Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog?keys= en Historic Faversham Pub Goes Back to its Roots http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/historic-faversham-pub-goes-back-its-roots <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>29 May 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a></p><div><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_The%20Limes%2C%20Faversham%20%282%29.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 185px; float: right;" />An historic Faversham pub has reopened with new faces behind the bar and a ‘new’ name – its original Edwardian moniker of <strong><a href="http://www.thelimesonline.com/" target="_blank">The Limes</a></strong>.</div><div> </div><div>The pub was called The Limes when it was built in the 1900s. It became The Chimney Boy in the 1970s, when three inglenook fireplaces were discovered during its renovation, the largest with steps inside that chimney boys used to climb.</div><div> </div><div>It has just been taken over by business partners Gareth Finney and Dan Sidders, who already run four other Shepherd Neame pubs in Kent - The Albion Taverna in Faversham, and The Shakespeare, The Parrot and Ye Olde Beverlie in Canterbury, employing almost 90 staff.</div><div> </div><div><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Dan%20Sidders%20and%20Gareth%20Finney%20%282%29.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 209px; float: left;" />Gareth, 36, who lives in Faversham, said: “We are always looking for opportunities to expand, so when this pub became available, we decided to go for it. It is a beautiful building in a central town location, and has a great first floor function room and separate ground floor restaurant in addition to the spacious bar area.”</div><div> </div><div>The pair have put their own mark on the pub, repainting throughout, adding new furniture and decorations, and installing a brand new kitchen to create its revamped menu. Head chef Peter Garfello will specialise in Kentish gourmet burgers, brunch and a twist on the traditional Sunday roast. All ingredients are sourced locally wherever possible, with fruit and vegetables from Macknade Fine Foods and meat from Baldy Butchers, both based in Faversham; fish from Griggs of Hythe; and, of course, locally brewed beer from Shepherd Neame.</div><div> </div><div><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_The%20Limes%20%283%29.jpg" style="width: 193px; height: 280px; float: right;" />They have also employed 15 full and part-time staff to run the pub, and decided to commemorate its fresh new start by reinstating its previous name The Limes.</div><div> </div><div>Dan, 30, from Dargate, said: “We are really excited about our latest venture, and thought that changing its name would be a great way to signify a fresh start and spark people’s interest - and hopefully inspire them to investigate what the pub has to offer.”</div><div> </div><div>Shepherd Neame’s director of retail Nigel Bunting said: “We are delighted that Gareth and Dan have taken over The Limes, and will be bringing their experience and impeccable standards to the pub.”</div><div> </div><div>For more information phone 01795 532007 or visit <a href="http://www.thelimesonline.com/" target="_blank">www.thelimesonline.com</a><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-ailsa-tavern-twickenham"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The Ailsa tavern, Twickenham</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/tasty-honour-shepherd-neame-licensee">Tasty Honour for Shepherd Neame Licensee <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Historic Faversham Pub Goes Back to its Roots" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 29 May 2015 09:00:00 +0000 M.Farmer 62021 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Tasty Honour for Shepherd Neame Licensee http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/tasty-honour-shepherd-neame-licensee <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>28 May 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/awards">Awards</a>, <a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a></p><div><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Gareth%20Finney%20at%20the%20competition.jpg" style="width: 187px; height: 280px; float: left;" />Shepherd Neame licensee Gareth Finney triumphed at this year’s <a href="http://www.britishbbqbattle.co.uk/">British Barbecue Battle</a>.</div><div> </div><div>Gareth, who runs five pubs with business partner Dan Sidders, won the Pubs and Bars category in the competition, held at Mentmore Golf &amp; Country Club in Bedfordshire, and was also named overall champion.</div><div> </div><div>Gareth and Dan run The Albion Taverna and The Limes in Faversham, and The Shakespeare, The Parrot and Ye Olde Beverlie in Canterbury. Mexican food is a key element of several of the pubs’ menus, and influenced Gareth’s competition entry.<br /> </div><div>He and the other seven finalists were asked to create a three-course meal on a barbecue within one hour, and he cooked Jazzy Barbecued Scallops, followed by Mexican Lamb, and a dessert of Sweet Gooey Burritos.<br /> </div><div>Gareth, 36, who has worked as a chef for almost 20 years, said: “I decided to go for a Mexican theme, as I wanted to show people that it has the potential to be á la carte, not just ‘Tex Mex’ as it is often described. I also hoped that by demonstrating this high standard of food can be created under pressured conditions, it would encourage people to try out what is on offer in our pubs.”<br /> </div><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_l-r%20RH%20Hall%20managing%20director%20Ray%20Hall%2C%20Gareth%20Finney%2C%20RH%20Hall%20sales%20director%20Kris%20Brearley%2C%20world%20barbecue%20champion%20Ben%20Bartlett.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" /><div>Every finalist took home a Sharp R21AT Commercial Microwave, Simply Stainless Professional Chef’s table, Smeg Mixer, full set of Lion Sauces and exclusive British arbecue Battle chef’s whites. As overall champion, Gareth also came away with a Crown Verity MCB-36 barbecue and accessories pack worth £3,000 and £100 of One4All vouchers.<br /> </div><div>Gareth, who lives in Faversham, said: “It is the first time I have entered the competition, and I am so thrilled not only to have won my category, but be named overall champion! I had a fantastic day, and love cooking outside, so I can’t wait to put all my new equipment to good use!”<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/historic-faversham-pub-goes-back-its-roots"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Historic Faversham Pub Goes Back to its Roots</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-bull-tunbridge-wells">Pub of the Week: The Bull, Tunbridge Wells <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Tasty Honour for Shepherd Neame Licensee" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 28 May 2015 10:11:28 +0000 M.Farmer 62061 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The Bull, Tunbridge Wells http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-bull-tunbridge-wells <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>27 May 2015</p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Bull%2C%20Tunbridge%20Wells%20%28Frant%29-002.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 210px; float: left;" />The <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/tunbridge-wells/bull" target="_blank">Bull in Tunbridge Wells</a> is an attractive pub not far from the historic Pantiles district of Tunbridge Wells, famous for its colonnaded walkway of shops, galleries and boutiques.  As well as being a popular choice for visitors to the area, the pub is also a favourite with shoppers, and has a firm place in the heart of the local community.<br /><br />Inside there is a large, airy bar with plenty of natural light, and the choice of internal décor is modern and stylish, while retaining a generous helping of country charm. Outside there are pretty courtyard gardens to both the front and rear, perfect for relaxing on a sunny day.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/b8p4311.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 184px; float: right;" />The food is a mixture of high quality, traditional pub fayre, with some more restaurant style dishes, giving a range of options for all tastes and appetites.  Meals are homemade, and prepared with local and seasonal produce wherever possible.<br /><br />They are also famous locally for their excellent barbeque food, and are excited to present ‘Aldo’s at The Bull’ on Sundays throughout the summer starting this weekend, where there will be a variety of dishes prepared on their own charcoal fired BBQ and spit roast. Available from noon until it’s all been eaten, which probably won’t be long, so don’t leave it too late!<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/chicken-la-francaise.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 210px; float: left;" />On the bar you will find a range of excellent cask ales including seasonal ales, choice of lagers, a good wine list and your usual softer options.<br /><br />The pub is also host to Sunday evening live music twice monthly, starting 31<sup>st</sup> May.<br /><br />For more information, visit the <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/tunbridge-wells/bull" target="_blank">pub’s website</a>, follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/thebulltw" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/thebull_tw" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, or give them a call and say hello on 01892 263489.<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/tasty-honour-shepherd-neame-licensee"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Tasty Honour for Shepherd Neame Licensee</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/top-honour-shepherd-neames-visitor-centre-0">Top Honour for Shepherd Neame&#039;s Visitor Centre <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Bull, Tunbridge Wells" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 27 May 2015 08:00:00 +0000 M.Farmer 61136 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Top Honour for Shepherd Neame's Visitor Centre http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/top-honour-shepherd-neames-visitor-centre-0 <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>20 May 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/visitor-centre">Visitor Centre</a>, <a href="/blog/awards">Awards</a></p><p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/ToursFunc/Visitor%20Centre%20-%20external%20-%20web.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 242px; float: left;" />Our award-winning Visitor Centre has won its third Certificate of Excellence award from the world’s largest travel website <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g503903-d1960407-Reviews-Shepherd_Neame_Visitor_Centre_Brewery_Tour-Faversham_Kent_England.html" target="_blank">TripAdvisor</a>.<br /> <br />The award celebrates hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments which consistently achieve outstanding reviews on TripAdvisor.<br /> <br />It is the latest in a string of successes for the Visitor Centre. At the 2010 Beautiful South Tourism Awards it won gold in the Small Visitor Attraction category; in 2011 it was named Small Visitor Attraction of the Year at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence and Best Little Treasure at the Group Travel Awards; and has picked up the Silver award at the Beautiful South Tourism Awards for the past two years. It was also given a Highly Commended Award in the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2014.<br /> <br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/ToursFunc/blog_half_Inside%20brewhouse.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 186px; float: right;" />The Visitor Centre is set in a beautifully-restored medieval hall house on the brewery site in Faversham.<br /> <br />From there, visitors can join a <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions" target="_blank">80 minute guided tour</a> through the busy working brewery, to learn about the ancient art of brewing. They can see the traditional mash tuns; taste natural mineral water from the brewery’s well; try some malted barley and smell locally-grown Kentish hops.<br /> <br />The tour also includes a visit to the Old Brewery Store, housed in the old wines and spirits store, which features impressive displays of historic delivery vehicles, a recreated cooper’s workshop, bygone pub signs and a collection of hop picking memorabilia.<br /> <br />It<img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/ToursFunc/blog_half_Visitor%20Centre%20bar%20-%20ale%20samplers%20supper_1.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 196px; float: left;" /> ends back in the Visitor Centre with a tutored tasting of Shepherd Neame’s Kentish ales and speciality lagers, before visitors have the chance to visit the Brewery Shop and pick up a souvenir, gift or some of their favourite beer.<br /> <br /><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/events" target="_blank">Evening tours</a> and events are available, including the popular six-course Beer and Food Matching dinner, where guests enjoy a meal of seasonal, locally sourced ingredients with a beer to match each course. There is also regular live music and entertainment in<a href="http://www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk/" target="_blank"> The Old Brewery Store</a>.<br /> <br />Visitor Centre manager Graham Hukins said: “We are delighted to receive TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for the third year running. I am delighted that the dedication and passion of our Visitor Centre team has been recognised with consistently excellent customer feedback.</p><div><script src="http://www.jscache.com/wejs?wtype=certificateOfExcellence&amp;uniq=455&amp;locationId=1960407&amp;lang=en_UK&amp;year=2015&amp;display_version=2"></script>To book a tour, or for more information, visit the <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions" target="_blank">Tours pages of the website.</a><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-bull-tunbridge-wells"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The Bull, Tunbridge Wells</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-gate-inn-marshside">Pub of the Week: The Gate Inn, Marshside <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Top Honour for Shepherd Neame&#039;s Visitor Centre" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 20 May 2015 15:14:05 +0000 M.Farmer 60786 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The Gate Inn, Marshside http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-gate-inn-marshside <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>19 May 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>, <a href="/blog/beer">Beer</a></p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Gate%20Inn%2C%20Marshside%20%289%29.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px;" />The Gate Inn at Marshside, Chislet, could be described as one of Kent’s best kept secrets. This charming 220 year old building sits alongside a stream, serving excellent cask ales, and hearty home cooked food.<br /><br />Inside there is a large public bar with a tiled floor and church pew seating, with the original double sided fireplace at the heart of the room.  The old village bakery forms part of the building, and is now home to the restaurant / dining area.<br /><br /><div><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Gate%20Inn%2C%20Marshside%20%2815%29.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 186px; float: right;" />Outside, you will find a well-planted and lovingly cared for cottage garden, ideal for a weekend visit with the family, with a wealth of plants and trees, plus some resident free range chickens and ducks!<br /><br />On the menu, the pubs seeks to use as much locally grown, seasonal produce as it possibly can to produce excellent homemade, freshly prepared food, at sensible prices.  The Gate Inn is very popular with diners, so booking is recommended at all times of the week.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Gate%20Inn%2C%20Marshside%20%285%29.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />Your delicious meal can be washed down with some equally delicious cask ales, served straight from the cask in the traditional tap room. Take a step back in time as your pint is served in the traditional way – no hand pumps here! Should you prefer, there is also a good choice of carefully selected wines, as well as whatever else you might fancy.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Gate%20Inn%2C%20Marshside%20%282%29.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /><br />If you like a pub quiz, the Gate Inn run a very relaxed, free to enter, fun quiz on Wednesday evenings, with jellybeans as prizes! They are also host to occasional live music from local folk and jazz bands, and a regular stop off for local Morris Dancers.<br /><br />The Gate Inn is a few minutes from the A28 at Canterbury. For directions, and more information visit the <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/canterbury/gate-inn">pub’s website</a> or call one of the team on 01227 860 498.<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/top-honour-shepherd-neames-visitor-centre-0"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Top Honour for Shepherd Neame&#039;s Visitor Centre</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/royal-wells-hotel-reopens-after-24-million-makeover">Royal Wells Hotel Reopens After £2.4 Million Makeover <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Gate Inn, Marshside" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 18 May 2015 23:00:00 +0000 M.Farmer 59976 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Royal Wells Hotel Reopens After £2.4 Million Makeover http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/royal-wells-hotel-reopens-after-24-million-makeover <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>13 May 2015</p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Royal%20Wells%20Hotel%2C%20Tunbridge%20Wells.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />The Royal Wells Hotel in Tunbridge Wells has reopened following a £2.4 million transformation.<br /> <br />It is the single largest refurbishment project to date for Shepherd Neame, having taken over the hotel in September 2012.<br /> <br />The extensive programme of work included replacing the restaurant with The Brasserie, a spacious orangery which can accommodate up to 70 diners. Guests can also enjoy alfresco dining in the new courtyard garden, which offers seating for up to 52 people.<br /> <br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Royal%20Wells%20Hotel%2C%20Tunbridge%20Wells%20%2823%29%20-%20The%20Brasserie.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 186px; float: right;" />The hotel’s reception area has been refurbished and the layout changed so guests can move freely into the main bar, which also has a fresh new look, with character features added including a cosy new Library area.<br /> <br />Visitors can choose from a selection of tasty snacks and traditional pub meals in the bar, or enjoy á la carte dining in The Brasserie, which offers classic British cuisine with a contemporary twist.<br /> <br />The chefs incorporate local seasonal produce, including the fresh fruit and vegetables for which the Garden of England is renowned, and seafood from Griggs of Hythe, and meat from J C Rook and Sons, both Kent family firms.<br /> <br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Royal%20Wells%20Hotel%20-%20Feature%20Room.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />Four additional en-suite bedrooms have been added to the hotel, taking the total to 27, and every room has been refurbished in a contemporary, elegant style with bold splashes of colour.<br /> <br />Building on its popularity as a functions venue, the hotel’s Ephraim Suite on the ground floor has been expanded, and can cater for parties of up to 150 when combined with the adjoining Victoria Room. Consideration has been made for guests with disabilities, with a platform lift installed to allow wheelchair access, and the toilets updated. The Alexandra function room on the first floor, which can accommodate up to 60 people, has also been given a fresh new look.<br /> <br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Royal%20Wells%20Hotel%2C%20Tunbridge%20Wells%20%28123%29%20-%20The%20Brasserie.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px;" />As a result of the brewery’s investment, 20 new roles have been created at the hotel, taking the total to more than 50, with more employees expected to be taken on in the next few months to cope with increased demand during the summer season.<br /> <br />Queen Victoria made frequent visits to the hotel in the early part of the 19th century and later granted the use of her coat of arms, which is displayed at the top of the building. The refurbishment project also included restoring this historic artefact to its former glory.<br /> <br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Royal%20Wells%20Hotel%2C%20Tunbridge%20Wells%20%28161%29%20-%20exterior.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px;" />Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame said: “We are thrilled to unveil this exciting new development in Royal Tunbridge Wells. It is our biggest refurbishment to date, and represents a massive investment not just in the hotel, but the local area. We have created a number of new hospitality and catering roles, and are confident that the new look hotel will prove a popular destination for leisure and business guests, providing a boost for the town.”<br /> <br />For more information visit <a href="http://www.royalwells.co.uk">www.royalwells.co.uk</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/pub-week-gate-inn-marshside"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The Gate Inn, Marshside</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-rugby-tavern-holborn-0">Pub of the Week: The Rugby Tavern, Holborn <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Royal Wells Hotel Reopens After £2.4 Million Makeover " class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 13 May 2015 13:17:32 +0000 M.Farmer 59616 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The Rugby Tavern, Holborn http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-rugby-tavern-holborn-0 <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>12 May 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><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/blog_half_Rugby%20Tavern%2C%20London%20%28Clerkenwell%29-002.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />The <strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/london/rugby-tavern" target="_blank">Rugby Tavern</a></strong> is a traditional English pub just a short walk from the British Museum, and the heart of the theatre district. Its location means it is popular with office workers, local residents, and tourists alike, who come to appreciate the excellent beer, watch the match on TV, or to enjoy a good pub meal.  Recently under new management, the pub is now open all week, including the weekends.<br /><br />Inside, there is a large, horseshoe shaped bar, with tables and standing space. There is also seating outside the pub on the pavement area, ideal for watching the world go by on warmer days.  In addition there is also a function room available to hire for all kinds of occasions, with catering available to suit your requirements.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/blog_half_Rugby%20Tavern%2C%20London%20%28Clerkenwell%29-010.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" />The pub offers an excellent choice of traditional pub dishes such as fish and chips or steak and ale pie, plus their very popular range of burgers, sandwiches, bar snacks and daily specials.  Children’s meals are also available, and vegetarians will find they have a choice of several tempting dishes. All food is freshly prepared on the premises. Why not pop in for a delicious homemade Sunday roast?<br /><br />As a Cask Marque pub, you can expect an excellent, well-kept pint of cask ale, including Shepherd Neame seasonal ales, plus Whitstable Bay Blonde lager and Whitstable Bay Black stout both on draught, as well as an excellent wine list. Of course you are equally welcome to stop off for a refreshing soft drink, tea or coffee, and rest your feet before heading off on the rest of your London day.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/blog_half_Rugby%20Tavern%2C%20London%20%28Clerkenwell%29-011.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left; margin-top: 30px; margin-bottom: 30px;" />Being in such a central location, you never know who you might bump into here – the pub was recently host to a free, one-off gig by The Vaccines, and recently visited by Lawrence Dallaglio, so keep your eyes peeled!<br /><br />The Rugby Tavern can be found on Great James Street, a few minutes’ walk from Holborn or Russell Square tube station.  To find out more about the pub, visit <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/london/rugby-tavern" target="_blank">their website</a>, follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/rugbytavern" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, or call one of the team on 020 7405 1384.<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/royal-wells-hotel-reopens-after-24-million-makeover"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Royal Wells Hotel Reopens After £2.4 Million Makeover </a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shepherd-neame-pub-hosts-first-rye-ukulele-festival">Shepherd Neame Pub Hosts First Rye Ukulele Festival <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Rugby Tavern, Holborn" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 12 May 2015 11:01:36 +0000 M.Farmer 59346 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shepherd Neame Pub Hosts First Rye Ukulele Festival http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shepherd-neame-pub-hosts-first-rye-ukulele-festival <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>11 May 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><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Cinque%20Ports%2C%20Rye.jpg" />The first Rye Ukulele Festival is taking place at the town’s <a href="/node/426" target="_blank">Cinque Ports</a> pub on Sunday, May 24.<br /> <br />It has been organised by the Rye Ukulele Experiment, a group of ukulele enthusiasts based in the town, and more than a dozen other bands from Kent and Sussex have already signed up to join them in performing at the event.<br /> <br />The free festival is taking place at the Shepherd Neame-owned pub from 12.30pm, which will be running a barbecue and outside bar during the event.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ryeukuleleexperiment.co.uk" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/UkeFestivalWebsiteBanner%20-%20final.jpg" /></a><br />Festival organiser Lorna Hall said: “The take-up has been fantastic for our first year. In addition to individual group performances, the highlight will be the last session when as many ukuleles as possible will join together and perform a dozen songs in unison.”<br /> <br />There will also be an attempt at a world record kazoo and ukulele rendition of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band’s quirky 1968 hit Urban Spaceman.<br /> <br />Pub licensee Jonathan Breeds said: “When the Rye Ukulele Experiment mentioned the idea of the festival to us, we were delighted to offer our support. It should be a great community day for all ages to enjoy.”<br /> <br />For more information visit <a href="http://www.ryeukuleleexperiment.co.uk" target="_blank">www.ryeukuleleexperiment.co.uk</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-rugby-tavern-holborn-0"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The Rugby Tavern, Holborn</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/thomas-grant-descendant-visits-brewery">Thomas Grant Descendant Visits Brewery <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shepherd Neame Pub Hosts First Rye Ukulele Festival" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 11 May 2015 08:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 56716 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Thomas Grant Descendant Visits Brewery http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/thomas-grant-descendant-visits-brewery <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>08 May 2015</p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Charlotte%20Brown%20with%20one%20of%20the%20historic%20ledgers.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />A descendant of Thomas Grant, creator of Grant’s Morella Cherry Brandy, has visited the brewery to find out more about the liqueur’s history.<br /><br />First produced in Kent in 1774, using the Garden of England’s famed variety of cherry, the liqueur (24% abv) has been owned by Shepherd Neame for the past 27 years, and is still made to the same traditional recipe.<br /><br />Charlotte Brown, née Bompas Smith, is the great, great grand-niece of Thomas Grant, descended from his only brother John Grant.<br />She grew up near Derby, and now lives in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire with husband Nick, who prompted her to visit the brewery as he has been researching her family history.<br /><br />Psychoanalyst Charlotte, 63, said: “My parents told my two sisters and I that we were related to Thomas Grant, and we always had a bottle of cherry brandy in the house growing up. But it wasn’t until my mother moved and we were going through her things that I discovered more about it. She had a large trunk of historical keepsakes passed down through the generations, including photographs of the Grant family, letters, and diaries.”<br /><br />Nick, 65, a retired solicitor, is undertaking a further education course in local history, and decided to begin researching the Grant family as part of his studies. The cherry brandy was originally made in Dover, then after 1853 at a distillery in Maidstone, and he has discovered that Thomas Grant is buried in Sutton Valence.<br /><br />Charlotte and Nick visited Shepherd Neame to see some of the original Victorian ledgers kept by the Grant family, which are stored in the brewery’s archives, and marketing material for the cherry brandy dating back to the 1930s. The liqueur’s label design was redesigned at the start of this year, so Charlotte was presented with a new-look bottle at the end of her visit.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Charlotte%20and%20Nick%20Brown.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 216px; float: right;" />Mum-of-four Charlotte said: “It was fascinating to visit the brewery and see the historic documents. It is important to understand your origins, and it is really interesting to get an insight into my ancestors’ work. I love the new look of the bottle, and I am delighted that our family legacy is still going strong.<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/shepherd-neame-pub-hosts-first-rye-ukulele-festival"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shepherd Neame Pub Hosts First Rye Ukulele Festival</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/enjoy-early-taste-summer-0">Enjoy an Early Taste of Summer <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Thomas Grant Descendant Visits Brewery" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 08 May 2015 10:17:17 +0000 M.Farmer 58841 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Enjoy an Early Taste of Summer http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/enjoy-early-taste-summer-0 <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>05 May 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/seasonals">Seasonals</a>, <a href="/blog/beer">Beer</a></p><p>Enjoy an early taste of summer with one of Shepherd Neame’s refreshing seasonal beers.</p> <p>Britain’s oldest brewer is releasing two of its most popular limited edition cask ales in June: Goldings Ale and Brilliant Ale.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Goldings-logo-200.png" /><a href="/node/23511">Goldings Ale</a></strong> (4.1% abv) is a golden ale made from Kentish First Gold and German Hersbrukker hops, dry hopped with Kentish Goldings grown in gardens close to the Faversham brewery. These citrusy hops are melded with the nutty, wholemeal character of crystal and ale malt to create a tangy, fresh finish with notes of banana and mango.</p> <p>There’s no chance you will miss it at the bar, as the brand has undergone a complete redesign to give it a more eye-catching, contemporary look. Look out for the colourful yellow square pump clip illustrated with a sunny scene taken at one of Kent’s most spectacular beaches - Botany Bay at Kingsgate near Broadstairs.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Brilliant-Ale-logo-200.png" />One of Shepherd Neame’s oldest beers, <a href="/node/15226"><strong>Brilliant Ale</strong></a> (4% abv) was first brewed sometime between 1825 and 1855. Inspired by the early morning sun sending golden shafts of light through the brewhouse window, Victorian brewers used 100% pale malt and the East Kent Goldings hops to create a golden, brilliantly bright, hoppy ale. While staying true to the spirit of the original, the modern incarnation has been rejuvenated by using the modern hop variety Cascade.</p> <p>A beer style unique to Shepherd Neame, Brilliant Ale is part of the Classic Collection, a range of draught beers recreated from historic recipes discovered in its archives, which also includes Double Stout and India Pale Ale.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Blonde%20Ambition.png" /><a href="/node/15236">Samuel Adams’ Blonde Ambition</a></strong> (4.5% abv), a limited edition cask ale specially created to celebrate American Independence Day on July 4, will also be available from June. Brewed by Shepherd Neame from a recipe devised in collaboration with the Boston Beer Company, it uses equal measures of US and UK hops. The result is a refreshing pale ale offering a delightful blend of grapefruit notes from the American Cascade hops, and grassy earthiness from the Kent-grown Cascade hops.</p> <p>All three beers are available on cask from June to August. </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/thomas-grant-descendant-visits-brewery"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Thomas Grant Descendant Visits Brewery</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/rediscover-magna-carta-shepherd-neame">Rediscover Magna Carta with Shepherd Neame <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Enjoy an Early Taste of Summer" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 56681 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk