Blog http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog?keys= en Roll out the barrel http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/roll-out-barrel <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>01 September 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/faversham-hop-festival">Faversham Hop Festival</a>, <a href="/blog/hops">Hops</a></p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_%28l-r%29%20Luke%20James%20and%20Joe%20Easter-Deed%20in%20St%20Mary%20of%20Charity%20Church.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 177px; float: right;" />Britain’s oldest brewer Shepherd Neame was once again the official partner for this year’s Faversham Hop Festival on Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31.<br /><br />It was the 25th year of the free two-day event, which commemorates the golden days of hop picking in Kent.<br />To mark the anniversary, staff from the Faversham-based brewery carried out a ceremonial rolling of a barrel of beer through the streets into the town’s St Mary of Charity Church.<br /><br />On Sunday morning, a vintage 1923 Austin 7 Shepherd Neame van took a beer barrel to the junction of Church Road and Quay Lane where it was unloaded.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Reverend%20Simon%20Rowlands%20gives%20the%20hop%20blessing%20on%20the%20brewery%20stage.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 151px; float: right;" />Visitor centre assistants Luke James and Joe Easter-Deed then rolled the barrel up to the church, ready for a special service of celebration, led by Reverend Simon Rowlands. Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame was among those who gave readings.<br /><br />The brewery sponsored the Brewery Stage in Court Street, which featured a diverse range of performances by local musicians on both days, and its pubs in the town also joined in the celebrations, with many hosting live music throughout the weekend.<br /><br />Those who needed to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the festival, went along to The Old Brewery Store events venue, which hosted a free exhibition on the history of hops and hop picking in Kent.<br /><br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Senior%20tour%20guide%20Alan%20Trent%20drives%20the%20Spitfire%20Triumph%20in%20the%20parade%20on%20Sunday.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 163px; float: right;" />On both days, some of the brewery’s historic vehicles featured in the morning parade through the town, which serves to open the event.<br /><br />Shepherd Neame visitor centre manager Graham Hukins said: “Faversham Hop Festival is a glorious way of celebrating our town’s special heritage, and Shepherd Neame was delighted to play such a major part in the 25<sup>th</sup> anniversary event. The diverse line-up of music on the brewery stage proved popular, along with our beer tent, and we were also pleased with the reaction to our ceremonial rolling of the barrel. It was the first time we had organised the spectacle, and members of the public really seemed to enjoy it.”<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/featured-recipe-chocolate-decadence-cake">Featured Recipe: Chocolate Decadence Cake <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Roll out the barrel" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:01:29 +0000 polly.wann 41481 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Featured Recipe: Chocolate Decadence Cake http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/featured-recipe-chocolate-decadence-cake <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>30 August 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/food">Food</a>, <a href="/blog/recipes">Recipes</a></p><p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Food/blog_half_Chocolate%20Decadence%20Cake.jpg" />The title of this dish says it all! No more description is needed but we will say it is a flourless cake and that it goes remarkably well with a glass of Double Stout!<br /> <br />Download a printable copy <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Food/Chocolate%20decadence%20cake%20with%20double%20stout.pdf">here</a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Preparation time: </strong>10 min<br /><strong>Cooking time: </strong>15 min<br /><strong>Serves:</strong> 4</p> <p><strong>Ingredients:</strong></p> <p>340g Chocolate, min 70% cocoa solids<br />225g Butter<br />8 Eggs, separated<br />225g Sugar<br />1 tsp Vanilla extract<br />Pinch Salt</p> <p><strong>Method:</strong></p> <p>1/ Preheat the oven to 180˚c.</p> <p>2/ Melt the chocolate over gentle heat, stirring until smooth.</p> <p>3/ Beat the eggs yolks with 2 tbsps sugar and the vanilla until pale. Whisk into the melted chocolate.</p> <p>4/ Beat the egg whites with the salt, gradually adding remaining sugar, until soft peaks form.</p> <p>5/ Place the chocolate mixture into a large bowl with beaten egg whites on top. Fold the two lightly together with a metal spoon. Do not over mix.</p> <p>6/ Line and butter a 9-inch springform pan. Spread the chocolate mixture evenly in the tin.</p> <p>7/ Bake on the bottom shelf of the oven for 30 to 35 mins or until cracked on top and a skewer comes out clean.</p> <p>8/ Cool on wire rack. The cake will shrink down as it cools. Serve hot or cold with chocolate sauce and ice cream.</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/roll-out-barrel"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Roll out the barrel</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/raise-glass-autumns-arrival">Raise a glass to autumn&#039;s arrival <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Featured Recipe: Chocolate Decadence Cake" class="rdf-meta"></span> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:10:41 +0000 M.Farmer 41086 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Raise a glass to autumn's arrival http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/raise-glass-autumns-arrival <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>27 August 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/beer">Beer</a></p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Late%20Red.png" style="width: 246px; height: 280px; float: right;" /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Late%20Red%20bottle.png" style="width: 95px; height: 280px; float: right;" />As the days get shorter, and nights get darker, it is the perfect time to enjoy Shepherd Neame’s Late Red Autumn Splendour Ale.<br /><br />The crimson copper-coloured seasonal ale is a complex, full flavoured brew, forging the perfect balance between rich, dark malt flavours and a citrussy hop finish.<br /><br />It blends pale ale malt and gently-kilned crystal malt with UK Cascade and Goldings hops. To enhance its taste and aroma, the brew is triple-hopped, with a late copper addition of Cascade and Goldings.<br /><br />The brand has undergone a complete redesign to give it a more eye-catching, contemporary look. The red square pump clip is now illustrated with a traditional autumnal scene of a Kentish oast house by a field with harvested rolls of straw.<br />Late Red (ABV 4.5%) will be available from Monday, September 1 to Wednesday, December 31. It is also available in 500ml bottle (ABV 4.5%).<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/featured-recipe-chocolate-decadence-cake"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Featured Recipe: Chocolate Decadence Cake</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-woolpack-inn-chilham-0">Pub of the week: The Woolpack Inn, Chilham <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Raise a glass to autumn&#039;s arrival" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:28:44 +0000 polly.wann 41206 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Pub of the week: The Woolpack Inn, Chilham http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/pub-week-woolpack-inn-chilham-0 <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>26 August 2014</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><p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/blog_half_Woolpack%2C%20Chilham.JPG" />The Woolpack Inn in Chilham, near Canterbury is a traditional inn dating back over 600 years, with many surviving period features tucked away inside this imposing building.  Situated just a short drive or bus ride from Canterbury, The Woolpack offers the perfect stopover for those wishing to enjoy both the quiet of a Kentish country village, and the bustle of the city centre.</p> <p>As well as 14 well-presented bedrooms, including family rooms and some with small private gardens, the Inn also offers a comfortable bar area, and an award-winning restaurant.  On warmer days you may choose to sit in the sunny courtyard garden and relax with a drink.  Well behaved dogs are welcome, and may stay with guests in garden rooms.</p> <p>The restaurant offers an impressive and varied a la carte menu, with quality roast meats and fresh seafood making a regular appearance, as well as some imaginative vegetarian choices, and special desserts from the blackboard.  Should you prefer to eat in the bar, there is also a traditional pub menu, and on Sundays a roast with all the trimmings. All ingredients are proudly sourced from local suppliers wherever possible.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/pubs/blog_half_Woolpack%2C%20Chilham-004.jpg" />Of course there is always a pint of Shepherd Neame cask ale available, as well as a good range of soft drinks, and an extensive wine list to cater for all tastes, plus champagne and sparkling wines for those special occasions.</p> <p>The Inn is said to be haunted by the Grey Lady, a friendly ghost who wanders the main building – but if ghost spotting isn’t your thing, there are plenty of walks and cycle rides to enjoy in the beautiful surrounding countryside. The Inn even offers cycle hire and walking maps, and can arrange day passes for nearby fishing lakes.  For shopping and sightseeing, Canterbury is just a short journey away.</p> <p>The Woolpack was recently awarded ‘Marketing Pub of the Year’ at the Shepherd Neame Pub of The Year awards, and also holds a Trip Advisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence, and a Beautiful South Highly Commended award.  A shuttle service from airports and train stations can be pre-booked - relax and let them pick you up!</p> <p>For more information and upcoming events, <a href="http://www.woolpackinnchilham.co.uk/" target="_blank">visit the pub’s website</a>,  follow the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/TheWoolpackInnChilham" target="_blank">Woolpack on Facebook</a>, or call the team on 01227 730 351.</p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/raise-glass-autumns-arrival"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Raise a glass to autumn&#039;s arrival</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/celebrating-25-years-faversham-hop-festival">Celebrating 25 Years of Faversham Hop Festival <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Pub of the week: The Woolpack Inn, Chilham" class="rdf-meta"></span> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:43:07 +0000 M.Farmer 41091 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Celebrating 25 Years of Faversham Hop Festival http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/celebrating-25-years-faversham-hop-festival <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>25 August 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/news">News</a>, <a href="/blog/events">Events</a></p><p>Preparations are underway for the 25<sup>th</sup><a href="http://www.favershamhopfestival.org/" target="_blank">Faversham Hop Festival</a>, taking place on Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31.</p> <p>Britain’s oldest brewer Shepherd Neame, based in the market town, is once again the official partner for the free two-day event, which commemorates the golden days of hop picking in Kent.</p> <p><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/Performance%20on%20the%20Brewery%20Stage%20at%20the%202013%20Faversham%20Hop%20Festival.jpg" />It will be sponsoring the Brewery Stage in Court Street, which will feature a diverse range of performances by local musicians on both days, from swing band Goosebumps, to reggae group Ben Russell and The Charmers, and rock and pop covers band Paragraph 1. And they will also have a team of friendly staff on hand to provide you with your favourite Shepherd Neame beer.</p> <p>Shepherd Neame’s pubs in the town will also be joining in the celebrations, with many hosting live music throughout the weekend.</p> <p>If you need to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the festival, head along to Shepherd Neame’s <a href="http://www.oldbrewerystore.co.uk/" target="_blank">Old Brewery Store</a> events venue, which is hosting a free exhibition on the history of hops and hop picking in Kent.</p> <p>Visitors can enjoy browsing hop picking memorabilia and watching historic films of hopping. Some of the brewery’s vintage vehicles will be on show, and the Old Brewery Store bar will be open. The event is taking place from 12 noon to 4pm on Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31.</p> <p>On both days, some of the brewery’s historic vehicles will feature in the morning parade through the town, which serves to open the event. It starts outside the railway station on both days, leaving at 10am on Saturday, 10.30am on Sunday, and ending at Market Place.</p> <p>On Sunday, there will be a short Hop Blessing by Reverend Simon Rowlands on the Brewery Stage at 10.45am, before a vintage 1923 Austin 7 Shepherd Neame van will take a beer barrel to the junction of Church Road and Quay Lane where it will be unloaded and rolled along to <a href="http://www.stmaryofcharity.org/" target="_blank">St Mary of Charity Church</a>, ready for a special service of celebration with Reverend Rowlands at 11am. Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame will be among those giving readings.</p> <p>Shepherd Neame visitor centre manager Graham Hukins said: “Faversham Hop Festival is a glorious way of celebrating our town’s special heritage, and Shepherd Neame is delighted to be playing such a major part in the 25<sup>th</sup> anniversary event. We deliberately selected an eclectic mix of musicians for the Brewery Stage, so there will really be something for everyone. We are particularly excited about members of our team rolling a beer barrel up to the church on Sunday morning, as we haven’t done that before and it should provide a real spectacle.”</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-woolpack-inn-chilham-0"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Pub of the week: The Woolpack Inn, Chilham</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/five-minutes-sam-jeal-catering-manager-and-wedding-functions-co-ordinator">Five minutes with... Sam Jeal - Catering Manager and Wedding Functions Co-Ordinator <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Celebrating 25 Years of Faversham Hop Festival" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:00:00 +0000 james.purcell 41156 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Five minutes with... Sam Jeal - Catering Manager and Wedding Functions Co-Ordinator http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/five-minutes-sam-jeal-catering-manager-and-wedding-functions-co-ordinator <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>25 August 2014</p><p><strong><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Samantha%20Jeals.jpg" />Age:</strong> 37</p> <p><strong>Lives:</strong> Ashford</p> <p><strong>Qualifications:</strong> City and Guilds in Hospitality and Catering</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Career: </strong>Sam was a part-time waitress at the Little Silver Country Hotel in Tenterden as a teenager, before leaving school to study a City and Guilds qualification at college in Folkestone. After graduating, she worked as kitchen and front of house staff at a restaurant in Deal, before moving to a senior role at a country house hotel in Goudhurst. Her next role was as Assistant Restaurant Manager at Eastwell Manor near Ashford, where she remained for nine years, promoted to Food and Beverages Manager during that time. In 2005 she left to work for a catering company which provided services for a variety of Kent attractions including Shepherd Neame’s Visitor Centre. In 2007 she took on her current role at Shepherd Neame.</p> <p><strong>Hobbies and interests:</strong> Reading, watching films, gardening and cooking.</p> <p><strong>Favourite Shepherd Neame beer</strong>: Whitstable Bay Blonde lager or Double Stout.</p> <p><strong>What are your main responsibilities? </strong>I am responsible for ensuring the successful delivery of all events booked at Shepherd Neame’s Visitor Centre, The Old Brewery Store and brewery. My tasks include dealing with enquiries, sending out promotional material, and organising staffing for events. I cook for many functions, and plan all the menus with our full-time chef Darren. I also undertake front-of house work, such as manning the bar at an event.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mattrockphotography.com" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Brewery%20wedding.jpg" /></a><strong>Is there a typical day?</strong> I work full-time, but there are no typical days or hours. For example, if a couple is interested in <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/weddings-receptions" target="_blank">getting married here</a>, I will work around them – whenever they are free to visit, I will accommodate them. If they decide to book with us, I will liaise with them over the preparations and then oversee the day itself.</p> <p><strong>Are you a manager?</strong> I manage chef Darren, part-time catering assistants Clare and Andy, and oversee the temporary waiting staff we employ.</p> <p><strong>What personal characteristics help you in your role?</strong> I have always loved cooking since I was a little girl, as I grew up in the kitchen with my Mum and my Nan. I have also always considered myself a sociable person who enjoys being with people, which is essential in this job.</p> <p><strong>What are the most rewarding parts of your job?</strong> Making other people happy, particularly seeing brides and grooms having the spectacular day they dreamed of.</p> <p><strong>What is tough about the job?</strong> Our larger events can be challenging, as they often involve lots of multi-tasking, jumping between the kitchen and front-of-house work.</p> <p><strong>What do you consider to be your biggest personal success at the company so far</strong>? Being trusted to cook for the Neame family dinner and the brewery’s Annual General Meeting shortly after I started working at the brewery.</p> <p><strong>What attracted you to work for Shepherd Neame?</strong> I got to know the brewery well when I worked here with the catering company, and was particularly impressed by the firm’s family ethos. The hours also attracted me, as the role’s flexibility allowed me to have some evenings and weekends off, which can be rare in catering positions.</p> <p><strong>How has the industry changed?</strong> When I started out, restaurant kitchens used to predominantly consist of male staff. During my time at Eastwell Manor, people always presumed that I was a man before meeting me, as they couldn’t imagine that a woman could be head chef of such a prestigious restaurant. But it is much more balanced now, which is great to see. I also think that people take a lot more interest in the food they eat now, particularly the provenance of the ingredients used. We use locally sourced, seasonal produce when preparing food for brewery events whenever possible.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.mattrockphotography.com" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Brewery%20wedding2.jpg" /></a>What advice would you give someone starting out in the industry?</strong> Be prepared to work long, unsociable hours - catering is not a 9 to 5 job! Also, when you are training, try to keep your career options open by finding a course which covers both catering and hospitality. My City and Guilds qualification covered both, and it has proved incredibly helpful as it equipped me for all aspects of the business.</p> <p> </p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/celebrating-25-years-faversham-hop-festival"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Celebrating 25 Years of Faversham Hop Festival</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/featured-recipe-aubergine-parmigiana-0">Featured Recipe: Aubergine Parmigiana <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Five minutes with... Sam Jeal - Catering Manager and Wedding Functions Co-Ordinator" class="rdf-meta"></span> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:00:00 +0000 M.Farmer 40786 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Featured Recipe: Aubergine Parmigiana http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/featured-recipe-aubergine-parmigiana-0 <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>23 August 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/food">Food</a>, <a href="/blog/recipes">Recipes</a></p><div><strong><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Food/blog_half_Aubergine%20Parmigiana.png" />Aubergine Parmigiana</strong><br /> </div> <div>Delicious alternative to pasta, this dish is wheat free and vegetarian. Serve it with a rocket salad.</p> <p>View a printable version <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Food/aubergine%20parmigiana.pdf">here</a></p> <p><strong>Preparation time:</strong> 5 min<br /><strong>Cooking time:</strong> 45 min<br /><strong>Serves 4 </strong></p> <p><strong>Ingredients:</strong><br />2 large aubergines<br />3 cloves garlic<br />2 sprigs of thyme<br />3 beef tomatoes, finely chopped<br />16 cherry tomatoes, halved<br />1 tsp Knorr vegetable bouillon paste<br />2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for brushing<br />50g grated vegetarian Parmesan style hard cheese<br />20 mozzarella pearls, or mozzarella balls ripped into 20 pieces<br />1 tsp of smoked paprika</div> <div><strong>Method: </strong></p> <p>1/ Preheat the oven to 200˚c. Finely chop the garlic and add to a pan with the olive oil, the leave stripped from the thyme sprigs, the vegetable bouillon paste, the chopped tomatoes and the cherry tomatoes. Cook gently until the tomatoes are softened.</p> <p>2/ Finely slice the aubergines lengthwise and brush with a little oil. Season with salt. Heat a clean griddle pan and cook the aubergines until they are softened and chargrill marked.</p> <p>3/ In four baking dishes, spoon a tablespoon of the sauce, top with two of the mozzarella pearls and a sprinkling of the hard cheese. Layer over the aubergine slices and then repeat the layers finishing with a layer of aubergine topped with mozzarella, hard cheese and a sprinkling of smoked paprika.</p> <p>4/ Bake in the oven for around 20 minutes until bubbling and golden.</p> <p> </div><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/five-minutes-sam-jeal-catering-manager-and-wedding-functions-co-ordinator"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Five minutes with... Sam Jeal - Catering Manager and Wedding Functions Co-Ordinator</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/authentic-pie-and-mash-offer-seaside-pub">Authentic Pie and Mash on Offer at Seaside Pub <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Featured Recipe: Aubergine Parmigiana" class="rdf-meta"></span> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 09:00:00 +0000 M.Farmer 40946 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Authentic Pie and Mash on Offer at Seaside Pub http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/authentic-pie-and-mash-offer-seaside-pub <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>22 August 2014</p><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Blog category:&nbsp;</strong><a href="/blog/pubs">Pubs</a>, <a href="/blog/food">Food</a></p><p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Dawn%20James%20with%20pie%20and%20mash%20at%20The%20Telegraph.jpg" />Lovers of traditional pie and mash are flocking to indulge their passion at <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/deal/telegraph" target="_blank">The Telegraph</a> pub in Deal.</p> <p>Dawn James, licensee at the Shepherd Neame pub, has just teamed up with London’s oldest pie and mash shop, <a href="http://www.manze.co.uk/" target="_blank">M.Manze</a>, to serve the classic meal five days a week. M.Manze delivers its freshly made meat pies and liquor to the pub, and Dawn supplies the mash – made according to the traditional recipe without milk or butter.</p> <p>The mum-of-two, who has been at the Telegraph for 20 months with husband Tony, said: “We aren’t a food pub, but we introduced the pie and mash due to customer demand. “I grew up in London, and recently went back with my Dad to have a meal at a pie and mash shop. I put a picture on Facebook, and Tony wrote ‘coming to The Telegraph soon’ as a joke, and people went crazy!</p> <p>"We had so many customers asking when it was starting and wanting to know more, that we decided to go for it. We have a lot of DFLs (Down From Londoners) in Deal, and I think authentic pie and mash will particularly appeal to them. We seem to have hit upon an untapped market.”</p> <p>The new menu was introduced on Friday, August 15, and is available from 12 noon to 7pm on Friday, Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, priced £5.50 for single mash, pie and liquor and £7.50 for double mash, pie and liquor.</p> <p>Dawn, who has one grandchild, said: “We have been doing a lot of potato peeling, which hasn’t been much fun! But it is great to see so many people enjoying traditional pie and mash. I grew up on it, and in addition to our work at the pub, my husband and I are the official Pearly King and Queen of Kensington and Chelsea, so it is great to promote some Cockney heritage!”</p> <p>The Telegraph also runs a Steak Night every Thursday from 6pm to 9pm, offering a 6oz sirloin steak with chips and peas for £6.</p> <p>For information call 01304 371746 or visit <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/deal/telegraph" target="_blank">the pub's website</a>.</p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/featured-recipe-aubergine-parmigiana-0"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Featured Recipe: Aubergine Parmigiana</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/shepherd-neame-helps-its-tenants-save-over-400000">Shepherd Neame Helps its Tenants Save Over £400,000 <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Authentic Pie and Mash on Offer at Seaside Pub" class="rdf-meta"></span> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:00:00 +0000 M.Farmer 40941 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Shepherd Neame Helps its Tenants Save Over £400,000 http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/shepherd-neame-helps-its-tenants-save-over-400000 <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>21 August 2014</p><p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_The%20Nags%20Head-%20Rochester.jpg" />Shepherd Neame has successfully appealed the business rates of almost a third of its tenanted pubs.</p> <p>The Faversham-based brewery and pub operator has procured a reduction in business rates for 101 of its 296 tenanted pubs, resulting in a total annual saving of £409,700.</p> <p>Shepherd Neame’s in-house team of chartered surveyors successfully appealed the 2010 Rateable Value for 38 tenanted houses, generating annual savings of £214,575. The brewery also paid for Porters Chartered Surveyors, an independent Kent firm, to lodge successful appeals for a further 63 tenanted houses, delivering annual savings of £195,125.</p> <p>Property and services director George Barnes said: “We felt that the rateable values allocated to some of our tenanted properties back in 2010 were not appropriate, and wanted to remove this unfair tax burden on our licensees.”</p> <p>Shepherd Neame has also taken steps to help its licensees benefit from the Small Business Rates Relief introduced by the Government at the end of 2013. It is aimed at helping businesses with a rateable value of £12,000 and under, and Shepherd Neame has since written to 82 of its tenanted pubs with rates below the threshold, to advise that they may be eligible.<br /><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Shepherd%20Neame%20Property%20and%20Services%20Director%20George%20Barnes.jpg" /><br />Mick Pendergast, licensee of the Nags Head in Rochester, Kent, is among the licensees to have benefited from Shepherd Neame’s intervention. He took on the pub in October 2011, just after the brewery had successfully appealed the property’s rateable value. As a result,<br />Mick was then able to apply for small business rate relief.</p> <p>Mick said: “Before Shepherd Neame got involved, the rates were almost £4,000 a year, and now I pay around £300. This is my first pub, and I previously worked as a health and safety officer, so I didn’t have any experience in this area. Having the brewery’s support has really helped.”</p> <p>The brewery has also written to seven pubs eligible for Flood Relief following last year’s adverse weather conditions. Each individual tenant has to contact their local authority to request the relevant relief.</p> <p>Mr Barnes added: “We feel it is important to offer our tenants all the support we can, to ensure that they take advantage of all the financial benefits available to them. We are delighted that we have been able to help our tenants save such a significant amount of money.”</p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/authentic-pie-and-mash-offer-seaside-pub"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Authentic Pie and Mash on Offer at Seaside Pub</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/raise-glass-25-years-faversham-hop-festival">Raise a Glass to 25 Years of Faversham Hop Festival <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Shepherd Neame Helps its Tenants Save Over £400,000" class="rdf-meta"></span> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:00:00 +0000 M.Farmer 40931 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk Raise a Glass to 25 Years of Faversham Hop Festival http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/blog/raise-glass-25-years-faversham-hop-festival <span class="print-link"></span><p class="italic"><strong class="label-inline">Posted:&nbsp;</strong>20 August 2014</p><p><img alt="" class="left" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Fun%20at%20the%202013%20Faversham%20Hop%20Festival.jpg" />Toast the 25th anniversary of Faversham Hop Festival with a glass of <a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/brands/ales/queen-court-harvest-ale" target="_blank">Queen Court Harvest Ale</a>. Britain’s oldest brewer Shepherd Neame, based in the market town, is once again the official partner for the free two-day event, which commemorates the golden days of hop picking in Kent.</p> <p>Every year Shepherd Neame’s team of master brewers join in the celebrations by creating the official festival beer - Queen Court Harvest Ale. </p> <p>It is named after Queen Court Farm at Ospringe, the brewery’s former hop farm which houses the National Hop Collection, dedicated to the preservation of the UK’s hop-growing heritage and containing hundreds of rare varieties.</p> <p>The cask ale features pale and crystal malts and a mix of hops from across the globe. <a href="www.shepherdneame.co.uk/brands/ales/queen-court-harvest-ale" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="right" src="http://cdn.shepherdneame.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/Blog/blog_half_Queen%20Court%20Harvest%20Ale.png" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/brands/ales/queen-court-harvest-ale" target="_blank">Queen Court Harvest Ale</a> (ABV 4.5%) went on sale on Monday, August 18, and will be available until Sunday, September 14.</p> <p>Faversham Hop Festival is taking place on Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31. For information visit <a href="http://www.favershamhopfestival.org" target="_blank">www.favershamhopfestival.org</a>.</p><div class="field field-name-addthis field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="sharing-wrapper"><div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style "><a class="addthis_button_facebook_like" fb:like:layout="button_count"></a><a class="addthis_button_tweet"></a><a class="addthis_button_google_plusone" g:plusone:size="medium"></a><a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"></a></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#pubid=xa-4fc6036e42d724f9"></script></div> </div></div></div><div class="prev-next clearfix navigation"><div class="nav-next left"><a href="/blog/shepherd-neame-helps-its-tenants-save-over-400000"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo;</span> Shepherd Neame Helps its Tenants Save Over £400,000</a></div><div class="nav-previous right"><a href="/blog/pub-week-george-soho">Pub of the week: The George, Soho <span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a></div></div><span property="dc:title" content="Raise a Glass to 25 Years of Faversham Hop Festival" class="rdf-meta"></span> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:01:23 +0000 M.Farmer 40926 at http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk