Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/blog/brands/pubs/blog?keys= en Enjoy Good Food at Shepherd Neame Pubs http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/enjoy-good-food-shepherd-neame-pubs <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>02 October 2014</p><p><img alt="The Sportsman Seasalter" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_The%20Sportsman%20in%20Seasalter.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 186px; float: left;" />The Sportsman in Seasalter has been named the UK’s 5<sup>th</sup> best pub in The Good Food Guide 2015.<br /><br />First compiled in 1951, The Good Food Guide offers an independent assessment of the best restaurants, pubs and cafés across the UK, based on recommendations from members of the public.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_The%20Sportsman-%20Seasalter%20-%20Harrris%20Brothers.JPG" style="width: 280px; height: 224px; float: right;" /></p><p>The Sportsman, which was opened by brothers Philip and Stephen Harris 15 years ago, is described by judges as offering ‘astonishing food in the most congenial pub’. It receives a score of 6 in recognition of its ‘exemplary cooking skills, innovative ideas, impeccable ingredients and an element of excitement’.<br /><br />It is the latest in a string of accolades for the Shepherd Neame-owned pub, which has a Michelin star and was recently named the UK’s No.2 gastropub at the National Restaurant Awards in July.<br /><br />Other Shepherd Neame pubs to be recommended in the guide are The Sportsman’s sister pub The Granville in Lower Hardres near Canterbury; The Three Mariners at Oare near Faversham; and a new entry, The Compasses Inn at Crundale.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Compasses%20Good%20Food.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 210px; float: left;" />It is the second honour in recent months for The Compasses Inn, which was named Restaurant of the Year at the annual Shepherd Neame Pub Awards in July.<br /><br />Licensees Rob and Donna Taylor have only been at the pub for 18 months, and were delighted to be included in the Good Food Guide for the first time. Donna said: “We are absolutely over the moon! Rob does all the cooking, and takes real care to use local, seasonal produce to create good, English food, so it is brilliant that he has been recognised for his hard work.”<br /><br />Shepherd Neame’s director of retail and tenanted operations Nigel Bunting said: “We are very proud of the delicious fresh food on offer at our pubs and hotels, and it is great to see the hard work, dedication, and creativity of our licensees honoured in this way.<br /><br /> </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/cask-ale-week-4-beer-myths-busted">Cask Ale Week: 4 Beer Myths Busted <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Enjoy Good Food at Shepherd Neame Pubs" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 11:51:46 +0000 M.Farmer 43336 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Cask Ale Week: 4 Beer Myths Busted http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/cask-ale-week-4-beer-myths-busted <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>02 October 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/cask-ale-week">Cask Ale Week</a></p><p>There are a lot of myths surrounding beer.  Here are four of the most common debunked, including a beer belly buster...</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.538em;">                                                               Ale is warm and flat</strong><br /><strong style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px;"><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Casks.jpg" style="width: 225px; height: 150px; float: left;" /></strong>FALSE.  Beer should NOT be served at room temperature.  The ideal temperature for ale is between 11 and 13 degrees centigrade (cool, but not so cold that the flavours and aromas are lost).  Cask ale is not artificially carbonated in the way that lager and some other beers are.  However, it should not be completely flat – when in good condition, ale will have just the right amount of bubbles – those that are produced naturally during fermentation.</p><p><strong>Beer makes you fat</strong><br />FALSE.  The often professed ‘beer belly’ is probably not much to do with beer at all.  Beer contains no fat, and no cholesterol.  Beer is also relatively low in calories – half a pint of ale contains just 85 calories, compared to a medium size glass of red wine at 119, and an orange juice at 128.  (Sorry guys!)  A small packet of peanuts, however, can contain up to 600 calories – maybe some food for thought?<br /><br /><strong>Ale is for old men</strong><br />FALSE.  Increasingly, ale is being consumed by both younger people and women.  According to The Cask Report, 20% of cask ale drinkers are now aged under 35, with the majority of landlords agreeing that cask ale is attracting younger customers, and more female drinkers.  With the rise of microbreweries, interest in ‘craft beer’, and popularity of beer festivals, cask ale is enjoying a transformation, from old-fashioned to hot topic.<br /><br /><strong>Beer is not as good for you as red wine<img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Malted%20barley.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 225px; float: right;" /></strong><br />FALSE.  Malted barley, used to make beer, is a source of B vitamins, which are essential for a healthy nervous and digestive system.  Barley also contains silicon, which protects against osteoporosis by improving bone density.  Beer is high in potassium, which regulates blood pressure, and also contains ethanol – alcohol – known to reduce the risk of strokes, heart disease and other ailments.  Hops may help to balance your mood, and ease constipation.  They also have antibiotic properties, and contain antioxidants in the form of flavonoids, which may help prevent cancer and diabetes!<br /><br /><strong>So, beer is GOOD for you?</strong><br />YES, TRUE.  Drinking beer <strong>in moderation</strong> can be beneficial to health.  And it won’t make you fat – unless you have a packet of jumbo peanuts with every pint.  So if you don’t already drink cask ale, give it a chance, it might just do you good.  And if you are already an ale drinker, congratulations – you’re far more healthy, sophisticated and on-trend than you might have thought.<br /><br /><strong>Cheers!  Happy <a href="http://caskaleweek.co.uk/" target="_blank">Cask Ale Week</a>!</strong><br /><br /><br /><br /> </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/enjoy-good-food-shepherd-neame-pubs"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Enjoy Good Food at Shepherd Neame Pubs</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shop-pick-brewery-tour-gift-certificate">Shop Pick: Brewery Tour Gift Certificate <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Cask Ale Week: 4 Beer Myths Busted" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 00:30:20 +0000 M.Farmer 43016 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shop Pick: Brewery Tour Gift Certificate http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shop-pick-brewery-tour-gift-certificate <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>01 October 2014</p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Gift%20cert.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 199px; float: right;" />This week's Shop Pick is our most popular <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/brewery-tour-gift-certificate-two-plus-jute-bag-six-beers" target="_blank"><strong>Brewery Tour Gift Certificate </strong></a>with six beers to take home<strong>. </strong><br /><br />Our <strong>Award-Winning Brewery Tour</strong> takes you behind the scenes at Shepherd Neame, Britain's Oldest Brewer.<br /><br />Participants are taken on a guided tour <strong>inside the working brewery</strong>, to learn a little of the ancient art of brewing. See our old oak mash tuns, learn about malted barley, smell the hop pellets, and see how it's all done before rounding the tour off with a tutored beer tasting.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/three_col_Tour1_0.jpg" style="width: 212px; height: 140px; float: left;" />The £39.99 gift certificate is valid<div><strong>for two peopl</strong>e, and includes includes:<ul><li>The <strong>full daytime tour and tutored tasting</strong>, lasting around two hours</li><li>A sturdy jute<strong> gift bag</strong> to fill with six bottles of beer from the brewery shop</li></ul>We provide a certificate, and personalised gift message if you wish, which can be sent to you or directly to your recipient.<br />It is <strong>valid for a year</strong>, so they can call us and book a visit at a time to suit them.<br />Easily accessed from the M2 or by national rail, just over an hour from London.<br /><br /><strong>The ideal gift for any beer enthusiast!  <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/brewery-tour-gift-certificate-two-plus-jute-bag-six-beers" target="_blank">Order here </a></strong>or, if you prefer, call us on 01795 542014 - we'll be happy to help.<br /> </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/cask-ale-week-4-beer-myths-busted"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Cask Ale Week: 4 Beer Myths Busted</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/cask-ale-week-how-taste-beer">Cask Ale Week: How to Taste Beer <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shop Pick: Brewery Tour Gift Certificate" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:30:55 +0000 M.Farmer 43101 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Cask Ale Week: How to Taste Beer http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/cask-ale-week-how-taste-beer <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>01 October 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/cask-ale-week">Cask Ale Week</a></p><p><strong>Let’s assess a beer together.</strong></p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Perfect%20Pint.jpg" />Firstly, lift up your glass and look at the<strong> colour of the beer</strong>.  How would you describe it?  Is it the colour of straw, or gold?  Perhaps amber, or chestnut? </p> <p>Secondly, we will <strong>check for clarity</strong>.  Wiggle your fingers on the other side of the glass.  Can you see them?  Your beer should be completely clear – if it is not, this suggests that the cask has perhaps been disturbed, the beer has not been left long enough to settle in the cellar, or the pub does not have strict enough line cleaning in place.  In all cases, the beer should be politely returned.</p> <p>There are a few exceptions – including wheat beers, and beers that are bottle conditioned – if you have been a little hasty in your excitement, and poured the whole bottle into your glass rather quickly, you will have also poured in the yeast present in bottle conditioned beer – it won’t do you any harm, and some prefer it this way, but if you would like you beer to stay clear, next time leave it to settle and pour carefully.</p> <p>Next, before drinking we need to <strong>check the condition of the beer</strong>.  Carefully agitate your glass a little so that the beer moves around in a circular motion.  You should see some bubbles sticking to the side of your glass – this is called lacing, and it is a sign that your beer is in good condition.  Beers in the best condition will leave circles of lacing down the glass as you drink.</p> <p>There should be something of a head on the beer, not too much or too little - too little can indicate a dirty glass or a beer that has been on for too long.  Cask ale should not be flat, but when in good condition will have just the right amount of bubbles – the carbon dioxide that occurs naturally during fermentation.</p> <p>Lastly before we taste, we will <strong>smell the beer</strong>.  A large percentage of what we perceive as taste is actually coming from our sense of smell.  Your beer may smell of many things – biscuits, malt, caramel, or if more heavily hopped perhaps cut grass, or citrus.  These are all good.  If however your beer smells of vinegar, this can be a bad sign. </p> <p>Now the bit you have been waiting for – taste it.  There is really no right or wrong way to taste beer – however, your bitter taste buds are at the back of your tongue, so taking a good mouthful is heartily recommended.</p> <p><strong>Now, and most importantly... Enjoy!</strong></p> <p>If this has got your mouth watering, why not visit us at the brewery for a behind the scenes tour, and tutored beer tasting?  <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions" target="_blank">Find out more</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/shop-pick-brewery-tour-gift-certificate"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shop Pick: Brewery Tour Gift Certificate</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-millers-arms">Pub of the Week: The Miller&#039;s Arms <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Cask Ale Week: How to Taste Beer" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:20:58 +0000 M.Farmer 43011 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk