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Earliest 1829-

(Name from)

New Inn

Closed July 2019

(Name to)

32 High Street

194 Lower Street Pigot's Directory 1832-34Bagshaw's Directory 1847Post Office Directory 1874


01304 374748 OR 01304 369115

New Inn 1904

Above photo 1904, showing Thomas Laird in the doorway.

New Inn 1952

Above photograph 1952. Creative Commons Licence.

New Inn ledger

Thompson & Son ledger. Creative Commons Licence.

New Inn in Deal New Inn in Deal New Inn sign in Deal
New Inn sign 1987

New Inn sign above November 1987.

New Inn sign 1992New Inn sign 1992

New Inn sign above October 1992.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis


I believe this pub was originally called the "Carpenter's Arms," and changed in or just before 1829. However, I also have reference to a pub of this name in 1793.

Certainly in existence as the "New Inn" in 1840 when David Spice was licensee.

In 1847 and 1869 it was referred to as an alehouse.


From the Kentish Gazette, 22 November, 1793.

"About 2 o'clock on Tuesday morning a stranger arrived in the diligence from Canterbury and went to bed at the "Royal Exchange Inn." In the course of the forenoon he shifted his quarters  and went to the "New Inn" where he requested a private room and bed. The waiter recognised him as one Lyons who was wanted for forgery and who had escaped from an officer of Police in London."


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 16 February, 1839. Price 5d.

William Davis, committed last week for stealing a coat, was placed at the bar; and the sheet he had offered to pledge being produced, it was proved by Mrs. Spice, of the "New Inn," at Deal, to have been stolen from that house, when the prisoner slept there a short time ago.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday, 13 September, 1845. Price 5d.


On Tuesday, Sarah Clements, of this town, a dealer in marine stores, was charged before the Magistrates, with the illegal possession of a cheque for £59 15s. the property of Mr. Charles Mills, of the “New Inn.” It appears Mr. Mills missed the cheque on Saturday last, and on the discovery of his loss, dispatched his nephew to the Provincial Bank, Dover, to stop payment of it; he however arrived too late to do that, but succeeded in ascertaining that the cheque had been negotiated about a quarter of an hour before by Mr. Barnard of that town. On further enquiry, Mr. Barnard stated that a woman, who gave her name as Chambers, had tendered the cheque to him in payment of goods, and being unable to give her the balance, at her request, he got it cashed. The description Mr. Barnard gave of the party was sufficiently clear to warrant her apprehension, and his evidence before the Magistrates, as to her identity, was perfectly satisfactory. Mrs. Clements, in her defence, stated that she received the cheque from a well-dressed person in payment for old stores, and that she gave him the difference, which amounted to £30. The Magistrates, after a brief deliberation, committed her for trial, but expressed a willingness to accept bail. We understand she was liberated from gaol on Wednesday, good bail having been tendered.


Kentish Gazette, 12 March 1850.


The re-opening of the "Loyal and United Branch of the True Faith Lodge" of Odd Fellows took place on Wednesday evening, at the "New Inn," Lower Street, at which house its meetings were held on the establishment of the Lodge. From the number of members present, it may be presumed that a thorough revival of the Order will result, and be carried on with the spirit and unanimity that characterised it in former days. To this Lodge the Deal Catch Club owes its origin.


From Environs by James Phippen -Pub. E. Hayward 1852.

¼ page advertisement "Thomas Kinder - New Inn, 196 Lower Street. Dealer in Wines and Spirits. Good Beds, Stabling and every Accommodation."


Advertising feature from the Dover Mercury 4 October 2007.

New Inn chefs

Above, chefs Ashley Taylor and Kevin Bligh at Deal's New Inn.


Top·class food and drink at the inn

WITH its original features and characteristics, Deal's New Inn is a must, whether it is for breakfast, lunch, evening meal or just a drink.

Proprietors Debbie Doyle and Steve Carter have created a warm and relaxed environment, where the emphasis is on good homemade food and quality drinks.

The New Inn in the High Street offers diners classic dishes, with fresh and seasonal ingredients. The steak and kidney pudding and delicious desserts are among the special house dishes.

Head chef Kevin Bligh and sous chef Ashley Taylor have now created three menus, starting with a breakfast, one served from 9.30am until 11.30am, when the lunch menu takes over until 5pm.

The evening a la carte menu is available Monday to Thursday between 5pm and 9pm and on Sundays the New Inn serves a Sunday roast and specials until 5pm.

Six days a week there is also a special offer for senior citizens, who can have a meal for £4.95 with a change of menu every week.

Now also available is a new selection of pre-Christmas food, which can be served for groups up to 30 people.

Manager Paul White said: "At the weekends the New Inn changes in the evening from a bar and restaurant to one of Deal's busiest music bars.

"We have live music every Friday night, with some of the area's best musicians playing. The line-up includes the first appearance at the New Inn of a Phil Collins and Genesis tribute act tomorrow (Friday).

"On Saturday nights I play a variety of music and, along with the disco-style lights, the New Inn provides an oasis of good times its customers will always remember.

"For anyone who wants to catch the final warm days of autumn, the New Inn has opened a beautiful decked rear beer garden for customers to enjoy."


Advertising feature from the Dover Mercury 27 May 2010.


New In staff

From left, chef Tony Suckling, Briony Morgan, Denny Moors and landlady Debble Doyle at The New Inn.


THE New Inn, chosen by its customers as the East Kent Mercury Pub of the Year, is one of the oldest pubs in Deal. Its team of friendly staff extend a warm welcome to new and old customers.

The New Inn, in the middle of the High Street, was built in the 15th century and has changed names a few times over the years.

Landlady Debbie Doyle, who has run the pub for seven years, said: "It's nice to know we can offer something for everybody and we're valued by our customers, who voted us their favourite pub of the year."

Their something-for-everybody ethos is reflected in their dining range with a new breakfast menu serving fresh food to start the day, Monday to Saturday, from 9.30-11.30am.

New additions to the lunch menu offer trendy or traditional favourites on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11.30am until 4pm.

It offers three meats to choose from to help provide the perfect opportunity to soak up the relaxing ambience and save on the washing up.

The New Inn is a culinary heaven for meat eaters on Thursday nights from June 3 with a newly introduced steak night from 6pm until 9pm.

Chef Tony Suckling said: "It's great that we have good local suppliers with top quality produce. I always try to use fresh, local produce wherever possible. And soon enough it'll be rare to find a steak night as well done as ours."

Music lovers also find The New Inn a lively central venue, with live music being played all weekend from Friday to Sunday nights every week.

• To book a table phone 01304 369115.


Advertising feature from the Dover Mercury, 24 March, 2011.

New Inn advert 2011 New Inn Staff 2011

From left, chef Tony Suckling, landlady Debbie Doyle, Briony Morgan and Danny Moors at the "New Inn, Deal, 21, April 2011.


Advertising feature from the Dover Mercury, 15 November, 2012.


New Inn staff 2012

Picture: Paul Amos FM2325872

Staff at the New Inn in Deal High Street, from left, Terry Bailey, Debbie Doyle, Stuart Cowie and chef Ashley Taylor.


THE festive spirit is already in full swing at The "New Inn" in Deal, where reservations for Christmas lunch are now being taken.

Served up by welcoming staff and hand-prepared by experienced chef Ashley Taylor, the lunch will save the stress of cooking and the dreaded washing-up and offers a choice of four starters, four delicious main courses and four desserts.

Among the main courses to tickle the taste buds is traditional roast turkey with stuffing, beef Wellington and red wine sauce, pan-fried sea bass fillet, or goats cheese Wellington.

Owner Debbie Doyle, who has been at the New Inn for 10 years, and partner Terry Bailey say their pre-Christmas menu offers a delicious taste of what is to come, with some traditional favourites to sample.

Diners also have four choices for each of the three courses followed by coffee and mints.

The Mercury pub of the year's culinary reputation also attracts diners because of the new winter menu, with a regularly changed specials board and favourites like home-made beer-battered cod and chips, or comfort food like steak and kidney pudding.

The Sunday carvery is ever-popular, and is often a sell-out.

Every Thursday is steak night with a range of succulent steaks from T-bone, fillet and sirloin to salmon and tuna there for the tasting.

Live music makes The "New Inn" a must for people of all generations, with performances over Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Christmas Eve brings Kevin Iverson from 4.30pm. Electric Tortoise will perform from 4.30pm on Boxing Day. Although festive culinary treats are being served up now, The New Inn is the place to eat right until New Year's Day's scrumptious Sunday carvery. Christmas lunch is available at the bargain price of £49.95 per person and £35 per child, while the pre-Christmas menu costs £19.95.



An outlet for Charrington & Co. in 1974. Library archives 1974

In May 2018 the owners changed from Punch Taverns to Star (Heineken Ltd.) I believe it closed for a short time in 2019, but reopened again in July 2019. Unfortunately I have heard the chef moved to the "King's Head" so the pub will only be serving drinks till a new chef is found.

July 2019, I am told it is currently closed but due to open again shortly. Open again in August 2019 but under temporary management.

It did open again on 16 October 2020 but under the new name of the "Goodwin."



SPICE David 1832-40+ (Pigot's Directory 1832-34 Lower Street)Pigot's Directory 1839Pigot's Directory 1840

KIDNER Thomas 1847-81 (age 73 in 1881Census) Bagshaw's Directory 1847Melville's 1858Kelly's 1862Kelly's 1874Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882

Last pub licensee had REDMAN Alphonso James 1881-91+ (age 42 in 1891Census Post Office Directory 1891)

WOOD Henry Vine 1899-1903 Kelly's 1899Kelly's 1903

LAIRD Thomas 1903-04+

BONCEY Horace 1913-22+ Post Office Directory 1913Deal library 1914Post Office Directory 1922

HUTCHINGS J 1934+ Kelly's 1934

HUTCHINGS Thomas 1938-39+ (age 68 in 1939) Post Office Directory 1938

CLAMSTEAD G M 26/Nov/1942-51

MILLER B B 1951-56

PEREY B B 1956-Aug/66

BARTY Aug/1966+

GRIGGS Michael A 1974+ Library archives 1974 Charrington & Co

DOYLE Debbie & CARTER Steve 2003-Sept/10+

HUMPHRIES Sean & Lorraine Sept/2010+

Temporary management Aug/2019+


Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Kelly's 1862From the Kelly's Directory 1862

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Kelly's 1874From the Kelly's 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

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


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