Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog?keys= en Pub of the Week: The Rose Inn, Ashford http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-rose-inn-ashford <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>03 July 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="/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/blog_half_Rose%20Inn%2C%20Ashford%20%28Kennington%29%20%2833%29_0.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" /><strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/ashford/rose-inn" target="_blank">The Rose Inn, Kennington, Ashford</a></strong> was originally built in 1860 as a private house, but converted into a traditional coaching inn by Shepherd Neame around 1886. Its early customers would have been the drovers travelling along the Faversham road with their horses and goods, on the way to Ashford market.<br /><br /><br />Today it still serves those journeying along the same road, but has been transformed into a comfortable and stylish suburban pub. A recent makeover included refurbishment of both the pub’s public and saloon bars, with new upholstery, wooden floors and a glass entrance lobby, as well as an exterior repaint and new signwriting.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/blog_half_Rose%20Inn%2C%20Ashford%20%28Kennington%29%20%2825%29.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" />The pub has also had new faces behind the bar, with licensees Sarah and Dave taking over at the end of 2014, giving the pub a new lease of life, and extending the menu and food serving times. There is a good range of bar snacks and traditional pub meals, and a very popular Sunday roast, where you can enjoy two courses for £10.45.<br /><br />Inside, the pub has two bars, as well as a separate restaurant area . There is also ample outdoor seating . On the bar there is a range of quality cask ales, lagers, wines by the glass, and all the usual favourites.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/blog_half_Rose%20Inn%2C%20Ashford%20%28Kennington%29%20%2823%29.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />As well as being a great place to stop for a pint and pub meal, The Rose is also ideal if you are a sports fan looking to watch the match.  Boasting four TVs, with Sky and BT Sport, and aiming to show pretty much everything, the chances are, if you want to see it it’s on - and if not just ask.<br /><br />The pub has a monthly event on the last Saturday, which can be anything from karaoke to theme nights, or a quiz, plus look out for live music coming soon. They even organise coach trips – just pop in to the pub to see what’s coming up.<br /><br />For more information visit the <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/ashford/rose-inn" target="_blank">pub’s website</a>, or call one of the team on 01233 623 871.<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-previous right"><a href="/blog/shepherd-neame-takes-historic-riverside-pub">Shepherd Neame Takes On Historic Riverside Pub <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Rose Inn, Ashford" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 14:27:07 +0000 M.Farmer 68536 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shepherd Neame Takes On Historic Riverside Pub http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shepherd-neame-takes-historic-riverside-pub <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>01 July 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>Riverside pub The Anchor at Yalding has been acquired by Britain’s oldest brewer Shepherd Neame – the first time it has changed hands in more than 30 years.<br /> <br />The 14<sup>th</sup> century thatch roofed pub is situated on the River Medway, a few minutes from the village of Yalding near Maidstone, and is operating as part of the brewery’s managed estate.<br /> <br />It was officially taken over by the brewery on Wednesday, July 1, and will be shut for general maintenance work before reopening on Monday, July 6. The brewery will be reviewing options for further investment in due course.<br /> <br />The pub is being run by experienced manager Chris Peach, who previously ran another Shepherd Neame pub, the <a href="/node/548">Manor Farm Barn</a> in Southfleet. He is currently recruiting for around 20 new employees to help cope with demand during the busy summer period, including front of house staff, an assistant manager and chefs.<br /> <br />Customers can relax in the comfortable surroundings of the traditional family-friendly restaurant, or when the weather is fine, dine alfresco on the large terrace overlooking the river.<br /> <br />This landmark site in a unique location is popular with those using canoes, kayaks and small boats on the river, as there are moorings just upstream of the pub, which has c.300 yards of river frontage and is surrounded by water on two sides at Hamptead Lock.<br /> <br />The Anchor will be open every day and evening, serving freshly ground coffee and a selection of other hot drinks, along with Shepherd Neame’s renowned Kentish ales and excellent wines from independent family vineyards around the world.<br />It will also offer a varied menu of light bites and classic British cuisine with a contemporary twist, with all dishes cooked onsite using locally sourced produce wherever possible.<br /> <br />The addition of The Anchor takes Shepherd Neame’s total portfolio of managed pubs and hotels across the South East to 54.<br /> <br />Shepherd Neame’s director of retail and tenanted operations Nigel Bunting said: “The Anchor in Yalding is an historic building with lots of character, boasting a fantastic riverside location. We are delighted to welcome this unique pub to our retail estate, and are confident it will prove a worthy addition.”<br /> <br />For more information or to apply for one of the new roles at The Anchor, email <a href="mailto:recruitment@shepherdneame.co.uk">recruitment@shepherdneame.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-rose-inn-ashford"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The Rose Inn, Ashford</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shepherd-neame-announces-winners-2015-pub-awards">Shepherd Neame Announces Winners of 2015 Pub Awards <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shepherd Neame Takes On Historic Riverside Pub" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:05:00 +0000 james.purcell 67716 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shepherd Neame Announces Winners of 2015 Pub Awards http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shepherd-neame-announces-winners-2015-pub-awards <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>30 June 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/awards">Awards</a></p><p>The <a href="http://www.thethreelionsfarncombe.co.uk" target="_blank">Three Lions, Farncombe</a> has been crowned Pub of the Year in the annual Shepherd Neame Pub Awards.</p> <p>It was among 13 of the brewery’s pubs and hotels across London and the South East honoured in a glittering ceremony at the <a href="/node/436" target="_blank">Conningbrook Hotel</a> in Ashford on Tuesday, 30 June.</p> <p>Awards were given for various aspects of running a successful pub, such as pouring the perfect pint, serving consistently great food and being at the heart of the local community.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/AWARDS_033.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" />The Three Lions’ accolade pays tribute to the tenacity and dedication of first-time licensees Sarah and Graham Firth and their team after the pub was gutted by a blaze in February 2014, just four weeks into their tenure at the pub and following a significant refurbishment.</p> <p>Believed to be the oldest pub in the Surrey village, the fire devastated a third of the building, destroyed their possessions and rendered the pub uninhabitable. Despite this, they remained positive and just five months later they were back up and running and had even raised more than £1,000 for The Fire Fighters Charity to thank them for saving the pub.</p> <p>The pub was previously well-known locally for its live music nights.  Former media sales executive Sarah and her finance director husband Graham have maintained the live music programme, while using their business experience to broaden the pubs offer, which now includes great food, quiz nights and charity fundraising events.</p> <p>Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame, who presented the awards, said: “Sarah and Graham have taken to the pub business like ducks to water.  Despite the huge challenge presented by the fire, they have remained cheerful and focused, and have only ever seen opportunities in their adversity - a thoroughly well-deserved award.”</p> <p>Sarah Firth said: “We are completely surprised and absolutely delighted, especially considering all the fantastic Shepherd Neame pubs out there. We don’t just see this as an award for ourselves; it’s a credit to whole the team at the pub. We’re just so chuffed!”</p> <p>The Pub Restaurant of the Year Award went to the <a href="/node/581" target="_blank">Plough, Upper Dicker</a>. Judges praised the professionalism, high standards and customer service and cited outstanding Trip Advisor reviews: “Amazing food, great service, repeat visitor.” The Pub Food of the Year Award was awarded to first-time licensees Elsie Innes and her partner Jordan Apps of the Peacock, Goudhurst who have turned a wet-led pub into a thriving destination food pub by offering ‘proper pub food at affordable prices’.</p> <p>The <a href="/node/488" target="_blank">Gate Inn, Marshside</a> claimed the title of Beer Hero with judges praising licensee Glenn Hollingworth’s enhanced beer offer, which is served directly from the cask and keg in the cellar. The Zetland Arms, Kingsdown was named Wine Pub of the Year for their development of wine in the pub, which has seen sales rocket to almost 8,500 bottles a year.</p> <p>Brendan McBride at the <a href="http://www.sunfaversham.co.uk" target="_blank">Sun Inn, Faversham</a> was awarded Manager of the Year. A successful Shepherd Neame pub manager since 2001 and manager of the Sun inn for the last seven years, Brendan was recognised for his excellent team-building skills, which have contributed to the continued double-digit growth in trade.</p> <p>The Managed Business of the Year award went to the <a href="/node/755" target="_blank">Botany Bay Hotel, Kingsgate</a>, which has been completely transformed. Managers Ian and Alison Farlane have exceeded expectations following a major redevelopment last year, building a customer-focused team and a business which is trading up significantly on last year.</p> <p>The New Licensee of the Year Award was presented to Peter and Gill Allen from the <a href="/node/554" target="_blank">Mermaid Inn, Bishopsbourne</a>.  Previously a money broker turned senior chef de partie at the Groucho Club and a dental practice manager respectively, the couple have proved experts in creating a fantastic pub experience. The Tenanted Pub of the Year Award went to Alessandro Tinti from the Imperial, Southborough, who with his wife Barbara and sister Stephania have brought a distinctly Italian flavour to the pub, while maintaining the feel of a ‘local’.</p> <p>Dawn and Tony James, licensees of the <a href="/node/666" target="_blank">Telegraph, Deal</a>, received the Heart of the Community Pub of the Year award for their tireless local fundraising which has seen them raise more than £20,000 for various local causes since 2012, as well as their support and care for longstanding elderly customers. The Plough, Lewson Street, won Best Floral Display for its truly exceptional display of flowers sourced from a local farmer and cultivated by the pub’s licensees Carol and Kevin James.</p> <p>Simon and Tanya Causton from the <a href="/node/419" target="_blank">Caxton Arms, Brighton</a> were honoured with the Turnaround Pub of the Year award, for transforming the pub into a vibrant meeting place. Drawing on their experience of running bars in Thailand, they serve Thai food cooked by Tanya, a comprehensive cocktail list and a sports cellar with many games including table tennis.</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/AWARDS_038.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 200px;" />A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Les Koncsik of the <a href="/node/442" target="_blank">Crown &amp; Anchor, Faversham</a>, who the judges described as ‘a Shepherd Neame institution’ after 45 years as a licensee.  After arriving from Hungary aged just 16, he became licensee at The Kings Head, Abbey Street in 1970 for 12 years before taking over the Crown and Anchor in 1982.  He has kept this popular community local ever since.</p> <p>Jonathan Neame summed up the awards by saying: “Shepherd Neame pubs and hotels offer our customers a distinctive customer experience: a great portfolio of celebrated beers and unique wines; great fresh food; and warm, friendly service. These awards recognise the hard work, dedication, and creativity of all our licensees and are a celebration of excellence in this industry."<br /> <br /><strong>FULL LIST OF WINNING PUBS AND LICENSEES</strong><br /><strong>Best Floral Display</strong> – Carol and Kevin James, The Plough, Lewson Street<br /><strong>Heart of the Community Pub of the Year</strong> – Dawn and Tony James, The Telegraph, Deal<br /><strong>Wine Pub of the Year</strong> – Tom and Karensa Miller, Zetland Arms, Kingsdown<br /><strong>Beer Hero</strong> – Glen Hollingworth, Gate Inn, Marshside<br /><strong>Turnaround / Transformation Pub of the Year</strong> – Simon and Tanya Causton, Caxton Arms, Brighton<br /><strong>Pub Food of the Year</strong> – Elsie Innes and Jordan Apps, The Peacock, Goudhurst<br /><strong>Restaurant of the Year</strong> – Angelena and Greg Churcher, The Plough, Upper Dicker<br /><strong>New Licensee of the Year</strong> – Peter and Gill Allen, Mermaid Inn, Bishopsbourne<br /><strong>Manager of the Year</strong> – Brendan McBride, Sun Inn, Faversham<br /><strong>Tenanted Pub of the Year</strong> – Alessandro and Barbara Tinti Imperial, Southborough<br /><strong>Managed Business of the Year</strong> – Ian and Alison Farlane, Botany Bay Hotel, Kingsgate<br /><strong>Lifetime Achievement</strong> – Les Koncsik, Crown &amp; Anchor, Faversham<br /><strong>Shepherd Neame Pub of the Year</strong> – Sarah and Graham Firth, The Three Lions, Farncombe</p> <p><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="https://photos.gstatic.com/media/slideshow.swf" width="600" height="400" flashvars="host=picasaweb.google.com&amp;hl=en_US&amp;feat=flashalbum&amp;RGB=0x000000&amp;feed=https%3A%2F%2Fpicasaweb.google.com%2Fdata%2Ffeed%2Fapi%2Fuser%2F109494166988071857433%2Falbumid%2F6167298253848821505%3Falt%3Drss%26kind%3Dphoto%26authkey%3DGv1sRgCMHe-6Gpt5CN5QE%26hl%3Den_US" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer"></embed></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-takes-historic-riverside-pub"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shepherd Neame Takes On Historic Riverside Pub</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/tasty-way-celebrate-fourth-july">A Tasty Way to Celebrate the Fourth of July <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shepherd Neame Announces Winners of 2015 Pub Awards" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 67571 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk A Tasty Way to Celebrate the Fourth of July http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/tasty-way-celebrate-fourth-july <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>27 June 2015</p><div><img alt="" class="right" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Celebrate%20the%20fourth%20of%20July%20with%20Samuel%20Adams%20Boston%20Lager.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 177px; float: right;" />Celebrate American Independence Day on July 4 with a special Beer and Food Matching Evening at Shepherd Neame.</div><div><br />We are hosting a special six-course dinner featuring traditional American favourites including clam and smoked haddock chowder, ribeye steak with beer battered onion rings and chunky chips, and baked vanilla cheesecake.</div><div><br />Each course will feature an accompanying beer designed to complement its flavours, including America’s original craft beer Samuel Adams Boston Lager, brewed in the UK under licence by Shepherd Neame, and Samuel Adams’ Blonde Ambition, a limited edition cask ale specially created to celebrate American Independence Day. Brewed by Shepherd Neame from a recipe devised in conjunction with the Boston Beer Company, it uses equal measures of US and UK hops.</div><div><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/ToursFunc/blog_half_Beer%20and%20food%20evening_resize_0.jpeg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" /><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">The dinner will be hosted by one of the brewery’s beer experts, and guests will learn about ingredients and brewing techniques, the variety of beer styles available, and how to match beers with food.</span></div><div><br />It is taking place at 7pm on Saturday, July 4 in the Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre.</div><div><br />Tickets are priced £49.95 per person, and advance booking is essential.</div><div><br />To book or for more information, call 01795 542016 or <strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/events/summer-beer-food-matching-evening-1" target="_blank">book online here.</a></strong><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/shepherd-neame-announces-winners-2015-pub-awards"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shepherd Neame Announces Winners of 2015 Pub Awards</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/spitfire-soars-action-worthy-cause">Spitfire Soars Into Action for Worthy Cause <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="A Tasty Way to Celebrate the Fourth of July" class="rdf-meta"></span> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 10:30:00 +0000 M.Farmer 66546 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Spitfire Soars Into Action for Worthy Cause http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/spitfire-soars-action-worthy-cause <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>25 June 2015</p><div><img alt="" class="left" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Win%20a%20once-in-a-lifetime%20experience.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" /><strong><a href="http://www.spitfireale.co.uk/" target="_blank">Spitfire Premium Kentish Ale</a></strong> is offering its drinkers the chance to win a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience: flying an historic Spitfire aeroplane.</div><div><br />The exclusive prize is up for grabs as part of a year-long campaign by Spitfire to raise £75,000 for the <strong><a href="https://www.rafbf.org/" target="_blank">RAF Benevolent Fund</a></strong>, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.</div><div><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Spitfire%20soars%20into%20action%20for%2075th.png" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 181px; float: right;" />Limited edition bottles of Spitfire Ale, featuring the heart roundel of the RAF Benevolent Fund on their crown instead of the traditional RAF roundel, will have promotional bottle collars inviting drinkers to enter the special anniversary competition.</div><div><br />The winner 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.</div><div><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Some%20of%20the%20promotional%20drip%20mats_0.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 209px; float: left;" />Consumers simply have to enter their details to be included in the competition, which runs from July 1 to September 30. Visit <a href="http://www.spitfireale.co.uk/win">www.spitfireale.co.uk</a> to enter.</div><div><br />The back label of every bottle will also encourage drinkers to donate £3 to the RAF Benevolent Fund by texting the word SPITFIRE to 70660.</div><div><br />Licensees will be provided with promotional posters, drip mats and pump crowners, to help raise awareness of the competition and fundraising initiative, and it will be promoted online via social media.</div><div><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_One%20of%20the%20limited%20edition%20t-shirts.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 198px; float: right;" />Spitfire is also producing limited edition RAF Benevolent Fund Spitfire t-shirts priced £10, which will be available at selected airshows and events throughout the year, and online at <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop-categories/clothing" target="_blank">www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop</a>. There will also be 75th anniversary wristbands, priced £2, available from selected Shepherd Neame pubs in London and the South East.</div><div><br />Spitfire Ale brand manager William Upfield said: “The chance to fly a Spitfire is an experience that money can’t buy, and we are delighted to be able to offer such a special prize to our customers. Spitfire Ale is a proud partner of the RAF Benevolent Fund, and an official partner of the RAF, and we hope that as many people as possible will support us in our year of fundraising to mark this significant anniversary and support those helped by the charity.”</div><div><br /><strong>WHO ARE WE HELPING?</strong></div><div>CASE STUDIES (left to right, below):</div><div>Senior aircraftman <a href="https://www.rafbf.org/how-we-help/who-we-have-helped/luke-wigman">Luke Wigman</a>, 29, from Nottingham, hadn't thought about a life beyond the RAF until he was seriously injured after stepping on an improvised explosive device (IED) during foot patrol in Afghanistan.</div><div><br />In 2012, senior aircraftman <a href="https://www.rafbf.org/how-we-help/who-we-have-helped/kevin-ogilvie">Kevin Ogilvie</a> from Lowestoft was just 22 when he was left paralysed from the chest down after his armoured vehicle drove over an IED in Afghanistan.</div><div><br />30-year-old <a href="https://www.rafbf.org/how-we-help/who-we-have-helped/michael-goody">Mike Goody</a> from Bognor Regis, a senior aircraftman, had his foot amputated after his regiment were hit by an IED while on patrol in Afghanistan.</div><div><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/RAFBF%20heroes.png" /></div><div>For more information on the work of the RAF Benevolent Fund, <a href="https://www.rafbf.org/" target="_blank">visit the website.</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/tasty-way-celebrate-fourth-july"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> A Tasty Way to Celebrate the Fourth of July</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/lions-enjoy-roaring-reception-shepherd-neame">Lions Enjoy a Roaring Reception at Shepherd Neame <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Spitfire Soars Into Action for Worthy Cause" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 07:45:00 +0000 M.Farmer 66391 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Lions Enjoy a Roaring Reception at Shepherd Neame http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/lions-enjoy-roaring-reception-shepherd-neame <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>22 June 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/charity">Charity</a></p><div><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;"><img alt="" class="left" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Supermodel%20Jodie%20Kidd%20leads%20out%20the%20cyclists%20from%20the%20brewery.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />A dozen former British and Irish Rugby Lions – and supermodel Jodie Kidd – were among a group of 100 cyclists to enjoy lunch at Shepherd Neame on Saturday, June 20.</span></div><div> </div><div>They stopped off at the brewery while completing the <strong><a href="http://www.rideofthelions.co.uk/" target="_blank">Ride Of The Lions Waterloo 200</a></strong>, a 200 mile charity cycle ride to mark the 200th anniversary of the historic battle.</div><div><br /> </div><div><img alt="" class="right" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_%28l-r%29%20Shepherd%20Neame%27s%20head%20of%20property%20services%20Martin%20Godden%2C%20chief%20executive%20Jonathan%20Neame%2C%20export%20manager%20Olly%20Scott%20.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" />The ride was aimed at re-enacting the momentous journey taken by Major Henry Percy in 1815 as he raced on horseback to London with the dispatch to declare the battle a victory.</div><div> </div><div>Cyclists, including Shepherd Neame’s export manager Olly Scott and head of property services Martin Godden, departed from Waterloo, just south of Brussels, on Friday, June 19. They crossed the Channel at Dunkirk before staying overnight in Dover.<br /><br />On Saturday, June 20, the group were joined by Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame, and cycled to Faversham for an early lunch at the brewery, before travelling to finish their journey at St James’s Square in London.</div><div> </div><div><img alt="" class="left" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_The%20cyclists%20gather%20in%20The%20Old%20Brewery%20Store%2C%20Faversham.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />Members of the public volunteered to take part, along with war veterans who are beneficiaries of Walking With The Wounded, the principal charity partner for Ride Of The Lions.</div><div> </div><div>The group was split up into four teams, each containing Lions, so each cyclist could experience the camaraderie of the rugby pitch while marking the legacy of the Battle of Waterloo.</div><div> </div><div>Lions taking part included England’s Peter Winterbottom, Mike Teague, Dean Richards, Steve Bainbridge, Roger Uttley and Ben Clarke; Scotland’s Roger Baird, Rodger Arneil and Derek White; Daffyd James from Wales; and Rob Henderson from Ireland.</div><div> </div><div><img alt="" class="right" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_The%20cyclists%20were%20raising%20money%20for%20Walking%20With%20The%20Wounded.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" />Peter Winterbottom said: “Once again our former Lions have come together with Walking With The Wounded and gallant members of the public to challenge themselves for a worthy cause. We would like to thank Shepherd Neame for their superb hospitality and generosity – the thought of a beer kept many a cyclist going to the end!”</div><div> </div><div>Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame said: “We were delighted to welcome the group to the brewery during their epic fundraising cycle ride. It is a remarkable accomplishment for a very worthwhile cause.”</div><div> </div><div>To make a donation, visit <strong><a href="http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/ROTL">http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/ROTL</a></strong><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/spitfire-soars-action-worthy-cause"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Spitfire Soars Into Action for Worthy Cause</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-six-bells-cliffe">Pub of the Week: The Six Bells, Cliffe <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Lions Enjoy a Roaring Reception at Shepherd Neame" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 09:57:56 +0000 M.Farmer 66411 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The Six Bells, Cliffe http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-six-bells-cliffe <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>22 June 2015</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="/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Six%20Bells%2C%20Cliffe%20%2834%29.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" /><strong><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/rochester/six-bells" target="_blank">The Six Bells</a></strong> is situated in the village of Cliffe near Rochester, surrounded by beautiful country walks, with an RSPB nature reserve nearby.  It is popular with local residents, as well as walkers, and visitors to the Medway towns and countryside.<br /><br />Having enjoyed a full refurbishment earlier this year, the pub has a stylish yet comfortable interior, with lots of exposed brickwork, wooden floors and ample seating. There has also been a second bar and snug area developed in a previously unused area at the back of the pub.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Six%20Bells%2C%20Cliffe%20%289%29.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" />For entertainment, there is a pool table, juke box and two large widescreen TVs for watching sport, with most Sky and BT Sport fixtures shown. Outside you will find a generously sized garden with patio and lawn area, making the Six Bells in its quiet village location ideal for relaxing with a drink.  In the summer months, there is also a bouncy castle for its younger customers.<br /><br />For food, there is a range of bar snacks and traditional pub fayre on offer all day Monday to Saturday, and on Sunday until 6pm. Wednesday evenings are heating up, with the arrival of Cliffe Spice, and their mouth-watering Indian buffet from 5pm.<br /><img alt="" class="left" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Six%20Bells%2C%20Cliffe%20%2815%29_0.jpg" style="margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" /><br />On the bar you will find a good choice of quality cask ales, plus a selection of wines, and all your usual favourites.<br />The village of Cliffe is on the Hoo Peninsula, overlooking the Thames marshes. There are numerous nearby walks, the Cliffe Pools RSPB reserve, and cycle routes.<br /> </p><img alt="" class="right" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Six%20Bells%2C%20Cliffe%20%282%29.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /><p>Why not combine lunch at the Six Bells with a visit to nearby Rochester and its many attractions including Rochester Cathedral, Dickens World and the Historic Dockyard at Chatham? The pub also hosts a very well attended classic car show every third Thursday of the month.<br /><br />For more information, give the team a call on 01634 221459, visit their website, or find them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/thesixbellscliffe" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.<br /><br /><br /><br /><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/lions-enjoy-roaring-reception-shepherd-neame"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Lions Enjoy a Roaring Reception at Shepherd Neame</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/new-coastal-bar-and-restaurant-shepherd-neame">New Coastal Bar and Restaurant for Shepherd Neame <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Six Bells, Cliffe" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 09:30:00 +0000 M.Farmer 66161 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk New Coastal Bar and Restaurant for Shepherd Neame http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/new-coastal-bar-and-restaurant-shepherd-neame <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>20 June 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a></p><div><img alt="" class="left" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_The%20Minnis%20Bar%20%20Brasserie.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />Shepherd Neame is acquiring seaside bar and restaurant The Minnis in Birchington.<br /> </div><div>Boasting panoramic views across Minnis Bay, one of the finest beaches in North Kent, it will be renamed The Minnis Bay Bar &amp; Brasserie, and will operate as part of the brewery’s managed estate.<br /> </div><p> </p><img alt="" class="right" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_IMG_8955.JPG" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" /><div>Customers can relax in the comfortable surroundings of the stylish family-friendly restaurant, or when the weather is fine, dine alfresco on the terrace and large garden area overlooking the sea.<br /> </div><div>The Minnis Bay Bar &amp; Brasserie will be open every day and evening, serving freshly ground coffee and a selection of other hot drinks, along with Shepherd Neame’s renowned Kentish ales and excellent wines from independent family vineyards around the world.<br /> </div><img alt="" class="left" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_IMG_8973.JPG" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" /><div>It will also offer a varied menu of light bites and classic British cuisine with a contemporary twist. All dishes are cooked onsite, using the locally sourced, seasonal produce for which the Garden of England is renowned. Due to its coastal location, seafood will be a speciality.<br /> </div><div>The addition of The Minnis takes Shepherd Neame’s total portfolio of managed pubs and hotels across the South East to 53. It will be officially taken over by the brewery on June 29, and will continue to operate during the handover and retain its team of staff.<br /> </div><div><img alt="" class="right" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_WP_20150615_005.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 158px; float: right;" />Shepherd Neame’s director of retail and tenanted operations Nigel Bunting said: “We are always looking for opportunities to add high quality outlets to our retail estate. The Minnis in a fantastic location, boasting unrivalled sea views, and we are confident that it will prove a valuable addition to our portfolio.”<br /><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-six-bells-cliffe"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The Six Bells, Cliffe</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shepherd-neame-and-maidstone-united-brew-new-deal">Shepherd Neame and Maidstone United Brew up a New Deal <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="New Coastal Bar and Restaurant for Shepherd Neame" class="rdf-meta"></span> Sat, 20 Jun 2015 09:30:00 +0000 M.Farmer 66066 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shepherd Neame and Maidstone United Brew up a New Deal http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shepherd-neame-and-maidstone-united-brew-new-deal <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>19 June 2015</p><img alt="" class="left" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Shepherd%20Neame%20chief%20executive%20Jonathan%20Neame%20and%20Maidstone%20United%20co-owner%20Oliver%20Ash.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />Shepherd Neame has agreed a new five year deal with <a href="http://www.maidstoneunited.co.uk/" target="_blank">Maidstone United</a>.<br /> <br />The brewery is backing the Vanarama National League South newcomers with a significant five-figure sponsorship and will continue to exclusively supply the football club until 2020.<br /> <br />We have supported the Stones for many years and took its backing to new heights in 2012 when, as part of the homecoming, it named the clubhouse as the Spitfire Lounge.<br /> <br />Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame said: “The development of Maidstone United’s stadium has given them a new lease of life and we are delighted to continue our relationship. The club is going from strength to strength with its recent promotion and we look forward to continuing on this journey with them.”<br /> <br /><img alt="" class="right" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_%28l-r%29Simon%20Daniel%2C%20Jonathan%20Neame%2C%20Oliver%20Ash%2C%20Dougie%20Dick.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" />Stones co-owner Oliver Ash added: “We are delighted to continue a partnership that has been in place since the stadium opened. Shepherd Neame’s support for sport is well-known and to have such a respected brand associated with the club is good for us and this long term commitment shows it’s good for them too.”<br /> <br />The brewery annually invests more than £500,000 in sport, from grassroots to first class level.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/new-coastal-bar-and-restaurant-shepherd-neame"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> New Coastal Bar and Restaurant for Shepherd Neame</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/celebrating-five-decades-broadstairs-folk-week">Celebrating Five Decades of Broadstairs Folk Week <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shepherd Neame and Maidstone United Brew up a New Deal" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 11:20:06 +0000 M.Farmer 66056 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Celebrating Five Decades of Broadstairs Folk Week http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/celebrating-five-decades-broadstairs-folk-week <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>18 June 2015</p><div><a href="http://www.broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk" target="_blank"><strong>Broadstairs Folk Week</strong></a> turns 50 this year, and a special work of sand art has been created to celebrate the support offered by Shepherd Neame in this landmark year.<br /> </div><img alt="" class="left" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Folkweek%202.jpg" style="margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px; font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 320px; height: 176px; float: left;" /><div>It has been drawn on Broadstairs’ Viking Bay by renowned local artist Ross Andrews to mark five decades of the event, which we are pleased to once again be sponsoring.<br /> </div><div>More than 600 musicians, singers and dancers will be flocking to the Kent seaside town for the festival, which is taking place from August 7 to 14. <br /><br /><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">The special anniversary line-up includes </span><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">Mercury Prize-nominated singer songwriter Kate Rusby, and Broadstairs’ own Tim Edey, named BBC Radio 2’s Folk Musician of the year in 2012.</span></div><div> </div><img alt="" class="right" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Sea%20view%20from%20the%20Royal%20Albion%20Hotel.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 300px; height: 200px; float: right;" /><div>More than 500 events, including concerts, workshops, dances, parades, a craft fair and children's festival, will be taking place in venues throughout the town. Our own Royal Albion Hotel, Wrotham Arms and Neptunes Hall in the town will be among those hosting music performances.<br /><br /> </div><div>Festival director Jo Tuffs said: “Broadstairs Folk Week would like to thank Shepherd Neame for its invaluable sponsorship over many years.  We are proud to be associated with Britain’s oldest brewer – and there is definitely a natural partnership between great real ale and folk music. The festival is a registered charity and every year seeks sponsorship and grants to ensure the event remains in the town. Folk Week would not have reached its landmark 50th year without Shepherd Neame’s support.”<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Wrotham%20Arms%2C%20Broadstairs%20%285%29.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 300px; height: 200px; float: left;" /></div><div> </div><div>A Souvenir Programme is now available from the Folk Week office and various retail outlets around Broadstairs, Margate and Canterbury. Call 01843 604080 to request a Souvenir Programme, priced £5 plus £1.50 postage and packing. There’s also a Broadstairs Folk Week App which can be downloaded from the Folk Week website.<br /> </div><div>Festival Tickets and individual tickets are now on sale for a day, weekend or week – with or without camping. <br /><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Folkweek%20Edit%203.jpg" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 20.0063037872314px; width: 320px; height: 176px; float: right;" />For more information email <a href="mailto:info@broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk">info@broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk</a> or visit <a href="http://www.broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk/">www.broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk</a></div><div><br /><br /><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/shepherd-neame-and-maidstone-united-brew-new-deal"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shepherd Neame and Maidstone United Brew up a New Deal</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/elegant-design-makeover-iconic-shepherd-neame-beer">Elegant Design Makeover for Iconic Shepherd Neame Beer <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Celebrating Five Decades of Broadstairs Folk Week" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 15:17:25 +0000 M.Farmer 65886 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk