Group Visits

Join us for an award winning guided tour of Britain's oldest brewer. Discover the brewer's art and then learn how our beers and speciality lagers are tested for quality during an entertaining tutored tasting - audience participation encouraged!

Download the Groups Visit leaflet

Round off your visit with a delicious homemade lunch or afternoon tea – freshly prepared, using local ingredients


Tour, tasting & lunch £20.75 per person

Available to pre-booked groups of 15 – 60 – select one of the following menus for your group:

Drayman’s Plate

Spitfire sausages served with
Spitfire Ale Onion Gravy
Mashed potatoes and peas
Homemade Bread and Butter Pudding
served with Cream

Fisherman’s Catch

A selection of British Seafood in a Whitstable Bay Ale & Mustard Cream Sauce,
Topped with Mashed Potato & Cheddar Cheese
Kentish Bramley Ale Pie
served with Cream

Brewer’s Platter

Generous Wedges of English Cheese and Home-Cooked Ham,
Served with Ale Chutney, half a Kentish Apple, Salad and Crusty Bread
Homemade Ale Cake

Shepherd Neame Pie

Shoulder of Lamb, braised in Beer,
Flaked and topped with Creamy Mashed Potato
Homemade Sticky Toffee Pudding
and Butterscotch Sauce


01795 542016

Daytime Group Tour
and Tutored Tasting
£10.50 per person

Available for pre-booked groups of 16 - 60


Midweek group tours £8.50 per person

Available for pre-booked groups of 16 - 60

Exclusive Daytime Tour
and Tutored Tasting

Smaller groups (up to fourteen persons) can enjoy their own exclusive tour and tasting

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We have also teamed up with other local attractions to offer interesting full-day itineraries for groups looking for a whole day out. Brief details are shown below.  For further information, please call the booking line on 01795 542016 or download the Groups Visit leaflet.

The Bishops Pilgrimmage

Start your day with a tour of Shepherd Neame’s Faversham Brewery, home of the iconic ‘Bishops Finger Kentish Ale’ – named after signposts that once pointed pilgrims to Canterbury Cathedral.  The tour takes you through the heart of
the brewery giving an insight into the brewer’s art, followed by a tutored tasting of fine Kentish Ales and a home-cooked lunch in the medieval Visitor Centre.
Then it's back on the coach for the short drive to the Cathedral City of Canterbury, where you will be met by a costumed guide who will escort you to ‘The Canterbury Tales’ visitor attraction which brings to life many of Chaucer’s stories.

£22.50 for midweek visits in January

Available February - December at £27.50 per person
Please call 01795 542016 to book

Tour, tasting & Afternoon Tea £17.25 per person

 Available to pre-booked groups of 16 – 60 – select one of the following menus for your group:


Hop Pickers’ Afternoon Tea

Two Homemade Cheese Scones
A Wedge of English Cheese
Accompanied by Ale Chutney
Tea or Coffee

Kentish Cream Tea

Two Homemade Fruit Scones
With whipped Cream, Butter
And Kentish Strawberry Jam
Tea or Coffee

Discover Faversham

After coffee at the Brewery Visitor Centre join a guided walking tour of historic Faversham, before returning to the brewery for lunch and a tour.  £27.25

Delicious Beer - Delightful Gardens

Combines a tour and lunch at the brewery with an afternoon exploring the wonderful gardens of Mount Ephraim with its views out across the estuary. £25.75

Antiques & Ales

Take a tour and lunch at the brewery then visit delightful Belmont, a fine Georgian mansion containing a rare collection of fine art, silverware, porcelain and clocks. The house is set in beautifully landscaped gardens - ideal for a gentle afternoon stroll. £27.75

Ales & Apples

A tour and lunch at the brewery with an orchard tour at nearby Brogdale, home of the National Fruit Collection. There’s also a market place with a variety of shops from flower art to butchers. £27.75

Evening Tour & Ale Samplers’ Supper

Enjoy an 80 minute tour of Britain’s Oldest Brewer, a fascinating tutored tasting and a delicious home-cooked, two-course supper. Of course, there’s also time for a pint or two with your meal.

Exclusive evenings for groups available most Monday - Thursday evenings
£24.95 per person (for groups of 30 or more)

Smaller groups can enjoy an exclusive evening tour for £300 for groups of 1 - 29 people
plus £14.95 per person for the Ale Samplers' Supper

Please call for further details, menus or to book.

Alternatively - small parties can book spaces on one of our public Evening Tour & Ale Samplers' Suppers which run regularly on many Friday evenings

NEW FOR 2015
Faversham - Making History and Making Beer

Available 23 May - 28 June 2015  £19.50/£22.50

2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta and Faversham is one of the few towns with a copy of this historical document.  Enjoy a morning tour of the brewery; a tutored tasting that will include a special commemorative ale brewed to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta; followed by lunch.  Then make the short walk to “Magna Carta Rediscovered”. The exhibition is part of in the national celebrations to commemorate the sealing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede in 1215.  In the 13th Century, Faversham was an important market town so was presented with its own copy of the Magna Carta.  That Charter, along with the sixteen other Royal Charters from the Faversham collection, will be on public display providing a rare opportunity to see these wonderful medieval documents.

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01795 542016

Faversham Food & Drink

combines a tour and lunch at the brewery with an afternoon cream tea at Macknade Fine Foods – a veritable Aladdin’s cave of food and local produce. £25.75

NEW FOR 2015

Hop Picking to Hand Pump

Available throughout September 2015  £28.00

Britain’s oldest brewer, Shepherd Neame, has teamed up with Kent Life, heritage farm park to bring alive the County’s hop growing tradition with a special joint visit package available throughout September 2015  to coincide with the hop picking season.

Groups will join an award-winning Brewery Tour and go behind the scenes at Shepherd Neame, where expert guides will take visitors through the busy working brewery revealing the mix of traditional and modern technology used to produce Shepherd Neame’s range of Kentish Ales and speciality lagers. The visit also includes a delicious lunch served in the Visitor Centre’s traditional bar.

Groups then head to Kent Life – a heritage farm park, celebrating the rural history of the county. Here they will take a tractor tour of the site  and discover the historic houses and meet the farm animals, including horses, goats, sheep and alpacas. Then visit the Oast House and Hop Garden, planted with Fuggle and Goldings hops, both traditional Kentish varieties from the late 19th Century.  Here you will learn about the traditions of hop picking – and can even have a go yourself as we select bines and pick hops ready for the brewing process. Once the hops are picked you will be rewarded by the Tally Man who will give you tokens to be claimed in Dotty’s Tea Room for a tasty cream tea!

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