Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog?keys= en New Look Village Pub Unveiled to Locals http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/new-look-village-pub-unveiled-locals <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>17 April 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></p><p>Dozens of guests flocked to the official launch party for the new look Rose and Crown in Wrotham.<br /> <br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Rose%20and%20Crown%20licensees%20Zoe%20Clubb%20and%20Drew%20King-300.jpg" />Licensees Zoe Clubb and Drew King invited their regular customers, along with local dignitaries and residents to see the results of the pub’s £75,000 facelift.<br /> <br />The charming Shepherd Neame pub, situated in the heart of the village, underwent three weeks of refurbishment work, which included repainting its interior in contemporary colours, with some areas of brickwork exposed to create a more rustic feel.<br /> <br />Previously one big open space, a rear dining area was screened off to create a more intimate environment, all the furniture has been re-upholstered, and vintage pictures of local scenes now adorn the walls.<br /> <br />The pub’s exterior has enjoyed a revamp, with a refurbished outside seating area, new pergola and hand-painted signage.<br /> <br />A herb garden has also been created, used by accomplished chef Drew as a source of fresh ingredients for the new menu he has introduced at the pub.<br /> <br />Using only the finest locally sourced, seasonal produce, he offers classic British cuisine with a contemporary twist, such as Spitfire ale battered haddock and hand cut chips, along with á la carte dishes including pan fried gilt head sea bream, and pear poached in honey and star anise with cashel blue cheese and walnuts.<br /> <br />At its official opening on Monday, April 14, the first pint was pulled by local resident and pub regular David Casper.<br /> <br />Other special guests included members of the Hartley Morris Men, who describe the pub as their ‘spiritual home’, and had their own special corner created as part of the refurbishment, featuring morris dancing memorabilia.<br /> <br />Squire Terry Heaslip said: “We have been based at the Rose and Crown since 1977, and we are very proud that our group has been recognised in this way. They have done a magnificent job.”<br /> <br />Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame also attended the launch event, and to mark the occasion presented a cheque for £500 to the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust.<br /> <br />Drew said: “Zoe and I have been at the pub for just over a year, and during that time we feel like we have really settled into the community. Our customers aren’t locals anymore, they are friends.<br /> <br />“They have been a great support, particularly during the revamp, and this party was a great way of saying thank you.<br /> <br />“We are really pleased with the refurbishment, and very excited about our future here.”<br /> <br />Property and tenanted trade director George Barnes said: “The Rose and Crown is an historic pub, and our aim was to give it a contemporary look while retaining its character and atmosphere, and we are very pleased with the results.<br /> <br />“Zoe and Drew are a talented, hard-working couple, and I am confident that they will continue to build upon the pub’s success.”</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/country-pub-makes-double-donation-charity">Country Pub Makes Double Donation to Charity <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="New Look Village Pub Unveiled to Locals" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:09:08 +0000 james.purcell 35371 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Country Pub Makes Double Donation to Charity http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/country-pub-makes-double-donation-charity <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>15 April 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></p><p>East Kent charity <a href="http://www.pilgrimshospices.org" target="_blank">Pilgrims Hospices</a> is to benefit from two fundraising events at the <a href="http://www.walnuttree.com" target="_blank">Walnut Tree Inn</a> in Aldington this month.<br /> <br />Karen Barrett, licensee at the historic Shepherd Neame pub, welcomed a group of cyclists training for the Pilgrims Hospices Cycle Challenge last week.<br /> <br /><img alt="" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Karen%20Barrett%20with%20the%20Pilgrims%20Hospices%20Cycle%20Challenge%20cyclists.JPG" /><br />The group of 36 were cycling around East Kent in preparation for the charity event, and stopped off for morning refreshments at the Walnut Tree on Saturday, April 5.<br /> <br />Karen provided the party with free food, including bacon rolls, sandwiches, homemade sausage rolls and scones, in return for a donation to Pilgrims Hospices, raising over £100.<br /> <br />She is also hosting a quiz in aid of the charity on Sunday, April 27. It starts at 7.30pm and admission is priced £1 per person, including snacks.<br /> <br />Karen said: “I was delighted to welcome the group of cyclists to our pub. They are training for a very worthy cause, and I was happy to help. We hope the quiz will boost the funds we can donate to the Pilgrims Hospices, a charity which has made a big difference to the lives of many people in our community.”<br /> <br />Fundraising and marketing assistant Rosie Bell said: “We would like to thank the Walnut Tree Inn for their generosity. Pilgrims Hospices rely on the support of the local community for approximately 80% of its funding.”<br /> <br />This year’s Pilgrims Hospices Cycle Challenge is taking place on Sunday, May 4. Cyclists can choose from four routes around Canterbury, Ashford and Thanet. For information visit <a href="http://www.pilgrimshospices.org" target="_blank">www.pilgrimshospices.org</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/new-look-village-pub-unveiled-locals"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> New Look Village Pub Unveiled to Locals</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/foodies-flock-enjoy-taste-faversham">Foodies Flock to Enjoy a Taste of Faversham <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Country Pub Makes Double Donation to Charity" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:30:00 +0000 james.purcell 35241 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Foodies Flock to Enjoy a Taste of Faversham http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/foodies-flock-enjoy-taste-faversham <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>14 April 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/food">Food</a>, <a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a></p><p>Spring is here, and Faversham’s famous hops are shooting up in the gardens surrounding the town.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Hop%20shoots-300.jpg" />To celebrate their arrival, <a href="http://tastefaversham.org" target="_blank">TasteFaversham</a> came up with the idea of organising a visit to a Teynham hop garden, followed by a Hop Shoots Tasting Dinner at the Carriage Restaurant in Faversham’s <a href="http://www.railwayhotelfaversham.co.uk" target="_blank">Railway Hotel</a>.</p> <p>Tickets were sold out for the event, which took place at the historic Shepherd Neame pub on the evening of Thursday, April 10.</p> <p>The menu included Hop Shoots with Smoked Salmon and Green Asparagus; Hop Shoots, Asparagus and Sundried Tomato Lasagne, and Garlic and Rosemary Grilled Fillet of Kentish Lamb with Sauteéd Hop Shoots.</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Laszlo%20Kocsis%20and%20Andrea%20Kocsis%20with%20a%20plate%20of%20hop%20shoots-300.jpg" />Head chef Laszlo Kocsis said: “They used to call hop shoots the poor man’s asparagus, so when TasteFaversham approached me about putting together a special tasting menu, that was my starting point.</p> <p>“I hadn’t cooked with hop shoots before so I really enjoyed creating the menu, as I like to devise new dishes.”</p> <p>The Hungarian-born chef, who has been at the Carriage Restaurant, managed by his wife Andrea, since October, added: “We were really pleased that tickets for the dinner sold out. It is great to see that customers are interested in trying new things, and there is nowhere better to try these dishes than in Faversham, the home of the hop.”</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/country-pub-makes-double-donation-charity"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Country Pub Makes Double Donation to Charity</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/new-look-dorkings-oldest-pub">New Look for Dorking&#039;s Oldest Pub <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Foodies Flock to Enjoy a Taste of Faversham" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:37:43 +0000 james.purcell 35166 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk New Look for Dorking's Oldest Pub http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/new-look-dorkings-oldest-pub <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>10 April 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></p><p>Dorking’s oldest pub, the <a href="http://www.kingsarms-dorking.co.uk" target="_blank">Kings Arms</a>, has new licensees and a new look.<br /> <br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/King%27s%20Arms%2C%20Dorking-017%20%28300x200%29.jpg" />Believed to be the oldest building in the town, dating back to 1405, the Shepherd Neame pub has been taken on by licensees Gurdeep Manku and Rosie Adams.<br /> <br />The couple met eight years ago while working at a London pub, and as Rosie was originally from Dorking, they moved back in 2008 when starting a family.<br /> <br />The pair became licensees of The Cricketers Inn, and as a result of their success, decided to look into taking on a second pub.<br /> <br />Gurdeep said: “We knew the Kings Arms well, as it is just on the next street, and liked it, so when the opportunity arose to take on the tenancy last year we applied, and were delighted to be successful.”<br /> <br />The historic pub was in need of some modernisation, so the brewery agreed to fund a £140,000 renovation project, which started in February and finished this month.<br /> <br />Works carried out include structural improvements to the roof and chimneys, a new central heating system, refurbishment of the toilets, a new bar counter and back bar and new flagstone floor in the snug bar. The pub was completely repainted inside and out, new wall decorations sourced and new electrics installed.<br /> <br />The pub has two courtyards which were both given a makeover, including the introduction of a new 50” outdoor TV screen. The larger courtyard was also decorated with bicycles to reflect the local area’s heritage, as nearby Box Hill was used for cycling events in the 2012 London Olympics and there are several cycling groups in and around the town.<br /> <br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/King%27s%20Arms%2C%20Dorking-007%20%28300x200%29.jpg" />A new timber floor was installed in the restaurant, and Gurdeep and Rosie are working with chef Alec Donnelly to develop a new menu for the pub.<br /> <br />Gurdeep said: “We currently only offer lunches, served from noon to 3pm, Monday to Saturday, and until 4pm on Sunday, but we are hoping to introduce an evening menu. It will still be our traditional pub classics, hopefully served two or three nights a week.”<br /> <br />Gurdeep added: “We are really pleased with the pub’s new look, and have received lots of compliments from locals. Looking after two pubs is a lot of work, but we enjoy the challenge and have some great staff to help us.”<br /> <br />At the pub’s official opening on Monday, April 7, the first pint was pulled by Rosie’s father Paul Adams, a chartered accountant involved in the licensed trade.<br /> <br />Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame also attended the launch event, and to mark the occasion presented a cheque for £500 to local charity The Brigitte Trust, which supports people facing life-threatening illness.<br /> <br />Property and tenanted trade director George Barnes said: “We have to be very sensitive when refurbishing an historic building such as this, to provide the modern facilities that people want without undermining its unique character. We are very pleased with the refurbishment and are confident that Gurdeep and Rosie will make the Kings Arms a great success.”</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/foodies-flock-enjoy-taste-faversham"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Foodies Flock to Enjoy a Taste of Faversham</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/new-beginnings-historic-dover-castle-inn">New Beginnings for the Historic Dover Castle Inn <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="New Look for Dorking&#039;s Oldest Pub" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 35131 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk New Beginnings for the Historic Dover Castle Inn http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/new-beginnings-historic-dover-castle-inn <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>08 April 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a>, <a href="/blog/news">News</a></p><p>Two new faces are behind the bar at the Dover Castle Inn in Teynham.<br /> <br />Phil Hope and Rebecca Anderson have just moved into the historic 17th century coaching inn, situated in the quaint Swale village.<br /> <br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Phil%20Hope%20and%20Rebecca%20Anderson%20with%20the%20orchard%20behind%20them-300.jpg" />Faversham-born Phil had been running his own maintenance and gardening business locally, while Rebecca was managing a London pub, but the couple wanted to live and work together.<br /> <br />Rebecca said: “I grew up in Hertfordshire, and really wanted to move out of London back to the countryside, so when the Dover Castle came up, it seemed like the perfect opportunity for us. Phil has years of experience working in pubs as well, so we were confident we could make the business a success.”<br /> <br />The Shepherd Neame-owned pub, dating back to around 1640, has retained a traditional look, and boasts many original features, including oak-beamed ceilings and open fireplaces.<br /> <br />It has three separate dining areas, two on the ground floor, one with its own private bar, and a third on the first floor. All can be hired out for private functions, with a variety of set menus available.<br /> <br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Dover%20Castle%20Inn%2C%20Teynham-300.jpg" />The pub currently offers food every lunchtime and evening. Diners can choose from a menu of delicious pub classics, or sample one of head chef Richard Stagg’s signature dishes on the daily specials menu.<br /> <br />If the weather’s fine, customers can enjoy dining alfresco in the pub’s large garden, which backs on to a beautiful cherry orchard.<br /> <br />Lots of local groups regularly use the pub, including the Women’s Institute, Cherry Orchard Association and Beechwood FC, and it is also home to two darts teams, which play every Tuesday night.<br /> <br />The couple are keen to make sure that the pub plays a key role in village life, and intend to organise more regular events to draw locals in.<br /> <br />Phil said: “A pub should be at the heart of the community, and we really want to play our part in making that happen. We are both really excited about our new venture. The best bit about our job is seeing people leave here with a smile on their face.”<br /> <br /><strong>Forthcoming events:</strong><br /><strong>Friday, April 18:</strong> Good Friday celebration, including a barbecue in the garden from noon and live music from 9pm. Free admission.<br /><strong>Saturday, April 19:</strong> Easter Saturday celebration, including a barbecue in the garden from noon. Free admission.<br /><strong>Sunday, April 20</strong>: Easter Sunday celebration, including a barbecue in the garden from noon. Free admission.<br /><strong>Monday, April 21:</strong> Easter Monday celebration, including an Easter Egg Hunt from 1pm. Free admission.<br /><strong>Monday, April 28</strong>: Quiz Night from 8.30pm. Admission is £1.50 per person. The event takes place every other Monday.<br /><strong>Wednesday, May 7:</strong> Derek and His Jazz Friends from 8.30pm. Admission is free but booking is advised. The band play at the pub on the first Monday of every month.<br /><strong>Every Sunday:</strong> Curry Night from 6pm to 9pm. Enjoy a drink and a curry with rice, naan bread, chutney and poppadoms for £10.<br /> <br /><strong>Dining hours:</strong><br />Food is available from noon to 3pm and 6.30pm to 9pm, Monday to Thursday; noon to 3pm and 6.30pm to 9.30pm on Friday; noon to 9.30pm on Saturday; and from noon to 4pm and 6pm to 9pm on Sunday.</p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/new-look-dorkings-oldest-pub"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> New Look for Dorking&#039;s Oldest Pub</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/top-honour-one-million-hotel-employee">Top Honour for ‘One in a Million’ Hotel Employee <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="New Beginnings for the Historic Dover Castle Inn" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 35301 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Top Honour for ‘One in a Million’ Hotel Employee http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/top-honour-one-million-hotel-employee <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>07 April 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/hotels">Hotels</a>, <a href="/blog/staff">Staff</a></p><p>An employee at the <a href="http://www.albionbroadstairs.co.uk" target="_blank">Royal Albion Hotel</a> in Broadstairs has been named Hospitality Employee of the Year in the Pride in Thanet Tourism Awards.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/GIBG20140331E-012_C-250.JPG" />Aram Rawf, part of the front-of-house team at the seaside retreat, also received the overall Pride in Thanet Tourism Award during the glittering ceremony, organised by Thanet District Council.</p> <p>The awards have been held annually since 2005, to recognise individuals in Thanet’s tourism industry who go the extra mile to deliver outstanding customer service.<br /> <br />Locals and visitors to the area are invited to nominate deserving staff online or on postcards distributed to dozens of outlets around Thanet.<br /> <br />One of the nomination card comments for Aram said: “He is one in a million, amazing, he is always warm, helpful and cheerful, a ‘poster boy’ for service with a smile.”<br /> <br />This year’s awards were sponsored by the Isle of Thanet Gazette and supported by Visit Kent. Speakers included Visit Kent chairman Amanda Cottrell and VisitEngland enterprise director Jenny McGee.<br /> <br />In addition to his engraved glass trophy, Aram also received a bottle of Chapel Down sparkling wine, golf vouchers courtesy of Stonelees, an editorial feature, advert and P&amp;O ferry crossing for a car and up to nine people courtesy of Isle of Thanet Gazette, and pass to Kent attractions courtesy of Visit Kent.<br /> <br />Aram said: “This award means a lot and is totally unexpected.  I was only doing my daily job.  Every customer is important, they keep us in our jobs.  They could go to other places but they choose to come to us, so they deserve a special welcome.” <p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/GIBG20140331E-023_C-580.JPG" /></p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/new-beginnings-historic-dover-castle-inn"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> New Beginnings for the Historic Dover Castle Inn</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/george-dragonfire-great-ale">By George, Dragonfire is a Great Ale! <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Top Honour for ‘One in a Million’ Hotel Employee" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:34:03 +0000 james.purcell 34746 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk By George, Dragonfire is a Great Ale! http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/george-dragonfire-great-ale <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>04 April 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/beer">Beer</a></p><p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Dragonfire%206%20Nov.jpg" />Enjoy a taste of England with Shepherd Neame’s new Dragonfire Ale.</p> <p>Created to commemorate St George’s Day, it combines barley, oats, rye and wheat with two English hop varieties – Goldings and First Gold – in addition to a fiery secret ingredient.</p> <p>Conceived in Shepherd Neame’s pilot brewery, the gutsy seasonal ale is now among a new collection of <em>No.18 Yard Brewhouse</em> beers, named after the historic cask store.</p> <p>Full bodied and rich with a mellow mahogany hue, Dragonfire (ABV 4.5%) will be available from April 7 to May 4.</p> <p>And make sure you don’t miss out on the other limited edition beers on offer from <em>No.18 Yard Brewhouse</em> this year:</p> <p>· <strong>4-4-2 </strong>(4.0% abv) – This 10-hop beer provides the kick required to get fans behind England for the summer of football excitement ahead, available from June 9 to July 13.<br />· <strong>Spooks Halloween Ale </strong>(4.7% abv) - a devilishly great beer, available from October 6 to November 2<br />· <strong>Rudolph’s Reward</strong> (3.7% abv) - a light winter beer, available from December 1 to 31.</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/top-honour-one-million-hotel-employee"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Top Honour for ‘One in a Million’ Hotel Employee</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shepherd-neame-s-generation-ale-ladies-choice">Shepherd Neame’s Generation Ale is the ladies’ choice <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="By George, Dragonfire is a Great Ale!" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:30:00 +0000 james.purcell 34571 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shepherd Neame’s Generation Ale is the ladies’ choice http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shepherd-neame-s-generation-ale-ladies-choice <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>03 April 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/beer">Beer</a>, <a href="/blog/food">Food</a></p><img alt="Lisa Harlow, Annabel Smith, Ros Shiel of Dea Latis" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Dea%201.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 186px; float: right;" />Dea Latis, a group of female beer enthusiasts and industry experts, recently hosted its fifth annual beer and chocolate tasting.<br /><br />Twenty guests gathered in the Clarence pub on Whitehall to taste six beers, including Shepherd Neame’s Generation Ale, each paired with a chocolate chosen to enhance the flavours in each.<br /><br />Expert guidance to the beer and chocolate matches was provided by Annabel Smith, beer sommelier and Dea Latis founder.<br /><br />Annabel said: “We regularly pair beer with a variety of foods, but the chocolate tasting is probably our most popular event. The fact that we’re staging this event for the fifth time reflects not only the strong appeal of sampling beer and chocolate together, but also the growing awareness of Dea Latis within the beer and pubs industry.”<br /><br />The beers and chocolates tasted by guests at the Clarence were:<br />·         Shepherd Neame Generation Ale (ABV 9%) with Green &amp; Black’s Dark Chocolate with Hazelnut &amp; Raisins<br />·         Molson Coors Blue Moon (ABV 5.4%) with Terry’s Milk Chocolate Orange<br />·         Everards Tiger (ABV 4.2%) with Green &amp; Black’s Butterscotch Milk Chocolate<br />·         Thwaites Tavern Porter (ABV 4.7%) with chocolate cup cakes<br />·         Adnams Sole Bay (ABV 10%) with Montezumas Peeling Amorous White Chocolate<br />·         Liefman’s Kriek lambic cherry beer (ABV 4.2%) with Thorntons Dark Chilli Chocolate<br /><br /><img alt="Beer writer Jane Peyton at the event" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Dea%202.jpg" style="width: 186px; height: 280px; float: right;" />Dea Latis – named after the Celtic goddess of beer - was launched four years ago as a forum where women working in breweries, pubs or related jobs could share insights and experience.<br /><br />The group now holds a number of beer and food tastings through the year and regularly communicates with around 220 women including brewers, licensees, quality managers, trainers, writers, bloggers and a growing number of interested beer drinkers.<br /><br />Shepherd Neame is among a number of national and regional brewers and related bodies who have recently become Dea Latis corporate partners, offering financial and other support to help the group develop further.<br /><br />Annabel added: “We’re delighted with the response to our requests for support. Brewers see the benefits of becoming part of a generic drive to engage women with beer, as an adjunct to whatever women-specific marketing they might be doing themselves. With this welcome support to underpin the group, we can plan more activities to bring beer to women this year.”<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Dea%20Latis%20Beer%20and%20Chocolate%20Tasting%20Mar%2014-006%20%281024x681%29.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 186px; float: right;" /><strong>Generation Ale (ABV 9%) was launched in 2011 as a limited edition ale hand-crafted to commemorate five generations of Shepherd Neame as an independent family brewery.<br /><br />It is available exclusively from the brewery shop. Click </strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/generation-ale"><strong>here</strong></a><strong> for more details. </strong><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/george-dragonfire-great-ale"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> By George, Dragonfire is a Great Ale!</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shepherd-neames-visitor-centre-shortlisted-tourism-award">Shepherd Neame&#039;s Visitor Centre Shortlisted for Tourism Award <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shepherd Neame’s Generation Ale is the ladies’ choice" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:31:42 +0000 polly.wann 34481 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shepherd Neame's Visitor Centre Shortlisted for Tourism Award http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shepherd-neames-visitor-centre-shortlisted-tourism-award <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>02 April 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/visitor-centre">Visitor Centre</a>, <a href="/blog/awards">Awards</a></p><p>Shepherd Neame’s award-winning Visitor Centre has been shortlisted for the <a href="http://www.visitenglandawards.org" target="_blank">VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2014</a>.</p> <p>The honours celebrate the best of English tourism, and Britain’s oldest brewer is one of just five finalists in the Small Visitor Attraction Category.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Shepherd%20Neame%27s%20shop%20and%20visitor%20centre.jpg" />Its Visitor Centre is set in a beautifully-restored medieval hall house on the historic brewery site in Faversham.</p> <p>From there, visitors can join an 80 minute guided tour through the busy working brewery, to learn about the ancient art of brewing. They can see the traditional mash tuns; taste natural mineral water from the brewery’s artesian well; try some malted barley and smell locally-grown Kentish hops.</p> <p>The tour also includes a visit to the Old Brewery Store, housed in the old wines and spirits store, which features impressive displays of historic delivery vehicles, a recreated cooper’s workshop, bygone pub signs and a collection of hop picking memorabilia.</p> <p>It ends back in the Visitor Centre with a tutored tasting of Shepherd Neame’s Kentish ales and speciality lagers, before visitors have the chance to visit the Brewery Shop and pick up a souvenir, gift or some of their favourite beer.</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Beer%20and%20Food%20Matching%20Evening%20at%20the%20Visitor%20Centre.jpg" />Evening tours and events are available, including the popular six-course Beer and Food Matching dinner, where guests enjoy a meal of seasonal, locally sourced ingredients with a beer to match each course. There is also regular live music and entertainment in The Old Brewery Store.</p> <p>VisitEngland’s glittering Awards Ceremony is taking place on Monday, May 12 at Cheltenham Racecourse.</p> <p>This is the latest in a string of successes for Shepherd Neame’s Visitor Centre. At the 2010 Beautiful South Tourism Awards it won gold in the Small Visitor Attraction category; in 2011 it was named Small Visitor Attraction of the Year at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence and Best Little Treasure at the Group Travel Awards; and has picked up the Silver award at the Beautiful South Tourism Awards for the past two years.</p> <p>The achievement is particularly remarkable as VisitEngland attracted 368 applications for its 2014 Awards – an increase of 15% on 2013.</p> <p>Visitor Centre manager Graham Hukins said: “We are delighted to have made the shortlist for this prestigious competition. We are passionate about sharing the unique history of Britain’s oldest brewer and it is great for the dedication and enthusiasm of our staff to be recognised in this way.”</p> <p>James Berresford, chief executive of VisitEngland said: “I would like to congratulate all those nominated as finalists for this year’s VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.  We receive hundreds of applications each year of an extremely high standard, so it is a tremendous achievement for Shepherd Neame’s Visitor Centre to become a finalist and to represent the top five in their category in England.  I wish all the finalists the very best of luck for the Awards Ceremony in May.”</p> <p><strong>Shepherd Neame is offering 20% off brewery tours throughout April.  Quote VEA14 when <a href="/node/2350">booking online</a> or by telephone on 01795 542016.</strong></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-s-generation-ale-ladies-choice"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shepherd Neame’s Generation Ale is the ladies’ choice</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/media-reports-regarding-beers-sugar-content">Media Reports Regarding Beer&#039;s Sugar Content <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shepherd Neame&#039;s Visitor Centre Shortlisted for Tourism Award" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:11:09 +0000 james.purcell 34471 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Media Reports Regarding Beer's Sugar Content http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/media-reports-regarding-beers-sugar-content <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>01 April 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/beer">Beer</a></p><p>Following media coverage of a new study regarding the amount of sugar in beer, British Beer and Pub Association policy manager Steve Livens explains why, in truth, a pint of beer typically contains less than a teaspoon of sugar:<br /> <br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/_MG_5379.jpg" />"While the total carbohydrate content might be higher, this is only because the finished beer contains other sources of carbohydrates, such as soluble fibre, many of which have been individually associated with positive health benefits.<br /> <br />"Most beer will have very little, if any, sugar added during the brewing process, and sugars added will almost entirely be converted into alcohol.<br /> <br />"As this study largely focuses on sugar being a proxy for calories, it is worth remembering that beer is low in calories. A typical half a pint of bitter contains just 90 calories; that's fewer than in the same amount of orange juice, or milk. The average sugar content for ale with a characteristic alcohol strength of 4%-5% ABV is around 2.5g per 500ml.”<br /> <br />Shepherd Neame senior brewer, Stewart Tricker adds: “It is disappointing to note the calculation regarding Spitfire Ale in the study is incorrect: total sugar in Spitfire Ale is 0.5g per 100mls, meaning 2.5g (half a teaspoon) of sugar is present in a 500ml bottle – half the 5g incorrectly stated in the study.<br /> <br />"Moreover, beer typically contains a variety of vitamins and minerals. Enjoyed in moderation by those without underlying health conditions, beer can certainly be part of a healthy lifestyle." </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-neames-visitor-centre-shortlisted-tourism-award"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shepherd Neame&#039;s Visitor Centre Shortlisted for Tourism Award</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-weekthe-hook-hatchet-hucking">Pub of the Week:The Hook &amp; Hatchet, Hucking <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Media Reports Regarding Beer&#039;s Sugar Content" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:57:22 +0000 james.purcell 34421 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk