DOVER KENT ARCHIVES
PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 2005

(Name from)

Flagship

Latest Oct 2008

115 Snargate Street

Flagship Flagship sign

Flagship 2006 photo by Paul Skelton.

Flagship advert

Above shows an advert that appeared in the Dover Express, 1 January 2007.

Flagship advert

Advert that appeared in the  Dover Express 1 November 2007.

 

From the Dover Express, Thursday 9 October 2008.

Report by Yamurai Zendera

Road works tore heart out of my pub's trade

RESURFACING of the A20 destroyed trade at The Flagship says its owner, who has closed the pub less than two years after opening.

Landlord Dave Watson, 56, from Deal pumped 100,000 into the Snargate Street pub, the most recent in Dover to fold, with the loss of two jobs.

Father-of-four Mr Watson blames the spring's 15-week-long resurfacing to the A20's Dover section for driving away his customers.

He said: "[The Highways Agency] did those roadworks for three months and it just totally killed the business.

A lot of my business comes from passing trade and that just stopped for three month as no one could get to the pub. The district council were no help at all. I couldn't get any reduction of council rates during that time."

Mr Watson, who opened the pub in January 2007 after splashing out 100,000, said this year's summer takings were down 80 per cent on the same period last year, which forced him to layoff his head chef.

Revealing he found it much harder than expected to turn a profit, Mr Watson said: "I tried absolutely everything. I got a late licence for Fridays and Saturdays and had a disco and DJs. I did not make any money from the pub. I would like to think it was the cleanest, most trouble-free pub in Dover, but I did not realise how hard it is. There's not a lot of disposable income in Dover.

"Last year we were rammed throughout the summer but this summer you could count the number of customers on one hand."

Mr Watson believes other pubs could soon go the same way as his.

He said: "There will be a few pubs shutting because of the economic situation.

"It's been an experience."

A Highways Agency spokesman said: "We planned the works very carefully to cause as little disruption as possible. We did the roadworks in sections so nobody would be disproportionately affected throughout the period.

"We had lane closures during the day but kept the road open in both directions and had temporary closures at night in one direction. We carried out exhibitions and dropped off leaflets to let people know what was going to happen in advance."

 

Flagship 2008

 

Originally the "York House".

 

The CAMRA branch meeting of October 2008 reported the pub as closed.

 

Flagship November 2011

Above picture kindly sent by Paul Wells, 10 November 2011 who says the premises is being turned into a convenience store...

Not very convenient for anyone who wants a pint of beer on the premises, I say.

 

LICENSEE LIST

ARMSTRONG James 2005-06 (also "Prince of Orange")

WATSON Dave Jan 2007-Oct/08

 

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