Happy Saturday Readers!
Callie Here. I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week! Welcome back to Scene 2 of The Cow Shed story.
So this week, as promised, I’ve been delving into the transition from Ship to Cow Shed. This might be a long one but I’ll try and keep it as short and sweet as possible.
So, from the beginning – from what I can gather the original Ship Inn was built in the 16th century. Originally a coaching inn, you can imagine the history! Pretty old right?
Well roll on a few hundred years and it was handed over to a Mr John Baker who held the name of landlord for a whopping 36 years until during lockdown, at the age of 69, he decided it was time to retire.
Now here comes the best part… Along come the Lamba family.
After opening there very successful Cow Shed Bar & Grill in Birchington, serving the best burgers, steaks & ribs for miles to come, they decided to expand and where better than Faversham?
They could see the obvious potential from the moment they stepped foot in The Ship Inn, Ospringe. Open plan & high ceilings, with original fireplaces at either end. Cosy!
So let’s fast forward a few months to 23rd May 2022. In come the Lamba’s, raring to go. With their welcoming smiles & warm handshakes, they soon made a lasting impression on the regulars.
Now I mentioned earlier this is a very old building so, as you can imagine, there was much work to do!
Starting with, most importantly, a new beer install! In went sought after premium lagers, a cocktail bar & rotating real ales. The regulars thought they’d hit the jackpot! Of course, The Lamba’s listened to their local trade & kept the old favourites on.
Now, onto the food offering. Here’s where it gets really exciting!
The previous landlord always kept traditional dishes on the menu which seemed to do well. So if it’s not broke, don’t fix it right?
Incoming… The Cow Shed at The Ship Inn menu. Old favourites such as liver & bacon and sausage & mash with added Cow Shed magic… Humungous burgers, steaks to die for, Sunday roasts with the biggest Yorkshire pudding Faversham has ever seen and my personal favourite ‘Holy No Cow’. I’m sure you can guess why it’s my favourite (V).
And most recently, Breakfast! Served Mon-Sat 9:00-12:00!
So we’ve covered the new beer/cocktail install and we’ve covered the menu. But what we haven’t covered is the Family and team (more affectionately known as the ‘Herd’) behind the magic…
Who exactly are they? Join me next week for Part 3 as we meet the ‘herd’ and find out their secret in becoming Faversham and Birchingtons Best restaurant.
Hoofing off for now!