As we see this beautiful Autumnal morning light come up, and pause to appreciate how lucky we are living here it seems the right moment to reflect on how we are seeing the sun set on yet another long, amazing Summer here at The Greyhound Charcott.
The Summer of 2019 has given us so much to enjoy and we, along with our fabulous team, have truly had a blast bringing our customers the very best of what we have on offer. Some of you may know that we have 26 in our team, here they are! We all enjoyed our annual outing last week to say thank you to them for all they do to contribute to what we are able to deliver! I didn’t manage to do an August update as there was so much happening so this one is more of a round up of what we enjoyed in July and August…
We have continued to strive to deliver a great experience for each and every customer that visits us and have been so proud to have been recognised for this notable ways…they say things happen in 3s! And indeed for us they have…we have received some fantastic new awards this year, the best one being West Kent CAMRA 2019 Pub of the Year Runner Up for the whole of West Kent! We are absolutely delighted with this position having just been open two years and only eligible for entry after one year. Our presentation for this achievement tied in with a fabulous weekend of festival celebrations to mark our 2nd Birthday for the anniversary of our opening, with another good beer festival, lots of great live music and to tip it off as we received our 2019 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, we actually hit the No.1 spot of Trip Advisor for our area! and we are so happy to know that what we’re doing is what our customers love! We have managed to hold this position for three months so far…log may it continue! Final great news for us was the inclusion into the new CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2020, with a lovely little write up…if you enjoy a great pint you won’t be disappointed here!
Here is a little additional selection of pictures sharing some of the special moments here this Summer, on top of our own 2nd Birthday celebration weekend, there have been many celebrations too with people sharing milestone birthdays, special anniversaries and even a wedding lunch too, we are always touched that people choose to have these here with us, if you are every interested in holding an event with us please get in touch with Fran. The August Bank Holiday weekend was another wonderful one full of beautiful sunshine and our annual Family Car Treasure Hunt was another storming success again this year, special thanks to the Yates Family for setting this years hunt after winning last year.
Our next post is coming soon as guess what is coming….yes….Christmas…keep you eye out! Thank you everyone for enjoying this Summer here with us. See you soon, Fran & Rich x
Just sharing a few fantastic pictures from our 1st Classics Night, it was amazing and we were blown away by the number of people that came and joined in.
What a wonderful array of interesting vehicles, including a beautiful vintage tractor, for everyone to have a good wander round, thank you to everyone who came to share in this fun evening and especially as it was a great opportunity to raise some more money for Hospice in the Weald, another £300!
Well, Summer is on its way and we are counting down to our 2nd Birthday Party weekend, you might have seen our “Save the Date!” posters up around the pub as we will be celebrating in style on the weekend of the 13th & 14th July to mark two years of being here! Time certainly flies when you’re having fun and what a jam packed two years it has been. We have a great weekend planned, including lots of great live music to mark this special occasion so make sure you put it in your diaries and come along to join in with us, don’t miss out!
The icing on the cake is the recent news that we have been awarded Pub of The Year Runner Up by West Kent Camra and they will be joining us on our birthday on Sunday 14th July to present us with this award. To come second to a longer established and bigger town pub in Tunbridge Wells, The George, who have won for the second year running is a huge achievement for us and we are absolutely delighted with this news!
We have just re-opened our OFYR Summer Kitchen on the front of the pub at the beginning of June, you may have seen it last year, it is a great wood fired BBQ Grill, a real feature at the front of the pub and a wonderful way to enjoy cooking our varied menu including delicious steaks, chops, homemade burgers, fish and more, get yourself down to the pub to try out our tasty menu as we are cooking on it every weekend.
Don’t miss these dates coming up….
Tuesday 25th June from 7pm – Our First Classic Car, Motorbike & Tractor Evening, all enthusiasts welcome, bring your classics along and enjoy appreciating others. We will have a good selections of beers on the bar and tasty burgers on offer.
Christmas here, along with our second New Years Eve in Charcott was a very busy time, welcoming many old and new faces to celebrate with us over this time and look forward to meeting many more this year! Last year we were incredibly lucky that the sunshine continued into October as we celebrated a fantastic day when we tied the knot in perfect sunshine locally at the beautiful Bore Place! We have been very touched by all the special wishes we received, thank you all for these!
Our wonderful head chef, Sean, is fully settled in with us now, life is fast paced and we are busy planning some exciting things for our Spring and Summer menus, our kitchen has now been up and running almost eighteen months our menu is ever expanding, we still pride ourselves on keeping things simple, it isn’t gastro or fancy but tasty, wholesome and most importantly all homemade using the best of fresh, local and seasonal produce, our dishes are made from scratch daily in small batches, also ensuring that there isn’t ever much going to waste. We mentioned earlier we have been pleased to welcome Sean on board to head up the kitchen team and we will continue to always try hard to offer something for everyone, we are also happy to adapt dishes wherever possible so please also just ask if needed.
While we are talking of cooking….we have other exciting news as we are featuring with our own chapter in a wonderful new local charity cookbook, out for sale now! We attended the exciting launch of the book along with many other contributors at the beginning of last November and quickly sold out of our 80 copies just after Christmas, this was amazing as for such a good cause. We have proudly taken another delivery of the books to further help the fundraising! The book has been put together by the Tree of Hope, a local Tonbridge based charity providing invaluable support in enabling families to fundraise for their childrens’ healthcare needs. The Cookbook makes a fantastic present, Mother’s Day is coming up, and is also a wonderful way to raise the profile of many local independent businesses like us within our local community as well as a fabulous selections of recipes too, here’s a sneak peak
from our photo shoot as we have included our Stidolphs Spicy Lamb Burger recipe….don’t miss out, come and get your copy here at the bar for just £20, all proceeds are going to Tree of Hope charity.
We loved celebrating our 1st Birthday here last July, how did that first year fly by?! We enjoyed a great weekend of celebrations with our first Beer Festival, several live bands and excellent fundraising for Hospice in the Weald too which was brilliant!….
Many of you will no doubt have enjoyed our Summer kitchen that we launched this year too, added on at the front of the pub. We introduced of our state of the art OFYR Grill as wanted to be different from an ordinary BBQ, it’s wood-fired and we have enjoyed using it to cook a fantastic range of meat, fish and veggie dishes. The feedback has been great, especially for the special evenings we have done, including Steak Night and our Turkish Night too.
The best present we received on the morning of our 1st Birthday was a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor, it made our day! Wonderful to know that our customers are taking the time to review us and think we are getting it right, a really special review we received was this one…
Now flying into our second year here we are so proud of the way our new business is going, the support it has seen so far and feedback it has received is so encouraging, we thank you all for giving us the chance to enjoy Charcott and make new friends here in this lovely community, it certainly seems to have it’s heart back! Our August Bank Holiday Family Fun Day was testament to this, with 22 teams taking part in the annual car treasure hunt, a tradition we inherited and are happy to continue, so much fun for all involved along with live music, bouncy castle fun and lots to eat and drink!
Our Quiz Nights are now well established on the first Tuesday of each month, Steak Nights have taken off too, keep you eye out in the bar for details of our next one and book your table to avoid disappointment.
There is lots to join in with here at The Greyhound, our home, your pub, all our customers being part of it matters to us and we’ll be ready to welcome you for a visit, join in and you won’t leave disappointed, we look forward to seeing you!
Fran & Rich