Sort file:- Ramsgate, July, 2021.

Page Updated:- Tuesday, 20 July, 2021.


Earliest 1858-

Hare and Hounds

Open 2019+

349 Margate Road



01843 592596

Hare and Hounds 1910

Above photo from Chris Roo's Flickr, date circa 1910.

Hare and Hounds

Above photo taken with permission from Saunders family web.

Better photograph hopefully to come.

Hare and Hounds 2015

Above Google image, July 2015.


From the Kentish Gazette, 26 April 1842.

TO BREWERS, CAPITALISTS, AND OTHERS. Most desirable FREEHOLD PUBLIC HOUSE and Premises, on the road between Margate and Ramsgate,

TO BE PEREMPTORILY SOLD BY AUCTION, By Mr. GEO. HINDS, ON SATURDAY the 30th day of APRIL, 1842, at Three o'clock in the Afternoon precisely, at the "Bull and George Inn," RAMSGATE:

Lot 1:— All that valuable FREEHOLD PUBLIC-HOUSE, called or known by the name of the "Hare and Hounds," situate at Northwood, in the Parish of Saint LAWRENCE, on the right hand side of the road leading from Ramsgate to Margate; containing good parlour, tap room, bar, large kitchen, pantry, two chambers, club-room with folding doors, good cellarage, stable, enclosed yard and skittle ground, rain water tank and well of excellent spring water, and a large garden planted with thriving trees. The whole containing about Two Roods and Eight Perches, and late in the occupation of Mr. Stephen Fright.
Lot 2:— All that convenient FREEHOLD COTTAGE adjoining, comprising parlour, kitchen, and two chambers on one floor, with cellarage, stable, and garden, in the occupation of Mr. Henry Hunt.

For further particulars inquire of the Auctioneer, Thanet Auction Mart, Effingham Place; or of Messrs. Mercer and Edwards, solicitors, Albion-hill, Ramsgate, where a Plan of the Estate may be seen.


Kentish Gazette, 2 July 1844.

On Monday evening last a most daring robbery was commuted at the house of Mr. Stratford, of the Chapel Hill tea gardens, and at the public-house kept by Mr. Ralph, called the "Hare and Hounds," both situate on the Ramsgate road, by some strangers having the appearance of gentlemen, who had been at both houses on the previous day, and contrived to get scent of where the money was kept. To carry out their nefarious designs they called again on Monday, and asked to be showed into an upstairs sitting-room (which adjoined the one in which was deposited their grand object), broke open the drawers, and carried off all the money they could lay hands on, together with other articles, such as gold rings, chains, &c., to the value of from 30/. to 40/. Through the vigilance of our police, especially Sutton, to whom much praise is due, three persons, giving the names of Henry Johnson, age 28; Oliver Martin, age 34; and John Smith, age 19; have been apprehended on suspicion of committing the robbery, and twice conveyed before the magistrates. They were on Wednesday last, by a full bench, remanded for a week, and committed to Dover gaol for safe custody. On searching the lodgings of the prisoners, many skeleton keys, picklocks, and other implements for housebreaking, were found, and from the place attached to their lodgings was taken a bag which was kept with Stratford’s money, together with a receipt and steam ticket belonging to him. Amongst the money taken from the prisoners, which amounted to 24/., Mrs. Stratford identified a shilling belonging to her.


South Eastern Gazette 23 February 1858.


Antonia Simpson, charged with having stolen 4s in silver and copper coin from the till of Mr. Stephen Packer, of the "Hare and Hounds" was sentenced to one month's hard labour.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 16 April 1870.


For some time past Mr. Packer, of the "Hare and Hounds,” on the Margate Road, has missed money from his till, and his suspicions fell upon an old man not far from North-wood. One day last week this man was observed to be approaching the house, and Mr. Packer determined on testing his honesty. On arriving at the bar the man called for some beer, and the barmaid left him, as he supposed, by himself; but Mr. Packer, who was watching his customer, was near at hand, and saw him endeavouring to help himself to some of the contents of the till. A severe chastisement followed, the old man was kicked out of the house, and was informed that, if he ever entered it again, he might expect a repetition of the same not very tender treatment. Instead of expressing contrition for his dishonest conduct, the man threatened Mr. Packer that if he prosecuted him he would drown himself.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 28 May 1870.


Between three and four o’clock on Sunday morning, No. 18, Paragon, in the occupation of Mr. R. Gore, bathing machine proprietor, was broken into, and a gold watch and chain, &c., stolen. Information was given to the police soon after, and P.C. Miriams, who was on duty at the Market-place, having seen a man loitering about the house, immediately suspected him of being the thief. Hearing that the suspected party had been seen at the upper Dart of the High-street (which leads out of the town), he immediately started in pursuit. He sighted his man on the Margate-road, and after a long and exciting chase came up with him near the "Hare and Hounds" public-house. A desperate struggle then took place, but at last the constable knocked the burglar down, and seeing another man coming along the road, was about to charge him to assist to take the thief to the station at Ramsgate. Unfortunately, however, it was an accomplice or confederate of the man whom he was holding in custody, and they both set upon Miriams, knocked him down, kicked him, and left him lying on the ground almost insensible. When he came to, they were out of sight, and the constable made his way back to the station, when he arrived about seven o’clock a.m. with his clothes damaged and covered with mud and himself in a bruised and sore condition. Every possible search and inquiry was made for the criminals on Sunday and the following days, but the police have not yet succeeded in capturing the thieves.


Thanet Advertiser, Saturday 25 April 1874.

To be sold, a four wheel chaise, in good condition, suitable for a cob.

Apply, Mr. Packer, "Hare and Hounds," on the Margate Road.


Thanet Advertiser, Saturday 12 December 1896.

Furious Driving.

Frederick Castle was summoned for furiously driving to the danger of the public, in Margate Road, on November 28th.

He pleaded not guilty.

P.C. Belsey said that on the day in question, at about 3:50, he was on duty in Margate road and saw the defendant in charge of a horse and waggon. He should say that defendant was driving at the rate of from 10 to 12 miles an hour. He pulled up at the "Hare and Hounds," Northwood, and witness came up and cautioned him. Defendant asked if witness saw him see use the whip at all, and he said that he did not see him use it in Margate Road, but after leaving the "Hare and Hounds." There was a number of people about at the time.

By the Chief Constable:- After having been spoken to buy witness at the "Hare and Hounds" defended which whipped his horse and drove through furiously.

Alfred Russel, a Corporation labourer, said on Saturday, November 28th, he was in Margate Road, at between three and half past in the afternoon, when he saw defendant driving a horse and waggon from the station. Defendants stopped at the "Derby Arms," the horse went full gallop up the hill. Witnessed spoke to the Constable about it.

Charles Wells, of Monkton Place, who was with the last witness, corroborated.

Defendant said he did not know what to say. He started from the station to "Derby Arms" with his horse a little fresh. It was a good horse, but not a fast one, and he walked all the hills with its. When the Constable spoke to him and asked him his name he told him it was Frederick Castle; it always has been and always should be, at any rate, he hoped so. (Laughter.) He denied driving fast.

He called James Amos, of Stanley House, Norwood, who drove with him from the "Derby Arms" to the "Hare and Hounds." Witness said he saw Mr. Castle at the former public house, as he (witness) was going to get a glass of ale. Defendant had his waggon heavily loaded but offered to give witness a seats and drive to Norwood. Witnessed got up and the horse went at a a slow gallop for nearly half way up the first hill. When they got on the level the horse trotted and when it went up the hill it walked. Witness should say the rate was about 6 miles an hour. When he was a young man he could have got to the top of the hill quicker than the horse.

By the Chief Constable:- He did not see the horse and van come down from the station to the "Derby Arms." He was perfectly sober, as the glass of ale he had had at the "Derby Arms" was the first in the week.

James Cull, of Margate Road, said he was working in a field on the Margate Road when he saw Mr. Castle drive along at a very slow rate nothing like what the Constable had stated. Witness watched him until he was out of sight. He should think defendant was driving at the rate of 6 miles an hour at the most. He did not see defendant between the station and the "Derby Arms."

The Bench retired and on return to the Court the Chairman said there would be a conviction. Defendant would be fined 15s. including costs.

As he paid the money defendant said he could not thank the Bench, philanthropically observing that he would rather put the money in the poor box.


Thanet Times, Tuesday 17 November, 1964.

He has just one simple remedy to keep you happy.

Stanley Roberts 1965

Redevelopment in Ramsgate might have brought protests from many quarters, but one man who has welcomed it is Mr. Stanley Roberts, mine host of the "Hare and Hounds," Margate Road, Ramsgate.

"I'm very pleased with all the developments going on here," he said.

"Before moving to Ramsgate, Mr. Roberts, a Londoner, managed several public houses in the London area. It was while doing this work that he wanted to run is own public house.

His wish was fulfilled four years ago when he moved from London to take over the "Hare and Hounds."

A married man, Mr. Roberts has two sons. Both are serving in the forces. One is a petty officer in the Navy and the other a sergeant in the Army.

Still very pleased with the "Hare and Hounds," Mr. Roberts has one simple recipe for keeping his customers happy. Always treat them as persons, he says. Always say "good morning" or "good evening" and if they want to talk further, you talk with them.


Thanet Times, Tuesday 13 April, 1965.

Crossed over the border.

Mr & Mrs Norman Chapman

A Margate man whose family roots date back in the town for over 100 years, last week crossed over to Ramsgate to take over as licensee of the "Hare and Hounds" public house, Margate Road, Ramsgate.

The former licensee of the "George" public house, Margate, Mr. Norman Chapman said of his new house in Ramsgate. "I am more than pleased with it, it is much bigger than the house I had before."

Mr. Chapman who was a pupil of Margate Central School, has been in the licensed trade for nearly 3 years. All of the time he spent at the "George" before moving to the "Hare and Hounds" on Monday last week.

When he left school in Margate he took an apprenticeship in Tailoring at Birchington. He stayed in the business for 28 years, the bulk of the time working in London.

His ambition to own a public house started when he joined the Army Service Corps in 1937.

"By chance," he said, "I went behind the bar at one of the stations where I was serving and had a marvellous time."

Mr. Chapman became a quartermaster in the service and was demobbed in 1946.

He returned to London again to continue tailoring until 1962 when he returned to Margate as a licensee of the "George."

A proud most of Mr. Chapman's while he was licensee of the house is that he was the only person born in the borough who had a licence for a public house in Margate.



One time Cobbs tied house. Cobbs were founded in 1673, but Whitbread took them over early 1968 and closed the brewery later that year.



FRIGHT Stephen 1841+

RALPH Mr 1844+

PACKER Stephen 1847-81+ (age 59 in 1881Census) Kelly's 1862Kelly's 1874Post Office Directory 1874Whitstable Times

DOWNS George Benjamin 1890-91+

DOWNS George Henry 1901-03+ Kelly's 1903

LAWRENCE Thomas 1907-22+

CHAPMAN George Henry 1929-53+

CHAPMAN George J 1955-Dec/60 Next pub licensee had

ROBERTS Stanley 1960-64+

Last pub licensee had CHAPMAN Norman Apr/1965+


Kelly's 1862From the Kelly's Directory 1862

Kelly's 1874From the Kelly's Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Whitstable TimesWhitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald


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