Sort file:- Walmer, March, 2024.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 27 March, 2024.


Earliest 1832

(Name from)


Open 2019+

7 Strand

Lower Walmer


01304 364409

Stag, Walmer, date unknown

Above picture kindly supplied by Sue Solley. Date unknown.

Stag 1994

Above photo, circa 1994, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. A note on the back of the photo compliments Mrs Elaine Ward for the quality of her home cooking.

Stag 2011

Above photo taken by Tony Wells, 1st January 2011.

Stag in Walmer Stag sign 1990Stag Hotel sign 1993

Sign left, 1990, sign right, July 1993.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis

Stag sign in Walmer

Above photos by Paul Skelton 16 March 2008.

Stag sign 2012

Above photo by Paul Skelton, 11 February 2012.

Advert from the Dover Mercury, 15 November 2007.

Stag advert 2007


Originally known as the "Stagg Ayle Shoppe" the premises was previously called the "Duke of Wellington."

Local brewer and maltster John Hatton owned the pub in 1877 followed by brewers George Beer in 1882.

The house was probably closed from December 1887 to February 1888 when advertisements were seen in the local papers advertising for the premises to be let. Eventually William Whitecombe of the Dover Brewing Company took on the licence.

1913 saw the house referred to the Compensation Committee for closure as there were at least five other houses in the same area, however, suppliers Messrs. Ash and Co, brewers at Canterbury persuaded the Compensation Committee otherwise and the house remained open until 1940 when it closed for the part of the war. During this time Mackeson took over license. In 1995 the house was taken over by Whitbread.


Kentish Gazette, 26 October 1852.


Snelling:— At Lower Walmer, 15th Oct, after a severe illness. Mr. Henry Snelling, landlord of the "Stag Inn," Walmer, aged 71 years.


South Eastern Gazette, 16 October, 1860.

DEAL. Burglary by Soldiers.

At the Magistrates' Clerk’s Office on Tuesday, James Smith, John Power, and James Weir, soldiers of the 18th Regiment, were charged with having committed a robbery at Mr. Mackin’s, the "Stag Inn," Walmer, during the night of the previous Sunday.

Three coastguardsmen were passing prosecutor’s house between two and three o'clock on the above night, when they saw one of the windows open and called prosecutor up, who on making a search missed a bottle of rum. The three men, with prosecutor then placed themselves behind the door, thinking the prisoners might return. They did so, and one of the men ran out and caught Smith, prosecutor succeeding in capturing Power. Weir was subsequently apprehended at the Hospital barracks. While in custody Smith said ha was very sorry that be had not killed Webb, the man who had taken him into custody, and that when he got an opportunity he would blow his commanding officer’s brains out.

Committed for trial at the Maidstone Assizes.


From the East Kent Mercury 30 April, 1998.


Saturday is party night at The "Stag," which is reopening with a new look at the weekend.

The pub, on The Strand at Walmer, closed at Easter for the builders to move in. Landlords Mike and Penny Barnes have organised a buffet and will be giving away prizes from 8pm.

The couple, who have been at The "Stag" for 18 months, also own the "Bowling Green" pub in Deal.



I have been informed that the pub is currently closed and up for sale. March 2014.

Open again May 2014 with new publicans, at present names unknown.

In May 2018 the owners changed from Punch Taverns to Patron Capital. Temporarily closed in November 2019 the premises is undergoing a refurbishment and they say will open again on the 18th December.


Stag bar 2019

Above photo showing the bar area in 2019.



Last pub licensee had SNELLING Henry 1832-15/Oct/52 dec'd (age 69 in 1851Census) Pigot's Directory 1839Bagshaw's Directory 1847

MACKINS James 1858+ (age 51 in 1861Census) Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1862

MACKINS John Thomas 1871-82+ (age 40 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882

JENNER William 1887 to December

WHITECOMBE William Feb/1888-Mar/88

TROLLOP James Mar/1888

MERCER John 1890-91+ (age 45 in 1891Census)

NASH Thomas 1898-1902+ Kelly's 1899Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

YOUNG Horace 1902+

BURKE Edward 1906+

Last pub licensee had GILLESPIE Frederick John 1906-08 Next pub licensee had

GALLWAY Robert 1908

HILL Edward Thomas 1909-13+ Post Office Directory 1913

UPTON William 1914

HOLLAND F W 1914-15+ Deal library 1914

COOKE Mrs Minnie Bret 1918-22+ Post Office Directory 1918Post Office Directory 1922

BOTTLE Sidney J 1923

SMITH Herbert Harcourt 1924

FELLOWS John William 1930-Aug/33 Next pub licensee had Post Office Directory 1930

CASTLE Charles F 1934+ Kelly's 1934

BUTCHER James 1937-38+ Post Office Directory 1938

TOMKINSON Henry Edward 1938

MACKESON Brewers Ltd 1940+

STAMMERS Thomas Newton 1944

BARKER Ronald Lawrence 1949

BRIDGES James E 1954

MOONLIGHT Charles Douglas 1954

JOHNSON Saxon 1957-Jun/67

HALL Stanley E 1967-74+ Library archives 1974

PETTIT John 1976

COOK Roger 1979

BAKER John 1987

BABER Michael 1990-91

REED Carl & BAILEY Sharon 1992

WARD Graham 1993

JOHNSON Stephen Nov/1995

BARNES Michael & Penny Sept/1996-98+

WOOD Michael and Jane & FINNIS Albert June/1999+

WILLIS Tony and Jayne & FINNIS Albert Sept/2003-11/Apr/2010

Closed for short time.

BESSANTS Anthony & Jennifer 2010+


Pigot's Directory 1839From the Pigot's Directory 1839

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Deal library 1914Deal Library List 1914

Post Office Directory 1918From the Post Office Directory 1918

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

Library archives 1974Library archives 1974



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