Sort file:- Deal, November, 2023.

Page Updated:- Monday, 06 November, 2023.


Earliest 1933+

Mill Inn

Open 2023+

78-80 Mill Hill & Beauchamp Avenue

Upper Deal

07898 754142

Mill Inn 1952

Above photo 1952. Creative Commons Licence.

Mill Inn ledger

Thompson & Son ledger. Creative Commons Licence.

Mill Inn 2011 Mill Inn sign, 2011

Above photos by Paul Skelton, 26 Nov 2011.

Mill Inn, Deal

Above photo taken December 2009 by Patricia Streater.

Mill Inn sign 1992

Sign 1992, with thanks to Deal library.

Mill Inn 1997

Again kindly sent by Patricia Streater and taken in 1997.


Thanet Advertiser 01 May 1931.

Licence Confirmation Refused.

An application from Messrs. Thompson and Son, Ltd.. Walmer Brewery, for the confirmation of the full licence which was provisionally granted at the adjourned licensing meeting for the borough in respect of premises proposed to be erected in Mill-road, to be known as the "Mill Inn," was refused by the justices at Deal Petty Sessions on Thursday.


From the Deal, Walmer, Sandwich and East Kent Mercury, 11 March, 1933.


Mr. G. W. Hardman submitted his application, on behalf of Messrs. Thompson & Son, Ltd., Walmer, for a provisional licence for a site in Mill Road for premises to be known as the "Mill Inn." The application has been before the Bench on several occasions, and, although it was granted last year, it was refused when it came up for confirmation.

From the Deal, Walmer, Sandwich and East Kent Mercury, 8 April, 1933.


The Licensing Justices on Wednesday confirmed the grant of a licence in respect of the Mill Inn, proposed to be erected by Messrs. Thompson & Son, Ltd., of Walmer Brewery.

Mr. G. W. Hardman, who appeared for the applicants for the licence for the proposed "Mill Inn, said this was the fourth year this application had been made, and the seventh occasion the case had been heard. It was perhaps unique, so far as he knew, that a licence which had been granted by a Licensing Bench should come up on three occasions for the confirmation of the confirmatory authority.


Dover Express 21 April 1939.


In the final of the Walmer Brewery Darts Competition the "Mill Inn," Deal, defeated the "King's Head," Sandwich, by two straight legs on Thursday evening. The cup was presented to the winners by Mrs. Davis, the Brewers' oldest tenant.



A Charrington & Co. outlet in 1974. Library archives 1974


Reopened in 2009. Not yet sure when it closed, obviously after 1992.


From the Dover Mercury, 10 November, 2011. 70p


Advertising feature

The "Mill Inn" has undergone an impressive 160,000 refurbishment inside and out meaning customers are getting what they deserve from the only pub in Mill Hill.

Admiral Taverns has invested in a lick of paint and refurbishment of the windows, while father and son landlords John and Mike Townsend have given the interior afresh look, including newly-painted walls, comfortable bench seating and new carpets.

Known as the "Mill," it is a community pub attracting the old and new - exactly the ethos they have nurtured by making changes suited to the needs of local residents.

"In the next year, live music will be performed every Saturday night and on occasional Sundays," said John, who has been in the trade since 1966.

Already benefiting from regular clientele coming to watch quality bands, the "Mill" is spacious, airy and has a stage and dancing area.

The music programme has also undergone a re-think, with heavy rock music being dropped in favour of the more retro sounds of the 70s and 80s.

John said: "It's more of a family pub now and we get couples coming in, too, with a great garden for summer days."

Traditional pub grub is now being served for 4.99 or 8.50 for two meals and freshly-made baguettes are also available with a variety of delicious fillings.

Themed events are often held, with regulars dressing up to join in the fun, and kids can sometimes come along too. Two pool tables with pool and darts teams add to the entertainment.

By far the most popular event is the Sunday meat raffle where 200 worth of pork, beef, chicken, sausages and bacon are among the prizes every week.

With a cold buffet being served, people flock to the "Mill" for the 4pm start.

"There will be a massive Christmas raffle with 1,000 worth of prizes," added John.


From the Dover Mercury, 5 January, 2012. 80p


A CHARITY bottle containing more than 300 for Help for Heroes was stolen from the Mill Inn pub in Deal on New Year's Eve.

But landlord John Townsend is confident the culprits will be found because he believes they are on CCTV.

He said: “After the bottle was taken from the main bar, we went through all the CCTV footage which showed two lads taking the bottle at about 1am on New Year's Day.

“The police are now going through the CCTV footage.”

Mr Townsend has already raised more than 350 for the injured servicemen's charity through two previous charity bottles, and added: “The bottle that was taken was a five-litre bottle, twice the size of the other two, and I reckon it must have contained between 300-400 because a lot of money was put in it over Christmas.


“It makes you wonder what sort of scumbags would do a thing like that for such a great charity.”

■ Anyone with information is asked to contact Kent Police on 01227 868278 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Information received tell me that in July 2014 the pub was for sale at a price of 26,000 leasehold.

Currently November 2023 closed for refurbishment. Opening again on the 13th November 2023.



HAGLINGTON John William 1934-35+ Kelly's 1934

HAGGAR Sydney 1936-37+ (Pain's street directory)

BOND L 21/Oct/1946-50

MORGAN Andrew Next pub licensee had 1951-4/Oct/56 The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer by Glover and Rogers

RYAN J 4/Oct/1956-Jan/61

GRANT J Jan/61-62


NEALE N R C 1963-Oct/65

BRYANT P E Mr Oct/1965+

STEVENS Peter J & WALKER A 1974+ Library archives 1974 Charrington & Co

Above two licensees also had the "Railway Hotel," Walmer, and Stevens was also named as licensee of the "Rising Sun," Kingsdown.

Last pub licensee had TOWNSEND John & Last pub licensee had Mikey Dec/2009-Oct/2014 Next pub licensee had


Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934

Library archives 1974Library archives 1974

The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer by Glover and RogersThe Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer by Glover and Rogers


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