51-55 Beach Street
Originally 23 Beach Street before renumbering
Above picture 1945.
Above picture 1930.
All pictures above and one below, kindly supplied by Sue Solley.
Postcard above says:- "Hungry work, this war! The Pioneer Corps,
stationed at Deal, wait outside the Clarendon Hotel for the signal that
lunch is ready."
This was obviously taken from between 1939-45.
Above photos by Paul Skelton 2 March 2008.
Above photo kindly sent by Patricia Streater 18 Jan 2010. Showing the
back. At the lower end of the grey sloping roof, on the side wall is the
road name Short Lane which is between "The
Bohemian" and Guildford House and Guildford Cottage.
Above 3 photos taken by Tony Wells, 23 May 2011.
The Clarendon Hotel was once three buildings before they were knocked
into one to make the Hotel we see today.
The "Clarendon Hotel" was built in 1743 and now has 23 bedrooms and three
function rooms and can cater for a maximum of 80, 45 and 30 people
From research done by the Deal History Society, the Clarendon Hotel was
opened in 1859 and at the time was only an alehouse. In 1860 it was known as the "Clarendon Commercial and Family Hotel."
From the Deal, Walmer and Sandwich Telegram, 18
January, 1860. Advert.
"The Clarendon Commercial & Family Hotel" now open.
From the Deal, Walmer & District and Kingsdown Telegram, 11
Meeting of Deal Pier Company followed by meal at the "Black
1868 it was referred to as the "Royal Clarendon Hotel." 1870 sees it
referred to as the "Wine Shades" but I
do not know how long that name lasted as it is now simple the "Clarendon
Kelly's Directory 1934 indicated that the Deal and Walmer Rotary Club
had their headquarters in the building R. W. Tebbs being the hon sec.
An outlet for Shepherd Neame in 1974.
bar area of the Clarendon, date unknown but while under the rule of Jim
and Brenda Lewis..
From the Mercury, 7 October 2004.
Above shows licensee Phil Bailey, Deal mayoress Cllr Kath Blackburn,
Robert Neame and Stephanie Eldridge.
Hotel provides pulling power
Deal's tourist industry has received a boost with the reopening of
the "Clarendon Hotel" in Beach Street following a £600,000
Brewer Shepherd Neame contributed £450,000 for the renovations and
improvements, with the hotel bar licensee, Phil Bailey funding the other
It is Shepherd Neame's second major investment in Deal this year,
following a £450,000 refurbishment of the "Royal Hotel," just along
Beach Street, in January.
The "Clarendon," which dates from 1763, was reopened at a party
attended by Shepherd Neame directors, scores of Deal business people and
Deal mayoress Cllr Kath Blackburn.
Robert Neame, the brewer's chairman, said: "This investment
demonstrates our own belief in Deal as destination for tourists to come
and stay in.
"Deal has a great future as a tourist centre, and we hope the
new-look Clarendon will help the town go from strength to strength."
After pulling the traditional first pint with Cllr Blackburn, Mr.
Neame presented £200 to Maureen Bane, manager of Deal Hospital, who
accepted the money on behalf of the hospital's League of Friends.
The refurbishment included revamping the hotel's bar, restaurant and
kitchen. Upstairs the dining room has been extensively renovated and the
downstairs kitchen has been linked with a new one on the first floor.
All 12 ensuite guest rooms have been given makeovers, and facilities
for the disabled have been added throughout.
From Porters Chartered Surveyors 1 January 2011
THE CLARENDON, 51-55 BEACH STREET, DEAL, KENT CT14 6HY Nil Premium.
Stepped Rent Available.
Impressive hotel with letting rooms, large bar areas and restaurants on
seafront in central Deal. Ground floor with open plan bar areas, central
servery, restaurant, customer toilets, catering kitchen, ancillary storage,
Basement cellar. First floor “Sands” restaurant. On first and second floors
12 en suite letting bedrooms, Manager’s accommodation comprising 2 bedroom
flat. year Lease, full repairing and insuring, full tie. Proposed rental
£40,000 per annum.
From the East Kent Mercury, 17
FORMER LANDLADY DIES, AGED 69
THE funeral was held on Tuesday for Brenda Lewis, a former
vice-chairman of the Deal, Walmer and Sandwich LVA.
was a licensee with her husband Jim for 38 years and retired seven years
ago. The couple had been married 51 years.
They had a pub In Ramsgate before moving to Deal where the couple ran
"The Clarendon" in Beach Street after "The
Lifeboat" on The Strand, warmer. Joan Flynn, who used to be at the "Leather
Bottle," Mongeham Road Deal said' "I met them when I was involved in
the Licensed Victuallers Association in Thanet, when Jim and Brenda were
both active members.
"They helped raise thousands of pounds for a variety of good causes
and continued working with the LVA when they moved to Deal.
"She worked hard raising money for charity with fashion shows and
charity lunches at "The Clarendon" in the 1990s. "When Brenda was at "The
Lifeboat" she made soup for Walmer Lifeboat crew, even if they
returned from a 999 call in the middle of the night. She was really good
Mrs Lewis, 69, from Whitfield, leaves a widower Jim, a daughter Julie
and grand daughter Jaime.
The funeral was held at Barham. Donations can be made in her memory
to Individual chosen charities.
From the Dover Mercury, 26 May, 2011.
NEW-LOOK EATERY IS A FAMILY AFFAIR
WHETHER it's breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea or
dinner, you are sure of a warm welcome at the new-look "Clarendon."
Newly refurbished and boasting a seafront location with glorious
views of the pier and the seafront the new summer menu at the "Clarendon
Hotel" is a must to try out.
"We've worked closely with local suppliers to develop our new summer
menu," said Lorraine Humphreys, who runs the hotel with her husband Sean
and their family.
Indeed, meat and vegetables are all sourced locally, reducing food
miles and ensuring the best offers possible for their freshly-cooked
"Our aim was to develop a menu that offers value for money and
hopefully gives people a taste of England by the sea, she added.
Lorraine and husband Sean are entering their seventh month as owners
of the "Clarendon."
It is a family-run venture, with their children and extended family
all getting involved.
S5ean said: "My son is the main chef, and as we used to live in
Spain, we're serving up tapas, paella and sangria as well as our mainly
They will also serve traditional cream tees, so there really is
something for everyone at the "Clarendon."
In the bar, traditional pub grub is available, and a fuller menu is
served in the two sea-view restaurant areas.
What's more, most weekends the "Clarendon" plays host to local bands.
The "Clarendon Hotel" is open daily from 9am at 51-53 Beach Street,
From the Dover Mercury, 3 November, 2011.
PUBGOERS HIT THE RIGHT NOTE
MUSIC made a whole lot of money at a couple of special fundraising
gigs in aid of Deal Memorial Trust and Cancer Research UK.
The first was in memory of former Royal Marines bandsman and jazz
musician George Sketcher at Dover's the "Louis
Armstrong" pub, the second was held at the "Clarendon" in Deal.
Both were organised by Jonathan Sketcher, George's son as a way of
remembering his dad and raising cash for two charities close to his
He said: "We're really grateful to Sean and Lorraine at the
"Clarendon" and Jacqui Bowles from the Louis for putting the gigs on."
Photo shows Lorraine Humphries from the "Clarendon," Rebecca Carey
from cancer Research UK and musician Jonathan Sketcher.
A total of £400 was raised from both events which will be split
between the two organisations.
The first gig, in March, was a reunion of George and Jonathan's band,
Runnin on Ice at the "Louis Armstrong"
in Maison Dieu Road, Dover.
In true jazz style, a hat was passed around at the end of the gig, so
donations to the two charities could be made.
The "Clarendon" was the host to the second gig where Jonathan's other
band Strange Star played, supported by jazz funk band Bus Stop and
He added: "It was a really good day. The "Clarendon" was packed."
George Sketcher, a well known and talented tenor saxophonist, died
after suffering a brain tumour. At the time he was living in
He had been donating to Cancer Research UK before he died, and as the
barracks at Deal were a big part of his history, Jonathan decided to
raise cash for the bandstand too.
HAMMOND E 1859+
OUTWIN J T & Son 1866 also "Pier
PINDER J W 1914+
McNEILL Henry 1974+
Shepherd Neame Ltd
LEWIS Jim & Brenda ???? (12 years plus)
BAILEY Mr Phil 2004-Oct/10+
HUMPHRIES Mrs Lorraine Oct/2010-11+
Deal Library List 1914
Library archives 1974
Deal Licensing Register