Sort file:- Margate, September, 2021.

Page Updated:- Monday, 27 September, 2021.


Earliest 1792-

Apr 2011 (Name from)


Open 2014+

The Parade/10 Fort Hill (Bank Side Pigot's Directory 1832-34)


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Hoy 1860

Above photo, circa 1860, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.

Hoy Hotel 1870

Above photo, circa 1870, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.

Hoy 1930s

Above photo by Hayley Icke.


Above photo, date unknown.


Above photo, date unknown by Chris.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 26 February 1811.

Droits of the Cinque Ports Admiralty.


On Monday, the 4th of March, 1811, at ten o'clock in the forenoon, at the "Hoy Tavern," Margate.

Five Anchors, from 8 cwt. to 32 cwt.

Also by virtue of a Commission of Sale, etc.

Sundry Pieces of Cables, from 9 to 18 inches in circumference, and from 18 to 103 fathoms in length.


From the Kentish Gazette, 13 November 1838.


Lately, at Margate, Mr. Kember, landlord of the "Hoy Inn," formerly master of one of the Steam Navigation Company’s vessels.


Kentish Gazette 27 July 1858.


John Kelsey, of the "Hoy Hotel," was charged with keeping his house open for the sale of spiritous liquors and beer on Sunday the 11th inst. Defendant plead guilty, and after some remarks from the chairman, the Bench imposed a fine of 20s., with costs, which were paid.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 17 November, 1860.


Edwin Minter, a fish dealer, then surrendered to his bail having been arrested, on a warrant, charged with assaulting Joseph Hudson, a fly driver, on Friday, the 9th inst.

Complainant deposed:— Last Friday evening I was called for, by the porter at the "Albion Hotel," who said there were two gentlemen waiting to see me. I went; and when arrived there a gentleman asked me if I had not got a check of the defendants. I said, "Yes," and gave it to him. I asked him for the 7s. 6d. for the blacksmith's bill, for repairing as carriage he had damages, and about eight in the evening I went to the "Hoy Inn," in the company with Charles Rooff; and there I saw the defendant, who came to the bar. I said, "Now, here is a gentleman, Rooff; perhaps he will pay you the repairs done to the carriage." Defendant said he would not. I then went into the parlour, and defendants friend followed: the defendant pulled the chair from under me, and knocked off my hat. I was then coming out, and he hit me on the nose, and ran into the bar.

Stephen Cock was called, and corroborated a great portion of the evidence. He deposed to seeing the blow struck and the blood running down.

Mr. Towne, in defence, said, admitting that an assault had been committed, was it such a one as ought to have been brought before the Bench? He went through the evidence, remarking upon some slight discrepancies.

The Bench seemed to think it was such an offence as ought to have been brought before them, from the fine they imposed, which was 20s., and costs 22s.


From Daily News (London, England), Friday March 13, 1863.


March 10, at Trinity Church, Margate, by the Rev. S. Prosser, Mr. J. Stevens, of Francis-terrace, Kentish-town, to Julia Ann, daughter of the late Mr. Kelsey, of the "Hoy Hotel," Margate.

(This article shows that Julia Ann Stevens of the "Hoy Hotel," Margate, was the daughter of John Kelsey, the previous tenant.)


Kentish Chronicle, Saturday 16 December 1865.


On Friday, as Mr. W. Avery, livery stable keeper, residing on the Marine Terrace, Margate, was leaving the "Hoy Inn," he accidentally trod on a sprat which caused him to fall, and unfortunately broke his leg in three places. The limb was immediately set by U. H. Thornton, Esq., after which Mr. Avery was removed to his own home, where he is now going on favourably. At the time he fell he had one of his children in his arms, and thus prevented him saving himself.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 5 October 1867. Price 1d.


John Jackson and Thomas Durham were charged with being drank and riotous on the Marine Parade, on the 30th inst.

The prisoners pleaded guilty to being drunk, but stated that they were not riotous.

P.C. Harlow said:- At one o'clock this morning, I was on duty at the Police-station, when the prisoner Durham came to me, and said that he had been kicked out of the “Hoy Hotel," where he was staying. I then went to the house, and saw the landlady. Jackson was upstairs in a state of drunkenness, and causing a great noise. After some time he was got out, and then both prisoners, meeting outside, commenced causing a disturbance. I told them they had better go away, and not make a noise in the street, or I should take them into custody; and as they continued the disturbance and used bad language, I locked them up. They were both drunk and very noisy.

Cross-examined by Jackson: I did not see you forcibly ejected from the house.

Mr. James Stevens, the landlord of the “Hoy Hotel," said: Jackson came to my house on Saturday, and both prisoners dined them. After going to bed on Sunday, my attention was drawn to Jackson, who was making a noise. He had had too much to drink. He was put out of the house.

The Mayor said the Bench were inclined to look at what occurred outside of the house as the result of what had happened inside, and the prisoners would, therefore, be discharged. He hoped that when they came to Margate again they would not take too much to drink.

The prisoner Jackson said he should be afraid to come to Margate again.


From the Whitstable Times, 17 September, 1870.


We have this week to record a boat accident by which a visitor named James Plastow and a boatman of this town named Samuel Davie, lost their lives.

It appears that, at about half past eleven on Wednesday morning, Mr. William Guest, of the “Ranleigh Arms.” Roman Road. North Bow; Mr. Frost, late of the “Surrey Arms.” Surrey Square, Old Kent Road and Mr. James Plastow, also of the “Surrey Arms;” engaged Mr. Samuel Davis, the owner of the rowing boat “Emily” of this place, to take them for a row and sail towards Reculver.

At about half past twelve o’clock, when off Birchington, Davis, as he was engaged in removing the sail, preparatory to returning home, slipped on to one side of the boat and caused it to capsize, throwing the whole of the occupants into the sea. Guest and Frost, who are good swimmers, succeeded in placing Davis and Plastow on the keel of the boat, which was bottom uppermost, but they were unable to retain that position, and, having slipped back into the water were unfortunately drowned. Guest and Frost kept themselves above the surface of the sea, by swimming with one hand and holding on to the boat with the other, until they were rescued by the “Secret” lugger, in which they were brought ashore in an exhausted state after having been in the water three-quarters of an hour. They were then taken to the “Hoy Hotel,” where they were kindly received and their wants attended to by Mr. and Mrs. Stevens.

The bodies of the drowned men had not been recovered when we went to press.


Morning Advertiser, 12 June 1872.


Mrs James Stevens, in thanking the public generally for the kind patronage according to the house during her late husband's management, begs to inform them that she has reopened (entirely refurbished) the hotel, which is again replete with every comfort.

Wines and spirits having been selected in the finest quality, and every care bestowed in the domestic arrangements, Mrs Stevens trusts to insure a continuance of the general patronage which has hitherto been awarded to the hotel.


Hoy 1928

Above photo, 1928, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Person in photo, unknown.

From The Advertiser, Tuesday, 24 September, 1935.


16th September, at a nursing home, Margate, the wife of H. Byworth-Morgan, "Hoy Hotel," Margate, of a daughter.


From, Friday, April 08, 2011

THANET'S largest private employer hopes his new pub which sits directly opposite the Turner Contemporary gallery will make record profits when it opens.

Frank Thorley's 23rd pub, called The "Hoy," is within a stone's throw of Margate's new 17.5 million gallery.

Frank Thorley hopes the Turner Contemporary will bring his new venture record profits.

Mr Thorley said: "We want to capitalise on its proximity to the new gallery and I think we are going to get a very different type of clientele here."

Mr Thorley has spent somewhere in the region of 1 million converting the building ahead of its opening on Saturday. The Art Deco-style building on Fort Hill, which was once a pub called "Benjamin Beale," lay dormant for 14 years. Mr Thorley added: "We've had this building for a long time and have been waiting for an opportunity to develop it and the opening of this gallery is a good reason."

The "Hoy" will have room for up to 60 people dining, as well as a long oak bar. Mr Thorley likes detail and gets involved in every aspect of design.

He added: "I like to be involved. My son Philip and I choose everything from light fittings to hand dryers."

The "Hoy" will have up to four chefs running the sizeable kitchen.

To celebrate all things Margate, Mr Thorley is creating photographic murals from negatives he purchased from the Sunbeam photo studios.

He said: "I've got pictures of old Margate which I'm turning into wallpaper, like kids enjoying donkey rides."

Mr Thorley added: "We are looking to serve top-class food. I think we have an opportunity here to create a niche market here in Margate."

Thorley Taverns employs around 450 staff across its 22 pubs, 5 hotels and restaurants. Mr Thorley added: "I've been doing this since 1975 and I really enjoy it. I work seven days a week and I'm really looking forward to the opening of this pub. I hope everyone will like it as much as I do."


I am informed that of August 2018 the pub was under sale for an open offer as asking price.



KIRBY William 1792+

WHITE William 1823-39+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

KEMBER Richard to Nov/1838 dec'd

WHETTY/WHITTY John H 1841+ (age 45 in 1841Census)

Last pub licensee had KELSEY John 1847-59+ (age 37 in 1851Census) Williams Directory 1849

KELSEY Julia A Miss 1861-62+ (age 26 in 1861Census)

STEVEN James 1867-71+ (age 51 in 1871Census)

STEVEN Julia Ann June/1872-91+ (widow age 56 in 1891Census)

JEPHCOTT Thomas 1901+ Next pub licensee had (age 58 in 1901Census)

LEVY & FRANKS Ltd 1922-38+


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34


Williams Directory 1849From Isle of Thanet Williams Directory 1849


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