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Earliest 1970s

Walletts Court

Closed 2016


St. Margaret's

01304  852424

Wallet's Court, St. Margarets Wallets Court, St Margarets

Above photos, circa 2007.

Walletts Court 2018

Above photo 2018.


Another restaurant that wasn't originally in Barry Smith's agenda as this is not a pub, but certainly a premises with history, so I am adding it here.

The house is a  Grade II listed building and was in ruins in the late 70s. Bought by the Oakley family, they renovated it and opened it up as a licensed restaurant, hotel and spa.

The main house has a Jacobean staircase leading to one of the three traditional 4-poster bedrooms and across the courtyard there are 14 contemporary rooms housed in converted Kentish hay barns.

The complex contains a spa complete with hydrotherapy pool and treatment cabins set in the woods.

Also offered at Wallets Court is clay pigeon shooting with a professional or golf on top of the Cliffs.


From the Dover Express, 18 January 2007.

Hotel's royal link.

THE links between Queen Eleanor of Castile, who in 1254 married Edward I, and Wallets Court at Westcliffe near St Margaret's-at-Cliffe was the subject of a talk given to members of the Dover Society on Monday.

Lea Oakley, who with her husband owns the 16-bedroom Wallets Court hotel, provided evidence that the property known as Queen Eleanor's Palace was one of 250 estates owned by her.

But she admitted she would be "grasping at straws" at claiming the queen had actually stayed there.

Mrs Oakley said Eleanor was much loved by her husband Edward Longshanks and when she died aged 49 in 1290, he erected 12 crosses where her body rested on its way to Westminster Abbey for burial. Three crosses survive, the last at Charing Cross, where a replica now stands outside the railway station.


From the Dover Mercury 18 January 2007.

Wallet's Court Chef

Steven Harvey, second right, receives his trophy at the Restaurant Magazine awards presentations


Steak and chips are the best in Britain.

AN EAST Kent restaurant serves the best steak and chips in the country, according to a national award scheme.

Wallett's Court Country House Hotel, at Westcliffe, St Margaret's, won the accolade from Restaurant Magazine.

The honour went to chef Steven Harvey for his char-grilled fillet of miller's Speyside Aberdeen Angus marinated in ale and molasses, bacon lardons, wild mushrooms and chunky chips.

The judges described Steven as a "young forward-thinking chef" and said his cooking at Wallett's Court "continues to pay homage to the finest locally-sourced raw ingredients from the Garden of England".

They said the winning steak was "perfectly aged and beautifully cooked. The marinade added to the steak's flavour without overpowering it, the lardons giving a fine smokiness to the mushrooms. And the chips were great."

Mr Harvey has previously worked in some of the country's most prestigious kitchens, including Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons.

The Wallett's Court restaurant has been re-launched following refurbishment and together with Mr Harvey, restaurateur Gavin Oakley is planning some special events, including a Burns Night supper on Thursday, and a Valentine's Day special.

The award-winning steak and chips is among the dishes on the Valentine's menu.


From the Dover Express, 9 October 2008.


STAFF and management at "Wallett's Court Hotel" are celebrating appearing in the Good Food Guide for the 20th year running.

The four-star venue at West-cliff, St Margaret's, is one of 26 in Kent to feature in the guide. It has been recommended for its modern country house set-up, and the menu - created by head chef Steve Harvey - is described as “modem, but not aggressively so,” in the guide.

The hotel has already won two AA dining rosettes for the restaurant. Owner Gavin Oakley said: “Ask any restaurateur and they will tell you that to be included in The Good Food Guide is a real measure of achievement. I believe that one of the secrets of our success is teamwork and this announcement is a testimony to the skills, hard work and dedication of our kitchen team and the rest of our staff at Wallett's Court,” he said.

Mr Oakley has now invested 1.5 million to open The "White Cliffs Hotel" in St Margaret's village, which has already earned its first AA dining rosette.


From the Dover Mercury, 16 October, 2009. Advertisement feature

Great food still Winning plaudits

Interior of Wallet's Court

The restaurant at Wallett's Court, which has been Included In the good Food Guide every year since 1989.


THE award-winning restaurant at Wallett's Court, on the White Cliffs of Dover, has a long track record of delivering great food, earning an enviable reputation that continues to attract foodies and gastronomes from far and wide.

With two coveted AA dining rosettes and menus that combine modern, innovative dishes with traditional classics, it's no surprise that the restaurant has been included in The Good Food Guide every year since 1989.

The restaurant offers fine dining for every occasion, reflecting Wallett's Court's passion for locally sourced, organic, free-range produce - whether it's a romantic dinner for two or a big family celebration. For those of you who prefer to "graze", Wallett's Court has also created a Lounging Menu featuring anything from a full English breakfast or brunch to salads, sandwiches and Kentish cream teas.

Three courses from the a la carte menu (available Monday to Sunday, 7pm to 9pm) cost 40. There's also a Good Food Guide Menu offering three courses for 30 (available Monday to Sunday, noon to 2pm and 7pm to 9pm). Sunday lunch is from noon to 2pm and costs 19.50 for two courses. Call 01304 852424.

What the critics say ...

"The beef, the star of the show, was masterfully cooked - a plump, juicy, sexy cut of meat" - The Culinary Guide.

"The old-school barman will proffer a champagne cocktail before you've even settled in the cosy bar, while the rarefied restaurant offers sophisticated menus" - The Sunday Times Travel Magazine.

"The wine list brims with exciting names from prestigious growers across the globe" - The Good Food Guide 2010.

• Available for pre-booked tables of four people or more only. GFG menu must be quoted at time of booking.


From the YourDover online paper, 4 November 2009.

Hotel scoops silver award.

"Wallets Court" Country House Hotel in Dover has scooped silver in the "Tourism ExSElennce" awards 2009.

The four-star accommodation made it to the final three and was awarded second place in the small-hotel-of-the-year category.

Owner Gavin Oakley was presented with the accolade by TV personality Giles Brandreth.

He said: "I am so proud of this achievement. I'm dedicating this award to our staff because our success is thanks to their professionalism, dedication and sheer hard work."

From the Dover Express, 29 October 2015.

Afternoon tea with Deal’s plucky calendar girls.

THESE brave Deal Calendar Girls are continuing in their bid to raise as much money as possible for Breast Cancer Now.

Led by ambassador Kerry Rubins, they have teamed up with Wallet’s Court in St Margaret’s, who are offering discount afternoon teas to help out with the effort.

The popular hotel’s Garden of England afternoon teas, which normally cost 16.95, will be available for just 10, with half the money going to the charity.

Advance booking is essential, seatings are at 2.30, 3.30 and 4.30pm on Sunday, November 8.

Most of the “no bras allowed” calendar was photographed at Wallet’s Court. Miss Rubins told the Express she has already sold 1,300 worth of calendars.

In order to book an afternoon tea or to sell the calendar from your place of business, call Miss Rubins on 07708 913976.

From the Dover Mercury, 5 November, 2015.

Afternoon tea not to be missed.

Walletts Court Calendar Girls

More than 60 people have booked in for afternoon tea with the Calendar Girls of Deal on Sunday, but there are still places remaining.

Wallett’s Court restaurant and spa is hosting afternoon tea in conjunction with the calendar’s stars to raise funds for Breast Cancer Now.

The hotel’s top of the range j Garden of England Tea will I be served in three sittings, at . 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm, at a discount price of 10 - 50% of which will be donated to the charity.

The girls who featured in the calendar, which was predominantly shot within the hotel’s grounds, will be selling signed copies of the calendar.

People who buy a calendar will be entitled to book a treatment with a 10% discount. Treatments range from hot-stone massage to crystal therapy and Reiki.

Calendar girl Kerry Rubins said “We were thrilled to be able to use "Wallett’s Court" for the calendar, and are delighted to be hosting an afternoon tea party to sell as many calendars as possible.” Taking a line from the famous 2003 film that inspired the shoot, she added: “Wallett’s Court has considerably bigger buns!”

Numbers are limited. To buy a ticket, contact Kerry on 07708913976.


From the Dover Mercury, 31 December, 2015.

Hotel log burner out of control.

Hotel workers dialled 999 after a log burner fire got out of control.

Firefighters from Dover were called at about 3pm last Wednesday to "Wallett’s Court" hotel in Dover Road, Westcliffe.

They used a thermal imaging camera and chimney rods to prevent it from spreading. It was cleared in an hour and no one had to be evacuated.


From the By Helen Geraghty, 21 January 2020.

Wallett's Court St Margaret's-at-Cliffe for sale with Marshall and Clarke.

Make plans for a great summer in a Grade II-listed seaside house that stands in two acres.

Walletts Court 2020

Wallett’s Court is in the hamlet of Westcliffe, just outside St Margaret’s-at-Cliffe, on Dover’s White Cliffs.

An old manor house, it comes with two detached cottages and an all-weather tennis court.

A distinguished history is recorded for the property, which was most recently a successful hotel and restaurant, closing in 2016.

The six-bedroom main house has a galleried entrance hall leading to a 32ft drawing room and a 31ft sitting room, each with beams, inglenook and church views.

A dining room leads to a garden room, from where steps lead down to a wine cellar.

The kitchen has a utility room and there is a downstairs cloakroom.

Walletts Court inside 2020

Interiors are packed with history.

One refurbished cottage has two bedrooms, with the second having one bedroom.

There is an annexe in an old staddle hut.

The property was once owned by Eleanor of Castile, who married Edward I in 1254, when they were 13 and 15 respectively.

An effigy of Eleanor is carved into one of the structural oak posts.

Perry Mercer, of Marshall & Clarke says: “This is a very special opportunity to become the custodian of one of the most historically important Grade II-listed houses in the area.”

Walletts Court tennis court 2020

The property comes with an all-weather tennis court.

St Margaret’s-at-Cliffe has shops and primary school and is above the cove at St Margaret’s Bay.

Wallett’s Court is priced at 1.75m.



OAKLEY Gavin 2007+


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