Sort file:- Sandgate, December, 2022.

Page Updated:- Monday, 05 December, 2022.


Earliest 1871


Oct 2009

(Name to)

Brewers Hill

Wellington Place Post Office Directory 1874


Clarendon 1920

Above postcard, circa 1920, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Clarendon 1938

Above photo circa 1938, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Clarendon Inn card 1955Clarendon Inn card 1955

Above card issued April 1955. Sign series 5 number 15.

Clarendon Inn business card 1980s

Above business card circa 1980s.

Clarendon card, Sandgate

From the Dover Express, 1 March, 2007.

Clarendon comes out of hiding

JUDE Andrews and Henry Noonan took over as landlords of the Clarendon Inn during October 2005.

Since then, they've redecorated the interior and made various other alterations.

These include a new commercial kitchen, where well qualified chef Henry creates mouth-watering dishes.

The Clarendon is now an extremely popular destination for an excellent Sunday lunch and Henry's beer-battered cod and home made chips on a Friday is also becoming a 'bookings only' event.

The locals love the fact that, as a traditional, old-fashioned pub, the Clarendon Inn has no pool tables or fruit machines and new friends and visitors find this really refreshing.

During the winter months the open fires also offer a warm and friendly welcome. Henry said: "I should be delighted to introduce my new evening menu which starts on Tuesday, January 23."

For a meal with a difference, take a short walk up Brewers Hill, off Sandgate Esplanade, to the Clarendon Inn, or call 01303 245684 to book a table.

The pub's so well known now, it no longer has the accolade of being Sandgate's hidden pub!


From the book "Old Kent Inns" by Donald Stuart, 2006

A super pub with sea views it is up a sharp hill from the esplanade and, on a clear day, one can see right across to France from outside the pub. Lord Clarendon was the New Warden of the Cinque Ports and decreed the small fishing village should be a seaside resort and the inn stands as his memorial. It is thought that the inn opened in 1820 as the "Rose Tavern" (not according to the book "More Tales from the Tap Room) but the first real reference comes in 1871 when Henry Couchman was landlord. In 1893, there was a landslip and the whole building moved several inches leaving severe cracking. A rather wicked poltergeist has made its appearance, from time to time, throwing things out of cupboards and even microwaves ovens. According to regulars do not ask what CYCUCYFPFTIPU stands for.


From Porters Chartered Surveyors 1 January 2011



A compact, easily managed free house in elevated position overlooking the English Channel. Trade areas comprise open plan bar area, ladies and gents cloakrooms, catering kitchen basement cellar and barrel store. Living accommodation on first floor with three bedrooms, lounge and bathroom. To the outside there is a smoking shelter to the front and a small yard/garden to the rear

Ref: PA470



In 1869-70 the pub was part of a consortium who were advertising their goods of selling tea in response to grocers' selling beer and wine. (Click for further details.)


The pub changed name to the "Earl of Clarendon" on 20 October 2009.



BIRCH H Miss 1869-70+

COUCHMAN Henry 1871-77 (age 60 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1874

COUCHMAN Edwin 1877-93

BORCH J 1894-95

DRYLAND Alfred 1899 Kelly's 1899

FRANCIS Harry 1899-1910 Kelly's 1903

HOLLY/HONEY Francis 1901+ (age 50 in 1901Census)

LILLEY George 1910-7/Mar/17 Post Office Directory 1913

PRITCHARD Lionel 7/Mar/1917-19 Post Office Directory 1918

BLOOMFIELD Alfonson 1920-22+ Post Office Directory 1922

BROWN George Edward 1922-48 Post Office Directory 1930Kelly's 1934Post Office Directory 1938

BROWN Mary 1948-50

HOURAHANE "Gerry" Richard 1950-57 Next pub licensee had

LINE Frederick 1957-60

DYMOCK-BYRNE James 1960-69

DYMOCK-BYRNE Eddy 1969-89

WEST Richard 1989-95

SMITH David & Jacqueline 1995-97

BARBER Keith & Shirley 1997-2004+

ANDREWS Jude & NOONAN Henry Oct 2005+

STEED Mr C to 20/Oct/2009


Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office 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


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