Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog?keys= en Featured Recipe: Roast Turkey with Porcini Mushroom Stuffing http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/featured-recipe-roast-turkey-porcini-mushroom-stuffing <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>20 December 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/food">Food</a>, <a href="/blog/christmas">Christmas</a></p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Roast%20turkey.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 158px; float: left;" />The basis for a sumptuous Christmas dinner with all the trimmings or more simple supper with potatoes and steamed vegetables.<br /><br /><strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Roast%20turkey%20with%20porcini%20msuhroom%20and%20pork%20stuffing.pdf" target="_blank">Printable version here</a></strong><br /><br /><h4><img alt="" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Christmas%20Ale%20500ml.jpg" style="width: 198px; height: 280px; float: right;" /><br />BEER MATCH:  Christmas Ale</h4><br />What else could we match with roast turkey besides the warming, spicy <strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/brands/ales/christmas-ale" target="_blank">Christmas Ale</a></strong>?  But this ale is not chosen just because it's Christmas - the complex, fruity, spicy notes of this warming, festive ale will complement the subtle flavours of this juicy roast turkey, and with the herby tastes of sage mingling with the hoppy notes from the beer, it will be a Christmas meal to remember.  <strong>Merry Christmas!</strong>  Christmas ale can be found in some supermarkets, or in our <strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/christmas-ale-two-cases-8-x-500ml-bottles" target="_blank">online shop</a></strong>.<br /><br /><br /><strong>Preparation time: 20 min<br />Cooking time: 3 hours<br />Serves: 16</strong><br /><br /><strong>Ingredients:</strong><br />5kg Butterfly Turkey Breast Fillets<br />50g butter, softened<br />1 tsp Paprika<br />Dried mixed herbs<br />Coarse ground black pepper<br /><br /><strong>Stuffing:</strong><br />1 large onion, finely chopped<br />100g Porcini mushrooms, soaked, drained and finely chopped<br />2 tsp dried sage<br />4 tbsp breadcrumbs<br />900g Pork Mince<br />1 egg<br /><strong>                               <br />Method:</strong><br /><br />1/ Preheat the oven to 180˚c. Mix all the stuffing ingredients together in a bowl until smooth.<br /><br />2/ Separate the turkey joints if joined. Slit them open lengthways with a sharp knife to create a crevice in which to put the stuffing. Divide the stuffing between the two joints and spread evenly throughout the length of the fillet.<br /><br />3/ Tie up the joints with string to create even joint rolls and place in roasting trays. Smear the joints all over with the butter and sprinkle with the paprika, herbs and black pepper.  Cover with foil and roast in the centre of the oven for 3 to 3 1/2 hours, basting occasionally until cooked (75˚c on a probe thermometer). Allow half an hour before serving time so the joints can rest before serving, reserving the cooking juices for making gravy.<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-previous right"><a href="/blog/faversham-remembers-first-world-war-hero">Faversham Remembers First World War Hero <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Featured Recipe: Roast Turkey with Porcini Mushroom Stuffing" class="rdf-meta"></span> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:30:10 +0000 M.Farmer 47526 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Faversham Remembers First World War Hero http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/faversham-remembers-first-world-war-hero <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>19 December 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a></p><p>Hundreds of people packed Faversham town centre for the unveiling of a memorial stone to First World War hero Lieutenant General Sir Philip Neame 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 (VC) in 1914 in honour of his heroic actions during a battle in Neuve Chapelle, France.</p> <p>Last year, the Government launched a national campaign to honour First World War VC recipients by laying commemorative paving stones in their places of birth. As part of this initiative, a stone was unveiled in front of Faversham’s Guildhall on Friday, December 19, exactly 100 years to the day since Neame was awarded his VC.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Royal%20Engineers%20band%20parade%20up%20West%20Street.jpg" /></p> <p>Neame served with the Royal Engineers, and a troop is named after him at the Royal School of Military Engineering in Chatham. To celebrate this connection, the event started with a military parade of the Royal Engineers band, accompanied by serving soldiers of the Royal Engineers, from the bottom of West Street to the Guildhall.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Nigel%20Veronica%20and%20Philip%20Neame.jpg" />Reverend Simon Rowlands then led a 45 minute open air service in front of the Guildhall, which was attended by members of the public, along with members of the Neame family, including his daughter Veronica and twin sons, Nigel and Philip.</p> <p>Nigel said: “We are very proud that our father’s incredible achievements have been honoured with a permanent memorial in his home town. The ceremony was a very special event, and we would like to thank everyone who helped make it happen, particularly Faversham Town Council, the Royal Engineers and Shepherd Neame brewery, and of course the many members of the public who came along to offer their support.”</p> <p>The memorial stone was officially unveiled by Lieutenant General Sir Mark Mans, the Chief Royal Engineer.</p> <p>Sir Mark said: “It gives me great pleasure to unveil a memorial to this remarkable Sapper officer who not only displayed the highest gallantry in war but also won gold at the Olympics in Peace as well as achieving high military and civil office. He was a great man in so many ways and the Royal Engineers are delighted that the country has seen fit, in this centenary anniversary of his VC award, to recognise his achievements in this grand manner in his home town.”</p> <p>The event was also attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Kent Viscount Philip De L’Isle;  Shepherd Neame brewery chief executive Jonathan Neame and local MPs Sir Hugh Robertson and Julian Brazier.</p> <p>Sir Hugh said: “Sir Philip Neame remains the only person to have won both a Victoria Cross and an Olympic gold medal which is an extraordinary achievement. I am delighted that this memorial stone has been unveiled in his home town of Faversham in his honour to coincide with the centenary of the First World War.”</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-roast-turkey-porcini-mushroom-stuffing"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Featured Recipe: Roast Turkey with Porcini Mushroom Stuffing</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/jonathan-neame-become-chairman-visit-kent">Jonathan Neame to become Chairman of Visit Kent <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Faversham Remembers First World War Hero" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:50:39 +0000 james.purcell 48021 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Jonathan Neame to become Chairman of Visit Kent http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/jonathan-neame-become-chairman-visit-kent <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>18 December 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/staff">Staff</a></p><p>Jonathan Neame has been appointed Chairman elect of Visit Kent. <br /> <br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Shepherd%20Neame%20chief%20executive%20Jonathan%20Neame-300.jpg" />Jonathan, who is Chief Executive of family brewer Shepherd Neame, will succeed Amanda Cottrell OBE who has been Chairman of Visit Kent for seven years. Jonathan will take over from Amanda when she stands down as Chairman at the end of 2015. Amanda will become Patron of Visit Kent.<br /> <br />Jonathan is a founder investor of Visit Kent and a major influence in the tourism sector in the county through Shepherd Neame’s brewing, pub and hotel business.<br /> <br />He is also Chair of the British Beer and Pub Association and has played a leading role in highlighting the vital contribution the beer and pubs sector makes to our economy and communities. Other roles include a non-executive director of St Austell Brewery in Cornwall, a Trustee of the Leeds Castle Foundation and a member of the Tourism Industry Council which seeks to raise the profile of tourism industry issues within Government thinking. <br /> <br />Amanda Cottrell said:  "I am delighted that Jonathan has agreed to become Chairman of Visit Kent.  Over my seven years as Chairman, we have seen tourism in Kent exceed all of our targets and expectations. The strong and effective partnership we have built has seen Visit Kent being nationally recognised as one of the country’s leading destination management organisations. This recognition should be shared by all those who work alongside us to make Kent a wonderful place to visit.<br /> <br />“This is an exciting platform for our new Chairman to build on and I know that his expertise will ensure that Visit Kent goes from strength to strength. <br /> <br />“I am also too interested in tourism in Kent to disappear completely! So I am delighted that the board has asked me to continue to serve as Patron of Visit Kent."<br /> <br />Jonathan said:  "I am looking forward to taking on the role of Chairman of Visit Kent enormously. I believe that tourism is one of the key engines for growth for Kent and Visit Kent's track record is there for all to see.<br /> <br />“I am honoured to be following such an energetic and effective Chairman as Amanda Cottrell.  Amanda's passion for the county and her many other interests have added greatly to the success of Visit Kent and she will be a hard act to follow."</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/faversham-remembers-first-world-war-hero"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Faversham Remembers First World War Hero</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/investor-relations/investor-news/shepherd-neame-ltd-director/pdmr-shareholding-0">Shepherd Neame Ltd Director/PDMR Shareholding <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Jonathan Neame to become Chairman of Visit Kent" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:20:03 +0000 james.purcell 47961 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shop Pick: Brewery Tour Gift Certificate for Two http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shop-pick-brewery-tour-gift-certificate-two <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>17 December 2014</p><a href="/shop/brewery-tour-gift-certificate-two-gift" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/brewery%20tour%20certificate.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 249px; float: left;" /></a>This week's <strong>Shop Pick</strong> is the Christmas present saviour - our <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/brewery-tour-gift-certificate-two-gift" target="_blank"><strong>Brewery Tour Gift Certificate for Two</strong></a>!  If you haven't had time to go Christmas shopping, or just don't know what to get someone - this is the ideal gift.<br /><br />This, our <strong>most popular</strong> gift certificate, includes a <strong>brewery tour and beer tasting for two</strong>, PLUS a <strong>gift from the Brewery Shop</strong> of six bottles of ale, presented in a sturdy Shepherd Neame jute bag - all for just £39.99!  The certificate can be sent directly to the recipient, or to you for you to give to them on the day.<br /><br />Certificates are valid for one year, so they can call us and arrange their visit for a day to suit them.  We will even include a personalised gift message at no extra charge. Perfect!<h4 style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px;"><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/ToursFunc/Christmas%20present.png" style="width: 100px; height: 100px; float: left;" /></h4><h4><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/brewery-tour-gift-certificate-two-gift" target="_blank">ORDER HERE NOW</a> or <strong>call us</strong> on 01795 542014 and we can do it all for you.<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="/investor-relations/investor-news/shepherd-neame-ltd-director/pdmr-shareholding-0"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shepherd Neame Ltd Director/PDMR Shareholding</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-karaoke-contest-raises-over-7000-childrens-charity">Pub Karaoke Contest Raises Over £7,000 for Children&#039;s Charity <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shop Pick: Brewery Tour Gift Certificate for Two" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:30:00 +0000 M.Farmer 46641 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub Karaoke Contest Raises Over £7,000 for Children's Charity http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-karaoke-contest-raises-over-7000-childrens-charity <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>16 December 2014</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/charity">Charity</a></p><p>A month-long karaoke competition at <a href="/node/666">The Telegraph</a> pub in Deal raised over £7,000 for the <a href="http://www.make-a-wish.org.uk" target="_blank">Make A Wish Foundation</a>.</p> <p>Dawn James, licensee at the Shepherd Neame pub in Hamilton Road, launched the event in November.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Katie%20Gardner%20and%20Dawn%20James%20with%20the%20cheque.jpg" />A total of 15 customers entered the first round, which was judged by Dawn, along with local music enthusiasts and Telegraph regulars Alan Herbert and Bruce Adams.</p> <p>An evening of karaoke was then held every Sunday night for the next four weeks, and the event and associated fundraising activities raised a total of £2,000, boosted by a donation of £3,000 by an anonymous Telegraph customer.</p> <p>Dawn said: “There is a strong karaoke scene in Deal, so we wanted to capitalise on that and also raise money for a good cause. Our finalists included local resident Katie Gardner, whose seven-year-old daughter Megan has acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Megan had been helped by the Make-A-Wish Foundation in the past, so we decided to make that our chosen charity.”</p> <p>A cheque for £5,000 was presented to the Make-A-Wish Foundation at the final of the karaoke competition. During the past three weeks, regulars donated another £700, which the pub’s anonymous benefactor agreed to triple, making a total of £2,100.</p> <p>Dawn presented the second cheque to the charity on Saturday, December 13. To mark the occasion, Deal town councillor Wayne Elliott volunteered to dress up as Father Christmas, and gave Megan a tablet computer, paid for by the pub.</p> <p>Dawn said: “Megan wanted a tablet to use when she is in hospital, so we decided to give it to her as an early Christmas present. She was so excited to see Father Christmas, and everyone had a great time.”</p> <p>She added: “I have been absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of our regulars. Raising £7,500 in under two months is amazing, and it is fantastic to be able to help such a worthy cause.”</p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/shop-pick-brewery-tour-gift-certificate-two"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shop Pick: Brewery Tour Gift Certificate for Two</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-market-inn-faversham">Pub of the Week: The Market Inn, Faversham <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub Karaoke Contest Raises Over £7,000 for Children&#039;s Charity" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 47866 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The Market Inn, Faversham http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-market-inn-faversham <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>16 December 2014</p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Market%20Inn%2C%20Faversham-015.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 186px; float: left;" />The <strong><a href="http://www.marketinnfaversham.co.uk/" target="_blank">Market Inn</a></strong>, Faversham is a Victorian pub just out of the town centre, originally built to serve the town’s increasing population around the time of the arrival of the railway.  This year the pub celebrated its 150<sup>th</sup> anniversary, and enjoyed an external makeover, giving it a clean, fresh look.<br /><br /><br />The pub has been adapted over the years, but retains separate public and saloon bars, as well as a more recent extension which provides a spacious area that houses a stage for live music, darts board and pool table.  There is also a large garden area, including a covered seating area, and a bat and trap pitch which is used by local teams in the summer months.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Market%20Inn%2C%20Faversham-011.jpg" style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 186px; float: right;" />At the bar, you will find Shepherd Neame cask ales, lagers, wines by the glass and bottle, and all your usual favourite spirits and soft drinks. They are also currently serving warm mulled wine, available all day, so why not pop in out of the cold and warm up with a glass?<br /><br />This friendly, community pub is a regular host to live music, with a band on most Friday nights and Sunday afternoons, featuring a good mix of soul, funk, blues and, ska and more.  On Boxing Day afternoon you can experience ‘The Best Tribute to the 60s’ in the form of <a href="http://www.melharris.co.uk/" target="_blank">Mel Harris</a>.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Market%20Inn%2C%20Faversham-021.jpg" style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />The Market Inn can be found just outside the town centre in East Street, opposite the recreation ground.  They are open throughout Christmas, including Christmas Day from 12 – 2pm. For more information, call the team on 01795 532529 or visit <a href="http://www.marketinnfaversham.co.uk/" target="_blank">the 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/pub-karaoke-contest-raises-over-7000-childrens-charity"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub Karaoke Contest Raises Over £7,000 for Children&#039;s Charity</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/featured-recipe-slow-cooked-ox-cheeks-stout">Featured Recipe: Slow-cooked Ox Cheeks in Stout <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Market Inn, Faversham" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:30:00 +0000 M.Farmer 47566 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Featured Recipe: Slow-cooked Ox Cheeks in Stout http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/featured-recipe-slow-cooked-ox-cheeks-stout <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>13 December 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/food">Food</a>, <a href="/blog/double-stout">Double Stout</a></p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_ox%20cheeks.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />Traditionally this dish would be cooked in wine but here we use our <strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/brands/ales/double-stout" target="_blank">Double Stout</a></strong> for a delicious rich flavour. The secret is cooking the ox cheeks slowly to produce a melt in the mouth texture. This dish is really easy to prepare and also works well in a slow cooker making it perfect for preparing in advance. It also reheats well. If you cannot get hold of ox cheek then substitute shin of beef or venison stewing steak.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Recipe%20-%20Ox%20Cheeks%20in%20Stout.pdf">Printable version here</a> <br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Brands/blog_half_aasheps%20Beer292.jpg" style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 203px; height: 280px; float: right;" /><h4>BEER MATCH:  Double Stout</h4><p>For this melt-in-the-mouth, rich, warming dish we have chosen to match it with the stout it is cooked, in for a sumptuous winter supper.  The richness of this dish matches luxuriantly with the rich, creaminess of the <strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/brands/ales/double-stout" target="_blank">Double Stout</a></strong>, the deep meaty flavours of the beef the perfect partner to the earthy smokiness of the beer.  Delicious!  Double Stout is available in some supermarkets, or from our <strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/brands/ales/double-stout" target="_blank">online shop</a></strong>.</p><br /><strong>Preparation time: 15 mins<br />Cooking time: 4 ¾ hrs<br />Serves: 6</strong><br /><br /><strong>Ingredients</strong><br /><br />3 Ox Cheeks<br />2 large Carrots, chopped<br />1 small swede, peeled and diced<br />2 sticks Celery, chopped<br />1 Onion, chopped<br />2 cloves Garlic, chopped<br />25ml Brandy                         <br />500ml Double Stout                          <br />1 clove                              <br /><span style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px;">750ml Beef Stock</span><br /><span style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px;">2 Bay Leaves</span><br /><span style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px;">1/2 tsp of cinnamon</span><br /><span style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px;">1 Star Anise</span><br /><span style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px;">1 tsp Thyme</span><br /><span style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px;">2 tbsp Tomato Puree</span><br /><span style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px;">2 Anchovies</span><br /><span style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px;">100g Plain Flour</span><br /><span style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px;">Salt and Black pepper</span><br /><br /><strong>Method</strong><br /><br />1/ Pre-heat the oven to 160˚c.<br /><br />2/ Trim the ox cheeks of excess fat. Render the fat in a large stock pot over a medium/high heat.<br /><br />3/ Cut each cheek into 2 to 3 pieces, depending on size. Season the flour with salt and dust the meat to lightly coat. Add the meat to the pan with the fat and brown.<br /><br />4/ Remove the meat from the pan and set aside.<br /><br />5/ Add the onions, celery, garlic, diced swede and carrots to the pan and cook until slightly softened.<br /><br />6/ Add back the meat then add the tomato puree and stir in. Cook until the puree darkens and coats the meat and vegetables in a sticky glaze.<br /><br />7/ Deglaze the pan with the brandy then then add the stout, clove, cinnamon, bay leaves, star anise, stock, thyme and anchovies.<br /><br />8/ Bring the mixture to the boil then cover with a lid and cook in the oven for 4 hours.<br /><br />9/ After 4 hours check the meat is tender. Turn off the oven and leave it to relax for half an hour in the hot oven. Re-heat before serving if needed.<br /><br />Serve with mashed potato, polenta or celeriac mash and buttered cabbage or leeks.<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/pub-week-market-inn-faversham"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The Market Inn, Faversham</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/soldiers-march-action-first-world-war-hero">Soldiers March into Action for First World War Hero <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Featured Recipe: Slow-cooked Ox Cheeks in Stout" class="rdf-meta"></span> Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11:30:33 +0000 M.Farmer 47521 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Soldiers March into Action for First World War Hero http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/soldiers-march-action-first-world-war-hero <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>12 December 2014</p><p>A troop of Kent-based Royal Engineers will be leading historic celebrations to celebrate First World War hero Lieutenant General Sir Philip Neame.</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 (VC) in 1914 in honour of his heroic actions during a battle in Neuve Chapelle, France.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Philip%20Neame%20at%20the%20civic%20ceremony%20%282%29.jpg" /></p> <p>Last year, the Government launched a national campaign to honour First World War VC recipients by laying commemorative paving stones in their places of birth. As part of this initiative, a stone is to be unveiled in front of Faversham’s Guildhall on Friday, December 19, exactly 100 years to the day since Neame was awarded his VC.</p> <p>Neame served with the Royal Engineers, and a troop is named after him at the Royal School of Military Engineering in Chatham. To celebrate this connection, the event will start with a military parade of the Royal Engineers band, accompanied by serving soldiers of the Royal Engineers, from the bottom of West Street to the Guildhall.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/WO2%20Rob%20Daniels.jpg" />WO2 (Squadron Sergeant Major) Rob Daniels said: “It is a great honour to be given the opportunity to participate in an event to mark the 100th anniversary of Sir Philip Neame winning a Victoria Cross. Sir Philip’s story is well known within the Corps of Royal Engineers and we even have a Troop named after him. I'm extremely grateful to Shepherd Neame and the people of Faversham for allowing me the chance to pay my respects to such an impressive individual.”</p> <p>The band and soldiers will start marching at 11.50am, and at 12 noon Reverend Simon Rowlands will lead a 45 minute open air service in front of the Guildhall.</p> <p>Members of the public are invited to attend the service, which will be attended by members of the Neame family, including his daughter Veronica and twin sons, Nigel and Philip.</p> <p>It 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, and local MPs Hugh Robertson and Julian Brazier.</p> <p>Captain Ben Woods said: “Sir Philip Neame’s story of courage and ingenuity in the face of the enemy is an inspiration to the modern Corps of Royal Engineers. It is an absolute pleasure to be able to be present at the celebration of his memory.”</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-slow-cooked-ox-cheeks-stout"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Featured Recipe: Slow-cooked Ox Cheeks in Stout</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/constructive-dialogue-needed-promote-confidence-pubs-legislation">Constructive dialogue needed to promote confidence in pubs legislation <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Soldiers March into Action for First World War Hero" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:22:46 +0000 james.purcell 47561 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Constructive dialogue needed to promote confidence in pubs legislation http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/constructive-dialogue-needed-promote-confidence-pubs-legislation <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>11 December 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/bbpa">BBPA</a></p><p>BBPA Chairman Jonathan Neame has told MPs that the pub industry recognises that Clause 42 in the Small Business Bill (MRO) is here to stay, and called on Parliament to work with the industry to maximise business confidence in the new legislation.<br /> <br />Jonathan Neame was speaking at the joint BBPA/All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group reception in Parliament on Wednesday evening. Specifically, he called on MPs and Peers not to tamper with the 500 pub limit currently in the legislation, as it makes its way through the House of Lords.<br /> <br />The full text of Jonathan Neame’s speech follows:<br /> <br />“This is not the evening for long speeches but it would be remiss of me after another momentous year for the industry, not to identify some of the highlights.<br /> <br />“This Government, perhaps more than any other I can remember, has tried to engage with the industry and create the right platform for growth, for investment and job creation. In this regard, we warmly welcome the tide of initiatives this year, with a further duty cut which secured vital jobs mainly in pubs, new investment and the lowest increases in beer prices for hard working pub-goers for well over a decade, extended small business rate relief, a full review of business rates, cuts to NI, changes to packaging waste, support for exporters and promotion of pubs and beer through the GREAT campaign. Can I thank all those who have worked hard to effect these changes, in particular your Chairman Andrew Griffiths MP who has worked tirelessly on all our behalves.<br /> <br />“This year has of course also been dominated by the debate on the Statutory Code. As someone who has witnessed the debate evolve over 10 long years, all I hope that this is the last!<br /> <br />“The BBPA has consistently argued during this time that the tied business model has stood the test of time, was evolving fast and would continue to evolve; that there were many and varied reasons, such as lifestyle changes, that had caused the challenge to licensees AND pub owners in recent years; and that statutory intervention was inappropriate for fear of the unintended consequences. We all remember the Beer Orders you see … and seen the impact of that unfold over 20 years.<br /> <br />“But we recognise that this House has now supported an alternative thesis and has voted for radical change. <br /> <br />“Let me re-assure those here tonight, in case there is any idle speculation on this point, that the BBPA is NOT seeking to overturn the MRO and realise that this will now become Law.<br /> <br />“However, we do have a few pleas:<br /> <br />“1. The Bill, as drafted, is not perfect and we would like to see some, relatively - emphasis on relatively, before I set hares running! - minor amendments, to provide greater certainty for those investing in the sector. I recognise that pub owners are not the most loved beasts in the jungle, but the fact is that they do invest in the region of £200m in to the tenanted pub sector every year is surely to be welcomed and encouraged.<br /> <br />“They are saying that the current drafting is too uncertain for them to continue to do so at the same level. This is not scaremongering, but genuine. Whether you believe this is a hiatus or becomes a long term reduction, I call on everyone to work constructively together to make amendments to give them more confidence to do so, without changing the substance of the MRO.<br /> <br />“2.  Please do not tamper with the 500 pub limit, as this will cause huge uncertainty and potential damage to the Family Brewers.<br /> <br />“3. If the duty and other tax cuts have stimulated confidence, then the New Clause 2 has reduced it. Thus we will redouble our call to the Chancellor to give us a hat trick of duty cuts in the next budget and hope for your support!<br /> <br />“4. From all sides of the debate I think there is a recognition that tied pub partnership CAN – and in our opinion DOES - work for mutual benefit of pub owner, licensee and consumer. But the gauntlet has been thrown down to "Prove it!" Our challenge and my hope is that over the next few years, the benefits and successes of this business model -of which there are many, - will become apparent once again.<br /> <br />“5.  What the campaigners have achieved is remarkable and unexpected. But, for all the apparent polarisation of this debate, this industry is unique in that the needs of brewer, pub owner, licensee and consumer are aligned and necessitate a close working relationship.<br /> <br />“Whilst there are some that will advocate driving a further wedge between participants, I think the majority will see the benefits of finding a path to reconciliation and so establish modern, professional, transparent business partnership that stimulates existing licensees and attracts the next generation of entrepreneurs to our sector.<br /> <br />“Given the importance of this debate, can I also express the hope that we move to a more constructive dialogue about the issues rather than the personalities, that we aim to defuse this current atmosphere of hostility.<br /> <br />“6. In closing, can I thank all of you here tonight for your commitment, passion and enthusiasm for the industry. However hot the kitchen is on occasions, I can assure you that that is preferable to indifference and apathy towards our sector !<br /> <br />“My New Year wish is that you will continue to support beer and pubs and that, in the heat of the Election battle in 2015, do not forget the enormous contribution this sector makes to Britain's economy and society.<br /> <br />“Finally, - and, in wishing you all a Merry Christmas, - I would like to present the Chairman's Award that was announced but not collected in October to Brandon Lewis for his huge commitment, energy and understanding of our sector, during his time as Pubs Minister.<br /> <br />“Thank you.”</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/soldiers-march-action-first-world-war-hero"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Soldiers March into Action for First World War Hero</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/investor-relations/investor-news/shepherd-neame-ltd-director/pdmr-shareholding">Shepherd Neame Ltd Director/PDMR Shareholding <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Constructive dialogue needed to promote confidence in pubs legislation" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 18:21:02 +0000 polly.wann 47531 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shop Pick: Christmas Ale http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shop-pick-christmas-ale <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>10 December 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/christmas">Christmas</a>, <a href="/blog/beer">Beer</a></p><a href="/shop/christmas-ale-two-cases-8-x-500ml-bottles" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/christmas-contextual4.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 266px; float: left;" /></a>This week's Shop Pick is a 16 bottle supply of <strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/christmas-ale-two-cases-8-x-500ml-bottles" target="_blank">Christmas Ale</a></strong>.  A glowing, amber ale with fruity aromas and spicy hops create a full flavoured ale - irresistibly festive.  <br /><h4><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/christmas-ale-two-cases-8-x-500ml-bottles" target="_blank">ORDER YOURS NOW</a> in time for Christmas</h4><br /><strong>Can also be sent as a gift</strong> - direct to you or your recipient, with a free gift message - <strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/christmas-ale-two-cases-8-x-500ml-bottles" target="_blank">order here</a> or call us on 01795 542014</strong>, and get Christmas wrapped up.<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="/investor-relations/investor-news/shepherd-neame-ltd-director/pdmr-shareholding"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shepherd Neame Ltd Director/PDMR Shareholding</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-white-hart">Pub of the Week: The White Hart <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shop Pick: Christmas Ale" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 07:30:00 +0000 M.Farmer 46631 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk