Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/nzjneafnilok.html?keys= en Shepherd Neame Signs Exclusive Deal with The Bottle Shop http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shepherd-neame-signs-exclusive-deal-bottle-shop <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>31 January 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a></p><p>Britain’s oldest brewer, Shepherd Neame, has signed a deal with leading online retailer and wholesaler, The Bottle Shop, giving it exclusive rights to import limited edition barrel-aged beers from the Boston Beer Company and the brewery’s merchandise.<br /> <br />The Kent brewery currently brews Samuel Adams Boston Lager under licence in the UK and this new agreement will see beers imported from the leading American craft brewer’s Barrel Room Collection and made available in the UK for the first time.<br /> <br />The range of five beers will be available to trade customers and consumers in 2015.</p> <p>The beers are:<br /><strong><em><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/New%20World.jpg" />American Kriek</em></strong> 7.0% abv<br />A bold aroma of cherries followed by a perfect balance of subtle malt sweetness and the tart flavour of dark cherries. This flavoursome ale is our take on a Belgian Kriek. Aged on a bed of Balaton cherries for an intense black cherry character. The dark red fruit and tart sweetness is balanced and mellowed by a rich maltiness and hint of toasted oak.<br /> <br /><strong><em>New World</em></strong> 10% abv<br />This Tripel was born from the Old World Belgian technique of barrel aging and the New World’s craft brewing innovation. With its pale golden colour and uniquely refreshing taste, this big, flavoursome, and complex brew has a subtle herbal hop character combined with the tropical fruit and spice notes of its special Belgian yeast.<br /> <br /><strong><em>Stony Brook Red</em></strong> 9% abv<br />This unique brew builds from the inspiration of Flemish reds. It begins with an earthy sourness and hints of dark fruit but the tartness gives way to a rich maltiness and touch of toasted oak. These flavours are rounded and deepened by the barrel aging for a layered and alluring brew.<br /> <br /><strong><em>Thirteenth Hour Stout</em></strong> 9% abv<br />The 13th hour is the witching hour, and a time when strange brews can occur. With 13 ingredients, we combined the roasted chocolate and coffee flavours of a stout with the complex spicy character of a Belgian-style ale aged in oak for a deep, robust, and captivating brew.<br /> <br /><strong><em>Tetravis </em></strong>10.2% abv<br />Bold and rich, this enveloping quad builds its force and character through interlacing layers of flavour. Its deep complexity begins with a molasses sweetness with notes of dark fruits like raisins and figs but develops further with an undercurrent of tart spice from its distinctive Belgian yeast for a truly transfixing brew.<br /> <br />The Bottle Shop managing director, Andrew Morgan, said: “We have a hugely discerning customer-base; people who know and care about beer. By bringing the Barrel Room Collection to the UK for the first time we are – once again – importing some of the world’s most interesting beers.”<br /> <br />Shepherd Neame sales and marketing director, Graeme Craig, said: “Samuel Adams Boston Lager has exploded since we began brewing it here in early 2012. We’ve been able to complement its success by importing a select range of the Boston Beer Company’s seasonal beers. It’s great that we can now take that success one step further by working with The Bottle Shop; a specialist retailer whose customers appreciate high quality, niche products like the Barrel Room Collection.”</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/tasty-honour-shepherd-neame-pub-0">Tasty Honour for Shepherd Neame Pub <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shepherd Neame Signs Exclusive Deal with The Bottle Shop" class="rdf-meta"></span> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 11:30:00 +0000 james.purcell 50126 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Tasty Honour for Shepherd Neame Pub http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/tasty-honour-shepherd-neame-pub-0 <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>30 January 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a>, <a href="/blog/awards">Awards</a></p><p>The Sportsman in Seasalter has been named as the best gastropub in Britain at the Budweiser Budvar Top 50 Gastropubs Awards.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/sportsmanwinner%20300.jpg" />The Shepherd Neame-owned pub, run by brothers Stephen and Phil Harris, picked up the title at an awards lunch on Monday, January 26, after receiving the most votes</p> <p>in an industry poll organised by leading pub industry magazine the <a href="http://www.morningadvertiser.co.uk" target="_blank">Publican’s Morning Advertiser</a>.</p> <p>Around 2,000 voters were cast to determine the Top 50 by industry experts including top chefs, pub company bosses, pub guide editors and food writers.</p> <p>The Sportsman, which has been ranked in second place in the list for the past two years, and has held a <a href="http://www.viamichelin.co.uk/web/Restaurant/Seasalter-CT5_4BP-The_Sportsman-189581-41102" target="_blank">Michelin star</a> for eight years, serves high quality food in a low-key, cosy pub environment.Head chef Stephen Harris regularly takes advantage of the pub’s seaside location by offering dishes such as Whitstable native oysters, and slip sole grilled in seaweed butter. The majority of meat is sourced from nearby Monkshill Farm in Faversham.</p> <p>The awards, which were held at Hermitage Rd Bar &amp; Restaurant in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, were hosted by BBC Two Food &amp; Drink presenter and two-Michelin starred chef Tom Kerridge.</p> <p>Shepherd Neame’s director of retail and tenanted operations, Nigel Bunting, said: “We are very proud that The Sportsman is continuing to be recognised at a national level for the fantastic dining experience it offers. The team are passionate about food, offering an excellent showcase for local Kentish produce, and it is great to see their efforts celebrated by industry experts.”</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-signs-exclusive-deal-bottle-shop"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shepherd Neame Signs Exclusive Deal with The Bottle Shop</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/spring-events-shepherd-neame-0">Spring Events at Shepherd Neame <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Tasty Honour for Shepherd Neame Pub" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:19:24 +0000 james.purcell 50111 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Spring Events at Shepherd Neame http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/spring-events-shepherd-neame-0 <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>29 January 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/events">Events</a>, <a href="/blog/old-brewery-store">Old Brewery Store</a>, <a href="/blog/visitor-centre">Visitor Centre</a></p><p>There’s something for everyone on offer at Faversham-based brewery Shepherd Neame this spring, from a seasonal beer and food matching evening to some fantastic rock and pop tribute acts. We round up the major events taking place from February to April.<br /> <h4><a href="http://www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk/events/counterfeit-quo" target="_blank"><strong>Counterfeit Quo</strong></a></h4> <p><strong><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Counterfeit%20Quo%202-%20250.jpg" /></strong>When: 7.30pm on Friday, February 13<br />Where: The Old Brewery Store<br />Tickets: £14</p> <p>Get ready to rock with top tribute act Counterfeit Quo. Formed in 1995, the band is the UK’s longest-running Status Quo tribute act, and has performed all over the world. They will be performing all the classic hits, including In The Army, Down Down, Whatever You Want and Rocking All Over The World, along with some lesser known gems.<br /> <h4><a href="http://www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk/events/hop-festival-fundraiser"><strong>Hop Festival Fundraiser</strong></a></h4> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Green%20Diesel%20-%20250.jpg" />When: 7pm on Saturday, February 21<br />Where: The Old Brewery Store<br />Tickets: £10</p> <p>Three Kent folk groups are teaming up for a one-off gig to raise funds for the Faversham Hop Festival. Faversham’s own six-piece innovative folk band Green Diesel; Canterbury-based folk/pop acoustic duo High Tide; and The Narratones from the Isle of Sheppey, who perform modern rock with a vintage twist, will be performing. All three groups played at last year’s Hop Festival, and have volunteered to take part in the fundraising gig for free. As the official partner of the Hop Festival, Britain’s oldest brewer Shepherd Neame is also providing free use of its live entertainment venue.<br /> <h4><a href="/node/44746"><strong>Brewery Tour and Ale Samplers’ Supper</strong></a></h4> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Beer%20and%20food%20evening%20at%20the%20visitor%20centre%20-%20250.jpg" />When: Friday, February 6; Friday, March 6.<br />Where: Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre<br />Tickets: £29.50 per person. Advance booking is essential.</p> <p>Take an evening tour of the brewery, before enjoying a tutored tasting of Kentish ales and speciality lagers. This will be followed by a two-course, home-cooked supper accompanied by a pint of your choice.<br /> <br /> <br /> <h4><a href="http://www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk/events/elvis-show-band-taking-care-vegas" target="_blank"><strong>Elvis Show Band: Taking Care of Vegas</strong></a></h4> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Taking%20Care%20of%20Vegas%20-%20250.jpg" />When: 7pm on Saturday, March 14<br />Where: The Old Brewery Store<br />Tickets: £8</p> <p>The glamour and glitz of Las Vegas comes to Faversham with this fabulous tribute to the King of Rock and Roll. Featuring all his greatest hits, the show re-enacts Elvis Presley’s celebrated series of flamboyant Vegas concerts in 1969.<br /> <h4><a href="http://www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk/events/alter-eagles" target="_blank"><strong>Alter Eagles</strong></a></h4> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/alter%20eagles%20-%20250.jpg" />When: Saturday, March 28<br />Where: The Old Brewery Store<br />Tickets: £14</p> <p>Enjoy pitch perfect harmonies and virtuoso musicianship in this acclaimed tribute to legendary American rock band The Eagles. The Alter Eagles will perform a wide selection of their classic tracks, including Hotel California, Desperado, Take It Easy and Life In The Fast Lane.<br /> <h4><a href="/node/44756"><strong>Beer &amp; Food Matching Evening</strong></a></h4> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Head%20brewer%20Richard%20Frost%20pours%20hops%20in%20the%20copper%20-%20250.jpg" />When: 7pm on Saturday, March 28<br />Where: Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre<br />Tickets: £49.95 per person. Advance booking is essential.</p> <p>Explore the world of beer with this special six-course dinner, hosted by one of the brewery’s beer experts. Guests will learn about seven beers in a variety of styles, and enjoy a delicious meal designed to complement their flavours, prepared using the finest, locally sourced ingredients.</p> <h4><a href="http://www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk/events/sensational-seventies-evening-featuring-abalicious"><strong>Sensational Seventies Evening (featuring Abalicious)</strong></a></h4> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Abalicious%20-%20250.jpg" />When: 7pm on Saturday, April 25<br />Where: The Old Brewery Store, Tickets: £12.50</p> <p>Pull on your platforms, fling on your flares and boogie on down to the Old Brewery Store for an evening of sensational 1970s sounds. Leading UK Abba tribute act Abalicious will be headlining the event, with support from Elton John-soundalike Elton Towers, before the evening finishes with a live performance of some classic disco hits.</p> <p> <br /><strong>To book tickets or for more information, call 01795 542016 or visit <a href="http://www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk">www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk</a> or <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk">www.shepherdneame.co.uk</a></strong></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/tasty-honour-shepherd-neame-pub-0"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Tasty Honour for Shepherd Neame Pub</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/new-look-historic-london-pub-0">New Look for Historic London Pub <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Spring Events at Shepherd Neame" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 49756 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk New Look for Historic London Pub http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/new-look-historic-london-pub-0 <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>28 January 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a></p><p>One of London’s most historic pubs, The Rose &amp; Crown in Blackfriars, has been given an £84,000 makeover.</p> <p>The Shepherd Neame-owned pub dates back to the 16<sup>th</sup> century, and was among a small number of buildings to survive the Blitz bombings of the Second World War when much of the surrounding area was flattened.</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/The%20new%20look%20bar%20at%20the%20Rose%20%26%20Crown%20-%20300.jpg" />Its traditional features have been accentuated by the recent two-week refurbishment carried out by the brewery, which included exposing historic wooden panels and removing carpets to reveal the original wooden floors. The downstairs bar has been reshaped to create more space and the customer toilets have been upgraded and decorated. The first floor lounge has also been completely refurbished, with the old bar removed and new carpet laid.</p> <p>New furnishings and lighting, along with historic pictures of London and vintage street signs, have been added throughout the pub.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/The%20new%20standing%20area%20at%20the%20front%20of%20the%20pub%20-%20300.jpg" />The exterior has also been completely repainted, with traditional hand painted signwriting added to highlight its long heritage, new external lighting and a gravelled standing area with rope fence created in a former car park at the front of the pub.</p> <p>Manager Rory O’Dwyer has been at the pub since May last year. He said: “I wanted to manage the Rose &amp; Crown as I could see it had amazing potential, and it is in an area of London which is booming. There are lots of new office buildings all round us, and we are right by the Southbank.”</p> <p>The pub’s menu has also been revamped, with new sharing platters introduced in addition to the traditional pub classics and snacks. It will continue to build on its reputation for great real ale, serving classic Shepherd Neame beers such as Spitfire and Master Brew along with a regularly changing selection of guest ales.</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Rose%20%26%20Crown%2C%20Blackfriars%20-%20300.jpg" />The Rose &amp; Crown is located in an area of London once known as the Paris Garden, as mentioned by Shakespeare in Henry VIII, and has a large garden which Shepherd Neame hopes to capitalise on during the summer.</p> <p>Nigel Bunting, Shepherd Neame’s director of retail and tenanted operations said: “We are already reaping the rewards of the pub’s new look, with a huge upsurge in customers, but we want to continue improving our offer in every way we can. Our aim with the refurbishment was to make people feel as comfortable as possible at the pub and hopefully see it as their ‘local in a city’, as well as maximising the use of the wonderful large garden.”</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/spring-events-shepherd-neame-0"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Spring Events at Shepherd Neame</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shop-pick-spitfire-t-shirt">Shop Pick: Spitfire T-Shirt <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="New Look for Historic London Pub" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 49761 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shop Pick: Spitfire T-Shirt http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shop-pick-spitfire-t-shirt <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>28 January 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/spitfire">Spitfire</a></p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/No-Fokker-T-shirt.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 328px; float: left;" />This week's<strong> Shop Pick</strong> is a modern classic - our bestselling <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/spitfire-no-fokker-t-shirt#" target="_blank">Spitfire ale 'No Fokker' T-shirt</a> - just £11.90 plus p&amp;p!<br /><br />This 100% heavyweight cotton T-shirt boasts the 'Spitfire Kentish Ale' colour logo on the front, and the 'No Fokker comes close' slogan from the 1990s ad campaign in white on the back. This T-shirt remains a firm favourite with Spitfire ale fans.<br /><br />All sizes S, M, L and XL currently in stock but expected to sell fast so don't leave it too long to place your order.<br /><h4 style="box-sizing: border-box; position: relative; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 18px; top: 3px; color: rgb(71, 68, 62); font-family: sans-serif; line-height: 20px; background-repeat: no-repeat;"><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/spitfire-no-fokker-t-shirt#" style="box-sizing: border-box; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(8, 90, 140); transition: all 0.2s linear; -webkit-transition: all 0.2s linear; background-repeat: no-repeat;" target="_blank">Click here to ORDER NOW</a> or call 01795 542014</h4><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-look-historic-london-pub-0"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> New Look for Historic London Pub</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-dog-bear-lenham">Pub of the Week: The Dog &amp; Bear, Lenham <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shop Pick: Spitfire T-Shirt" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:00:00 +0000 M.Farmer 49736 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The Dog & Bear, Lenham http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-dog-bear-lenham <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>27 January 2015</p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/DogandBear/three_col_Dog%20and%20Bear%2C%20Lenham.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 166px; float: left;" />The <a href="http://www.dogandbearlenham.co.uk/" target="_blank">Dog &amp; Bear Hotel</a>, situated in the pretty village of Lenham, combines the friendly welcome of a traditional Kentish pub with all the comforts and luxuries of a modern hotel.  Built in 1602, the hotel is not short of a little history – including a royal visit from Queen Anne in 1704, whose coat of arms remains displayed above the door to this day.<br /><br />The hotel is exceptionally well equipped, with a large bar area, plenty of dining space, and separate restaurant.  All 24 en-suite bedrooms are immaculately decorated, with the perfect balance of modern luxury and traditional style.  Why not treat yourself to the Feature Room, the ‘best room in the house’ with a beautiful four poster bed? Stays include breakfast, and prices start from just <a href="http://www.dogandbearlenham.co.uk/rooms" target="_blank">£70 per night</a> for a double room.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/DogandBear/blog_half_Dog%20%26%20Bear%2C%20Lenham-002_1.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: right;" />Well known for its excellent food, all dishes at The Dog &amp; Bear are created using seasonal produce from local suppliers wherever possible, and freshly prepared.  On the bar menu you will find a selection of light bites, sandwiches and first rate pub classics.  For a more formal occasion, or if you wish to linger a little longer, the restaurant menu offers something a little bit special, with choices to appeal to all tastes – meat eaters, fish lovers and vegetarians alike.  Children are also catered for, with their own separate Young Diner’s menu.<br /><br />On the bar, you will find a range of Shepherd Neame cask ales to savour, including seasonal ales, along with a choice of international lagers, and an excellent wine list. Functions can also be catered for in the dedicated function suite, which benefits from its own bar and patio garden, making it very popular for weddings and conferences, with catering available to suit the occasion.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/DogandBear/blog_half_Dog%20%26%20Bear%2C%20Lenham-011_1_0.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; float: left;" />The Dog &amp; Bear is ideally situated for a peaceful short break, or as a base for exploring the surrounding Kentish towns and countryside. With a whole host of shopping, walks and sightseeing within easy reach in the surrounding towns of Ashford, Maidstone and Canterbury, whatever your idea of a good day out, the Dog &amp; Bear provides an excellent base.  Experienced managers Brian and Anne have been in residence here for over ten years, so you can rely on their knowledge of the area, and be sure of a homely welcome.<br /><br />For more information and to book, call them on 01622 858 219, visit <a href="http://www.dogandbearlenham.co.uk/" target="_blank">their website</a>, or find them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/dogandbearhotel" target="_blank">Facebook</a>. You can also read more about Anne and Brian <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/five-minutes-brian-and-anne-hogg-managers-dog-and-bear-lenham" target="_blank">here</a>.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/shop-pick-spitfire-t-shirt"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shop Pick: Spitfire T-Shirt</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-manager-embark-mammoth-charity-trek">Pub Manager to Embark on Mammoth Charity Trek <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Dog &amp; Bear, Lenham" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:55:48 +0000 M.Farmer 49711 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub Manager to Embark on Mammoth Charity Trek http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-manager-embark-mammoth-charity-trek <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>27 January 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a>, <a href="/blog/staff">Staff</a>, <a href="/blog/charity">Charity</a></p><p>Pub manager Chris Peach is embarking on a charity challenge which he hopes will raise mountains of cash for two causes close to his heart.<br />Chris, 34, who runs the Manor Farm Barn in Southfleet, owned by Shepherd Neame, is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest free-standing mountain in the world.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Manor%20Farm%20Barn%20manager%20Chris%20Peach%20-%20Copy.jpg" />He has never completed any major physical challenges before, but decided to take on Africa’s highest peak, which stands at 6,000m, after suffering two tragic losses during the past couple of years.</p> <p>Chris said: “Paula Beagley, who was a member of our bar team and a truly great lady, lost her battle with pancreatic cancer, and my wife Kristie and I also lost our son, Joshua, at 41 weeks to a stillbirth. Kristie and I were lucky enough to welcome our daughter Jessica eight months ago, but we wanted to raise money to help other parents affected by stillbirth, and also to aid research into pancreatic cancer.”</p> <p>The inspiration for Mount Kilimanjaro came from an unlikely source – a copy of Bella Magazine which his wife had left in the bathroom. He is leaving for Africa on Saturday, February 7, and will then join a group embarking on an eight day hike up and down the mountain, sleeping in a tent each night.</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Manor%20Farm%20Barn.jpg" />Chris said: “I saw an appeal in the magazine for volunteers to take on the challenge, and although I’ve never done anything like that before, I decided to go for it. I don’t know anyone else taking part, so that is quite daunting, but I am sure that the tough conditions we are coping with will help us pull together!”</p> <p>Money raised by Chris’ challenge will go to Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, and the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund. The pub has already raised more than £2,000 for the charities during the past year with a ‘nearly-naked’ staff calendar, a fancy dress Halloween party and a New Year’s Eve celebration.</p> <p>Chris said: “It has been a tough couple of years, and we hope that by raising funds for these fantastic causes, it will help others in similar situations. We have already received some incredible support, and hope that people will continue to give generously.”</p> <p>To support Chris’ effort, visit <a href="http://www.justgiving.com/Chris-Peach3">www.justgiving.com/Chris-Peach3</a>.</p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/pub-week-dog-bear-lenham"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the Week: The Dog &amp; Bear, Lenham</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/rare-collection-vintage-pub-posters-discovered">Rare Collection of Vintage Pub Posters Discovered <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub Manager to Embark on Mammoth Charity Trek" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:30:00 +0000 james.purcell 49696 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Rare Collection of Vintage Pub Posters Discovered http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/rare-collection-vintage-pub-posters-discovered <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>23 January 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/archive">Archive</a></p><p>A rare collection of British beer marketing posters dating back to the 1950s has been discovered in Kent and preserved in the Shepherd Neame archive.</p> <p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/How%20Beer%20Is%20Brewed.jpg" />The Tavern Topics posters were produced by British artist Clive Uptton, who worked as a political cartoonist during the Second World War, and is perhaps best known for illustrating the classic series of Ladybird children’s books published in the 1960s.</p> <p>A series of 20 posters was commissioned during the early 1950s by The Brewers’ Society to promote beer and pubs, and offered information on subjects including ‘How Beer Is Brewed’, ‘Going Hopping’, ‘The Welcome Inn’ and ‘The Guv’nor’.</p> <p>Faversham-based brewery Shepherd Neame has just added 18 of the posters to its archive, after they were discovered during a house clearance in the Isle of Sheppey.</p> <p>Brewery archivist and historian John Owen said: “We are fortunate that Shepherd Neame is well known as Britain’s oldest brewer, so we get contacted by many people who have found some historical pub <img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Going%20Hopping.jpg" />or brewing artefacts and want to know more about them. We were delighted when these posters were brought to us, as they are very rare.”</p> <p>In order to share the classic posters with a wider audience, Shepherd Neame is now planning to reproduce them and put framed copies throughout its pub estate.</p> <p>John added: “It is interesting to see that the topics covered by the posters in the 1950s are exactly the same as the topics everyone is concerned with today, such as brewing techniques, the price of a pint, and the importance of supporting your local. We would love to hear from anyone else who has either of the remaining posters, so we can try and complete our collection.”</p> <p>If you have any information on the Tavern Topics posters or any other brewing or pub memorabilia, email <a href="mailto:comms@shepherdneame.co.uk">comms@shepherdneame.co.uk</a> or phone 01795 532206.</p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/pub-manager-embark-mammoth-charity-trek"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub Manager to Embark on Mammoth Charity Trek</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shop-pick-history-shepherd-neame-john-owen-books">Shop Pick: A History of Shepherd Neame - The John Owen Books <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Rare Collection of Vintage Pub Posters Discovered" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 49516 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shop Pick: A History of Shepherd Neame - The John Owen Books http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shop-pick-history-shepherd-neame-john-owen-books <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>21 January 2015</p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/John-Owen-Book-Trio.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 243px; float: left;" />This week's Shop Pick is a trilogy of books by John Owen, exploring the history of the brewery.<br /><br />The first book, <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/shepherds-shepherd-neame-brewery-book" target="_blank"><strong>The Shepherds of Shepherd Neame</strong></a>, presents a detailed account of how the business was built up, the challenges it faced, and presents an account of the brewing business in Georgian and mid Victorian times. <br /><br />The second book, <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/emergence-shepherd-neame-book" target="_blank"><strong>The Emergence of Shepherd Neame</strong></a>, confirms an oft-debated topic in British brewing history: who is Britain’s oldest brewer? In this book, John Owen reveals that Shepherd Neame's heritage actually precedes its official founding date of 1689.<br /><br />The third book, <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/percy-beale-neame-and-shepherd-neame-brewery-book" target="_blank"><strong>Percy Beale Neame and the Shepherd Neame Brewery</strong></a>, continues unravelling the development of Shepherd Neame, with a biography of the first Neame to join the brewery in 1864, and a survey of the business which he developed for nearly 50 years.<br /><h4>Now available as a <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/history-shepherd-neame-books-john-owen#" target="_blank"><strong>complete set</strong></a> for the special price of £30 plus p&amp;p. <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/shop/history-shepherd-neame-books-john-owen" target="_blank">Click here to ORDER NOW</a> or call 01795 542014<br /><br /><br /> </h4><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/rare-collection-vintage-pub-posters-discovered"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Rare Collection of Vintage Pub Posters Discovered</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-britannia-guildford">Pub of the Week: The Britannia, Guildford <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shop Pick: A History of Shepherd Neame - The John Owen Books" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 09:00:00 +0000 M.Farmer 49426 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the Week: The Britannia, Guildford http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-britannia-guildford <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>20 January 2015</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pub-week">Pub of the Week</a>, <a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a></p><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/guildford/britannia" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Britannia%2C%20Guildford-029.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 186px; float: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" />The Britannia</a> is an <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/double-honour-shepherd-neame-0" target="_blank">award-winning</a>, riverside pub, situated just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Guildford, overlooking the banks of the River Wey, popular with regulars, tourists, theatre-goers families, and shoppers alike.<br /><br />This very spacious pub has a variety of seating areas and styles, with tables to chat around, stools to perch at, and comfy sofas to relax on, as well as plenty of tables for dining.  To the front, there is a patio area and to the rear a covered courtyard, which is heated in the cooler months, both of which have recently been improved and updated.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Britannia%2C%20Guildford-011.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 184px; float: right; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px;" />The pub is known for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and is an ideal meeting place for lunch or dinner with friends. The menu is designed to cater for all tastes and appetites, offering everything from sandwiches and snacks to burgers and pub favourites.  For something a little different, there are also a range of house specials, and some inspired vegetarian options, plus a children’s menu for younger guests.  All dishes are prepared with local, seasonal produce wherever possible.<br /><br />A Cask Marque accredited pub, on the bar you will find a good choice of well-kept cask ales, including seasonals, as well as a range of lagers, and a wide selection of wines from around the world. There is good disabled access to the pub, and baby changing facilities for those with little ones. Dog are also welcome, with water bowls and treats available. There are also board games to play – just ask the bar staff.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Britannia%2C%20Guildford-003_0.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 185px; float: left;" />The Britannia is ideally situated for a shopper’s lunch, to rest your feet after a sightseeing trip to Guildford Cathedral, or perhaps for pre-theatre drinks before a trip to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, which is just opposite the pub.  There is live jazz on the second and last Friday of the month, 5.30 – 7.30pm, and the very popular ‘Uke Jam’ session on the last Sunday of the month from 8pm.<br /><br />Directions to the pub can be <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/guildford/britannia/find-us" target="_blank">found here</a>, along with a map. For further information and enquiries, contact the pub on 01483 572160, visit <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/guildford/britannia/find-us" target="_blank">their website</a> or find them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/TheBritanniaGuildford" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.<br /><br /><br /><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/shop-pick-history-shepherd-neame-john-owen-books"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shop Pick: A History of Shepherd Neame - The John Owen Books</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/folk-concert-raise-funds-faversham-hop-festival">Folk Concert to Raise Funds for Faversham Hop Festival <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the Week: The Britannia, Guildford" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:23:53 +0000 M.Farmer 49401 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk