Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/five-minutes-alan-trent-se...?keys= en Pub of the Week: The Dog & Bear, Lenham http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-dog-bear-lenham <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>27 January 2015</p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/DogandBear/three_col_Dog%20and%20Bear%2C%20Lenham.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 166px; float: left;" />The <a href="http://www.dogandbearlenham.co.uk/" target="_blank">Dog &amp; Bear Hotel</a>, situated in the pretty village of Lenham, combines the friendly welcome of a traditional Kentish pub with all the comforts and luxuries of a modern hotel.  Built in 1602, the hotel is not short of a little history – including a royal visit from Queen Anne in 1704, whose coat of arms remains displayed above the door to this day.<br /><br />The hotel is exceptionally well equipped, with a large bar area, plenty of dining space, and separate restaurant.  All 24 en-suite bedrooms are immaculately decorated, with the perfect balance of modern luxury and traditional style.  Why not treat yourself to the Feature Room, the ‘best room in the house’ with a beautiful four poster bed? Stays include breakfast, and prices start from just <a href="http://www.dogandbearlenham.co.uk/rooms" target="_blank">£70 per night</a> for a double room.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/DogandBear/blog_half_Dog%20%26%20Bear%2C%20Lenham-002_1.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" />Well known for its excellent food, all dishes at The Dog &amp; Bear are created using seasonal produce from local suppliers wherever possible, and freshly prepared.  On the bar menu you will find a selection of light bites, sandwiches and first rate pub classics.  For a more formal occasion, or if you wish to linger a little longer, the restaurant menu offers something a little bit special, with choices to appeal to all tastes – meat eaters, fish lovers and vegetarians alike.  Children are also catered for, with their own separate Young Diner’s menu.<br /><br />On the bar, you will find a range of Shepherd Neame cask ales to savour, including seasonal ales, along with a choice of international lagers, and an excellent wine list. Functions can also be catered for in the dedicated function suite, which benefits from its own bar and patio garden, making it very popular for weddings and conferences, with catering available to suit the occasion.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/DogandBear/blog_half_Dog%20%26%20Bear%2C%20Lenham-011_1_0.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />The Dog &amp; Bear is ideally situated for a peaceful short break, or as a base for exploring the surrounding Kentish towns and countryside. With a whole host of shopping, walks and sightseeing within easy reach in the surrounding towns of Ashford, Maidstone and Canterbury, whatever your idea of a good day out, the Dog &amp; Bear provides an excellent base.  Experienced managers Brian and Anne have been in residence here for over ten years, so you can rely on their knowledge of the area, and be sure of a homely welcome.<br /><br />For more information and to book, call them on 01622 858 219, visit <a href="http://www.dogandbearlenham.co.uk/" target="_blank">their website</a>, or find them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/dogandbearhotel" target="_blank">Facebook</a>. You can also read more about Anne and Brian <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/five-minutes-brian-and-anne-hogg-managers-dog-and-bear-lenham" target="_blank">here</a>.<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-t-shirt"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shop Pick: Spitfire T-Shirt</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-manager-embark-mammoth-charity-trek">Pub Manager to Embark on Mammoth Charity Trek <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Dog &amp; Bear, Lenham" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:55:48 +0000 M.Farmer 49711 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub Manager to Embark on Mammoth Charity Trek http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-manager-embark-mammoth-charity-trek <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>27 January 2015</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/staff">Staff</a>, <a href="/blog/charity">Charity</a></p><p>Pub manager Chris Peach is embarking on a charity challenge which he hopes will raise mountains of cash for two causes close to his heart.<br />Chris, 34, who runs the Manor Farm Barn in Southfleet, owned by Shepherd Neame, is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest free-standing mountain in the world.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Manor%20Farm%20Barn%20manager%20Chris%20Peach%20-%20Copy.jpg" />He has never completed any major physical challenges before, but decided to take on Africa’s highest peak, which stands at 6,000m, after suffering two tragic losses during the past couple of years.</p> <p>Chris said: “Paula Beagley, who was a member of our bar team and a truly great lady, lost her battle with pancreatic cancer, and my wife Kristie and I also lost our son, Joshua, at 41 weeks to a stillbirth. Kristie and I were lucky enough to welcome our daughter Jessica eight months ago, but we wanted to raise money to help other parents affected by stillbirth, and also to aid research into pancreatic cancer.”</p> <p>The inspiration for Mount Kilimanjaro came from an unlikely source – a copy of Bella Magazine which his wife had left in the bathroom. He is leaving for Africa on Saturday, February 7, and will then join a group embarking on an eight day hike up and down the mountain, sleeping in a tent each night.</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Manor%20Farm%20Barn.jpg" />Chris said: “I saw an appeal in the magazine for volunteers to take on the challenge, and although I’ve never done anything like that before, I decided to go for it. I don’t know anyone else taking part, so that is quite daunting, but I am sure that the tough conditions we are coping with will help us pull together!”</p> <p>Money raised by Chris’ challenge will go to Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, and the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund. The pub has already raised more than £2,000 for the charities during the past year with a ‘nearly-naked’ staff calendar, a fancy dress Halloween party and a New Year’s Eve celebration.</p> <p>Chris said: “It has been a tough couple of years, and we hope that by raising funds for these fantastic causes, it will help others in similar situations. We have already received some incredible support, and hope that people will continue to give generously.”</p> <p>To support Chris’ effort, visit <a href="http://www.justgiving.com/Chris-Peach3">www.justgiving.com/Chris-Peach3</a>.</p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/pub-week-dog-bear-lenham"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The Dog &amp; Bear, Lenham</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/rare-collection-vintage-pub-posters-discovered">Rare Collection of Vintage Pub Posters Discovered <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub Manager to Embark on Mammoth Charity Trek" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:30:00 +0000 james.purcell 49696 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Rare Collection of Vintage Pub Posters Discovered http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/rare-collection-vintage-pub-posters-discovered <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>23 January 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/archive">Archive</a></p><p>A rare collection of British beer marketing posters dating back to the 1950s has been discovered in Kent and preserved in the Shepherd Neame archive.</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/How%20Beer%20Is%20Brewed.jpg" />The Tavern Topics posters were produced by British artist Clive Uptton, who worked as a political cartoonist during the Second World War, and is perhaps best known for illustrating the classic series of Ladybird children’s books published in the 1960s.</p> <p>A series of 20 posters was commissioned during the early 1950s by The Brewers’ Society to promote beer and pubs, and offered information on subjects including ‘How Beer Is Brewed’, ‘Going Hopping’, ‘The Welcome Inn’ and ‘The Guv’nor’.</p> <p>Faversham-based brewery Shepherd Neame has just added 18 of the posters to its archive, after they were discovered during a house clearance in the Isle of Sheppey.</p> <p>Brewery archivist and historian John Owen said: “We are fortunate that Shepherd Neame is well known as Britain’s oldest brewer, so we get contacted by many people who have found some historical pub <img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Going%20Hopping.jpg" />or brewing artefacts and want to know more about them. We were delighted when these posters were brought to us, as they are very rare.”</p> <p>In order to share the classic posters with a wider audience, Shepherd Neame is now planning to reproduce them and put framed copies throughout its pub estate.</p> <p>John added: “It is interesting to see that the topics covered by the posters in the 1950s are exactly the same as the topics everyone is concerned with today, such as brewing techniques, the price of a pint, and the importance of supporting your local. We would love to hear from anyone else who has either of the remaining posters, so we can try and complete our collection.”</p> <p>If you have any information on the Tavern Topics posters or any other brewing or pub memorabilia, email <a href="mailto:comms@shepherdneame.co.uk">comms@shepherdneame.co.uk</a> or phone 01795 532206.</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-manager-embark-mammoth-charity-trek"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub Manager to Embark on Mammoth Charity Trek</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shop-pick-history-shepherd-neame-john-owen-books">Shop Pick: A History of Shepherd Neame - The John Owen Books <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Rare Collection of Vintage Pub Posters Discovered" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 49516 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shop Pick: A History of Shepherd Neame - The John Owen Books http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shop-pick-history-shepherd-neame-john-owen-books <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>21 January 2015</p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/John-Owen-Book-Trio.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 243px; float: left;" />This week's Shop Pick is a trilogy of books by John Owen, exploring the history of the brewery.<br /><br />The first book, <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/shepherds-shepherd-neame-brewery-book" target="_blank"><strong>The Shepherds of Shepherd Neame</strong></a>, presents a detailed account of how the business was built up, the challenges it faced, and presents an account of the brewing business in Georgian and mid Victorian times. <br /><br />The second book, <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/emergence-shepherd-neame-book" target="_blank"><strong>The Emergence of Shepherd Neame</strong></a>, confirms an oft-debated topic in British brewing history: who is Britain’s oldest brewer? In this book, John Owen reveals that Shepherd Neame's heritage actually precedes its official founding date of 1689.<br /><br />The third book, <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/percy-beale-neame-and-shepherd-neame-brewery-book" target="_blank"><strong>Percy Beale Neame and the Shepherd Neame Brewery</strong></a>, continues unravelling the development of Shepherd Neame, with a biography of the first Neame to join the brewery in 1864, and a survey of the business which he developed for nearly 50 years.<br /><h4>Now available as a <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/history-shepherd-neame-books-john-owen#" target="_blank"><strong>complete set</strong></a> for the special price of £30 plus p&amp;p. <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/history-shepherd-neame-books-john-owen" target="_blank">Click here to ORDER NOW</a> or call 01795 542014<br /><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="/blog/rare-collection-vintage-pub-posters-discovered"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Rare Collection of Vintage Pub Posters Discovered</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-britannia-guildford">Pub of the Week: The Britannia, Guildford <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shop Pick: A History of Shepherd Neame - The John Owen Books" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 09:00:00 +0000 M.Farmer 49426 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The Britannia, Guildford http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-britannia-guildford <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>20 January 2015</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.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/guildford/britannia" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Britannia%2C%20Guildford-029.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 186px; float: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" />The Britannia</a> is an <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/double-honour-shepherd-neame-0" target="_blank">award-winning</a>, riverside pub, situated just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Guildford, overlooking the banks of the River Wey, popular with regulars, tourists, theatre-goers families, and shoppers alike.<br /><br />This very spacious pub has a variety of seating areas and styles, with tables to chat around, stools to perch at, and comfy sofas to relax on, as well as plenty of tables for dining.  To the front, there is a patio area and to the rear a covered courtyard, which is heated in the cooler months, both of which have recently been improved and updated.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Britannia%2C%20Guildford-011.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 184px; float: right; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px;" />The pub is known for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and is an ideal meeting place for lunch or dinner with friends. The menu is designed to cater for all tastes and appetites, offering everything from sandwiches and snacks to burgers and pub favourites.  For something a little different, there are also a range of house specials, and some inspired vegetarian options, plus a children’s menu for younger guests.  All dishes are prepared with local, seasonal produce wherever possible.<br /><br />A Cask Marque accredited pub, on the bar you will find a good choice of well-kept cask ales, including seasonals, as well as a range of lagers, and a wide selection of wines from around the world. There is good disabled access to the pub, and baby changing facilities for those with little ones. Dog are also welcome, with water bowls and treats available. There are also board games to play – just ask the bar staff.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Britannia%2C%20Guildford-003_0.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 185px; float: left;" />The Britannia is ideally situated for a shopper’s lunch, to rest your feet after a sightseeing trip to Guildford Cathedral, or perhaps for pre-theatre drinks before a trip to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, which is just opposite the pub.  There is live jazz on the second and last Friday of the month, 5.30 – 7.30pm, and the very popular ‘Uke Jam’ session on the last Sunday of the month from 8pm.<br /><br />Directions to the pub can be <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/guildford/britannia/find-us" target="_blank">found here</a>, along with a map. For further information and enquiries, contact the pub on 01483 572160, visit <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/guildford/britannia/find-us" target="_blank">their website</a> or find them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/TheBritanniaGuildford" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.<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-history-shepherd-neame-john-owen-books"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shop Pick: A History of Shepherd Neame - The John Owen Books</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/folk-concert-raise-funds-faversham-hop-festival">Folk Concert to Raise Funds for Faversham Hop Festival <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Britannia, Guildford" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:23:53 +0000 M.Farmer 49401 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Folk Concert to Raise Funds for Faversham Hop Festival http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/folk-concert-raise-funds-faversham-hop-festival <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>19 January 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/events">Events</a>, <a href="/blog/old-brewery-store">Old Brewery Store</a>, <a href="/blog/faversham-hop-festival">Faversham Hop Festival</a></p><p>Three Kent folk groups are teaming up for a one-off gig at The <a href="http://www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk" target="_blank">Old Brewery Store</a> in Faversham to raise funds for the town’s <a href="http://www.favershamhopfestival.org" target="_blank">Hop Festival</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Green%20Diesel.jpg" />Faversham’s own six-piece innovative folk band <a href="http://www.greendieselfolk.com" target="_blank">Green Diesel</a>; Canterbury-based folk/pop acoustic duo <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hightidemusic" target="_blank">High Tide</a>; and <a href="http://www.narratones.com" target="_blank">The Narratones</a> from the Isle of Sheppey, who perform modern rock with a vintage twist, will be performing on Saturday, February 21.</p> <p>All three groups played at last year’s Hop Festival, and have volunteered to take part in the fundraising gig for free. As the official partner of the Hop Festival, Britain’s oldest brewer Shepherd Neame is also providing free use of its live entertainment venue.</p> <p>Shepherd Neame visitor centre manager Graham Hukins said: “Faversham Hop Festival is a glorious way of celebrating our town’s heritage, and as its main sponsor, Shepherd Neame is delighted to offer support by providing the venue for this special gig.”</p> <p>The event starts at 7pm, and will also feature a Grand Raffle and the opportunity to buy Hop Festival merchandise. Tickets are priced £10, with all proceeds to the Faversham Hop Festival.</p> <p>For more information or to book tickets <a href="http://www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk/events/hop-festival-fundraiser" target="_blank">click here</a> or phone 01795 542285.</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-britannia-guildford"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The Britannia, Guildford</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/eric-brush-celebrates-decade-shepherd-neame-design">Eric ‘The Brush’ Celebrates a Decade of Shepherd Neame Design <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Folk Concert to Raise Funds for Faversham Hop Festival" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:33:07 +0000 james.purcell 49286 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Eric ‘The Brush’ Celebrates a Decade of Shepherd Neame Design http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/eric-brush-celebrates-decade-shepherd-neame-design <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>17 January 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a></p><p>You may not have heard of Eric Pollard, but if you live in Kent you are bound to have seen his work.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Eric%20enjoys%20a%20pint%20at%20The%20Sun%20Inn%2C%20Faversham.jpg" />Known affectionately as ‘Eric The Brush’, the Sittingbourne-based artist is responsible for the traditional signwriting which adorns dozens of Shepherd Neame pubs around the county.</p> <p>He has been working for the brewery for the past 10 years, but has been a signwriter for more than four decades, following in his father’s footsteps.</p> <p>Eric said: “My father was a building surveyor, but he also used to teach signwriting to day release students from decorating companies. I decided to study lettering and design at Medway College of Art, and found the letter styles really interested me, along with designing big murals.”</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Eric%20works%20on%20The%20Market%20Inn%2C%20Faversham.jpg" />After leaving college, Eric went on to become an illustrator and cartographer, then used his artistic skills for a variety of roles including creating mock antique signs and carvings, and signwriting.</p> <p>His career as a pub signwriter began in earnest 10 years ago, when his work on a private freehouse in Kent was spotted by Julian Wilton of Gerald Wilton Design based at Upper Hardres.</p> <p>Eric said: “Julian drove by and was really impressed by what I had done, so he went into the pub to ask for my contact details. I have been undertaking commissions for their clients ever since, including Shepherd Neame, which I really enjoy. I grew up in a village outside Faversham, so I have always been very familiar with the brewery. The first beer I ever tasted was brewed by Shepherd Neame, and I am still a big fan - my favourite beer is Master Brew.”</p> <p>When embarking on a new commission, Eric begins by visiting the pub and, where possible, looking at old photos either provided by the landlord or brewery for inspiration.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Eric%27s%20work%20at%20The%20New%20Inn%2C%20Whitstable.jpg" />Eric said: “My aim is always to create a traditional look. Working with Shepherd Neame pubs is great as I am given free rein to be creative. I have created designs for a huge number of them now, and it gives me a real sense of pride to see my work as I go around the area.”</p> <p>When it comes to actually painting the design on the pub, Eric works completely freehand, his brush steadied only by a traditional maulstick as he paints directly on to the wood or brick.</p> <p>It is a unique skill, and one which is in short supply, leading to huge demand for his services.</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Eric%27s%20work%20at%20the%20Three%20Mariners%20in%20Oare.jpg" />Eric said: “When the decorating companies stopped offering apprenticeships, techniques such as signwriting, marbling and graining went by the way. Signwriting did go out of fashion in the 1980s and 1990s, but people got tired of the formulaic, corporate look, and decided they wanted something more individual. I don’t have any shortage of work.”</p> <p>And despite recently turning 65, Eric has no intention of putting his feet up anytime soon.</p> <p>The father-of-two, who has three grandsons, said: “I don’t like being inside. If I’m not working, I’m out cycling or rambling or in the garden. I have always been very active. As long as people keep liking my work, I will keep doing it.”</p> <p>Shepherd Neame property and services director George Barnes said: "Eric’s work is a huge asset to Shepherd Neame. His distinctive signwriting really enhances the appearance of our pubs, and helps enforce our reputation as Britain’s oldest brewer.” </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/folk-concert-raise-funds-faversham-hop-festival"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Folk Concert to Raise Funds for Faversham Hop Festival</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/oaps-start-new-year-free-festive-feast">OAPs Start the New Year with Free Festive Feast <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Eric ‘The Brush’ Celebrates a Decade of Shepherd Neame Design" class="rdf-meta"></span> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 09:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 49171 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk OAPs Start the New Year with Free Festive Feast http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/oaps-start-new-year-free-festive-feast <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>15 January 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a></p><p>Christmas may be over for another year, but the festive spirit was still flowing at <a href="http://www.queenspub.co.uk" target="_blank">The Queens Head</a> in Boughton-under-Blean on Wednesday, January 14.</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Licensee%20and%20chef%20David%20Kennedy%20with%20some%20of%20the%20pensioners.jpg" />A total of 88 pensioners from the village enjoyed a free three-course Christmas dinner at the Shepherd Neame pub, thanks to a host of donations from the local community.</p> <p>Hernhill famer Henry Bryant provided turkey, ham was provided by the <a href="http://www.thebutcherofbrogdale.co.uk" target="_blank">Butcher of Brogdale</a>, vegetables came from Vaughan Howland’s farm shop in Dunkirk, Ashford-based grocery supplier Brakes gave custard, Christmas puddings and bread rolls, and Shepherd Neame provided wine and beer. A village resident also donated crackers to accompany the festive fun.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/%28l-r%29%20Bar%20manager%20Donna%20Raines%20and%20village%20volunteer%20Peta%20Smith.jpg" />It is the third year that the New Year event has taken place at the pub, and licensee David Kennedy cooks the meal, with help from local volunteers to serve and wash up afterwards.</p> <p>David said: “It is a real community effort, and it gets bigger each year. A group of residents start by compiling a list of all the OAPs living in the village, and then send invitations to them. The first year we had 40 refusals, this year we only had two. We had to borrow some tables from the village hall just to get everyone in! There was a great atmosphere and everyone really enjoyed themselves. People of all ages kept popping in for a drink or to say hello, and it is a fantastic way for residents in the village to get to know each other.”</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/eric-brush-celebrates-decade-shepherd-neame-design"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Eric ‘The Brush’ Celebrates a Decade of Shepherd Neame Design</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shop-pick-spitfire-polo-shirt">Shop Pick: Spitfire Polo Shirt <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="OAPs Start the New Year with Free Festive Feast" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 49086 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shop Pick: Spitfire Polo Shirt http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shop-pick-spitfire-polo-shirt <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>14 January 2015</p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/asheps%20shirts2552.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 280px; float: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" />This week's <strong>Shop Pick</strong> is any Spitfire ale drinker's must-have - the black <strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/spitfire-polo-shirt" target="_blank">Spitfire polo shirt</a>.</strong><br /><br />Made from quality, heavyweight cotton, embroidered with the Spitfire logo on the chest, and the Shepherd Neame logo on the sleeve.<br /><br />Available in Small, Medium, Large, XL and XXL and priced at just £17.50.<br /><h4>Click here to <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/spitfire-polo-shirt" target="_blank">ORDER NOW!</a> or call the order line on 01795 542014<br /><br /> </h4><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/oaps-start-new-year-free-festive-feast"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> OAPs Start the New Year with Free Festive Feast</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-plough-inn-lewson-street">Pub of the Week: The Plough Inn, Lewson Street <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shop Pick: Spitfire Polo Shirt" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:43:09 +0000 M.Farmer 49021 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The Plough Inn, Lewson Street http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-plough-inn-lewson-street <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>13 January 2015</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.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/sittingbourne/plough-inn" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Plough%20Inn%2C%20Sittingbourne%20%28Lewson%20Street%29-015.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 186px; float: left;" /><strong>The Plough Inn</strong></a><strong> </strong>at Lewson Street, Norton, near Sittingbourne is a traditional English pub, set in an attractive location in the Kent countryside.  The characterful building, originally a blacksmiths, was built in 1260, and retains much of its period features including oak beams, and a large inglenook fireplace.<br /><br />There is a friendly welcome for all in the cosy bar, plus a spacious restaurant, and large garden, including a small children’s play area.  Popular with walkers, the pub is the ideal stop off on a countryside ramble, with the open fire to warm up beside in the winter, and the large sunny garden to relax in on warmer days.  Plan your own walk, or try the Faversham Area Tourism Association walk, ‘First Fruit’, that features the pub – <a href="https://shareweb.kent.gov.uk/Documents/leisure-and-culture/countryside-and-coast/walks/faversham-walks/teynham.pdf" target="_blank">view here</a>.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Plough%20Inn%2C%20Sittingbourne%20%28Lewson%20Street%29-018.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 186px; float: right; margin-top: 40px; margin-bottom: 40px;" />Food is served Tuesday to Thursday lunchtimes and evenings, all day Friday and Saturday, and Sunday until 6pm.  The lunch menu offers traditional pub fayre at its very best, with all the usual favourites along with a range of burgers, and, proving very popular, homemade pies – currently including choices such as lamb and apricot, or seasonal game. In the evening, the menu is extended to include a range of steaks and other dishes, as well as a regularly updated selection of inspired specials, and imaginative vegetarian choices.  If you have any room left, you can choose from a selection of irresistible desserts and luxury ice creams.<br /><br />On the bar, you will find a good selection of quality cask ales and lagers, as well as an excellent choice of wines, spirits and soft drinks.  There is easy-listening live music every Sunday from 2pm, so why not pop in for a Sunday roast and then relax with a drink and listen to the band?<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Plough%20Inn%2C%20Sittingbourne%20%28Lewson%20Street%29.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 186px; float: left; margin-top: 30px; margin-bottom: 30px;" />Coming up on the 23<sup>rd</sup> January the pub is celebrating Burns Night, with a piper and three course meal, plus a tot of whiskey, all for just £32.50 per person.  Details can be <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/sittingbourne/plough-inn" target="_blank">found here</a> and booking is encouraged as soon as possible, as places are almost sold out.<br /><br />The Plough Inn is just off the A2 between Faversham and Teynham.  A map and directions can be found here.  For more information, or to book, contact the team on 01795 521348, or visit the <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/sittingbourne/plough-inn" target="_blank">pub’s 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/shop-pick-spitfire-polo-shirt"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shop Pick: Spitfire Polo Shirt</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shepherd-neame-shortlisted-taste-kent-awards-2015">Shepherd Neame Shortlisted for the Taste of Kent Awards 2015 <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Plough Inn, Lewson Street" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:25:02 +0000 M.Farmer 48991 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk