Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog?keys= en Win the Chance to Fly a Spitfire http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/win-chance-fly-spitfire <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>28 April 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/spitfire">Spitfire</a>, <a href="/blog/competition">Competition</a></p><p>Spitfire Premium Kentish Ale is offering its trade customers the chance to win a once in a lifetime experience: flying an historic Spitfire aeroplane.</p> <p>The exclusive prize is up for grabs in this year’s Operation Landlord, an annual promotion organised by the award-winning beer, to commemorate the 75<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Battle of Britain.</p> <p>The winning licensee or manager will join a pilot for a tandem flight in the iconic British fighter aircraft, with an opportunity to actually take the controls. And their memorable day will also include flying two other historic Second World War planes – a Tiger Moth and Harvard.</p> <p>Customers simply have to order a cask of Spitfire Ale, and text the unique code provided, along with the pub’s postcode and name, to be entered into the prize draw. Entries must be submitted by June 30, and a winner will then be randomly selected.</p> <p>It is open to all customers who order casks of Spitfire Ale, and multiple entries are allowed.</p> <p>Spitfire Ale brand manager William Upfield said: “This year’s prize for Operation Landlord is the best yet. It is an experience that money can’t buy, and we are delighted to be able to offer it to our customers. We would like to wish the best of luck to everyone who enters!”</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-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-old-neptune-whitstable">Pub of the Week: The Old Neptune, Whitstable <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Win the Chance to Fly a Spitfire" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 11:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 57631 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The Old Neptune, Whitstable http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-old-neptune-whitstable <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>28 April 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pub-week">Pub of the Week</a>, <a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a></p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/blog_half_Old%20Neptune%2C%20Whitstable%20%284%29.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" /><strong><a href="http://neppy.co.uk/" target="_blank">The Old Neptune</a></strong> is idyllically situated directly on the beach at Whitstable. This fantastic spot makes it perfect for relaxing with a pint of beer, or glass of wine, right by the sea. You really couldn’t get much closer.<br /><br />It is thought that there may have originally been a boat workshop on the current site at one time, which was washed away. Certainly the building has suffered over time, being in such an exposed spot, with records of serious structural damage from sea water in 1853, and total loss of the wooden ‘beer house’ building in a storm in 1897.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/blog_half_Old%20Neptune%2C%20Whitstable%20%288%29.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 200px; float: right;" />It was rebuilt, using timber reclaimed from the original, and from other buildings lost at the time. A few additions and repairs over the years, plus some more seaside weather, and the result is the very appealing, if a bit warped and twisted, beachside pub we see today.<br /><br />The Old Neptune, or ‘the Neppy’ as it is affectionately known locally, is as pleasant inside as out, with lots of wood everywhere, and interesting Whitstable pictures and other articles on the walls, and even hanging from the ceiling. Outside there is a very large seating area directly on the beach.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/blog_half_Old%20Neptune%2C%20Whitstable%20%2810%29.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 200px; float: left;" />Food is served daily from 12 noon until 4pm, and is a good choice of traditional pub food, sandwiches and jackets, plus a selection of seafood specials and handmade pies. On the bar you will find a range of well-kept cask ales, plus of course Whitstable Bay Blonde lager and also our sumptuous Whitstable Bay Black stout. In addition there is a good wine selection, and all your other favourite tipples.<br /><br />The pub is well known locally for hosting some of the best live music around, with a band on most Saturday and Sunday evenings – an eclectic mixture of pretty much everything – swing, funk, blues, roots, Cuban, folk, and more - but no matter what style of music, the bands are always of a high quality, with good beer on tap, and a great crowd.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/blog_half_Old%20Neptune%2C%20Whitstable%20%2812%29.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" />To find out more and for events listings, visit the <a href="http://neppy.co.uk/index.html" target="_blank">pub’s website</a>, follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/oldneptune.whitstable" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, or call one of the team on 01227 272262.<br /><br /><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/win-chance-fly-spitfire"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Win the Chance to Fly a Spitfire</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/faversham-pub-announces-major-charity-gig">Faversham Pub Announces Major Charity Gig <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Old Neptune, Whitstable" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:34:30 +0000 M.Farmer 57616 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Faversham Pub Announces Major Charity Gig http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/faversham-pub-announces-major-charity-gig <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>27 April 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a>, <a href="/blog/events">Events</a></p><p>Enjoy an evening of great music in aid of two special causes at the <a href="/node/603">Railway Hotel</a> in Faversham.</p> <p>Mel Hatchard, licensee at the Shepherd Neame pub, is hosting a one-off concert headlined by the rock and dance band <a href="http://www.jamsandwich.biz" target="_blank">Jam Sandwich</a> on Friday, May 8.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Jam%20Sandwich-2.jpeg" /></p> <p>Jam Sandwich are raising funds and awareness for two charities close to their hearts: the <a href="http://www.mndassociation.org" target="_blank">Motor Neurone Disease Association</a> and the <a href="https://www.justgiving.com/SilasPullenFund" target="_blank">Silas Pullen Fund</a> (for the <a href="http://www.thebraintumourcharity.org" target="_blank">Brain Tumour Charity</a>). They will be supported by two other local acts, <a href="http://www.flawlesscarbon.co.uk" target="_blank">Flawless Carbon</a> and Byrne, and all the bands have waived their fees so every penny raised will go to the charities.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Railway%20Hotel%20licensee%20Mel%20Hatchard.jpg" />Mel said: “I know Jam Sandwich well, as two of them are from the area and they have headlined for us at the Faversham Hop Festival. One of the band members just lost his father to Motor Neurone Disease and I also recently lost a good friend to the illness, so we decided to hold a fundraising concert. The other charity is the Silas Pullen Fund, launched in memory of Silas, an 11-year-old boy from Faversham who tragically lost his battle with brain cancer.”</p> <p>Jam Sandwich lead guitarist Tom Falcon added: “We felt it was important to do something fun and joyful to raise awareness and funds for these two very special causes. We have performed at the Faversham Hop Festival several times, which we always enjoy, and are looking forward to coming back to the town for this special concert.”</p> <p>The concert, which will be taking place outdoors, starts at 7pm, with tickets priced £10 in advance or £7 on the door but space is limited. If accompanied by an adult at all times, 16 to 18-year-olds will be admitted into the outdoor arena, but not in the pub.</p> <p>For information or to book, <a href="https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jam-sandwich-live-for-motor-neurone-disease-and-the-silas-pullen-fund-tickets-16489493519" target="_blank">click 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-old-neptune-whitstable"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The Old Neptune, Whitstable</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/may-day-music-weekend-seaside-pub">May Day Music Weekend at Seaside Pub <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Faversham Pub Announces Major Charity Gig" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 56991 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk May Day Music Weekend at Seaside Pub http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/may-day-music-weekend-seaside-pub <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>23 April 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a>, <a href="/blog/events">Events</a></p><p>A weekend of music is being held at <a href="/node/666">The Telegraph</a> pub in Deal to raise money for <a href="https://www.demelza.org.uk" target="_blank">Demelza children’s hospice</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Licensee%20Dawn%20James%20at%20The%20Telegraph%20pub%20in%20Deal.jpg" />The Shepherd Neame pub in Hamilton Road is offering karaoke on Friday, May 1, a disco on Saturday, May 2, and live music on Sunday, May 3.</p> <p>The afternoon and evening of live music starts at 2pm, and will feature performances by an eclectic range of groups and individual musicians, including ska band <a href="http://www.the-estimators-london-ska-band.co.uk/" target="_blank">The Estimators</a>, reggae performers One Love, local singer Dave Shepherd and covers band <a href="http://www.scene-six.co.uk" target="_blank">Scene Six</a>. There will also be a barbecue throughout the afternoon, and the chance to win some great prizes in a raffle.</p> <p>Admission to all three events is free.</p> <p>Licensee Dawn James said: “This is the third year we have held the May Day Music weekend. It is always a fun community event, and a fantastic way to raise money for a very worthy cause.”</p> <p>For more information, contact The Telegraph on 01304 371746.</p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/faversham-pub-announces-major-charity-gig"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Faversham Pub Announces Major Charity Gig</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/head-along-favershams-own-comedy-store">Head Along to Faversham&#039;s Own Comedy Store <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="May Day Music Weekend at Seaside Pub" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 57031 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Head Along to Faversham's Own Comedy Store http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/head-along-favershams-own-comedy-store <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>22 April 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/old-brewery-store">Old Brewery Store</a>, <a href="/blog/visitor-centre">Visitor Centre</a>, <a href="/blog/events">Events</a></p><p>Enjoy an evening of comedy at <a href="http://www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk" target="_blank">The Old Brewery Store</a> in Faversham.</p> <p>The events venue at the Shepherd Neame brewery is hosting a comedy night on the first Thursday of every month, and the next show is taking place on <a href="/node/54866">Thursday, May 7</a>.</p> <p>It is being hosted for a second time by Faversham comedian Richard Coughlan, and will feature another local performer, Dave Bailey from Sittingbourne.</p> <p>The line-up also includes Naomi Cooper, Jake Howie, Athena Kugblenu, Steve Hili and Dimitri Bakanov.</p> <p>Visitor centre manager Graham Hukins said: “We have been delighted with the popularity of the comedy nights at TOBS since we launched them in March. They are a great platform for local, budding comedians to showcase their talents, and a hilarious evening of entertainment is guaranteed.”</p> <p>Doors open at 6.30pm for an 8pm start, with tickets priced £5. It is open to over 18s only.</p> <p>For more information or to buy tickets <a href="/node/54866">click here</a> or phone 01795 542285.</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/may-day-music-weekend-seaside-pub"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> May Day Music Weekend at Seaside Pub</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-new-flying-horse-wye">Pub of the Week: The New Flying Horse, Wye <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Head Along to Faversham&#039;s Own Comedy Store" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 08:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 56676 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The New Flying Horse, Wye http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-new-flying-horse-wye <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>21 April 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pub-week">Pub of the Week</a>, <a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a></p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/NewFlyingHorse/blog_half_New%20Flying%20Horse%2C%20Approach.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />The <strong><a href="http://www.newflyinghorsewye.co.uk/welcome" target="_blank">New Flying Horse</a></strong> in Wye is a stunning village pub boasting some of the most beautiful guest rooms in the area.<br /><br />Set in the heart of Wye, a charming Kentish village situated between Ashford and Canterbury and with mainline train connections to London, it is the perfect destination for a weekend break in the countryside.<br /><br />The pub is appealing both inside and out, with an attractive bar area, plenty of seating for diners, along with two separate restaurant areas and extensive garden ideal for lunches with friends, or a relaxing cream tea in the sunshine.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/NewFlyingHorse/blog_half_New%20Flying%20Horse%2C%20Wye-004_0.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" />It is in the garden that The New Flying Horse provides its undoubtedly unique surprise.  While many pubs can boast attractive gardens, there are none quite like this, for part of the garden is in fact an authentic recreation of a Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal Winner - Julian Dowle’s design “A Soldier’s Dream of Blighty”.<br /><br />The Chelsea Pensioners’ Garden was created for the 2005 Chelsea Flower Show, with input from the Chelsea Pensioners themselves, and includes a Dig for Victory vegetable garden, a pond, a field of poppies and a miniature pub.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/NewFlyingHorse/blog_half_New%20Flying%20Horse%2C%20Wye-012.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 186px; float: left;" />And it is not all just for show – many of the vegetables and herbs grown in the garden, chosen from a 1939 seed catalogue by the Chelsea Pensioners, are picked fresh and used in the kitchen.<br /><br />The pub has an excellent reputation for its food, and seeks to cater for all tastes and appetites, with a bar menu for quicker lunches and lighter bites, and a full restaurant menu, all available throughout the pub wherever you choose to dine.  The focus is on providing excellent meals using only the best, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.  There are also daily specials, and an unforgettable Sunday Roast.  Booking is always advised.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/NewFlyingHorse/blog_half_New%20Flying%20Horse%2C%20Wye%20-%20bedroom%20tiff-010.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 179px; float: right;" />On the bar you will find a range of well-kept cask ales, lagers and an excellent wine list.  The nine rooms all provide the highest standards of accommodation, combining traditional features with modern luxuries, and are a real treat to stay in.<br /><br />Being within a short distance of Canterbury, with its cathedral and many other attractions, makes Wye ideal for a well-positioned yet peaceful base for sightseeing, or simply for a walking weekend, with direct access to the Kent Downs, and some incredible views over Wye and beyond.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/NewFlyingHorse/blog_half_New%20Flying%20Horse%2C%20Wye-015.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 186px; float: left;" />The pub also runs a very popular quiz night on Sundays at 8pm - booking advised, and other occasional events.  To find out more, visit the <a href="http://www.newflyinghorsewye.co.uk/welcome" target="_blank">pub’s website</a>, of follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/newflyinghorse" target="_blank">Facebook </a>or <a href="https://twitter.com/newflyhorse" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, or simply call one of the team on 01233 812 297.<br /><br /><br /><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/head-along-favershams-own-comedy-store"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Head Along to Faversham&#039;s Own Comedy Store</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/whitstable-bay-backs-seaside-literary-festival">Whitstable Bay Backs Seaside Literary Festival <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The New Flying Horse, Wye" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:35:04 +0000 M.Farmer 56876 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Whitstable Bay Backs Seaside Literary Festival http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/whitstable-bay-backs-seaside-literary-festival <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>20 April 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/sponsorship">Sponsorship</a>, <a href="/blog/whitstable-bay">Whitstable Bay</a></p><p>Faversham Steam Brewery’s Whitstable Bay collection is delighted to announce its sponsorship of this year’s <strong><a href="http://www.whitlit.co.uk/" target="_blank">WhitLit Festival</a></strong>.</p> <p>It is the second annual literary festival to take place in the beer’s namesake coastal town, and starts on May 9.</p> <p>This year’s event will feature talks by well-known authors including Kate Mosse, David Nicholls, Kate Adie, Penny Vincenzi, and Sandi Toksvig.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/RS349_ShepherdNeame2014%2067074%20%281%29.jpg" />Visitors will be able to enjoy the Whitstable Bay collection, which comprises Pale Ale, Blonde Lager, Organic Ale and Black Oyster Stout, at good pubs, restaurants and bars across the town. Just as WhitLit Festival’s motto is ‘independent spirit’, the Whitstable Bay collection also dares to be different. A distinct, refreshing range of beers, it offers tradition with a twist, using some of the most distinctive hops.</p> <p>Brand manager Rachael Boswell said: “We are delighted to sponsor such a fantastic event in our collection’s namesake town. Whitstable is renowned for its vibrant culture, and WhitLit 2015 is the embodiment of that.”</p> <p>Festival director Victoria Falconer said: “Our festival is a celebration of Whitstable, with the majority of events featuring local authors, presenters or themes. As Whitstable Bay is not only named after the town, but produced by a local, independent brewery, we are delighted to welcome it as a first-time sponsor of the event.”</p> <p>To find out more about WhitLit, <a href="http://www.whitlit.co.uk/" target="_blank">visit their website</a>, and find them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/whitstableliteraryfestival" target="_blank">Facebook </a>or <a href="https://twitter.com/whitstablelit" target="_blank">Twitter</a>.</p> <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/pub-week-new-flying-horse-wye"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The New Flying Horse, Wye</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/soaring-success-spitfire-ale-tv-ad-campaign">Soaring Success for Spitfire Ale TV Ad Campaign <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Whitstable Bay Backs Seaside Literary Festival" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:04:22 +0000 james.purcell 56651 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Soaring Success for Spitfire Ale TV Ad Campaign http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/soaring-success-spitfire-ale-tv-ad-campaign <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>17 April 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/awards">Awards</a>, <a href="/blog/spitfire">Spitfire</a></p><p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/bma-award-badge-winner-310x190px.png" />A series of TV adverts for Spitfire Premium Kentish Ale has been honoured at a national awards ceremony.</p> <p>The Bottle of Britain campaign, starring comedians Alexander Armstrong and Ben Miller, was named Best Broadcast Advertising Campaign in the inaugural Beer Marketing Awards.</p> <p>Armstrong and Miller play RAF Spitfire pilots, who use stereotypical modern-day street vernacular while speaking with clipped 1940s accents.<br />Originally brewed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Spitfire Premium Kentish Ale is renowned for its cheeky and award-winning marketing and advertising, and the latest TV adverts continue this theme, with a very British sense of humour.</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Beer%20Marketing%20Awards%202015%20-%20Spitfire%20wins%20Best%20Broadcast%20Advertising%20Ca....jpg" />The ongoing campaign, created by London creative agency Libertine, has also been well received online, with the adverts receiving more than one million views.</p> <p>Spitfire’s head of brand marketing Mark Miller said: “We are thrilled to have been recognised at a national level for our advertising campaign. Its memorable characters and distinctly British humour has helped us engage with a new audience.”</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/whitstable-bay-backs-seaside-literary-festival"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Whitstable Bay Backs Seaside Literary Festival</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/step-back-time-sensational-seventies">Step Back in Time to the Sensational Seventies <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Soaring Success for Spitfire Ale TV Ad Campaign" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:55:23 +0000 james.purcell 56476 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Step Back in Time to the Sensational Seventies http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/step-back-time-sensational-seventies <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>16 April 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/old-brewery-store">Old Brewery Store</a>, <a href="/blog/events">Events</a></p><p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Abalicious.jpg" />Pull on your platforms, fling on your flares and boogie on down to Faversham’s Old Brewery Store for an evening of authentic Seventies sounds.</p> <p>Leading UK Abba tribute act Abalicious is headlining the Sensational Seventies Evening at the Shepherd Neame events venue.</p> <p>Support will be provided by Elton John-soundalike Elton Towers, before the evening finishes with a live performance of some classic disco hits.<br />It is taking place at 7pm on Saturday, April 25, with tickets priced £12.50.</p> <p>To book tickets or for more information, <a href="http://www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk/events/sensational-seventies-evening-featuring-abalicious">click here</a> or call 01795 542016</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/soaring-success-spitfire-ale-tv-ad-campaign"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Soaring Success for Spitfire Ale TV Ad Campaign</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shop-pick-ale-samplers-tour-and-supper">Shop Pick: Ale Sampler&#039;s Tour and Supper <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Step Back in Time to the Sensational Seventies" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 55926 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shop Pick: Ale Sampler's Tour and Supper http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shop-pick-ale-samplers-tour-and-supper <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>15 April 2015</p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/ToursFunc/blog_half_Visitor%20Centre%20bar%20-%20ale%20samplers%20supper_0.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 129px; float: left;" />This week's Shop Pick is a <strong>Gift Certificate</strong> for our Ale Sampler's Supper.<br /><ul><li>Guided tour of the brewery</li><li>Beer tasting</li><li>Delicious two course supper</li><li>Gift bag full of beer to take away</li></ul><strong>Just £75 - for two people!</strong><p>The certificate is valid for one year, so the lucky recipient can book a date to suit them. If you've left it a bit late, we can send it direct with a gift message - just let us know when you order.</p><h4 style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px;"><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/brewery-tour-and-supper-two-gift-certificate" target="_blank">ORDER NOW</a></h4><p>If you want to visit yourself, you can see available dates and <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/events/evening-tour-ale-samplers-supper" target="_blank">book here</a>.<br /><br />You can get a sneak peek at our tour on Pinterest:</p><p><a data-pin-board-width="400" data-pin-do="embedBoard" data-pin-scale-height="200" data-pin-scale-width="80" href="https://www.pinterest.com/shepherdneame/shepherd-neame-brewery/" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">Follow Shepherd Neame's board Shepherd Neame Brewery on Pinterest.</a><br /><br /> </p><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async="" src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script><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/step-back-time-sensational-seventies"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Step Back in Time to the Sensational Seventies</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/24-million-hotel-makeover-provides-local-employment-boost">£2.4 Million Hotel Makeover Provides Local Employment Boost <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shop Pick: Ale Sampler&#039;s Tour and Supper" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:15:00 +0000 M.Farmer 55626 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk