Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/taste-golden-sunshine?keys= en Pub of the Week: The Bull Inn, Linton http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-bull-inn-linton <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>21 October 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><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/blog_half_Bull%2C%20Linton%20-012.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 186px; float: left;" /><strong>The Bull Inn </strong>is a lovely country pub set in the village of Linton, a little south of Maidstone. With licensee records dating back to at least 1674, The Bull has been at the heart of this rural community for a very long time, and continues to this day to be a hub of village life for both locals and visitors alike.<br /><br />In fact, the pub as it is now is made of up what was once three separate establishments – the inn, a post office and a barber’s shop.  The beamed bar area is comfortable and cosy, with stylish modern furnishings complementing perfectly the period features.  The old post office and barbers have been combined to form what is now the dining room – all of which adds to the charm and character of the place.  There is also the benefit of two wood burning stoves, to entice you in as winter arrives.<br /><br />In addition to the charming interior, there is a spacious outside decking area overlooking the Kent countryside, part of which is covered, as well as a large lawn.  There is also a function room available for hire, which is suited to any occasion, and the pub has excellent motorway access. <br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/blog_half_Bull%2C%20Linton%20-009.jpg" style="width: 210px; height: 280px; float: right;" />In the restaurant, The Bull has a reputation for hearty food, and strive to source fresh, seasonal ingredients from local suppliers.  You can expect many of the usual pub staples, from the locally famous chargrilled Bull Burgers to Pie of The Week, but with a menu designed for all tastes, you can also enjoy a Thai curry or pasta dish, as well as an ever changing range of specials, with a brand new menu coming soon.<br /><br />Of course, there is a choice of well-kept Shepherd Neame ales including seasonals, an extensive wine list, and quality Italian coffees.   And if you get too comfy, and want to order food in the bar rather than move to the restaurant, well, that’s just fine with them.<br /><br />The Bull like to keep busy, and when they’re not hosting some of the most beautiful weddings in Kent, they like to put on a pub quiz or tribute band, to keep themselves out of trouble.  Coming up soon they have a wine tasting event, on October 30th – tickets are just £5 including a cheeseboard!  See you there!<br /><br />For more information on any of the above, visit the <strong><a href="http://www.thebullatlinton.co.uk/" target="_blank">website</a></strong>, contact the team on <strong>01622 743612</strong> or follow them on <strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/TheBullInnLinton?ref=ts&amp;fref=ts" target="_blank">Facebook</a></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-previous right"><a href="/blog/monkfish-scampi-beer-batter">Monkfish Scampi in Beer Batter <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Bull Inn, Linton" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:02:10 +0000 M.Farmer 44431 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Monkfish Scampi in Beer Batter http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/monkfish-scampi-beer-batter <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>18 October 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/food">Food</a>, <a href="/blog/recipes">Recipes</a></p><p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Monkfish%20Scampi%20in%20beer%20batter_0.jpg" style="width: 226px; height: 150px; float: left;" />A <strong>delicious alternative</strong> to Langoustine tails, this is a slightly unusual twist on that pub favourite. Serve it up with some chunky chips, a peppery rocket salad and a wild garlic mayonnaise.<br /><br /> </p><p> </p><strong style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px;"><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Brands/three_col_aaWB_PA.jpg" style="width: 120px; height: 200px; float: right;" /></strong><h4><strong>BEER MATCH</strong></h4><p><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">Here we use </span><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/whitstable-bay-pale-ale-16-x-500ml-bottles" style="line-height: 1.538em;"><strong>Whitstable Bay Pale Ale</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.538em;"> for the batter which also makes a refreshing accompaniment to the finished dish. Named after the traditional fishing village of Whitstable, Whitstable Bay Pale Ale is a fruity ale with a subtle malty sweetness and perfectly balanced hop character.  It's light, fresh nature make it the perfect accompaniment to any seafood dish.</span><span style="font-size: 13px; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.538em;">  </span></p><p><br />You can read more about the <strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/whitstable-bay">Whitstable Bay Collection here.</a></strong> You can also <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop-categories/ales-lagers"><strong>buy some</strong></a> from our <strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop-categories/ales-lagers">online shop</a>.</strong><br /> </p><h4 style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px;">RECIPE</h4><p><br /><strong>Preparation time: </strong>35 min<br /><strong>Cooking time:</strong> 15 min<br /><strong>Serves 4</strong> as a main or 8 as a starter<br /><br /><strong>Ingredients:</strong><br /><br />300g self raising flour<br />Plus extra for dusting<br />1 tsp salt<br />1 tsp white wine vinegar<br />1 bottle of <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/whitstable-bay-pale-ale-16-x-500ml-bottles"><strong>Whitstable Bay Pale Ale</strong></a><br />2 whole monkfish tails<br /><br />For wild garlic mayonnaise:<br />90g of wild garlic<br />100ml rapeseed oil<br />150g good mayonnaise<br /><br />Rocket leaves and chips to serve<br /><br /><strong>Method:</strong><br /><br />1/ Preheat the deep fat fryer to 190˚c, or use a deep sided frying pan.  Always take extra care when deep frying, and use a thermometer if possible.  Never leave unattended.  If using a frying pan, do not heat the oil until you are ready to fry.<br /><br />2/ Make the wild garlic oil. Wash and blanch the garlic for 35 seconds in heavily salted water. Refresh in cold water and pat dry. Roughly chop the garlic and blitz in a food processor with the rapeseed oil for 30 seconds until the oil is a vibrant green. Pass through a fine strainer or coffee filter and then mix half the oil into the mayonnaise, reserving the rest for a salad garnish.<br /><br />3/ Make the beer batter, put the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the white wine vinegar and then gradually add the beer, whisking as you go, until a thick smooth batter is achieved (about the consistency of thick double cream). You may not need all of the beer. Set aside to rest for 30 minutes<br /><br />4/ Trim any sinew off the monkfish and dice into 2.5cm chunks. Season the extra flour and then lightly coat the monkfish. Dip the monkfish in the batter and deep fry for 2 – 3 minutes until golden brown. Do not put too many pieces in the fryer at once to avoid them sticking together and lowering the temperature of the oil.<br /><br />5/ Dress the rocket with a little garlic oil and serve the monkfish with the garlic mayo on the side with chunky chips and a wedge of fresh lemon. <br /><br /> </p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/pub-week-bull-inn-linton"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The Bull Inn, Linton</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/spice-things-national-curry-week">Spice Things Up for National Curry Week <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Monkfish Scampi in Beer Batter" class="rdf-meta"></span> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 09:17:44 +0000 M.Farmer 44121 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Spice Things Up for National Curry Week http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/spice-things-national-curry-week <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>17 October 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/food">Food</a>, <a href="/blog/beer">Beer</a>, <a href="/blog/india-pale-ale">India Pale Ale</a>, <a href="/blog/whitstable-bay">Whitstable Bay</a></p><p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_curry%20crop.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 129px; float: right;" />It’s <a href="http://www.nationalcurryweek.co.uk/" target="_blank"><strong>National Curry Week</strong></a> – have you tried our <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/brands/ales/india-pale-ale"><strong>India Pale Ale</strong></a> with a <strong>Tikka Massala</strong>?<br /><br />Ah, <strong>beer and curry</strong> – the classic and glorious combination. But can you really crack open an IPA with a Bhuna?  Or put a Pale Ale with your Jalfrezi?  After some extensive practical research undertaken entirely for your benefit, we can offer the following guide to some successful matches… how very selfless of us.  Hiccup!<br /><br /><strong><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/three_col_India%20Pale%20Ale.jpg" style="width: 128px; height: 200px; float: left; margin-top: 70px; margin-bottom: 70px;" />The beer: <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/brands/ales/india-pale-ale" target="_blank">India Pale Ale</a> (6.1% ABV bottle) </strong><br />Originally brewed in the 18<sup>th</sup> Century for export, this style of beer relied on generous hopping and strength to protect it on its journey – our IPA is no exception.  Made in the traditional style, generously hopped, with a bold fruity character - our favourite match for curry!<br /><br /><strong>The curries:</strong></p><ul><li>Jalfrezi – pepper and chilli spicy, tomato rich and deeply spiced – a suitable challenge for the IPA</li><li>Dhansak – hot, sweet and sour, often with the earthiness of lentils, matches well with the bitter sweet notes of the IPA</li><li>Tikka massala – a colourful combination of spices come together in a usually tomato based, creamy sauce – with meat or fish from the tandoor -  the bold hoppiness of the IPA  complements the richness of this dish very nicely, while allowing the char notes from the clay oven to shine through</li></ul><br /><strong><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/three_col_aaWB_PA.jpg" style="width: 120px; height: 200px; float: left; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px;" />The beer: <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/whitstable-bay/pale" target="_blank">Whitstable Bay Pale Ale</a> (4.0% ABV bottle)</strong><br />Light and refreshing, with a subtle bitterness and malty sweetness<br /><br /><strong>The curries:</strong><ul><li>Goan Curry – typically less dense and less heavily spiced than some of the above, a Goan fish curry is ideal with Whitstable Bay, bringing out the subtlety of the seafood and wrapping its light malty sweetness around the spices</li><li>Dahl – chick pea or lentil based, with turmeric, cumin, garlic and ginger,  the Pale Ale provides a companion to this dish without overwhelming the flavours – just add a naan bread.  Yummy!</li></ul><br /><br /><strong><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/three_col_Asahi.png" style="width: 53px; height: 200px; float: left; margin: 30px 35px;" />The beer: <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/brands/lagers/asahi" target="_blank">Asahi </a>(5.0% ABV bottle)</strong><br />Super crisp, Super dry distinctive lager, which uses rice in the brewing process<br /><br /><strong>The curries:</strong><ul><li>Katsu – a Japanese dish of breadcrumbed chicken served with a rich curry sauce – this matches perfectly with the clean, crisp, dry finish of Asahi</li><li>Thai Curry – chilli, garlic, shallots, lemongrass, coconut milk – whatever you make yours with, it will be all the better for with a glass or two of Asahi to cool the tongue and refresh the palate</li></ul><br /><br />Whichever you choose, have fun with it.  Why not see what you can match with Brilliant Ale, or even Double Stout? Eat, drink and enjoy <a href="http://www.nationalcurryweek.co.uk/" target="_blank"><strong>National Curry Week</strong></a>! <br /><br />All of the beers featured above can be ordered from our <strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop" target="_blank">online shop</a></strong>.<br /><br />You can also find <a href="https://www.facebook.com/nationalcurryweek" target="_blank">National Curry Week</a> on Facebook, for more spicy inspiration.<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/monkfish-scampi-beer-batter"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Monkfish Scampi in Beer Batter</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shop-pick-whitstable-bay-hamper">Shop Pick: Whitstable Bay Hamper <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Spice Things Up for National Curry Week" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:20:38 +0000 M.Farmer 44161 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shop Pick: Whitstable Bay Hamper http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shop-pick-whitstable-bay-hamper <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>15 October 2014</p><div><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_whitstable-bay-hamper_0.jpg" />Our Shop Pick this week is the <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/whitstable-bay-hamper-0" target="_blank"><strong>Whitstable Bay Hamper </strong></a>- a gift box full to the brim with<strong> two bottles of ale and two bottles of blonde lager </strong>from the popular <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/whitstable-bay" target="_blank">Whitstable Bay Collection</a>.  </p> <p>We've also packed in some other branded goodies including a <strong>bar runner</strong>, just like the one in your local pub, as well as a <strong>pint glass</strong> and stylish<strong> blade bottle opener</strong>, so you can set up your very own <strong>Whitstable Bay</strong> mini bar at home!</div> <p> <div>Delivered in a stylish presentation box, this makes the perfect birthday gift or 'thank you' present.  If you're ordering as a gift, we can send direct to the recipient, with your own message.  If you're ordering for yourself, well, that's fine too, you deserve it. <strong> Enjoy!</strong></div> <h4><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/whitstable-bay-hamper-0" target="_blank"><strong>ORDER NOW</strong></a></h4> <div> <p> </div><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/spice-things-national-curry-week"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Spice Things Up for National Curry Week</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-albion-taverna-faversham">Pub of the Week: The Albion Taverna, Faversham <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shop Pick: Whitstable Bay Hamper" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:40:26 +0000 M.Farmer 44006 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The Albion Taverna, Faversham http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-albion-taverna-faversham <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>14 October 2014</p><p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Albion%20Taverna%2C%20Faversham-004.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />The <strong>Albion Taverna</strong> is a friendly, waterfront pub serving excellent Mexican food. Located across the swing bridge, on the West side of Faversham creek, it enjoys a very pleasant waterside setting.  There is an ample garden area for sunnier days, and inside the pub is peaceful and cosy, the perfect retreat for a rainy day.</p><p>The Albion offers an excellent range of Mexican and English dishes, with something to offer for every appetite and taste.  For nibbles, you could choose their own freshly made guacamole served with extra light, airy pork scratchings. We also particularly like the Crispy Calamari starter, served with lime mayonnaise.  There is a wide choice of mains, offering everything from Piri Piri Pork belly to Gourmet Burgers and Devilled Crab.  Or for couples, why not share a bottle of wine and a double fajita platter, with your choice of filling served on a sizzling hot skillet?<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/ALbion%20chilli.jpg" style="width: 252px; height: 180px; float: right;" />For wine lovers, there is a carefully considered choice on offer, as well as a cocktail menu if you fancy something a little more exotic. There is a range of excellent beers on offer, too, including Shepherd Neame cask ales, of which there is usually a choice of at least two – The Albion is a great place to pop in for a pint of the seasonal ale of the moment, currently the autumn favourite, Late Red. (Please phone to check if you are making a special journey.)<br /><br />If you are planning a party, or seeking a venue for a Christmas get-together, the Albion are happy to accommodate, with special menus and pricing available.  Another advantage of The Albion is its food serving times – for a late Sunday lunch, when other pub chefs are hanging up their hats for the day, a warm welcome and delicious meal can still be found on the other side of the creek.<br /><br />So if a great quality pint, and a lunch of Quesadillas or Huevos Rancheros sounds appealing, I heartily recommend checking out the<strong> <a href="http://www.albiontaverna.com/home/4585671385" target="_blank">pub’s website</a></strong>.  You can also find them on <strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/albiontaverna" target="_blank">Facebook</a> </strong>– but beware, if it’s anywhere near lunchtime, it might make you very hungry indeed.<br /><br />For further information, visit <a href="http://www.albiontaverna.com/home/4585671385" target="_blank">The Albion’s website</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/albiontaverna" target="_blank">Facebook page</a> or speak to one of the team on 01795 591 411.</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-whitstable-bay-hamper"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shop Pick: Whitstable Bay Hamper</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/five-minutes-sue-button-visitor-centre-assistant">Five minutes with… Sue Button - Visitor Centre Assistant <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Albion Taverna, Faversham" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:28:43 +0000 M.Farmer 43996 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Five minutes with… Sue Button - Visitor Centre Assistant http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/five-minutes-sue-button-visitor-centre-assistant <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>13 October 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/meet-team">Meet the Team</a></p><p><strong><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Sue%20Button%20%2813%29%20%281280x829%29.jpg" />Lives:</strong> Faversham, Kent</p> <p><strong>Age:</strong> 48</p> <p><strong>Career:</strong> Sue grew up in Faversham and attended Lady Capel School for Girls, which was amalgamated into Abbey School. At the age of 16, she left school to work in the agriculture industry, learning her trade with local farmer David Simmons, before moving five years later to work in the agricultural division of Invicta Motors. Aged 25, she transferred to retail, managing two greetings cards shops in Canterbury and Ashford, before having twins Abbie and Anton. She took a seven year career break, then returned to work at Faversham gift shop Obidosh, starting as a part-time assistant before being promoted to manager. After 10 years with the shop, she was made redundant in October 2012 when it closed, and joined Shepherd Neame in July 2013.</p> <p><strong>Favourite Shepherd Neame beer:</strong> India Pale Ale</p> <p><strong>Favourite non-Shepherd Neame beer:</strong> I would rather have a cup of tea!</p> <p><strong>What are your main responsibilities?</strong><br />I am based in the <a href="/shop">Visitor Centre shop</a>, so my primary role is to serve customers, restock the shelves, organise the window displays and generally make sure that the shop is tidy. I am responsible for processing all the internet orders we receive, both the paperwork and packaging them ready for delivery. I also carry out stocktaking and ordering. In addition to my work in the shop, I also sometimes help out behind the bar when we have beer tastings in the Visitor Centre.</p> <p><strong>What does a typical day involve?</strong><br />I start at 9am, beginning by checking the emails and printing off internet sales from the night before. I then start processing the orders, before opening the shop at 10.30am. The rest of my day is dependent on how many internet sales I have to work through, as we aim to provide next day delivery, so I will keep working on putting the orders together in between serving customers. When I take my lunch break, my colleague, fellow Visitor Centre Assistant Joe Easter-Deed will step in to cover for me. The shop closes at 4.30pm, and I tidy up before finishing at 5pm.</p> <p><strong>What personal characteristics help you in your role?</strong><br />Being a good communicator, as the majority of the role is interacting with customers and providing excellent service. You also have to be organised, in order to ensure that the internet orders are fulfilled correctly while still attending to the shop and its customers.</p> <p><strong>What are the most rewarding parts of your job?</strong><br />Getting good feedback from customers. It is really lovely when they pop back in just to say hello.</p> <p><strong>What is tough about the job?</strong><br />Trying to keep on top of all the different elements of the role, particularly at Christmas when we have lots more customers in the shop and the number of internet orders trebles. But I find the key to keeping up with the pace is to plan your day well, and if I ever do get overwhelmed, there is always help available from the other Visitor Centre staff.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Sue%20Button%20%2811%29%20%281280x834%29.jpg" />What do you consider your biggest personal success at the company so far?</strong><br />We have regular visits from mystery shoppers, and I am really proud to have received 100% positive scores.  I feel it is really important to not only be able to help customers with any queries, but also take time to make them feel at ease when they come into the shop.</p> <p><strong>What are your hobbies and interests outside work?</strong><br />My son and daughter are aged 20, so they are at university now, and I have a bit more spare time to pursue hobbies. I enjoy reading, particularly biographies, and also have a keen interest in Tudor history.</p> <p><strong>Why did you join Shepherd Neame?</strong><br />I was familiar with the brewery as I grew up in the town and knew lots of people who worked there, and had always heard good things about it. When this job came up, it seemed perfect for me due to my years of retail experience, and I decided to go for it. I was delighted to be appointed in the role, and have really enjoyed the past 15 months at the brewery. I am lucky to be part of a fantastic, friendly team, and I am very proud to say where I work, as Shepherd Neame is so well-known and respected in the area. David, my partner of eight years, and my Dad have also been enjoying my new role, as I get a discount on beer! </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-albion-taverna-faversham"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The Albion Taverna, Faversham</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/featured-recipe-malaysian-sweet-potato-aubergine-curry">Featured Recipe: Malaysian Sweet Potato &amp; Aubergine Curry <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Five minutes with… Sue Button - Visitor Centre Assistant" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:20:03 +0000 james.purcell 43906 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Featured Recipe: Malaysian Sweet Potato & Aubergine Curry http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/featured-recipe-malaysian-sweet-potato-aubergine-curry <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>11 October 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/recipes">Recipes</a>, <a href="/blog/food">Food</a></p><p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Malaysian%20Sweet%20Potato%20Curry_0.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 193px; float: left;" />A delicious vegetarian curry - the ideal winter warmer as Autumn arrives. Try it with a glass of India Pale Ale for a true taste of the Raj!!<br /><br /><strong>Preparation time:</strong> 15min<br /><strong>Cooking time:</strong> 50min<br /><strong>Serves: 4</strong><br /><br /> </p><p><br /><strong>Ingredients:</strong><br />200g sweet potato, peeled and in 2cm dice<br />300g aubergine in 1cm dice<br />230g onion, halved and quartered<br />Vegetable oil<br />½ tsp coriander seeds<br />½ tsp cumin seeds<br />3 cloves garlic<br />½ tbsp ginger puree<br />½ tbsp. lemon grass puree<br />25g fresh coriander leaves and stems<br />2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice<br />½ tsp salt<br />240 ml full fat coconut milk<br />2 kaffir lime leaves<br />1 ½ tsp brown sugar<br />2 tbsp soy sauce<br />120ml vegetable stock<br />100g fresh spinach leaves, washed<br /><br /><strong>Method:</strong><br />1/ Heat the oven to 200˚c. Mix the sweet potato, onion, and aubergine with a tablespoon of oil and roast for 20-25 minutes, until the onions are brown and a knife can be inserted fully through the sweet potato.<br /><br />2/ Dry fry the coriander and cumin seeds in a large wok until beginning to pop. Use a pestle and mortar to grind down with the garlic, ginger, lime juice, lemon grass, fresh coriander, and salt.<br /><br />3/ Heat a teaspoon of oil in the wok and fry the paste for a minute. Add the coconut milk and simmer for 2-3 minutes before adding the sugar, soy sauce, and lime leaves. Lower the heat and simmer for ten more minutes. Add salt to taste.<br /><br />4/ Add the vegetable stock and the roasted vegetables. Stir to coat and add the spinach. Stir for a couple of minutes until the spinach is wilted.<br /><br />Fantastic served with our <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/india-pale-ale-16-x-500ml-bottles">India Pale Ale</a> - the perfect combination as the night get colder.  Enjoy!<br /><br /><br /> </p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/five-minutes-sue-button-visitor-centre-assistant"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Five minutes with… Sue Button - Visitor Centre Assistant</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shop-pick-ultimate-collection">Shop Pick: The Ultimate Collection <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Featured Recipe: Malaysian Sweet Potato &amp; Aubergine Curry" class="rdf-meta"></span> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 09:07:29 +0000 M.Farmer 43741 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shop Pick: The Ultimate Collection http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shop-pick-ultimate-collection <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>08 October 2014</p><p><a href="/shop/ultimate-collection" target="_blank"><img alt="Shepherd Neame Ultimate Ales Collection" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/two_col_Ultimate%20Collection%20stack%20smallfile.jpg" style="width: 321px; height: 200px; float: left;" /></a>The <strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/ultimate-collection" target="_blank">Ultimate Collection</a></strong> is a stunning 12 bottle mixed case, showcasing <strong>12 different bottled beers</strong>.<br /><br /> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">This marvellous case of ales includes popular favourites like </span><strong style="line-height: 1.538em;">Spitfire</strong><span style="line-height: 1.538em;"> and the legendary</span><strong style="line-height: 1.538em;"> Bishops Finger</strong><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">, as well as the entire Classic Collection - including an </span><strong style="line-height: 1.538em;">India Pale Ale</strong><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">, the beautifully pale </span><strong style="line-height: 1.538em;">Brilliant Ale</strong><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">, a luxurious </span><strong style="line-height: 1.538em;">Double Stout</strong><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">, and the sumptuous bottle-conditioned beer, </span><strong style="line-height: 1.538em;">1698</strong><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">.</span><br /><br /><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">This case of 12 bottles is the </span><strong style="line-height: 1.538em;">perfect gift </strong><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">for any beer fan, or just as a </span><strong style="line-height: 1.538em;">treat to yourself </strong><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">as the weather gets colder.</span></p><br />Also includes some <strong>tasting notes</strong>, so you can taste and assess each ale, just like our Masterbrewers.<br /><br /><h3><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/ultimate-collection" target="_blank"><strong>ORDER YOURS NOW</strong></a><br /><br /><br /><br /> </h3><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-malaysian-sweet-potato-aubergine-curry"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Featured Recipe: Malaysian Sweet Potato &amp; Aubergine Curry</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-duke-cumberland-whitstable-0">Pub of the Week: The Duke of Cumberland, Whitstable <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shop Pick: The Ultimate Collection" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 11:53:03 +0000 M.Farmer 43656 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The Duke of Cumberland, Whitstable http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-duke-cumberland-whitstable-0 <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>07 October 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pub-week">Pub of the Week</a></p><p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/blog_half_Duke%20of%20Cumberland%20Approach.jpg" style="float: left;" />The<strong> Duke of Cumberland</strong> is a large, friendly pub in the centre of Whitstable, just a short stroll from the beach.  The imposing listed building has been the site of an inn for over 300 years, and continues today to be the thriving heart of this eclectic seaside community.<br /> </p><p>The bar itself is very spacious, with a variety of seating areas for you to choose from, depending on your mood or party size, including some <strong>quirky vintage</strong> options.  The impressive space is decorated with a whole host of paintings and signage, along with some fascinating retro items such as 1960s record players and other intriguing objects.<br /><br />Dogs are welcome, there are a selection of games for customers to play, and the whole pub has a very relaxed and welcoming ambience.  There is also a courtyard area.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Duke%20of%20Cumberland%20Interior.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" />At the end of the courtyard is the pub’s own separate restaurant, <strong>Salt Marsh</strong>, which offers a mouth-watering selection of Mediterranean inspired dishes, ideal for both an intimate dinner, or for a larger group celebration. The restaurant is quickly earning a reputation for offering excellent food, with a personal touch, but also at surprisingly good value.  Midweek, Salt Marsh food can also be enjoyed in the Duke’s bar – check <a href="http://www.thedukeinwhitstable.co.uk/#food">the website</a> for details of serving times.<br /><br />Of course, the Duke of Cumberland serves a range of <strong>Shepherd Neame cask ales</strong>, a good choice of wines, and all the other tipples you would expect.<br /><br />The pub is also known as being the first port of call for<strong> live music</strong> in the area, with a packed calendar of listings to suit a range of musical tastes.  If you go down to The Duke tonight, 7th October, you can see World music legend Ebo Taylor, and drawing the crowds next month is Chali 2na of Jurassic 5 – with plenty more in between.  See the website for <a href="http://www.thedukeinwhitstable.co.uk/#welcome">full listings</a> - there is far too much to list here.<br /><br />The pub also has <strong>rooms available</strong>, should you wish to stay a little longer.  There are eight rooms of varying size, all nicely decorated and providing the usual facilities.  Room prices are very reasonable, providing the perfect way to make a Whitstable Weekend of it.<br /><br />For more information on the pub, restaurant or rooms contact the pub on 01227 280617 or <strong><a href="http://www.thedukeinwhitstable.co.uk/#welcome">visit the website</a>.</strong><br /> </p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/shop-pick-ultimate-collection"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shop Pick: The Ultimate Collection</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/enjoy-bewitching-brew-halloween">Enjoy a Bewitching Brew This Halloween <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Duke of Cumberland, Whitstable" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 14:48:01 +0000 M.Farmer 43596 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Enjoy a Bewitching Brew This Halloween http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/enjoy-bewitching-brew-halloween <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>06 October 2014</p><a href="/brands/ales/spooks"><img alt="Shepherd Neame Spooks Ale Pump Clip" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Food/blog_half_Spooks%20Ale%20pump%20clip.png" style="width: 126px; height: 320px; float: left;" /></a>Dare to try a truly bewitching brew this Halloween – <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/brands/ales/spooks">Spooks Ale</a>.<br /><br />Originally developed in Shepherd Neame’s pilot brewery, the seasonal ale is now among a new collection of No.18 Yard Brewhouse beers available nationwide. A blood-spattered label claims the beer, appropriately a dark ruby colour, is The Official Ghost Brew of All Hallows.<br /><br />It boasts a biscuity palate created by a devilishly delicious trio of Pale, Crystal, Brown and Chocolate malts, with bitterness provided by Target hops and a citrus aroma from Styrian Goldings.<br /><br />Brand manager Will Upfield said: “Spooks Ale bridges the gap between the golden ales of summer and dark winter brews.” Spooks Ale (ABV 4.7%) will be available on draught from October 6 to November 2. It will also be available in 500ml bottles from major supermarkets and the <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop">brewery shop</a>.<br /><br />And make sure you don’t miss out on the other limited edition beer on offer from No.18 Yard Brewhouse this year:<br /><br />Rudolph’s Reward (ABV 3.7%) – a crisp, light winter beer featuring subtle notes of festive mulling spices, available from December 1 to 31.<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-duke-cumberland-whitstable-0"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The Duke of Cumberland, Whitstable</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/cask-ale-week-whos-been-drinking-my-beer">Cask Ale Week: Who&#039;s Been Drinking My Beer? <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Enjoy a Bewitching Brew This Halloween" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 09:09:35 +0000 M.Farmer 43396 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk