Sort file:- Ramsgate, July, 2023.

Page Updated:- Monday, 03 July, 2023.


Earliest 1871-

South Eastern Tavern

Closed May 2023

11 Margate Road


South Eastern Tavern South Eastern Tavern South Eastern Tavern sign 1991South Eastern Tavern sign

Above sign left, 1991, photos and sign right by Paul Skelton 21 July 2012.

South Eastern Tavern mat

Above mat, date unknown, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.


If this is the same building, the 1891 census described this as the "South Eastern Temperance Hotel."


Thanet Advertiser, 9 June 1888.

Sandwich charge of theft.

At the sandwich Petty sessions on Monday, before R. Harrison, Esq., and Alderman Dorman, Baker, and Watts, Joseph Pettman, described as a painter, of Ramsgate, was charged on remand, with having stolen, on the 28th May, at Sandwich, a pocket book, contain a number of postage stamps and papers, value 10s., the property of Mr. Joseph Lee, of Delf Street, Sandwich. Mr. R. Webster appeared on behalf of the prisoner.

From the evidence of prosecutor it seems that he had been to Eastry on the day in question and placed the pocket book in a basket in his van. When he arrived home he left the van outside his house for a short time, leaving the basket in it. On the following morning he missed the book and contents. The book produced was his property.

Ann Kent, of wife of John Horton Kent, and living next door to prosecutor, stated that on the afternoon of the 28th of May, she was at an upstairs window, when she saw prisoner by the side of prosecutors van. After looking up and down the street, prisoner put his hand into the van under the tarpaulin and took something out, which he put either in his basket or pocket. She could not see what it was.

Superintendent Page deposed to apprehending prisoner at his residence in Alexandra Road, Ramsgate, on Thursday last. When he charged him with stealing a pocket book containing stamps and various papers, prisoner said, "I am innocent and can prove it, I have not had any stamps in my possession for years, only as I have brought one to post a letter occasionally." Witness received the book produced on Saturday from Mr. Castle, of the "South Eastern Tavern," Ramsgate.

William Castle deposed that on the morning of the 29th May prisoner came to his house, and purchased some beer, tendring stamps in payment. Witness also bought some stamps of prisoner, in in all fifteen. Later on prisoner offered him the pocket book produced, and witness gave him 1s. for it, as he said he wanted the money, and witness told him that he could have it back again upon returning a shilling. He thought it was prisoners property, as he was in the habit of carrying a pocket book.

Mr. Webster, in an able speech, appealed for a lenient sentence, urging that it was prisoners first offence. He also stated that when prisoner was in drink he was not responsible for his actions, and that he had a sister in a lunatic asylum. Mr. Webster further said the prisoner had a wife and three children, and was very respectable connected. He handed in a book which have been presented to prisoner some years since for an honest act.

The Magistrates told prisoner he have been found guilty of a very serious offence, for which they might have passed a heavy sentence upon him. However, as he had never been convicted before, and as the prosecutor did not wish to press the charges severely, he (prisoner) would only be sentenced to 14 days' imprisonment with hard labour.


From the By Brad Harper, 13 May 2023.

Two arrests after drugs raid at South Eastern pub in Margate Road, Ramsgate.

Two people have been arrested after police stormed a pub in a drugs raid.

Officers descended on the South Eastern in Margate Road, Ramsgate to carry out a search warrant.

The raid happened yesterday morning where suspected MDMA pills and cocaine were seized.

A large police presence remained in the area throughout most of the day.

One eyewitness, who did not wish to be named, said: “There has been a major raid at the South Eastern.

“Earlier in the morning, 14 police turned up with battering rams to get into the premises.

“They came mob-handed and they must’ve had intel.

“Police were everywhere and they surrounded the place completely.”

A spokesman for the force confirmed today officers carried out a search warrant at a property in Margate Road, Ramsgate yesterday morning.

“Substances suspected to be MDMA pills and cocaine were seized by police, along with a quantity of cash,” he said.

“Two people from Ramsgate, a 51-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman, were both arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs.

“They were later bailed to return to the police station on 3 August, pending further inquiries.”



GODDARD Samuel 1871+

PRITCHARD John 1881+

CASTLE William 1888-91 (age 38 in 1891Census)

LAMBERT Caroline 1891+ (age 35 in 1891 Temperance Hotel)

FRIEND Ernest A 1901+

LAMING Emily Mrs to Dec/1919 Thanet Advertiser

KEEN Albert Dec/1919+ Thanet Advertiser

KEEN Edward 1930+

MUMMERY Alfred J 1938+

MUMMERY Alfred Roy 1951-53+


GREGON J 1957+

???? Robin & Debbie 1980s?



Thanet AdvertiserThanet Advertiser


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