Sort file:- Deal, August, 2019.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 14 August, 2019.


Earliest 1913


Closed Jan 2019+

1 Cemetery Road/Hamilton Road


01304 274197

Telegraph 1952

Above photo 1952. Creative Commons Licence.

Telegraph ledger

Thompson & Son ledger. Creative Commons Licence.

Telegraph 2010

Above photo 2010 by Oast House Archives Creative Commons Licence.

Telegraph, Deal 1999

Above photo 1999.

Telegraph sign, Deal 1999

Both photographs above, kindly sent to be by Patricia Streater and show the pub and sign in July 1999. The sign was changed shortly after the pictures were taken.

Telegraph sign 1992

Above sign, August 1992.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Telegraph sign 1987Telegraph sign 1991

Telegraph sign left, March 1987, sign right, August 1991.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis

Telegraph sign 2010

Above sign 2010.

Telegraph April 2019

Above photo, April 2019, kindly sent by Steve Glover.


Cemetery Road, I am told has been renamed Hamilton Road, although I do not know yet when this change happened. Steve Glover tells me it was in 1952.


An outlet for Charrington & Co. in 1974. Library archives 1974


From the Dover Express, Thursday 9 September, 2004.

Pub's blaze of glorious colour

Maggie Williams, Telegraph, Deal, 2004

A DEAL pub has received an award for its 'blooming marvellous' hanging baskets.

The Telegraph, in Hamilton Road, Deal, has been awarded the small garden of the year honour in an annual pub competition.

The awards are organised by Kent brewer Shepherd Neame, and The Telegraph's tenant Maggie Williams is now the proud owner of a plaque and 250 of garden vouchers.

Competition judge Yvone Neame said: "The Telegraph is a deserving winner; Maggie has nurtured a stunning display of hanging baskets and tubs, her garden is a blaze of colour."



Information received on 6 December 2011, says that the pub was for sale with a lease of 20,500. Here's hoping it survives as a pub.

The "Telegraph" is a busy community pub with a large number of darts & pool teams. The pub was fully decorated on the outside fairly recently and the kitchen has been completely renewed. There is a lovely sun trap of a garden to the rear, ideal for summer BBQ's and also a smoking facility awning. The pub would suit enthusiastic community focused applicants to further expand on a healthy trade.

Latest news as of 15th May, 2012. The pub appears to have been sold and is open for business and the new tenant is a Mr. N King.


From the Dover Mercury, 22 March 2017.

Lee goes from the front line to life behind the bar.

A former soldier soldier has traded the battlegrounds of Afghanistan for life as pub landlord in Deal.

Lee Johnston 2017

Lee Johnston, 37, and his partner Lara Wilde, 29, have taken over the reins at the Telegraph in Hamilton Road and will have equal roles in its running.

After serving in Northern Ireland and Iraq and having conducted two tours in Afghanistan, Lee, who is originally from London, decided to return to Lara’s home town so they could begin their post-forces life together.

Lee said: “I was coming up to 12 years in the Army and I’d been offered the chance of promotion to Sergeant, but it would have meant relocating, which we didn’t want to do.

“Lara had told me about Deal and what a nice place it was and how the standard of living was good, and it sounded great.”

The couple moved to Deal a few months ago, but had not initially planned to take over a pub.

Lee said: “We’d been drinking at the Telegraph and it was immediately a very friendly place and we felt at home there, and then we found out the tenancy was coming up-so we jumped at the chance.”

Lee joined the Royal Green Jackets in 2004, which later became The Rifles under Army reorganisation.

He saw active service in Iraq, where his platoon was attached to the SAS, and in the Taliban hotspots of Sangin and Nad-e Ali in Afghanistan.

One of his Afghanistan tours was conducted as battlefield casualty replacement, for which he volunteered and which involves taking the place of a soldier who has been seriously injured or killed.

With typical military modesty Lee reckons pub life is in some ways just as hard, but equally rewarding. He said: “It’s a good solid, job, but it is tough - as tough as the Army in terms of man hours and lack of sleep - but the daily routine has to be as strict as Army life.

“We’re both really enjoying it. It’s a great, friendly pub.”

Telegraph patio 2017

Summer barbecues will be held in the newly improved garden and there is free pool on Thursdays all day and night.


I am informed by Steve Glover on the 24 Jan 2019 that the pub appears to be closed and boarded up.



PILCHER V J 1908+ Pikes 1908

PILCHER Elizabeth Mrs 1913-22+ Post Office Directory 1913Deal library 1914Post Office Directory 1922

INGLETON Harry 1934+ Kelly's 1934

HAYMAN Richard C 1938+ Post Office Directory 1938

MORGAN A (manager) 1950-Feb/61

MORGAN Cyril G Feb/1961-74+ Library archives 1974 Charrington & Co

WILLIAMS Maggie to 24/Apr/2006

MAXTED Jenny 24/Apr/2006+

HUTSON Robert Next pub licensee had 2009-Aug/2011

McGLASHAN Mr A Aug/2011+

KING Mr Neil May-November/2012 Next pub licensee had

JAMES Tony & Dawn June/2015+

JOHNSTON Lee Mar/2017+

PENDERS Paul to Jan/2019 Next pub licensee had


Pikes 1908From Pikes 1908

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Deal library 1914Deal Library List 1914

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

Library archives 1974Library archives 1974


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