Sort file:- Folkestone, January, 2023.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 08 January, 2023.


Earliest Apr 1968

Golden Arrow

Open 2023+

89 Enbrook Valley



01303 210295

Golden Arrow 1978

Above photograph kindly supplied by Jan Pedersen, 1978.

Golden Arrow 2022

Above photo 2022.

Golden Arrow sign 1990Golden Arrow sign 1990

Golden Arrow signs August 1990.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis

Golden Arrow sign 2009

Above sign, May 2009.

Golden Arrow card

The above sign, wasn't actually designed and released by Whitbread, but has been designed by Robert Greenham in the same style as the card sets they distributed as a representation of what the sign looked like. Robert says:- This was based on the image which appeared on Whitbread's metal map for East Kent which was painted by D. W. Burley in 1950, on commission from Whitbread.

Whitbread metal map 1950

The above metal map, kindly sent by Robert Greenham was released, in 1950 and painted by D. W. Burley, and was titled Inn-Signia of Whitbread Houses in East Kent, Whitbread & Co Ltd. The Inn Signs designed by:- M. C. Balston, Vena Chalker, Kathleen M Claxton, K. M. Doyle, Ralph Ellis, Marjorie Hutton, Harvey James, Prudence Rae-Martin, Violet Rutter, L. Toynbee and Kit Watson.


I have only recently added Folkestone to this site. The information gathered so far is from "Old Folkestone Pubs" by C H Bishop M.A. Ph.D. and Kevan of

Any further information or indeed photographs would be appreciated. Please email me at the address below.

This page is still to be updated.

The pub changed name between 1994 and 2009 to the "Jester" but appears to have reverted back to the "Golden Arrow" again today (2011).


Folkestone Herald 31 December 1966.

Local News.

A start is to be made in March on the development of a public house and shops on the Golden Valley estate by D. and G. Mills, the Hythe building contractors. The amenities will serve the vast housing estate which is being built there. The public house will be let by the Martello Housing Society, for whom it is being built.


Folkestone Herald 11 February 1967.

Local News.

People who are to live in the 1,000 new houses to be built in the Golden Valley Estate area of Folkestone before the end of next year, will have their own inn.

At Folkestone Licensing Sessions on Wednesday, an application for a provisional licence was granted by the justices to Mackeson’s Brewery for a public house on the estate. The public house, it was said, would be ready for opening next January.


Folkestone Herald 13 April 1968.

Local News.

Folkestone police are investigating a spate of vandalism in the Folkestone area which occurred over the weekend. On the Golden Valley estate windows at a public house which is being built were smashed.

A senior police officer at Folkestone said this week: "Attention is being given to the matter. Officers have been made extremely mindful of the situation”.


Folkestone Herald 20 April 1968.

Local News.

The brewing of the last 70 barrels of beer at Mackeson’s brewery, at Hythe, started on Thursday. Once the brew has been completed and the 20,160 pints of beer bottled, the brewing and bottling sections of the brewery will be closed down - after 300 years. About 50 employees are being made redundant by the closures. Present to watch the start of the last brew were all the surviving head brewers who have worked with the company, with the exception of one, who was ill. The valve to start the brew was opened by Mr. W.C. Lasman, an assistant director of Whitbread’s and formerly the group’s head brewer.

Immediately after the brewing there was a second ceremony - some miles away, to mark the opening of a new public house, the Golden Arrow at the Golden Valley Estate, Sandgate. The inn has been named after the crack British Rail boat train, and the first pint was pulled by Mr. W.T. Webb, British Rail's assistant marine catering manager. First licensee of the Golden Arrow is Mr. Gordon Jones, who will be assisted by his wife. They come from Looe, in Cornwall.


Folkestone Gazette 24 April 1968.

Local News.

At a ceremony on the Golden Valley Estate, Sandgate, a new public-house, the Golden Arrow, was opened.

Licensee is Mr. Gordon Jones, who will be assisted by his wife.


Folkestone Gazette 10 August 1977.

Local News.

Pulling pints is not usually associated with literary talent. But writing has opened up a new way of, life for Mrs. Carole Jones, landlady at the Golden Arrow pub, Folkestone. The blonde Carole was married at 17 and has two children. Travelling abroad and a busy life in the hotel trade in Wales and Cornwall, combined with her role as mum, left Carole few hours for her own pursuits. Now her children are grown up, and running the pub with husband Gordon has left her more time for creativity. The flood burst when Welsh-born Carole took an O level course in English, and finished with a grade A. She went on to do a creative writing course at Shepway’s Adult Education Centre, and at the end of the year won first prize for a short story. Encouraged by her husband, Carole tried to find a market for her work. Finally she succeeded and is a regular contributor to Kent Life magazine, writing articles about local golf courses.

“I've always been interested in words, but never had time to do anything about it”, Carole told me after a busy evening session at the bar. “I found the creative writing course very stimulating, and started submitting short stories and plays to radio, television and magazines. I’ve got a drawer full of rejection slips to prove it”. Carole is a member of Sene Valley Golf Club, but she makes her golfing articles interesting to non-players by including histories of courses, and personality pieces. At the moment she is writing a non-commissioned television play, about a misunderstanding within a marriage. She admits she has to discipline herself to write after the hum-drum life of the pub, in a profession when public holidays and weekends are the busiest times. “I have to make time to write”, she said. “But in a lot of ways the pub has helped, especially with dialogue. One hears speech from all kinds of people, and it is easy to pick up the current speech patterns”.

What does Mr. Jones think about his wife’s new-found talent? ‘‘I get every encouragement from him. He’s very proud. He’s always trying to sell me”, said Carole. Writing about golf has meant Carole has had to specialise to a certain extent, but her mind is still open to new ideas.

“I am writing anything and everything at the moment. The only thing I don’t write is poetry. I prefer verse. Writing is different to the life I lead in the pub. It is a form of self-expression and very satisfying”. As for the future, she says “I shall just keep writing for my own pleasure, and try to sell my work. At least my rejection slips are getting better. I have something written on the bottom now, in the way of a formal note”.

Regulars may hear one of Carole’s plays on radio soon. “I spoke to speech editor at BBC Radio, and he said my work showed promise, but it was not yet up to the standard to be broadcast”, said Carole.


Folkestone Herald 24 May 1985.

Local News.

Kind-hearted darts players raised more than 200 to help sick children on Sunday. Regulars at the Golden Arrow pub in Folkestone held a 12 hour marathon to get funds for the Les Evans Holiday Fund, a charity which gives a dream holiday in Disneyland for courageous ill children.


Folkestone Herald 24 July 1987.

Local News.

A pool team captain who had been playing an away match in a pub smashed its window when he was thrown out, a court heard.

Jonathon Rowlands, 22, of Roman Way, Cheriton, went to play pool in a pub he had earlier been banned from, the prosecution said. But when he was asked to leave he refuse, and the landlord of the Golden Arrow pub in Folkestone had to physically eject him. Furious, Rowland threw his pool cue through the pub's window and caused more than 50 damage, Magistrates at Folkestone were told.

Mr. Michael Howard, prosecuting, said Rowlands had carried on drinking despite numerous attempts to get him to leave by the landlady of the pub. Shortly after last orders, the landlord, Mr. Colin St. Laurent returned home and again asked the defendant to leave, the court heard. Mr. Howard said “Eventually Mr. St. Laurent forcibly removed the defendant. The defendant picked up the pool cue and hurled it towards Mr. St. Laurent, who was in the process of shutting the door”. “The cue smashed the window”, he said.

Defending solicitor, Mr. Barry Keating, said the defendant did not dispute the charge of criminal damage, but wanted to outline the circumstances leading up to it. He said “It seems Mr. Rowlands was barred for the pathetic reason of holding a pint of beer over the pool table. The reason why he had gone to the pub on the second occasion with his friends from the pool team was to make peace with the landlord and drink with his friends who attend the pub regularly”. Mr. Keating said his client claimed Mr. St. Laurent had immediately grabbed him on entering the pub and pushed him out of the doors. “This caused Rowlands to fall over a wall. Obviously he felt irked since he had only been drinking in the pub”. This really is a storm in a tea cup. Mr. Rowlands is simply hot-headed at times”, he added.

Rowlands, who was previously convicted of two previous offences, including leaving a restaurant without paying, was ordered to pay 42 costs and 50.71 for the window.


Folkestone Herald 22 January 1988.

Local News.

An armed robber, who stormed into a pub just before closing time, held regulars at gunpoint, threatening to kill them. The masked man shouted at darts players in the Golden Arrow pub, Golden Valley, “I'm not joking, I'm deadly serious”. But he panicked when he saw brave landlord Colin St. Laurent dive for the telephone to alert police. As the raider backed off he was followed by Colin's wife, Sue. Immediately he turned the gun on her. Sue, a smartly-dressed blonde, said “I expected a bullet in my back. I thought I was going to die”. The man then ran off into the distance.

The hold-up happened just before 11 p.m. at the pub in Enbrook Road. Only the darts players were still on the premises.

“It was absolutely petrifying. It only lasted about 30 seconds, but it seemed more like a lifetime”, said 40-year-old Colin. “At first I wondered what all the commotion was about, then I rang for the police”, he went on.

As the masked man walked into the public bar, he threatened customers and ordered them to stand together at one end of the bar. He levelled the gun at the darts players, who thought he was getting ready to fire. Then a cartridge “shot out” to the ground. It was later found to be an imitation gun.

It's not the kind of thing you expect to happen in a local pub. I've certainly had no trouble in here before”, Colin told the Herald.

The pub is situated in the middle of the Golden Valley housing estate.

A man was being questioned as the Herald went to press on Wednesday lunchtime.


Folkestone Herald 29 January 1988.

Local News.

An Irishman is due to appear in court today charged with causing an affray and carrying an imitation gun. Michael Patrick O'Hare has spent the previous eight days in custody. He was remanded by Magistrates at Folkestone last Thursday.


From the Dover Express, 4 August, 2016. By Jordan Bluer.

New boss ready to put pub on the map after 313k facelift.

Golden Arrow 2016

THE Golden Arrow pub in Enbrook Valley reopened last week after a huge refurbishment.

National pub operator Punch invested 313,000 into the business, providing new furniture, fixtures and fittings and an upgraded kitchen and toilets.

It also has new sign outside and lighting.

Golden Arrow 2016

The pub, in the Golden Valley Estate, reopened with a weekend of celebrations including a disco, live band and karaoke.

Gary Maxwell has taken over as the publican and is very excited about the relaunch.


He said: “I’ve worked in the pub industry for some time and opportunity to run The Golden Arrow is one I couldn’t miss.

“I have family connections with the Golden Valley and still have family living in the area, and I have fond memories of drinking in the pub in my youth.

“I’m really looking forward to putting The Golden Arrow back on the map as the place to go for a warm welcome and a great time.

Golden Arrow inside

“I will be introducing a new food menu with plenty of food and drink offers throughout the week.

“Sports and entertainment will feature heavily and we are installing multi-screens and a huge projector to show live sports and events.

“Customers will be able to play pool and darts and take part in quiz nights and have fun at our Friday Party Night Disco and monthly live music events.”

The re-launch has also created six new jobs for local people.

Golden Arrow inside

Openings manager for Punch Richard Wennington said: “The slate has been wiped clean at The Golden Arrow and the transformation is amazing. Gary and his team have some great plans in place to develop the business and I’m looking forward to continually supporting them.”


Golden Arrow staff 2022

Above photo showing Shona and Rick Bailey with some of the team celebrating Christmas 2022.



JONES Gordon 1968-86 Bastions

ST LAURENT Colin 1986-93 Bastions

SMITH Steven & CHITTY Jacqueline 1993-94 Bastions

WENNINGTON Richard 2016+

BAILEY Rick & Shona 2022+ (Also "New Chimneys")


BastionsFrom More Bastions of the Bar by Easdown and Rooney


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