Page Updated:- Wednesday, 02 January, 2019.


Earliest 1870-

Royal Oak

Open 2019+

140 Blean Common


01227 760149

Royal Oak 2013

Above photo 2013 by Malc McDonald Creative Commons Licence.

Royal Oak sign 1986Royal Oak sign 2013

Above sign left, July 1986. Sign right, 2013.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


The building we see today is obviously not the original, as that was reported to have been totally destroyed by a fire in 1871.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 4 June 1870.


An accident of a very singular character occurred on the Canterbury road last Tuesday. The horses and van belonging to Mr. Lennox, carrier between Whitstable and Canterbury, were stopping at the "Royal Oak," Blean Common, when the mail cart came along, and from some cause the horse backed the part into the van. The horses attached to the latter turned suddenly round, crossed over the road, jumped a ditch into a field, and ran as far as the wood at the opposite side of the field, when one of the horses fell down, by which means further progress was stopped. There were several passengers in the van, but fortunately all of them, as well as the horses and van, escaped without injury. The labourers and people about rendered assistance in helping the passengers out of the van and getting up the fallen horse, which having been done all proceeded on their journey in safety.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 09 December 1871.


On Friday evening last a fire broke out at the "Royal Oak" public-house, Blean. As the firemen of the different offices at Canterbury were engaged upon a fire that took place there about the same time and as there was also a want of water at the place no engines were sent, and the building was entirely destroyed by the flames. The premises were insured in the Kent, and the stock in the County fire offices.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 28 January 1882.


January 25th, at the "Royal Oak Inn," Blean. Mr. Robert Eyers, late of the "Red Lion Inn," Bridge, aged 36 years; much respected.


From the Whitstable Times, 4 August 1900.


Thomas Browning, landlord of the "Royal Oak," Blean was summonsed for keeping open during prohibited hours on the 22nd July.

Mr. Rutley Mowll appeared for defendant who pleaded guilty.

Sergt. Hubbard deposed that on the 22nd instant he watched defendant house from 9.40 to 10.20 a.m. He saw five men enter the back door. He followed the last two and when he got inside he found a man named Nicholls. He noticed five pint pots which had recently contained beer.

Mr. Mowll admitted that Nicholls was served with beer, but asked the Bench to remember the hot weather on the date in question. Defendant had been a licensed victualler for upwards of 18 years and had never been before the Bench before.

Superintendent Jacobs said that he had received complaints about the house.

The Bench fined defendant 1 and costs 9. 6d., but did not endorse the license.



EYERS Robert 1881+ (age 35 in 1881Census)

PALMER Charles 1992+

GOBSON Harry W 1891+

BROWNING Thomas 1900+

HOBBS William Next pub licensee had 1901-03+

NYE William 1913+

ANDREWS John 1918-22+

GILCHRIST Robert 1913+

BUTLER Hugh Reginald 1938+

Last pub licensee had EDWARDS Ron and Margaret 1973+




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