Page Updated:- Saturday, 18 May, 2019.


Earliest 1860-

Rose in Bloom

Open 2019+

69 Joy Lane


01227 276502

Rose in Bloom 1940s

Above photo, 1940s.

Rose in Bloom

Above pictures taken from 2014.

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.


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.


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.



HUNT Stephen 1860-84 (age 63 in 1871Census)

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

DOO George John 1934+

PRIGG Steve 2018+


Whitstable TimesWhitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald



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