Sort file:- Ramsgate, March, 2022.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 09 March, 2022.


Earliest 1894-

Hovelling Boat Inn

Open 2019+

8 (12) York Street


07974 613030

Original Hovelling Boat, pre 1909

Above picture shows the original "Hovelling Boat." Photo pre 1909.

Hovelling Boat micropub

The New Hovelling Boat micropub, date unknown

Hovelling Boat 2021

Above photo 10 June 2021, kindly sent by Philip Dymott.


The building dates to late 17th to mid 18th century.

Until recently this was the Perseverance Cafe but before 1909 it was again the "Hovelling Boat Inn," which opened at 5.30 am for local fishermen to enjoy a liquid breakfast.


Thanet Advertiser 07 April 1894.


In loving memory of James Petters, late of the "Hovelling Boat Inn," who departed this life on April 9th, 1892. Gone, but not forgotten by James and William Petters.

In memory of my father, J. W. J. Petters, of the "Hovelling Boat," York-street, Ramsgate, who died April 9th, 1892. His son George Henry's affectionate tribute.


Thanet Advertiser 11 April 1896.


The application of Mr. Friend, of the "Hovelling Boat Inn," for an early morning licence for one month, was granted.


From the Thanet Advertiser, 29 September, 1896.


Scores of Ramsgate residents, as well as visitors from all parts of the country, will recollect the magnificent St. Bernard dog "Monarch," the property of Mr. J. B. Muir, of the "Hovelling Boat Inn," and so often to be seen in the streets of the town. The handsome and faithful creature had gone the way of all flesh, at the age of 7 1/2 years. Some time since, "Monarch" came into collision with a wheelbarrow, and he suffered so much that on Sunday last he was mercifully dispatched. In his prime, the valuable animal—who will be particularly missed by the children, with whom he was so great a favourite—weighed as much as 12 stone 11 lbs. He was bred by Mr. J. Edwards, of Harbour-street, and was such a conspicuously fine creature that we give here his full pedigree:— "Pedigree of the rough-coated St. Bernard dog Monarch, owner Mr. J. B. Muir. Whelped March 16th, 1887. Sire, champion 'Beauchief' (11793), by ‘Hector' (4476), out of ‘Irene' (7489), 'Hector' by ‘Thor' (2462), imported, out of champion 'Abbess' (2403), ‘Irene' by 'Thor' (2462), imported, out of ‘Gipsy,' by ‘Russ’ (2452), imported. Dam, 'Wild Gipsy’ (20915), by 'Sir Rupert,' out of ‘Lady Elizabeth (20883), 'Sir Rupert' by ‘Colin’ (11741), out of ‘Lady Wolseley,' by 'Avalanche' (4473), 'Lady Elizabeth' (20883), by 'St. Nicholas,' by ‘Avalanche' (4473), out of 'Dora,' by champion 'Menthon’ (2443) imported.”

The head of the noble animal is to be preserved, and will no doubt be shortly on view at Mr. Muir’s hostelry.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 16 October, 1909.


A meeting of the East Kent Compensation Authority was held at the Guildhall, Canterbury, on Tuesday, under the chairmanship of Lord Harris, the other members of the Committee present being:- The Earl of Guilford, Lieut.-Col. S. Newton Dickenson, and Messrs. H. Fitzwalter Plumptre, H. S. Chapman. F. H. Wilbee, F. E. Burke, and H. H. Green.

Compensation in respect of a number of houses was allocated.

"Hovelling Boat Inn," 8, York Street, Ramsgate, alehouse, tenant. Mr. John Southee, owners, Messrs. Thompson and Son, the Brewery, Walmer.

Total agreed upon 796, owners to receive 681, and tenant 115.



Information below taken from their web site:-

We say “104 years in the making” because that's how long The "Hovelling Boat Inn" was absent from Ramsgate's York Street.

March 29th 2013 sees the reopening of this historic pub, reborn as a ‘micropub', one of a growing number of establishments committed to putting traditional ales and ciders at the heart of its offering.

Visitors will soon realise the building's historic qualities, which we have done our utmost to preserve and highlight.

The original "Hovelling Boat Inn" did not re-apply for its license after 1909 and quickly became The Perseverance Dining Rooms until the late 1980s and fell into disrepair. Looking from across the road, you can see buildings to the right are total rebuilds. The Council of the day took down what was there and redeveloped the land. The right hand wall of the pub was rebuilt but the remaining structure was retained to minimise disruption to the Chinese take away next door.

As the "Hovelling Boat Inn" was once the last building in the row up from the harbour, visitors can see original doorway in our preserved exposed internal brickwork. You'd have to be desperate for a chicken fried rice to want to get through today.

Thank God the pub wasn't flattened and rebuilt in the style of Wilkinsons and The Argyle Centre. After the rebuild it became a Florist and a fancy Gift Shop, before being taken on by Paul Spickett and his family to run as Ramsgate's newest micropub.

Paul says “I love Ramsgate being born and bred and this provides the ideal opportunity to create something positive for my family and me”.

The new Micro Pub called the "Hovelling Boat" opened its doors in March 2013.


From the By Lauren MacDougall, 21 December 2019.

The 33 pubs in Kent you have to drink at in 2020 according to CAMRA.

In total Kent has heaps of pubs listed in the guide and, while 33 of these are new entries, others have appeared in previous editions of the guide.

A total of 33 pubs from around Kent make up the new entries that feature in the 2020 edition of the Good Beer Guide.

The guide is produced annually by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), the independent guide to the best boozers in the UK that is researched by unpaid and independent volunteers nationwide.

Tom Stainer, CAMRA’s chief executive, said: “For nearly five decades, the Good Beer Guide has been a comprehensive guide to the UK’s breweries, their ales, and the best outlets to find them in across the country.

“What makes the Guide unique is that all the entries are compiled and vetted by a huge volunteer team, based around the country. We work hard to ensure that all areas of the country are covered and, unlike with some competitor titles, inclusion in this book is dependent only on merit, not on payment.

“The Good Beer Guide has always had an important role in acting as a barometer of the beer and pub industry. We believe information gleaned from the Guide is absolutely vital in the drive to save our pubs from closure and campaign for policies that better support pubs, local brewers and their customers.”

This pub is included in the 2020 list.

Hovelling Boat Inn, Ramsgate.

What the guide says: "Sympathetic shop conversion micropub in a handy town-centre location. The name was chosen upon learning it had originally been the Hovelling Boat public house, which ceased trading in 1909.

"The interior has exposed brickwork displaying breweriana. The four constantly changing beers from Kent and beyond are served at table by friendly staff."



PETTERS James 1851+

PATTERS Sarah 1861-9/Apr/92 dec'd+ (widow age 53 in 1871Census)

FRIEND Mr 1896+


COLLEY William Henry 1903+ Kelly's 1903

SOLLEY George Edward 1907+

SPICKETT Paul 29/Mar/2013+



Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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