Sort file:- Folkestone, December, 2019.

Page Updated:- Tuesday, 24 December, 2019.


Earliest 1861

Harbour Inn

2011 (Name to)

Open 2019+

24 Harbour Street

20 Harbour Street Post Office Directory 1874


Harbour Hotel 1908

Above photo kindly sent by Barrie Wootton showing the "Harbour Hotel" (another name for Inn) in 1905. This looks totally different to how it looks now, but the address and licensee Thomas Hall is definitely the same.

Harbour Hotel

Above photo, circa 1904, kindly sent by Paul Wells.
"A gentlemen's day trip leaving the Harbour Inn. Mr. J. W. Cann, of the London and South Coast Motor Service, specialised in excursions to the south coast in the summer months. Also in shot is Mr. George Carter's "True Briton Hotel."

Harbour Inn 1978

Above photograph kindly supplied by Jan Pedersen, 1978.

Harbour Inn sign 1970sHarbour sign 2000

Harbour Inn sign left 1970s, sign right, 2000.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis

Harbour Inn sign 1980sHarbour Inn sign 1980s

Above signs 1980s.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Harbour Inn 1981

Above photograph kindly supplied by Jan Pedersen, 1981.

Harbour, Folkestone 2009 Harbour, Folkestone 2009

Above photos by Paul Skelton, 27 June 2009.

Harbour 2011

Above photo kindly supplied by Jan Pedersen, 17/May/2011.


Open in 1861 in this name by Thomas Golder when the frontage of an existing building was changed from a previous building, which may have been previously the "Jolly Sailor." Unfortunately Thomas Golder died the following year.

Early days saw the premises called the "Harbour Hotel" and owned and supplied by George Beer and Co of Canterbury from 1883. In 1893 the house was submitted to the Compensation authorities for closure due to redundancy, probably due to the high turnover of licensees at this address, but this obviously failed. Thomas Hall, from the "Lifeboat" steadied the waves at the turn of 1891/2.

The pub was hit by enemy shells in March 1943 damaging the rear of the building burying licensee George Offen and his wife for four hours, but both survived and the house was made secure and reopened on 10th January 1946.

Fremlins bought the premises in 1949, and demolished and totally rebuilt it in 1959.

1967 saw Whitbread take over the pub and in 1981 enlarged the premises taking the "True Briton" next door and making this into the one pub, calling it the "Old Harbour Crab and Oyster House." This remained with this name till 1990 when the premises again became the "Harbour Inn."


From the Folkestone Chronicle 24 August, 1861. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.


Mr. Harrison said he appeared to support an application made by Mr. Thomas Golder, for a licence to be granted him for a house he had lately erected in Harbour Street. Mr Golder was no doubt well known to some of the bench, having lived in Folkestone all his life. He of course was determined to keep the house highly respectable; he might add that a house stood a short time ago near the spot where his new house was erected called the "Pilot Cutter," but which was removed when the improvements were carried out; and also another house called the "Folkestone Arms," which was in the vicinity, was removed. He trusted therefore to have shown sufficient to induce the bench to grant the application. Mr. Harrison also produced a petition numerously signed in favour of the application.

Mr. Boult said he was a publican in the immediate neighbourhood, and if this licence was granted there would be five licensed houses without a single house between them, three adjoining at one side of the street, and two at the other. There had been many houses pulled down in the immediate neighbourhood and very few rebuilt; some that had been were not let.

The Mayor in answer said that the bench had unanimously agreed to grant the licence.


Note: Boult was licensee at the "Victoria," South Street. Jan Pedersen.


From the Folkestone Chronicle 5 April, 1862. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.


An inquest was holden yesterday afternoon at the "Harbour Inn," Harbour Street, before the Recorder, J. Minter esq., on the body of a labouring man, named Henry Cheetham, who died very suddenly that morning, under the circumstances detailed in the evidence below.

The jury were detained upwards of an hour and a half while a post-mortem examination of the deceased was being made by Messrs Tyson and Bowles.

The jury, having been sworn, proceeded to view the body, which was lying in a back room in the above house. On their return the following witnesses were called.

Thomas Hall, mariner, Folkestone deposed that he knew deceased, who lived in Folkestone, and had been working on the harbour for some time. About ten minutes before six on Friday morning, the 4th instant, he met deceased by the "Royal George." He noticed that deceased was unsteady in his gait, and asked him whether anything was the matter. Deceased said he felt very giddy in the head, and he then reeled, and fell to the ground. Deceased then supported himself by his hands, and said “Do come and help me”. Witness then took hold of deceased, and sent for some brandy, and rubbed his temples with it, and poured some into his mouth, but deceased died in about ten minutes. Deceased was at work yesterday, and appeared in very good health.

William Taylor Tyson deposed that he was a surgeon, practicing in Folkestone; was sent for to see deceased, but he was dead before he arrived. He had since examined the body of deceased, and although he had not been able to satisfy himself as to the immediate cause of death, still he had no doubt that deceased died from natural causes.

The jury returned a verdict that deceased died from the Visitation of God.



Other names have been "True Briton" and "Harbour Crab and Oyster."


From the Dover Express, 8 August, 2002.

Landlady 'Sara is mourned.

Pub boss dies in Spain

Sara Mison

A MUCH-loved and well-known face in pubs in east Kent has died.

Sara Mison, the bubbly former landlady of the "Duke Of York" on Snargate Street, Dover, and The "Harbour Inn", Folkestone, passed away at her home in Spain on July 31. She was 69.

Sara was born and grew up in West Hythe but started out in the pub game at the "Duke of York" where she made many friends. She then moved onto the "Harbour Inn" around 1970 where she spent 11 happy years until the time finally came to call last orders in 1981.

After leaving the pub Sara who lived on Seagrave Road, Folkestone - spent some time working at the Hotel Burstin in Folkestone but retired to Spain in the late 1990s with her husband Peter.

Regulars and friends from the pubs where they served came to visit them in the sunshine and the couple enjoyed a happy retirement. They often came back to Folkestone to see family and friends. They lived in a house near Alicante on the Costa Blanca until Sara's death.

She had two daughters Catherine and the late Moira, and a grandson, Kyle, 15.

Sara will be cremated in Spain but a memorial service will be held back in England when family and friends return.

One relative said: "She was well known. She was a real character. She will be sorely missed."



It is believed the pub reverted back to its original name of "True Briton" again in May 2011.

After a few changes, in September 2017 the premises was again sold and the new owners will be changing the name back to the "Harbour Inn" again.

From the 10 November 2017.

A look inside the Harbour Inn as the new owners reveal seafood plans for the revamped Folkestone pub.

Mussels, fish and chips, oysters lobster and crab will all feature on the fishy menu, alongside craft beers, ales and wines has finally announced an opening date for its new home store and garden centre at Park Farm in Folkestone.

Ben and Lucy Cuthbert

Above photo showing licensees Ben & Lucy Cuthbert while at the "Pullman".

Proud new owners of a Folkestone pub have revealed their plans to revamp the once tired boozer into a "real seafood destination".

The "True Briton" in the harbour was snapped up by couple and local entrepreneurs Ben and Lucy Cuthbert in September for just shy of 500,000.

The pair, who opened Italian restaurant Lubens on Rendezvouz Street last year, have run the "Pullman" on Church Street for almost four years and said they were excited to add another pub to their portfolio.

Simply named the "Harbour Inn," the Cuthberts are keen to transform the venue - which had been on the market for five years - into a space that people in Folkestone can "really enjoy".

Mr Cuthbert told Kent Live that the couple had always wanted to open another pub and that when they has a viewing back in March, their hearts were set on the space.

The "True Briton" in the harbour was snapped up by couple and local entrepreneurs Ben and Lucy Cuthbert in September.

He said: “Our heart is in Folkestone, both of us really love it here - the dynamic, the energy that’s in the town.

"We’ve been here for a long time now, and have always fancied doing something in the harbour.

“Like with Lubens, we have always tried to take on spaces that have been underutilised, places are sometime inaccessible for people in the town and turn it into a space that people can really enjoy."

According to Mr Cuthbert, the plan is to split the space in two, with one side acting as a seafood speciality restaurant and the other as a pub, in a similar style to the "Pullman."

Hoping to open on the first weekend in December, mussels, fish and chips, oysters lobster and crab will all feature on the fishy menu, alongside lots of craft beers, ales and wines.

Fear not though, as Mr Cuthbert explained that he wanted to place to stay true to its Kentish roots and not become an "exclusive" hideout.

Harbour Inn 2017

Simply named the "Harbour Inn," the Cuthberts are keen to transform the venue.

He said: "The idea is to really bring the place alive.

"It’s a great building, and getting our hands on it was a good opportunity for us to grow our business and transform it into a space where we can see people coming out having dinner, or having a drink sitting by the fire.

"We hope it means that it will be a space that’s accessible again.

Harbour Inn inside 2017

Mussels, fish and chips, oysters lobster and crab will all feature on the fishy menu, alongside lots of craft beers, ales and wines.

"But we will be a lot more casual and we won’t forget the fact that we’re a Kentish pub and create something that is quintessentially Kentish, with lots of hops on the ceiling and more traditional things decorating the place."

The new venture has seen the Cuthberts take on 15 extra staff, meaning that they now employ over 60 people in the town.



GOLDER Thomas circa 1860-63 BastionsPost Office Directory 1862

HERWIGG Henry Augustus 1863-64 Bastions

POINTER George 1864-66 Bastions

PAGE Charles 1866-80 BastionsPost Office Directory 1874

ADAMS Josiah Lyon 1880-88 Next pub licensee had (age 48 in 1881Census) BastionsPost Office Directory 1882

JOHNSON John 1888-90 Bastions

BOORN Fanny 1890 BastionsPost Office Directory 1891

ARCH Joseph 1890-92 Bastions

BARKER Samuel 1892-95 Bastions

WONTER Eleanor 1895-96 Bastions

THOMSON David 1896-99 BastionsKelly's 1899

THOMSON John 1899-1900 Bastions

ROBINSON Agnes 1900 Bastions

LOVEGROVE Sarah 1900-01 Bastions

Last pub licensee had HALL Thomas 1901-18 BastionsPost Office Directory 1903Post Office Directory 1913

MAINWOOD Ernest J 1918-27 BastionsPost Office Directory 1922

OFFEN George Blaxland 1927-43 Next pub licensee had BastionsPost Office Directory 1938

MARTIN Wilfred 1943-44 Bastions

MCKENZIE John Lloyd M.B.E. 1946-47 Bastions

RUFF Ernest 1947 Bastions

PARKS Victor 1947-60 Bastions

PARKS Violet (later BRICKELL) 1960-65 Bastions

HOOD Victor 1965-70 Bastions

ROUSE Gerald 1970-71 Bastions

Last pub licensee had MISON Sara 1970-81 Next pub licensee had

MISON Peter 1971-81 Bastions

PENN Hugh & COLLINS Robert 1989-90 Bastions

EDWARDS Mark & MILES Barry 1990 Bastions

EDWARDS Mark  PILLING Timothy 1990-92Bastions

EDWARDS Mark & BRADSHAW Andrew 1992-93 Bastions

EDWARDS Mark & TILLEY Michael 1993-94 Bastions

EDWARDS Mark & O`SHEA Andrew 1994-96 Bastions

LONG Thomas & PROUT Nigel 1996-97 Bastions

PROUT Nigel & UNDERWOOD Stephen 1997-98 Bastions

PORTER William, JOHNSON Carole & UNDERWOOD Neil 1998-2001 Bastions

PORTER William & MCKENZIE David 2001 Bastions

WILKINSON David 2001-02 Bastions

RAMSEY Catherine, FRANCIS Roy & PALMER Conrad 2002 Bastions

WILSON Alistair and Caroline 2002-03 Bastions

SOTIRIOU Costas & HOW Paul 2003-04+ Bastions

Name changes and back to "Harbour Inn" again in 2018.

Last pub licensee had CUTHBERT Ben & Lucy


Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862

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

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

BastionsFrom More Bastions of the Bar by Easdown and Rooney



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