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Business & Community

  • 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  

  • 2016 British Bottlers’ Institute competition: Classic Collection India Pale Ale won a silver award in the India Pale Ale (5.5% to 7.4% ABV); Classic Collection Double Stout won the Diploma – equivalent to bronze - in the Stouts, Porters or Dark Ales category; Asahi Super Dry won the Diploma in the Lagers category.
  • 2016 International Beer Challenge Awards: Whitstable Bay Blonde received Bronze in the Lagers category; Classic Collection Double Stout received Bronze in the Stouts and Porters category; 1698 and Classic Collection India Pale Ale received Bronze in the Ales category.
  • 2016 DBA Design Effectiveness Award, Silver – Whitstable Bay Collection
  • 2015 Beer Marketing Awards: Best Ad Campaign (Broadcast) – Spitfire Premium Kentish Ale
  • 2015 International Brewing Awards: Whitstable Bay Blonde – Bronze Award (Class 1 for Keg Lager 2.9% - 4.7% ABV); Samuel Adams – Gold Award (Class 2 for Keg Lager 4.8% - 6.9% ABV); Whitstable Bay Organic – Silver Award (Class 3 for Organic Beer)
  • 2013 International Brewing Awards: Asahi – Bronze Award, Smallpack Lager  Class 3 - 5.0 - 5.4%
  • 2012 British Bottlers’ Institute – tasting awards: 1698 – Gold Medal; Goldings – Silver Medal; Asda Golden Ale – Diploma. Packaging award: Generation.
  • 2012 International Beer Challenge – tasting awards: Late Red – gold; Canterbury Jack – silver; 1698, Spitfire, Asda Extra Special Whitechapel Porter, Generation Ale – bronze
  • 2012 International Beer Challenge – packaging awards: 1698, Generation Ale, Asahi Super Dry – bronze
  • 2011 Brewing Industry International Awards – Asahi named Champion Beer in International Keg Lager Category, Gold Medal for Asahi in keg lager category, Silver Medal for Sun Lik in keg lager category and Silver Medal for Whitstable Bay in small pack ale category
  • 2010 British Bottlers’ Institute Gala Awards – Gold Medals for 1698 and Asahi, silver medal for Sun Lik Beer and Diplomas for Master Brew, Bishops Finger and Gentleman Jack
  • 2010 Brewers Association World Beer Cup Bronze for Spitfire in “special bitter or best bitter category”
  • 2010 Monde Selection two Grand Gold Awards for Kingfisher (bottled and keg). Kingfisher Keg awarded International High Quality Trophy for three consecutive years of achieving Gold or Grand Gold awards
  • 2009 European Star Beer Awards Bronze Medal for 1698 Bottle Conditioned Ale in the English-Style Golden Bitter category
  • 2009 Best English Ale and Best Beer in All Categories for Bishops Finger at the Hong Kong International Beer Awards
  • 2009 Monde Selection Grand Gold Award for Spitfire, a Gold Award for Bishops Finger and two Gold Awards for Kingfisher (bottled and keg)
  • 2008 International Beer Challenge ‘World’s 50 Best Beers’ – Spitfire
  • 2008 Two Bronze Medals - European Star Beer Awards 2008: Master Brew Kentish Ale in the English-Style Best Bitter category and Christmas Ale in the English-Style Golden Bitter category
  • 2008 British Bottlers’ Institute: Master Brew, diploma; 1698 and Kingfisher, silver awards; Early Bird and Whitstable Bay silver packaging awards
  • 2008 Monde Selection Grand Gold Award with Palm Leaves for Kingfisher in Pilsen-style beers category and Silver Medal for Spitfire in the Pale Ale category
  • 2007 Two bronze medals - European Beer Star Awards 2007: Whitstable Bay Organic Ale in the English-style ale category and Master Brew Kentish Ale in the English-style best bitter category
  • 2007 Best Summer Pale Ale - World Beer Awards, run by Beers of the World, for Goldings Summer Hop Ale
  • 2007 Daily Telegraph / Sainsbury’s Taste of Britain Awards, silver medal in Drinks / Beverage Category for 1698 Bottle Conditioned Ale
  • 2006 Daily Telegraph Taste of Britain Awards, silver medal in Drinks / Beverage Category for Bishops Finger
  • 2006 OLN World’s Top 50 Beers – 1698 Bottle Conditioned Ale
  • 2006 British Bottlers’ Institute Gold Award - 1698 Bottle Conditioned Ale
  • 2004 International Brewing Awards Cask Conditioned Ale silver medal for Master Brew bitter
  • 2004 CAMRA Festival of Winter Ales bronze medal for Original Porter
  • 2003 Off Licence News International Beer Competition Supreme Champion Samuel Adams
  • 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

  • 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