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Five ways to make the office Christmas party a big success

 

At this time of year, thoughts turn to how best to turn the works Christmas party into an unforgettable event. There are a number of ways to make it a special occasion, of course, but perhaps the most important issue is the choice of venue. Moving the event away from the workplace is key, because it allows party-goers to relax more. Here are five reasons to choose the Shepherd & Dog.

 

  1. Make sure the food is fantastic

 

Whether your event involves a sit-down meal or perhaps a running buffet, the quality of the food is a hugely important factor. Fresh, seasonal ingredients are a must, as is a choice of options to make sure every taste is catered for. Don’t forget there will be some people who have specific dietary needs. Here at the Shepherd & Dog, we specialise in the type of fine dining Sussex has become famous for.

 

  1. Offer a wide range of drinks

 

During the yuletide festivities, drinks can be as important as food, of course. If you’re organising a Christmas party for the office, the chances are you will need to think about the needs of a diverse group of people. Be sure to offer an extensive range of beers, wines and spirits, not to mention soft drinks for those all-important designated drivers. Needless to say, a choice of teas, coffees and indulgent hot chocolate is also a must.

 

  1. Never underestimate the importance of atmosphere

 

The atmosphere at any Christmas party is crucial, and sometimes it’s so good you barely notice its existence at all. If you have music playing, it’s best to make it noticeable but not overly intrusive. Your chosen playlist should be familiar to the majority of party-goers, and of course you should include a smattering of festive classics. Merry Christmas, Everybody!

 

  1. Tell us what you want

 

Christmas parties at the Shepherd & Dog are always events to remember, and over the years we have become used to providing the customers with what they want. If you’re planning a special occasion with us, be sure to talk us through the details of the celebration. If there’s anything we can do to make it extra special, feel free to shout.

 

  1. Finally, don’t forget to enjoy yourself!

 

Sometimes, being the party organiser can be a thankless task. Everyone seems to have their own ideas about how to make it a special occasion, and the one who has to do the donkey work often finds it more stressful than celebratory. With our help, the organiser can relax from the start and enjoy the occasion just as much as everyone else.

 

Happy Christmas!

 

The Shepherd & Dog plays host to a significant number of Christmas parties every year. If you’re thinking of joining us at this special time of year, get in touch today for more information.

Autumn drinks to warm the cockles of the heart

 

Autumn is upon us and there will be times in the coming weeks and months when an ice cold lager may not appear to be as welcoming as it did in July. For many of our regulars, this is a time that’s more about the warmth of the welcome than the chill of the wine, so here are a few drinks ideas to help you to keep out the cold.

 

Foaming pints of bitter

 

Here at the Shepherd & Dog, we serve an extensive range of bitters, ranging from familiar names to lesser known craft beers from across the globe. And while bitter remains popular throughout the year, it becomes the number one choice for many more people as soon as September comes to an end. One of the best things about exploring various bitters from different brewers is the subtle taste differences from one to the next.

 

Irish coffee

 

While many of us would think of coffee as a mid-morning boost or a pleasant way to finish a meal, an Irish coffee is something a little more different. In essence it’s a cocktail that provides a wonderfully warm feeling from the first taste to the last. It generally consists of hot coffee, Irish whiskey and sugar, topped off with a thick layer of cream. The secret is to drink it slowly through the cream.

 

Mulled wine

 

While many people associate mulled wine with Christmas, there’s no reason for anyone to wait till December to enjoy its delicious taste. Served warm or sometimes piping hot, it’s usually made with red wine and a selection of spices. One of the more pleasing aspects of this drink is that there’s no definitive recipe, so a glass of mulled wine can often be something of a pleasant surprise.

 

Hot buttered rum

 

Hot buttered rum

 

This is one of the more indulgent winter drinks. There are a number of variations which can be added to the standard ingredients list of rum, butter, hot water and spices. A thick slice of orange peel is a good addition, and some people like to replace the hot water with hot cider instead. In the USA, this is a particularly popular winter drink.

 

The ultimate hot chocolate

 

Hot chocolate is guaranteed to bring you a lovely warm feeling just when you need it most, and to satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time. For added luxury, try making it with a mixture of double cream and milk, and be sure to add a generous sprinkling of marshmallows before serving. Grated chocolate on the top completes the indulgence.

 

Here at the Shepherd & Dog, we serve a tempting range of hot and cold drinks to bring you the ultimate autumn experience. Our bar and restaurant provide the perfect location for autumnal relaxation.

 

Time to celebrate all things German at Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

 

Oktoberfest has become synonymous with drinking, eating and all-round good times in the UK in recent years, and as you probably know the roots of this cultural phenomenon lie in Germany. What you may not know, however, is the sheer scale of modern-day Oktoberfest celebrations.

 

The original, and still the largest, event takes place every year in Munich. It attracts somewhere around six million visitors from all over Germany and across the world. In 2013, more than 7.5 million litres of beer were consumed over the 16-day period, not to mention a huge range of traditional German food items, including:

 

  • Hendl (roast chicken)
  • Brezen (pretzels)
  • Schweinsaxe (ham hock)
  • Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes)
  • Steckerlfisch (grilled fish served on sticks)

 

The start and finish dates of Oktoberfest in Munich will change slightly from year to year, but since German reunification it has been timed to include German Unity Day, which is celebrated on October 3rd. As well as food and drink, the event also includes fun fair rides, stalls, games and a variety of street entertainers.

 

A little slice of Germany in rural Sussex

 

While there’s nothing quite like being in Munich during this spectacular occasion, the next best thing is to experience one of the many British Oktoberfest events instead. On Sunday 5th October, the Shepherd & Dog are hosting a day that celebrates German culture mixed in with a traditional Sussex welcome. A day that features mouth-watering food and superb beers in a glorious rural pub deserves to be on every wish-list.

 

The first Oktoberfest events as we know them today were held in the early 19th century to celebrate the wedding of Kronprinz Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildurghausen in 1810. The original festivities were centred on horse races which attracted thousands of people from across southern Germany.

 

There are a number of important links between Sussex and Germany. The Brighton Pavilion was built at the behest of King George IV, a prominent monarch from the House of Hanover. Many Sussex towns, including Hastings, Lewes, Uckfield, Crawley and Hassocks, are twinned with German locations.

 

If you’re keen to find out why German food and drink has become so popular at this time of year, be sure to visit the Shepherd & Dog for Oktoberfest. There is something wonderful about superb food and iconic craft beers when they’re enjoyed in a beautiful rural setting. This promises to be an occasion not to be missed.

 

The Shepherd & Dog’s Oktoberfest celebrations are to be held on Sunday October 5th.