Sort file:- Dover, February, 2022.

Page Updated:- Monday, 14 February, 2022.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest June 1987

(Name from)


Latest April 2007

5-6 Chapel Place


The Mogul circa 1987

The Mogul circa 1987. Photo supplied by Barry Smith.

Mogul 1996

Photo taken in July, 1996 from by John Law.

Mogul 2001

Above photo, February 2001, kindly sent by Philip Dymott.


Previously known as the "New Mogul" which closed on 22 May 1986 and came close to being destroyed by fire in November the same year. It was repaired and restored, with a larger bar, and reopened as a free house in June 1987. The prefix 'new' then being dropped.


From the Dover Express, 17 August 2000.

Mogul 2000 award

DOVER pub is in high spirits after winning two top class awards from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

The Mogul beat four other short-listed pubs in the Dover, Deal and Sandwich area, to receive the title, Pub of the Year for White Cliffs Country.

It then scooped up the second award: Pub of the Year for East Kent, after beating off a challenge from five more competitors.

Owners Frank and Charlie Franklin were presented with their awards by CAMRA.

Charlie said: "We are delighted. It proves that all our hard work has been worthwhile."

Dave Routh, CAMRA area organiser, said: "The pub has rightly become a local Mecca for Real Ale drinkers."

Entrants for the competition are taken from the Good Beer Guide.


From the Dover Express, 29 May 2003.


THE 2003 Dover, Deal and Sandwich Campaign For Real Ale CAMRA) pub of the year is ... The Mogul public house in Dover.

It is the fourth straight win for landlords Charlie and Frank Franklin.

The Mogul has been run by the Franklins for 15 years. Their six firkin auto-tilt stillage (a firkin is nine gallons, or 72 pints) in the bar is unique in Dover and serves a wide range of beers from across the UK, primarily from small breweries.

The pub games are all traditional, such as Toad in the Hole. The pub heavily supports CAMRA and is the main distribution point of the branch newsletter Channel Draught.

Typically there are three ales available at anyone time, often including a mild. The Mogul has views over Dover Harbour but is a hidden gem as many people have trouble finding it.

Charlie said: "We're very pleased of course, it makes it all seem worth while.

"Our variety gives us an edge, over the years we must have served more than 700 beers."

For more information or directions to the pub call 01304 205072.


From the Dover Express 9 September 2004 by Terry Sutton


DOVER is set to lose one of its oldest public houses to a charity if district councillors seal its fate this evening.

The Municipal Charities of Dover, with almshouses for elderly people off York Street, seeks planning consent to convert the Mogul pub in Chapel Place into a home and office for its manager.

But the closure of the pub is opposed by 20 people and organisations including the local branch of the real ale group CAMRA.

It argues: "The Mogul is unique in Dover for offering beer straight from the cask.

"It has won awards and is highly valued by real-ale drinkers in Kent and far beyond."

The charity group owns three properties near to the pub Albany House, the Battle of Britain Homes and the Gorely Homes.

Some of the elderly residents claim they face late night disturbance from drinkers going home from the Mogul.

There is also concern by some old people that another publican would buy the pub and turn it into a young people's drinking venue, creating more disturbance.

The trustees of the charity, who have already bought the Mogul, are also hoping to adapt the pub premises so it can be used as accommodation for relatives visiting sick people in the almshouses.

The Mogul, once known as The New Mogul, has an interesting social history including serious fire damage.

It was probably named when Dover-based troops returned from India.

At one stage years ago the pub, on the lower foothills of the Western Heights, figured in a murder trial.


It has now been sold to the nearby Old Peoples home as an office, but to date (April 2007) little seems to have been done to the building.


Closed Mogul 2009

Above photo by Paul Skelton, 12 August 2009.



FRANKLIN Frank 1987-2007 April

GILHAM Phil 1987-2007 April


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