Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog?keys= en Authentic Pie and Mash on Offer at Seaside Pub http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/authentic-pie-and-mash-offer-seaside-pub <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>22 August 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a>, <a href="/blog/food">Food</a></p><p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Dawn%20James%20with%20pie%20and%20mash%20at%20The%20Telegraph.jpg" />Lovers of traditional pie and mash are flocking to indulge their passion at <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/deal/telegraph" target="_blank">The Telegraph</a> pub in Deal.</p> <p>Dawn James, licensee at the Shepherd Neame pub, has just teamed up with London’s oldest pie and mash shop, <a href="http://www.manze.co.uk/" target="_blank">M.Manze</a>, to serve the classic meal five days a week. M.Manze delivers its freshly made meat pies and liquor to the pub, and Dawn supplies the mash – made according to the traditional recipe without milk or butter.</p> <p>The mum-of-two, who has been at the Telegraph for 20 months with husband Tony, said: “We aren’t a food pub, but we introduced the pie and mash due to customer demand. “I grew up in London, and recently went back with my Dad to have a meal at a pie and mash shop. I put a picture on Facebook, and Tony wrote ‘coming to The Telegraph soon’ as a joke, and people went crazy!</p> <p>"We had so many customers asking when it was starting and wanting to know more, that we decided to go for it. We have a lot of DFLs (Down From Londoners) in Deal, and I think authentic pie and mash will particularly appeal to them. We seem to have hit upon an untapped market.”</p> <p>The new menu was introduced on Friday, August 15, and is available from 12 noon to 7pm on Friday, Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, priced £5.50 for single mash, pie and liquor and £7.50 for double mash, pie and liquor.</p> <p>Dawn, who has one grandchild, said: “We have been doing a lot of potato peeling, which hasn’t been much fun! But it is great to see so many people enjoying traditional pie and mash. I grew up on it, and in addition to our work at the pub, my husband and I are the official Pearly King and Queen of Kensington and Chelsea, so it is great to promote some Cockney heritage!”</p> <p>The Telegraph also runs a Steak Night every Thursday from 6pm to 9pm, offering a 6oz sirloin steak with chips and peas for £6.</p> <p>For information call 01304 371746 or visit <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/deal/telegraph" target="_blank">the pub's website</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-previous right"><a href="/blog/shepherd-neame-helps-its-tenants-save-over-400000">Shepherd Neame Helps its Tenants Save Over £400,000 <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Authentic Pie and Mash on Offer at Seaside Pub" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:00:00 +0000 M.Farmer 40941 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shepherd Neame Helps its Tenants Save Over £400,000 http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shepherd-neame-helps-its-tenants-save-over-400000 <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>21 August 2014</p><p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_The%20Nags%20Head-%20Rochester.jpg" />Shepherd Neame has successfully appealed the business rates of almost a third of its tenanted pubs.</p> <p>The Faversham-based brewery and pub operator has procured a reduction in business rates for 101 of its 296 tenanted pubs, resulting in a total annual saving of £409,700.</p> <p>Shepherd Neame’s in-house team of chartered surveyors successfully appealed the 2010 Rateable Value for 38 tenanted houses, generating annual savings of £214,575. The brewery also paid for Porters Chartered Surveyors, an independent Kent firm, to lodge successful appeals for a further 63 tenanted houses, delivering annual savings of £195,125.</p> <p>Property and services director George Barnes said: “We felt that the rateable values allocated to some of our tenanted properties back in 2010 were not appropriate, and wanted to remove this unfair tax burden on our licensees.”</p> <p>Shepherd Neame has also taken steps to help its licensees benefit from the Small Business Rates Relief introduced by the Government at the end of 2013. It is aimed at helping businesses with a rateable value of £12,000 and under, and Shepherd Neame has since written to 82 of its tenanted pubs with rates below the threshold, to advise that they may be eligible.<br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Shepherd%20Neame%20Property%20and%20Services%20Director%20George%20Barnes.jpg" /><br />Mick Pendergast, licensee of the Nags Head in Rochester, Kent, is among the licensees to have benefited from Shepherd Neame’s intervention. He took on the pub in October 2011, just after the brewery had successfully appealed the property’s rateable value. As a result,<br />Mick was then able to apply for small business rate relief.</p> <p>Mick said: “Before Shepherd Neame got involved, the rates were almost £4,000 a year, and now I pay around £300. This is my first pub, and I previously worked as a health and safety officer, so I didn’t have any experience in this area. Having the brewery’s support has really helped.”</p> <p>The brewery has also written to seven pubs eligible for Flood Relief following last year’s adverse weather conditions. Each individual tenant has to contact their local authority to request the relevant relief.</p> <p>Mr Barnes added: “We feel it is important to offer our tenants all the support we can, to ensure that they take advantage of all the financial benefits available to them. We are delighted that we have been able to help our tenants save such a significant amount of money.”</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/authentic-pie-and-mash-offer-seaside-pub"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Authentic Pie and Mash on Offer at Seaside Pub</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/raise-glass-25-years-faversham-hop-festival">Raise a Glass to 25 Years of Faversham Hop Festival <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shepherd Neame Helps its Tenants Save Over £400,000" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:00:00 +0000 M.Farmer 40931 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Raise a Glass to 25 Years of Faversham Hop Festival http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/raise-glass-25-years-faversham-hop-festival <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>20 August 2014</p><p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Fun%20at%20the%202013%20Faversham%20Hop%20Festival.jpg" />Toast the 25th anniversary of Faversham Hop Festival with a glass of <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/brands/ales/queen-court-harvest-ale" target="_blank">Queen Court Harvest Ale</a>. Britain’s oldest brewer Shepherd Neame, based in the market town, is once again the official partner for the free two-day event, which commemorates the golden days of hop picking in Kent.</p> <p>Every year Shepherd Neame’s team of master brewers join in the celebrations by creating the official festival beer - Queen Court Harvest Ale. </p> <p>It is named after Queen Court Farm at Ospringe, the brewery’s former hop farm which houses the National Hop Collection, dedicated to the preservation of the UK’s hop-growing heritage and containing hundreds of rare varieties.</p> <p>The cask ale features pale and crystal malts and a mix of hops from across the globe. <a href="www.shepherdneame.co.uk/brands/ales/queen-court-harvest-ale" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Queen%20Court%20Harvest%20Ale.png" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/brands/ales/queen-court-harvest-ale" target="_blank">Queen Court Harvest Ale</a> (ABV 4.5%) went on sale on Monday, August 18, and will be available until Sunday, September 14.</p> <p>Faversham Hop Festival is taking place on Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31. For information visit <a href="http://www.favershamhopfestival.org" target="_blank">www.favershamhopfestival.org</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/shepherd-neame-helps-its-tenants-save-over-400000"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shepherd Neame Helps its Tenants Save Over £400,000</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-george-soho">Pub of the week: The George, Soho <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Raise a Glass to 25 Years of Faversham Hop Festival" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:01:23 +0000 M.Farmer 40926 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the week: The George, Soho http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-george-soho <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>19 August 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pub-week">Pub of the Week</a></p><p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/blog_half_George%2C%20Soho%20%284%29.JPG" />A lively evening and lunchtime spot, popular with thirsty Londoners, <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/soho/george#overlay-context=pubs/soho/george" target="_blank">The George in Soho</a> is self-proclaimed as ‘Soho’s new local’. This traditional street corner pub, housed in a characterful late-Victorian building, is a buzzing city pub which offers a convenient watering hole in this busy part of the capital.</p> <p>Situated in W1, just yards from both Oxford Street and Central Soho, The George enjoys an enviable location perfect for a post-work pint with friends. Having received a refurbishment last year, funded by Shepherd Neame, the pub gained a fresh new look while retaining many appealing character features. Although not the largest of pubs, the pub’s convivial, fun-loving atmosphere makes for an ideal retreat from the bustling streets, for regulars and visitors alike.</p> <p>The pub serves a wide range of drinks, including drinks of the day to suit all tastes, as well as a good range of beers, lagers and wines by the glass. The kitchen is also now open, serving a range of bar snacks as well a fantastic new selection of rustic home-baked pizzas, served from 12 – 10pm. Food can be pre-ordered, which can be useful if you are popping in after work for a pint and a pizza, and it is also possible to arrange platters for larger groups when booking in advance.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/blog_half_George%2C%20Soho%20%2812%29.jpg" />For sporting fans, there are three screens showing all major events. The friendly bar staff, known as ‘Team George’ really contribute to make this pub what it is – a welcoming, comfortable local pub, with great beer and tasty pub food, and a quirky twist that is rapidly making The George a very popular place to be.</p> <p>There is now also a function room available for hire upstairs – ideal for private parties, office Christmas celebrations, and corporate events, with a capacity of up to 50 people. Or, if you have a bigger party in mind, The George also offers private hire on Saturdays and Sundays – ideal for weddings and birthdays, giving you the whole pub to yourself, right in the heart of Soho.</p> <p>The pub is currently running a special offer of free pizza for parties of 25 – 40 – just book by the end of September for any party date (excluding December).</p> <p>To find out more, <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/soho/george">check their website</a>, follow <a href="https://www.facebook.com/thegeorgesoho" target="_blank">The George on Facebook</a> or call: 0207 734 1951<br /> <br /> </p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/raise-glass-25-years-faversham-hop-festival"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Raise a Glass to 25 Years of Faversham Hop Festival</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/great-music-great-cause">Great Music for a Great Cause <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the week: The George, Soho " class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:26:42 +0000 M.Farmer 40891 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Great Music for a Great Cause http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/great-music-great-cause <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>18 August 2014</p><p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/blog_half_Sara%20and%20Martin%20Apps%20at%20The%20Bull.jpg" />The Bull Inn in Faversham is holding a music festival to raise money for a severely disabled teenager who lives in the town.</p> <p>Thomas Knaves, 13, who attends Meadowfield School in Sittingbourne, has severe epilepsy, learning difficulties and autism. He is unable to speak and needs round-the-clock care.</p> <p> </p> <p>Licensee Sara Apps, who has run the historic Shepherd Neame pub for the past 17 years with husband Martin, said: “Thomas is very special to us here at the Bull Inn, as his family are regulars at the pub and we know him well. We wanted to show our support by raising some money to help with his care, so decided to organise some fundraising events.”</p> <p>Sara took part in the Pretty Muddy Race For Life event at Maidstone’s Mote Park in July, raising £600, and Martin organised a charity golf day at Upchurch on August 4, which raised £450. They are now holding Gigs in the Garden at the pub, a music festival which will feature performances by local bands including Nude Vyper, Creek, Flawless Carbon, Davey Ralph &amp; The Road Band, Stormy Monday and the Just Groovin’ Disco. There will also be a barbecue in the garden, and a raffle.</p> <p>Sara said: “We have a huge garden at the pub, so it is the perfect venue for a music festival. We will be providing wristbands instead of tickets, so people can pop in and out during the afternoon and evening. We hope it will be a really fun, family event. "Every band is playing for free, and our bar staff are also donating their time, so we can raise as much money as possible for a fantastic cause.”</p> <p>Doors open at 1pm on Sunday, August 24, for a 2pm start. The event will finish at 10.30pm.</p> <p>Admission is £5, and funds raised will be shared between Thomas Knaves and Cancer Research UK. Tickets can be bought in advance or on the door. For more information phone the pub on 01795 534740.</p> <p> </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-george-soho"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the week: The George, Soho </a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/award-winning-pub-host-wine-tasting-event">Award-Winning Pub to Host Wine Tasting Event <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Great Music for a Great Cause" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 M.Farmer 40886 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Award-Winning Pub to Host Wine Tasting Event http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/award-winning-pub-host-wine-tasting-event <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>17 August 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a>, <a href="/blog/news">News</a></p><p>Shepherd Neame’s Wine Pub of the Year, The Shakespeare in Canterbury, is hosting a Wine Tasting evening on Thursday, September 11.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Dan%20Sidders%20Jonathan%20Neame%20Gareth%20Finney%20at%20the%202014%20Shepherd%20Neame%20Pub%20Awards.jpg" />The city centre pub, run by Gareth Finney and Dan Sidders, received the honour at the recent annual Shepherd Neame Pub Awards.</p> <p>Judges praised its exceptional staff knowledge and the introduction of innovative ‘wine flights’ tastings, which have resulted in sales growth of 500%.</p> <p>To celebrate the award, The Shakespeare is holding a Wine Tasting evening, hosted by its sommelier Leighton Roberts.</p> <p>Guests will enjoy a glass of Prosecco on arrival followed by three red and three white wines, accompanied by a selection of tapas.</p> <p>The event is taking place at the pub in Burgate from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Tickets are priced £25. For more information call 01227 463252 or visit <a href="http://www.shakespearecanterbury.com">www.shakespearecanterbury.com</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/great-music-great-cause"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Great Music for a Great Cause</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/featured-recipe-cherry-almond-and-wild-rice-stuffed-pork-loin">Featured Recipe: Cherry, Almond and Wild Rice Stuffed Pork Loin <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Award-Winning Pub to Host Wine Tasting Event" class="rdf-meta"></span> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 40821 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Featured Recipe: Cherry, Almond and Wild Rice Stuffed Pork Loin http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/featured-recipe-cherry-almond-and-wild-rice-stuffed-pork-loin <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>16 August 2014</p><p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Food/blog_half_Cherry%20Pork.jpg" />Cherries are not just for dessert. Here we use them in a stuffing for pork that would work equally well with chicken. Great as a traditional roast or with a crisp salad, served hot or cold.</p> <p>Download a printable copy <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Food/Cherry%2C%20Almond%20and%20Wild%20Rice%20Stuffed%20Pork%20Loin.pdf">here</a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Preparation: </strong>15mins<br /><strong>Cooking:</strong> 2 ½ hrs<br /><strong>Serves 6</strong> <p><strong>Ingredients:</strong><br />1 ½ kg Pork loin, filleted<br />1 tbsp olive oil<br />1 onion, diced<br />150g chorizo sausage, diced<br />2 cloves garlic, minced<br />25g chopped parsley<br />25g chopped fresh thyme<br />25g chopped fresh rosemary<br />150g chopped cherries<br />150g coarsely chopped roasted almonds<br />200g cooked wild rice<br />Salt and pepper</p> <p><strong>Method:</strong></p> <p>1/ Make the filling. Warm the oil in a pan, add the onions and cook for 3-5 minutes until softened but not browned. Add the chorizo and<br />garlic and cook until browned and cooked through. Remove from heat and add parsley, thyme, rosemary, cherries and almonds. Stir in wild<br />rice and add salt and pepper to taste.</p> <p>2/ Spread out the pork loin on a clean work surface. Bash with a steak mallet to flatten to an even thickness. Spread the filling over the pork from edge to edge. Starting from the short side, roll the pork loin and filling into a spiral. Tie up with kitchen string.</p> <p>3/ Place the joint on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Season with salt and pepper. Preheat the oven to 200°c. Place the roast in the oven and allow to cook for 1 hour. Reduce heat to 180°c and continue to cook for another 45 to 60 minutes. Remove the roast from the oven and test the internal temperature with a probe thermometer. The joint is cooked when the temperature reaches 75°c for more than two minutes. Allow meat to rest in the pan, loosely covered with foil, for 20 to 30 minutes.</p> <p>4/ Remove from the pan and remove the string. Slice into six generous slices and serve.</p> <p>The sweetness of the cherries and and the salty spiciness of the chorizo make this dish ideal for enjoying with a <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/1698-bottle-conditioned-ale-16-x-500ml-bottles">bottle-conditioned 1698</a> - the perfect match to pull all those flavours together.</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/award-winning-pub-host-wine-tasting-event"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Award-Winning Pub to Host Wine Tasting Event</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/whitstable-bay-black-new-oyster-stout-joins-range">Whitstable Bay Black: New Oyster Stout Joins Range <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Featured Recipe: Cherry, Almond and Wild Rice Stuffed Pork Loin" class="rdf-meta"></span> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 09:00:00 +0000 M.Farmer 40746 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Whitstable Bay Black: New Oyster Stout Joins Range http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/whitstable-bay-black-new-oyster-stout-joins-range <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>13 August 2014</p><p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Whitstable%20Bay%20Black%20Oyster%20Stout%20Logo.jpg" />Whitstable Bay Black Oyster Stout is the newest addition to the Whitstable Bay Collection from the Faversham Steam Brewery. </p> <p>It is a silky keg stout brewed using a unique blend of four coloured malts which impart a rich, complex flavour, balanced by the finest Admiral hops, and finished with a smooth, creamy head.</p> <p>The introduction of Oyster Stout follows the huge success of the collection - comprising Whitstable Bay Pale Ale, Whitstable Bay Blonde Lager and Whitstable Bay Organic Ale - since it was launched last July.</p> <p>All the beers are handcrafted using 100% natural ingredients, including chalk filtered mineral water from the brewery's own artesian well. The contemporary lens design for Whitstable Bay Black features a white oyster dredger silhouette on a black background, reflecting its namesake – the popular coastal town of Whitstable.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Whitstable%20Bay%20Black%20Oyster%20Stout.png" />The name was chosen to complement the existing Whitstable Bay range, by adding a stout drawing upon the heritage of the town and its famed oysters. When stouts first emerged in the 18th century, oysters were not the delicacy they are today, but a common snack served in pubs, and proved an excellent pairing. <div>Marketing manager Mark Miller said: “This beer reflects the historic association between oysters and stout.  “The Whitstable Bay range offers a great breadth of choice, and we decided that a stout would fit well within the portfolio. Our brewers have come up with a delicious full-flavoured stout, with a 4.2% ABV.  “It is available on draught only, and we recommend a cold dispense of 3.5⁰C. It uses a gas mix of 70% nitrogen and 30% CO2, as the high nitrogen content gives a smoother and creamier head.”</p> <p> </div><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/featured-recipe-cherry-almond-and-wild-rice-stuffed-pork-loin"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Featured Recipe: Cherry, Almond and Wild Rice Stuffed Pork Loin</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-compasses-inn-crundale">Pub of the week: The Compasses Inn, Crundale <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Whitstable Bay Black: New Oyster Stout Joins Range" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:56:05 +0000 M.Farmer 40711 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the week: The Compasses Inn, Crundale http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-compasses-inn-crundale <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>12 August 2014</p><div><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/CompassesCrundale/blog_half_Compasses%20Inn%2C%20Canterbury%20%28Crundale%29-003.jpg" />The Compasses Inn at Crundale, near Canterbury is a great example of a traditional, rural country pub.  Nestled in the Downs between Canterbury and Ashford, it is an ideal destination for walkers, cyclists, couples and families alike – plus of course those who are simply thirsty for a pint of real ale.  Husband and wife team Rob &amp; Donna Taylor describe the pub as a "muddy wellies and fine food kind of place", and their love for the pub shines through in both the pub’s appearance and atmosphere.</p> <p>Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Compasses is not only in a stunning rural location, but also perfectly situated for access to the finest local meats from nearby farms and game estates, as well as fruits and vegetables from local producers.  Head Chef Rob Taylor - formerly of the renowned Samphire restaurant in Whitstable, takes pride in preparing his varied menus, which offer everything from light lunches to full evening meals, with everything freshly prepared on the day.</div> <div>In recognition of their excellent dining offering, the pub was awarded the Restaurant of the Year Award at Shepherd Neame’s <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shepherd-neame-announces-winners-2014-pub-awards" target="_blank">Pub of the Year Awards 2014</a>, and have also been nominated for ‘Kent Life’ Pub of the Year.  The team were praised for their skilful use of local and seasonal produce to create a delicious, beautifully presented menu, with a special mention also given to the friendly service provided by staff, and the restaurant’s relaxed ambience.</p> <p>The Compasses Inn also has an exceptionally large, family friendly garden, with play equipment for the kids, as well as a marquee and barbeque area for summer events.  The pub offers a selection of cask ales from Shepherd Neame, as well as guest ales, and a carefully chosen wine list.</p> <p>The pub are particularly fond of summer events, the next of which is their <a href="http://www.thecompassescrundale.co.uk/events.html" target="_blank">Summer Vintage Fair</a> on the 25<sup>th</sup> August – back following the huge success of the event last year – with classic vehicles, a bouncy castle, vintage stalls, and live music from Scarlett Rae, if you needed a reason to visit, this is it.</p> <p>The Compasses Inn is located in the hamlet of Crundale in rural Canterbury – detailed directions can be found <a href="http://www.thecompassescrundale.co.uk/" target="_blank">on their website</a>.<br />For more information, or to book, call 01227 700 300.  You can also <a href="http://www.thecompassescrundale.co.uk/bookings.php" target="_blank">book online</a>.</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/whitstable-bay-black-new-oyster-stout-joins-range"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Whitstable Bay Black: New Oyster Stout Joins Range</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/five-minutes-alan-trent-senior-tour-guide">Five minutes with… Alan Trent - Senior Tour Guide <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the week: The Compasses Inn, Crundale" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:59:53 +0000 M.Farmer 40661 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Five minutes with… Alan Trent - Senior Tour Guide http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/five-minutes-alan-trent-senior-tour-guide <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>11 August 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/meet-team">Meet the Team</a></p><p><strong><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/IMG_20140527_152657.jpg" />Age</strong>: 57 </p> <p><strong>Lives</strong>: Faversham<br /> <br /><strong>Qualifications:</strong> Higher National Certificate in Business Studies; Associate of the Chartered Building Societies Institute; Emergency First Aid certificate; Master of Beer; BII award in Cellar Management</p> <p><strong>Career:</strong> After leaving school at 16, gained a clerical apprenticeship with electricity company Seeboard; joined Halifax Building Society as a customer services assistant in 1979, working in a variety of roles before taking redundancy in 2009; hired for a three month contract with Brakes as a credit analyst in 2010; joined Shepherd Neame in March 2011 as a part-time tour guide, promoted to senior tour guide in January 2014</p> <p><strong>Hobbies and interests:</strong>  Gardening and spending time with family, as my wife and I have two daughters and two grandchildren</p> <p><strong>Favourite Shepherd Neame beer:</strong> Late Red</p> <p><strong>Favourite non-Shepherd Neame beer:</strong> Jaipur by Thornbridge Brewery based in Derbyshire</p> <p><strong>What does your job involve?</strong><br />I work 20 hours a week, and my main role is to give public and private brewery tours. As Senior Tour Guide, I also oversee the training for new guides. I take part in the brewery’s <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/events/evening-tour-ale-samplers-supper-2014-summer-season">Evening Tour and Ale Samplers’ Suppers</a> and <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/events/summer-beer-food-matching-evening-0">Beer &amp; Food Matching Evenings</a>, when I give tours followed by tutored tastings, then help to serve the guests’ meals. I also give talks on responsible drinking, science in brewing and business studies for students.</p> <p><strong>What personal characteristics help you in your role?</strong><br />I was a union rep during my time at Halifax, which involved speaking in <img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/IMG_20140527_152535.jpg" />front of more than 500 people at conferences, so I am confident standing in front of a group and giving a brewery tour. I am a very sociable person, and due to my many years in customer service, am used to getting on with people from all walks of life. The fact I have lived in Faversham all my life also helps, as there isn’t much about its history that I don’t know. I have also visited many Shepherd Neame pubs during that time, so when visitors ask me about old beers, I can draw on my knowledge – I have probably drunk them in the past!</p> <p><strong>What are the most rewarding parts of your job?</strong><br />When a visitor says they have learnt something as a result of my tour, as I feel like I have achieved something. I also gain great satisfaction from my work overseeing the guides’ training, as it fantastic to see their development. I could never get passionate about working in a bank, so it is great to finally have a job which I enjoy and where I am appreciated for what I do.</p> <p><strong>What is tough about the job?</strong><br />It can be challenging to engage large groups of young students who visit the brewery.</p> <p><strong>How do you deal with foreign groups?</strong><br />All guides can give the tour in French, as we have a translated version of the script. Any groups speaking other languages are required to bring a translator.</p> <p><strong>What training is involved with the role?</strong> Guides are given the tour script and asked to memorise it, then I take them round the brewery and show them where to stand and deliver each part. When they feel ready, they give a practice tour where I act as a member of public, before doing it for real. Another guide will accompany them on their first few tours, to offer support if they need it.</p> <p><strong>What attracted you to the industry?</strong><br />I was only 52 when I was made redundant from Halifax, and I wanted to carry on working, which is why I took on the short contract with Brakes in Ashford. But when that finished, I decided that more than 30 years working in an office environment was enough, and I didn’t want to do it again. My wife and I had paid off the mortgage, so I only needed part-time work, and that is when I saw the tour guide job advertised on the Shepherd Neame website. I live 10 minutes away from the brewery, so it couldn’t be more convenient, and I have always drunk the beer. I knew lots of people who had worked for the brewery for a long time, so that gave me confidence that it would be a good firm to work for. And I have always liked interaction with people, so finding a job where I got to talk about a subject I feel passionate about, sounded like my dream job – and it is!</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-compasses-inn-crundale"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the week: The Compasses Inn, Crundale</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/featured-recipe-bbq-roast-beef-sharing-joint">Featured Recipe: BBQ Roast Beef Sharing Joint <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Five minutes with… Alan Trent - Senior Tour Guide" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 09:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 40761 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk