Sort file:- Dover, June, 2023.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 01 June, 2023.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest Oct 1964

(Name from 1)

(Name from 2)

Elephant and Hind

Latest May 2002

(Name to)

Open 2023+

18-19 Market Square


01304 215654

Elephant and Hind 1974

Above photo, 1974, kindly sent by Paul Wells.

Elephant and Hind circa 1980
Photos above and below Elephant and Hind circa 1980 by Barry Smith.
Elephant and Hind sign 1980Elephand and Hind sign 2000

Above sign left 1980, sign right 2000.

With thanks from Brian Curtis and Roger Pester

Elephant and Hind 1988

Above photo, date 1988.

Elephant and Hind circa 1980
Elephant and Hind 1991

Elephant and Hind 1991 by kind permission Dover Library ILL/3675.

Elephant and Hind plaque 1990

Elephant and Hind plaque above August 1990.

Elephand and Hind sign 1986Elephand and Hind sign 1990

Sign left, April 1986, sign right, August 1990.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis

Elephand and Hind 2021

Above photo 2021, kindly sent by Tony Wells.


It was formerly the "Walmer Castle" and the "Duchess of Kent". Permission was given in 1962 for the two to merge. The licence of the "Duchess" was forfeited and Fremlin and Mackeson shared the proceeds from the new business.


The antiquity of the buildings meant the practical rebuilding of the whole and following that it reopened as the "Elephant and Hind" in October 1964.


Changed name and serving as "Bar Ellie" in May 2002.


After 17 years of name changes, the pub opened again with this name on the 12th July 2019.


From the Dover Mercury, Wednesday 31 July, 2019. By Sam Lennon.

Council cash is behind town pub refurbishment

Elephant and Hind 2019

Venue reopens with original name after 10,000 grant boost.

A pub has gone back to its original name after 17 years.

The Elephant and Hind, in Market Square, Dover, is now also under new management.

Since 2002 the premises has changed its face a number of times.

Now it is back as the Elephant and Hind following a council grant.

New Landlord is Harry Richardson who said: “We are delighted to reopen and aim to provide the Market Square and the community with a relaxed and welcoming venue.

“We will be serving locally sourced food, as well as providing a variety of entertainment including live music.

“We would like to thank Dover District Council for its support and are excited to be part of the regeneration of this wonderful town.”

The council awarded the business a 10,000 grant to help with refurbishment costs.

The Elephant and Hind originally opened in October 1964 following the merger of the "Walmer Castle" and "Duchess of Kent" pubs.

Its name was changed to "Bar Ellie" in May 2002 and by the mid-2010s the "Port of Call." Burger Bros took over the venue in 2018 but that has now also been replaced.

DDC’s Town Centre Business Grant Scheme offers sums of up to 10,000 to bring commercial properties back into use. Or up to 1,000 can be given to upgrade or improve the appearance of commercial properties in designated town centre areas in Dover, Deal and Sandwich.

Cllr Stephen Manion, DDC cabinet member for finance said: “This is another great example of how the scheme can help to support local businesses and continue to regenerate our town centres.

“We would encourage anyone who is eligible to apply.”



HARPER Eric 1964

ROGERS Thomas Joseph 1964-8 end

JAMES Mrs J 1968

STEWARD David 1969 end

HANN John H 1971-78 Library archives 1974 Whitbred Fremlins

ORGAN Anthony M 1974-78 Library archives 1974 Whitbred Fremlins

McIVOR Joseph 1979-80

JONES Barry 1984

GILHAM Roy to May/2002 Next pub licensee had

Name change.

RICHARDSON Henry July/2019+


Library archives 1974Library archives 1974


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