Sort file:- Sheerness, April, 2024.

Page Updated:- Friday, 05 April, 2024.


Earliest 1867-

(Name from)

Castle Tavern

Open 2023+

210-212 High Street

Mile Town


01795 662503

Castle Tavern 2006

Above photo kindly taken and sent by Trevor Edwards, 26 December 2006.

Castle Tavern 2013

Castle Tavern 2013.

Castle Tavern 2015

Above Google image, August 2015.

Castle Tavern card 1970

Above card 1970.

Castle Tavern sign 1985Castle sign 1992

Above sign left, August 1985, sign right, August 1992.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Castle Tavern sign 2020

Above sign 2020.


Traced back to 1867 and previous to this I have a pub named the "Jolly Sailor" addressed at 210 High Street in 1861, so believe the name changed between those dates.

The pub closed due to covid and reopened again in 2023.


From the  14 January, 2011.

Clean sheet after seven pubs raided.

A "MOB-HANDED" police operation to crackdown on drug use in Sheppey pubs has left a bitter taste in the mouths of some landlords.

At 9.15pm on Thursday, December 9, simultaneous raids were carried out at the "Prince of Waterloo," the "Highlander" and the "Kings Arms" in Minster.

Later that night The "Shurland Hotel" and the "Castle Inn" in Eastchurch and The "Nore" and the "Castle Tavern" in Sheerness were visited by officers and drugs dogs.

Over the course of the evening, just three men were searched – one each in The "Shurland," the "Castle Tavern" and the "King's Arms" – but none were found to be carrying drugs.

Diane Potter, landlady of the "Castle Tavern" in Sheerness High Street, said such raids alienate pub owners.

Mrs Potter said: "It just feels like we are in trouble whether they find anything or they don't. It is a little bit intimidating.

"I appreciate they have a job to do and I understand the element of surprise is what they needed but it would be nice if they worked with us a bit better."

Sergeant Stefan Martin of the Island Neighbourhood Team said: "Although we didn't find anyone in possession of drugs on this occasion we found evidence of drug use in some of the pubs. We will continue to work with the licensing officer and pub staff to prevent drug use and violence."

Mr Martin said police will work with landlords to "create safe environments in which our communities can socialise".


From the By Joe Harbert, 6 June 2023.

The Castle Tavern in Sheerness High Street reopens three years after closing due to the pandemic.

A pub shut for more than three years due to the pandemic has reopened under new management with a fresh new look.

The Castle Tavern, in Sheerness High Street, on Sheppey, served its last pints ahead of the country’s first lockdown in March 2020.

Castle Tavern 2020

The Castle Tavern in Sheerness last opened back in March 2020.

Husband and wife Stuart and Diane Potter didn’t want to sell up but decided not to reopen four months later when restrictions lifted in order to spend more time with their family.

Instead they started a search for a new boss to take over the reins.

The couple have since leased the building to Luke Povey – a 31-year-old who has also worked at pubs including the "Flying Dutchman" and the "Aviator" in Queenborough.

Asked why he decided to take over, Mr Povey said: “I knew Diane and Stuart anyway, and they wanted to give someone else the chance to run it, and they decided to lease it to me which has been amazing.

"They had been doing it for a long time beforehand and just wanted to breath some new life into the pub, and since we opened it's been positive and busy.

Castle Tavern 2023

The Castle Tavern in Sheerness has reopened after more than three years being shut.

Luke Povey

Luke Povey is now in charge of The Castle Tavern in Sheerness.

“We're right as you enter town as well with everyone driving and walking past it, so the fact we're dog-friendly should also set us up well.

"I obviously have some plans which I wish to implement like some new live music ideas and creating a real family pub atmosphere.

"We also have a great foundation with our new pub garden, so with the makeover we have given it inside too it just needed a bit of TLC after being empty for so long.

"People who have walked in already have said it looks fresh, modern and still offering your typical pub grub which is what they remember.

"We have renovated the front of the bar, but nothing too major apart from redecorating as it's the same bone structure with just a bit of a facelift."

Castle garden 2023

The pub's garden has had a makeover ahead of its relaunch.

Diane Potter, who, alongside her husband, ran the pub for 20 years since first taking it over back in 2003.

She insists the pandemic gave her time to reflect on her life goals, and so made the decision to hand the baton over to Mr Povey – something she already believes was the right decision.

“We ran the pub for 20 years, and so during the lockdowns my husband and I found time for us and wanted to spend more time with our family,” the 58-year-old said.

“So given my age and that I was on the verge of retiring, we had enough and thought it would be right to allow a new, younger person to take over the reins and experience the buzz of creating some amazing memories.

“It’s taken a long time for us to move out though and to find someone new to take charge, despite us having a lot of interest as we have had a few time-wasters.

Diane Potter

Diane Potter ran the pub on Sheppey for 20 years before putting Mr Povey in charge.

Castle pool room 2023

Live music and game nights are to be brought back to The Castle Tavern.

“But since leaving school Luke has worked in the industry and has a great personality, so we are going to support him in every way he needs.

“He’s going to bring back game nights with the likes of pool and darts competitions, and allow the pub to socialise with the whole community again.

“We still have no intention of selling it – we want it to stay as a pub – and with Luke in charge he’s already given the place some great new cosmetic changes for the long-term.”



DUTNALL Thomas W 1867-99+ (also landholder age 43 in 1871Census)

Last pub licensee had HOOKER John Ezzard Edward 1901-26 dec'd (age 53 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

LUCAS Herbert 1903+ (Kelly's 1903 "Sandgate Castle," 210 High Street)

MILWAY Thomas R 1934-38+

CROSS Vic & Pearl 1970+

POTTER Diane 2003-20

POVEY Luke 2023+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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