Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog?keys= en Rare Collection of Vintage Pub Posters Discovered http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/rare-collection-vintage-pub-posters-discovered <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>23 January 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/archive">Archive</a></p><p>A rare collection of British beer marketing posters dating back to the 1950s has been discovered in Kent and preserved in the Shepherd Neame archive.</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/How%20Beer%20Is%20Brewed.jpg" />The Tavern Topics posters were produced by British artist Clive Uptton, who worked as a political cartoonist during the Second World War, and is perhaps best known for illustrating the classic series of Ladybird children’s books published in the 1960s.</p> <p>A series of 20 posters was commissioned during the early 1950s by The Brewers’ Society to promote beer and pubs, and offered information on subjects including ‘How Beer Is Brewed’, ‘Going Hopping’, ‘The Welcome Inn’ and ‘The Guv’nor’.</p> <p>Faversham-based brewery Shepherd Neame has just added 18 of the posters to its archive, after they were discovered during a house clearance in the Isle of Sheppey.</p> <p>Brewery archivist and historian John Owen said: “We are fortunate that Shepherd Neame is well known as Britain’s oldest brewer, so we get contacted by many people who have found some historical pub <img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Going%20Hopping.jpg" />or brewing artefacts and want to know more about them. We were delighted when these posters were brought to us, as they are very rare.”</p> <p>In order to share the classic posters with a wider audience, Shepherd Neame is now planning to reproduce them and put framed copies throughout its pub estate.</p> <p>John added: “It is interesting to see that the topics covered by the posters in the 1950s are exactly the same as the topics everyone is concerned with today, such as brewing techniques, the price of a pint, and the importance of supporting your local. We would love to hear from anyone else who has either of the remaining posters, so we can try and complete our collection.”</p> <p>If you have any information on the Tavern Topics posters or any other brewing or pub memorabilia, email <a href="mailto:comms@shepherdneame.co.uk">comms@shepherdneame.co.uk</a> or phone 01795 532206.</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/shop-pick-history-shepherd-neame-john-owen-books">Shop Pick: A History of Shepherd Neame - The John Owen Books <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Rare Collection of Vintage Pub Posters Discovered" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 49516 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shop Pick: A History of Shepherd Neame - The John Owen Books http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shop-pick-history-shepherd-neame-john-owen-books <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>21 January 2015</p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/John-Owen-Book-Trio.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 243px; float: left;" />This week's Shop Pick is a trilogy of books by John Owen, exploring the history of the brewery.<br /><br />The first book, <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/shepherds-shepherd-neame-brewery-book" target="_blank"><strong>The Shepherds of Shepherd Neame</strong></a>, presents a detailed account of how the business was built up, the challenges it faced, and presents an account of the brewing business in Georgian and mid Victorian times. <br /><br />The second book, <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/emergence-shepherd-neame-book" target="_blank"><strong>The Emergence of Shepherd Neame</strong></a>, confirms an oft-debated topic in British brewing history: who is Britain’s oldest brewer? In this book, John Owen reveals that Shepherd Neame's heritage actually precedes its official founding date of 1689.<br /><br />The third book, <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/percy-beale-neame-and-shepherd-neame-brewery-book" target="_blank"><strong>Percy Beale Neame and the Shepherd Neame Brewery</strong></a>, continues unravelling the development of Shepherd Neame, with a biography of the first Neame to join the brewery in 1864, and a survey of the business which he developed for nearly 50 years.<br /><h4>Now available as a <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/history-shepherd-neame-books-john-owen#" target="_blank"><strong>complete set</strong></a> for the special price of £30 plus p&amp;p. <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/history-shepherd-neame-books-john-owen" target="_blank">Click here to ORDER NOW</a> or call 01795 542014<br /><br /><br /> </h4><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/rare-collection-vintage-pub-posters-discovered"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Rare Collection of Vintage Pub Posters Discovered</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-britannia-guildford">Pub of the Week: The Britannia, Guildford <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shop Pick: A History of Shepherd Neame - The John Owen Books" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 09:00:00 +0000 M.Farmer 49426 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The Britannia, Guildford http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-britannia-guildford <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>20 January 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><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/guildford/britannia" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Britannia%2C%20Guildford-029.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 186px; float: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" />The Britannia</a> is an <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/double-honour-shepherd-neame-0" target="_blank">award-winning</a>, riverside pub, situated just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Guildford, overlooking the banks of the River Wey, popular with regulars, tourists, theatre-goers families, and shoppers alike.<br /><br />This very spacious pub has a variety of seating areas and styles, with tables to chat around, stools to perch at, and comfy sofas to relax on, as well as plenty of tables for dining.  To the front, there is a patio area and to the rear a covered courtyard, which is heated in the cooler months, both of which have recently been improved and updated.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Britannia%2C%20Guildford-011.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 184px; float: right; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px;" />The pub is known for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and is an ideal meeting place for lunch or dinner with friends. The menu is designed to cater for all tastes and appetites, offering everything from sandwiches and snacks to burgers and pub favourites.  For something a little different, there are also a range of house specials, and some inspired vegetarian options, plus a children’s menu for younger guests.  All dishes are prepared with local, seasonal produce wherever possible.<br /><br />A Cask Marque accredited pub, on the bar you will find a good choice of well-kept cask ales, including seasonals, as well as a range of lagers, and a wide selection of wines from around the world. There is good disabled access to the pub, and baby changing facilities for those with little ones. Dog are also welcome, with water bowls and treats available. There are also board games to play – just ask the bar staff.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Britannia%2C%20Guildford-003_0.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 185px; float: left;" />The Britannia is ideally situated for a shopper’s lunch, to rest your feet after a sightseeing trip to Guildford Cathedral, or perhaps for pre-theatre drinks before a trip to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, which is just opposite the pub.  There is live jazz on the second and last Friday of the month, 5.30 – 7.30pm, and the very popular ‘Uke Jam’ session on the last Sunday of the month from 8pm.<br /><br />Directions to the pub can be <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/guildford/britannia/find-us" target="_blank">found here</a>, along with a map. For further information and enquiries, contact the pub on 01483 572160, visit <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/guildford/britannia/find-us" target="_blank">their website</a> or find them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/TheBritanniaGuildford" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.<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-history-shepherd-neame-john-owen-books"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shop Pick: A History of Shepherd Neame - The John Owen Books</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/folk-concert-raise-funds-faversham-hop-festival">Folk Concert to Raise Funds for Faversham Hop Festival <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Britannia, Guildford" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:23:53 +0000 M.Farmer 49401 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Folk Concert to Raise Funds for Faversham Hop Festival http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/folk-concert-raise-funds-faversham-hop-festival <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>19 January 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/old-brewery-store">Old Brewery Store</a>, <a href="/blog/faversham-hop-festival">Faversham Hop Festival</a></p><p>Three Kent folk groups are teaming up for a one-off gig at The <a href="http://www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk" target="_blank">Old Brewery Store</a> in Faversham to raise funds for the town’s <a href="http://www.favershamhopfestival.org" target="_blank">Hop Festival</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Green%20Diesel.jpg" />Faversham’s own six-piece innovative folk band <a href="http://www.greendieselfolk.com" target="_blank">Green Diesel</a>; Canterbury-based folk/pop acoustic duo <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hightidemusic" target="_blank">High Tide</a>; and <a href="http://www.narratones.com" target="_blank">The Narratones</a> from the Isle of Sheppey, who perform modern rock with a vintage twist, will be performing on Saturday, February 21.</p> <p>All three groups played at last year’s Hop Festival, and have volunteered to take part in the fundraising gig for free. As the official partner of the Hop Festival, Britain’s oldest brewer Shepherd Neame is also providing free use of its live entertainment venue.</p> <p>Shepherd Neame visitor centre manager Graham Hukins said: “Faversham Hop Festival is a glorious way of celebrating our town’s heritage, and as its main sponsor, Shepherd Neame is delighted to offer support by providing the venue for this special gig.”</p> <p>The event starts at 7pm, and will also feature a Grand Raffle and the opportunity to buy Hop Festival merchandise. Tickets are priced £10, with all proceeds to the Faversham Hop Festival.</p> <p>For more information or to book tickets <a href="http://www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk/events/hop-festival-fundraiser" target="_blank">click here</a> or phone 01795 542285.</p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/pub-week-britannia-guildford"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The Britannia, Guildford</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/eric-brush-celebrates-decade-shepherd-neame-design">Eric ‘The Brush’ Celebrates a Decade of Shepherd Neame Design <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Folk Concert to Raise Funds for Faversham Hop Festival" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:33:07 +0000 james.purcell 49286 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Eric ‘The Brush’ Celebrates a Decade of Shepherd Neame Design http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/eric-brush-celebrates-decade-shepherd-neame-design <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>17 January 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>You may not have heard of Eric Pollard, but if you live in Kent you are bound to have seen his work.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Eric%20enjoys%20a%20pint%20at%20The%20Sun%20Inn%2C%20Faversham.jpg" />Known affectionately as ‘Eric The Brush’, the Sittingbourne-based artist is responsible for the traditional signwriting which adorns dozens of Shepherd Neame pubs around the county.</p> <p>He has been working for the brewery for the past 10 years, but has been a signwriter for more than four decades, following in his father’s footsteps.</p> <p>Eric said: “My father was a building surveyor, but he also used to teach signwriting to day release students from decorating companies. I decided to study lettering and design at Medway College of Art, and found the letter styles really interested me, along with designing big murals.”</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Eric%20works%20on%20The%20Market%20Inn%2C%20Faversham.jpg" />After leaving college, Eric went on to become an illustrator and cartographer, then used his artistic skills for a variety of roles including creating mock antique signs and carvings, and signwriting.</p> <p>His career as a pub signwriter began in earnest 10 years ago, when his work on a private freehouse in Kent was spotted by Julian Wilton of Gerald Wilton Design based at Upper Hardres.</p> <p>Eric said: “Julian drove by and was really impressed by what I had done, so he went into the pub to ask for my contact details. I have been undertaking commissions for their clients ever since, including Shepherd Neame, which I really enjoy. I grew up in a village outside Faversham, so I have always been very familiar with the brewery. The first beer I ever tasted was brewed by Shepherd Neame, and I am still a big fan - my favourite beer is Master Brew.”</p> <p>When embarking on a new commission, Eric begins by visiting the pub and, where possible, looking at old photos either provided by the landlord or brewery for inspiration.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Eric%27s%20work%20at%20The%20New%20Inn%2C%20Whitstable.jpg" />Eric said: “My aim is always to create a traditional look. Working with Shepherd Neame pubs is great as I am given free rein to be creative. I have created designs for a huge number of them now, and it gives me a real sense of pride to see my work as I go around the area.”</p> <p>When it comes to actually painting the design on the pub, Eric works completely freehand, his brush steadied only by a traditional maulstick as he paints directly on to the wood or brick.</p> <p>It is a unique skill, and one which is in short supply, leading to huge demand for his services.</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Eric%27s%20work%20at%20the%20Three%20Mariners%20in%20Oare.jpg" />Eric said: “When the decorating companies stopped offering apprenticeships, techniques such as signwriting, marbling and graining went by the way. Signwriting did go out of fashion in the 1980s and 1990s, but people got tired of the formulaic, corporate look, and decided they wanted something more individual. I don’t have any shortage of work.”</p> <p>And despite recently turning 65, Eric has no intention of putting his feet up anytime soon.</p> <p>The father-of-two, who has three grandsons, said: “I don’t like being inside. If I’m not working, I’m out cycling or rambling or in the garden. I have always been very active. As long as people keep liking my work, I will keep doing it.”</p> <p>Shepherd Neame property and services director George Barnes said: "Eric’s work is a huge asset to Shepherd Neame. His distinctive signwriting really enhances the appearance of our pubs, and helps enforce our reputation as Britain’s oldest brewer.” </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/folk-concert-raise-funds-faversham-hop-festival"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Folk Concert to Raise Funds for Faversham Hop Festival</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/oaps-start-new-year-free-festive-feast">OAPs Start the New Year with Free Festive Feast <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Eric ‘The Brush’ Celebrates a Decade of Shepherd Neame Design" class="rdf-meta"></span> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 09:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 49171 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk OAPs Start the New Year with Free Festive Feast http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/oaps-start-new-year-free-festive-feast <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>15 January 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>Christmas may be over for another year, but the festive spirit was still flowing at <a href="http://www.queenspub.co.uk" target="_blank">The Queens Head</a> in Boughton-under-Blean on Wednesday, January 14.</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Licensee%20and%20chef%20David%20Kennedy%20with%20some%20of%20the%20pensioners.jpg" />A total of 88 pensioners from the village enjoyed a free three-course Christmas dinner at the Shepherd Neame pub, thanks to a host of donations from the local community.</p> <p>Hernhill famer Henry Bryant provided turkey, ham was provided by the <a href="http://www.thebutcherofbrogdale.co.uk" target="_blank">Butcher of Brogdale</a>, vegetables came from Vaughan Howland’s farm shop in Dunkirk, Ashford-based grocery supplier Brakes gave custard, Christmas puddings and bread rolls, and Shepherd Neame provided wine and beer. A village resident also donated crackers to accompany the festive fun.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/%28l-r%29%20Bar%20manager%20Donna%20Raines%20and%20village%20volunteer%20Peta%20Smith.jpg" />It is the third year that the New Year event has taken place at the pub, and licensee David Kennedy cooks the meal, with help from local volunteers to serve and wash up afterwards.</p> <p>David said: “It is a real community effort, and it gets bigger each year. A group of residents start by compiling a list of all the OAPs living in the village, and then send invitations to them. The first year we had 40 refusals, this year we only had two. We had to borrow some tables from the village hall just to get everyone in! There was a great atmosphere and everyone really enjoyed themselves. People of all ages kept popping in for a drink or to say hello, and it is a fantastic way for residents in the village to get to know each other.”</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/eric-brush-celebrates-decade-shepherd-neame-design"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Eric ‘The Brush’ Celebrates a Decade of Shepherd Neame Design</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shop-pick-spitfire-polo-shirt">Shop Pick: Spitfire Polo Shirt <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="OAPs Start the New Year with Free Festive Feast" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 49086 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shop Pick: Spitfire Polo Shirt http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shop-pick-spitfire-polo-shirt <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>14 January 2015</p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/asheps%20shirts2552.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 280px; float: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" />This week's <strong>Shop Pick</strong> is any Spitfire ale drinker's must-have - the black <strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/spitfire-polo-shirt" target="_blank">Spitfire polo shirt</a>.</strong><br /><br />Made from quality, heavyweight cotton, embroidered with the Spitfire logo on the chest, and the Shepherd Neame logo on the sleeve.<br /><br />Available in Small, Medium, Large, XL and XXL and priced at just £17.50.<br /><h4>Click here to <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/spitfire-polo-shirt" target="_blank">ORDER NOW!</a> or call the order line on 01795 542014<br /><br /> </h4><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/oaps-start-new-year-free-festive-feast"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> OAPs Start the New Year with Free Festive Feast</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-plough-inn-lewson-street">Pub of the Week: The Plough Inn, Lewson Street <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shop Pick: Spitfire Polo Shirt" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:43:09 +0000 M.Farmer 49021 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The Plough Inn, Lewson Street http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-plough-inn-lewson-street <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>13 January 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><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/sittingbourne/plough-inn" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Plough%20Inn%2C%20Sittingbourne%20%28Lewson%20Street%29-015.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 186px; float: left;" /><strong>The Plough Inn</strong></a><strong> </strong>at Lewson Street, Norton, near Sittingbourne is a traditional English pub, set in an attractive location in the Kent countryside.  The characterful building, originally a blacksmiths, was built in 1260, and retains much of its period features including oak beams, and a large inglenook fireplace.<br /><br />There is a friendly welcome for all in the cosy bar, plus a spacious restaurant, and large garden, including a small children’s play area.  Popular with walkers, the pub is the ideal stop off on a countryside ramble, with the open fire to warm up beside in the winter, and the large sunny garden to relax in on warmer days.  Plan your own walk, or try the Faversham Area Tourism Association walk, ‘First Fruit’, that features the pub – <a href="https://shareweb.kent.gov.uk/Documents/leisure-and-culture/countryside-and-coast/walks/faversham-walks/teynham.pdf" target="_blank">view here</a>.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Plough%20Inn%2C%20Sittingbourne%20%28Lewson%20Street%29-018.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 186px; float: right; margin-top: 40px; margin-bottom: 40px;" />Food is served Tuesday to Thursday lunchtimes and evenings, all day Friday and Saturday, and Sunday until 6pm.  The lunch menu offers traditional pub fayre at its very best, with all the usual favourites along with a range of burgers, and, proving very popular, homemade pies – currently including choices such as lamb and apricot, or seasonal game. In the evening, the menu is extended to include a range of steaks and other dishes, as well as a regularly updated selection of inspired specials, and imaginative vegetarian choices.  If you have any room left, you can choose from a selection of irresistible desserts and luxury ice creams.<br /><br />On the bar, you will find a good selection of quality cask ales and lagers, as well as an excellent choice of wines, spirits and soft drinks.  There is easy-listening live music every Sunday from 2pm, so why not pop in for a Sunday roast and then relax with a drink and listen to the band?<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Plough%20Inn%2C%20Sittingbourne%20%28Lewson%20Street%29.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 186px; float: left; margin-top: 30px; margin-bottom: 30px;" />Coming up on the 23<sup>rd</sup> January the pub is celebrating Burns Night, with a piper and three course meal, plus a tot of whiskey, all for just £32.50 per person.  Details can be <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/sittingbourne/plough-inn" target="_blank">found here</a> and booking is encouraged as soon as possible, as places are almost sold out.<br /><br />The Plough Inn is just off the A2 between Faversham and Teynham.  A map and directions can be found here.  For more information, or to book, contact the team on 01795 521348, or visit the <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/sittingbourne/plough-inn" target="_blank">pub’s website.</a><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/shop-pick-spitfire-polo-shirt"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shop Pick: Spitfire Polo Shirt</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shepherd-neame-shortlisted-taste-kent-awards-2015">Shepherd Neame Shortlisted for the Taste of Kent Awards 2015 <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Plough Inn, Lewson Street" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:25:02 +0000 M.Farmer 48991 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shepherd Neame Shortlisted for the Taste of Kent Awards 2015 http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shepherd-neame-shortlisted-taste-kent-awards-2015 <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>13 January 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/awards">Awards</a></p><p>Britain’s oldest brewer Shepherd Neame has been shortlisted for two categories in the <a href="http://www.tasteofkentawards.co.uk" target="_blank">Taste of Kent Awards 2015</a>.</p> <p>The Faversham-based brewery’s <a href="/node/18181">Whitstable Bay Pale Ale</a> is up for Best Kentish Beer, while <a href="http://www.kingsheadwye.co.uk" target="_blank">The Kings Head in Wye</a>, part of its tenanted estate, is up for Kent Dining Pub of the Year.</p> <p>Now in their 11<sup>th</sup> year, the awards are organised by <a href="http://www.producedinkent.co.uk" target="_blank">Produced in Kent</a> to showcase the county’s finest food and drink products. Members of the public are asked to pick and vote for their favourite producers, retailers, restaurants, dining pubs and farmers’ markets.</p> <p>More than 550 businesses were nominated this year, and the top three with the most public votes from each category were announced on Monday, January 12. These will now go forward to be judged by mystery shoppers and diners or an expert judging panel. The final winners will be revealed at a black tie awards dinner on March 12, 2015 at the Kent Events Centre in Detling.</p> <p>Stephanie Durling of Produced in Kent said: “This year has again seen people voting in their thousands with the number of votes we received up by around 50%. From all across the county, the people of Kent have chosen the tastes, flavours, products, produce and venues that they have enjoyed the most over the last 12 months.”</p> <p>Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame said: “These awards are particularly special as they are voted for by members of the public. Kent has some of the finest food and drink in the country, so to be shortlisted in two categories against such impressive competition is an honour.”</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-plough-inn-lewson-street"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The Plough Inn, Lewson Street</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/tunbridge-wells-hotel-enjoy-24-million-makeover">Tunbridge Wells Hotel to Enjoy £2.4 Million Makeover <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shepherd Neame Shortlisted for the Taste of Kent Awards 2015" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:33:41 +0000 james.purcell 48951 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Tunbridge Wells Hotel to Enjoy £2.4 Million Makeover http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/tunbridge-wells-hotel-enjoy-24-million-makeover <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>11 January 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a>, <a href="/blog/hotels">Hotels</a></p><p>The <a href="http://royalwells.co.uk" target="_blank">Royal Wells Hotel</a> in Tunbridge Wells is to receive a £2.4 million transformation by Britain’s oldest brewer, Shepherd Neame.<br /> <br />It will be the single largest refurbishment project to date for the Faversham-based brewery, which bought the Grade II listed 18th century hotel in September 2012.<br /> <br />Boasting spectacular views over Tunbridge Wells and The Common, due to its hilltop location in Mount Ephraim, the Royal Wells is also a short walk away from the centre of the spa town, making it a popular destination for tourists and business travellers alike.<br /> <br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Royal%20Wells%20Hotel%2C%20Tunbridge%20Wells-022-300.jpg" />The 15-week programme of work will begin in January 2015, and will include replacing the current restaurant with an elegant, spacious orangery, which will be able to accommodate up to 70 people. Guests can also enjoy alfresco dining in the large courtyard garden which is being created outside the orangery, and will offer seating for up to 52 people.<br /> <br />The hotel’s reception area is being refurbished and the layout will be changed so guests can move freely into the main bar. The bar will also be given a fresh new look, with character features added including a wine cave which allows bottles to be stored at different temperatures, and a cosy open fireplace.<br /> <br />The Ephraim function room on the ground floor, which has its own bar, is being expanded to cater for parties of up to 100 people. A platform lift will be installed to allow disabled access, and the toilets will also be updated. The Alexandra function room on the first floor, which can accommodate up to 50 people, is also being given a fresh new look.<br /> <br />Four additional en-suite bedrooms are being added to the hotel, taking the total to 27, and all the rooms are being completely refurbished in a contemporary, elegant style.<br /> <br />Queen Victoria made frequent visits to the hotel in the early part of the 19th century and later granted the use of her coat of arms, which is displayed at the top of the building. The refurbishment project will include restoring this historic artefact to its former glory.<br /> <br />The hotel will close while the extensive programme of work is carried out, and is expected to reopen in April 2015.<br /> <br />Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame said: “The Royal Wells Hotel is a building of great character which has a fascinating history. Our planned redevelopment project will ensure that the hotel’s heritage is preserved, while introducing the latest contemporary facilities to ensure it remains one of the town’s most popular destinations.”</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/shepherd-neame-shortlisted-taste-kent-awards-2015"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shepherd Neame Shortlisted for the Taste of Kent Awards 2015</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/licensees-take-plunge-new-branded-coffee-concept">Licensees Take the Plunge with New Branded Coffee Concept <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Tunbridge Wells Hotel to Enjoy £2.4 Million Makeover" class="rdf-meta"></span> Sun, 11 Jan 2015 11:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 48711 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk