Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shepherd-neame-acquires-iconic-inn-near-tunbridge-wells-0?keys= en 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="/blog/featured-recipe-roast-turkey-porcini-mushroom-stuffing">Featured Recipe: Roast Turkey with Porcini Mushroom Stuffing <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 Pub of the Week: The White Hart http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-white-hart <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>09 December 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pub-week">Pub of the Week</a>, <a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a></p><a href="http://www.whitehartcanterbury.co.uk/index.html" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_White%20Hart%2C%20Canterbury-003.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />The White Hart</a> is a welcoming, traditional pub in the heart of Canterbury city centre, just off Castle Street.  Inside, the pub has a smart, modern look sympathetic to its historic roots, giving it a fresh yet classic feel.  There is a spacious open plan bar and dining area, large beer garden, and as temperatures drop, visitors can benefit from the cosy wood burning stove.<br /><br /><br />Food is freshly prepared from the finest ingredients, with a menu that offers everything from sandwiches, to classic pub mains, and the White Hart Inn Homemade Pies, with a variety of delicious fillings and served with your choice of sides.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_White%20Hart%2C%20Canterbury-001.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 186px; float: right;" />Should you wish to linger a little longer, for two or perhaps three courses, the festive menu has some delicious offerings such as mulled pears with candied walnuts, game pie, and tempting desserts such as bread and butter pudding with whisky custard. The White Hart is also open for Christmas Day, with a similarly mouth-watering <a href="http://www.whitehartcanterbury.co.uk/xmas.html" target="_blank">four course menu</a> on offer for just £50 per person – just a few tables remaining.<br /><br />On the bar you will find Shepherd Neame cask ales, including seasonal offerings, and an excellent wine list to suit all tastes.  With tea and coffee also available all day, and very accommodating food serving hours, this is a great pub to find, either on a chilly evening for a relaxed evening meal, or just to pop in out of the cold after Christmas shopping.<br /><br />On Mondays you can enjoy a pie and a drink for £10, and Tuesday is Curry Night, with a homemade curry and drink for just £8. The pub quiz returns on Tuesdays from January, or why not come along on a Sunday for a relaxed roast dinner?  For more information, you can call the pub on 01227 765091, visit <a href="http://www.whitehartcanterbury.co.uk/index.html" target="_blank">their website</a>, or find them on Facebook.<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-christmas-ale"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shop Pick: Christmas Ale</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/brewery-archivist-and-historian-wins-beer-writing-award">Brewery Archivist and Historian Wins Beer Writing Award <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The White Hart" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 15:15:24 +0000 M.Farmer 47426 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Brewery Archivist and Historian Wins Beer Writing Award http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/brewery-archivist-and-historian-wins-beer-writing-award <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>09 December 2014</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>Shepherd Neame’s archivist and historian John Owen has been honoured for his success in confirming an oft-debated topic in British brewing history: who is Britain’s oldest brewer?</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/John%20Owen%20at%20the%20brewery%20entrance.jpg" />John’s book <em><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/emergence-shepherd-neame-book">The Emergence Of Shepherd Neame From The Earliest Days of Brewing in Faversham, Kent: 1100-1732</a>, </em>was published earlier this year, and shows that brewing has taken place continuously on the current site since at least 1573; 125 years earlier than believed and cementing Shepherd Neame’s title as Britain’s oldest brewer.</p> <p>In recognition of his achievement, John received the Silver Award in the category for Best Beer Writer – Regional Media at this year’s <a href="http://www2.beerguild.co.uk" target="_blank">British Guild of Beer Writers</a> award ceremony in London.</p> <p>A native of Faversham, John read history at the University of Kent at Canterbury and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. His long career in the City, as a Lloyd’s and International Company Reinsurance Underwriter, allowed time for local history research and collecting.</p> <p>He lives in Throwley and Islington, and co-founded the Faversham Historians in 1988, which he now chairs. His other published works include The History of Throwley Church, The Manor and Manorial Records of Davington, and numerous articles on the history of local houses and families. He also catalogued the remaining archive of Thomas Willement at Davington Priory.</p> <p>John said: “I am delighted to have been honoured for my work with this award. I have greatly enjoyed my time researching and writing the books about the brewery, and it is wonderful to have my efforts recognised in this way.”</p> <p>The book is part of John’s trilogy unravelling the development of Shepherd Neame, which starts in 1100 with <em><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/shepherds-shepherd-neame-brewery-book">The Shepherds &amp; Shepherd Neame</a>, </em>and ends in 1913 with <em><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/percy-beale-neame-and-shepherd-neame-brewery-book">Percy Beale Neame and the Shepherd Neame Brewery</a>, </em>which has just been published. The titles are all<em> a</em>vailable priced £14.95 from the <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop-categories/merchandise">Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre shop</a> and at good bookshops in the Faversham area.</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Mark%20Dredge%20is%20presented%20with%20his%20award%20by%20Richard%20Frost.jpg" />Shepherd Neame sponsored the 1698 Award for Best Beer &amp; Food Writer at this year’s British Guild of Beer Writers ceremony. The top honour was won by Kent’s own <a href="http://www.pencilandspoon.com" target="_blank">Mark Dredge</a>, who was born in Medway, and is an acclaimed freelance beer, food and travel writer. His books include Beer and Food and Craft Beer World.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Jane%20Peyton%20is%20presented%20with%20her%20award%20by%20Richard%20Frost.jpg" />The Silver award was taken by <a href="http://www.jane-peyton.com" target="_blank">Jane Peyton</a>, Britain’s beer sommelier of the year, and principal of the School of Booze, which offers tutored tastings for corporate and private groups. Her books include Beer O’Clock and School of Booze.</p> <p>Shepherd Neame’s head brewer Richard Frost presented Mark and Jane with their prizes. He said: “We are delighted to recognise Mark and Jane’s exemplary work during the past year with these well-deserved awards.”</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-white-hart"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The White Hart</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/featured-recipe-festive-spiced-bread-and-butter-pudding">Featured Recipe: Festive Spiced Bread and Butter Pudding <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Brewery Archivist and Historian Wins Beer Writing Award" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 10:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 47401 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Featured Recipe: Festive Spiced Bread and Butter Pudding http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/featured-recipe-festive-spiced-bread-and-butter-pudding <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>06 December 2014</p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Festive%20spiced%20bread%20and%20butter%20pudding.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 209px; float: left;" />Here we make a classic comfort pudding with additional Christmassy spices and fruits to make a simple but delicious festive dessert. Serve with double cream, ice cream or custard laced with dark rum for a special treat. We used sliced white bread in this recipe but you could also use Panetone, brioche, hot cross buns or croissants to create different textures.<br /><br />Printable recipe <strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Festive%20spiced%20bread%20and%20butter%20pudding.pdf">here</a></strong><br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Brands/blog_half_Brilliant%20ale%20bottle%20only.jpg" style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 138px; height: 250px; float: right;" /><span style="font-size: 1.154em; font-weight: bold; line-height: 1.538em;">BEER MATCH: BRILLIANT ALE</span><br /><br />For this decadent dish, we have chosen a light, bright, palate cleansing ale that everyone will enjoy.  <strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/brands/ales/brilliant-ale" target="_blank">Brilliant Ale</a></strong> is one of the very special ales from our Classic Collection, brewed from an historic recipe, and named after the shafts of golden morning light shining through the brewhouse window and into the mash tun.<br />Crisp, refreshing, with a delicate balance of sweetness and hoppiness, this ale will complement well with the rich, buttery spiciness of this fabulous dessert. Brilliant ale is available in bottles at 5.6% from our <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/brilliant-ale-16-x-500ml-bottles" target="_blank"><strong>online shop</strong></a>.<br /><br /><strong>Preparation time:</strong> 25 min<br /><strong>Resting time:</strong> 30 mins<br /><strong>Cooking time:</strong> 45 min<br /><strong>Serves 12<br /><br />Ingredients:</strong><br />24 Slices white bread<br />125g softened butter or margarine<br />225g bitter marmalade<br />180g mixed dried fruit<br />50g Mixed dried peel                 <br />875ml Milk                           <br /><span style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px;">125ml double cream</span><br /><span style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px;">5 large eggs</span><br /><span style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px;">65g sugar</span><br /><span style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px;">1 tsp cinnamon</span><br /><span style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px;">1 tsp grated nutmeg</span><br /><span style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px;">1 tsp ground allspice</span><br /><br /><strong>Method:</strong><br /><br />1/ Preheat the oven to 180°c and grease a 5 pint/2.5l pie dish with a little of the butter.<br /><br />2/ Cut the crusts off the bread and butter all the slices on one side. Spread a little marmalade on each one. Cut them in half diagonally.<br /><br />3/ Cover the base of the pie dish with overlapping triangles of bread, butter side up. Sprinkle a third of the dried fruit evenly over the bread, then lightly sprinkle with a little nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Repeat this layer twice more or until the dish is filled, finishing with the dried fruit on top.<br /><br />4/ In a saucepan, gently heat the milk and cream, do not allow it to boil or you will scorch the milk and ruin the flavour.<br /><br />5/ In a large bowl, beat the eggs with 3/4 of the sugar until light and airy and pale in colour.<br /><br />6/ Pour the warm milk over the eggs and continue beating until all the milk is added.<br /><br /><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">7/ Pour the custard mixture slowly and evenly over the bread until all the liquid is added. Gently press the bread into the </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">liquid. Sprinkle the remaining sugar over the surface then leave to soak up for 30 mins</span><br /><br /><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">8/ Bake in a hot oven for 40 - 45 mins, until the surface is golden brown and the pudding well risen and the egg is set. Serve hot dusted with castor sugar or icing sugar.</span><br /><br />Enjoy!<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/brewery-archivist-and-historian-wins-beer-writing-award"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Brewery Archivist and Historian Wins Beer Writing Award</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/country-pub-organises-brocante-and-vintage-market">Country Pub Organises Brocante and Vintage Market <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Featured Recipe: Festive Spiced Bread and Butter Pudding" class="rdf-meta"></span> Sat, 06 Dec 2014 10:30:00 +0000 M.Farmer 47156 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk