1 Kingsdown Road
(St. Margaret's at Cliff)
Red Lion photo by Roger Hurst, circa 1990.
Above photographs by Paul Skelton, November 2006
Part of the building is reputed to have once been a mortuary, the pub is now a
Freehouse and has a log fire, real ales and home cooked food. It also has a beer
garden and caters for families.
Recently being bought in March 2011 by "Priory Land" a land management and
development company, and is their first pub.
From the web site
http://www.prioryland.com/news.php accessed 29 April, 2012
PRIORY COOKS UP A TASTY TREAT
Following completion of a brand new kitchen, the "Red Lion" pub in St
Margaret’s at Cliffe, which is Priory Land’s first pub investment, has
quickly developed a reputation for serving outstandingly good home-made
food, prepared by chef Les Field.
Mark Goodall, Priory Land’s Commercial Director, said “Les is an
amazing chef and the food that he prepares is simply out of this World.
Everyone is talking about it.” Goodall added “Les was sous chef to
Michel Roux Junior for 10 years at Le Gavroche in London and, as you
might expect, Les produces fantastic desserts. Only the best ingredients
will do for Les and the only thing that is ever frozen is the ice cream.
Everything else is freshly prepared that day”.
Most recently, Field was Head Chef at the British Embassy in Kabul
for three years.
Asked why pubs are a good investment when so many are failing,
Dougall said “It may seem obvious but if you buy in the right location,
at the right price, listen to what your customers want and deliver
exactly what they want, consistently, and at a fair price, then you will
not go far wrong. With the "Red Lion," we consulted with our customers
and, importantly, we listened. We continue to consult and to listen, and
our customers are involved in the making of key decisions”. Dougall
added “It helps if you enjoy and are passionate about running a great
pub, where people want to be. We certainly are”.
The date of the current building is 1825.
Above pictures show front and back of business cards 2008.
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General
Advertiser, Saturday 10 June, 1854. Price 5d.
COUNTY PETTY SESSIONS
Wednesday - before Dr. Sillery.
William Pidduck, farm servant, was brought up for drunkenness, and
also for assaulting two constables at St. Margaret's-at-Cliff. From the
evidence it appeared that defendant was drunk at the "Lion Inn," in that
parish, on Tuesday, and conducted himself so insultingly towards the
constable Marsh, one of the complainants, that the latter was induced to
take him into custody. In attempting to do so, a struggle ensued, which
was observed by the other complainant, named Young, who went to the
assistance of Marsh, and while handcuffing Pidduck, Young was twice
kicked by defendant. During the removal to Dover, Pidduck made use of
very threatening and most obscene language. At the police station he
also behaved in a most violent manner.
For the drunkenness, a fine of 5s. was inflicted; and for the
assault. £2 2s. - In default of payment, Pidduck was committed to St.
Augustine's for a month.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 22 February, 1895. Price 1d.
W. GARDENER v. Mrs. THURLOW
This was a claim for £1 1s. 0d. for work done on a beer engine at the
“Lion,” St. Margaret’s of which the defendant was at the time landlady.
On behalf of the defendant several witnesses were called to prove that
the work was done to the beer engine to make it workable.
His Honour gave judgement for the plaintiff in 14 days.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 18 July, 1890. Price 1d.
During the thunderstorms on Thursday afternoon, Mrs. Thurlow of the
“Lion Inn,” St. Margaret’s, and her daughter, were driving around the
corner from the Market Place into Castle Street, when the pony shied and
two ladies seated behind were thrown out and badly shaken. They were
taken to Mr. Valentine’s, in Church Street, but afterwards proceeded on
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 19 August, 1904. Price 1d.
The landlord of the “Red Lion Inn,” St. Margaret’s, was granted
temporary permission to sell at Reach Court Meadow on the occasion of
the annual sports on the 21st inst.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 21
DOVER COUNTY SESSIONS
Plans showing as alterations of the entrance to the "Red Lion," St.
Margaret's from the side road to the main road, were approved.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 17
November, 1922. Price 1½d.
Mr. William Thomas Norris, of the "Red Lion," St. Margaret's, applied
for an extension from 10 to 11 p.m. on November 16th, on the occasion of
the annual dinner of the Slate Club.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 22 March, 1929. Price 1½d.
Plans were submitted for alterations for the “Red Lion,”
The plans were approved.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 18
An occasional licence was granted for the "Red Lion," St.
Margaret's-at-Cliff, on October 2nd, from 2.30 to 5 p.m., for a sale at
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 19
BRITISH LEGION DINNER
The licence of the "Red Lion," St. Margaret's, was granted an
extension until 10.30 p.m. on 4th December for a British Legion dinner.
Earliest reference found so far is in the Wingham Division Ale Licence list,
which shows the "Red Lion," St. Margaret's at Cliffe, to be re-licensed for the sum of 8 shillings in
1740 indicating that the pub was present before 1740.
WELLARD Israel 1740+
GOLDSACK John 1858
HILLS Edmund Baker 1864-82+
THURLOW Robert 1889-91+
SUMMERS F W 1896-1901+
(Also wine and spirit merchant)
HETHERSOLE Mr G H to Mar/1910
BENNETT Mr H J C Mar/1910-Nov/10
ANDERSON John 1913-Apr/21
NORRIS William Thomas Apr/1921-53+
AUSTIN A A 1956+
LOCK Frederick G 1972+
Charrington & Co
BURCHELL Nick July 2006-11
DOUGALL Kevin Apr/2011+
The Dover Express reported that Mr. H. J. C. Bennett had previously held licence
at the "Good Intent," Aldington. J Anderson before taking over the pub
left the Royal Marines last autumn.
The Dover Express reported the temporary license transfer from John Anderson to
William Norris in March 1921.
From Wingham Division Ale Licences 1740 Ref: KAO - QRLV 3/1
From Melville's Directory 1858
From the Post Office Directory 1874
From the Post Office Directory 1882
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1889
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1890
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1891
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1895
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1896-97
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1898
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1899
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1899-1900
From the Post Office Directory 1901
From the Post Office Directory 1913
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1913
From the Post Office Directory 1914
From the Post Office Directory 1918
From the Post Office Directory 1922
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1924
From the Post Office Directory 1930
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1932-33
From the Post Office Directory 1938
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1938-39
From the Kelly's Directory 1950
From the Kelly's Directory 1953
From the Kelly's Directory 1956
Library archives 1974
From the Dover Express