Sort file:- Broadstairs, August, 2021.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 04 August, 2021.


Earliest 1774-

Dolphin Inn

Open 2020+

53-55 (47) Albion Street


01843 861056

Dolphin Inn 1940s

Above photo circa late 1940s,

Dolphin Inn

Above image from Google maps, July 2012.

Dolphin sign 1986Dolphing sign 1991

Above sign left, October 1986. Sign right, October 1991.

Dolphin sign 2012

Above sign 2012.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


The "Dolphin" stands at a narrow three-road junction, each with a pub on the corner, but its future is secure from the aspirations of the demolition men, as it is a listed building four centuries old. The stables at the rear have been converted to a pool room, and a former lodging room which occupied the whole upper floor is now living quarters. Beneath the inn are tunnels, now filled in, which led to the old St Mary's Chapel and thence to the sea, and were used frequently by the numerous Broadstairs smugglers.


From the Kentish Gazette, 4 May 1774.

To be sold to the highest Bidder, at the Sign of the "Dolphin," Broadstairs.

On Monday the 9th of May, 1774, at Four o'clock in the Afternoon.

A Lug sail Cutter, twenty-two feet three inches in Length, eight Feet eight inches in Breadth, and five Feet in Depth, with, a Spardeck Foredeck, Main sail, Top sail, and Mizen, very good; well sound, fit to go on the Mackerel Season, catching or carrying. A prime Sailer.

Likewise a BOOMS SAIL BOAT, with all her Materials, eighteen Feet long, seven Feet two Inches broad, and three Feet six inches deep.

For further Particulars, enquire of John Jones, at Broadstairs aforesaid.


South Eastern Gazette 22 January 1856.


Jan. 19, at his residence, Claremont-place, St. Lawrence, Mr. Jesse Rood, late of "Prince Albert Tavern," King-street, Ramsgate, and for many years of the "Dolphin Inn," Broadstairs.


Thanet Advertiser 16 August 1890.

Wanted, at once, General Servant, about 17. Apply Mrs. Darby, Dolphin Inn, Broadstairs.


Thanet Advertiser 16 October 1931.


Mr. Edward Darby, who has held the licence of the "Dolphin Inn," Albion-street, Broadstairs, for over 40 years, is shortly retiring.


East Kent Times and Mail, Wednesday 17 December 1969.

No takers for 400 year old "Dolphin" pub.

One of the oldest public houses the 400 year-old "Dolphin" at Harbour Street, Broadstairs, came under the hammer on Monday night but there were no takers at the asking price.

Whitbreads had offered the pub, which has a flint interior, to Broadstairs Council but the Highways and Works Committee to recommend its purchase.

The asking price was 17,500 to 20,000 - too expensive, the committee considered, for demolition to create space for much-needed car parking.


From the By Marijke Hall, 3 February 2021.

The Dolphin Inn in Broadstairs to return back to two buildings as owners look for tenant to take it on.

The owners of a much-loved "party pub" have been granted permission to return it back to two separate buildings as they look for tenants to take them on.

Brendan and Angela Bean, whose family have run The Dolphin in Broadstairs for 30 years, have been given approval for the properties at 53 and 55 Albion Street.

Dolphin 2021

The Dolphin pub in Albion Street in Broadstairs. Picture: Invent Architecture.

Proposals submitted to Thanet District Council include a change of use to drinking establishment and restaurant meaning one section of the pub - the smaller part of the tavern, at 53 Albion Street - could potentially become an eaterie, while the popular pub would still run next door.

The plans, drawn up by Invent Architecture, also include a single storey extension at the back to provide a commercial kitchen and storage, if required by whoever takes it on.

Mr and Miss Bean, who are siblings, said: "We have obtained planning to return The Dolphin 53-55 Albion Street back into two separate properties.

"This will consist of no. 53 being extended at the rear to provide storage/kitchen. Following renovations this will be available for lease as a commercial lock-up property.

"The original public house at 55 Albion Street is also available for lease.

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The Dolphin Inn in Albion Street, also showing the "George Inn."

"The property consists of the commercial ground floor, kitchen and court yard, two bedroom flat and separate studio.

"Both properties boast prime location within the popular seaside town. The property offers enormous potential across a range of commercial enterprises.

"After 30 successful years as a family business we look forward to welcoming a new era and exciting opportunity."

In a report, Thanet council’s planning team says The Dolphin plays an important role in the local community as an independent drinking establishment and is a heritage asset.

“It contributes positively to the economy of Thanet and the attraction of Broadstairs as a place with independent drinking establishments,” the team adds.

The council says its policies support development linked to tourism and those which increase the attraction of the area with an upgrade in the range of facilities available.

“The works would not result in the net loss of any community facilities or floorspace, and would diversify the current offer,” planners added.

No objections were received to the plans and The Broadstairs Society wrote to the council supporting the proposal.

For more details about the properties see



HALL John 1826-28+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

ROOD Jesse 1832-40+ Next pub licensee had Pigot's Directory 1832-34

MARTIN Thomas 1841-51+ (age 47 in 1851Census)

KEMP William 1858+

MALPAS Stephen 1860-74+ (age 46 in 1861Census)

BELSEY William 1881+ (age 71 in 1881Census)

HARLOW Michael 1882+

DARBY Edward 1890-31+ (age 31 in 1891Census) Kelly's 1903

COTTER Michael J 1934-38+

BEAN Brendon & Angela 1991-21+


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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