Page Updated:- Tuesday, 08 August, 2023.


Earliest Mar 2013

Tankerton Arms

Open 2022+

135 (139B) Tankerton Road


07897 741811

Tankerton Arms

Above showing the Tankerton Arms micro pub at 139B. 2013.

Tankerton Arms bar

Inside the Tankerton Arms 2013.

Tankerton Arms 2019

Above photo 2019, showing the premises at 135.

Tankerton Arms sign 1991

Above sign, July 1991.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


Classed as one of the new Micro Pubs this establishment opened in March 2013.


From the By Joe Wright, 22 May 2017.

Whitstable: The Tankerton Arms micropub could be demolished to make way for a three-storey block of shops, apartments and offices.

A popular micropub could be flattened to make way for a three-storey block of shops, offices and apartments.

Plans for The Tankerton Arms, which opened in March 2013, to be demolished along with a small parade of three shops are now being considered by council bosses.

Designed by Canterbury firm On Architecture, the plans propose to “strengthen” the street scene and create vehicle access to the site via Graystone Road.

Micropub regular Johnny Homer, author of the guidebook Whitstable and Herne Bay Pubs, said the demolition would be a great shame.

“If it were to be knocked down then it would be a great loss as it is my favourite micropub,” he said.

“It offers a nice alternative to the formulaic public house and it was the first of the micropubs to start in Whitstable.

“It would be a loss not just for the drinking community but also for the area as a whole if it were to go.”

Tankerton Arms inside 2017

The micropub, which opened in 2013, was the first of its kind in Whitstable.

The pub is run by Nigel and Patsy Ranger and is named after the original Tankerton Arms on the Slopes, which closed in 1999.

If granted, three new shops will open, along with one office and seven apartments at the site.

Mr Homer, who is a tour guide at the Faversham brewery, says the proposed closure is a sign of the times.

“One of the saddest things to see is pubs being replaced with uncharacteristic modern boxes.

“When I moved to here from London 14 years ago I thought that I had got away from that. However, it seems that Whitstable is turning into the modern world.

“I at least hope the original historic Tankerton Arms will not be knocked down, as I would imagine there would be a great outcry if it were to happen.”

Johnny Horner 2017

Author Johnny Homer says the potential closure would hit the whole community.

Shops that will be demolished along with the pub include a branch of the Strode Park Foundation charity and a diabetes charity store.

Commenting on Canterbury City Council’s planning website, Simon Cornish said the loss of the pub, which was formally a tattoo parlour, would hurt Tankerton.

“The character of our single High Street is an important one.

“The design of its buildings is an essential element of our built environment. Incongruity creeps stealthily in to unique areas such as ours and eventually places just look alike.

“The loss of the Tankerton Arms micropub would leave the community poorer. Surely changes to the fabric of the environment should benefit the many and not the few.”


From the By Lauren MacDougall, 21 December 2019.

The 33 pubs in Kent you have to drink at in 2020 according to CAMRA.

In total Kent has heaps of pubs listed in the guide and, while 33 of these are new entries, others have appeared in previous editions of the guide.

A total of 33 pubs from around Kent make up the new entries that feature in the 2020 edition of the Good Beer Guide.

The guide is produced annually by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), the independent guide to the best boozers in the UK that is researched by unpaid and independent volunteers nationwide.

Tom Stainer, CAMRA’s chief executive, said: “For nearly five decades, the Good Beer Guide has been a comprehensive guide to the UK’s breweries, their ales, and the best outlets to find them in across the country.

“What makes the Guide unique is that all the entries are compiled and vetted by a huge volunteer team, based around the country. We work hard to ensure that all areas of the country are covered and, unlike with some competitor titles, inclusion in this book is dependent only on merit, not on payment.

“The Good Beer Guide has always had an important role in acting as a barometer of the beer and pub industry. We believe information gleaned from the Guide is absolutely vital in the drive to save our pubs from closure and campaign for policies that better support pubs, local brewers and their customers.”

This pub is included in the 2020 list.

Tankerton Arms, Tankerton.

What the guide says: "A friendly micropub, with a firm policy of supporting Kent microbreweries, set among Tankerton’s small shops. It does occasional beer swaps with regional breweries.

"The room is pleasant and airy, lined with high wooden tables and stools encouraging good conversation among customers, and there is a patio in front of the pub for outdoor drinking."


I am informed that the premises moved in March 2018 to 135 Tankerton Road, formerly HSBC, and previous to that the Midland Bank.


135 Tankerton Road 2009

Above Google image, July 2009.

Tankerton Arms 2023

Above Google image, April 2023.



RANGER Neil 2012+

MOXON James 2018+


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