Sort file:- Folkestone, February, 2020.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 16 February, 2020.


Earliest 1967


Open 2019+

7-9 Church Street


01303 488966

Pullman 1978

Above photograph kindly supplied by Jan Pedersen, 1978.

Pullman, Folkestone Pullman, Folkestone Pullman sign 2009

Above photos by Paul Skelton, 27 June 2009.


Above photo kindly sent by Chris Excell, 2013.

Pullman 2018

Above photo 2018.


First opened in 1967, known as "Le Grand Chemney," as a restaurant with only a beer, cider and wine license, having been converted from tea rooms. The full license was finally granted in 1977. The following year the premises expanded with the acquisition of the premises next door at number 9.

Fire swept through the premises in August 1991 destroying a fifth of each floor and seriously effected the rest of the building. The licensee, William Taylor lost two dogs in the fire.

The Grand Metropolitan acquired the pub on 8th June 1992 and by October the same year it reopened. William Taylor finally gave up the lease in June 1999.

According to a message left on Flikr:- "The Pullman was a rough pub where fights were not uncommon."

Now reopened after a short time closed the pub has gone through a reformation under the reign of Steve and Linda Harris. The establishment now boasts of no distracting TVs, no jukebox, no swearing of course, no pool or darts. Just a traditional pub, the way they should be in which customers can relax under a calm atmosphere.

I also believe at the time of writing this the pub offers four real ales.

Early January 2013 the premises was put for auction on Ebay with a Buy it now price of £70,000. Bids close 13th Jan 2013. The details being added stated the following:-


From Ebay, accessed 11 January 2012.


Situated in the pedestrianised Church Street close to the town centre.


A large 3 storey mid-terrace period public house with exposed timbers to front elevations, many original period features including three quarter panelled walls, all refurbished to a very high standard. Certificate of Excellence Rated at 4.5 by the TripAdvisor 2012.


The property is held under a 15 year Enterprise Inns lease which commenced in 2009. The current rent is £22,092 per annum with annual indexation to RPI and rent reviews every 5th year. The lease is presently tied for all wet products, although this is negotiable with the Landlords.


Turnover for the year ended 31st March 2012 was £178,173 (ex VAT). Management accounts for the 12 months from 1.9.11 to 31.8.12 show turnover of £185,000 (Ex VAT). Further details can be made available to genuinely interested parties following a formal viewing of the property.


FRONT ENTRANCE LOBBY leading to right hand BAR AREA with open fireplace, panelled walls, circular panel fronted SERVERY to all areas, with part mirrored fully fitted back displays and 3 double chill cabinets, tiled floor; WASHUP AREA to side; SIDE BAR AREA in similar style with open brick fireplace and tables & chairs for 25 covers; Rear SALOON AREA with carpeted floor, wall banquette seating, further 25 covers, open fireplace, grand piano; Raised RESTAURANT for 30 covers, with painted panelling, cutlery station, dumb waiter to first floor kitchen; double doors to rear patio; CLEANER'S CUPBOARD housing combi-boiler; STOREROOM; REAR CORRIDOR; GENTS off, with tiled walls and floor, stainless steel slab urinal, wash hand basin and wc; LADIES with tiled walls and floor, 2 wc's and 2 vanitory basins; Good sized OFFICE with tiled floor; UTILITY ROOM with stainless steel sink.


Stairs down from side bar area to OUTER CELLAR/STORE; Electrically cooled DRAUGHT BEER CELLAR with butlers sink, water supply and drainage.


STAIRS UP from front entrance lobby to LANDING, Good sized former FUNCTION ROOM/STORE with panelled walls, Victorian fireplace, Small SERVERY. Good sized COMMERCIAL KITCHEN with fume extraction, stainless steel wash-up area, stainless steel preparation areas, 6-burner gas double oven, microwaves, deep fat fryers, commercial upright fridge and fridge/freezer, dumb waiter to ground floor dining area. OUTSIDE

Part fenced part walled part covered TERRACED TRADE PATIO with weather proof rattan furniture for 46 covers; LOG STORE AREA.


LIVING ROOM; DOUBLE BEDROOM, KITCHENETTE with fridge & microwave, double casement doors to midterrace patio area; BATHROOM with over bath shower, wash hand basin, wc, heated towel rail, plumbing for washing machine.


Very spacious and currently (at first fix stage) undergoing conversion to letting accommodation to comprise FOUR DOUBLE BEDROOMS all with EN SUITE facilities; casement doors to small upper terraced patio area.



After opening again during 2013, the premises is again closed as of December 2013, although I have heard that it will be opening again when the licensee from the "British Lion" will be taking it over. However, having said that, local knowledge tells me that the previous licensee has apparently stripped it of everything useable.

Further information tells me that Ben and Lucy Cuthbert took over the pub in 2014.

Ben and Lucy Cuthbert

Above photo showing licensees Ben & Lucy Cuthbert in 2017.

From the By Lauren MacDougall, 6 November 2019.

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The Pullman.

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A lovely roaring fire at The Pullman.

Where : Church St, Folkestone CT20 1SE.

What : This lovely Kentish pub hidden on a Folkestone side street has a reputation for fine feasting and warm hospitality.

Not only will you receive warm and friendly service, you'll feel cosy and toasty inside too as the fire is located conveniently next to the bar to keep you snug while you drink.

And, if it's a Sunday and you really want to warm your cockles, you can get a cracking roast here too.



TAYLOR William 1984-June/1999

FOILET Phillipe 1999-Jan-2004

HARRIS Steve & Linda to 2010+

CUTHBERT Ben & Lucy 2014-17+ Next pub licensee had


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