Sort file:- Deal, December, 2022.

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Earliest 1837

(Name from)

Royal Family & Commercial Hotel

Open 2020+

90 Beach Street


01304 375555

Royal Hotel pre 1922

Above postcard, pre 1922, kindly sent by Graham Butterworth. Also showing the "Fountain Hotel."

Royal Hotel

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Debi Birkin. Also showing the Adelaide House Hotel, left, which was a private hotel.

Royal Hotel

Above postcard, date unknown.

Royal Hotel 1952

Above photo 1952. Creative Commons Licence.

Royal Hotel 1952

Above photo 1952. Creative Commons Licence.

Royal Hotel 1960

Above photo 1960. Creative Commons Licence.

Royal Hotel ledger

Royal Hotel ledger. Creative Commons Licence.

Royal Hotel postcard

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Michael Coomber.

Royal Hotel, Deal

Above picture kindly supplied by Sue Solley. Date unknown.

Royal Hotel in Deal Royal Hotel in Deal

Photos above by Paul Skelton 2 March 2008.

Royal Hotel

Royal Hotel shown in distance to left of picture, date unknown.


The building is early 18th century and according to the Deal History Society was once called the "Three Kings." Opened April 1837. It is said that the hotel gave it's name to King Street.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 15 April, 1837.


BLEADEN & CO. of the London Tavern, respectfully announce they have opened the above Hotel, and trust the moderate Charges combined with great attention, will deserve the patronage of the Nobility and Gentry of Kent.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 15 April, 1837.


A grand dinner took place yesterday when the "Royal Hotel," at which the expediency of erecting a pier to facilitate the landing of passengers, and thereby restoring the town to its former posterity, was considered and resolved upon, at an expense of from 4000 to 5000. Much spirit pervaded the meeting, and 1765 guaranteed towards the proposed undertaking.


From the Kentish Gazette, 18 February 1840.


(The following was in response to Queen Victoria's recent marriage to Prince Albert on 10 February 1840. Paul Skelton.)

The town, in spite of the weather, presented an animated appearance. Flags of all nations fluttered in the breeze, and preparations were early made to promote the cause of loyalty and good cheer. A liberal subscription was raised for the poor, who were plentifully supplied with beef and bread. The mayor and town council assembled at the "Royal Hotel," and discussed the events of the day over an excellent dinner, which did much credit to the culinary skill of Messrs. Bleaden and Co. They were joined by a body of townsmen, who displayed their good feeling on this occasion by several loyal sentiments and speeches. The only illumination was made by Mr. Mummery, chemist, of Lower-street, who exhibited two tasteful transparencies, an illuminated star, and a portrait of her Majesty, both of which were much admired. A brilliant discharge of fireworks took place on the Esplanade, provided by B. Hulke, Esq., a gentleman ever ready to contribute to the amusements and welfare of the town.


Kentish Gazette, 6 August 1844.

Lamentable and Fatal Catastrophe. Caution to Parents.

On Tuesday evening, about seven o’clock, a considerable sensation was excited by a report that a fine child belonging to Mr. Morse, chemist, had accidentally swallowed prussic acid, which, on inquiry, we lament to add proved too true. It appears the child, a promising and interesting boy, about four years of age, had unobserved gone gone to a cupboard in the shop, and, by some extraordinary fatality, abstracted a phial of prussic acid, of which he drank the contents (about 120 drops) before his father, who was engaged in conversation with Mr. Quiddington, of the "Royal Hotel," made the fatal discovery. The attention of Mr. Morse having been directed to the child, the heartrending truth at once flashed upon his mind; meanwhile the child shrieked violently, became frightfully convulsed, and in a few minutes breathed his last in the arms of the servant. As may be conceived, the unhappy parents by this awfully unexpected bereavement are thrown into a state bordering on distraction.

Dover Telegraph.


From the Kentish Gazette, 10 October 1848.


F. BRETON, late of the United Service Club. Pall Mall, London, begs respectfully to announce that he has taken the above Establishment, where he trusts, by strict personal attention to the comforts of Visitors and Commercial Gentlemen, and the improved management of the cuisine department, combined with moderate charges, to give every satisfaction.


Kentish Gazette 6 May 1862.


We are informed that the "Royal Hotel" is to be open early in June, to be entirely new furnished, decorated, and painted, and to undergo a thorough repair; the whole is under the superintendence of our townsman, Mr. William Boakes, painter, Broad-street.



The above premises was evidentially closed at some time before 1863, although no record of this can be found, but according to the following advertising passage it reopened again in 1863.


From the Deal, Walmer & District and Kingsdown Telegram, 1 January, 1863. Adverticement.

The "Royal Hotel" re-opened by Mrs. Charlotte Rhodes Grellet.

Public and Visitors to this delightful Watering Place are respectfully informed that the above Old Established Hotel is now replets with every comfort and convenience fit for the reception of Noblemen and Families.


From the Deal, Walmer & District and Kingsdown Telegram, 1 December, 1863

Mrs. Whitlaw of the "Royal Hotel" complained at Sessions that rates are too high at 77. 10. 0.


From the Hackney and Kingsland Gazette, Saturday 18 December, 1869.


Family and Commercial Hotel, Beach Street, Deal, Kent.

Commanding uninterrupted views of the Downs, French Coast and Ramsgate, replete with every comfort at moderate charges. A few minutes walk from the Pier and Railway Station.

Robert Allen, Proprietor.

Late of the “Jolly Butchers,” Wood Green, Totenham.


From the Whitstable Times, 24 December, 1870.


The Hon. Dudley Ward, died very suddenly, on Wednesday evening, at the “Royal Hotel,” Beach-street, where he was staying. He had but shortly returned from Dover when he was seized with a fit and died almost instantly. Death has been certified to be from apoplexy. The Hon. Dudley Ward was the second son of the tenth Baron Ward, and brother of the present Earl Dudley (one of the wealthiest peers of the United Kingdom). He was born in 1821, and married, in 1843, Eleanor Lucy, third daughter of them as Hawkes. Esq.


From the Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury, 15 November, 1873.


On Monday night last several articles of jewellery, &c., to the value of about 30 were stolen from the private room of Mrs. Allen, the proprietress of the above hotel. Suspicion attaches to a person who occupied apartments at the hotel on the night in question, and the enquiries of the police have elicited a person answering the description of the one suspected, apparently a foreigner, offered for sale in Dover on Tuesday two seven-shilling pieces, these being among the articles stolen. No further clues have been obtained.

(Although obviously not the ones mentioned above, a seven shilling piece, otherwise known as a third of a guinea, was issued between 1797 ands 1813. Made of gold this filled the gap caused by the lack of silver coins. The one below is 1810. Paul Skelton)

Seven shilling piece

From the Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury, 31 March, 1900. 1d.


Mr. J. O'Conner was summonsed for riding a bicycle without a light on the 15th inst.

Sergt. Turner said that he was on duty in the Strand about 10 o'clock on the night of the 15th when he saw defendant riding a bicycle without a light. He stopped him and in reply to his questions defendant said that the lamp had just gone out and that he could not keep it alight.

By the Clerk: It was a rather gusty night. The lamp was cold and he could not see any signs of it being alight as he walked down the centre of the road. He stopped defendant by Mr. Rose's shop.

Defendant said it was an accident. He had ridden from Sandwich, and he found that his lamp was short of oil. Being a Thursday he could not purchase a fresh supply, and he went into the "Royal Hotel," where he obtained some paraffin. In a lamp of this sort paraffin was very liable to blow out, and his light went out as he turned the corner by the "South Eastern Hotel," and it would do so on coming into a current of air or if the wind blew in gusts. He did not notice that he had no light until the policeman drew his attention to it. It was purely an accident, and he had no intention of contravening the law.

Capt. Coleman said the Bench did not doubt defendant's account of the transaction, but the law obliged everyone to provide for contingencies, and he was bound to have a light. Under the circumstances they would treat the case in a lenient manner, and impose a fine of 2s. 6d., remitting the costs.


From the Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury, 14 April, 1900. 1d.


Mrs. Gandier was summoned for keeping two dogs without a license.

Mr. Wilks appeared for defendant, and pleaded guilty, but said it was quite an oversight.

P.C. Bennett deposed that on the 8th he saw two dogs on the premises of the "Royal Hotel." he asked them to produce the licenses, and was informed by the Manageress that Mrs. Gandier was away. He called again on the 10th, and was shown two licenses that had been taken out that day.

By the Inspector: That was two days after he first called.

Mr. Wilks said that Mrs Gandier had kept these dogs for some little time, and always had licenses before. She went away at the end of January, and being very unwell, had remained from home since that time. Immediately the police called about the license, the manageress wrote to her, and she at once replied, giving instructions for a license to be taken out immediately, and explaining that it was an oversight on her part.

In reply to the Bench, Mr. Wilks said that Mrs. Gandier had not received a notice, but the Inspector said that the Excise Office issued a notice in every case, and also informed the Bench that the defendant was summoned on April 13th of last year, for keeping a dog without a license, and ordered to pay the costs, 5s. 6d. One would have thought that would have been a reminder to take one out this year.

Mr. Wilks pointed out that that was in respect of one dog only, a license having been taken out for the other.

The Inspector: No, sir.

Mr. Wilks: Mrs. Gandier had two licenses last year.

The Inspector: No, sir, not till after we reported her for one. She had a second dog, but we did not happen to see it. (Laughter).

A fine of 5s. and 7s. costs was imposed in each case - 24s. in all, the Magistrates' Clerk remarking that fortunately there were no convictions before and this was not a second offence, or the Bench must have inflicted a minimum penalty of one fourth of the maximum, 5.



David G Collyer says that he has heard an account where it was recorded that the night porter had witnessed the ghostly figure of Lady Hamilton sitting in a corner of the lounge, having often stayed there when visiting her beloved Admiral Nelson.


Owned and run by E L Short & Co. in 1974. Library archives 1974


From the Mercury, 29 January, 2006.

Royal Hotel, Deal 2006

Above photo shows "Royal Hotel" manager Martin Smith, Deal Mayor Cllr Sue Delling, "Royal Hotel" manager Sara Smith and Shepherd Neame chairman Robert Neame.

Historic building unveils latest look.

One of Deal's most historic seafront buildings, where Lord Nelson used to meet his lover, showed off its latest look last week.

The "Royal Hotel" in Beach Street was officially re-opened last Tuesday after Faversham brewers Shepherd Neame spent 450,000 on the property as part of a 20 million investment in its pubs in the next three years.

Shepherd Neame chairman Robert Neame conducted the official reopening with the Deal Mayor Cllr Sue Delling, who pulled the first pint.

During the evening a cheque for 200 was presented to artistic director of the Deal Summer Music Festival Paul Edlin.

Shepherd Neame chief executor Jonathan Neame said; "The Royal is a traditional seaside hotel housed in a lovely old building and our refurbishment has lovingly restored many original features as well as modernising the decor."

The Royal has a new bar overlooking the sea, a new restaurant, a new-look function room and toilets, as well as new decking and signs outside.

To celebrate the new-look restaurant, customers booking a table for two in January or February will receive a free bottle of house wine and Hildon water.

As well as the bar and restaurant, the Royal has 22 ensuite bedrooms, conference and meeting rooms and holds a wedding licence.

The early 18th century hotel was a regular haunt of the famous sea captain Lord Nelson, who used to meet his lover Lady Hamilton in one of the rooms when his fleet was anchored off The Downs.


From the Dover Express, Thursday, 8 September, 2012. 60p


DEAL: Brewer Shepherd Neame is to change the look of its Grade II listed Royal Hotel in Beach Street.

If approved, the painted rendering on part of the south elevation is to be white timbered weather-boarded. The hotel was a meeting place for Nelson and Lady Hamilton.


From the Dover Express, 14 September 2017.

Controversial new Liar ITV drama filmed on Kent coast.

Royal Hotel 2017

A TELEVISION drama filmed in Deal and described by critics as a ‘must see’ aired on ITV on Monday night.

Film crews descended on Walmer and Deal late last year to film the drama Liar - penned by the writers of The Missing, Jack and Harry Williams - which centres on an allegation of rape.

Liar’s story is told from both sides - the accuser and the accused, who is convinced that their sex was consensual.

The producers behind the hit TV show Broadchurch filmed on Deal pier for the series back in November 2016 and drew lots of attention from curious locals.

Kingsdown beach, local boozer De Bar, The Hope and Lane, Jasin’s Restaurant as well as a family home in Wellington Parade, Walmer also featured in scenes on Monday

According to Kent Film Office, crews are thought to have visited Walpole Bay in Margate during filming.

A production team of over 60 people were reported to be staying in The Royal Hotel, The Clarendon and Dunkerleys in Deal back in November.

And the crew were thought to keep costumes and make-up at the Walmer Castle car park, where a canteen was also temporarily stationed during filming.

The six-part series stars Joanne Froggatt, of Downton Abbey, as teacher Laura Nielson.

She goes on a date with surgeon Andrew Earlham, played by Titanic star Ioan Gruffudd, who believes their night of passion was the start of a romance, while she is convinced she was raped.


For Joanne, Liar follows the critical acclaim for her October 2013 Downton storyline, in which her character Anna was attacked.

And the actress told the Express that playing a rape victim made her realise how difficult things are for real-life victims as they try to engage with the justice system.

While the drama can be uneasy to watch at times, Joanne is keen to urge everyone to see the full picture before jumping to any conclusions about who is telling the truth.

She said: “I hope viewers watch all six episodes before they make their mind up about how they feel about the show and the characters in it.

“Obviously, it is a psychological thriller - the story changes.

“There are lots of twists and turns, so it’s important to have that full view of the whole six episodes before making up one’s mind about who is right or wrong, what’s right or what’s wrong.

“It is certainly going to be a series people will discuss and I think everybody’s view will be different depending on their life experiences.”



BLEADON & Co 1840+ Pigot's Directory 1840

QUIDDINGTON George 1844-47+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847

BRETON Francis James Oct/1848-58+ Melville's 1858

GRELLET Mrs Charlotte Rhodes 1863-65+

WHITLAW Mrs formerly GRELLET to July/1865 Deal Mercury

WHITLAW Herman William (husband of above) July/1865+ Deal Mercury

ALLEN Robert 1869+

ALLEN Mrs Alice 1873-74+ Kelly's 1874Post Office Directory 1874

FOSTER John Ashley 1882+ Post Office Directory 1882

GANDIER Mrs Janet 1899-1900+ Kelly's 1899Deal Mercury

SYMONDS E H (Proprietor) 1934+ Kelly's 1934

FRANKS Louis L & Laura 1939 (age 40 & 38 in 1939)

COPE'S TOWN LTD 11/June/1959-64+

BRIGDEN David Maxwell & HILL Andrew P 1974+ Library archives 1974 Owned by E L Short & Co

HARRIS Wayne 1986-89

WEDL Andrew & Amada pre 2002+ Next pub licensee had

SMITH Martin 2006+

WISDOM Mr & Mrs G 2011+


Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Kelly's 1874From the Kelly's Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934

Library archives 1974Library archives 1974

Deal MercuryFrom the Deal Mercury


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