Sort file:- Margate, September, 2021.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 18 September, 2021.


Earliest ????

Bellevue Hotel

Open 2019+

159 Northdown Road (Belgrave Terrace 1867)


01843 292145

Belle Vue Hotel 1950s

Above photo 1950s, by David Lilley.

Railway Hotel

Above photo date unknown.

Belle Vue Hotel lounge

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.

Belleview Hotel

Above picture taken from Google Maps, March 2009.

Belleview Hotel 2015

Above Google image, July 2015.


Originally known as the "Bellevue Tavern," in New Town as early as 1858 when Cliftonville then being developed was known as a hamlet of Peel Town.

The bar has been in place since 1934 but narrowly missed an enemy bomb on June 1940, after it exploded opposite at Lloyds Bank where some structural damage was caused.

Jack Warner, the Policeman in "Dickson of Dock Green," frequented the pub whilst living in nearby Kingsgate, Broadstairs, and would often pop in for a pint and a game of snooker with the landlord.

Barnes Wallace also used to drink there when he was supervising the tests for the bouncing bomb at Reculver.

The pub was disrupted in August 2019 due to unruly travellers in the location. (View here.)


Thanet Times, Tuesday 1 December, 1964.

A publican in Margate for just on 20 years.

Bert Lilley 1965

Mr. Bert Lilley, popular licensee of the "Bellevue Hotel," Northdown Road, Margate, celebrated his 62nd birthday just over a week ago. He is also near to celebrate his majority as a licensee, for he has been a publican in the resort for just on 20 years.

Bert, London born, first came to Margate in 1921 when he was with Mr. Bangham, coach proprietor, whose place was in Cecil Square where the Regal Cinema building stands today.

In 1933 he and Mrs. Lilley moved back to London, but he still continued with the coach business, acting as courier for a large London firm. During the war the coaches were taken over by the War Office and Bert went with them as a civilian driver.

"Driving coaches in those days was hard work; mighty different from the luxurious vehicles on the road today," he said. It was in 1945 that Mr. Lilley took over the "Six Bells Hotel" in Margate High Street, and after 2-years there, moved on to the "Bellevue Hotel."

During these last 17 years Bert has built up an extensive regular trade, augmented during the long winter months with dinners and other social functions, while in the summer the holiday makers return year by year and are now regarded as old friends.

He surprised me when he said: "We've even catered for members of the Royal Household at Buckingham Palace." Twice, members of the Buckingham Palace staff have had lunch at the "Bellevue" when on a days outing, and each time there has been a telegram from the Queen wishing them an enjoyable day at Margate.

Apart from his duties as a licensee, Mr. Lilley is a past trustee and governor of the Licensed Victuallers' National Homes at Denham, and a committee member of the Isle of Thanet branch of the L.V.A. He is also an active member of the Rotary Club of Margate.

His son Jim, is following in dad's footsteps, for he is the licensee of the "Cinque Ports Hotel" at Marine Terrace.




MILES William 1858-71+ (also carpenter age 44 in 1871Census)

JOHNSON Leonard 1880-1901+ (age 42 in 1901Census)

MOUNT William Henry 1903-38+ Kelly's 1903

Last pub licensee had LILLEY Bert 1947-64+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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