The criteria for receiving such an award is tough, with official assessors making two unannounced visits every year (two in the first three months of new members) checking for appearance, temperature, aroma and taste. For a beer to score 100% during the inspection it must be dispensed at between 10 and 14C and should be served exactly as they would be served to a customer.
The accolade couldn’t have come at a better time. The Shepherd & Dog, one of Billericay’s premier pubs, has recently undergone a revamp which has seen the inside completely redecorated and a new menu launched.
Pub manager Simon Ryan said the pub wanted to appeal to regulars and locals but also attract people from further afield with a classic menu of home-cooked favourites.
“We are still a rural village pub and always will be but we’re a great choice for people looking to celebrate a special occasion or just enjoy a lovely, well-cooked meal. We also cater for parties and weddings,” he said.
“The interior of the pub has a new modern look and we’ve a different menu to match. We’ve had lots of positive comments so far.”
The Shepherd & Dog’s new menu features six different types of burger including the “mega burger”. It also still serves its popular light luncheon for the older generation, consisting of a two-course meal, and a two-course children’s menu.
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