Blog en Shepherd Neame Takes On Historic Riverside Pub <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>01 July 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></p><p>Riverside pub The Anchor at Yalding has been acquired by Britain’s oldest brewer Shepherd Neame – the first time it has changed hands in more than 30 years.<br /> <br />The 14<sup>th</sup> century thatch roofed pub is situated on the River Medway, a few minutes from the village of Yalding near Maidstone, and is operating as part of the brewery’s managed estate.<br /> <br />It was officially taken over by the brewery on Wednesday, July 1, and will be shut for general maintenance work before reopening on Monday, July 6. The brewery will be reviewing options for further investment in due course.<br /> <br />The pub is being run by experienced manager Chris Peach, who previously ran another Shepherd Neame pub, the <a href="/node/548">Manor Farm Barn</a> in Southfleet. He is currently recruiting for around 20 new employees to help cope with demand during the busy summer period, including front of house staff, an assistant manager and chefs.<br /> <br />Customers can relax in the comfortable surroundings of the traditional family-friendly restaurant, or when the weather is fine, dine alfresco on the large terrace overlooking the river.<br /> <br />This landmark site in a unique location is popular with those using canoes, kayaks and small boats on the river, as there are moorings just upstream of the pub, which has c.300 yards of river frontage and is surrounded by water on two sides at Hamptead Lock.<br /> <br />The Anchor will be open every day and evening, serving freshly ground coffee and a selection of other hot drinks, along with Shepherd Neame’s renowned Kentish ales and excellent wines from independent family vineyards around the world.<br />It will also offer a varied menu of light bites and classic British cuisine with a contemporary twist, with all dishes cooked onsite using locally sourced produce wherever possible.<br /> <br />The addition of The Anchor takes Shepherd Neame’s total portfolio of managed pubs and hotels across the South East to 54.<br /> <br />Shepherd Neame’s director of retail and tenanted operations Nigel Bunting said: “The Anchor in Yalding is an historic building with lots of character, boasting a fantastic riverside location. We are delighted to welcome this unique pub to our retail estate, and are confident it will prove a worthy addition.”<br /> <br />For more information or to apply for one of the new roles at The Anchor, email <a href=""></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=""></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shepherd-neame-announces-winners-2015-pub-awards">Shepherd Neame Announces Winners of 2015 Pub Awards <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shepherd Neame Takes On Historic Riverside Pub" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:05:00 +0000 james.purcell 67716 at