Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog?keys= en Shop Pick: Spitfire Ale Gift Box http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shop-pick-spitfire-ale-gift-box <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>26 November 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/spitfire">Spitfire</a>, <a href="/blog/beer">Beer</a>, <a href="/blog/christmas">Christmas</a></p><br /><div><a href="/shop/spitfire-ale-gift-box" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/spitfire-hamper.jpg" style="width: 340px; height: 303px; float: left;" /></a>This week's Shop Pick is the <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/spitfire-ale-gift-box" target="_blank"><strong>Spitfire Ale Gift Box</strong></a> - which includes two bottles of the award-winning ale, as well as a whole host of Spitfire goodies, including the ever-popular Spitfire sound bottle opener, as well as a keyring, Spitfire stressball, branded pint glass, bar towel and lots more!<br /><br />This really is THE ULTIMATE GIFT for any Spitfire ale fan.</div><h4><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/spitfire-ale-gift-box" target="_blank">ORDER NOW</a></h4><div><br /> </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-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-mermaid-inn-bishopsbourne">Pub of the Week: The Mermaid Inn, Bishopsbourne <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shop Pick: Spitfire Ale Gift Box" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:36:24 +0000 M.Farmer 46621 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The Mermaid Inn, Bishopsbourne http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-mermaid-inn-bishopsbourne <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>25 November 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pub-week">Pub of the Week</a></p><strong><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/001.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 210px; float: left; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px;" /><a href="/node/554">The Mermaid Inn</a></strong> is a traditional village pub in the heart of Bishopsbourne, a village just a few miles outside Canterbury.  Originally built in 1861 as a tap house for estate workers, it was then later bought by industrialist Sir John Prestige in the 1920s, and extended in 1968. The Mermaid has recently been given a new lease of life, with new tenants Peter and Gill Allen giving the place a general spruce up and lick of paint, their arrival marking a new chapter in the story of this interesting little pub.<br /><br />The pub has two bars, the original bar and later 1960s addition which now forms the front bar and dining area.  There is also a south-facing lawned garden to enjoy in the warmer months.  On the bar you will find Shepherd Neame cask ales, lagers, and a good choice of wines, along with all your usual favourite tipples and soft drinks.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/010.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 210px; float: right;" />New landlord Peter is also an experienced chef, having worked in a variety of high quality establishments, including the renowned Groucho Club in Soho, London where he worked directly under the head chef, as Senior Chef de Partie.  Consequently, the food is of a high standard, making the pub well worth seeking out for a lunch or dinner with friends.<br /><br />To sample some of Peter’s creations, on selected evenings you can attend one of the pub’s “Chef’s Suppers” – a set 3 course meal for just £17 per person.  The next one is tomorrow, 26<sup>th</sup> November – but if you are too late to book this time round just keep an eye on <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/bishopsbourne/mermaid-inn" target="_blank">their website</a> for the next one.  The Mermaid also offers an informal and constantly changing lunch menu, including soups, warm filled ciabatta rolls, hot specials and salads.  Sunday lunches – “Roast and a Crumble” are also popular, served from 3.30pm – ideal for a lazy Sunday afternoon.  For all dining visits, be sure to <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/bishopsbourne/mermaid-inn/food" target="_blank">check food times</a>, and book in advance.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/007.jpg" style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 210px; float: left;" />The pub also hosts occasional live music, with acoustic trio <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Love-Cats/283866851632835" target="_blank">The Love Cats</a> coming up on the 6<sup>th</sup> December.  There is also an evening of Carol Singing on the 19<sup>th</sup> December, accompanied by some mulled wine and mince pies.  For more details of these and other events, <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/bishopsbourne/mermaid-inn" target="_blank">visit the pub’s website</a>, give Gill and Peter a call on 01227 830 581, or pop in and say hello.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/shop-pick-spitfire-ale-gift-box"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shop Pick: Spitfire Ale Gift Box</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/two-perfect-tipples-festive-season">Two Perfect Tipples for the Festive Season <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Mermaid Inn, Bishopsbourne" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:01:44 +0000 M.Farmer 46576 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Two Perfect Tipples for the Festive Season http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/two-perfect-tipples-festive-season <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>25 November 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><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Christmas%20Ale%20500ml.jpg" style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 198px; height: 280px; float: right; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" />Shepherd Neame have got Christmas covered, with our two special brews on offer this festive season.  We have just released this year’s vintage of our popular Christmas Ale, a full-bodied winter beer with notes of fruits and spices.<br /><br />Christmas Ale combines pale and crystal malts with Target and Challenger hops for bitterness, and Goldings hops for aroma. First launched in 2007, the beer is unveiling a new look this Christmas. We have introduced a vintage, Dickensian-style bottle label and pump clip, in keeping with the traditional styling of the Classic Collection.<br /><br /><strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/brands/ales/christmas-ale" target="_blank">Christmas Ale</a> </strong>is available on draught (ABV 5.0%) from November 17 to December 31, and is also available in 500ml amber glass bottles (ABV 7.0%).  You can order Christmas ale <strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/christmas-ale-two-cases-8-x-500ml-bottles" target="_blank">online here</a></strong>.<br /><br /><div><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Rudolph%27s%20Reward.jpg" style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 154px; height: 280px; float: right; margin: 10px 20px;" />Also on offer during December is Rudolph’s Reward, a crisp, light winter beer featuring subtle notes of festive mulling spices. Conceived in our pilot brewery, Rudolph’s Reward is among a new collection of innovative limited edition No.18 Yard Brewhouse beers, named after the historic cask store.<br /><br />Both beers are brewed using 100% natural ingredients; chalk-filtered mineral water from the artesian well deep below the brewery, along with the finest malting barley and Kentish hops.<br /><br />Rudolph’s Reward combines pale and crystal malts with Target and East Kent Goldings hops, with mulled wine spices added at the end of the brew.<br /><br /><strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/brands/ales/rudolphs-reward" target="_blank">Rudolph’s Reward</a></strong> (ABV 3.7%) will be available on draught from December 1 to December 31, and will also be available in 500ml amber glass bottles (ABV 3.8%).<br /><br />Head brewer Richard Frost said: “Whether you enjoy the traditional flavour of our popular Christmas Ale, or sample the innovative taste of Rudolph’s Reward, we are very proud of the special beers we have created for the festive season.”<br /><br /><br /> </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/pub-week-mermaid-inn-bishopsbourne"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The Mermaid Inn, Bishopsbourne</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/two-top-tourism-honours-shepherd-neame-pub">Two Top Tourism Honours for Shepherd Neame Pub <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Two Perfect Tipples for the Festive Season" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:29:21 +0000 M.Farmer 46571 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Two Top Tourism Honours for Shepherd Neame Pub http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/two-top-tourism-honours-shepherd-neame-pub <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>24 November 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a>, <a href="/blog/awards">Awards</a></p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Nicola%20and%20Terry%20Green%20At%20The%20Woolpack%2C%20Chilham.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 206px; float: left;" />A 600-year-old Kent pub has won two honours in this year’s Beautiful South Tourism Awards.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.woolpackinnchilham.co.uk/" target="_blank">The Woolpack Inn</a>, owned by Shepherd Neame, is located in the picturesque village of Chilham near Canterbury, chosen as a setting for many film and TV productions including the BBC’s 2009 adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma.<br /><br />Run by licensees Terry and Nicola Green since 2010, it is a traditional pub with 14 rooms, boasting a host of original features including beamed ceilings and inglenook fireplaces.<br /><br />The Woolpack Inn was among more than 120 businesses to enter this year’s <a href="http://www.beautifulsouthawards.co.uk/" target="_blank">Beautiful South Awards</a>, which recognise and celebrate tourism companies and experiences in the South East.<br /><br />It has just been named winner of a Highly Commended award in the Tourism Pub of the Year category, and a Highly Commended award in the Bed and Breakfast, Guest Accommodation of the Year category.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_The%20Woolpack-%20Chilham.jpg" style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 186px; float: right; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" />It is the latest honour for the Woolpack Inn, which was named Marketing Pub of the Year at the Shepherd Neame Pub <span style="line-height: 1.538em;">Awards in July. Judges praised Terry and Nicola for embracing a wealth of unusual methods to attract customers, including introducing a food and drink takeaway service, becoming the village’s Post Office parcel drop and offering a shuttle service to any destination for guests.</span><div><br />Terry said: “We are absolutely over the moon to have been Highly Commended in two categories of the Beautiful South Awards, when we were up against such a diverse and accomplished range of competitors. It is fantastic for the team to have our hard work recognised in this way.”<br /><br /><br /> </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/two-perfect-tipples-festive-season"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Two Perfect Tipples for the Festive Season</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/new-look-new-inn">New Look at The New Inn <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Two Top Tourism Honours for Shepherd Neame Pub" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:00:00 +0000 M.Farmer 46171 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk New Look at The New Inn http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/new-look-new-inn <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>21 November 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a></p><a href="/pubs/sittingbourne/new-inn" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Keiron%20Parrish%20and%20Sam%20Drury.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 167px; float: left;" /><strong>The New Inn in Murston</strong></a>, near Sittingbourne, celebrated its new look with a launch party on Tuesday, November 18.<br /><br />Sam Drury and Keiron Parrish took on the Shepherd Neame pub in May this year, and teamed up with the brewery for a major refurbishment project totalling £130,000. <br /><br /><br />Work started at the end of August, and during the past three months the entire pub has been repainted, new timber flooring installed, the bar counter has been restructured, and the toilets have been revamped. The pub exterior has also been given a revamp, with hand painted signwriting on the front of the pub, and decking installed in the garden, which has been expanded using land from the large car park.<br /><br />Sam and Keiron both have extensive experience in the pub trade, and after years working in other industries, decided it was time to fulfil their dream of running a pub together. Mum-of-three Sam, 43, said: “I was working as an estate agent, and Keiron was working as a machine technician, and we both wanted to do something together which we felt passionate about.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_20783276368391.hd6npN3AZLSHKzjco0Gx_height640.png" style="float: right; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" />“I have worked in pubs off and on since leaving school, and Keiron grew up in the pub trade, as his Dad ran pubs all over Kent and Surrey. He also managed a country pub in the Elham Valley near Canterbury for several years, so has lots of experience.” The couple, who were living in Ashford, looked at a variety of pubs around the county, before choosing the traditional Shepherd Neame local.<br /><br />Father-of-two Keiron, 38, said: “Neither of us had visited Murston before, or remotely knew the area, but the first time we walked into the pub, we loved it. It had a really family friendly, community feel, and a great garden. “We are really pleased with the improvements that have been made to the pub. We have already had a lot of new customers coming in as a result of its new look.”<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_%2528l-r%2529%20Barry%20Ov.jpg" style="line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" />Local dignitaries and residents were invited to the official opening event, with the first pint pulled by veteran pub-goer Barry Overy, who has been a regular drinker at the pub for over 40 years. Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame also attended the launch event, and to mark the occasion presented a cheque for £500 to the Sittingbourne and Milton Regis branch of the Royal British Legion, collected by member Dennis Austen.<br /><br />Property and services director George Barnes said: “We are very pleased with the results of this refurbishment project. We have kept the traditional feel of this popular community pub, while greatly improving its look and facilities.”<br /><br />Forthcoming events:<br />Saturday, November 22: Karaoke from 8pm. Free admission.<br />Friday, December 19: Ska and reggae covers band Curb Pilots performing from 8pm. Free admission. Every Sunday: Meat raffle at 4pm.<br /><br />For more information, give the pub a call on <span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 15.3599996566772px; background-color: rgb(250, 251, 251);">01795 485264</span> or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/thenewinnsittingbourne" target="_blank">find them on Facebook.</a><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/two-top-tourism-honours-shepherd-neame-pub"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Two Top Tourism Honours for Shepherd Neame Pub</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/antique-tools-donated-brewery">Antique Tools Donated to Brewery <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="New Look at The New Inn" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:57:09 +0000 M.Farmer 46306 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Antique Tools Donated to Brewery http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/antique-tools-donated-brewery <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>20 November 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a></p><p>A large collection of historic cooper’s tools has been donated to Britain’s oldest brewer Shepherd Neame.</p> <p>The barrel-making equipment, which dates back to the 19<sup>th</sup> century, was collected by the late Alan McCulloch, who was a licensee for over a decade at the Rising Sun in East Malling when it was owned by Shepherd Neame.</p> <p>Alan was prompted to begin the collection when he and wife Joan took on their first pub tenancy at the Coopers Arms in Romford, Essex.<br />Alan’s daughter Alison Terry said: “As it was called the Coopers Arms, my father thought it would be nice to emphasise the connection by collecting cooper’s tools which he used to decorate the pub. He carried on collecting them after they left the Coopers Arms and moved to the Rising Sun in the late 1970s, and people actually started bringing them to the pub for him.”</p> <p>After her parents passed away, the tools ended up in a box in Alison’s house, and recently resurfaced when she and her husband Mike began some renovation work.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/%28l-r%29%20Alison%20Terry%2C%20John%20Owen%2C%20Mike%20Terry%20with%20the%20tools%20at%20the%20brewery.jpg" />Mum-of-two Alison, an education consultant who lives in West Sussex, said: “I put one on eBay but had a lot of reaction from people telling me not to break up the collection, so I decided to donate them to a place where they could go on display for people to enjoy.</p> <p>“My parents loved being tenants with Shepherd Neame when they were at the Rising Sun, it was a really warm, family business, so I came up with the idea of donating them to the brewery.”</p> <p>Alison and Mike recently visited the brewery to present the equipment to the brewery’s historian and archivist John Owen.</p> <p>It will go on display in the Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre next year, tying in with the recreated cooper’s workshop already on show.</p> <p>John said: “Shepherd Neame used to buy in barrels from a company in London, but it had its own cooperage at the brewery which refurbished and repaired them. It is very kind of Alison to donate these tools, which are a very welcome addition to our collection and will help offer an insight into the history of brewing. My first task will be attempting to work out what they all do!”</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-new-inn"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> New Look at The New Inn</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/new-look-historic-london-pub">New Look for Historic London Pub <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Antique Tools Donated to Brewery" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 46141 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk New Look for Historic London Pub http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/new-look-historic-london-pub <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>20 November 2014</p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Extensive%20work%20underway%20on%20the%20ground%20floor%20fascia.JPG" style="width: 280px; height: 210px; float: left; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px;" />A Shepherd Neame pub in central London has been restored to its original splendour. The <strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/london/princess-prussia">Princess of Prussia</a> </strong>in Prescot Street, close to the Tower of London, was originally part of the Truman’s Brewery pub estate.<br /><br />Its façade was a classic example of Victorian pub architecture, with ornate ceramic mouldings, cornices, window reveals and fascia tiles, but it had fallen into poor condition and been covered by previous owners.<br /><br />Current tenants Darren and Janet Wellman were aware that structural repairs were needed for the main ground floor bay window, so they liaised with Shepherd Neame over coinciding them with a façade restoration project.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Some%20letters%20had%20to%20be%20reformed.JPG" style="width: 280px; height: 210px; float: right; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px;" />A total of £23,000 was invested in the refurbishment project, which included replacing the structural steel work and flat roof to the ground floor bay window; and restoring the first and second floor ceramic fascias, including reforming a number of the letters where missing. A signwriter then colour matched the tile and letter colours onsite and touched up severely pitted areas and repainted the newly formed house letters. The second floor fascia letters were re-gilded in gold leaf to match the original finish.<br /><br />The ground floor ‘Trumans, Stout, Mild Ales and Porter’ tiles were beyond restoration, so the letters were copied and re-fabricated in external grade MDF. London Underground suppliers H&amp;E Smith supplied the ornate Truman’s green Victorian tiles for the base of the building.<br /><br />Shepherd Neame assistant property manager John Arthur said: “Much of the ground floor moulding and cornice detail was also re-fabricated to match the original ceramic features. It was important to replicate the tiles exactly so as not to look out of place. The attention to detail, down to matching the grouted tile joints, was key to give the impression of a ceramic tile to match the existing tiles.”<br /><br />To complete the historic look, Shepherd Neame supplied traditional barrels to be placed outside the pub. John added: “It would have been easier to cover the damaged tiles and paint the façade than undertake a restoration project. We actually took a gamble with removing our signage as the condition and lettering underneath the signs was not known. The only reference we had was an historic photo showing part of the façade and another remaining original Truman’s pub in London in this style of architecture, the Lord Clyde in Borough. But it was well worth it to preserve and revitalise such a rare piece of UK pub heritage. We are really pleased with the finished result.”<br /><br />The <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/london/princess-prussia">Princess of Prussia</a> before the work was undertaken, and the finished result (click to enlarge).<br /><br /><a href="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/The Princess of Prussia before the work.JPG" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_The%20Princess%20of%20Prussia%20before%20the%20work.JPG" style="width: 250px; height: 333px; margin-left: 30px; margin-right: 30px; float: left;" /></a><a href="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/The restored Princess_0.JPG" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_The%20restored%20Princess.JPG" style="width: 250px; height: 333px; margin-left: 40px; margin-right: 40px;" /></a><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/antique-tools-donated-brewery"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Antique Tools Donated to Brewery</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shop-pick-favourites-collection">Shop Pick: The Favourites Collection <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="New Look for Historic London Pub" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:37:31 +0000 M.Farmer 46231 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shop Pick: The Favourites Collection http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shop-pick-favourites-collection <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>19 November 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/spitfire">Spitfire</a>, <a href="/blog/bishops-finger">Bishops Finger</a>, <a href="/blog/canterbury-jack">Canterbury Jack</a></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/blog_half_Favourites%20Collection%2012%20bottle%20small.jpg" /></a>The <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/favourites-collection"><strong>Favourites Collection</strong></a> is a fabulous 12 bottle mixed case, packed full of everybody's favourite Shepherd Neame beers.<br /> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><span>This marvellous case of ales includes the best-selling </span><strong>Spitfire</strong><span> ale, legendary</span><strong> Bishops Finger</strong><span>, and hop country classic <strong>Masterbrew</strong>, as well as the autumn beauty <strong>Late Red</strong>, and the much loved local favourites, <strong>Canterbury Jack</strong> and <strong>Kent's Best</strong>.</span></p> <p><span>This case of 12 bottles contains 2 of each of the above, and is the perfect gift for any Shepherd Neame fan or ale lover.  If you're sending it as a gift, we can send direct to the recipient, and include a free personalised gift message - just let us know when you order.</span></p> <p>Also includes some <strong>tasting notes</strong>, so you can taste and assess each ale, just like our Masterbrewers.</p> <h3><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/favourites-collection" target="_blank"><strong>ORDER YOURS NOW</strong></a></p> <p> </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/new-look-historic-london-pub"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> New Look for Historic London Pub</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-chimney-boy-faversham-0">Pub of the Week: The Chimney Boy, Faversham <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shop Pick: The Favourites Collection" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:04:45 +0000 M.Farmer 46176 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The Chimney Boy, Faversham http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-chimney-boy-faversham-0 <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>18 November 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/three_col_Chimney%20Boy%2C%20Faversham-011.jpg" style="width: 233px; height: 155px; float: left;" />The Chimney Boy is a spacious, characterful pub near the centre of town, just a short walk from Faversham Rail Station.  The old building has plenty of character, including three inglenook fireplaces.  The largest of these gives the pub its name - it has steps inside, which the Chimney Boy would have climbed.<br /><br />The pub enjoyed a refurbishment earlier this year which has sought to preserve the pub’s original features while introducing a smart, contemporary feel where bold modern colours meet with traditional wood and leather seating. Situated in Preston Street near the train station and on the way into town, the pub is popular with locals and visitors alike.  With a roaring log fire often lit in the fireplace, it is the ideal place to pop in to enjoy a pint and warm up after work, or stop off after a shopping trip.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/three_col_Chimney%20Boy%2C%20Faversham-003.jpg" style="width: 233px; height: 155px; float: right;" />There is a spacious bar area, with further seating to the rear of the pub, including cosy booths ideal for dining with friends.  There is also a courtyard garden, and spacious function room available for hire upstairs available, with its own bar.  For drinks, you will find a range of Shepherd Neame ales and lagers, as well as a good choice of wines, and all your usual favourite tipples.<br /><br /><img alt="The Burger Brothers" class="left" src="https://fbcdn-profile-a.akamaihd.net/hprofile-ak-frc3/v/t1.0-1/p160x160/553761_390568794353863_2109500519_n.jpg?oh=af432cccc95c56a613884755a8ea1bcf&amp;oe=54E405A9&amp;__gda__=1424477160_2dba75675ca98b6d07bdb75c90595fcf" style="float: left; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px;" />Food wise, The Chimney Boy are excited to have <a href="http://www.theburgerbros.co.uk/" target="_blank">The Burger Bros</a> in residence!  If you are a burger fan, or if the words brisket or pulled pork get your attention, a visit the Chimney Boy to sample the Burger Bros famous classic American cuisine won’t disappoint. Made from high quality, grass-fed, 28 day aged beef, cooked to perfection and served in a brioche bun, with your choice of sides including BBQ beans or coleslaw, and topped with as many wonderful things as you can handle, the burgers here really are an experience.  You can make your mouth water by checking out the <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/faversham/chimney-boy/food" target="_blank">menus here</a>.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/three_col_Chimney%20Boy%2C%20Faversham-001.jpg" style="width: 233px; height: 155px; float: right;" />The Chimney Boy has live music most Friday nights, and is also home to <a href="http://www.favershamfolkclub.net/" target="_blank">Faversham Folk Club</a> once a week on a Wednesday.  Coming up on the 6<sup>th</sup> and 7<sup>th</sup> December they also have a Winter Wonderland family weekend, an outdoor extravaganza featuring a variety of bands across the weekend, with mulled wine and cider to keep you warm.  To find out more, pop in, <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/faversham/chimney-boy" target="_blank">visit the website</a>, or call the team on 01795 532007.<br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/shop-pick-favourites-collection"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shop Pick: The Favourites Collection</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/remembering-first-world-war-hero">Remembering a First World War Hero <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Chimney Boy, Faversham" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:56:00 +0000 M.Farmer 46151 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Remembering a First World War Hero http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/remembering-first-world-war-hero <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>17 November 2014</p><p>Faversham residents are invited to watch the unveiling of a memorial stone to First World War hero Lieutenant General Sir Philip Neame.</p> <p>The memorial stone will be unveiled in front of the Guildhall on Friday, December 19, exactly 100 years to the day since Neame was awarded his VC.</p> <p>Faversham-born Neame, cousin of Percy Beale Neame, the first Neame to join with the Shepherds to form Shepherd Neame, was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1914 in honour of his heroic actions during a battle in Neuve Chapelle, France.</p> <p>A keen sportsman, in 1924 he also won an Olympic Gold Medal as part of the shooting team in the Running Deer competition, making him the only man in history to hold both an Olympic Gold Medal and VC.</p> <p>Members of the public are invited to join the service, which starts at 11.50am, when a troop of Royal Engineers, based at Chatham, will parade from the brewery to the Guildhall, led by the Royal Engineers military band. Their participation is particularly significant as Neame served with the Royal Engineers.</p> <p>At noon, a 45 minute open air service will be held in front of the Guildhall, led by Reverend Simon Rowlands.</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Civic%20parade%20outside%20Faversham%20station.jpg" /></p> <p>Faversham Mayor Cllr Nigel Kay said: “Lieutenant General Sir Philip Neame is one of Kent’s most famous First World War heroes, and we are delighted that a permanent memorial is to be installed in Faversham town centre. It is a fitting tribute for a very special man.”</p> <p>The service will be attended by members of the Neame family, including his daughter Veronica and twin sons, Nigel and Philip.</p> <p>Nigel said: “We are deeply proud of our father’s achievements, and are thrilled that he is to be honoured in this way. It will be a momentous day for our family.”</p> <p>The service 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.</p> <p>Jonathan Neame said: “We are delighted to support this special event. This memorial will help us remember the bravery of Lieutenant General Sir Philip Neame, and also keep the memory of our community’s many other war heroes alive.”</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-chimney-boy-faversham-0"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The Chimney Boy, Faversham</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/featured-recipe-pheasant-pie">Featured Recipe: Pheasant Pie <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Remembering a First World War Hero" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 46146 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk