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Earliest 1906

Marine Hotel

Open 2023+

33 Marine Parade


01227 272672

Marine Hotel 1928

 Above photo, June 1928, kindly sent by Bob Le-Roi.

Marine Hotel 1930s

Above postcard circa 1930s.

Marine Hotel

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.

Marine Hotel

Above postcard, August 1945, kindly supplied by Roger Woodman.

Marine Hotel

Above postcard, 1946.

Marine Hotel 1980's

Above postcard, date 1980's, kindly submitted by Mark Jennings.

Marine Hotel 2010

Above photo 2010 by Chris Whippet Creative Commons Licence.

Marine Hotel

Above photo, date unknown.

Marine Hotel 2017

Above photo 2017.

Marine sign 1991

Above sign, July 1991.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Marine Hotel sign 2010

Above sign 2010.

Marine Hotel bar

Above photo date unknown.


The Marine Hotel was built in 1895, although originally not as a hotel, originally this was constructed as four separate, albeit very grand, terraced houses.

The Tankerton Estate Company, in developing the area converted these houses into the Hotel.

In 1906, two of the four houses were converted into a hotel. Throughout the First World War all four properties, as with what would eventually become the Royal half a mile or so east along Marine Parade, were converted into a military hospital.

After the Armistice of 1918, half of the building was returned to hotel use with the other portion remaining as a hospital, Whitstable’s first by some accounts, until 1921 when it closed. In 1916, the entire building opened to guests, and the Marine Hotel, pretty much as we know it today, was born.

Shepherd Neame carried out a 1.6 million refurbishment when they took over, and was the biggest job of its kind that the Faversham brewer had undertaken at the time. The old ballroom is now as elegant as it ever was, and a popular venue for weddings and other events.

From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 9 June 1928.


Fully Licensed. 40 Bedrooms. Uninterrupted sea view. Billiards. Spacious Lounge accommodation.

Headquarters of the Tankerton Angling Society and Tankerton Cricket Club.

Phone Whitstable 72.

Proprietor George J Fitt.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 7 November, 1936.


11th Annual Dinner, dance and Social Evening. 7.30 p.m. - 1.30 a.m.

To be held at the "Marine Hotel," on Friday, November 20th, Jack Hooker Band. Tickets 6/6.

Tickets may be obtained from the Home Secretary, R. Harris, Clapham Hill Poultry Farm, or "Marine Hotel."


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 19 January 1952.


There was a pleasant surprise in store for the large gathering attending the Lindley Players’ dinner and social evening at the "Marine Hotel," Tankerton, on Saturday, for the new "Galleon" Room was brought into use for the first time.

The room has seating capacity for 200 to 250 people and is the largest banqueting hall in the town. In providing this the proprietor of the hotel (Mr. Crowther) has met a long felt need, for it will be available for largely attended banquets, dances and social gatherings. It is well equipped and will add greatly to the amenities of the district. All who were present at Saturday's initial event congratulated Mr. Crowther upon his enterprise.

There was no toast list on Saturday, but at the conclusion of the dinner Mr. Denis Lees, on behalf of the Lindley Players, welcomed the visitors and spoke in high terms of praise of the newly provided room at the "Marine Hotel."

Dancing and games helped to make up a very happy and enjoyable evening.


From the By Luke May, 20 June 2019.

 The "Walnut Tree," East Farleigh was named Turnaround Pub of the Year.

 Elsewhere in Kent, the "Walnut Tree Inn" in Aldington won the Heart of the Community award, Dargate's the "Dove" scooped the Pub Food gong, New Licensee went to Joe and Jane Mullane of the "Four Fathoms," Herne Bay, "Dover Castle" in Teynham won Tenanted Pub of the Year, the "Alma" in Painters Forstal had the Best Floral Display, and Nick Kings-Kemsley of the "Marine Hotel," Tankerton was named Manager of the Year.

Meanwhile, The "Green Man" in Hernogate, Essex, won the Best Hero award.



FITT George J 1928+ Whitstable Times

FITT Arthur 1939+ (age 39 in 1939)



Whitstable TimesWhitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald


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