Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog?keys= en New Look at The New Inn http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/new-look-new-inn <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>21 November 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a></p><a href="/pubs/sittingbourne/new-inn" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Keiron%20Parrish%20and%20Sam%20Drury.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 167px; float: left;" /><strong>The New Inn in Murston</strong></a>, near Sittingbourne, celebrated its new look with a launch party on Tuesday, November 18.<br /><br />Sam Drury and Keiron Parrish took on the Shepherd Neame pub in May this year, and teamed up with the brewery for a major refurbishment project totalling £130,000. <br /><br /><br />Work started at the end of August, and during the past three months the entire pub has been repainted, new timber flooring installed, the bar counter has been restructured, and the toilets have been revamped. The pub exterior has also been given a revamp, with hand painted signwriting on the front of the pub, and decking installed in the garden, which has been expanded using land from the large car park.<br /><br />Sam and Keiron both have extensive experience in the pub trade, and after years working in other industries, decided it was time to fulfil their dream of running a pub together. Mum-of-three Sam, 43, said: “I was working as an estate agent, and Keiron was working as a machine technician, and we both wanted to do something together which we felt passionate about.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_20783276368391.hd6npN3AZLSHKzjco0Gx_height640.png" style="float: right; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" />“I have worked in pubs off and on since leaving school, and Keiron grew up in the pub trade, as his Dad ran pubs all over Kent and Surrey. He also managed a country pub in the Elham Valley near Canterbury for several years, so has lots of experience.” The couple, who were living in Ashford, looked at a variety of pubs around the county, before choosing the traditional Shepherd Neame local.<br /><br />Father-of-two Keiron, 38, said: “Neither of us had visited Murston before, or remotely knew the area, but the first time we walked into the pub, we loved it. It had a really family friendly, community feel, and a great garden. “We are really pleased with the improvements that have been made to the pub. We have already had a lot of new customers coming in as a result of its new look.”<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_%2528l-r%2529%20Barry%20Ov.jpg" style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" />Local dignitaries and residents were invited to the official opening event, with the first pint pulled by veteran pub-goer Barry Overy, who has been a regular drinker at the pub for over 40 years. Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame also attended the launch event, and to mark the occasion presented a cheque for £500 to the Sittingbourne and Milton Regis branch of the Royal British Legion, collected by member Dennis Austen.<br /><br />Property and services director George Barnes said: “We are very pleased with the results of this refurbishment project. We have kept the traditional feel of this popular community pub, while greatly improving its look and facilities.”<br /><br />Forthcoming events:<br />Saturday, November 22: Karaoke from 8pm. Free admission.<br />Friday, December 19: Ska and reggae covers band Curb Pilots performing from 8pm. Free admission. Every Sunday: Meat raffle at 4pm.<br /><br />For more information, give the pub a call on <span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 15.3599996566772px; background-color: rgb(250, 251, 251);">01795 485264</span> or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/thenewinnsittingbourne" target="_blank">find them on Facebook.</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-previous right"><a href="/blog/antique-tools-donated-brewery">Antique Tools Donated to Brewery <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="New Look at The New Inn" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:57:09 +0000 M.Farmer 46306 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Antique Tools Donated to Brewery http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/antique-tools-donated-brewery <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>20 November 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a></p><p>A large collection of historic cooper’s tools has been donated to Britain’s oldest brewer Shepherd Neame.</p> <p>The barrel-making equipment, which dates back to the 19<sup>th</sup> century, was collected by the late Alan McCulloch, who was a licensee for over a decade at the Rising Sun in East Malling when it was owned by Shepherd Neame.</p> <p>Alan was prompted to begin the collection when he and wife Joan took on their first pub tenancy at the Coopers Arms in Romford, Essex.<br />Alan’s daughter Alison Terry said: “As it was called the Coopers Arms, my father thought it would be nice to emphasise the connection by collecting cooper’s tools which he used to decorate the pub. He carried on collecting them after they left the Coopers Arms and moved to the Rising Sun in the late 1970s, and people actually started bringing them to the pub for him.”</p> <p>After her parents passed away, the tools ended up in a box in Alison’s house, and recently resurfaced when she and her husband Mike began some renovation work.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/%28l-r%29%20Alison%20Terry%2C%20John%20Owen%2C%20Mike%20Terry%20with%20the%20tools%20at%20the%20brewery.jpg" />Mum-of-two Alison, an education consultant who lives in West Sussex, said: “I put one on eBay but had a lot of reaction from people telling me not to break up the collection, so I decided to donate them to a place where they could go on display for people to enjoy.</p> <p>“My parents loved being tenants with Shepherd Neame when they were at the Rising Sun, it was a really warm, family business, so I came up with the idea of donating them to the brewery.”</p> <p>Alison and Mike recently visited the brewery to present the equipment to the brewery’s historian and archivist John Owen.</p> <p>It will go on display in the Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre next year, tying in with the recreated cooper’s workshop already on show.</p> <p>John said: “Shepherd Neame used to buy in barrels from a company in London, but it had its own cooperage at the brewery which refurbished and repaired them. It is very kind of Alison to donate these tools, which are a very welcome addition to our collection and will help offer an insight into the history of brewing. My first task will be attempting to work out what they all do!”</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-new-inn"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> New Look at The New Inn</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/new-look-historic-london-pub">New Look for Historic London Pub <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Antique Tools Donated to Brewery" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 46141 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk New Look for Historic London Pub http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/new-look-historic-london-pub <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>20 November 2014</p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Extensive%20work%20underway%20on%20the%20ground%20floor%20fascia.JPG" style="width: 280px; height: 210px; float: left; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px;" />A Shepherd Neame pub in central London has been restored to its original splendour. The <strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/london/princess-prussia">Princess of Prussia</a> </strong>in Prescot Street, close to the Tower of London, was originally part of the Truman’s Brewery pub estate.<br /><br />Its façade was a classic example of Victorian pub architecture, with ornate ceramic mouldings, cornices, window reveals and fascia tiles, but it had fallen into poor condition and been covered by previous owners.<br /><br />Current tenants Darren and Janet Wellman were aware that structural repairs were needed for the main ground floor bay window, so they liaised with Shepherd Neame over coinciding them with a façade restoration project.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Some%20letters%20had%20to%20be%20reformed.JPG" style="width: 280px; height: 210px; float: right; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px;" />A total of £23,000 was invested in the refurbishment project, which included replacing the structural steel work and flat roof to the ground floor bay window; and restoring the first and second floor ceramic fascias, including reforming a number of the letters where missing. A signwriter then colour matched the tile and letter colours onsite and touched up severely pitted areas and repainted the newly formed house letters. The second floor fascia letters were re-gilded in gold leaf to match the original finish.<br /><br />The ground floor ‘Trumans, Stout, Mild Ales and Porter’ tiles were beyond restoration, so the letters were copied and re-fabricated in external grade MDF. London Underground suppliers H&amp;E Smith supplied the ornate Truman’s green Victorian tiles for the base of the building.<br /><br />Shepherd Neame assistant property manager John Arthur said: “Much of the ground floor moulding and cornice detail was also re-fabricated to match the original ceramic features. It was important to replicate the tiles exactly so as not to look out of place. The attention to detail, down to matching the grouted tile joints, was key to give the impression of a ceramic tile to match the existing tiles.”<br /><br />To complete the historic look, Shepherd Neame supplied traditional barrels to be placed outside the pub. John added: “It would have been easier to cover the damaged tiles and paint the façade than undertake a restoration project. We actually took a gamble with removing our signage as the condition and lettering underneath the signs was not known. The only reference we had was an historic photo showing part of the façade and another remaining original Truman’s pub in London in this style of architecture, the Lord Clyde in Borough. But it was well worth it to preserve and revitalise such a rare piece of UK pub heritage. We are really pleased with the finished result.”<br /><br />The <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/london/princess-prussia">Princess of Prussia</a> before the work was undertaken, and the finished result (click to enlarge).<br /><br /><a href="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/The Princess of Prussia before the work.JPG" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_The%20Princess%20of%20Prussia%20before%20the%20work.JPG" style="width: 250px; height: 333px; margin-left: 30px; margin-right: 30px; float: left;" /></a><a href="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/The restored Princess_0.JPG" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_The%20restored%20Princess.JPG" style="width: 250px; height: 333px; margin-left: 40px; margin-right: 40px;" /></a><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/antique-tools-donated-brewery"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Antique Tools Donated to Brewery</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shop-pick-favourites-collection">Shop Pick: The Favourites Collection <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="New Look for Historic London Pub" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:37:31 +0000 M.Farmer 46231 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shop Pick: The Favourites Collection http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shop-pick-favourites-collection <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>19 November 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/spitfire">Spitfire</a>, <a href="/blog/bishops-finger">Bishops Finger</a>, <a href="/blog/canterbury-jack">Canterbury Jack</a></p><p><a href="/shop/ultimate-collection" target="_blank"><img alt="Shepherd Neame Ultimate Ales Collection" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Favourites%20Collection%2012%20bottle%20small.jpg" /></a>The <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/favourites-collection"><strong>Favourites Collection</strong></a> is a fabulous 12 bottle mixed case, packed full of everybody's favourite Shepherd Neame beers.<br /> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><span>This marvellous case of ales includes the best-selling </span><strong>Spitfire</strong><span> ale, legendary</span><strong> Bishops Finger</strong><span>, and hop country classic <strong>Masterbrew</strong>, as well as the autumn beauty <strong>Late Red</strong>, and the much loved local favourites, <strong>Canterbury Jack</strong> and <strong>Kent's Best</strong>.</span></p> <p><span>This case of 12 bottles contains 2 of each of the above, and is the perfect gift for any Shepherd Neame fan or ale lover.  If you're sending it as a gift, we can send direct to the recipient, and include a free personalised gift message - just let us know when you order.</span></p> <p>Also includes some <strong>tasting notes</strong>, so you can taste and assess each ale, just like our Masterbrewers.</p> <h3><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/favourites-collection" target="_blank"><strong>ORDER YOURS NOW</strong></a></p> <p> </h3><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-historic-london-pub"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> New Look for Historic London Pub</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-chimney-boy-faversham-0">Pub of the Week: The Chimney Boy, Faversham <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shop Pick: The Favourites Collection" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:04:45 +0000 M.Farmer 46176 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The Chimney Boy, Faversham http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-chimney-boy-faversham-0 <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>18 November 2014</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/three_col_Chimney%20Boy%2C%20Faversham-011.jpg" style="width: 233px; height: 155px; float: left;" />The Chimney Boy is a spacious, characterful pub near the centre of town, just a short walk from Faversham Rail Station.  The old building has plenty of character, including three inglenook fireplaces.  The largest of these gives the pub its name - it has steps inside, which the Chimney Boy would have climbed.<br /><br />The pub enjoyed a refurbishment earlier this year which has sought to preserve the pub’s original features while introducing a smart, contemporary feel where bold modern colours meet with traditional wood and leather seating. Situated in Preston Street near the train station and on the way into town, the pub is popular with locals and visitors alike.  With a roaring log fire often lit in the fireplace, it is the ideal place to pop in to enjoy a pint and warm up after work, or stop off after a shopping trip.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/three_col_Chimney%20Boy%2C%20Faversham-003.jpg" style="width: 233px; height: 155px; float: right;" />There is a spacious bar area, with further seating to the rear of the pub, including cosy booths ideal for dining with friends.  There is also a courtyard garden, and spacious function room available for hire upstairs available, with its own bar.  For drinks, you will find a range of Shepherd Neame ales and lagers, as well as a good choice of wines, and all your usual favourite tipples.<br /><br /><img alt="The Burger Brothers" class="left" src="https://fbcdn-profile-a.akamaihd.net/hprofile-ak-frc3/v/t1.0-1/p160x160/553761_390568794353863_2109500519_n.jpg?oh=af432cccc95c56a613884755a8ea1bcf&amp;oe=54E405A9&amp;__gda__=1424477160_2dba75675ca98b6d07bdb75c90595fcf" style="float: left; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px;" />Food wise, The Chimney Boy are excited to have <a href="http://www.theburgerbros.co.uk/" target="_blank">The Burger Bros</a> in residence!  If you are a burger fan, or if the words brisket or pulled pork get your attention, a visit the Chimney Boy to sample the Burger Bros famous classic American cuisine won’t disappoint. Made from high quality, grass-fed, 28 day aged beef, cooked to perfection and served in a brioche bun, with your choice of sides including BBQ beans or coleslaw, and topped with as many wonderful things as you can handle, the burgers here really are an experience.  You can make your mouth water by checking out the <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/faversham/chimney-boy/food" target="_blank">menus here</a>.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/three_col_Chimney%20Boy%2C%20Faversham-001.jpg" style="width: 233px; height: 155px; float: right;" />The Chimney Boy has live music most Friday nights, and is also home to <a href="http://www.favershamfolkclub.net/" target="_blank">Faversham Folk Club</a> once a week on a Wednesday.  Coming up on the 6<sup>th</sup> and 7<sup>th</sup> December they also have a Winter Wonderland family weekend, an outdoor extravaganza featuring a variety of bands across the weekend, with mulled wine and cider to keep you warm.  To find out more, pop in, <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/faversham/chimney-boy" target="_blank">visit the website</a>, or call the team on 01795 532007.<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/shop-pick-favourites-collection"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shop Pick: The Favourites Collection</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/remembering-first-world-war-hero">Remembering a First World War Hero <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Chimney Boy, Faversham" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:56:00 +0000 M.Farmer 46151 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Remembering a First World War Hero http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/remembering-first-world-war-hero <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>17 November 2014</p><p>Faversham residents are invited to watch the unveiling of a memorial stone to First World War hero Lieutenant General Sir Philip Neame.</p> <p>The memorial stone will be unveiled in front of the Guildhall on Friday, December 19, exactly 100 years to the day since Neame was awarded his VC.</p> <p>Faversham-born Neame, cousin of Percy Beale Neame, the first Neame to join with the Shepherds to form Shepherd Neame, was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1914 in honour of his heroic actions during a battle in Neuve Chapelle, France.</p> <p>A keen sportsman, in 1924 he also won an Olympic Gold Medal as part of the shooting team in the Running Deer competition, making him the only man in history to hold both an Olympic Gold Medal and VC.</p> <p>Members of the public are invited to join the service, which starts at 11.50am, when a troop of Royal Engineers, based at Chatham, will parade from the brewery to the Guildhall, led by the Royal Engineers military band. Their participation is particularly significant as Neame served with the Royal Engineers.</p> <p>At noon, a 45 minute open air service will be held in front of the Guildhall, led by Reverend Simon Rowlands.</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Civic%20parade%20outside%20Faversham%20station.jpg" /></p> <p>Faversham Mayor Cllr Nigel Kay said: “Lieutenant General Sir Philip Neame is one of Kent’s most famous First World War heroes, and we are delighted that a permanent memorial is to be installed in Faversham town centre. It is a fitting tribute for a very special man.”</p> <p>The service will be attended by members of the Neame family, including his daughter Veronica and twin sons, Nigel and Philip.</p> <p>Nigel said: “We are deeply proud of our father’s achievements, and are thrilled that he is to be honoured in this way. It will be a momentous day for our family.”</p> <p>The service will also be attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Kent Viscount Philip De L’Isle; Lieutenant General Sir Mark Mans, the Chief Royal Engineer, who will officially unveil the memorial stone; and Shepherd Neame brewery chief executive Jonathan Neame; along with young members of Faversham Army Cadets.</p> <p>Jonathan Neame said: “We are delighted to support this special event. This memorial will help us remember the bravery of Lieutenant General Sir Philip Neame, and also keep the memory of our community’s many other war heroes alive.”</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-chimney-boy-faversham-0"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The Chimney Boy, Faversham</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/featured-recipe-pheasant-pie">Featured Recipe: Pheasant Pie <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Remembering a First World War Hero" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 46146 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Featured Recipe: Pheasant Pie http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/featured-recipe-pheasant-pie <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>15 November 2014</p><p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/pheasant%20pie.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 293px; float: left;" />This pie was our development chef, Carol Haime’s, award winning pie in the Great British Pub Awards 2012, Pub Pie Champion.<br /><br />Using locally shot pheasants cooked in beer with parsnips and gin soaked juniper berries and topped with a poppy seed and rock salt short crust. Here we recreate it using Kent’s Best Invicta Ale.<br /><br />Printable recipe <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Recipe%20-%20Pheasant%20Pie.pdf" target="_blank">here</a><br /><br /><strong>Preparation time:</strong> 10 min<br /><strong>Cooking time: </strong>10 min<br /><strong>Serves 5</strong><br /><br /> </p><h4><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Brands/three_col_kents-best-crop2.jpg" style="width: 145px; height: 200px; float: right;" />BEER MATCH:  Kent's Best</h4><p>The ideal accompaniment to this hearty, gamey pie is the refreshing, well balanced, <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/brands/ales/kents-best-invicta-ale" target="_blank">Kent's Best Invicta Ale</a>.  This excellent beer delivers the distinctive taste of hop country, the classic taste of Kent.  The subtle malty sweetness makes it an easy drinking ale, and the bitterness of the hops will balance well with the richness of the pie gravy, and the earthy, gamey flavour of the pheasant.  Delicious!  You can buy Kent's Best online here.</p><p><br />Ingredients:<br />25ml Dry Gin,<br />20 Dried Juniper Berries<br />3 Medium sized (or 2 large) pheasants, whole<br />15 Baby parsnips, peeled and halved (if baby parsnips are not available use larger parsnips cut into batons)<br />1 Large onion<br />Vegetable Oil<br />1 bottle of Kent’s Best<br /><br /><strong>Stock ingredients:</strong><br />1 Carrot<br />1 Celery Stick<br />1 medium Maris Piper Potato<br />1 leek<br />1 bay leaf<br />1 sprig thyme<br />Salt and pepper<br /><br />2x 500g blocks of Jus-roll Short crust Pastry<br />2 tsp Poppy Seeds<br />1 tsp Coarse Rock Salt<br />1 Beaten Egg for glaze<br /><br />5x 12cm circular pie dishes, 250ml capacity.<br /> <br /><strong>Method:</strong><br /><br />1/ Soak the juniper berries in the gin for 24 hours. Strain off the gin (and reserve for a very special gin &amp; tonic!).<br /><br />2/ Make the stock. Remove the breast and thigh meat from the pheasants and refrigerate. Roast the pheasant bones in a hot oven (200°c) on a bed of the other stock ingredients for one hour. Then transfer the entire contents of the roasting tray to a large saucepan and add 2 pints of boiling water. Bring the pan to the boil and then simmer until the liquid has reduced by half. Add the beer and bring back to the boil. Remove the bones (some of the meat will be falling off the bone and can be added back to the pan. Skim off any fat or scum. Blitz the stock and vegetables with a hand blender until smooth and then pass through a fine sieve. This will make the gravy for the pies.<br /><br />3/ Gently crush the soaked juniper berries to release the flavours. Evenly dice the pheasant meat and sear, in batches, in a little hot oil, in a large deep pan to seal. Remove the meat from the pan and set aside. Finely dice the onion and fry gently in the same pan (to retain the meat juices) until it is softened but not browned. Add the parsnips and fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the meat back to the pan along with the juniper berries. In a separate pan heat up the pre-prepared gravy and when hot add to the pan (this must be hot before adding to the pheasant so that it does not halt the cooking process). Simmer the meat, parsnips and gravy until tender, season to taste.<br /><br />4/ Prepare the pastry. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface until 5mm thick. Evenly sprinkle over the poppy seeds and then roll again until 3mm thick. Cut the pastry into 16cm circles with additional decorative leaves if desired.<br /><br />5/ Divide the meat mixture between the pie dishes, filling to the brim and top with the poppy seed pastry, sealing it down with a little of the beaten egg. Glaze the pies with egg and sprinkle over some of the rock salt. Bake for 25 minutes at 200°c until the pastry is crisp and golden. Serve any leftover gravy as an accompaniment.<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/remembering-first-world-war-hero"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Remembering a First World War Hero</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/animal-rescue-charity-benefits-pub-fundraising-weekend">Animal Rescue Charity Benefits from Pub Fundraising Weekend <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Featured Recipe: Pheasant Pie" class="rdf-meta"></span> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 10:38:53 +0000 M.Farmer 45791 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Animal Rescue Charity Benefits from Pub Fundraising Weekend http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/animal-rescue-charity-benefits-pub-fundraising-weekend <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>13 November 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a>, <a href="/blog/charity">Charity</a></p><p>A fundraising weekend at the Kings Head in Wye raised £200 for The Retreat Animal Rescue charity.</p> <p>The three-day event was organised by licensees Mark Lightford and Scott Richardson to celebrate their first anniversary at the Shepherd Neame-owned pub.</p> <p>Activities included the Great Wye Barbecue featuring locally sourced produce, an evening of jazz music, and face painting and balloon making for kids. There was also a raffle of prizes including an overnight stay for two at a Shepherd Neame hotel, a tour of the Anno Gin Distillery in Marden, and a tour of the Gusbourne vineyard in Appledore.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/%28l-r%29%20Billy%20Thompson%20Neil%20Davies%20Mark%20Lightford%20Scott%20Richardson.jpg" /><br />Mark said: “Scott and I had never run a pub before taking on the Kings Head - I worked in the fashion industry and Scott worked in music management. But we have had a great first year, with help from the local community and our fantastic team of staff, which is why we decided to hold the anniversary celebration, to thank everyone for their support.”</p> <p>Last week Mark and Scott presented the money raised to Billy Thompson and Neil Davies, founders of The Retreat Animal Rescue, which has sites at Crockenhill, Ashford, and High Halden.</p> <p>Mark said: “Scott and I decided to give the proceeds from our anniversary celebration to The Retreat, as we love animals, and it is a fantastic charity. We have a Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Pepsi, so one of our aims when we took on the Kings Head last year was to make it as dog-friendly as possible. Customers are welcome to bring their dogs with them, whether they are just popping in for a drink or staying over in one of our guest rooms. We provide water bowls for all dogs, and our chef has even started making dog biscuits which are available in the pub priced 75p, and are proving really popular. We want all visitors to our pub to feel completely at home - including the dogs!”</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-pheasant-pie"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Featured Recipe: Pheasant Pie</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shop-pick-short-break-gift-certificates">Shop Pick: Short Break Gift Certificates <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Animal Rescue Charity Benefits from Pub Fundraising Weekend" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:30:00 +0000 james.purcell 45641 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shop Pick: Short Break Gift Certificates http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shop-pick-short-break-gift-certificates <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>12 November 2014</p><h4><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/ToursFunc/blog_half_The%20Street%20-%20actual_0.JPG" style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 154px; height: 230px; float: left;" /><strong>SPECIAL OFFER!</strong><br /> </h4><p><span style="font-size: 13px; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.538em;">This week’s Shop Pick is our </span><strong style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.538em;">Short Break ‘Winter Warmer’ Gift Certificate - </strong><span style="font-size: 13px; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.538em;">a </span><strong style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.538em;">very special offer </strong><span style="font-size: 13px; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.538em;">back by popular demand. </span><span style="font-size: 13px; font-weight: normal; line-height: 20.0063037872314px;">Treat someone in your life to a relaxing post-Christmas break in the charming historic town of Faversham.</span></p><p><strong style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.538em;">Includes:</strong></p><p>·  Brewery Tour for Two at Britain’s Oldest Brewer<br />·  One night’s B&amp;B at the 14<sup>th</sup> Century Sun Inn, Faversham<br />·  Dinner for two!</p><p><strong>All this for just £99.95 (Sunday – Thursday) or £112.50 (Friday, Saturday)</strong></p><h4 style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px;"><strong><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/SunFaversham/blog_half_Sun%20Inn%2C%20Faversham%20-%20bedroom%20jpg_0.jpg" style="width: 230px; height: 154px; float: right;" /></strong></h4>Purchased as a gift, we provide a <strong>personalised certificate</strong> for you to give to the recipient, which will be valid for the duration of the offer – they can then call in to book a suitable date.<br /><h4><strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/search?keys=winter+warmer+short+break">BUY IT AS A GIFT HERE</a></strong>.</h4><p>Or, if you fancy it yourself, you can <strong style="line-height: 1.538em;"><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/events/winter-warmer-short-breaks">BUY IT HERE</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.538em;"> AT THE SAME PRICE!</span></p><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/animal-rescue-charity-benefits-pub-fundraising-weekend"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Animal Rescue Charity Benefits from Pub Fundraising Weekend</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-hoop-and-grapes-farringdon">Pub of the Week: The Hoop and Grapes, Farringdon <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shop Pick: Short Break Gift Certificates" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 10:44:52 +0000 M.Farmer 45616 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The Hoop and Grapes, Farringdon http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-hoop-and-grapes-farringdon <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>11 November 2014</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/Blog/blog_half_Hoop%20%26%20Grapes%2C%20London%20%28Farringdon%29-004.jpg" style="width: 210px; height: 280px; float: left;" /><strong>The Hoop and Grapes</strong> is an award-winning, traditional English pub nestled in the centre of London.  Dating from 1721, the pub was saved from demolition in the 1990s and is now a Grade 2 listed building, having once been the location for secret ‘Fleet’ weddings in the 18<sup>th</sup> Century.<br /><br />The pub is much larger inside than it appears, with a cosy, friendly atmosphere, busy with regulars and visitors alike. It is known for its excellent facilities – including two bars, beer garden, heated balcony area, free to hire function room, and games room with dart boards and poker table.<br /><br />A Cask Marque pub, beer quality is taken very seriously, and an excellent pint of real ale is sure to be found here, including Shepherd Neame favourites and seasonals, as well as a range of guest beers.  You can find out what’s on the bar <strong><a href="http://www.perfectpint.co.uk/pubs/hoop-and-grapes-farringdon">here</a></strong>.  In addition the pub offers a good choice of wines, as well as a range of malt whiskeys and fine cigars. There is also a good range of fairtrade tea and coffees if you’re popping in in the daytime.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_hoop_2.JPG" style="width: 280px; height: 186px; float: right;" />The food is traditional English, and served all day. The focus is on providing a good, honest pub meal that will ensure you don’t leave hungry. On Tuesdays is a full curry menu available, with 50p off a bottle of Shepherd Neame IPA – the perfect accompaniment to a spicy lunch. CAMRA members can enjoy 50p off a pint at any time, and if you’re feeling indecisive why not try a tasting board of three ales for the price of a pint?<br /><br />Function and parties can also be catered for, whether it’s a full sit down meal, or tailor-made buffet.  It is also possible to hire the entire pub – why not push the boat out and take over the whole place for a party to remember?<br /><br />The Hoop and Grapes has been named Ultimate Sky Sports venue for London and the South East – with big, high definition screens in the main bar, function room, sports lounge and even outside in the beer garden. Chances are, if it’s on and you want to watch it, it’ll be showing at The Hoop.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_hoop_3.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 186px; float: left;" />Recent awards to add to the long list include ‘Tenanted Pub of the Year’ 2014 at the Shepherd Neame pub awards, and, more recently, the ‘Outstanding Pub and Restaurant’ award from the <a href="http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/green-spaces/city-gardens/about-us/Pages/In-Bloom.aspx">City in Bloom</a> campaign for some beautiful hanging baskets.  Truly a pub for everyone!  See you there.<br /><br />For more info, visit<strong> <a href="http://www.thehoopandgrapes.co.uk/index.htm">their website</a></strong>, call the team on 0207 3538808, or keep up with them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/farringdons.local">Facebook</a> or <a href="https://twitter.com/Hoopandgrapes">Twitter</a>.<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/shop-pick-short-break-gift-certificates"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shop Pick: Short Break Gift Certificates</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/five-minutes-martyn-cotton-licensee-blue-anchor-crowborough">Five minutes with… Martyn Cotton - Licensee of the Blue Anchor in Crowborough <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Hoop and Grapes, Farringdon" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:58:27 +0000 M.Farmer 45601 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk