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Cinque Port Arms

Open 2020+

1 High Street / Lions Road

New Romney

01797 361894

Cinque Port Arms 2014

Above photo 2014 from their web site.

Cinque Port Arms sign 1987Cinque Port Arms sign 2001

Above sign left 1987, sign right 2001.

With thanks from Roger Pester


It was built in the 18th century probably on the foundations of an earlier building.

The building of whitewashed brickwork, deep-pitched roof and rooms with low, beamed ceilings, has changed little for over 100 years.

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From the By Sean Axtell, 7 November 2017.

Historic Cinque Port Arms pub up for sale for 1.2m in New Romney.

An historic High Street pub is up for sale for 1.2m following reports of ‘poor health’ in the family who runs it.

Kevin Gibbons, landlord of the Grade II listed Cinque Port Arms in New Romney, said he will be sad to see the 700-year-old pub to go.

He said: “We have worked so hard on this place and we have created a monster of a business, we just can’t cope with the demand now as things have changed.

“A member of the family/business has become poorly and me and my partner are expecting a baby.

“You can replace a business but you can’t replace a person.

“Personally I hope the community will buy it – it’s a community pub now, it’s a busy pub so why not?”

Mr Gibbons and business partner Sharon Epps took over the pub two years ago in their first venture as landlords.

They have since shelled out more than 500,000 in an ambitious overhaul.

Kevin Gibbons 2017

Estate agents Sidney Phillips, which specialises in licensed premises, are marketing the Cinque Port Arms as: “a high turnover business with potential to increase food menu.”

It says: “Located in New Romney, Kent. Fully refurbished Grade II public house.

Bar areas (60 capacity) and function room (40 capacity).

“Four bedroom owner’s accommodation.

“Patio and garden (80 capacity) & private parking (3 capacity).

“High turnover business with potential to increase food menu.”

“Freehold 1,200,000.”

Shepway District Council (SDC) agreed to increase the pub’s legal capacity from 75 to 220 people last month and granted permission for music to be played in the recently built extension.

Susie Govett, SDC councillor for New Romney wished Mr Gibbons and Ms Epps ‘the best of luck’ for the future.

“I think a pub going up for sale for 1.2m on the marsh shows it is ripe for investment.

“It has become a fantastic pub and I wish them all the best for the future.”


From the By Paul Hooper, 16 November 2018.

James Bates sentenced to 12 years in prison after crashing into the Cinque Port Arms in New Romney.

A drink-driver driver has been jailed for 12 years for deliberately driving into a crowd of people standing outside a 700 year old pub - leaving seven people with injuries.

Witnesses later described the impact of the “revenge” attack was so shocking "it was like a bomb going off".

James Bates' Vauxhall Corsa smashed into the Cinque Ports Arms in High Street in New Romney at 33mph and became embedded into a wall.

Video CLICK HERE: The shocking moment James Bates crashes his car into the Cinque Ports Arms.

The 25-year-old claimed he had just split from his girlfriend and had been trying to commit suicide after snorting ketamine in the vehicle.

Now Judge Simon James told him it was “a miracle” that no-one was seriously injured.

He added: “You made a quite conscious decision to drive your vehicle at speed into deliberate collision with innocent people standing outside the pub.

“This was an appalling incident where you used your car as a weapon with the intention of inflicting serious injury of multiple victims.

“I have no doubt that this was done in revenge or retaliation.”

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The car embedded into the Cinque Port Arms, New Romney. Picture: UK News in Pictures.

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James Bates has been jailed for 12 years. Picture: Kent Police.

Victim Matthew Lamb, Lydd student and amateur footballer, received fractures to his left arm and right leg.

The judge said: “Others were mercifully extremely lucky and avoided serious physical injury but that was only through simple good fortune.”

Landlady Sharon Epps later told how she feared that her business partner and the landlord, father-of-four Kevin Gibbons - whose wife was pregnant in November last year - had been killed or injured.

She said: "I saw Sarah, his wife, she was distressed and in shock. It hit me seeing Sarah that Kevin was outside.

"We didn't need to say anything but we were both thinking 'oh my god who has been killed or injured?'

"I had a sick feeling in my gut. I went outside to see what the situation was. I was fearing the very worst. The impact was so fierce I was so scared about what I might see. When I got outside I began screaming Kevin's name."

The incident was caught on the pub's CCTV and shown to Judge Simon James, revealing the fear among the drinkers.

Prosecutor Don Ramble told Canterbury Crown Court how Bates had been "dragged out of the pub" minutes earlier after becoming embroiled in a scuffle with door staff and drinkers.

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The crash into the Cinque Port Arms in New Romney. Picture: UK News in Pictures.

Outside Bates was attacked by another man before getting into his car in a car park, reversing and seconds later driving at people.

Mr Lamb was taken to the William Harvey Hospital with fractures to his leg and arm.

Bates, previously of Blenheim Road, New Romney, was initially charged with attempted murder but on the day he was due to stand trial pleaded guilty to six charges of attempting to causing grievous bodily harm and one of causing BGH. He also admitted causing serious injury by driving dangerously.

The court heard how earlier that evening, he had been "upset and negative" talking to another drinker and told him he was living with his grandparents as he had split from a girlfriend.

Tests later showed Bates was above the drink-drive limit and had BZE, a cocaine by-product in his system.

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The damage left from the car. Picture: UK News in Pictures.

He also claimed to have snorted Ketamine in the car seconds before driving at people.

The landlord later revealed in an impact statement that he, his wife and four children, have since moved to Spain.

Another victim Freddy Smith had told how Bates had "stuck his head into a conversation" and claimed he knew him "even though he did not".

Mr Ramble added: "Mr Smith said to the barman Craig Bull that he needed to get Bates out as he was causing trouble and then turned his back on Bates.

"A few minutes later Bates returned and went to headbutt Mr Smith but missed and hit his chest."

Another drinker Niall Gordon described Bates as "intoxicated and aggressive" and the pub security guard Adrian Knotts ejected him from the pub.

Lee Karu QC, defending, said he was upset after the break-up of his relationship and missed his child.

He was diagnosed with PTSD following a robbery he witnessed at work, to which the judge commented: “I am sure the irony of you, who has apparently suffered psychologically following trauma, causing so many others to endure similar suffering will not be lost on your victims.”

One of the victims, war hero Adrian Knotts wrote an open letter to Bates which was read to the court.

In it security guard Mr Knotts wrote: “Mr Bates, The actions you took on the night of November 24 have had a dramatic impact on my life in a way I never thought possible.

“I have seen many things in my time. Thirteen years of my life was spent in the army, that included active service in the Gulf War in 1991 but the way you massively over-reacted to a minor situation has completely rocked me to the core.

“Your vehicle missed crippling me for life by a fraction of a second. I have children, Mr Bates.

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The Cinque Port Arms in New Romney after the accident.

“I have mentally mapped out how I will raise them and educate them by way of life experiences to help prepare her for this crazy world we live in and in a moment of madness you very nearly took all those dreams away from me but most importantly from her.

“Not only did you damage me mentally but you’ve also affected me financially, too. I have had to be moved from the Cinque Port Arms as my concentration levels were non-existent due to the constant fear of another car slamming into the pub in the same manner as you did.

“So as a result of that move I lost time and ultimately the end result of that is I have lost out financially.

“You’ll never understand the repercussions of your actions, Mr Bates."

Kent Police investigating officer Detective Constable Chris Brett said: "James Bates was seen to drive his car around the block in order to accelerate his car into the crowd of people standing outside the pub, showing this was a pre-meditated attack.

"Considering the damage a car can cause, the people who were outside the pub at the time of the collision are fortunate their injuries were not worse. Regardless of injury, to be targeted in such a frightening and unprovoked way can have wide-reaching detrimental effects on those involved.

"I thank those who have assisted with and supported the investigation and subsequent prosecution."

From the By KentOnline reporter, 25 November 2017.

Four hurt after car drives into Cinque Ports Arms pub in New Romney.

Four people have been injured and one man arrested after a car ploughed into a busy pub.

The Cinque Port Arms in New Romney had been busy with Friday night customers when the smash happened.

It is thought the driver of the Vauxhall Corsa had been asked to leave the venue earlier in the evening.

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The incident happened during a busy Friday night at the pub. Image; UK News in Pictures.

Police have confirmed a 24-year-old, reported to be the driver of the car from New Romney, has been arrested in relation to the crash and remains in custody.

A force spokesman said four other people were injured.

They added: "Three men were taken to a local hospital for treatment to injuries that have not been reported to be life threatening.

"The fourth injured person did not require hospital treatment."

Fire crews cut the driver free from the car and also helped paramedics treat three other men at the scene.

A spokesman for South East Coast Ambulance Service said: "We had ambulance crews attend the scene including our Hazardous Area Response Team."

"The three other patients, all male, suffered non-life threatening injuries including fractures and were taken to William Harvey Hospital," the ambulance spokesman added.

The news comes weeks after it was announced the pub was on the market for 1.2m.

The High Street pub was put up for sale following reports of poor health in the family who runs it.

Kevin Gibbons, landlord of the Grade II listed building said he will be sad to see the 700-year-old pub go.

He added: “We have worked so hard on this place and we have created a monster of a business, we just can’t cope with the demand now as things have changed."

Mr Gibbons and business partner Sharon Epps took over the pub two years ago in their first venture as landlords.

They have since shelled out more than 500,000 in an ambitious overhaul.

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The scene of the crash. Image via Uk News in Pictures.

Friday night's drama follows an incident in January 2016 when a driver was arrested after a car hit the wall of the pub.

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The aftermath of the crash in January 2016.

Beryl Swift, who was acting manager at the time of the incident, said: "It happened so fast but the car seemed to come in and bounce back.

“Luckily no-one was sitting in that part of the pub but there were 10 customers at the other side. One woman had been close by and everybody was very shocked."

Anyone with information that is yet to speak with officers about last night's crash can call 01843 222289 quoting 24-1510.


From the Dover Express, 30 November 2017.

Assault charge after car hits pub.

A MAN has been charged with a string of offences following a crash which terrified drinkers at a New Romney pub and left four people injured.

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The incident took place at the Cinque Port Arms in New Romney High Street shortly before 10pm on Friday.

James Bates, of Blenheim Road in New Romney, who was driving the vehicle, suffered an injury in the crash. He was arrested on suspicion of assault.

A Kent Police spokesman said: “At 9.52pm on Friday, November 24 Kent Police was called to a report that a vehicle had collided with a building and a group of people in New Romney High Street.

“Four victims reported injuries at the time, with three men taken to a local hospital for treatment to injuries that have not been reported to be life-threatening.

“James Bates, of Blenheim Road in New Romney, was arrested on suspicion of assault.”

On Tuesday Bates was charged with the following offences:

■ Grievous bodily harm with intent.

■ Causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

■ Six counts of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm.

■ Assault by beating.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the incident and anyone with information who has yet to speak with them is asked to call 01843 222289 quoting 24-1510.




JARRETT Henry 1861-82+ (age 51 in 1881Census)

LAURENCE Albert E 1901-13+ (age 45 in 1911Census) Kelly's 1903

GIBBONS Kevin 2015-17+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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