Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/richard-celebrates-first?keys= en Pub Music Festival Raises More Than £3,500 For Charity http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-music-festival-raises-more-3500-charity <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>28 July 2015</p><p>The <a href="/node/406" target="_blank">Bull Inn in Faversham</a> raised more than £3,500 for charity at its second Gigs in the Garden charity music festival.</p> <p>The event took place on July 4, and featured performances by local bands including <a href="http://www.narratones.com" target="_blank">The Narratones</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/creekonline" target="_blank">Creek</a>, 2.4, <a href="http://www.kingsizejones.com/" target="_blank">Kingsize Jones</a>, Mike Lees, The Big Lacuna, The KC Moans and the Just Groovin’ Disco. There was also a barbecue and a raffle to raise extra funds.</p> <p>Licensee Sara Apps, who has run the historic Shepherd Neame pub for the past 18 years with husband Martin, presented a cheque for £3,502 to the <a href="http://www.pilgrimshospices.org" target="_blank">Pilgrims Hospices</a> on Sunday, July 26.</p> <p>To celebrate the occasion, the couple held a special barbecue to thank all the bands who performed, and the local residents who volunteered their time to help during the day.</p> <p>Sara said: “Last year’s festival proved really popular, so we decided to hold it again this year, and it was an even bigger success. We had a huge turnout of people, all the bands were great, and there was a fantastic community atmosphere.”</p> <p>Martin added: “We are going to make it a two-day event next year, as lots of bands asked to perform, but we didn’t have enough slots available to accommodate them. We are planning to hold it on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, 2016, so put the date in your diary!”</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Volunteers%20and%20band%20members.png" /></p> <p>The cheque was collected by Emily Worrell, community fundraising officer for Pilgrims Hospices, who said: “The fantastic amount of money that The Bull Inn has raised could pay for over 175 hours of specialist nursing care, or for a hospice bed for just over a week. We are so grateful to Sara, Martin and all the volunteers for all their hard work, and are already looking forward to the whole weekend event next year!”</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/get-set-seriously-wacky-race-0">Get Set for a Seriously Wacky Race <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub Music Festival Raises More Than £3,500 For Charity" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 74721 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Get Set for a Seriously Wacky Race http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/get-set-seriously-wacky-race-0 <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>23 July 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/events">Events</a>, <a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a></p><div>A Grand Prix with a difference is taking place in Hernhill, near Faversham next month.<br /> </div> <div>The <a href="/node/667">Three Horseshoes</a> pub in the village is holding its annual Wheelie Bin Race on Saturday, August 8.<br /> </div> <div>Launched at the Shepherd Neame pub more than a decade ago, the event sees teams of four racing elaborately decorated bins through the village, to raise money for charity. Past themes have included The Flintstones, Wacky Racers and Scooby Doo.<br /> </div> <div><a href="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/2014 Wheelie Bin Race (8).jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/2014%20Wheelie%20Bin%20Race%20%288%29cr.jpg" /></a></p> <p>Prizes will be given to the team who make it back to the pub in the fastest time, and for the best designed bins.<br /> </div> <div>The race will be followed by an afternoon and evening of events at the Three Horseshoes, including live music from the Leigh Highwood Band, a barbecue, auction and raffle.                                                                                                                                                                                         <br />                                                                                                                     </div> <div>Licensee Charlotte Feveyear said: “We have already had lots of people sign up to take part in this year’s race. It is always a really fun event, and a great way to raise money for a fantastic cause.”<br /> </div> <div>The race is taking place from 1pm to 2.30pm. Entrants must be aged 18 or over, and admission is priced £20 per team of four, with proceeds to the Pilgrims Hospices. <br /> </div> <div>For more information phone 01227 750842</div><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/pub-music-festival-raises-more-3500-charity"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub Music Festival Raises More Than £3,500 For Charity</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-telegraph-deal">Pub of the Week: The Telegraph, Deal <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Get Set for a Seriously Wacky Race" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 11:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 74396 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The Telegraph, Deal http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-telegraph-deal <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>21 July 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>, <a href="/blog/awards">Awards</a></p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/blog_half_Telegraph%2C%20Deal%20%281%29.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" /><strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/deal/telegraph" target="_blank">The Telegraph</a></strong> is a traditional British pub in the heart of Deal that dates back over 200 years. Licensees Dawn and Tony believe that the pub should be a key part of its local community, and they have certainly achieved this here.<br /><br />Situated only a few minutes’ walk from the beach, it is the perfect pub to visit after a long day on the sand. As well as the spacious, recently redecorated bar area, there is also a very pleasant paved garden with ample seating and barbecue, which is perfect to relax in and enjoy the summer sun with a pint of Spitfire.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/blog_half_Telegraph%2C%20Deal%20%286%29.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />Thursday is Steak Night, where customers can enjoy an 8oz quality sirloin steak with chips and peas for just £6.00! On the bar, there is a great selection of quality cask ales, lagers, wine and soft drinks.<br /><br />The pub hosts live music every week on a Friday or Saturday evening, provides traditional pub games including darts and pool, and runs ‘Quiz and Curry’ nights every couple of months. They have also recently started to host classic game show nights, such as ‘Family Fortunes’ and ‘Deal Or No Deal’, which are proving to be very popular, and great fun for all involved.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/blog_half_Telegraph%2C%20Deal%20%2811%29.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" />The Telegraph recently won the Heart of the Community Pub Award at the 2015 Shepherd Neame Pub Awards in recognition of their having raised more than £20,000 for local charities since 2012, as well as their outstanding support for elderly members of the community. To celebrate, they are hosting a garden party on 25<sup>th</sup> July from 3pm – everyone is invited.<br /><br />The pub is open every day, and whether you are a new visitor, or returning regular, you can always be sure of a warm welcome at this very friendly, community-spirited pub. Pop in and see for yourself!<br /><br />The Telegraph is situated at the junction of Hamilton Road and Telegraph Road in Deal town centre. To find out more visit the pub’s <strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/deal/telegraph" target="_blank">website</a></strong>, or given them a call on 01304 371 746. To keep up with what’s coming up, you can also follow the pub on <strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/telegraphdeal" target="_blank">Facebook</a></strong>.<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/get-set-seriously-wacky-race-0"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Get Set for a Seriously Wacky Race</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/investor-relations/investor-news/change-broker">Change of Broker <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Telegraph, Deal" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:29:19 +0000 M.Farmer 73341 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shepherd Neame Teams up with America's Favourite Steakhouse http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shepherd-neame-teams-americas-favourite-steakhouse <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>17 July 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/beer">Beer</a>, <a href="/blog/asahi">Asahi</a>, <a href="/blog/samuel-adams">Samuel Adams</a>, <a href="/blog/whitstable-bay">Whitstable Bay</a></p><div><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_The%20new%20Smith%20%26%20Wollensky%20restaurant%20in%20London.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" />Beers from Britain’s oldest brewer have been listed in the UK’s first Smith &amp; Wollensky restaurant. <br /> </div><div>First established in 1977, the Smith &amp; Wollensky Restaurant Group (SWRG) is an iconic collection of boutique American steakhouses.</div><div><br />Its first London restaurant has just opened in the Adelphi building on John Adam Street, off The Strand. Featuring 300 covers in 15,000 square feet, its two floors showcase two full dining bars, two main dining areas and several private event rooms. The scratch kitchen has a full butcher shop and dry-ageing room on-site, a signature feature of the Smith &amp; Wollensky brand. Imported USDA Prime beef undergoes a distinct and traditional ageing process, enhancing the primal cuts and ultimately delivering a perfectly balanced steak.</div><div><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Enjoy%20a%20perfectly%20balanced%20steak.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />Smith &amp; Wollensky has restaurants across America in Chicago, Columbus, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami Beach, Washington, D.C. and Boston, and it is celebrating that connection in its first London venue by serving Samuel Adams Boston Lager, brewed here at Shepherd Neame under licence.</div><div><br />We will also be supplying the restaurant with Asahi Super Dry, also brewed under licence, and our own popular Whitstable Bay Blonde lager. Customers can also enjoy Brilliant Ale, part of the Classic Collection, and our best-selling Spitfire Premium Kentish Ale.</div><div><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Inside%20the%20new%20London%20restaurant.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" />Shepherd Neame’s head of free-on sales Giles Hilton said: “Smith &amp; Wollensky is a renowned restaurant group, and we are very excited about teaming up with them on their first London venture. We are confident that our range of beers will prove the perfect accompaniment for the delicious menu on offer, and fit with the restaurant’s distinctive dining experience.”</div><div><br />Smith &amp; Wollensky’s director of operations Nathan Evans said: “I have had the pleasure to work with Britain’s oldest brewer over many years, and the quality of its products, the rich family history and the dedication of its staff to the continued satisfaction of its customers are second to none. This, together with its association with Samuel Adams made Shepherd Neame the perfect partner for our debut project in the UK and we are delighted to be working closely with them."<br /><br /><br /> </div><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/investor-relations/investor-news/change-broker"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Change of Broker</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/raise-glass-50-years-broadstairs-folk-week">Raise a Glass to 50 Years of Broadstairs Folk Week <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shepherd Neame Teams up with America&#039;s Favourite Steakhouse" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 12:13:51 +0000 M.Farmer 72761 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Raise a Glass to 50 Years of Broadstairs Folk Week http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/raise-glass-50-years-broadstairs-folk-week <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>15 July 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/sponsorship">Sponsorship</a>, <a href="/blog/beer">Beer</a></p><div align="center"> </div><div><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Tim%20Edey%20enjoys%20a%20pint%20in%20Shepherd%20Neame%27s%20brewhouse_0.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 209px; float: right;" />This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Broadstairs Folk Week, and as lead sponsor Shepherd Neame is celebrating the occasion with a special limited edition beer.<br /> </div><div>The Broadstairs 50th Folk Ale (3.9% abv) is a golden ale, boasting a sweet malt flavour from crystal and pale ale malts combined with citrus and pine notes provided by Tettnang, Mittlefruh, and Boadicea hops.<br /> </div><div>It was created at the Faversham brewery with help from award-winning Broadstairs musician Tim Edey, named BBC Radio 2’s Folk Musician of the year in 2012, who is performing at this year’s festival.<br /> </div><div><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Tim%20Edey%20adds%20hops%20to%20the%20brew.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 197px; float: left; margin-top: 30px; margin-bottom: 30px;" />Tim said: “It was my first time visiting Shepherd Neame and I really enjoyed my morning with the team of brewers. I am really pleased with the beer we have created, and am looking forward to having a pint or two during the festival!”<br /> </div><div>This year’s landmark Folk Week is taking place from August 7 to 14, with more than 500 events, including concerts, workshops, dances, parades, a craft fair and children's festival, taking place in venues throughout Broadstairs.</div><div><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Tim%20Edey%20with%20his%20guitar%20in%20the%20brewhouse.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 177px; float: right;" />The limited edition beer is available now in Shepherd Neame’s own Royal Albion Hotel, Wrotham Arms and Neptunes Hall in the town, which will be among those hosting music performances during the festival. It is also available at selected Shepherd Neame pubs throughout the rest of Kent and the South East, and can be enjoyed during Folk Week at the Shepherd Neame Beer Tent which will be located in Pierremont Park.<br /> </div><div> </div><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Broadstairs%20Folk%20Ale%202015.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063056945801px; width: 201px; height: 280px; float: left;" /><div>Festival Director Jo Tuffs said: “Broadstairs Folk Week wouldn’t have reached its 50th year without Shepherd Neame, which has provided invaluable support for the festival over many years. There is definitely a natural partnership between great real ale and folk music, so we are thrilled that Britain’s oldest brewer has created a special beer to mark our 50th anniversary, and that Tim was able to get involved. It is a fantastic tribute to a very special achievement.”</div><div><br />Festival Tickets and individual tickets are now on sale for a day, weekend or week – with or without camping. For more information email <a href="mailto:info@broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk">info@broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk</a> or visit <a href="http://www.broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk/" target="_blank">www.broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk</a><br /><br /><br /><br /> </div><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/shepherd-neame-teams-americas-favourite-steakhouse"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shepherd Neame Teams up with America&#039;s Favourite Steakhouse</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/americas-no1-hard-cider-coming-uk">America&#039;s No.1 Hard Cider is Coming to the UK <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Raise a Glass to 50 Years of Broadstairs Folk Week" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 08:00:00 +0000 M.Farmer 72231 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk America's No.1 Hard Cider is Coming to the UK http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/americas-no1-hard-cider-coming-uk <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>14 July 2015</p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Angry%20Orchard%20Crisp%20Apple.jpg" style="width: 59px; height: 200px; float: left;" />America’s best-selling brand of hard cider arrives in the UK this autumn.<br /><br /><div><strong><a href="http://angryorchard.com/" target="_blank">Angry Orchard</a></strong> was first introduced in the US in 2011, and its Crisp Apple style (5% abv) soon became the country’s number one hard cider.</div><div><br />A combination of French bittersweet and Italian culinary apples are used in the drink, which is wood-aged during the fermentation process to add subtle spice and vanilla notes.</div><div><br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Angry%20Orchard%20tap%20handle.png" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 86px; height: 200px; float: right;" /><br />Crisp and refreshing, with low carbonation, Crisp Apple is amber in colour, and features a fresh apple aroma and a slightly sweet, ripe apple flavour.<br /> </div><div>With its bright red top, and bold label illustration showing the eponymous ‘angry’ apple tree, Crisp Apple is sure to catch the eye, and it is expected to capitalise on the surge in popularity of cider, with UK cider sales now worth more than £3 billion.</div><div><br />The drink is also suitable for vegans and gluten free, perfect for that growing consumer market, with sales of gluten-free products in the UK reaching £184 million in 2014.</div><div><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Case%20of%20Angry%20Orchard%20Crisp%20Apple.JPG" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 245px; float: left;" />Brand manager Samantha Catford said: “We are really excited to bring Angry Orchard Crisp Apple to the UK. We hope that British drinkers will agree with us that it is the perfect thirst-quenching drink for summer.”</div><div><br />Crisp Apple will be available on draught in good pubs, restaurants and bars from September, and in 330ml and 500ml bottles from October.<br /><br /><br /> </div><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/raise-glass-50-years-broadstairs-folk-week"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Raise a Glass to 50 Years of Broadstairs Folk Week</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/five-minutes-martin-lyall">Five Minutes With... Martin Lyall <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="America&#039;s No.1 Hard Cider is Coming to the UK" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 08:00:00 +0000 M.Farmer 71791 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Five Minutes With... Martin Lyall http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/five-minutes-martin-lyall <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>10 July 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/hotels">Hotels</a>, <a href="/blog/staff">Staff</a></p><p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Manager%20Martin%20Lyall%20%283%29.jpg" style="width: 187px; height: 280px; float: left;" />A £2.4 million refurbishment has just been completed at the <strong><a href="http://www.royalwells.co.uk/" target="_blank">Royal Wells Hotel </a></strong>in Tunbridge Wells. The project was funded by Shepherd Neame, which took over the hotel in September 2012.<br /><br /><strong>General manager Martin Lyall</strong> took five minutes to offer an insight into his career in the hospitality industry, and some of his tips for success.<br /> <br /><strong>Age:</strong> 52<br /> <br /><strong>Background:</strong> Raised in Glasgow, Martin studied hospitality and catering management in Leeds after leaving school. He worked as a restaurant manager, before moving into the gaming industry, managing a chain of 70 shops. He was recruited as regional director of a chain of sports and late night bars, and then went into facilities management, running leisure centres on behalf of councils. He returned to the gaming industry as managing director for Rank Group, before buying two hotels in the Cotswolds. He sold them in 2003 and began working as a consultant in the hotel industry, which brought him into contact with Shepherd Neame. He managed the brewery’s Vine Inn in Tenterden for 18 months, then The George Hotel in Cranbrook for three years, before taking on the Royal Wells in 2013.<br /> <br /><strong>What are your main responsibilities?</strong> Overseeing the successful operation of the Royal Wells Hotel. It is a Grade II listed 18<sup>th</sup> century building with 27 bedrooms and two function rooms. I am also in charge of the Beau Nash Tavern, a traditional pub located next to the hotel.<br /> <br /><strong style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px;"><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_The%20new%20look%20Royal%20Wells%20Hotel.JPG" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" /></strong><strong>What does a typical day involve?</strong> One of the reasons I love the industry is that there is not a typical day. One day you might be hosting a wedding, the next a formal corporate event, while also looking after guests in your bar and restaurant. I mainly work the day shift, which starts at 6.30am with breakfast service, going through until around 4pm when the duty manager takes over. I like to be out on the hotel floor with staff and guests during the day, I’m not a backroom manager. <span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">My working week is typically five days, though I live on site, so I am pretty much always on call.</span></p><p><strong>How many are in the team?</strong> We have around 50 full and part-time staff working in the hotel.<br /> <br /><strong>What personal characteristics help you in your role?</strong> I am a people person and a good communicator, which is essential in order to provide excellent customer service and get the best out of my team. You are only as good as your weakest link, so I feel it is incredibly important to invest time in helping your staff to develop their skills.<br /> <br /><strong style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px;"><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Royal%20Wells%20Hotel%2C%20Tunbridge%20Wells%20%28123%29%20-%20The%20Brasserie.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" /></strong><strong>What are the most rewarding parts of your job?</strong> I get real satisfaction from exceeding customers’ expectations by creating a fantastic experience for them. And it is always a proud moment when you see members of staff that you have trained progress up the career ladder. Fraser Johnston, who is now manager of The George in Cranbrook, was one of my protégées.<br /> <br /><strong>What is tough about the job? </strong>Sometimes challenging situations can arise with customers or staff. But they are fairly rare, and I am able to draw upon my extensive experience in the industry when dealing with them.<br /> <br /><strong>What do you consider to be your biggest personal success at the company so far</strong>? Being recognised three times in the Shepherd Neame Pub Awards, winning Managed Pub of the Year when I was at the Vine Inn, and Pub Restaurant of the Year and Business of the Year when I was at the George Hotel. I am also really proud that the company has entrusted me with their biggest investment to date at the Royal Wells. We have some challenging targets to deliver, but I am confident that it will be a huge success.<br /> <br /><strong style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px;"><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Royal%20Wells%20Hotel%20-%20The%20Library%20Bar.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" /></strong><strong>How has the refurbishment of the hotel changed the business?</strong> Tunbridge Wells is a very competitive market, with customers spoilt for choice, but I feel that the refurbishment project has put the Royal Wells on the map and established it as one of the town’s leading hotels. It is still early days but we have already seen a huge upsurge in footfall to our Orangery and bar, and accommodation and function bookings are strong.<br /> <br /><strong>What first attracted you to the industry?</strong> I always loved food and cooking, and one of the main reasons I chose my university course was that part of it involved training as a chef. When I actually started out in the industry, however, I realised I was more of a people person, and didn’t want to be in the kitchen full-time, so I decided to focus on the management side. I worked at a very senior level in other industries, but it involved a lot of politics and driving round the country, rather than the hands-on, frontline work I enjoy.<br /> <br /><strong><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Manager%20Martin%20Lyall_0.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />Why did you join Shepherd Neame?</strong> I already knew some of the brewery staff, and found the level of autonomy they offered as a manager very attractive. I have been fortunate to manage pubs and hotels that I found it easy to add value to, so my eight years with Shepherd Neame have been very successful and enjoyable.<br /> <br /> </p><p><strong>What are your hobbies and interests outside work?</strong> I’m a father-of-two, and I’m passionate about rugby.<br /><br /><strong>What advice would you give to people thinking of going into the hospitality industry?</strong> Go for it! You will always have work, as there will always be a demand for pubs and hotels, and if you have passion and energy for the job, you can climb the career ladder at a very young age.<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/americas-no1-hard-cider-coming-uk"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> America&#039;s No.1 Hard Cider is Coming to the UK</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-rose-inn-ashford">Pub of the Week: The Rose Inn, Ashford <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Five Minutes With... Martin Lyall" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 09:31:22 +0000 M.Farmer 70926 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The Rose Inn, Ashford http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-rose-inn-ashford <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>03 July 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_Rose%20Inn%2C%20Ashford%20%28Kennington%29%20%2833%29_0.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" /><strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/ashford/rose-inn" target="_blank">The Rose Inn, Kennington, Ashford</a></strong> was originally built in 1860 as a private house, but converted into a traditional coaching inn by Shepherd Neame around 1886. Its early customers would have been the drovers travelling along the Faversham road with their horses and goods, on the way to Ashford market.<br /><br /><br />Today it still serves those journeying along the same road, but has been transformed into a comfortable and stylish suburban pub. A recent makeover included refurbishment of both the pub’s public and saloon bars, with new upholstery, wooden floors and a glass entrance lobby, as well as an exterior repaint and new signwriting.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/blog_half_Rose%20Inn%2C%20Ashford%20%28Kennington%29%20%2825%29.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" />The pub has also had new faces behind the bar, with licensees Sarah and Dave taking over at the end of 2014, giving the pub a new lease of life, and extending the menu and food serving times. There is a good range of bar snacks and traditional pub meals, and a very popular Sunday roast, where you can enjoy two courses for £10.45.<br /><br />Inside, the pub has two bars, as well as a separate restaurant area . There is also ample outdoor seating . On the bar there is a range of quality cask ales, lagers, wines by the glass, and all the usual favourites.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/blog_half_Rose%20Inn%2C%20Ashford%20%28Kennington%29%20%2823%29.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />As well as being a great place to stop for a pint and pub meal, The Rose is also ideal if you are a sports fan looking to watch the match.  Boasting four TVs, with Sky and BT Sport, and aiming to show pretty much everything, the chances are, if you want to see it it’s on - and if not just ask.<br /><br />The pub has a monthly event on the last Saturday, which can be anything from karaoke to theme nights, or a quiz, plus look out for live music coming soon. They even organise coach trips – just pop in to the pub to see what’s coming up.<br /><br />For more information visit the <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/ashford/rose-inn" target="_blank">pub’s website</a>, or call one of the team on 01233 623 871.<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/five-minutes-martin-lyall"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Five Minutes With... Martin Lyall</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shepherd-neame-takes-historic-riverside-pub">Shepherd Neame Takes On Historic Riverside Pub <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Rose Inn, Ashford" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 14:27:07 +0000 M.Farmer 68536 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shepherd Neame Takes On Historic Riverside Pub http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shepherd-neame-takes-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 /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Anchor%20afar300.jpg" />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="mailto:recruitment@shepherdneame.co.uk">recruitment@shepherdneame.co.uk</a></p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/pub-week-rose-inn-ashford"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The Rose Inn, Ashford</a></div><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 http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk