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‘Welcome to Kent’ celebration party

Visit Kent hosted a Welcome to Kent celebration last night to mark The Open being held in Sandwich, Kent.

The Shepherd Neame Brewery, Faversham

The party was held at the famous Shepherd Neame brewery in Faversham. The family owned brewery was founded in 1698 and produces a range of fine cask ales and filtered beers, around 230,000 barrels a year. Shepherd Neame also own around 360 pubs, predominantly in Kent, London and southeastern England.

Barry McGuigan

The night began with speeches from Barry McGuigan, world featherweight champion who introduced the Chief Executive of Shepherd Neame Brewery; Jonathan Neame.

Jonathan Neame, CEO of Shepherd Neame

He spoke to us about the history of the brewery and their plans for the future. Amanda Cottrell OBE, the Chairman of Visit Kent spoke about her excitement for the Open golf to be coming back to Kent. The MP Hugh Robertson, minister for Sport and the Olympics spoke about the next couple of years as a very exciting time for England and Kent.

Amanda Cottrell

MP Hugh Robertson, minister for Sport and the Olympics

The brewery was full of local produce and obviously lots of Shepherd Neame beer. We tried and tested all the beers and our favourite was the Whistable Bay organic beer, a clean and refreshing beer crafted from organic ingredients, including Target hops and barley. They teamed this beer with oysters from Whistable which beautiful and really complimented the organic beer.

Spitfire beer

Bishops finger beer

Asahi beer and sushi

There were tours of the brewery, live music from the Ian Shawcross Jazz band, a golf swing simulator where guests could compete against each other to see who could hit the golf ball the farthest and a hog roast which was delicious!

One of the Mulberry Cottages team practising her swing!

The Ian Shawcross Jazz band

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