Sort file:- Ramsgate, July, 2021.

Page Updated:- Monday, 05 July, 2021.


Earliest 1932-

Merrie England

Latest 1941+

Harbour Station site



I believe this operated more  as a restaurant than public house, and from what I believe it infers in the 1932 article, it didn't have a drinks license originally, but gained a full one in 1941.


Thanet Advertiser, Tuesday, 12 April, 1932.


Sir, - Re the Ramsgate Licensing Bench and the Harbour Station site, I note from your columns lately that the magistrates refused Messrs. Letheby and Christopher's application for a license at "Merrie England" on the grounds of "non-necessity," but I cannot find any report of evidence to support that decision. On the contrary, I find the following:-

1. As many as 550 can be seated on the premises at one time.

2. That the serving of these customers with drinks by sending out to neighbouring pubs is not a practice proposition as might well be imagined.

3. That the applicants were bringing large parties to Ramsgate and to supply food and refreshments, and their success which was important for the town would depend on obtaining a licence.

4. The Chief Constable stated that licensing of restaurants would do much to decrease the practice of perpendicular drinking, and his evidence was manifestly favourable to the application.

5. Messrs. Letherby and Christopher are a well-known and very experienced firm of caterers of many years standing, and incidentally are considered good enough to cater at Ascot to the satisfaction of Royalty and prominent people from all over the world.
Now, it is perfectly obvious that the magistrates are and have been prejudicing the interests of the town badly. They have prevented the building of a new hotel on the site of the old "Sanclu Hotel," which is consequently still in an unsightly state of ruin solely the result of their refusing a licence last year when Mr. Dunn applied for one before getting on with the building; they have just refused an extension of hours for the Easter holidays, and they will doubtless continue this antagonism unless public opinion forces them to adjudicate in accordance with the evidence produced which is recognised as the civilised method of arriving at decisions affecting the interests of of the litigants and has always existed in those of our courts of law where the arbiter's are educated and qualified for the administration of justice.

I think the "non-necessity" plea which is now stock phraseology on the licensing bench with fade away if the magistrates were given a day or two at running backwards and forwards between the afflicting restaurants and the "pubs" fetching drinks of 500 diners.

Yours faithfully, J. L. Clancy.

3, Marlborough Road, Ramsgate, 5th April, 1932.


Thanet Advertiser, Friday 14 March 1941.

Merrie England Licences.

At the adjourned annual licensing sessions at Ramsgate on Friday, the justices granted an application for a full licence in respect of "Merrie England" restaurant and the "Sun Ray Lounge," at Olympia Hall.

Making the application on behalf of Mr. D. F. Warren, of Ramsgate Olympia Ltd. Mr. J. H. Robinson said he was appearing for Mr. Charles Daniel who was away from the town on war service. The application was for a new licence, although in effect it was for the renewal of a licence which had been held for several years.

Mr. Robinson also applied on behalf of the secretary of Ramsgate Olympia Ltd. for a licence in respect of the Coronation Hall.

In each case the licence was granted for a period of 1 1/4 years, the monopoly value being fixed at 5 in each case, payable if the premises were not opened.





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