Earliest 1832-

(Name from)

Admiral Owen

Open 2015+

Strand Street/8 High Street (26-28 in 2012)


01304 617771

Admiral Owen 1930s

Above postcard, 1930s, advertising Russell's Gravesend Ales. Kindly supplied by Rory.

Admiral Owen 1991

Above photo, summer 1991, kindly sent by Susan Greenhalgh.

Admiral Owen 2012

Above photo by Heather Lemoine October 2012.

 Admiral Owen 2012

Above photographs taken by Paul Skelton, 14 January 2012.


Admiral Owen signAdmiral Owen sign 2012#

Above sign left taken by Patricia Streater, 28 April 2010, and new sign by Paul Skelton, 14 January 2012.

Admiral Owen sign 1991Admiral Owen sign 2012

Admiral Owen sign left March 1991. Sign right 2012.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis


Dates from 1546. Originally known as the "Pelican" and later as the "Three Mariners." Today, it is known as the "Admiral Owen" and can be traced to that name since 1832.


South Eastern Gazette 09 February 1836.


Jan. 28, at Sandwich, Eliza, fourth daughter of Mr. Wood, landlord of the "Admiral Owen," aged 13.


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette 17 November 1838.


Nov. 3, at Sandwich, Mr. Snell, of the Coast Guard Service, to Sophia, second daughter of Mr. Wood, landlord of the "Admiral Owen."


The pub was listed as a Grade II building on 19th May 1950, and says the following about the building:- A 15th century timber-framed building, re-fronted in the 18th century but preserving the overhang of its 1st floor on bressummer and massive corner post with 3 brackets. (A bressummer, in timber-building, is a beam in the outward part of the building, and the middle floors, (not in the garrets or ground floors) into which the girders are framed.)

The building has 2 storeys, 3 windows facing the High Street, 3 windows facing Strand Street. Stuccoed front. Corner of 1st floor sliced off, with curved brackets supporting the corbelled eaves. Sash windows, most of the glazing bars intact.


From the East Kent Mercury, 22 January, 1987


The "Admiral Owen," in the High Street, has reopened after being closed for a year following a major redevelopment.

This historic 15th Century Truman pub is a grade one listed building and now has one enlarged bar and a separate dining area.

Christian and Iona Baconnet, tenant licensees of the pub, offer full restaurant meals and bar snacks. Christian will add a French flair to the cookery. There is also a good selection of real ales, including Sampson, Best Bitter and Websters Yorkshire Bitter.

Admiral Owen licensees 1987

Pictures at the reopening ceremony are Iona and Christian Baconnet, with Paul Cowling (left) and Andrew Bracken (right) from Truman.


From the East Kent Mercury, 21 March, 2002

Pub landlady Clair's admirable effort

Admiral Owen landlady 2002

LANDLADY Clair Hobson, of "The Admiral Owen" pub, Sandwich, is celebrating becoming a Marketing Pub of the Year finalist at the Greene King Excellence Awards.

Clair, who has been at the pub less than a year, developed an innovative marketing plan to raise the profile of the pub and attract new customers.

Her newly-launched website with online food ordering facility caught the eye of the Judges.

Sales development manager for Greene King Peter Laurence said:-CIair has worked very hard in marketing the pub and attracting customers.

"Her ideas have included music and themed story nights. She deserves this recognition and I wish her lots of luck in the final."

The winner of the award will be announced at a prestigious ceremony held at the De Vere Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton, on April 9.


Advert from the Dover Mercury, 15 November 2007.

Admiral Owen advert 2007

Below Advert from the Dover Mercury, 19 February 2009.


From the Dover Mercury, 2 April, 2009.

Spring on menu as pub reopens

ONE of the oldest pubs in Sandwich has opened its doors for business again and is celebrating with a new spring menu.

Jason Blown, Admiral Owen, Sandwich 2009

The Admiral Owen is close to the historic Toll Bridge beside the River Stour and its cosy bar area is steeped in history.

But the food now on offer is right up to date. There is plenty of choice, from sandwiches to a more substantial dish, and a special menu for children.

The new spring menu includes a range of salads, two main meals for only £9.95 and a daily specials board. Jacket potatoes and sandwiches cost from £3.45, with a Sunday roast only £7.45.

Children have a chance to try their own menu, at the bargain price of only £3.95 per dish.

On the drinks side, The Admiral Owen is quenching thirsts with a pint of Fosters for only £1.99.

Jason Blown is the new owner of the pub and restaurant in the High Street and has a wealth of knowledge about the trade, as he also runs the "Market Inn," Sandwich.

He said: "The Admiral Owen dates back to the 16th century and has such an impressive history.

"It has a really warm feel about the place with its traditional look, its low beams and fireplaces. The customers tell me they are pleased the pub has reopened and we are looking forward to seeing some new faces."

Apart from the good homecooked food, the Admiral Owen stages weekly quiz nights, open to teams or individuals for just £2 per person, with free buffet.

There is a cash prize for the winner and also a chance to win a raffle prize in a special draw.

For those who prefer a game where numbers come into play rather than questions, the Admiral Owen also has a dart board.



Supplied by Russell's Brewery in Gravesend in 1974. Library archives 1974

Just heard that the pub closed in November 2011 and is currently advertising; Freehold for Sale:- £350,000, with the following information:-

• Approx Ingoings - £25,600

• Agreement type, is tenancy or lease, details available upon application

• Attractive corner property located in the tourist area of Sandwich

• Regulars daily and good tourist trade in the summer

• Huge potential to increase and expand the food service to a high standard

• Private accommodation consists of 2 bedrooms



Regulars daily and good tourist trade in the summer. Currently a limited food offering but has huge potential to increase and expand the food service to a high standard.

A one bar operation with an upstairs trade kitchen. Capable of seating 30 covers in bar area.

The private accommodation consists of 2 bedrooms, lounge, office, bathroom and kitchen.


The pub was most certainly open when I visited in January 2012.


From an email received 27 October, 2012

The Admiral Owen is now under new, and permanent, management. From early July it has been taken over by a local and independent owner committed to providing a tranquil and comfortable environment in which residents can relax and enjoy a drink and perhaps a bite to eat with friends.

No television, no games machines, just a little background music along with a few instruments and board games to play should the mood take you. A place for socializing and good conversation.

We are open early for cafetiere coffee, juices, teas, croissants and Danish pastries to enjoy whilst reading the morning papers or using WiFi. The bar opens at 11am with light lunches being served from 12noon. Now the Autumn is upon us we are serving home made soups and stews as well as a range of ciabattas and sharing platters. We offer a variety of quality lagers and real ale.

We hope to introduce ‘Sundowners' shortly – a range of classic cocktails will be served from 6pm to 8ish – a perfect start to an evening out or a relaxing end to a busy working day. But just ask, our Head Barman will be happy to mix you a cocktail anytime.

In time the Admiral Owen will be introducing a nostalgic and unashamedly old fashioned Sunday high tea, just like granny used to do during the 50's. This will include all those old favourites – crumpets, bread and butter with jams, hams and salads, fish paste and watercress, home made cakes and celery in a jug! Perfect for all the family to get together.

From time to time there will be live music; folk, blues, some fabulous acoustic guitar along with some quirky fun evenings; please check our events page.

Stylistically this ‘new' 15th century pub will be an eclectic mix of ‘shabby chic' and ‘old coaching inn' and will strive to offer serenity, calm and its own kind of fun to a wide variety of discerning customers whatever their age.

Come and enjoy our warm and friendly atmosphere and linger awhile in front of our log fires.

I hope you can add this information to your archive. Thank you for your time.

Kind Regards.

Heather Lemoine (Owner)



Recent information (February 2013) tells me the pub has recently been sold/let.


From the East Kent Mercury, 9 April 2015.

Pub celebrates St George.

The "Admiral Owen" in Sandwich is hostiag a special Shakespearean event to celebrate St George's Day.

It will start at 8pm on Thursday, April 23, with fun Shakespeare, performances from St Margaret's Players' member Jason Clayton.

The pub will be decorated in dragons and flags and anyone is welcome to attend and join in the festivities.

For more information contact the Admiral Owen, High Street, Sandwich, on 01304 617771.


From the East Kent Mercury, 28 May 2015.

Bands play for Nepal.

Heather Lemoine 2015

Heather Lemoine, landlady of the Admiral Owen, Sandwich, has organised a fundraising concert in aid of Nepal

When the owner of a historic pub saw the devastating affects the Nepal earthquake has had, she decided she couldn't stand back.

Sandwich publican and music event promoter Heather Lemoine, who runs the "Admiral Owen," thought the idea of a concert to raise funds for the efforts in the devastated country would be a great idea.

Jam in Sandwich will take place at the St Mary's Art Centre, in the heart of the town, on Saturday, May 30, from 6.30pm.

It will feature popular local artists such as Ben Jakob, from The Remains of Johnny Cash, Simon Dundas, from folk ensemble Celtic Capers, and London jazz guitarist Richard Rozze. There are many more acts on the bill still to be confirmed.

Jam in Sandwich will feature a real ale bar, food and a charity auction with lots including a night at the Salutation.

Tickets cost £10 from the Admiral Owen or call 01304 617771.



DEVERSON Elizabeth 1832-36 Pigot's Directory 1832-34Pigot's Directory 1839

WOOD Thomas 1836-41+ (age 53 in 1841Census) Pigot's Directory 1840

MINTER William Seath 1855-74+ Post Office Directory 1855Melville's 1858Kelly's 1862CensusKelly's 1874Post Office Directory 1874

BUSHELL Benjamin 1878-84+ Post Office Directory 1878Post Office Directory 1882 (See application)

BACK William 1891 (widow age 54 in 1891Census) Post Office Directory 1891

THORNLEY John Stock 1899+ Kelly's 1899

AUDOIRE Owen W 1901+ (age 26 in 1901Census)

AUDOIRE Laura Mrs 1903 Post Office Directory 1903

SMITH S E Jun 1913 Kelly's 1913Post Office Directory 1913

TAPSELL Charles H 1918+ Post Office Directory 1918

COCKS Albert Edward 1922+ Post Office Directory 1922

HALL William Henry 1930-34+ Post Office Directory 1930Kelly's 1934

GREY Herbert James 1938-39+ (age 51 in 1939) Post Office Directory 1938

SMITH C C 1952 Black Eagle Journal 1952

STEVENS William G 1974 Library archives 1974 Russells Gravesend Brewery

SLADE Richard 1980-85

Pub closed during 1986

BACONNET Christian & Iona Jan/1987+ Deal Mercury

HOBSON Clair 2001-02+

BLOWN Jason 2009+ (also "Market Inn")

TREVALLIAN Jack & Megan Nov/2011+

LEMOINE Heather 2012+


Mrs. Stevens, wife of William the licensee in 1974+, died on June 19th, 1968. (Black Eagle Journal).


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Post Office Directory 1855From the Post Office Directory 1855

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Kelly's 1862From the Kelly's Directory 1862

Kelly's 1874From the Kelly's Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1878From the Post Office Directory 1878

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Kelly's 1913From the Kelly's Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1918From the Post Office Directory 1918

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

Black Eagle Journal 1952Black Eagle Journal 1952

Library archives 1974Library archives 1974

Deal MercuryFrom the Deal Walmer & Sandwich Mercury



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