Page Updated:- Sunday, 06 January, 2019.


Earliest Aug 2012

Four Candles Alehouse

Open 2019+

1 Sowell Street

St. Peter's

07947 062063

Four Candles

Above photo kindly sent by Chris Excell, 10 August, 2012.

Four Candles Four Candles sign 2013Four Candles sign 2013

Above pictures showing Mike outside the Four Candles and below the signs in 2013.


The "Four Candles" is said to be the smallest pub on the Isle of Thanet and was originally a flower shop/deli unit.

The following has been taken from their website:-

The Story Behind The Name...

Ronnie Barker is said to have been inspired to write the famous Four Candles sketch while on a visit to Broadstairs to see his comedy partner, Ronnie Corbett.

Corbett had a holiday home next to the Charles Dickens public house and just along from H. E. Harrington's general ironmonger business that is famed for stocking everything you could possibly need.

Barker, who wrote under the pseudonym of Gerald Wiley, is known to have noticed Harrington's wide and diverse stock - screws can be bought loose, either singly or in greater numbers; tea urn cleaning brushes are displayed alongside saucepans and potato ricers.

This gave him the basis of an idea that he then developed into the classic 1976 Two Ronnies BBC sketch that starts with a customer who walks into a hardware store and asks the shopkeeper for "fork handles".

The premises now known as The Four Candles pub, was a hardware store for many years, before going through other, briefer, incarnations as a florists, delicatessen and exotic meat shop. The locals also refer to the pub as "The Extended Window Sill" (with matching benches.)

Sowell Street is 13 minutes away from York Street, so it's close enough to the original to pay tribute to one of Britain's best-loved comedy sketches.

Reputed to be the smallest micro pub in Britain. Anyone with any other pubs claiming this?


I have been informed that this was once called the "Royal Oak," although to date I haven't found a pub with that name in St Peter's.


Now (2016) brewing their own beers at the "Four Candles Brewery."



BEAUMONT Mike 2013+


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