Sort file:- Deal, July, 2021.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 31 July, 2021.


Earliest 1859


Open 2019+

15 The Marina/Dibdin Road

185a Beach Street Post Office Directory 1874

North Beach Street Kelly's 1899


01304 374132

Forester 1952

Above photograph showing the "Forester" in 1952.

Forester ledger

Thompson & Son ledger. Creative Commons Licence.

Forester in Deal Forester sign in DealForester sign 1992

Above photographs by Paul Skelton, 2008.

Black and white sign 1992, with thanks to Deal library.

Forester sign 1991

Forester sign March 1991.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis

North Deal lifeboat and crew 1900

Above photo by kind permission of showing North Deal lifeboat and crew circa 1900.

Picture along the Marina 2010

Photo by Patricia Streater, 23 January 2010, showing the "Forrester" and extreme left, the former "North Star."


Forrester Sept 2011 Forrester sign Sept 2011

Both photos above kindly taken by Tony Wells, 4 September 2011.


Named after a locally built class of vessel, and situated on the corner of Dibden Road which used to be called Foresters Opening.

Earliest mention of this pub can be found in the title deeds of 1858. The first landlord and carpenter by trade, William Henry Hayman first gained a full licence on 26 September 1861, but was probably operating as a beer-house before this event.


From a drawing titled "Sketches at Deal" by George Davey 1923.

Foresters Jazz band 1923


A Charington & Co. outlet in 1974 Library archives 1974 now being supplied by Shepherd Neame.


From the Dover Mercury, 7 January 2016.

Blaze at pub.

Firefighters put out a blaze in the outbuilding of a Deal pub on Sunday.

Two appliances went to the Foresters Inn at The Marina at 2.15pm.

Watch manager Paul Evans said: "There was smoke coming from the eaves. It was close to catching the rest of the place alight."

The fire caused only minor damage to the outbuilding.


From the By Beth Robson, 8 June 2021.

Family pays tribute to pub landlady Margaret Moran of The Forester, Deal, who died on Friday.

The death of Deal's longest serving landlady has prompted an outpouring of grief from her family and many customers who became her friends.

Margaret Moran, 79, was landlady of the Forester in The Marina for in excess of 40 years.

Margaret Moran

Margaret Moran, the late Landlady of The Forester with a vodka and soda. Picture Geeta Seegobin.

She was described by her family as a "real life Peter Pan" with a sharp wit and prone to "sporadic outbursts of dance".

Born in December 1942 in Glinsk, Galway, Ireland, she worked at the Odeon Hotel where she saved up enough money to travel to London by boat, a journey she took in 1966.

Her first job was at the Cumberland Hotel in London. She also worked at Buckingham Palace as a waitress at the Queen's garden parties.

Margater Moran's wedding

Margaret Moran on her wedding day.

From there she had a series of pubs which she ran with husband Patrick who she married in 1968.

The couple's pubs included The Prince of Wales in Balham and the "Coach and Horses" in Blackheath.

Together they had daughter Jacqueline, who was born in the capital in 1969.

Patrick died in 1974 aged 27. Four years later in 1978 Mrs Moran moved to The Forester at Deal.

Forester Pool Team

Margaret Moran with her pool team at the Forester in Deal. Picture Geeta Seegobin.

Grandson Patrick Townsend said: "She got to the point where she wanted to buy her own pub and Deal was somewhere she thought would be a good place for that."

She made it her own and lived above the pub overlooking the sea.

Despite changes in the pub trade, with boozers being turned into trendy bars, Mrs Moran kept the establishment as a traditional pub. This added to the attraction for her many customers.

Margaret Moran

Margaret 'Mags' Moran. Picture Luke Smith.

The Forester was always immaculate and her beer garden was pristinely kept, the lawn was adorned with colourful borders and rose bushes. In the summer, roses cut from her garden were often seen in a vase or glass on the bar, a sign of her pride in the place.

But aside from providing a warm and welcoming establishment, it was Mrs Moran's kind and quirky personality that turned a customer into a regular and a regular into a friend - of which she had a great many across the town and beyond.

She was known affectionately as 'Mags' by some of her friends.

Irish Margarat Moran

Margaret was true to her Irish roots. Picture Ginny Potter.

Mrs Moran would regularly be seen perched on a chair behind the bar sipping vodka and soda or prosecco from a test tube shaped glass. With a traditional Irish welcome she would pour the perfect Guinness complete with shamrock on the top.

Mrs Moran died at the Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Hospital on Friday.

Margarat Moran at bar with family

Margaret Moran and her family.

She became unwell on Thursday and suffered what was described as heart attack symptoms in the morning before being taken into the Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Hospital.

Mr Townsend added: "By chance, Raj, a regular at the pub, happened to be the paramedic who was on call.

"He and a team of them did a fantastic job to get her out and give us the opportunity to be able to say goodbye to her properly.

"As a family we want to say a huge thanks to them and Geeta who found her at the pub and called the emergency services."

At the hospital Mrs Moran held on until her family arrived and she passed away with her daughter and son in law beside her.

In a joint statement, her family said: "Margaret was a real life Peter Pan, always reminding us to 'Never grow up, because grown-ups are boring'.

"She has filled so many people with joy over her long and fulfilling life and will always be remembered for her sharp wit, huge heart and sporadic outburst of dance when she was excited."

She leaves a daughter Jacqueline, son in law Colin, grandson Patrick and two grandaughters Shannon and Erin and many friends.



HAYMAN William Henry 1861+ Deal Licensing Register alehouse

RALPH George 1871-86 dec'd (age 48 in 1871Census) Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882

RALPH Charlotte 1886-91 (widow age 67 in 1891Census) Post Office Directory 1891

FAUCHEUX Susan 1891+

ROBERTS Stephen 1898-1911 Kelly's 1899Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

REDSULL Frederick 1911-22 dec'd Post Office Directory 1913Deal library 1914Post Office Directory 1922

REDSULL Mary Annie Mrs 1938-44 Kelly's 1934Post Office Directory 1938

REDSULL N F 5/Mar/1949-Jan/59

BOLT J K D Jan-Nov/1959

BOLT I mrs Nov/1959-63+

Last pub licensee had SILBURY Arthur W Sept 1969-74 Next pub licensee had Library archives 1974 Charrington & Co

PALMER Thomas 1974+

Last pub licensee had SPALLIN Joseph 1978-2008 dec'd

SPALLIN Margaret 2008+

MORAN Margaret (remarried I believe) 2014-July/2021 dec'd


Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Deal library 1914Deal Library List 1914

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

Library archives 1974Library archives 1974

Deal Licensing RegisterDeal Licensing Register


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