Sort file:- Ramsgate, September, 2023.

Page Updated:- Monday, 04 September, 2023.


Earliest 1849-

Refectory Tavern

Latest 1957+

112-114 Harbour Parade (Sands)


Ramsgate Harnour map 1849

Above map, 1849, kindly sent by Bob Lee.

Refectory Tavern 1910

Above photo, 1910.

Refrectory 1935

Above photo, circa 1935, kindly sent by Martin Weselby showing his grand-parents Ellie and Thomas Greenway on a day out.

Refrectory Tavern

Above photo, date unknown.

Refrectory 1969

Above photo, circa 1969, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.


The "Refectory Tavern" was one of three pubs in a row. The "Harp" was one of them at 108-110 and in 1936 the two pubs were amalgamated into one.

The pub was situated next door to the Sands railway station.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 18 February 1851.


Thomas Kingsford was brought up on information of William James Terry, on Monday, February 3rd.

From the evidence of the complainant, it appeared that the assault arose out of a quarrel which took place between the parties at the "Refectory Tavern" on the Sands, Ramsgate; a fight ensued, during which, as alleged by Terry, he was stabbed by Kingsford with what he supposed to be a pair of scissors.

Dr. Young deposed:- I am a surgeon and live in High Street, Ramsgate. On Monday the 3rd instant, I was called on to attend the prosecutor. I found he have received a punctured wound near the abdomen. Such a wound might have been inflicted by the point of scissors. The wound was three quarters of an inch deep. It had penetrated into the right muscle of the stomach. I did what I thought was right for him. It was nearer two than one that I was sent for to Dr. Ayres's where defendant was.

After hearing other evidence at considerable length, for and against defendant, the magistrates withdrew, and on returning into court committed Kingsford for trial at the next Maidstone assizes, but bail was allowed, himself in 40, and two sureties in 20.

Kingsford's defence was to this purport:- I have been so ill-used for weeks and months that I could not put up with it. The scissors were never in my hands after I left the "Refrectory."

Mr. T. Delasaux appeared for Terry, and Mr. John Mercer defended Kingsford.


Southeastern Gazette, 23 August 1853. Ramsgate

Petty Sessions, Monday. (Before W. H. St. George, Esq., chairman, A. Crofton, and H. Benson, Esqrs.)

William Brand, of the "Refectory, was charged with the same offence. (Opening his house for the sale of beer, on Sunday morning, the 7th inst.) James Livick, chief officer of police, deposed that on the morning of Sunday the 7th inst., he accompanied the churchwardens to visit the public-houses in the town at about a quarter before eleven in the forenoon. He went into the defendant’s house; there were several persons in the bar, male and female, residents of this town, drinking; one or two persons were served.

Cross-examined:— Visited other houses that morning and found them open; they might be ten in number; half of them were open for business, but no one was in them.

A solicitor from London appeared for the defendant, who stated that the defendant had taken this house, laid out much money upon it, and made it respectable, and being so near the Sands it was in great request. The defendant had not wilfully broken the law, he had acted upon the tenor of his license thinking he might keep open till divine service, which he believed was generally done by the houses in the town. If the law was to be enforced, it should be generally so; defendant wished to conduct his house properly, and it would be so in future. He trusted that the Bench would allow him to pay 1 into the poor-box in lieu of a conviction.

The Chairman said that having previously convicted another person for a similar offence, they could not but do so in this, and they wished it to be known that in future every house would be visited and offenders punished.

Fined 15s., and costs 13s.


Kentish Independent - Saturday 6 September 1856.

Ramsgate, Kent.

To Tavern keepers, publicans, gentleman's servant, and others.

Messrs. Bromley and Son will sell by auction, on Thursday, September 11th, 1856, at 12 o'clock, at the auction mart, opposite the Bank of England and (by order of Mr. Brand, the proprietor, retiring from the business,) the valuable lease and goodwill with possession of those commanding premises well known as the "Refectory Tavern and Wine and Spirits Establishment," desirably situated opposite the Sands, at Ramsgate, held for 17 and a half years, at a low rental. The trade is very considerable, averaging upwards of 500 per month in the season, and usually good profits, which could be considerably increased by an enterprising man of business.

May be viewed, particulars had on the premises, the principal Inns at Ramsgate, Margate, and Canterbury; Messrs. Wire and Child, Solicitors, St. Swithens Lane; place of sale, and of the Auctioneers, 17, Commercial Road, St. Georges East.

September 1st, 1856.


Kentish Gazette 18 November 1856.


On the 6th inst., an action was tried before Mr. Justice Crampton, to recover 181 alleged to be due to Mr. Turner, for services rendered by him and his wife, against Mr. Brand, proprietor of the "Brown Bear," Whitechapel, and other public houses. Turner and his wife had the care of the "Refractory" at Ramsgate on a salary of 2 per week. He (the plaintiff) had in September, 1855, gone to Jersey for the benefit of his health, at the suggestion of Brand himself, and during his absence his wife was turned out of the house into the street and not even allowed to take her clothes with her; defendant subsequently refused to pay what was due to Turner. The defence was that the plaintiff had been extravagant in his post as manager, and had not accounted for some of the wines in his charge, and that Mrs. Turner had misconducted herself. The jury, after a long investigation of the circumstances, found a verdict for the plaintiff, damages 101 2s 2d.


From the Kentish Chronicle 8 October 1859. Price 1d.


Monday (Before Thomas Whitehead, Esq., chairman, E. G. Hannam, Esq, and H. Benson, Esq).

The adjourned case of Mr. William Brand, proprietor of the "Refectory Tavern," Ramsgate, who stood charged with keeping his house open on Sunday, the 18th ult., between the hours of three and five o'clock p. m., came on for hearing. Mr. brand pleaded not guilty, and was defended by Mr. Towne. William Lewis deposes:- I was on duty on Sunday afternoon, the 18th inst., in Victoria Place about 4 o'clock p. m. I saw two persons come from the direction of the sands and go into the “Refectory.” I followed them into the house, and found two other persons drinking either beer or ale; the two persons I followed into the house were supplied with a glass of beer or ale each, and left the house; there were two other persons in the room, they remained there; the four persons that I saw drinking left the house, the two that remained appeared to be taking refreshment.

Cross-examined by Mr. Towne:- I did not know any of the persons that were in the house. I had never seen them before. I saw the waiter, and spoke to a female behind the bar. I did not ask these people who they were or where they came from. As I was leaving the house the waiter told me they had been dining there. I did not speak to any of the party or they to me. Mr. Brand offered to go with me to the party, and they would show me their travelling tickets. I did not go to see the tickets, but went away and lodged this complaint. What Mr. Brand said to me was said outside the house. I have seen a notice posted up outside that house that there is an ordinary every day (Sundays included). I did not observe any notice on that day that there was an ordinary. Mr. Towne then addressed the Bench at great length, and said the evidence given would not support the information. It is a very hard case, and it is a great pity that liberty should be given to a policeman to go into a house and to lay information against that house, which was most respectably conducted, and had no complaint against it; it was a great disgrace to the police to find they acted as common informers.

George Harvey:— I am waiter at the "Refectory Tavern." On Sunday, the 18th September, I remember Lewis, the policeman, came into the house, it was about four o'clock p. m. , he spoke to the barmaid behind the counter, there were about seven persons in the house. I did not see anything served but cigars from the bar, there was no liquor served, the tap was closed; there is an ordinary every Sunday, and all the week at 4 o'clock. I cleared the cloth at 10 minutes before 2 o'clock; at that time two gentlemen came to the door and asked to be served. My master has given me directions not to serve any one but boarders and travellers; when Lewis came in I told him they were all boarders and travellers, and would show him their tickets. Lewis said he did not want to enquire about any tickets and then walked away.

Mr. James Freeman:— I am a licensed carman, and live at No. 15 Wellclose Square, London, and was at the "Refectory" the Sunday before last. I came there by the excursion train and stayed there till the evening and returned to London by the same train. I came down with Lewis, went to the "Refectory that afternoon about four o'clock, there might have been five or six persons present, they came by the same train that I did, they were travellers, and offered to show their tickets to Lewis, but he refused to look at them and walked away from the house. The Bench withdrew from the Court to their private consulting room for a short time, and on returning directed Mr. Brand to pay a fine of 5s., and 14s. 6d. costs.

Mr. Brand then directed his solicitor, Mr. Towne, to appeal against the decision of the Bench.


From the Kentish Chronicle 7 January, 1860.


From the East and West Cliffs some thousands of tons have fallen in consequence of the breaking up of the late severe fronts. On Sunday morning last about one o'clock a very heavy fall happened from the East Cliff, near the "Refectory Tavern," blocking up the road running between Messrs. Strong and Barns shipwright yard and the cliff, sweeping before it the yard fence, and trunk used to steam planks in, as well as the copper and furnace, at the same lime burying a quantity of ship timber that was placed under the cliff. Fortunately there was no one passing at the time of the fall. From appearances there is a great deal more to fall, there being cracks on the top of the cliff 4 feet from the edge.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 8 September, 1860.


On Monday evening, at Brand's "Refectory Tavern," Sands, Ramsgate, Mr. W. J. Julian, the popular mimic and comic vocalist, was presented with a very handsome silver snuff-box, with a suitable inscription, bearing testimony to his ability as a comic singer and his general character as a gentleman. Mr. E. G. Burton, the popular dramatic writer, in a very effective speech, expatiated upon the admirable manner in which Mr. Julian had conducted the entertainments at this popular place of amusement; and Mr. Julian in reply, said he was indebted to Mr. and Mrs. Brand for their kindness in placing the concerts entirely under his directions. The room was crowded, and the evening passed off with great hilarity.


From the Thanet Advertiser, Saturday 21 January, 1865.

Brand v. Harriet.

This was an adjourned plaint brought by the plaintiff, of the "Refectory Tavern," and the owner of a house in Kent Terrace, to recover from the defendant, a solicitor, in London, 21 11 s. 6d. for rent of apartments, 17 of which he admitted, but disputed the extras.

Mr. Gibson appeared for the plaintiff; and Mr. Towne for defendant.

On the case being called on, Mr. Gibson said the matter had been arranged between himself and his friend Mr. Town, to take a verdict for 20 and all costs.


Thanet Advertiser, Saturday 15 November 1873.

To Be Sold.

A very large gas stove, suitable for a church, chapel, or music hall.

To be seen at the "Refectory Tavern," Ramsgate.



MEAGRE William 1847+

MEAGRE George 1851+

BRAND William 1853-June/66 dec'd Kentish Chronicle

BAINES Edward 1871+ (age 66 in 1871Census)

ROBERTSON James William 1881-90+ (age 35 in 1881Census)

ROBERTSON James M 1891-1903+ (age 22 in 1891Census)

ROBERTSON Henry P 1901+

ROBERTSON James William 1903-07+ Kelly's 1903

ROBERTSON Albert Sidney 1911-18+ (age 28 in 1911Census)

RUSHTON Sydney 1922+

HILL Frank 1929-30+

STEWARD Joseph Benjamin 1934-36+

BALCOMBE William Edward F 1938-51+

BUTLER Arthur R 1953+

DARBY A G 1955-57+


Kentish ChronicleKentish Chronicle


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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