Shepherd Neame pubs open their doors at the start of a Great British Summer

After more than five months of closure, Shepherd Neame reopened around 75% of its estate across Kent, London and the South East on Monday (April 12).

Shepherd Neame Celebrating pubs reopening at the Rose in June Margate on Monday evening
Shepherd Neame Celebrating pubs reopening at the Rose in June Margate on Monday evening

Britain’s oldest brewer, based in Faversham, temporarily closed the doors of its 312 pubs and hotels on November 5 last year, along with its brewery shop, in line with Government advice.

Following the Government’s confirmation that pubs could open outside spaces from April 12, before being able to offer indoor service from May 17, Shepherd Neame reopened 201 sites on Monday. The full list of those open is available here: The rest of the estate will reopen on May 17.

Shepherd Neame’s brewery shop in Court Street, Faversham, also reopened on Tuesday (April 13). It will be open from 10.30am to 1pm then 1.30pm to 4.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

Shepherd Neame is following the same exemplary hygiene and social distancing measures introduced last summer to ensure a safe environment for team members and customers.

Chief Executive Jonathan Neame said: “After more than five months since our pubs were last open, and 260 days of closure since March last year, it was fantastic to finally open again. Our licensees and team members were incredibly excited about getting back to work and were delighted by the number of customers who turned out to support them on Monday. I visited a number of our pubs, and people were so happy to once again be able to socialise and reconnect with friends and family at their local. Hopefully this is the start of a fantastic Great British summer!”

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