Husband and wife team, Shaun and Gayna Murphy have a history of running pubs. Having previously been Shepherd Neame tenants at The Chequers in Doddington and The Monument in Canterbury. Before this, Gayna also ran The Flying Horse in Smarden and Shaun grew up in The Bonny Cravat in Woodchurch, which his parents Bob and Doreen ran for 16 years.
Shaun and Gayna bought The Shepherd and Crook in January 2017, after falling in love with the charm of this quintessential English pub. The 16th Century free house has for centuries been involved with shepherding, wool and of course smuggling. It is full of antiquities and curios, and even has a traditional ‘ring the bull’ game, which is reputed to be one of the oldest pub games.
The Shepherd and Crook, is made from the same stone as the neighbouring Norman church, which was built by monks from Canterbury in the 12th Century. Burmarsh is indeed one of the oldest settlements on the Marsh. The Doomsday Book records Burmarsh as Borchemeres and Burwarmaresc.
Local attractions include:
• Haguelands Farm for Alpaca’s and Domination Paintball
• Dymchurch beach and amusement park
• The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, which is the smallest miniature public railway in the world.
• Port Lympne wild animal reserve
• The Royal Military Canal