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Business & Community

  • 2018 Shepherd Neame – Revo Opal Award for Pop Up Shop/Temporary Let at Bluewater
  • 2017 Jonathan Neame – Kent Life’s Food and Drink Hero
  • 2017 Shepherd Neame - shortlisted for Best Tenanted/Leased Pub Company (201+ sites) and Best Managed Pub Company (51+ sites) in the Publican Awards
  • 2016 Jonathan Neame – Outstanding Industry Contribution, Publican Awards
  • 2016 Shepherd Neame – shortlisted for Best Tenanted and Leased Pub Company (51+ sites) in the Publican Awards
  • 2016 Shepherd Neame – shortlisted for Best Food Offer in the Publican Awards
  • 2016 Visitor Centre – VisitEngland Best Told Story accolade
  • 2016 Visitor Centre – Gold Award from Green Tourism Business Scheme
  • 2015 Samantha Jeal - Unsung Hero Award, Beautiful South Tourism Awards
  • 2014 Small Visitor Attraction, Highly Commended – Visit England
  • 2013 Small Visitor Attraction, Silver Award – Beautiful South Awards
  • 2013 Department of Work and Pensions – Kent Employer Partnership Awards: Work Experience Award
  • 2011 Best Little Treasure of Britain, Group Travel Awards 2011
  • 2011 Small Visitor Attraction, Enjoy England National Awards for Excellence
  • 2011 Green Tourism Business Scheme Silver Award for Visitor Centre
  • 2010 Winner Supply Chain and Logistics, Manufacturer of the Year Awards
  • 2010 Small Visitor Attraction of the Year and Silver for Flavour of the South East, The Beautiful South Awards for Excellence
  • 2010 Best Improvement Project (under 90 days) Process Excellence Awards
  • 2009/10 Best UK Family Business, Southern England and Wales Region, in the £25m+ turnover category of the Coutts Prize for Family Business
  • 2008 Kent Business Awards CSR Award
  • 2008 The Publican Regional Brewer of the Year
  • 2007 South East Director of the Year (for businesses with a turnover of more than £25m) Institute of Directors, for chief executive Jonathan Neame
  • 2007 Runner-up - Small Visitor Attraction of the Year category at the Tourism ExSEllence Award
  • 2007 XL Business Award for Corporate Social Responsibility
  • 2006 National Business Award for Corporate Social Responsibility
  • 2006 Queen’s Award for Enterprise, for Sustainable Development
  • 2005 Highly Commended in the JP Morgan Family Business Honours - Business Success
  • 2005 National Association of Pension Funds Best Smaller Scheme Communications Award
  • 2004 Kent Environment Business of the Year
  • 2002 The Publican Regional Brewer of the Year

Beer brands  

  • 2019 International Beer Challenge – Bronze Award: 1698
  • 2019 International Beer Challenge – Bronze Award: Bear Island East Coast Pale Ale
  • 2019 International Beer Challenge – Bronze Award: India Pale Ale
  • 2019 International Beer Challenge – Bronze Award: Five Grain
  • 2019 International Beer Challenge – Bronze Award: Spitfire Amber Ale
  • 2019 International Beer Challenge – Bronze Award: Spitfire Golden Ale
  • 2019 International Beer Challenge – Bronze Award: Whitstable Bay Blonde Lager
  • 2019 British Bottlers’ Institute – Gold Award: 1698 (Ales, abv 6.0% - 7.4% category)
  • 2019 British Bottlers’ Institute – Diploma: Bear Island East Coast Pale Ale (Ales, abv 4.5% - 4.9% category)
  • 2019 British Bottlers’ Institute – Gold Award: Whitstable Bay Blonde (Lagers, abv 4.0% - 5.5% category)
  • 2019 British Bottlers’ Institute – Diploma: Five Grain Lager (Lagers, abv 4.0% - 5.5% category)
  • 2019 British Bottlers’ Institute – Diploma: Double Stout (Stouts, Porters or Dark Ales, abv 5.5% - 7.4% category)
  • 2019 British Bottlers’ Institute – Silver Award: Spitfire (Packaging category)
  • 2018 British Bottlers’ Institute – Silver Award: Whitstable Bay Blonde (Lagers, abv 4.0% - 5.5% category)
  • 2018 British Bottlers’ Institute – Diploma: 1698 (Ales, abv 6.0% - 7.4% category)
  • 2017 British Bottlers’ Institute – Gold Award: Spitfire Gold (Ales, abv 4.0% - 4.4% category)
  • 2017 British Bottlers’ Institute – Gold Award: Cinque (Lagers, abv 4.0% - 5.5% category)
  • 2017 British Bottlers’ Institute – Gold Award: Orchard View (Ciders, abv 4.0% - 5.4% category)
  • 2017 British Bottlers’ Institute – Diploma: Whitstable Bay Blonde (Lagers, abv 4.0% - 5.5% category)
  • 2017 International Beer Challenge –  Silver Award: Double Stout
  • 2017 International Beer Challenge – Silver Award: Whitstable Bay Blonde
  • 2017 International Beer Challenge – Silver Award: Whitstable Bay Red IPA
  • 2017 International Beer Challenge – Bronze Award: 1698
  • 2017 International Beer Challenge – Bronze Award: India Pale Ale
  • 2017 International Beer Challenge – Bronze Award: Spitfire Gold
  • 2017 Wetherspoon Beer Festival – Silver: Whitstable Bay Red IPA
  • 2017 International Brewing Awards – Gold: East Coast Pale Ale (Cask Ale Class 3 4.4%-4.8%)
  • 2017 International Brewing Awards – Silver: Whitstable Bay Organic Ale (Speciality Class 3 Organic Beers)
  • 2016 Beer Marketing Awards – Best Competition: Win a Flight in a Spitfire
  • 2016 British Bottlers’ Institute – Silver Award: India Pale Ale (IPA, abv 5.5% - 7.4% category)
  • 2016 British Bottlers’ Institute – Diploma: Double Stout (Stouts, Porters or Dark Ales, abv 5.5% - 7.4% category)
  • 2016 British Bottlers’ Institute – Diploma: Asahi Super Dry (Lagers, abv 4.0% - 5.5% category)
  • 2016 International Beer Challenge – Bronze Award: 1698 (Ales Category)
  • 2016 International Beer Challenge – Bronze Award: India Pale Ale (Ales category)
  • 2016 International Beer Challenge – Bronze Award: Whitstable Bay Blonde (Lagers category)
  • 2016 International Beer Challenge – Bronze Award: Double Stout (Stouts and Porters category)
  • 2016 DBA Design Effectiveness Award – Silver: Whitstable Bay Collection
  • 2015 British Bottlers’ Institute – Diploma: Brilliant Ale (Ales, abv 5.0% - 5.9% category)
  • 2015 British Bottlers’ Institute – Diploma: India Pale Ale (IPA, abv 5.5% - 7.4% category)
  • 2015 Beer Marketing Awards – Best Ad Campaign (Broadcast): Spitfire Premium Kentish Ale
  • 2015 International Brewing Awards – Gold: Samuel Adams (Class 2 for Keg Lager 4.8% - 6.9% ABV)
  • 2015 International Brewing Awards – Silver: Whitstable Bay Organic (Class 3 for Organic Beer)
  • 2015 International Brewing Awards – Bronze: Whitstable Bay Blonde (Class 1 for Keg Lager 2.9% - 4.7% ABV)
  • 2014 British Bottlers’ Institute – Gold Award: Samuel Adams Boston Lager (Lagers, abv 4.3% - 5.4% category)
  • 2014 British Bottlers’ Institute – Silver Award: Asahi (Lagers, abv 4.3% - 5.4% category)
  • 2014 British Bottlers’ Institute – Silver Award: Mainbrace IPA (IPA, abv 4.0% - 5.4% category)
  • 2014 British Bottlers’ Institute – Diploma: London Porter (Stouts, Porters or Dark Ales, abv 4.5% - 5.9% category)
  • 2014 British Bottlers’ Institute – Diploma: 1698 (Ales, abv 6.0% - 7.4% category)
  • 2014 British Bottlers’ Institute – Diploma: Brilliant Ale (Ales, abv 5.0% - 5.9% category)
  • 2014 British Bottlers’ Institute – Diploma: Whitstable Bay Organic (Ales, abv 4.5% - 4.9% category)
  • 2014 British Bottlers’ Institute – Diploma: Summer Ale (Ales, abv 4.0% - 4.4% category)
  • 2013 British Bottlers’ Institute – Silver Award: India Pale Ale (Ales, abv 6.0% - 7.4% category)
  • 2013 British Bottlers’ Institute – Silver Award: Asahi (Lagers, abv 4.3% - 5.4% category)
  • 2013 British Bottlers’ Institute – Diploma: Samuel Adams Boston Lager (Lagers, abv 4.3% - 5.4% category)
  • 2013 International Brewing Awards – Bronze: Asahi – (Smallpack Lager Class 3 - 5.0 - 5.4%)
  • 2012 British Bottlers’ Institute – Gold Award: 1698
  • 2012 British Bottlers’ Institute – Silver Award: Goldings
  • 2012 British Bottlers’ Institute – Diploma: Asda Golden Ale
  • 2012 British Bottlers’ Institute – Diploma: Generation Ale (Packaging Category)
  • 2012 International Beer Challenge – Gold Award: Late Red (Tasting Awards)
  • 2012 International Beer Challenge – Silver Award: Canterbury Jack (Tasting Awards)
  • 2012 International Beer Challenge – Bronze Award: 1698 (Tasting Awards)
  • 2012 International Beer Challenge – Bronze Award: Spitfire (Tasting Awards)
  • 2012 International Beer Challenge – Bronze Award: Asda Extra Special Whitechapel Porter (Tasting Awards)
  • 2012 International Beer Challenge – Bronze Award: Generation Ale (Tasting Awards)
  • 2012 International Beer Challenge – Bronze Award: 1698 (Packaging Awards)
  • 2012 International Beer Challenge – Bronze Award: Generation Ale (Packaging Awards)
  • 2012 International Beer Challenge – Bronze Award: Asahi Super Dry (Packaging Awards)
  • 2011 British Bottlers’ Institute – Diploma: Whitstable Bay Organic
  • 2011 Brewing Industry International Awards – Champion Beer: Asahi (International Keg Lager category)
  • 2011 Brewing Industry International Awards –  Gold Medal: Asahi (Keg Lager category)
  • 2011 Brewing Industry International Awards – Silver Medal: Sun Lik (Keg Lager category)
  • 2011 Brewing Industry International Awards – Silver Medal: Whitstable Bay (Small Pack Ale category)
  • 2010 British Bottlers’ Institute – Gold Award: 1698
  • 2010 British Bottlers’ Institute – Gold Award: Asahi
  • 2010 British Bottlers’ Institute – Silver Award: Sun Lik
  • 2010 British Bottlers’ Institute – Diploma: Master Brew
  • 2010 British Bottlers’ Institute – Diploma: Bishops Finger
  • 2010 British Bottlers’ Institute – Diploma: Gentleman Jack
  • 2010 Brewers Association World Beer Cup – Bronze: Spitfire (Special Bitter or Best Bitter category)
  • 2010 Monde Selection – International High Quality Trophy: Kingfisher (keg) (for three consecutive years of achieving Gold or Grand Gold awards)
  • 2010 Monde Selection – Grand Gold Award: Kingfisher (bottled)
  • 2010 Monde Selection – Grand Gold Award: Kingfisher (keg)
  • 2009 European Star Beer Awards – Bronze Medal: 1698 (English-Style Golden Bitter category)
  • 2009 Hong Kong International Beer Awards – Best Beer in All Categories: Bishops Finger
  • 2009 Hong Kong International Beer Awards – Best English Ale: Bishops Finger
  • 2009 Monde Selection – Grand Gold Award: Spitfire
  • 2009 Monde Selection – Gold Award: Bishops Finger
  • 2009 Monde Selection – Gold Award: Kingfisher (bottled)
  • 2009 Monde Selection – Gold Award: Kingfisher (keg)
  • 2008 International Beer Challenge ‘World’s 50 Best Beers’ – Spitfire
  • 2008 European Star Beer Awards – Bronze Medal: Master Brew Kentish Ale (English-Style Best Bitter category)
  • 2008 European Star Beer Awards – Bronze Medal: Christmas Ale (English-Style Golden Bitter category)
  • 2008 British Bottlers’ Institute – Silver Award: 1698
  • 2008 British Bottlers’ Institute – Silver Award: Kingfisher
  • 2008 British Bottlers’ Institute – Diploma: Master Brew
  • 2008 British Bottlers’ Institute – Silver Award: Early Bird (Packaging category)
  • 2008 British Bottlers’ Institute – Silver Award: Whitstable Bay (Packaging category)
  • 2008 Monde Selection – Grand Gold Award with Palm Leaves: Kingfisher (Pilsen-style beers category)
  • 2008 Monde Selection – Silver Medal: Spitfire (Pale Ale category)
  • 2007 European Beer Star Awards – Bronze Medal: Whitstable Bay Organic Ale (English-style ale category)
  • 2007 European Beer Star Awards – Bronze Medal: Master Brew Kentish Ale (English-style best bitter category)
  • 2007 World Beer Awards, run by Beers of the World – Best Summer Pale Ale: Goldings Summer Hop Ale
  • 2007 Daily Telegraph Taste of Britain Awards – Silver Medal: 1698 (Drinks / Beverage category)
  • 2006 Daily Telegraph Taste of Britain Awards – Silver Medal: Bishops Finger (Drinks / Beverage category)
  • 2006 OLN World’s Top 50 Beers – 1698 Bottle Conditioned Ale
  • 2006 British Bottlers’ Institute – Gold Award: 1698
  • 2004 International Brewing Awards – Silver Medal: Master Brew (Cask Conditioned Ale)
  • 2004 CAMRA Festival of Winter Ales – Bronze Medal: Original Porter
  • 2002 International Brewing Champion Lager Award for Oranjeboom Pilsener and medals for Kingfisher and Hurlimann Premium lager.
  • 2002 British Bottling Institute Gold medals for packaging standards
  • 2001 Kent Business Creative Advertising Award for Spitfire campaign
  • 2001 Advertising Industry Awards Best Alcohol or Tobacco Poster
  • 2001 Tesco Beer Challenge Award for Sun and Planet Steam Ale

Pubs

  • 2017 The Sportsman, Seasalter: Estrella Damm National Restaurant of the Year Award and Gastropub of the Year Award
  • 2017 The Kings Head in Wye, Sportsman in Seasalter and Compasses in Crundale - voted among the UK’s top 50 Gastropubs in the Estrella Damm Gastropub Awards
  • 2016 Granville, Lower Hardres – won Best British Roast Dinner in the South of England, in Daily Mirror national competition
  • 2016 Belle Vue Tavern, Pegwell Bay – won 2nd prize in the SME Insurance Best Beer Garden competition
  • 2016 Britannia, Guildford – won Best Pub in the Guildford Best Bar None awards for the third year
  • 2016 Compasses, Crundale – shortlisted for Best Food Pub in the Great British Pub Awards
  • 2016 Kings Head, Wye – shortlisted for Best Partnership Pub in the Great British Pub Awards
  • 2016 Grove Ferry – shortlisted for Best Managed Pub in the Great British Pub Awards, won Highly Commended
  • 2016 Sportsman, Seasalter – National Restaurant of the Year
  • 2016 Sportsman, Seasalter – Stephen Harris won the Guild of Food Writers Cookery Writing Award
  • 2016 Compasses, Crundale – Rob Taylor shortlisted for National Chef of the Year competition
  • 2016 Sportsman, Seasalter – Best Pub at GQ Food and Drink Awards
  • 2016 Grove Ferry Inn, Best Kent Pub, National Pub and Bar Awards
  • 2016 Sportsman, Seasalter named the best gastropub in Britain at the Budweiser Budvar Top 50 Gastropubs Awards (for second year in a row)
  • 2016 Camden Arms, Pembury named Hotel of the Year in Les Routiers Awards
  • 2015 Compasses, Crundale named Kent Pub of the Year at the Kent Food Awards
  • 2015 Sportsman, Seasalter named the best gastropub in Britain at the Budweiser Budvar Top 50 Gastropubs Awards
  • 2015 Sportsman gains second place in National Restaurant Awards 2015
  • 2014 Best Bar None – Guildford. Gold Awards for the Star Inn and The Britannia. The latter also won overall Pub of the Year.
  • 2013 Best Managed Houses, The Publican Awards
  • 2012 Best Food Offer, The Publican Awards
  • 2009 Sportsman, Seasalter named Gastropub of the Year in National Restaurant Awards
  • 2009 ontrack Best Overall Pub Retailer and Best Pub Retailer for Quality of Serve
  • 2008 ontrack Drinks Retailer of the Year
  • 2008 Michelin Star for The Sportsman, Seasalter
  • 2007 CAMRA Pub Design Awards, Prince of Wales, Herne Bay won both the Refurbishment Award and the Joe Goodwin Award for Best Street Corner Local
  • 2005 The Publican Pub Food Company of the Year
  • 2005 The Publican magazine Managed Pub Company of the Year (10-99 outlets) and Marketing Pub of the Year for The King’s Head, Hythe
  • 2005 Kent Life Taste of Kent Lifetime Achievement
  • 2004 Kent Technology Company of the Year for ‘Beer and Broadband’ initiative in partnership with Telabria.
  • 2004 and 2001 Finalist in the National Innkeeper Training Awards for pub management training programmes
  • 2003 Caterer & Hotelkeeper magazine Pub Operator of the Year for The Sportsman, Seasalter
  • 2002 CAMRA Pub Design Award for Manor Farm Barn