Sort file:- Whitstable, April, 2023.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 27 April, 2023.


Earliest ????

Coach and Horses

Open 2020+

37 Oxford Street (High Street 1889)


01227 264732

Coach and Horses 1900

Above photo, circa 1900, by Douglas West.

Coach and Horses 1900

Above photo, circa 1900, kindly sent by Bob Le-Roi. A fuller version of the one above. Notice the dancing bear.

Coach and Horses

Above photo, date unknown.

Coach and Horses

Above picture taken from 2014.

Coach and Horses sign 1976

Above sign 1976.

With thanks from Roger Pester

Coach and Horses sign 1991Coach and Horses sign 1992

Above sign left, July 1991, sign right, June 1992.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Coach and Horses signCoach and Horses sign 2020

Above sign left 2013. This is actually the same sign that is shown outside another Shepherd Neame pub in Berkley Square, London.

Sign right, 2020, kindly taken and sent by Roger Pester.


The pub dates back to the 17th century and was converted from the end house of a row of cottages and the road outside was originally only 11ft wide, bordered by a deep ditch, both drain and sewer.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Friday 11 December 1981.

Ancient Pub Gets New Look.

The "Coach and Horses" pub in Oxford Street, Whitstable, has been given a new look.

Robert Neame pulling first pint 1981

The 300 year old pub's facelift cost 27,000 and the completion of work was celebrated on Wednesday night when brewery chairman Mr. Robert Neame pulled a first pint.

The pub which is thought to have been built in 1692, now has a larger main bar, with the extension taking in an old kitchen, bottle store, parlour and passageway.

The bar has been redecorated in red, giving a solid oak and mahogany counter, and other additions include inside lavatories and a new kitchen.

Licensees Tony and Carol Guilfoyle came to the "Coach and Horses" 2-years ago, after a spell at "Whitstable Yacht Club". Before that they were tenants in two other Shepherd Neame pubs.

One unusual attraction at the pub is the family's pet Rhodesian Ridgeback dog called Matt.... who is partial to the occasional tipple of Shepherd Neame Stock ale!

Unfortunately, Matt became camera shy on Wednesday night and refused to do his party piece in front of the drinking crowd.


From Thursday, 21 November, 2013

Whitstable raises cash for Children in Need

PEOPLE of all ages in Whitstable were turning a strange yellow tint with a hint of dottiness on Friday as they got into the spirit to support Pudsey for Children in Need.

A perfect afternoon of pampering was held at the "Coach and Horses" pub in Oxford Street.

People could book in for a massage in return for donations.

There was hot food provided by The Burger Bros for the hungry fundraisers, and children were kept entertained by Pip the Clown's balloon animals and magic tricks.

Coach and Horses Pudsey day 2013

Children in Need fun at the "Coach and Horses," Whitstable. Organisers Alice Russel (left) and Kay Ashe (right) with Pudsey and Pip the magic clown.


From the By Lauren MacDougall, 25 June 2018.

8 Shepherd Neame pubs in Kent have been recognised in the brewery's annual awards.

The Faversham brewery has held its annual awards - and plenty of pubs in Kent cleaned up at the special ceremony.

Shepherd Neame has announced the winners of its annual pub awards, with eight of its 322 pubs and hotels across London and the South East taking home prizes.

The awards were announced in a ceremony at the Conningbrook Hotel, Ashford on Tuesday, June 19 and honour pubs from all over the county, from Dover to Canterbury.

Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame said: “This has been a year of record investment in our pub estate, as we aim to attract our customers through great design, to excite them with a superb offer and to retain them by providing a memorable experience.

“These awards are aimed at recognising the hard work, dedication, and creativity of our licensees, managers and staff, and celebrating excellence in our industry.”

This pub picked up one of the awards.

Coach and Horse presentation 2018

Gordon Cooper and Jenny Dale at The Coach & Horses.

A Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Gordon Cooper and Jenny Dale, retiring licensees at the Coach & Horses in Whitstable.

The couple began running the pub in 1995, and announced their retirement at the start of this year after more than two decades behind the bar. It is a beautiful pub dating back to the 17th century and the couple purposely strived to retain its special character, refusing to introduce a jukebox or pool table. Their aim was always to focus on a traditional pub experience: great drinks and great conversation.

Gordon said: “It has been an amazing 22 years, and we would like to thank everyone who has visited us or worked with us at the pub for their support and friendship over the years.”


As time allows and I find or are sent further information or pictures regarding this pub I will be adding further information to this page. I am certainly interested in any old photographs you may have, or information regarding licensees names and years of service.

If anything is incorrect on these pages, please let me know. Your help is appreciated.



COOPER Charles 1858-61 (age 48 in 1861Census)

COOPER Mary Ann 1861+ (age 48 in 1861Census)

BEALE Richard Charles 1874+

RUCK Frederick R 1881-94+ (age 48 in 1881Census)

WATERS Harry 1901-03+ (age 39 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

SHILLING John 1911-22+ (age 51 in 1911Census)

HUMPHREY Percy 1938-39+ (age 51 in 1939)

PARVEY Mr 1950s-60s (father of "Four Horseshoes" licensee.)

GUILFOYLE Tony & Carol 1978-95 Next pub licensee had

COOPER Gordon & DALE Jenny 1995-2018 (also of "Jolly Salior")


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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