Sort file:- Hythe, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest 1904-

Hotel Imperial

Open 2017+

Swiss Road

St. Leonard


Hotel Imperial 1902

Above photo 1902.

Hotel Imperial 1920

Above photo 1920.

Hotel Imperial

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.

Hotel Imperial 2017

Above photo, 2017.

Hotel Imperial match box

Above matchbox, date unknown, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.

From the Folkestone Herald & Hythe & Sandgate Standard Visitors List, 13th July 1904.



On sea front facing due south.

Furnished and Decorated by Smee & Cobay, London.

The Hotel Gardens and Grounds of 7 acres nicely sheltered and artistically laid out are unequalled at any seaside Hotel in England.

The Hotel orchestra plays at Luncheon and Dinner (both open to Non-Residents), and in the lounge during the evening; also on the Lawns of the Hotel, where Afternoon Teas are served.

A Dance is held in the Hotel every Saturday night during the Season open to Non-Residents dining at the Hotel.

The Hotel is within easy reach of Folkestone by Bus', Motor or Tram.

Hotel Imperial grounds 1904

Above print, Hotel Gardens and Grounds.

Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald, Saturday 12 September 1908.


One of the most luxurious and the only Hotel in England with its own Golf Links in the Hotel grounds.

Terms for Play.

Tickets for which can be had only at the Hotel Bureau, North entrance, which must be produced when required by the Green Keeper, or other official of the Hotel Company.

Hotel visitors 18 Holes 1/3 Non Residents 18 Holes 1/6

Hotel visitors Per Day 1/6 Non Residents Per Day 2/-
Hotel visitors Per Week 6/- Non Residents Per Week 7/6
Hotel visitors Per Month 18/- Non Residents Per Month 22/6
Caddies for 9 holes, 5d, for 8 holes, 9d. Professional playing or Coaching 1/- an hour.

Sunday Play.

Regimental Band on the Lawns on Sunday afternoons during the Season and Tennis and Croquet Tournaments in September. The Hotel is within easy reach of Folkestone by Bus, Motor or Tram.

Hotel Imperial 1908


Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald, Saturday 17 October 1914.

The Belgian wounded. 3000 distributed. Hotels requisitioned. Moor Hall School to be used.

The first contingent of wounded Belgium soldiers arrived on Saturday, and were conveyed in 16 motor cars to the Voluntary Aid Hospital, Ramsgate. On Tuesday 120 arrived in the afternoon on the Invicta and they were taken to Shorncliffe Military Hospital in three of the red motor buses and several R.A.M.C. ambulance cars, being conveyed thence to the Bevan Home, Sandgate.

In the evening 1000 arrived unexpectedly, and the task of distributing them all was no light one. Several hundred were dispatch by train to Ramsgate, Margate, Canterbury, Bromley and Bickley. 170 was sent to the Royal Victoria Hospital, and as the ordinary patients could not be disturbed, beds had to be made up in corridors for some of the wounded.

Captain Brandreth Gibbs, assistant County Director of the Voluntary Aid Detachments, who had been appointed to take charge of the transport of wounded arriving from the harbour, commandeered the Hotel Metropole in the name of Colonel Wilson, R.A.M.C. These two officers have been working in cooperation with Mr. Bennet Goldney, M.P. To convey the wounded to the hotel-hospital all the public motors and other motor vehicles in the town were also commandeered, and the long string and vehicles waiting outside the harbour extended beyond the "Pavilion Hotel." The worst cases were conveyed in the R.A.M.C. ambulance cars.

Another 1000 wounded arrived about 10 o'clock and they slept on board, being taken in the steamer to Dover the next morning, but as that town could not accommodate then they were brought back to Folkestone. Some was sent to the Military Hospital at Shorncliffe, while others were distributed amongst various Kent and Sussex Towns by train. It was also decided to commandeer the "Hotel Imperial," Hythe, and 200 were sent there in motor buses.

The number taken to the "Hotel Metropole" was 600 and the doctor's were engaged far into the night in attending them. The place has been completely equipped for hospital purposes. The lesser wounded men can be seen about the hotel during the day, while many of those unwounded or with minor wounds have been about the town, in many cases in company with a British comrades in khaki. Regimental emblems have been freely exchange. Yesterday 150 of the unwounded Belgians were removed from the "Metropole" to the Napier Barracks, Shorncliffe.

At the Bevan home there are 250 wounded.

The Morehall Schools have been commandeered as a hospital, and 100 beds will be in readiness there today. The Hon. F. M. Daly is the commandant, and Dr. Dodd, Chief Director of the V.A.D., is in charge of the medical arrangements.

At Beachborough, near Lyminge, the resident of Sir Arthur and Lady Markham, there is a large number of wounded Belgians.

Messrs. Bobby and Company, Ltd., have offered a portion of their newly acquired premises in Sandgate Road, which they intend converting into a drapery emporium, for use as a hospital if required.
An appeal for cigarettes for the Belgium wounded in Folkestone has met with a gratifying response. A big case of cigarettes was sent to the Mayor by Mr. C. Willmott, of London, and his Worship has distributed them.

Mr. And Mrs. Blott, manager and manageress of the "Hotel Imperial," Hythe, wish on behalf of the Belgium soldiers at the hotel, to thank the many ladies and gentlemen who have kindly sent gifts for the wounded. The articles received include 100 pairs of socks, 75 shirts, several sleeping suits, a very handsome present of boots, shoes, and slippers, 3025 cigarettes, etc. One Gentleman is lending his motor car for the wounded to take drives in, and a lady has send a gift of 200 pears.


Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald, Saturday 31 July 1915.

A perfect Blaze.

Richard Henry Blott, the manager of the "Hotel Imperial," Hythe, was summoned for similar offences on the 7th inst. and 24th inst. He pleaded not guilty to the first offence, and guilty to the second offence.

Mr. Bracher, of Maidstone, who appeared to prosecute on behalf of the Chief Constable of Kent, said the case was a very serious one, and he asked the Bench's very serious notice of it. The case would show whether the regulations should prevail or whether Mr. Blott should prevail. It was not a case like the one they had just settled. Here was a case where continued warnings had been given to defendant, where his attention had been called to the order several times, and where he had been told on several occasions that he had neglected to shade his lights in his hotel. Very soon after the first summons was served on defendant he committed another offence, and another summons was served upon him. The first summons had very little effect upon defendant. So that Mr. Blott should keep the law in future he would ask the Bench to inflict a very severe punishment. As they knew, the fine could not exceed 100 or 6 months' imprisonment, and he suggested that this was a case which called for some very serious notice. Many complaints have been made against the hotel. The lights of the hotel had been visible from Dymchurch and the hill. The whole object of the order was to prevent any light showing so that they could be an aid to enemy aircraft.

Reginald H. Gordon, of Seabrook Road, Hythe, a special constable, stated that on the 7th of July at 11:15 p.m. he was in the vicinity of the "Imperial Hotel" in company with John Lawrence, another special constable. The lights on the west wing of the hotel were not shaded. That portion of the hotel faced Dungeness, and it was a "perfect blaze." These lights were coming from the first and the second floors. In the entrance hall, too, there was a very bright light indeed. It was within witnesses knowledge that defendant have been previously warned.

John Lawrence, of Victoria Terrace, Seabrook, a special constable, said he was with the last witness on the 7th July, and gave corroborative evidence.

P.C. Wild deposed that on the 26th January, with P.C. Gordon, he saw defendant and told him that a new order had been issued, which stated that no lights were to be visible outside. He told defendant about the basement, and he told him that the blind would want drawing more.

Sergeant. Smith said that on the 5th of April, with P.C. Prosser, he went to the "Imperial Hotel" and told Mr. Blott that there was too much light.

Detective Constable Kenwood said on the 10th June he warned the defendant about the lights. He said to defendant. "You must take this as a warning. If it occurs again, you will probably be summoned." On the 24th inst., about 10 p.m., he was close by the hotel and saw a bright light shining from the dining hall. That window faced the sea, and the lights were showing right out to sea. Sergeant. Beckenham, of the Kent Cyclist, was with witness. He did not see defendant then.

Sergeant Buckingham said on the night of the 24th July he was with the last witness. He saw a bright light shining out in the direction of the sea. It was coming from a window on the ground floor of the hotel.

Defendant said with regard to the light on 7th July he went out with a special constable. It was very rough that night. He went round, and he saw several windows where the light could be slightly seen. There were lights in several windows. The blinds in the windows, however, were down, and there were also thick curtains. The night being warm, although it was rough, several of the windows was slightly down, and consequently the wind blew several of the blinds aside now and again. He could only say that since the order come out he and his wife for done everything possible to comply with it. He did not admit that the light was brilliant. The hotel had been very busy, and 75% of the visitors were military. There had been notices put in every room with regard to the lights, which showed that they did everything possible. It was not possible every time to go into a person's room and put the blinds down. They had about 325 windows in the building, and they were generally about 100 people in the place. The persons in the room might easily go and open the windows and put up the blinds.

The Bench, after a short deliberation in private, returned, and the Chairman said they found defendant guilty in both cases. It was the wish of the Bench to let the public understand that next time in cases like the one they were dealing with the fines will be much more severe. They were going to deal very leniently with defendant. In the first place he would be fined 1, and in the 2nd he would be fined 4. He must understand that if he did not take notice he will be fined much severer next time. The Bench also allowed to 2s. 6d. each for the special constables expensive.

Mr. Blott paid the money, 5 5s. in all.


Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald - Saturday 04 March 1916.


On 26th February, at "Hotel Imperial," Hythe, Richard Henry Blott, aged 42 years.

From the Dover Express, 1 August, 2016. By Dean Kilpatrick.

Champagne lifestyle is celebrated at bar.

Imperial splendour aims to enhance hotel’s sea views

A GLITZY champagne bar has been formally opened at a hotel in Hythe.

Bar opening

CUTTING THE RIBBON: Mayor of Hythe Michael Lyons officially opens the bar.

The Moet & Chandon Champagne Bar was unveiled at the Hythe Imperial by town mayor Michael Lyons last Thursday and is now open for business.

Bosses at the hotel have described the facility as a treat for those “with a taste for the finer things in life”.

General manager Denise Vas said: “We’re very proud that the Hythe Imperial is the home of Moet & Chandon in Kent.

“It really is a glorious spot to relax and enjoy a glass or two of bubbly while taking in the magnificent sea views.”

The bar is open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday, while it is also available for hire for private functions on Monday and Tuesday.

The Hythe Imperial is continuing its refurbishment, with work on its third and fourth floor due to commence in January 2017 and January 2018 respectively All of the work is due to completed by May 2018.

Moet & Chandon Champagne Bar

GLORIOUS: The Moet & Chandon Champagne Bar

Bar area

TREAT: The bar offers a refuge for those with a taste for the finer things.

From the Dover Express, 27 July 2017.

It s all about the flavour and not about the heat.

In our continuing search for the best curry house in Dover, Folkestone and Thanet, we visit the Holy Pundit at the Hotel Imperial in Hythe.

Holy Pundit restaurant

OFFERING customers a “fine dining experience” in Hythe and aiming to bring a high standard to every dish, this restaurant is renowned for its quality and attention to detail.

The philosophy is to make and “do what we eat at home and in India. It’s all about the flavour, not the chilli or the heat.”

Head chef

Run by Saurabh Jain alongside business partner and head chef Saurav Chakraborty, The Holy Pundit offers a “mixing of continental cuisine with Asian food”.

The curry house is rated three out of 61 restaurants in Hythe on Tripadvisor, with 89 of its 99 reviews being starred as excellent. It also received a “very good” food hygiene rating of 5 - the best available - in its most recent inspection.

The restaurant’s current selection of dishes is a joint effort from the business partners.

“At first I planned the menu but, myself and Saurav launched the current menu together.”

Head chef Saurav worked in Ireland before being asked by Saurabh to come to Hythe and create something “unique” at the Hotel Imperial.

The menu is filled with intricate and “hard to make” dishes which truly highlight the amazing skill of The Holy Pundit’s kitchen team of four. One such dish is the three duck starter. Containing Garam masla confit duck leg, Cognac-marinated duck breast, plum and duck springroll as well as orange emulsion, beet and corn salad the dish truly tests the experienced chefs’ skill.

Another popular dish on the menu is the lamb shank.

“It’s amazing to have that here,” said Saurbh.

“We also have a lot of fish -the monkfish is particularly special.”

The exquisite dishes produced are all made from locally-sourced ingredients - the restaurant’s meat comes from a butcher in Folkestone.

Saurabh says this means healthy food.

“People sometimes think Indian food isn’t good for them but our food is all sourced locally and nothing comes from a tin,” he said.



Last pub licensee had BLOTT R H 1911-Mar/16 dec'd (age 37 in 1911Census)

LAVANCHE Charles F G 1939 (age 40 in 1939)

VAS Denise 2016+




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