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Celebrating beers with a difference at the Shepherd & Dog

 

Large country pubs become something of a magnet when the summer months come around, thanks to a combination of fine weather and a large garden. Here at the Shepherd & Dog, we like to try something a little different sometimes, and of course we like to make the most of our setting amid the natural splendour of the South Downs National Park.

 

This July, we’re hosting our Wild Beer Tap Takeover, a celebration of all that’s wonderful about traditional yet innovative brewing techniques. It’s free to enter this event, there’s no need to book in advance or to buy a ticket, you just turn up with a thirst and perhaps an open mind about which ingredients could and should be included in certain beers. For some people, this could turn out to be something of a journey into the unknown.

 

The Wild Beer Company is based on a farm in rural Somerset, where they brew with imagination and flair against a backdrop of picturesque countryside. They have a passion for brewing with unorthodox yeasts and somewhat alternative fermentations, and the end result is a range of beers which have to be experienced to be believed.

 

Glorious ingredients, glorious beers

 

Their current range includes beers flavoured with ingredients such as limes, salt, pineapple, rhubarb, honey, ginger, chocolate, seaweed, vanilla, coffee, pepper, sourdough and so much more. We love the way they combine what might be seen as unusual ingredients with an appreciative nod to traditional brewing processes, resulting in a stunning selection of beers which cover the whole taste spectrum.

 

Needless to say, here at the Shepherd & Dog we are synonymous with the type of fine dining Sussex has become famous for, and our superb summer menu will be available to complement the Wild Beer event. Here’s a golden opportunity to give your summer a bit of a twist, and to celebrate the union of fabulous beer and exquisite food.

 

 

The Wild Beer Tap Takeover is on July 26th at the Shepherd & Dog in Fulking, one of the finest gastropubs in Sussex.

A Sussex Country Gastro Pub

sussex country pubs, brighton gastropub

 

 

We are most definitely a “GastroPub”.  Fine dining in a great country pub atmosphere is what we’re all about, but where did the term Gastro Pub come from?

Well, pencils at the ready all you pub quiz types because this is good hostelry trivia coming your way.

The term “gastropub” was originally coined in 1991 when David Eyre and Mike Belben took over The Eagle pub in   Clerkenwell in London.  It was a time when the country was going through a bad recession and a lot of struggling pubs were going under.  To try and stand out from the crowd, Eyre and Relben had the idea of keeping the casual pub atmosphere while serving the kind of Mediterranean-inspired fare you’d find in a good restaurant along with cask ales.  So they brought gastronomic dining to the local – hence the name.

Brighton GastroPub for Fine Dining

The idea proved such a success that the concept breathed new life into the great British pub and the rest, as they say, is history.  And just to prove its here to stay, in August 2012, “gastropub” was added to Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.

So if you’re in Sussex or Brighton and fancy some fine dining, then swing by – our gastro pub credentials are definitley worth checking out.

The Beer Prayer

sussex country pubFollowing along from the theme of my last post – As many regulars will know, attendance at the bar in a Sussex Country Pub like the Shepherd and Dog  can be become what can only be described as sacred duty for those who take their drinking seriously.  So when I came across the following it took me back to the heady days of my youth, when I had the pleasure of travelling in a sky blue uniform that required me to drink in bars around the world in the service of Queen and Country.

At many of the more formal occasions this would be recited by a man of the cloth in addition to the normal prayers and set the tone for what inevitably turned in to a bit of a session.

Enjoy………….

Our lager,
Which art in barrels,
Hallowed be thy drink,
Thy will be drunk,
(I will be drunk),
At home as I am in the tavern.
Give us this day our foamy head,
And forgive us our spillages,
As we forgive those who spill against us,
and lead us not to incarceration,
But deliver us from hangovers,
For thine is the beer,
The bitter and the lager,
Forever and ever,
Barmen.

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Spring Weddings at Your Favourite Sussex Country Pub

It’s that time of year, the weather is warming up and couples start to think of tying the knot.  As a Sussex Country pub we’re very lucky to have a fabulous location for wedding receptions – nestled at the foot of the Downs just below Devils Dyke.  The garden, with the outdoor bar and easy access to the main pub is an idyllic setting, and if you get lucky with the weather makes for a perfect day.

Love Is In The Air

wedding at sussex country pub

Last year we hosted several receptions, and each one was a pleasure for us here at the pub.  Everyone’s happy, it’s always a great occasion, and it makes coming to work worthwhile – really doesn’t get much better than getting to share in such a special day for the couple and their families.

Hope to see more of you joining us this year.

 

 

 

http://shepherdanddogpub.co.uk

 

Spring Is On The Way

It’s the first day of spring and time to look forward to the lighter evenings, warmer weather and the call of the great outdoors – as in out of the back door and in to the beer garden!

dog friendly pubs sussexAfter the success of the re-vamped garden and bar last summer, we’re planing even more events to make the most of the stunning surroundings and family atmosphere of the garden.  Music nights, weddings and good old relaxing with the family and friends – can’t wait.