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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest 1986

(Name from)

Victoria Hotel

Latest 2000

25 Bouverie Road

25 Middleburgh Square

Folkestone

 

Formerly the "Bouverie Hotel" and changed name to the "Victoria Hotel."

In 1988 licensee David Bumpstead decided to open up the ground floor by creating an archway through one of the walls and created a restaurant titled the "Prince Albert Restaurant" and the Hotel became a free-house. Unfortunately this was not a viable success and the premises closed between December 1991 and October 1994.

During the last year the inside was said to resemble a 1930s look with a wooden and glass bar and large mirror on the wall, and decorated with a collection of caps and hats. Although having a 30s look, the bar also held a pool table and presented programmes from a satellite TV. The hotel side continued after reopening in the latter part of 1994 and continued as such till its final closure in June 2000 and the premises was demolished the following year.

 

Folkestone Herald 10 July 1987.

Local News.

The theft of a purse and its contents, stolen between June 13 and June 14 at the Victoria Hotel in Middelburg Square, Folkestone, has been reported to police. The black leather wallet purse belongs to hotel manageress Beryl Underdown, and is worth 44. Since the theft, 300 in withdrawals have been made on a credit card that was in the purse.

 

Folkestone Herald 17 June 1988.

Advertising Feature.

Folkestone was once a playground for Victorian holidaymakers and they flocked from all over the country to enjoy the luxury of the town’s seaside hotels.

The owners of the Victoria Hotel in Middelburg Square have recreated the comfort and splendour of this era in their hotel. To start with, they gave it its present name and completely refurbished the bars. They’ve now built a magnificent two-tier restaurant, kitchen and new toilets. In keeping with the Victorian theme his extension has been named the Prince Albert restaurant and it opens tomorrow. The design and decoration have been carefully planned to blend with the rest of the hotel, which was first licensed in 1866. The two-floored restaurant can seat up to 60 people and a wide range of meals is provided.

Husband and wife team David and Barbara Bumstead are confident they’ve put together a catering staff second to none. After all, David should know. He used to be a professional football player with Millwall and Bristol Rovers and knows what makes up a good team. They offer a full a la carte menu with mouth watering dishes like Prawn Charlotte, Veal Victoria and Chicken Forestale. They can also cater for business lunches and there’s a set menu for other lunchtime eaters. There’s a full roast lunch available on Sundays. Dining there will be a pure delight and an experience not to be missed. The atmosphere is timeless and relaxing and the food and wine excellent. With the new Prince Albert restaurant, the Victoria Hotel is the perfect retreat and no detail has been overlooked.

Barbara and David would like to convey their thanks to all the workforce who have done such a magnificent job in building the new restaurant.

 

Folkestone Herald 30 September 1988.

Local News.

A Folkestone seaman who attacked a man who had upset his girlfriend was bound over for two years and ordered to pay compensation to his victim at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday.

Louis Michael Bennett, 21, of Augusta Gardens, admitted assaulting Graham Noakes causing actual bodily harm in June. He denied charges of causing grievous bodily harm and his plea was accepted.

Mr. Martin von Simson, prosecuting, said Mr. Noakes was catering manager at the Cavendish Hotel and Bennett’s girlfriend worked there as a waitress. She complained to Bennett about Mr. Noakes' behaviour towards her and Bennett went to the hotel looking for Mr. Noakes. “He was not there and Bennett tracked him down to the Victoria pub where he punched him to the floor. Mr. Noakes was taken to hospital where he had bruises and a cut to his nose and complained of a broken rib, although this was not confirmed by medical evidence. When questioned by police Bennett admitted the attack, saying he lost his temper when Mr. Noakes made a provocative remark and punched him three times.

Mr. Daniel Matovu, for Bennett, said there was a degree of provocation but added that the attack was not premeditated. “He intended just giving Mr. Noakes a verbal warning but hit the other man when he made a remark which in effect admitted the girlfriend's allegations”.

 

Folkestone Herald 30 March 1995.

Local News.

Hotel customers took a journey back into the past to help make the future brighter for needy children. Staff and regulars at the Victoria Hotel, Middelburg Square, Folkestone, dressed up in wartime clothing on Saturday. Organiser Michael Gillman, of Military Road, Hythe, arranged for a three-piece band to play 30s and 40s tunes while he sang along. It was all to raise funds for youngsters' charity Children In Need, and a raffle managed to give the organisation a 135 boost.

Stuart Hickey, one of the hotel's co-owners, said “There are a lot of people who want a return to the entertainment of the 30s 40s and 50s, and at the moment there's nothing of that era in Folkestone”. He said the event was a success and he hopes to repeat it, with interest set to reach a peak during the VE Day celebrations later this year.

 

Folkestone Herald 4 December 1997.

Local News.

A charity darts event hit the bullseye the other day with a grand total of more than a thousand pounds raised.

Sixty people gathered in the Victoria Hotel in Middelburg Square for the twenty-four-hour event, which featured six players. They set a target of half a million points, and as the darts flew through the night from 4 p.m. the pennies came pouring in. The money will go to boost funds at Park Farm Primary School and the Hyperactive Children Support group.

Captain of the darts team, Mick Cochran, said he was delighted with the money raised, especially as it was the first time he had organised a charity event like this. He added “By 4 p.m. yesterday when the competition ended we had raised about 1,020. We were tired, but pleased with what we had done!” Mr. Cochran said he wanted to help the school and the group because his son was a pupil at the school and had also been hyperactive when he was younger.

 

 

LICENSEE LIST

Last pub licensee had BUMPSTEAD David & KEBBLE Noel 1986-87

BUMPSTEAD David & UNDERDOWN John 1987-89

BUMPSTEAD David & ROGERS Thomas 1989-92

THOMPSON Robert 1992-94

O.SULLIVAN Brian 1994-95

FRISKIN Stephen 1995-2000 Also "Harvey Hotel."

 

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