Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog?keys= en 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-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 Rediscover Magna Carta with Shepherd Neame http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/rediscover-magna-carta-shepherd-neame <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>01 May 2015</p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_1215%20label.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />Yesterday we officially launched a limited edition ale to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. It is named 1215 after the year in which the historic document was sealed, which established the rule of law and also defined the traditional pint of ale: “There shall be but one Measure throughout the Realm”.<br /><br />A traditional strong English ale, 1215 (8% abv) is infused with medieval ale ingredients such as Mugwort, Yarrow, Woodruff and Fennel, which were used before hops became proliferant.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_1215%20mugwort.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" />It is presented in a traditional amber 750ml bottle, embossed with the Shepherd Neame crook. Only 1,215 bottle-conditioned beers have been released, each encased within a presentation box bearing the signature approval of brewery president Robert Neame.<br /><br />Head brewer Richard Frost said: “We created 1215 in our pilot brewery, which allowed us to experiment, and are really pleased with the brew. It is very rich, with a hint of herbs to replicate what ale would have tasted like during the medieval period.”<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_1215%20box.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />The brewery has been making beer at its historic site in the market town of Faversham, Kent, for more than 400 years. Faversham has a special connection to the Magna Carta as its town council recently discovered that a copy in its archives was an original.<br /><br />To commemorate the anniversary, the copy will be put on display in a special exhibition during the month of June. The town is also holding a weekend of celebrations on June 13 and 14, when Shepherd Neame will be offering visitors the chance to sample 1215 at two special guided brewery tours including tutored tastings.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Magna%20Carta%20bottle%20and%20box%20small.png" style="width: 177px; height: 300px; float: right;" />The tours are taking place at 11am and 2pm on Sunday, June 14. Tickets are priced £12.75 for adults, £8.90 for children aged 12 to 17 inclusive.<br />For more information or to book, call Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre on 01795 542016 or email <a href="mailto:tours@shepherdneame.co.uk">tours@shepherdneame.co.uk</a>.<br /><br />The beer will be on sale, priced £17.50, from Shepherd Neame’s brewery shop at <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop">www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop</a> from today, 1st May.<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/enjoy-early-taste-summer-0"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Enjoy an Early Taste of Summer</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-fun-day-raises-4000-childrens-charity">Pub Fun Day Raises £4,000 for Children&#039;s Charity <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Rediscover Magna Carta with Shepherd Neame" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 01 May 2015 09:02:45 +0000 M.Farmer 58036 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub Fun Day Raises £4,000 for Children's Charity http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-fun-day-raises-4000-childrens-charity <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>01 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>, <a href="/blog/charity">Charity</a>, <a href="/blog/events">Events</a></p><p>A day of wacky fundraising activities at a village pub in Kent raised £4,000 for a children’s charity.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/%28l-r%29%20Andy%20and%20Etta%20Bonugli%2C%20Steve%20and%20Nikki%20Bamford%2C%20with%20Isi%20%282%29.jpg" />Shepherd Neame pub <a href="/node/639">The Saddler in Minster</a> hosted the event, organised by village resident Etta Bonugli as her 16-year-old daughter Isi has Rett Syndrome - a rare neurodevelopmental disorder usually diagnosed in girls around their first birthday, which is currently incurable.</p> <p>Etta volunteered to have her shoulder-length hair shaved off at the fun day, and her 18-year-old son Somerset and pub licensee Steve Bamford endured a sponsored leg wax, along with five other male friends who drink regularly at the pub.</p> <p>A host of other fundraising activities also took place during the day, including karaoke, face painting and glitter tattoos, a raffle and tombola. More than 150 people attended the event, raising £4,000 for children’s charity <a href="http://www.reverserett.org.uk" target="_blank">Reverse Rett</a>, which works to fund research into treatments for Rett Syndrome.</p> <p>Mum-of-two Etta, 44, said: “Our family has held dozens of fundraising activities over the years since Isi was diagnosed, and I came up with the idea of having my head shaved as I thought it would be entertaining and get people donating! I’ve never had really short hair before, so it has been a bit of a shock, but it was definitely worth it.”</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/The%20Saddler%2C%20Minster.jpg" />The fun day was a real community event, with village hairdresser Michael Abbott volunteering to shave Etta’s head, and more than 100 raffle and tombola prizes donated by local businesses. Etta’s school friends Ruth Relfe and Penny Osborn also helped organise the fundraiser.</p> <p>Father-of-two Steve, who runs the pub with wife Nikki, said: “When Henrietta approached me with the idea of holding a fundraiser at the pub, we were delighted to get involved. Our 17-year-old daughter Megan works at Ramsgate beauty salon Pamper and Polish, so she and her boss volunteered to do the leg waxing – which was very painful, but well worth it!”</p> <p>Etta added: “The generosity and support we have received from everyone in the village has been truly amazing, and we really cannot thank everyone enough. The more money we can raise, the more quickly we will be able to help advance the science that will bring a cure to thousands worldwide.”</p> <p>To offer a donation, visit <a href="https://www.justgiving.com/Henrietta-Bonugli3/">https://www.justgiving.com/Henrietta-Bonugli3/</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/rediscover-magna-carta-shepherd-neame"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Rediscover Magna Carta with Shepherd Neame</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/official-launch-new-look-seaside-pub">Official Launch for New Look Seaside Pub <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub Fun Day Raises £4,000 for Children&#039;s Charity" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 01 May 2015 08:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 57606 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Official Launch for New Look Seaside Pub http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/official-launch-new-look-seaside-pub <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>29 April 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>Dozens of guests packed Whitstable’s new look Smack Inn at its official launch party on Monday, April 27.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/The%20Smack%20Inn%2C%20Whitstable.jpg" />Licensee Charles Smythe has just taken on the traditional Shepherd Neame pub, which recently re-opened following a three month £100,000 refurbishment project.</p> <p>It was originally a pair of fisherman’s cottages built in the 1800s, and a more rustic feel has been created in keeping with the pub’s heritage, by exposing the brickwork in the bar area and stripping the wall panelling back to natural wood. The traditional feel has also been enhanced by retaining the original bar counter, along with the ceramic glazed tiles and etched glass at the front of the pub.</p> <p>The garden has enjoyed a major revamp, with a new beach hut-themed covered seating area as its centrepiece. The vibrantly striped structure is situated on the new wooden decking area.</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/The%20new%20look%20garden%20at%20The%20Smack%20Inn.jpg" />The pub’s exterior has been repainted with the addition of handpainted signwriting and a bespoke swing sign. The space at the front of the pub has also been converted from a parking area to customer seating.</p> <p>Local dignitaries and residents were invited to the official opening event, with the first pint pulled by veteran rock musician Steve Bolton. ‘Boltz’ lives near the pub, and has recorded and toured with artists including The Who and Paul Young.</p> <p>Charles, who also runs Shepherd Neame’s Old City Bar in Canterbury, along with three other pubs in the city, said: “I was delighted at the number of people who came out to support us at the launch. We have already had some great feedback about the Smack’s new look, and with its fantastic location just a short stroll from the beach, I’m confident it will continue to go from strength to strength.”</p> <p>Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame attended the launch event, and to mark the occasion presented a cheque for £500 to Whitstable Improvement Trust (WIT).</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/%28l-r%29%20Charles%20Smythe%2C%20Roger%20Seijo%2C%20pub%20manager%20Tiffany%20Kirtikar%2C%20Jonathan%20Neame.jpg" />WIT chairman Roger Seijo, who received the cheque, said: “We are very grateful to Shepherd Neame for their kind donation, and also to Charles for his hard work to make the Smack Inn such a thriving pub, and a great asset to our community. We are planning to spend the money on improving the garden in front of our building in Harbour Street.”</p> <p>Jonathan Neame added: “The Smack Inn epitomises everything that’s brilliant about the pub trade, showing that when you marry a great licensee with some investment, fantastic things can be achieved. I’m sure that Charles and his excellent team will make The Smack one of the town’s most popular pubs.”</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-fun-day-raises-4000-childrens-charity"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub Fun Day Raises £4,000 for Children&#039;s Charity</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/win-chance-fly-spitfire">Win the Chance to Fly a Spitfire <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Official Launch for New Look Seaside Pub" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 09:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 57766 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Win the Chance to Fly a Spitfire http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/win-chance-fly-spitfire <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>28 April 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/spitfire">Spitfire</a>, <a href="/blog/competition">Competition</a></p><p>Spitfire Premium Kentish Ale is offering its trade customers the chance to win a once in a lifetime experience: flying an historic Spitfire aeroplane.</p> <p>The exclusive prize is up for grabs in this year’s Operation Landlord, an annual promotion organised by the award-winning beer, to commemorate the 75<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Battle of Britain.</p> <p>The winning licensee or manager will join a pilot for a tandem flight in the iconic British fighter aircraft, with an opportunity to actually take the controls. And their memorable day will also include flying two other historic Second World War planes – a Tiger Moth and Harvard.</p> <p>Customers simply have to order a cask of Spitfire Ale, and text the unique code provided, along with the pub’s postcode and name, to be entered into the prize draw. Entries must be submitted by June 30, and a winner will then be randomly selected.</p> <p>It is open to all customers who order casks of Spitfire Ale, and multiple entries are allowed.</p> <p>Spitfire Ale brand manager William Upfield said: “This year’s prize for Operation Landlord is the best yet. It is an experience that money can’t buy, and we are delighted to be able to offer it to our customers. We would like to wish the best of luck to everyone who enters!”</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/official-launch-new-look-seaside-pub"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Official Launch for New Look Seaside Pub</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-old-neptune-whitstable">Pub of the Week: The Old Neptune, Whitstable <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Win the Chance to Fly a Spitfire" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 11:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 57631 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The Old Neptune, Whitstable http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-old-neptune-whitstable <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>28 April 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_Old%20Neptune%2C%20Whitstable%20%284%29.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" /><strong><a href="http://neppy.co.uk/" target="_blank">The Old Neptune</a></strong> is idyllically situated directly on the beach at Whitstable. This fantastic spot makes it perfect for relaxing with a pint of beer, or glass of wine, right by the sea. You really couldn’t get much closer.<br /><br />It is thought that there may have originally been a boat workshop on the current site at one time, which was washed away. Certainly the building has suffered over time, being in such an exposed spot, with records of serious structural damage from sea water in 1853, and total loss of the wooden ‘beer house’ building in a storm in 1897.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/blog_half_Old%20Neptune%2C%20Whitstable%20%288%29.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 200px; float: right;" />It was rebuilt, using timber reclaimed from the original, and from other buildings lost at the time. A few additions and repairs over the years, plus some more seaside weather, and the result is the very appealing, if a bit warped and twisted, beachside pub we see today.<br /><br />The Old Neptune, or ‘the Neppy’ as it is affectionately known locally, is as pleasant inside as out, with lots of wood everywhere, and interesting Whitstable pictures and other articles on the walls, and even hanging from the ceiling. Outside there is a very large seating area directly on the beach.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/blog_half_Old%20Neptune%2C%20Whitstable%20%2810%29.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 200px; float: left;" />Food is served daily from 12 noon until 4pm, and is a good choice of traditional pub food, sandwiches and jackets, plus a selection of seafood specials and handmade pies. On the bar you will find a range of well-kept cask ales, plus of course Whitstable Bay Blonde lager and also our sumptuous Whitstable Bay Black stout. In addition there is a good wine selection, and all your other favourite tipples.<br /><br />The pub is well known locally for hosting some of the best live music around, with a band on most Saturday and Sunday evenings – an eclectic mixture of pretty much everything – swing, funk, blues, roots, Cuban, folk, and more - but no matter what style of music, the bands are always of a high quality, with good beer on tap, and a great crowd.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/blog_half_Old%20Neptune%2C%20Whitstable%20%2812%29.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" />To find out more and for events listings, visit the <a href="http://neppy.co.uk/index.html" target="_blank">pub’s website</a>, follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/oldneptune.whitstable" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, or call one of the team on 01227 272262.<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/win-chance-fly-spitfire"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Win the Chance to Fly a Spitfire</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/faversham-pub-announces-major-charity-gig">Faversham Pub Announces Major Charity Gig <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Old Neptune, Whitstable" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:34:30 +0000 M.Farmer 57616 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Faversham Pub Announces Major Charity Gig http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/faversham-pub-announces-major-charity-gig <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>27 April 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/events">Events</a></p><p>Enjoy an evening of great music in aid of two special causes at the <a href="/node/603">Railway Hotel</a> in Faversham.</p> <p>Mel Hatchard, licensee at the Shepherd Neame pub, is hosting a one-off concert headlined by the rock and dance band <a href="http://www.jamsandwich.biz" target="_blank">Jam Sandwich</a> on Friday, May 8.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Jam%20Sandwich-2.jpeg" /></p> <p>Jam Sandwich are raising funds and awareness for two charities close to their hearts: the <a href="http://www.mndassociation.org" target="_blank">Motor Neurone Disease Association</a> and the <a href="https://www.justgiving.com/SilasPullenFund" target="_blank">Silas Pullen Fund</a> (for the <a href="http://www.thebraintumourcharity.org" target="_blank">Brain Tumour Charity</a>). They will be supported by two other local acts, <a href="http://www.flawlesscarbon.co.uk" target="_blank">Flawless Carbon</a> and Byrne, and all the bands have waived their fees so every penny raised will go to the charities.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Railway%20Hotel%20licensee%20Mel%20Hatchard.jpg" />Mel said: “I know Jam Sandwich well, as two of them are from the area and they have headlined for us at the Faversham Hop Festival. One of the band members just lost his father to Motor Neurone Disease and I also recently lost a good friend to the illness, so we decided to hold a fundraising concert. The other charity is the Silas Pullen Fund, launched in memory of Silas, an 11-year-old boy from Faversham who tragically lost his battle with brain cancer.”</p> <p>Jam Sandwich lead guitarist Tom Falcon added: “We felt it was important to do something fun and joyful to raise awareness and funds for these two very special causes. We have performed at the Faversham Hop Festival several times, which we always enjoy, and are looking forward to coming back to the town for this special concert.”</p> <p>The concert, which will be taking place outdoors, starts at 7pm, with tickets priced £10 in advance or £7 on the door but space is limited. If accompanied by an adult at all times, 16 to 18-year-olds will be admitted into the outdoor arena, but not in the pub.</p> <p>For information or to book, <a href="https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jam-sandwich-live-for-motor-neurone-disease-and-the-silas-pullen-fund-tickets-16489493519" target="_blank">click here.</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-old-neptune-whitstable"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The Old Neptune, Whitstable</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/may-day-music-weekend-seaside-pub">May Day Music Weekend at Seaside Pub <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Faversham Pub Announces Major Charity Gig" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 56991 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk May Day Music Weekend at Seaside Pub http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/may-day-music-weekend-seaside-pub <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>23 April 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/events">Events</a></p><p>A weekend of music is being held at <a href="/node/666">The Telegraph</a> pub in Deal to raise money for <a href="https://www.demelza.org.uk" target="_blank">Demelza children’s hospice</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Licensee%20Dawn%20James%20at%20The%20Telegraph%20pub%20in%20Deal.jpg" />The Shepherd Neame pub in Hamilton Road is offering karaoke on Friday, May 1, a disco on Saturday, May 2, and live music on Sunday, May 3.</p> <p>The afternoon and evening of live music starts at 2pm, and will feature performances by an eclectic range of groups and individual musicians, including ska band <a href="http://www.the-estimators-london-ska-band.co.uk/" target="_blank">The Estimators</a>, reggae performers One Love, local singer Dave Shepherd and covers band <a href="http://www.scene-six.co.uk" target="_blank">Scene Six</a>. There will also be a barbecue throughout the afternoon, and the chance to win some great prizes in a raffle.</p> <p>Admission to all three events is free.</p> <p>Licensee Dawn James said: “This is the third year we have held the May Day Music weekend. It is always a fun community event, and a fantastic way to raise money for a very worthy cause.”</p> <p>For more information, contact The Telegraph on 01304 371746.</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/faversham-pub-announces-major-charity-gig"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Faversham Pub Announces Major Charity Gig</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/head-along-favershams-own-comedy-store">Head Along to Faversham&#039;s Own Comedy Store <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="May Day Music Weekend at Seaside Pub" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 57031 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Head Along to Faversham's Own Comedy Store http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/head-along-favershams-own-comedy-store <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>22 April 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/old-brewery-store">Old Brewery Store</a>, <a href="/blog/visitor-centre">Visitor Centre</a>, <a href="/blog/events">Events</a></p><p>Enjoy an evening of comedy at <a href="http://www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk" target="_blank">The Old Brewery Store</a> in Faversham.</p> <p>The events venue at the Shepherd Neame brewery is hosting a comedy night on the first Thursday of every month, and the next show is taking place on <a href="/node/54866">Thursday, May 7</a>.</p> <p>It is being hosted for a second time by Faversham comedian Richard Coughlan, and will feature another local performer, Dave Bailey from Sittingbourne.</p> <p>The line-up also includes Naomi Cooper, Jake Howie, Athena Kugblenu, Steve Hili and Dimitri Bakanov.</p> <p>Visitor centre manager Graham Hukins said: “We have been delighted with the popularity of the comedy nights at TOBS since we launched them in March. They are a great platform for local, budding comedians to showcase their talents, and a hilarious evening of entertainment is guaranteed.”</p> <p>Doors open at 6.30pm for an 8pm start, with tickets priced £5. It is open to over 18s only.</p> <p>For more information or to buy tickets <a href="/node/54866">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/may-day-music-weekend-seaside-pub"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> May Day Music Weekend at Seaside Pub</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-new-flying-horse-wye">Pub of the Week: The New Flying Horse, Wye <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Head Along to Faversham&#039;s Own Comedy Store" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 08:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 56676 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The New Flying Horse, Wye http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-new-flying-horse-wye <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>21 April 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/NewFlyingHorse/blog_half_New%20Flying%20Horse%2C%20Approach.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />The <strong><a href="http://www.newflyinghorsewye.co.uk/welcome" target="_blank">New Flying Horse</a></strong> in Wye is a stunning village pub boasting some of the most beautiful guest rooms in the area.<br /><br />Set in the heart of Wye, a charming Kentish village situated between Ashford and Canterbury and with mainline train connections to London, it is the perfect destination for a weekend break in the countryside.<br /><br />The pub is appealing both inside and out, with an attractive bar area, plenty of seating for diners, along with two separate restaurant areas and extensive garden ideal for lunches with friends, or a relaxing cream tea in the sunshine.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/NewFlyingHorse/blog_half_New%20Flying%20Horse%2C%20Wye-004_0.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" />It is in the garden that The New Flying Horse provides its undoubtedly unique surprise.  While many pubs can boast attractive gardens, there are none quite like this, for part of the garden is in fact an authentic recreation of a Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal Winner - Julian Dowle’s design “A Soldier’s Dream of Blighty”.<br /><br />The Chelsea Pensioners’ Garden was created for the 2005 Chelsea Flower Show, with input from the Chelsea Pensioners themselves, and includes a Dig for Victory vegetable garden, a pond, a field of poppies and a miniature pub.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/NewFlyingHorse/blog_half_New%20Flying%20Horse%2C%20Wye-012.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 186px; float: left;" />And it is not all just for show – many of the vegetables and herbs grown in the garden, chosen from a 1939 seed catalogue by the Chelsea Pensioners, are picked fresh and used in the kitchen.<br /><br />The pub has an excellent reputation for its food, and seeks to cater for all tastes and appetites, with a bar menu for quicker lunches and lighter bites, and a full restaurant menu, all available throughout the pub wherever you choose to dine.  The focus is on providing excellent meals using only the best, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.  There are also daily specials, and an unforgettable Sunday Roast.  Booking is always advised.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/NewFlyingHorse/blog_half_New%20Flying%20Horse%2C%20Wye%20-%20bedroom%20tiff-010.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 179px; float: right;" />On the bar you will find a range of well-kept cask ales, lagers and an excellent wine list.  The nine rooms all provide the highest standards of accommodation, combining traditional features with modern luxuries, and are a real treat to stay in.<br /><br />Being within a short distance of Canterbury, with its cathedral and many other attractions, makes Wye ideal for a well-positioned yet peaceful base for sightseeing, or simply for a walking weekend, with direct access to the Kent Downs, and some incredible views over Wye and beyond.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/NewFlyingHorse/blog_half_New%20Flying%20Horse%2C%20Wye-015.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 186px; float: left;" />The pub also runs a very popular quiz night on Sundays at 8pm - booking advised, and other occasional events.  To find out more, visit the <a href="http://www.newflyinghorsewye.co.uk/welcome" target="_blank">pub’s website</a>, of follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/newflyinghorse" target="_blank">Facebook </a>or <a href="https://twitter.com/newflyhorse" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, or simply call one of the team on 01233 812 297.<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/head-along-favershams-own-comedy-store"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Head Along to Faversham&#039;s Own Comedy Store</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/whitstable-bay-backs-seaside-literary-festival">Whitstable Bay Backs Seaside Literary Festival <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The New Flying Horse, Wye" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:35:04 +0000 M.Farmer 56876 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk