Page Updated:- Thursday, 13 April, 2023.


Earliest 1866-

Gate Inn

Open 2020+

Boyden Gate Hill / Church Lane

Marshside & Shelvingford Hamlets

01227 860498

Gate Inn 1905

Above photo 1905, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Gate 1905

Above postcard 1905, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Also showing the "Endeavour."

Gate Inn 1906

Above photo 1906, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Gate 1934

Above postcard, circa 1934, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Gate 1938

Above postcard, circa 1938, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Also showing the "Endeavour" (right).

Gate Inn

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

Gate sign hanging 1986

Above photo 1986, showing the hanging of the new sign. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Licensee Chris Smith is standing on the right and is supposed to be the character in the sign.

Above photo 2010 by David Carr Creative Commons Licence.

Gate Inn 2010

Above photo 2010 by David Anstiss Creative Commons Licence.

Photo taken 12 December 2011 from by Skinbops.

Gate Inn 2013

Photo taken 26 October 2013 from by Jelltex.

Gate 2019

Above photo, 2019, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Gate Inn sign 1981Gate Inn sign 1986

Above sign left February 1981, sign right May 1986.

Gate Inn sign 1992Gate Inn sign 2010

Above sign left August 1992, sign right 2010.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Gate Inn sign 2011Gate Inn sign 2020

Above sign left, 2011. Sign right, 2020, kindly taken and sent by Roger Pester.

Harry & Blanche Goodsell 1900

Above photo showing Harry & Blanche Goodsell circa 1900, kindly sent by Mark ????


The "Gate Inn" may take its name from its proximity to the old gatehouse of the Archbishop of Canterbury's former hunting lodge at nearby Ford.


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, Saturday 8 September 1866.

St Augustine's Petty Sessions. Saturday. Annual Licensing Day.

The county Magistrates renewed the publicans' spirit licence today.

Applications were also heard for new licences, and, as well be seen by the following list, the majority of these were granted.

Licences granted, J. Vinter, the "Gate," Hoath.


From the Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, Saturday 29 September, 1888.


On Monday last the East Kent Coroner (R. M. Mercer, Esq.) held an inquest at the "Gate, Hoath, on the body of John Vinten, of the "Gate Inn," Hoath, aged 49.

Dr. William H. Bowes, of Herne Bay, deposed that on Friday afternoon he was called to see the deceased, whom he found dead in bed. He had a bruise on the right side of the head with a grazing of the scalp over the bruise, and bruises on other parts of the body. Witness was of opinion that death was due to failure of the heart's action.

Mrs. Sarah Vinten, widow of the deceased, deposed that on Thursday night or very early on Thursday morning, she heard deceased walk downstairs a few steps and then fall. She went with a light and found him lying at the bottom of the stairs. She gave him some soda water and water. he had not had any food for some little time, refusing anything but liquor. he would not let her send for a doctor as he said he would be all right again. The deceased went off very suddenly just before the doctor arrived.

The jury returned a verdict that the deceased's death was due to failure of the heart's action, owing to excessive drinking.


Information below from their web site 2014.

The "Gate Inn" is a complete one-off, a wonderful little gem, and one of Kent's best kept secrets. Fine Cask Ales served direct from the barrel in the traditional tap room, and hearty freshly made food at sensible prices, make The "Gate" "an Oasis from the Madness of the 21st Century" both for the friendly locals, and for 'real' pub fans from far & wide.

Skirted by a stream this simple 220-year-old building has a large Public Bar with a quarry tiled floor (walkers, twitchers, welly boots & dogs welcome!), church pew seating, and an original double-sided fireplace, giving plenty of room for all to feel the benefit of the lovely log fire when it's cold or wet outside. Dominoes and cards are always freely available for all to try their hand!

The carefully restored Lounge Bar in the Old Bakery (families welcome) features another open fire and huge old leather sofas, as well as the original 18th Century bakers oven as a backdrop to the raised Stage area at the rear.

In the warmer months the beautiful riverside family cottage garden is filled with traditional flowers, shrubs and trees and is a joy to behold. There is now also a recently added idyllic 'quiet garden' overlooking the lake for adults only, which is fast becoming a favourite for couples to relax in.

Alongside the excellent Cask Ales and lovely wines, the excellent home cooked (and often locally grown) pub food is traditional, hearty, and sensibly priced. Try the famous 'Gatewich' (black pudding, bacon and mango chutney sandwich), or a giant baked potato grown in the fields near the Pub... even the crisps are locally produced!

A very relaxed fun Quiz night is held every Wednesday at 9pm with jellybeans as prizes! Whilst on Thursday nights there's often live Jazz/Folk etc. on the Bakers Oven Stage.


From the By Angela Cole, 27 September 2016.

The Gate Inn in Boyden Gate reopens after 80,000 refurb.

A village pub has reopened after an 80,000 refurbishment.

Licensee Glenn Hollingworth put his own funds into the revamp of the Gate Inn in Boyden Gate, near Herne Bay, which he has run for the past four years.

He jointly funded the work with brewers Shepherd Neame, which started at the beginning of June.

Glen Hollingworth 2016

The Gate Inn licensee Glenn Hollingworth.

It included the creation of a patio terrace in the garden, and a new bar area built out of recycled hop poles, raised flowerbeds at the front of the pub and a secure bike park for cyclists.

Inside, an intimate new booth area was put in, and the pub was completely redecorated while the kitchen was extended.

Mr Hollingworth, 34, who grew up on Sheppey, trained as a chef at Canterbury College before going on to work for Gary Rhodes at Dolphin Square in London. He then worked in London and Middlesex.

When he moved back home to Kent, he looked for a pub in the county to run and discovered the Gate Inn.

He said: “When I walked into the pub, it felt like I was coming home.

“It is a beautiful traditional pub in a picturesque village. I love it here, and now the refurbishment project is completed, it is better than ever.”


Local knowledge, further pictures, and licensee information would be appreciated.

I will be adding the historical information when I find or are sent it, but this project is a very big one, and I do not know when or where the information will come from.

All emails are answered.


From accessed 7 July 2019.

The Chislet Horse.

Gate Hooden Horse

The "Gate Inn," Marshside used to have a horse which was found hanging in a barn in Hoath in 1974. Apparently it was made in the village around 1900 (so this is not the one which is known to have 'terrified' local inhabitants in around 1840). It is very similar to the St Nicholas horse but was apparently not made by Arthur Bolton; more likely as a copy thereof by Herbert Miles. It is possible that it also physically 'inherited' part of the St Nicholas horse (the disc on top) as a way of imbuing it with life. It was borrowed by Whitstable Hoodeners for a performance at Banbury in 2000.



VINTER John 1866-Sept/88 dec'd (also master shoemaker age 42 in 1881Census)

MARTIN Edward 1881+ (also carrier age 69 in 1881Census)

BULGER George 1891+ (age 52 in 1891Census)

INGLETON Frederick 1903+ Kelly's 1903

GOODSELL Henry to Mar/1909

HARBOUR William Henry Mar/1909+

LEGGETT William 1911+ (age 43 in 1911Census)

MARSH John William 1912-18+

PERCIVAL E 1927-32+

CONNOLLY Joseph ???? 1956+??

???? Peggy ????-1985

SMITH Chris 1975-May/2011

Last pub licensee had KING Tony & Moya May/2011-Oct/2013

HOLLINGWORTH Glenn Oct/2013-16+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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