Page Updated:- Friday, 20 January, 2023.


Earliest 1926

Ye Olds Charles Inn

May 2013

(Name to)

328 Northdown Road


01834 221817

Ye Olde Charles Inn 1933

Above postcard, 1933, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ye Olds Charles Inn

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Mark Jennings.

Ye Olds Charles Inn

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Ye Olde Charles lounge drawing

Above postcard, showing the Lounge, date unknown, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.

Ye Olde Charles Inn lounge

Above postcard, date unknown, from Helen Osborne.

Ye Olde Charles mathbox

Above mathbox, circa 1980s, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.

Ye Old Charles

Above picture taken from Google Maps, July 2012.

Ye Olde Charles

Above photo taken with permission from Saunders family web.


Built in 1926 by Russell's Brewery of Gravesend as a mock Tudor house, it was favoured by motorists visiting nearby Margate.

The pub was called after local architect, Charles Reeve.

Originally bulky 36 gallon wooden barrels were on tap in the public bar. In the past pubs tended to store spirits as well as beer in the cellars. Lacking pumps and hydraulic machinery, the barrels had to be stored in bar level outhouses if they were to be successfully manhandled when required.

During World War II the pub was a favourite haunt for pilots and ground crew of RAF Manston, possibly because of its extended drinking hours!

It is said that John LeMesurier used to drink here when he was seeing Hatty Jacques as she used to live in laleham Close up the side of Invicta's.

I am informed that the pub closed in May 2013 and reopened as the "Holly Tree."


Thanet Advertiser, Saturday 26 June 1926.

Margate's New Mecca.

Now open, "Ye Olde Charles Hotel," "Residential,) Northdown Road, Cliftonville.

Proprietor J. Hoare.

Luxuriously furnished in Tudor style.

9-hole Putting Green, Garage, Russells famous beers drawn from the wood.

Open to non-residents. Luncheons 2/6, dinners 3/6.


Thanet Times, Tuesday 5 December 1989.

Driving Ban for Pub's Deputy.

The assistant manager at the "Old Charles" public house, Cliftonville, was banned from driving for a year at Margate Court on Tuesday.

Paul Huxley (25), admitted drink driving and was also fined 250 with 15 costs.

Mr. Dominic Connolly, prosecuting, said police in Northdown Road, Cliftonville, at 12:50 a.m. on 26 October, followed a car travelling at more than 50 mph.

It's stopped in the "Old Charles" car park and the officer spoke to the driver. Huxley failed a breath test and further test revealed 63 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The limit is 35.

Huxley told the court it was a mistake. he had got caught and had to pay the consequences.


Thanet Times, Tuesday 22 May 1973.

Ye Olde Charles Inn. Northdown Road, Cliftonville.

Join our friendly team at this luxurious pub hotel.

Full-time lady bar assistant wanted. Live in or out.

Part-time lady bar assistant required for evenings and weekends. Intelligent learner may suit other position.

Energetic man wanted to help wash glasses and keep the bar and garden tables tidy.

Male Cleaner. Active man required Monday, Wednesday, Friday mornings 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Weekend Kitchen Assistant. Saturdays and Sundays. Morning and evening.

These are year-round jobs not seasonal.
Telephone Mr. Horobn, Thanet 21817.



WILLIAMS Frederick & Alma 1923+ (parents of Vera)

HOARE J 1926+

LOVERSEED Bert & Vera 1927-68+

SMITH ???? 1970s

HOROBON Mr 1973+

BLACKMAN Barry & Tina 1980s


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