Page Updated:- Sunday, 12 June, 2022.


Earliest 1976

(Name from)

(Old) Lantern Inn

Open 2021+

The Street


01304 825576

Old Lantern Inn at Martin 1999

Photo 1999, by kind permission of Dover Library.

Old Lantern Inn, Martin 2006 Old Lantern Inn, Martin 2006 Old Lantern Inn sign, Martin 2006

Above photos by Paul Skelton, November 2006.


Originally built in 1636, this building didn't gain its licence till 1803. In those days it was called the "Wheatsheaf."

In 1976, the name of the house was changed to the “Old Lantern” and was owned and kept by Mrs Christine Carr till 1997.


From the Dover Mercury, Thursday 22 April 2010. Advertising feature.

Old Lantern Inn


WHAT better way to toast the start of spring than with an outing to the charming Old Lantern Inn at Martin, where the finest real ales, superb food and a very warm welcome await.

This delightful and charming pub is quintessentially English and has a wealth of features to entice visitors, whether for a quick drink or for a memorable, superb meal.

Julian and Nancy Paten-Smith have lovingly rebuilt and restored the pub over the last 13 years.

Originally a farm building, the pub dates back to 1636 with the first pint served there in 1803.

Inside are low beams, exposed brick walls and a mass of memorabilia befitting a traditional country inn.

It has an outstanding reputation for its excellent food. The finest quality ingredients and the inspired skills of head chef Nancy, who has 31 years' experience, are keys to the mouth-watering, home cooking, with dishes prepared fresh to order. Free range and organic products from local farmers are used as much as possible and the menu changes regularly.

As well as pub classics including hearty pies, fine fillet steaks and that great favourite, lasagne, there are also scrumptious specials with some tantalising tastes and interesting ingredients to tempt discerning foodies. Whether you are vegetarian, prefer fish or meat, there are dishes to satisfy. Families are welcome and children particularly enjoy playing in the two stunning gardens, one with a two-storey Tudor-style Wendy House.

Private parties and functions are accommodated and there is separate, luxurious, comfortable, self-catering accommodation.

• The Old Lantern Inn is at The Street, Martin, Dover, CT15 5JL, on 01304 852276.



I am informed that the pub is currently closed and undergoing a refurbishment and it is hoped this will be completed in a couple of months when it will be open again for business. There are big plans for the pub and its hoped that it will regain its prominence to the whole community in the future as it once did in the past.

Further information found here when it is known.

June 2016 planning permission was submitted for the erection of an extension and part change of use to a shop.

Certainly up and running again in 2018, but apparently it's no longer Old and as of 2017 it just goes under the name of the "Lantern."


Lantern 2018

Above photo kindly taken and sent by Steve Glover, June 2018.

Lantern inside 2018

Above photo kindly taken and sent by Steve Glover, June 2018.



CARR Christine Mrs 1976-1997

PATEN-SMITH Julian & Nancy 1997-25/Feb/2016


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