24 Beach Street
Photo kindly supplied by Barry Smith, circa 1980.
Above picture shows a black and white "Golden Arrow" sign from 1962 and
the sender, Robert Greenham would love to find a colour one. (Me too.)
kindly sent to me by Brian Curtis of the
Society. Not sure of the date of this one but would guess during the
Above and below photo taken on January 1st 1980. Kindly supplied by Stuart Pettet.
He goes on to say the following:- "The photograph was taken about
12.15 on New Years day. I am not sure about all the people but from the
left... unkown.. George Pearce, Ken Pettet (behind), Dot Pettet
(Landlady), unknown, Brian Hawkins, Reg Pearce, Reg Cloak (both with
Flag), Colin Pearce, and John Pearce (both with Manchester United
scarves), and below Colin is Dave Sumpter and Pete Martin.
The flag was often used during lock-ins and waved to patriotic
music like the battle of Britain, 633 squadron, great escape etc... also
used on birthdays and other celebrations when the "flag comes out" and
often taken for a run around Lord Warden Square !!! Those were the days
Photo taken after the pub closed but opened as a cafe. Date unknown.
Formerly the "Terminus" but changing on 3 April 1962 when the brewer was
presented with the head board from the famous steam train of that name by
railway representatives. Percy Pettet continued as licensee.
From the Kent Messenger 6 April, 1962.
Above showing the Golden Arrow Headboard, presented to the licensee,
Mr. P. Pettet.
GOLDEN ARROW RELIC FOR THE GOLDEN ARROW.
MODERNISATION of the railways is proving fruitful for publicans in East
Kent. A number have received gifts of relics from the age of steam,
which will increase in interest as years go by.
One of the most significant of recent presentations took place at the
Golden Arrow public house, Dover, on Tuesday, when Mr. Roger Wormal,
British Railways divisional shipping manager, handed over a headboard
from the famous Golden Arrow steam train. It was received by Mr. David
Martin Tomson, on behalf of the brewers, Messrs. Gardiner and Co., of
Mr Tomson then handed the headboard to the licensee, Mr. Percy Pettet,
who was celebrating his birthday and his third anniversary at the house.
At Mr. Pettet's suggestion, the house has been renamed Golden Arrow,
after being known as the "Terminus" for almost a century.
The headboard joins a golden arrow and a pair of British and French
flags from a Golden arrow train, presented earlier.
The presentation was made because the regalia used by steam
locomotives - now superseded by electric and diesel engines - was too
big for use on the new trains.
British Railways said they could think of no more suitable a resting
place for the Golden Arrow regalia, as the public house stands opposite
the Marine Station and is greatly used by railwaymen.
Among those present were a number of old railwaymen - including two
drivers - connected with the Golden Arrow service since its inception in
In keeping with the trend, the public and saloon bars became one in 1978.
As a Whitbread house and possibly their nearest one to France, it closed in
These 3 photographs below have been kindly sent to me by Brian
Hawkins who says they are of the closing night and that they bring back
a lot of good memories.
Boarded up for months but in October 1988 Sealink (British Ferries) were
given permission to use it as offices with refreshment facilities over for
use by truck drivers in transit.
As I retype this page in September 1989 alterations are proceeding to
further those plans.
Those plans did materialise and the pub was converted into a cafe called
the "Seagull Cafe" and later in 2004 became the "Golden Arrow Truckers'
From the Dover Mercury 15 January 2004
Drop in and tuck in at truckers' diner
STOP HERE: Garry Davies shows off the new sign for his Golden Arrow
Truckers' Diner at Dover's Western Docks
A NEW diner has opened this week. Aimed primarily at lorry drivers,
it also caters for anglers and anyone else visiting the Western Docks
The Golden Arrow Truckers' Diner, at the former Golden Arrow pub at
Lord Warden Square, is being run by experienced cafe manager Garry
Mr Davies, along with his financial partner, David Hannant, is not
only providing meals for his customers but will also be offering showers
and a relaxing lounge for freight drivers, who are waiting to board
And he knows just what they need - Mr Davies was a European trucker for
He and his wife Mary - who runs the cafe at the Indoor Market
in Pencester Road - came to Dover 12 years ago. He operated the cafe in
the Kwik-Save supermarket at Stembrook until the store was taken over by
Somerfields in November.
He said: "I retired from driving for health
reasons. I applied to Dover Harbour Board for the Golden Arrow and they
have been very supportive. They've given me a lot of help to bring the
building up to standard."
The former Golden Arrow, which later became
Seagull Cafe, had been closed for more than a year. With help from his
family and maintenance manager Kevin Cooper, Mr Davies has worked hard
to carry out a complete renovation and install new furniture.
moment, it can seat about 40 people but that will increase to more than
70. With sufficient demand, extra accommodation can be provided to take
the capacity to above 100. Golden Arrow Truckers' Diner is currently
open from 6am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and 8am to 8pm on Sunday. The
eventual aim is to make the cafe a 24-hour-a-day, seven days a week
As well as the diner area, another room is being turned
into a coffee lounge, where people can relax and watch television.
Internet and telephone facilities
are also planned, together with fax and photocopying facilities.
Davies added: ''Although we are aiming at freight drivers, we will be
pleased to welcome anyone, including people who are out walking and
anglers who are using the Admiralty Pier or Shakespeare Beach."
ranges from a roast dinner to baguettes with a range of fillings, as
well as burgers. All the food is home-made and freshly cooked.
to prepare and serve the food is Jana Holubova, who originates from the
Czech Republic. She can speak several languages, including English,
Czech, Hungarian, German, Polish and Russian.
Her linguistic skills will
be particularly useful with the many nationalities of drivers who will
be calling in.
Maintaining its link with the past, the diner features a
specially-designed board outside, recalling the days when the famous
steam train, the Golden Arrow, called at Dover.
LIGHT REFRESHMENT: Jana Holubova pours out a welcome cup of tea for one
of the first customers at the newly-opened Golden Arrow Truckers' Diner
Kelly's directory states that Eric FISHER was licensee in 1965
However, I have been informed by Stuart Pettet, the son and short-time
publican of the "Golden Arrow," that he lived in the Council Houses next
PETTET Percy E Apr/1962-70 dec'd
PETTET Mrs Vera D L 1970-80 dec'd
PETTET Stuart Jan/1980-Sept/80
TRESLOVE James Sept/1980+
HAINES D H 1987 end
From the Kelly's Directory 1965
Library archives 1974