 08:35:53 +0000 james.purcell 35826 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Five minutes with… Jemima Vickers - Laboratory Manager http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/five-minutes-jemima-vickers-laboratory-manager <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>28 April 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/meet-team">Meet the Team</a></p><p><strong><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Jemima%20Vickers%20%281%29%20%28240x160%29.jpg" />Age</strong>: 30</p> <p><strong>Lives:</strong> Canterbury</p> <p><strong>Education</strong>: Microbiology degree from the University of Kent; Diploma in Brewing from Institute of Brewing and Distilling; Tasting qualification from Campden BRI</p> <p><strong>Career:</strong> Joined Shepherd Neame in 2005 as a laboratory technician, and was appointed laboratory manager in 2009.</p> <p><strong>Hobbies and interests:</strong> Cooking, going on walking holidays and home brewing.</p> <p><strong>What are your main responsibilities?</strong><br />I oversee the day to day running of the laboratory, managing five lab technicians and the resulting data and trend analysis.</p> <p><strong>What does a typical day involve?</strong><br />Every day is different, but we always get together for a team meeting at 8.30am, then at 9am I go to the sample room to test all of the previous day’s production. It is a taste test, to make sure it is true to type and there are no off flavours. This is a final check, as we test every batch of beer at least five times throughout the brewing process. Samples come to the lab and we test them for the percentage of alcohol, colour, bitterness and haze - whether it is visually clear. I also perform daily tasting checks of the water we use in the brewing process, known as liquor. Other aspects of my role include helping with product development, and running taste panels with brewers every week. I generally finish at 5pm and work five days a week.</p> <p><strong>What can affect the test results?</strong><br />The main factor for batch variations is the weather. We use natural products and they are weather dependent. For example, if we have a wet summer, it affects the hops and malt.</p> <p><strong>What personal characteristics help you in your role?</strong><br />You need to be calm under pressure, as there is a large workload to deal with. You also need to be a good team player, as everybody at the brewery is interlinked and needs to work together.</p> <p><strong>What are the most rewarding parts of your job?</strong><br /><strong><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Jemima%20Vickers%20%283%29%20%28300x200%29.jpg" /></strong><strong> </strong>I take pride in producing good beer – and obviously getting to taste beer for a living is great! I was a fan of lager before I started at the brewery, and ale is now my favourite drink, particularly 1698. I also enjoy the creative aspect of my job, when I get involved with product development. The latest was Whitstable Bay, when we tried out lots of different types of hops in the lab and whittled them down to a small number for the brewers to test when they were deciding on the recipe.</p> <p><strong>What is tough about the job?</strong><br />It is really busy. The lab is a service for the brewery, which works around the clock to produce beer, so our workload is non-stop.</p> <p><strong>What attracted you to the industry?</strong><br />My mother was a biology teacher and my Dad is a pharmacist, so I have always enjoyed science. I never thought I would end up working for a brewery, but the lab technician job came up after I finished university, and I decided to go for it. It is a brilliant industry to work in. It is really friendly, all the regional brewers know each other, and there are some great social events.</p> <p><strong>Has the brewery changed since you first joined?</strong><br />I have been here for nine years, and there are a lot more microbreweries now, so we are creating a lot more seasonal cask ales to compete. That is great, though it does increase our workload.</p> <p><strong>Is it hard to be a female working at a brewery?</strong><br />It is definitely a male-oriented industry, but here at Shepherd Neame we have several female brewers, probably more than any other brewery, and it really isn’t an issue. We are all part of a team.</p> <p><strong>Does the industry offer career progression?</strong><br />I have definitely enjoyed a lot of support and development opportunities during my time at Shepherd Neame. They arranged for me to take the Diploma in Brewing, which I completed in 2009, before I was promoted to laboratory manager. They also organised my tasting qualification.</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/company-interim-results-presentation-28-april-2014"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Company Interim Results Presentation 28 April 2014</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/featured-recipe-house-flavoured-nuts">Featured Recipe: House Flavoured Nuts <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Five minutes with… Jemima Vickers - Laboratory Manager" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 10:25:05 +0000 james.purcell 35771 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Featured Recipe: House Flavoured Nuts http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/featured-recipe-house-flavoured-nuts <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>26 April 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/recipes">Recipes</a></p><div><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/blog_half_House%20Flavoured%20Nuts.png" style="width: 197px; height: 280px; float: right;" />To download, click <a href="/sites/default/files/uploads/PDF%2032%20Flavoured%20nuts.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>. <br />Some suggestions:<br /> </div><div><strong>Chilli Nuts:</strong> To 1 Kilo of large salted nuts add 2 tbsps of cayenne pepper, 1 tsp of garlic granules and for extra spiciness a scattering of dried<br />birdseye chillies.</div><div><br /><strong>Salt and Pepper Nuts:</strong> Add 1 tbsp fine ground black pepper and 1 tbsp of coarse ground black pepper to 1 kilo of large salted nuts.</div><div><br /><strong>Curry Nuts: </strong>Add 1 tbsp mild curry powder and 1 tbsp ground cumin to 1 kilo of nuts.</div><div><br /><strong>Cajun Nuts</strong>: Add 2 tbsps of Cajun seasoning to 1 kilo of nuts</div><div><br /><strong>Smoked Paprika Nuts:</strong> Add 1 tbsp of smoked paprika and 2 tsps of barbecue seasoning to 1 kilo of large salted nuts.</div><div><br /><strong>Chilli and Chocolate Nuts</strong>: Add 1 tbsp cocoa powder, 2 tsps cayenne pepper and 1 tbsp castor sugar to 1 kilo of nuts.</div><div><br /><strong>Orange Pepper Nuts:</strong> Remove the zest from 1 orange being careful not to collect any of the pith. Grind in a spice grinder or food processor with 1 tbsp of black pepper corns until finely ground. Spread on a greaseproof lined tray and allow to airdry for 24 hrs then mix into 1 kilo of nuts.</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/five-minutes-jemima-vickers-laboratory-manager"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Five minutes with… Jemima Vickers - Laboratory Manager</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/enjoy-stylish-seaside-break-kent">Enjoy a Stylish Seaside Break in Kent <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Featured Recipe: House Flavoured Nuts" class="rdf-meta"></span> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 10:05:14 +0000 T.Flint 36756 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Enjoy a Stylish Seaside Break in Kent http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/enjoy-stylish-seaside-break-kent <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>23 April 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/hotels">Hotels</a></p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/blog_half_Royal%20Albion%20Hotel-%20Broadstairs-011.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 194px; float: right;" />Not only is Kent the Garden of England, home to some of the UK’s finest countryside, it is also the perfect choice for a break by the sea, with a dramatic coastline featuring beautiful blue-flag beaches.<br /><br />Coastal towns Broadstairs and Deal were recently named as among the top 30 best places for a weekend retreat in The Times newspaper.<br /><br />Deal was also named the Daily Telegraph’s High Street of the Year in January, with one judge describing it as ‘A mix of jolly seaside, cool groove and time stood still’.<br /><br />Visitors eager to discover what makes the towns so special, need look no further for a luxurious, friendly welcome during their stay than at Shepherd Neame’s premier hotels.<br /><br />Dating back to 1760, and a former residence of Victorian author Charles Dickens, the Royal Albion in Broadstairs is steeped in history but with a 21st century approach to style and comfort. It has an unrivalled location, situated in the middle of the quaint town, yet with rear landscaped gardens leading on to the promenade with direct access to the beach. Many of its 21 bedrooms offer stunning views across Viking Bay.<br /><br />An early 18th century Georgian hotel, The Royal in Deal also boasts a picturesque seafront location, just a short stroll from the pier, Deal Castle, and the award-winning High Street. It has 18 luxurious rooms, many with spectacular sea views.<br /><br />For more information on Shepherd Neame’s portfolio of six premium Kent hotels, visit <a href="http://www.relaxinkent.co.uk">www.relaxinkent.co.uk</a><br /><br /><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/featured-recipe-house-flavoured-nuts"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Featured Recipe: House Flavoured Nuts</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/featured-recipe-white-chocolate-cheesecake">Featured Recipe: White Chocolate Cheesecake <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Enjoy a Stylish Seaside Break in Kent " class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:15:59 +0000 T.Flint 35696 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Featured Recipe: White Chocolate Cheesecake http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/featured-recipe-white-chocolate-cheesecake <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>19 April 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/recipes">Recipes</a></p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/blog_half_White%20Chocolate%20Cheesecake.png" style="width: 280px; height: 220px; float: right;" />This cheesecake can be made in a mould, a jar, a glass, mug or large bowl and topped with fruit purees and fresh fruits, sorbet or chocolate sauce as pictured here with fresh raspberries and toasted honeyed oats. Using oats instead of the traditional digestive biscuit base makes this a wheat free pudding. <br /><br /><strong>Preparation time:</strong> 5 min <br /><strong>Cooking time: </strong>15 min plus setting time<br />Serves 4<br />To Download this recipe, click <a href="/sites/default/files/uploads/PDF%207%20cheesecake%20jar.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>. <br /><br /><div><strong>Ingredients:</strong></div><div>500g cream cheese<br />1 tbsp butter, melted</div><div>250g white chocolate<br />125g oats</div><div>1 tbsp vanilla syrup<br />1 tbsp honey</div><div>2 tsbp icing sugar<br />100g fresh raspberries</div><div>50ml of raspberry puree</div><br /><div><strong>Method:</strong></div><div>1/ Preheat the oven to 180˚c. In a bowl combine the oats, butter and honey. Spread out on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and bake until crunchy and slightly browned. Set aside to cool.<br /> </div><div>2/ Put the white chocolate in a bowl placed on top of a pan of simmering water to melt. Do not stir as this can cause it to thicken.<br /> </div><div>3/ Place the cream cheese in another bowl with the syrup and the icing sugar and stir until smooth and soften with a wooden spoon or electric hand whisk.<br /> </div><div>4/ Pour the melted chocolate into the cheese mixture slowly, whisking all the time until it is smooth and all the chocolate has been added. If it goes a little lumpy add a little milk and stir in thoroughly.<br /> </div><div>5/ Layer the cheesecake mix with the raspberry puree, the honeyed oats and the fresh raspberries in a jar.</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/enjoy-stylish-seaside-break-kent"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Enjoy a Stylish Seaside Break in Kent </a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/new-look-village-pub-unveiled-locals">New Look Village Pub Unveiled to Locals <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Featured Recipe: White Chocolate Cheesecake" class="rdf-meta"></span> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:54:08 +0000 T.Flint 36751 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk New Look Village Pub Unveiled to Locals http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/new-look-village-pub-unveiled-locals <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>17 April 2014</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>Dozens of guests flocked to the official launch party for the new look Rose and Crown in Wrotham.<br /> <br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Rose%20and%20Crown%20licensees%20Zoe%20Clubb%20and%20Drew%20King-300.jpg" />Licensees Zoe Clubb and Drew King invited their regular customers, along with local dignitaries and residents to see the results of the pub’s £75,000 facelift.<br /> <br />The charming Shepherd Neame pub, situated in the heart of the village, underwent three weeks of refurbishment work, which included repainting its interior in contemporary colours, with some areas of brickwork exposed to create a more rustic feel.<br /> <br />Previously one big open space, a rear dining area was screened off to create a more intimate environment, all the furniture has been re-upholstered, and vintage pictures of local scenes now adorn the walls.<br /> <br />The pub’s exterior has enjoyed a revamp, with a refurbished outside seating area, new pergola and hand-painted signage.<br /> <br />A herb garden has also been created, used by accomplished chef Drew as a source of fresh ingredients for the new menu he has introduced at the pub.<br /> <br />Using only the finest locally sourced, seasonal produce, he offers classic British cuisine with a contemporary twist, such as Spitfire ale battered haddock and hand cut chips, along with á la carte dishes including pan fried gilt head sea bream, and pear poached in honey and star anise with cashel blue cheese and walnuts.<br /> <br />At its official opening on Monday, April 14, the first pint was pulled by local resident and pub regular David Casper.<br /> <br />Other special guests included members of the Hartley Morris Men, who describe the pub as their ‘spiritual home’, and had their own special corner created as part of the refurbishment, featuring morris dancing memorabilia.<br /> <br />Squire Terry Heaslip said: “We have been based at the Rose and Crown since 1977, and we are very proud that our group has been recognised in this way. They have done a magnificent job.”<br /> <br />Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame also attended the launch event, and to mark the occasion presented a cheque for £500 to the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust.<br /> <br />Drew said: “Zoe and I have been at the pub for just over a year, and during that time we feel like we have really settled into the community. Our customers aren’t locals anymore, they are friends.<br /> <br />“They have been a great support, particularly during the revamp, and this party was a great way of saying thank you.<br /> <br />“We are really pleased with the refurbishment, and very excited about our future here.”<br /> <br />Property and tenanted trade director George Barnes said: “The Rose and Crown is an historic pub, and our aim was to give it a contemporary look while retaining its character and atmosphere, and we are very pleased with the results.<br /> <br />“Zoe and Drew are a talented, hard-working couple, and I am confident that they will continue to build upon the pub’s success.”</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/featured-recipe-white-chocolate-cheesecake"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Featured Recipe: White Chocolate Cheesecake</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/country-pub-makes-double-donation-charity">Country Pub Makes Double Donation to Charity <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="New Look Village Pub Unveiled to Locals" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:09:08 +0000 james.purcell 35371 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Country Pub Makes Double Donation to Charity http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/country-pub-makes-double-donation-charity <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>15 April 2014</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>East Kent charity <a href="http://www.pilgrimshospices.org" target="_blank">Pilgrims Hospices</a> is to benefit from two fundraising events at the <a href="http://www.walnuttree.com" target="_blank">Walnut Tree Inn</a> in Aldington this month.<br /> <br />Karen Barrett, licensee at the historic Shepherd Neame pub, welcomed a group of cyclists training for the Pilgrims Hospices Cycle Challenge last week.<br /> <br /><img alt="" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Karen%20Barrett%20with%20the%20Pilgrims%20Hospices%20Cycle%20Challenge%20cyclists.JPG" /><br />The group of 36 were cycling around East Kent in preparation for the charity event, and stopped off for morning refreshments at the Walnut Tree on Saturday, April 5.<br /> <br />Karen provided the party with free food, including bacon rolls, sandwiches, homemade sausage rolls and scones, in return for a donation to Pilgrims Hospices, raising over £100.<br /> <br />She is also hosting a quiz in aid of the charity on Sunday, April 27. It starts at 7.30pm and admission is priced £1 per person, including snacks.<br /> <br />Karen said: “I was delighted to welcome the group of cyclists to our pub. They are training for a very worthy cause, and I was happy to help. We hope the quiz will boost the funds we can donate to the Pilgrims Hospices, a charity which has made a big difference to the lives of many people in our community.”<br /> <br />Fundraising and marketing assistant Rosie Bell said: “We would like to thank the Walnut Tree Inn for their generosity. Pilgrims Hospices rely on the support of the local community for approximately 80% of its funding.”<br /> <br />This year’s Pilgrims Hospices Cycle Challenge is taking place on Sunday, May 4. Cyclists can choose from four routes around Canterbury, Ashford and Thanet. For information visit <a href="http://www.pilgrimshospices.org" target="_blank">www.pilgrimshospices.org</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/new-look-village-pub-unveiled-locals"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> New Look Village Pub Unveiled to Locals</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/foodies-flock-enjoy-taste-faversham">Foodies Flock to Enjoy a Taste of Faversham <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Country Pub Makes Double Donation to Charity" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:30:00 +0000 james.purcell 35241 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Foodies Flock to Enjoy a Taste of Faversham http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/foodies-flock-enjoy-taste-faversham <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>14 April 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/food">Food</a>, <a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a></p><p>Spring is here, and Faversham’s famous hops are shooting up in the gardens surrounding the town.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Hop%20shoots-300.jpg" />To celebrate their arrival, <a href="http://tastefaversham.org" target="_blank">TasteFaversham</a> came up with the idea of organising a visit to a Teynham hop garden, followed by a Hop Shoots Tasting Dinner at the Carriage Restaurant in Faversham’s <a href="http://www.railwayhotelfaversham.co.uk" target="_blank">Railway Hotel</a>.</p> <p>Tickets were sold out for the event, which took place at the historic Shepherd Neame pub on the evening of Thursday, April 10.</p> <p>The menu included Hop Shoots with Smoked Salmon and Green Asparagus; Hop Shoots, Asparagus and Sundried Tomato Lasagne, and Garlic and Rosemary Grilled Fillet of Kentish Lamb with Sauteéd Hop Shoots.</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Laszlo%20Kocsis%20and%20Andrea%20Kocsis%20with%20a%20plate%20of%20hop%20shoots-300.jpg" />Head chef Laszlo Kocsis said: “They used to call hop shoots the poor man’s asparagus, so when TasteFaversham approached me about putting together a special tasting menu, that was my starting point.</p> <p>“I hadn’t cooked with hop shoots before so I really enjoyed creating the menu, as I like to devise new dishes.”</p> <p>The Hungarian-born chef, who has been at the Carriage Restaurant, managed by his wife Andrea, since October, added: “We were really pleased that tickets for the dinner sold out. It is great to see that customers are interested in trying new things, and there is nowhere better to try these dishes than in Faversham, the home of the hop.”</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/country-pub-makes-double-donation-charity"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Country Pub Makes Double Donation to Charity</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/featured-recipe-pork-belly-and-haggis-croquettes">Featured Recipe: Pork Belly and Haggis Croquettes <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Foodies Flock to Enjoy a Taste of Faversham" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:37:43 +0000 james.purcell 35166 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Featured Recipe: Pork Belly and Haggis Croquettes http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/featured-recipe-pork-belly-and-haggis-croquettes <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>12 April 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/recipes">Recipes</a></p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/blog_half_Pork%20Belly%20and%20Haggis.png" style="width: 280px; height: 157px; float: right;" />These delicious croquettes are easy to prepare and make an unusual seasonal dish that is a warming light lunch, a great starter or tapas dish.<br /><br /><strong>Preperation time</strong>: 15 minutes<br /><strong>Cooking time:</strong> 15 minues<br />Serves 5 as a starter or light lunch <br />To download this recipe, click <a href="/sites/default/files/uploads/PDF%2029%20Pork%20and%20haggis%20croquettes.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>. <br /><br /><div><strong>Ingredients:</strong></div><div>200g minced pork belly<br />Freshly ground pepper &amp; salt</div><div>200g haggis<br />100g fresh breadcrumbs</div><div>400g mashed potato<br />Oil for frying<br /><br /><div><strong>Method:</strong></div><div>1/ Preheat the oven to 200˚c.<br /> </div><div>2/ Put the haggis in a food processor and whizz until finely chopped. Add the pork mince and blitz until evenly mixed. Transfer to a bowl and mix with the mashed potato until smooth.<br /> </div><div>3/ Using floured hands, shape the mixture into 10 croquettes and then roll in the breadcrumbs. Refrigerate to firm up until required.<br /> </div><div>4/ Heat some vegetable oil in a non-stick pan and fry the croquettes on each side for 3 to 4 minutes until crisp and golden. Leave in the oven to rest until required and then serve with a green salad and a homemade cranberry sauce.</div></div><br /><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/foodies-flock-enjoy-taste-faversham"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Foodies Flock to Enjoy a Taste of Faversham</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/new-look-dorkings-oldest-pub">New Look for Dorking&#039;s Oldest Pub <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Featured Recipe: Pork Belly and Haggis Croquettes" class="rdf-meta"></span> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:44:26 +0000 T.Flint 36746 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk