Strand Street/8 High Street (26-28 in 2012)
Above photo by Heather Lemoine October 2012.
Above photographs taken by Paul Skelton, 14 January 2012.
Above sign left taken by Patricia Streater, 28 April 2010, and new sign
by Paul Skelton, 14 January 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
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
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
NEW LOOK FOR AN OLD PUB
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
• 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
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
Heather Lemoine (Owner)
Recent information (February 2013) tells me the pub has recently been
DEVERSON Eliz 1839+
WOOD Thomas 1840+
MINTER William Seath 1855-74+
BUSHELL Benjamin 1878-84+
BACK William 1891
THORNLEY John Stock 1899+
AUDOIRE Laura Mrs 1903
SMITH S E Jun 1913
TAPSELL Charles H 1918+
COCKS Albert Edward 1922+
HALL William Henry 1930-34+
GREY Herbert James 1938+
SMITH C C 1952
STEVENS William G 1974
Russells Gravesend Brewery
SLADE Richard 1980-85
Pub closed during 1986
BACONNET Christian & Iona Jan/1987+
HOBSON Clair 2001-02+
BLOWN Jason 2009+ (also "Market
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).
From the Pigot's Directory 1839
From the Pigot's Directory 1840
From the Post Office Directory 1855
From Melville's Directory 1858
From the Kelly's Directory 1862
From the Kelly's Directory 1874
From the Post Office Directory 1874
From the Post Office Directory 1878
From the Post Office Directory 1882
From the Post Office Directory 1891
From the Kelly's Directory 1899
From the Post Office Directory 1903
From the Post Office Directory 1913
From the Kelly's Directory 1913
From the Post Office Directory 1918
From the Post Office Directory 1922
From the Post Office Directory 1930
From the Kelly's Directory 1934
From the Post Office Directory 1938
Black Eagle Journal 1952
Library archives 1974
From the Deal Walmer & Sandwich Mercury