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Earliest 1860-

Rose in Bloom

Open 2020+

69 (12 in 1881Census) Joy Lane


01227 276502

Rose in Bloom 1940s

Above photo, 1940s.

Rose in Bloom 1966

Above photo, 1966, kindly sent by Bob Le-Roi.

Rose in Bloom 1966

Above photo, 1966, kindly sent by Bob Le-Roi.

Rose in Bloom

Above pictures taken from 2014.

Rose in Bloom 2019

Above Google image 2019.

Rose in Bloom sign 1986

Above sign, April 1986.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Rose in Bloom card 1951Rose in Bloom card 1951

Above aluminium card issued June 1951. Sign series 3 number 29.


Information taken from their web site March 2018.

The Rose in Bloom was built in 1861 and was originally a weather board cottage which stood where the car park is today. The Inn was positioned on a pathway which led from the beach between Seasalter and Whitstable to Scab’s Acre and served the needs of many smugglers.

Scab’s Acre was later destroyed by the railway cutting, but the start of the route can clearly be seen on Turner’s famous painting of Whitstable.

In 1898, Mackeson’s, the Hythe brewer, purchased the property and started to build the current “Rose In Bloom” alongside the old alehouse.

The original alehouse was converted into the private dwelling called “Treetops”, but was demolished in the 1930’s. The “Rose In Bloom” took its name from one of the best known Bawley boats which was engaged in fishing in the famous “Pollard” oyster beds, which belonged to the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury.

The freehold of the pub is now (2018) owned by Enterprise Inns. During the last fifteen years it has diversified into a successful pub and restaurant business run with care, commitment and dedication by Landlord Steve Prigg.


I am not sure whether the article that appeared in the Canterbury Journal of 1860 has an error in the name of the house, or whether the pub web site is in error. Perhaps it is actually a different building. The pubs web says it was built in 1861, yet this was a year earlier. The licensee is the same Stephen Hunt, but the names "Rose and Crown" and "Rose in Bloom" are both used. Perhaps indeed the name changed under his rule. Further research needed to sort this one out.

Further research tells me that this is another error by the local newspaper reporter and that the house was actually the "Rose in Bloom. I am also led to believe that the house has also been referred to as the "Cliff Beerhouse," again, the reporter there got the licensees name wrong as well. However, Stuart Axford points out that the census of 1871 identified the "Rose in Bloom" as "Cliff Cottage," so I will say that they are indeed one and the same.

The census of 1891 indicates that the pub was situated close to the coastguard station.


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, Saturday 19 May 1860.

Whitstable. Charge Against a Beer House Keeper.

On Saturday last, Stephen Hunt, the keeper of a beer house, at Seasalter, was charged before the county justices, at St. Augustine's petty sessions, with having drawn beer before the hour of 12:30 on Sunday morning, 29th April.

P.C. Smith, K.C.C., deposed that he was passing a stable belonging to defendant, in which he saw two men, who had some money in their hands. Thinking they were going to pay for some beer, witness who was in private clothes passed on as if going away. He then saw the defendant going to the stable, and witness immediately followed him. He asked defendant if he had drawn any beer that morning, and he replied that he had not. Witness then looked into a manger, behind where the two men was standing, and there found a quart bottle, concealed under some straw, containing beer. In reply to witness, defendant said he knew nothing about the beer, but he thought the men had taken it there. The men told witness that they took the beer there on Saturday night, having got it from the "Rose and Crown." The constable ultimately enquired at the "Rose and Crown," and he was informed that this statement of the men was incorrect, and that they had just been and requested the landlord to say that they took the beer from his house.

Superintendent Walker here applied to the bench to adjourn the case for a week, in order that he might get witnesses from the "Rose and Crown."

The case was accordingly adjourned.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 26 May, 1860.


Stephen Hunt, the keeper of a beer-house at Seasalter, was charged, on remand, with selling liquor during the prohibited hours on Sunday, the 28th April. As the evidence was somewhat inconclusive the Bench dismissed the case.


From the Kentish Chronicle and General Advertiser, 2 November, 1861. Price 1 1/2d.


Stephen Hunt, the keeper of a beer-house at Seasalter, was charged with having company drinking in his house at half-past twelve on Sunday the 20th October instant. The defendant pleaded guilty, and Superintendent Walker informed the bench that the house in question was badly conducted and that the defendant had been previously convicted of a similar offence.

The Magistrates fined the defendant 3, and 8s. expenses, and in default of payment, a distress warrant to issue.


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, Saturday 28 June 1884.

St Augustine's Petty Sessions. Whitstable Infringement of the Licensing Act.

Stephen Hunt, landlord of the "Rose in Bloom" beer house, Seasalter, with summoned for having on Sunday June 15th, kept his house open for the sale of intoxicating liquors. Mr. R. M. Mercer appeared for the defence.

Police-constable Kelway said that in consequence of instructions received from Superintendent Wood, he left Herne Street at 1 a.m. on June 15th, and went to Whitstable. He was joined by Police-constable Mullard. They went to Seasalter and concealed themselves under some sheep pens. They saw some men named Web, Hoplus, Dunn, Putwain, Maddam, Rowden, Sheppard, Hook, Olive, and Gambrill, and some others go into the house. Hoplus came out wiping his mouth. (A laugh.) Mr. Mercer, for the defense, pleaded for a mitigated penalty on account of defendants age and his long occupation of a house.

Superintendent Wood said that there were three previous convictions against defendant, the last being in 1872, when his licence was indorsed.

Fined 5 and 12s. costs, the licence to be endorsed.


From the Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, 12 July 1884.


John Hoplus, an old man, pleaded guilty to being at the "Rose in Bloom" beerhouse, Seasalter, during prohibited hours on Sunday. June 15th. Defendant was one of the batch of sixteen found at the house. When he appeared in court last week he was drunk, and the magistrates told him to come again to-day. He now appeared to be sobered down. He was fined 5s. and 11s. costs.


From the Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, 12 July 1884.


Thomas Rigden, of Whitstable, was summoned for assaulting Thomas Edward Hook. Defendant appeared, and said that complainant did not appear, and admitted that he was to blame for the row. Superintendent Wood said complainant was a troublesome old man, and was convicted for drinking on Sunday at the "Rose in Bloom" beerhouse. It appeared that defendant had paid complainant 10s., and he was further ordered to pay 1s. costs.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 13 September 1884.


Before T. G. Peckham, Esq. (in the chair), B. E. Thomson. O. C, Waterfteld, and A. F. Walah, Esqrs.


The annual licensing session was held to-day. Superintendent Wood handed in the following report:—Gentlemen, — Appended hereto is a list of ale and beerhouses and grocers and others licensed to sell spirits, wine, and beer within the division; and I beg most respectfully to report that, with two exceptions, they have been very well conducted. The exceptions are the "Prince of Wales" public-house, Herne Bay, kept by James Harnett, who was convicted and fined in December last for permitting gaming on his licensed premises. The house has been well conducted since. The other is the "Rose in Bloom" beer-house at Seasalter, kept by Stephen Hunt, who was convicted and fined 5 and his licence endorsed on the 21st June last for Sunday trading during prohibited hours, and, having been previously convicted, I have served him with a notice of my intention to oppose the renewal of his licence. There are 101 ale houses, 35 beerhouses, and 11 grocers and others licensed to sell spirits, &c. During the year there have been 27 convictions for drunkenness and drunk and disorderly conduct, this being a decrease of 23 from last year. I have the honour to be, gentlemen, your most obedient servant, J. Wood. Superintendent.

Superintendent Wood opposed the renewal of the licence of the "Rose in Bloom" (Seasalter) to Stephen Hunt. He said that in June last Hunt was convicted for serving a number of people during prohibited hours, and was then fined 5 and costs and his licence endorsed. He had been two or three times cautioned. He was convicted in 1861, in 1869, and in 1872. His licence was endorsed once before, and in 1871 he was summoned, but dismissed with a caution. In answer to Mr. Mercer (who appeared for the owners of the house), Superintendent Wood said that Hunt was 80 years of age. The house had been well conducted since June.

Mr. Mercer said that Hunt had not been convicted for many years until June last, and then he was sufficiently punished by the heavy fine imposed by the Bench. Hunt had had his daughter home, who was now looking after him, and who would see that the house was properly conducted.

The Chairman said that the case heard in June last was a very bad one.

Mr. Mercer, finding the Beach indisposed to grant a renewal, said the owners would be willing to find a new tenant, and on this understanding the case was ordered to stand over until the adjourned licensing day.

Mr. Mercer applied, for the fifth successive year, for a spirit licence for the "Rose Inn," close to the railway station at Sturry. Mr. M. Mowll opposed on behalf of the owners of another house in the village (the "Swan"), which is fully licensed. Mr. Mercer spoke at some length, and mentioned that the house belonged to Messrs. G. Beer and Co, who had done it up and made it look the smartest house in Sturry. He also produced memorials signed by the Rev. P. B. Collings, the Vicar of Sturry, Mr. W. L. Rammell, Colonel Cox, Mr. W. G. Pidduck, Mr. W. D. Young, Mr. T. Wotton, and others; also by nearly all tbe occupiers of the new houses on the Ramsgate-road. It was also stated that the "Rose" was doing a good trade, selling two barrels of beer a week and one barrel of ale a fortnight.

Mrs. Adley gave evidence, and stated that she received seven or eight applications a day for spirits.

Mr. Martyn Mowll said there were only 1,300 people living in the parish of Sturry, and it seemed hardly probable that 2,000 or 3,000 applications would be received in the course of a year. There were ten licensed houses in the pariah, five being fully licensed houses and five beer-houses. There were in the village four public-houses, three of which were fully licensed. The "Red Lion" was now to let, and that showed what the state of the trade was.

Eventually the application was refused, the Bench being of opinion that no grounds other than those urged on previous occasions had been put forward in support of the application.


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, Saturday 4 October 1884.

St. Augustine's Petty Sessions. Saturday. Licensing Business.

At the annual licensing meeting the renewal of the licence of the "Rose in Bloom" beer house, Seasalter, was adjourned, the tenant and old man named Hunt having been convicted for Sunday trading.

Mr. R. M. Mercer now applied for the transfer of a licence to Hunt's daughter, saying that Mr. Webb, the agent for the case for the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, had arranged to take the daughter as their tenant in place of the old man.

The Bench granted the transfer.


From the Whitstable Times and Tankerton Press, Saturday 12 April 1930.

The “on” wine licence granted by the St. Augustine’s Justices in respect of the "Rose in Bloom," Seasalter, was confirmed. Mr. Rutley Mowll appeared to make the application, and said that evidence was given to the Justices that there was a real need for this licence.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 30 October 1937.



At the Chatham and County Petty Sessions, on Monday, Mrs. Nora Honor Johnston, of Mountfleld, Hernhill, Faversham, was summoned for having failed to give free passage to a pedestrian at a crossing at High Street, Rainham, on October 5th.

Alec James Grant, licensee of the "Rose in Bloom," Whitstable, told the magistrates, that he was sitting at the window of a house at Rainham when the incident occurred. Defendant’s car caused a woman to fall down on her hands and knees.

Mrs. Johnston pleaded that the woman in question turned back when she had reached the centre of the road.

Defendant was fined 1. the Chairman (Mr. G. C. Swain) remarking: "You will know another time that you must stop at these pedestrian crossings."


From the By Sean Axtell, 18 December 2019.

One-man Whitstable crimewave targeted Hotel Continental, Rose in Bloom, Chocolate Box and Whitstable Nursing Home.

A one-man crimewave went on a nine-month rampage of burglaries, robbery and violence as he wreaked havoc across a seaside town.

Christopher Green, 25, targeted homes, hotels, pubs and shops during his prolonged offending spree in Whitstable.

He even attacked a newsagent, hurled a rock at a terrified woman and snatched the glasses off the face of a man in the street.

Judge Mark Weekes today jailed Green for five years, telling him the residents and businesses of Whitstable could "do with a break" from his prolific offending.

Canterbury Crown Court heard the crime spree began when Green crept into a home in Wavecrest and stole keys to a Porsche 911, which he drove off in.

A fortnight later he trespassed into a home intending to steal, in Beacon House, Tankerton Beach. He was also caught committing another burglary and committing criminal damage.

Some eight months would pass during which, according to the court, no crimes were committed.

But Green’s offending turned frenetic in August this year.

Over 48 hours he burgled three homes, fraudulently used bank cards on three occasions, and ripped a till off the counter in the "Hotel Continental" in Beachwalk.

Green then trained his sights on the "Rose In Bloom" pub in Joy Lane, but failing to gain access he burgled the Whitstable Nursing Home in Westcliff.

When he tried using a victim’s bank card in the Chocolate Box newsagents in Old Bridge Road the owner gave chase.

However, Green threw a can of drink at his head and punched him before fleeing.

Cycling, he struck and snatched spectacles from George Holdsworth’s face, leaving the man “dazed” by the seafront two days later.

The court heard one burglary victim heard smashing from downstairs, looked out of the window and shouted at Green to leave.

“He did not leave, instead he threw a rock at her,” Prosecutor Caroline Knight said.

Green, who has 16 convictions for 28 offences, was on bail and serving a suspended prison sentence at the time of his crimewave.

The offences were largely carried out at night, a factor Judge Weekes deemed “aggravating”.

Green insisted in court he heard voices, people were following him, and repeatedly spoke unintelligibly to a judge, but a psychiatrist ruled the 25-year-old mentally fit, albeit lonely.

Mitigating, Paul Hogben explained the report deemed Green’s behaviour a cry for help, carried out by an isolated man with an unhealthy attachment with mental health services.

Green, of no fixed abode, admitted 16 fresh counts including burglary, robbery, fraud, assault and theft offences.

Jailing Green, Judge Weekes said: “Safe to say that the residents and business owners of Whitstable could do with a break from you and your activities, many of these offences are unpleasant, many would have caused great distress."

PC Mike Kingwell, who was part of the team working on the case, said: "I hope Christopher Green realises his offending has consequences.

"Behind his crimes are victims who not only have had the inconvenience of losing their belongings, but also had to come to terms with the unsettling intrusion into their home or personal space through Green’s actions.

"I expect a lot of people in Whitstable will be looking forward to Christmas, knowing Green will be unable to cause any more upset to the community."



Last pub licensee had HUNT Stephen 1860-84 (beer retailer age 73 in 1881Census) (Beer Retailer)

HUNT Elizabeth A 1891+ (age 44 in 1891Census)

BEAN William 1901 (age 50 in 1901Census)

SYDENHAM Elizabeth to Sept/1910 Whitstable Times

GRAY Ernest William Sept/1910-11+ Whitstable Times (age 37 in 1911Census)

HADLOW John Charles to July/1913 Whitstable Times

PAUL William Russell July/1913+ Whitstable Times

SLADDEN F 1924+ Kelly's 1924

DOO George John 1934+

GRANT Alex James 1937+

HATSELL Walter to Feb/1954 Whitstable Times

HUDSON Geoffrey Feb/1954+ Whitstable Times

Last pub licensee had PRIGG John 1986+

PRIGG Steve (son) 2018+


Whitstable TimesWhitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald


Kelly's 1924From the Kelly's Directory 1924


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