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Inns of Romney Marsh

There are many inns on the Marsh, ranging from old village inns that have hardly changed over the years to more modern pubs. Many have histories, with stories of smuggling and the like. All offer a warm welcome, with most serving food.

On this page you will find all the inns listed in alphabetical order, together with some information about each one, a location map, link to their own website and any Tripadvisor Icon reviews they may have received. By all means add your own review.

You can either scroll down the alphabetical listings or use the index below to go straight to a particular inn.


Index Icon Bailiffs Sergeant St Mary's Bay
Index Icon The Bell Inn Ivychurch

Index Icon Botolphs Bridge Inn West Hythe
Index Icon Britannia Inn Dungeness
Index Icon Captain Howey Hotel Littlestone
Index Icon Cinque Ports Arms New Romney
Index Icon City of London Dymchurch
Index Icon The Dolphin Lydd
Index Icon George Hotel Lydd 
Index Icon The Jolly Fisherman Greatstone

Index Icon Neptune Inn Dymchurch
Index Icon New Inn New Romney
Index Icon Ocean Inn Dymchurch
Index Icon The Pilot Inn Dungeness
Index Icon The Plough Inn New Romney
Index Icon The Red Lion Snargate
Index Icon Romney Tavern Greatstone
Index Icon Rose and Crown Inn Old Romney
Index Icon The Royal Mail Inn Lydd

Index Icon The Royal Oak Brookland
Index Icon Royal Oak Lydd

Index Icon The Shepherd and Crook Burmarsh
Index Icon The Ship Hotel New Romney
Index Icon The Ship Inn Dymchurch
Index Icon The Star Inn St Mary in the Marsh
Index Icon The Warren Inn New Romney
Index Icon The Woolpack Brookland

Index Icon Lost Pubs of Romney Marsh


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Bailiffs Sergeant St Mary's Bay

The Bailiffs Sergeant is the only pub in St Mary's Bay, located in Jefferstone Lane opposite the village hall.

The Bailiffs Sergeant is a friendly spirited pub at the hub of the local community, as it provides not only hospitality, but also post office and cashpoint services. It serves a range of Kent brewer Shepherd Neame beers. The pub offers plenty of entertainment - at least once a fortnight there is either live music in a variety of genres or a very popular karaoke night see below. There are darts, pool, cards and board games too for day to day entertainment while a real fire and large garden to add to the comfortable ambience.

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Bailiffs Sergeant

The Bell Inn Ivychurch

Set in the heart of the beautiful Romney Marsh, this mellow tile-hung inn of 1546 is neatly located next to St George's Church and is sometimes known as the `Stained Glass Windows' because of this proximity.

The pub has not always been as cosy as it is today. The owlers and smugglers would give a hostile welcome to strangers drinking there - not surprising considering the nearby church was blatantly used as a warehouse for contraband.
The Bell offers a wealth of good food and well kept beers, Mark and Vanda welcome you to their home.

The Bell Inn has won CAMRA's Pub of the Year for the Ashford, Folkestone & Romney Marsh in 2013, 2011 and 2010, plus they were runners up in 2012

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Botolphs Bridge Inn West Hythe

This remote inn takes its unusual name from a 7th century saint who, according to legend, lived and died here. The pub sign illustrates the story of St Botolph's burial, when a group of monks had to remove his body for protection from marauding Vikings. The pub's connection to the local sheep farming industry is in evidence too, with even the toilet signs indicating Ewes and Rams!

Botolphs Bridge Inn is a quaint family run pub and restaurant on the Marsh They offer freshly prepared home style cooking, including a traditional Sunday roast, as well as Cask Marque accredited quality cask ales, lagers or a glass of fine wine. In the winter there is an open fire.

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Botolps Bridge Inn

Britannia Inn Dungeness

The Britannia Inn is a renowned pub and restaurant serving fish & chips and other home cooked food.
Set two minutes walk from the beach at Dungeness via a walkway opposite, this fantastic pub is in the heart of Dungeness estate, a Site of Special Scientific Interest  and home to some extremely rare wildlife.
The pub is sited between the two Dungeness lighthouses and within a few minutes walk of the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, which dates from 1927.

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Britannia Inn

Captain Howey Hotel Littlestone

The Captain Howey Hotel is situated between the historic Cinque Port Town of New Romney and the sea, opposite the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway station of New Romney.
Built in the 19th Century at the New Romney terminus of the railway branch line from Ashford, then named The Station Hotel, serving the many weekend visitors to the Marsh and the prestigious Littlestone Golf Club.
The RHDR was built in the 1920s by Captain J.E.P. Howey, an eccentric millionaire whose first passion was motor racing but after his marriage he was persuaded by his wife to pursue the safer hobby of railways! The pub was named after him following his death in the 1960s. They provide accommodation.

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Captain Howey

Cinque Ports Arms New Romney

The Cinque Ports were a federation of south-eastern ports, the original five being Hastings, New Romney, Hythe, Dover and Sandwich. It was built in the 18th century probably on the foundations of an earlier building.
The building of whitewashed brickwork, deep-pitched roof and rooms with low, beamed ceilings, has changed little for over 100 years.

The Cinque Ports Arms is is a cosy and friendly welcoming public house with a wealth of oak beams serving upto 4 ever changing real ales.

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City of London Dymchurch

Originally called The Seawall Tavern, this was a 16th Century inn. During a storm in 1775, a ship called City of London was blown ashore and collided with the inn, causing substantial damage. The ship's figurehead and timbers were used to repair the building, and the name was changed to reflect this.

The pub remains a memorial to those who died in the 1775 storm, and it is well worth a visit both for its historical interest and for its food and drink. The public house is mentioned in the Dr Syn novels.

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City of London

The Dolphin Lydd

Traditional pub on the edge of Lydd town. A timber-framed listed building built in the 18 century. There are two bar areas, one a traditional public bar and the other a lounge area with a tv.

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Dolphin Hotel

George Hotel Lydd

Ghosts and violence flavour the long history of the 1620 George Hotel. A phantom is alleged to haunt one of the rooms, either the spirit of a young lady `entertained' by the old mayor or the spectre of a suicidal smuggler. Battles have also occurred here, including a 1721 pistol skirmish between the Mayfield smuggling gang and blockade officers.
Today the George Hotel continues to be used as an hotel with the benefit of a high quality restaurant "The Green Room" serving a great English menu from local fresh food and Chef's Specials from around the world. They provide accommodation.

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George Hotel

The Jolly Fisherman Greatstone

The Jolly Fisherman is the pub for the people who live and work in, and visit, Greatstone and the surrounding area. At The Jolly Fisherman you will find a warm welcome from your hosts Steve, Shirley and Lee where you can enjoy your drink in congenial company and surroundings.
The Jolly offers a wide range of beers, spirits and wines to enjoy in the comfort of a large bar. The Jolly has three pool tables and dart board for the sports women and men, a large flat screen 3D TV to watch the cricket, football and other sports, quiet areas just to be alone and a garden with seating to enjoy the sea breezes.

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The Jolly Fisherman

Neptune Inn Dymchurch

Large pub on the main coast road about half-way between Dymchurch village and Hythe.

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Neptune Inn

New Inn New Romney

The New Inn was only `new' in 1381 when it was originally built and its current attractive Georgian facade covers the body of this much earlier building.
A quiet drink with the paper, a light bite to eat, or a working lunch aided by our wireless network, all are available in this diverse unique pub.
Daily homemade specials to make your mouth water, and if you have a special requirement they will do what we can to accommodate your needs.

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The New Inn

Ocean Inn Dymchurch

The Ocean Inn is a lovely traditional pub in the quaint village of Dymchurch, found beside the sands on one of Kent's most scenic coastlines. 
This establishment is locally renowned for its mouth-watering cuisine, refreshing beers and friendly staff. What's more, with the local funfair and world-famous Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway nearby, it makes for a great start or finish to a day's exploring.
You'll never be short of amusement thanks to the pub's jukebox, pool table, dart board and regular live music events. At the rear, you'll find the comfortable restaurant-bar with doors leading onto the patio and large beer garden - which is complete with outdoor seating for alfresco dining, as well as a children's play area.

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Ocean Inn

The Pilot Inn Dungeness

The Pilot Inn is a family run pub and restaurant situated a stones throw (and there's a lot of them around) from the sea, in the heart of the breathtaking Dungeness National Nature Reserve.

Steeped in the smuggling history of Romney Marsh, its inception followed the luring aground of the Spanish vessel, Alfresia, in 1633. They murdered the crew and looted the cargo of spirits. The ship was used to build the original Pilot and some of the original timbers remain in the bar today.

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The Pilot

The Plough Inn New Romney

Recently (October 2013) re-opened under the new management of Nicky and Chris, the Plough Inn is just outside New Romney on the A259 road to Dymchurch.
A real ale pub with food served all day and a carvery on Sunday. Live music every weekend.

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The Plough Inn in New Romney

The Red Lion Snargate

The 200-year old clock in the taproom is a clue to the age and tradition of this pub. The bar itself is an antique marble slab which has played host to the inn's long association with pre-First World War games such as 'Toad-In-The-Hole', and `Nine Men's Morris'. A game known as `Goal Running' used to be played here too - a 20 or more a side combination of cross-tag, chasing and fist-fights!
The pub has been in the same family since 1911 and has remained virtually unchanged since WWII. They don’t sell lager and all the real ales are poured straight from the cask, food consists of crisps and pickled eggs, and the toilets are outside. It’s also one of the few pubs to still open at 11am and close again for the afternoon at 3pm. find out more

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The Red Lion

Romney Tavern Greatstone

The Romney Tavern mainly serves the clientele of the Romney Sands Holiday Park, of which it forms part. Given its proximatey to Greatstone beach, just over the road, it is a favorite place to eat and drink for the holiday makers who visit the area.

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Romney Tavern

Rose and Crown Inn Old Romney

When first built in 1689 the Rose and Crown comprised two farm buildings, which, along with ten other structures and the Church of St Clement, formed the entire parish of Old Romney. Various farmers, saddlers and carpenters owned the houses until the early 19th century when both dwellings were merged and it took its current name.
The Rose & Crown is a typical traditional Kentish Freehouse, where you will always be made welcome anytime you wish to visit. The pub has  outstanding views across Romney Marsh and a large pretty garden. They provide accommodation.

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The Royal Mail Inn Lydd

The Royal Mail, built in 1746, was designed to cope with the increasing volume of coaching traffic. It is is a popular community pub in the heart of Lydd. The pub has a lounge bar and games room including pool and darts.
They provide accommodation.

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Royal Mail

The Royal Oak Brookland                 Latest Newsletter

The Royal Oak, an Elizabethan building of 1570, was constructed adjacent to St Augustine's Church as a dwelling for the parish clerk and sexton. It remained as such until the I8th century when Jacob Ferriss was granted a licence "that he may suffer ale to be tippled in his house, but he may not suffer ale to be tippled during divine service".
A lovely old Grade II Listed village inn offering home cooked food and 4 star accommodation.  It's main bar has a woodburning stove with a fine inglenook and restaurant area. There are picnic-sets in the narrow garden beyond and quaint views of the ancient church and graveyard next door.

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Royal Oak Lydd

Situated at the southwest end of Lydd, the Royal Oak is a spacious and welcoming pub featuring friendly conversation and fine real ales. Originally two cottages which were joined together and eventually extended, the pub consists of two large rooms. The main room features a long bar as well as cosy tables and seating around the sides. The second room is furnished with a pool table, dartboard, and jukebox, and there is room for musicians to perform.

The pub is run by Trevor and Mandie Brown along with the help of their dog Sasha and a family of cats.

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Royal Oak Lydd

The Shepherd and Crook Burmarsh

The Shepherd and Crook is one of its oldest hostelries in one of the Marsh's oldest villages which has for centuries been involved with sherpherding and wool and of course smuggling.. This 15th century Grade II listed building is made of the same stone as the nearby Norman All Saints Church and is as historic inside as out with many antiques on display. These include a pair of Queen Victoria's stockings, complete with embroidered crest and signature of authenticity.
The pub has a lovely log fire to welcome you in the cold winter months and then for the summer there is a sheltered beer garden for you to enjoy a cold drink on a hot summers day.

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The Ship Hotel New Romney

The Ship Hotel is believed to be 14th century in origin and although the front is Georgian the body of the pub comprises long low rooms and beamed ceilings. The original Ship was built of mainly ship timber brought from the old port of New Romney.
The Ship Hotel enjoys a heated outside area as an extension of the indoor pub. There is a conservatory area for a more sheltered drink, as well as the main pub and lounge area - which proudly displays some original features, such as the brick fireplace - and a lovely restaurant and function room.
They provide accommodation.

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The Ship Inn Dymchurch

In the 19th century The Ship Inn was notoriously known as the `Smuggler's Inn'. Evidence of this was unearthed during renovations in 1988 when a hidden hatchway was discovered that led to a network of secret passageways in the walls. Russell Thorndike's Dr Syn stories are set here and the Ship joins in the village's biennial celebration of the Day of Syn.
The Ship has a restaurant and two bars where traditional home cooked food is made by their talented Chef. They always aim to make the most of local produce. At the bar they have a good selection of real ales and  wines alongside premium lagers and bottled beers.
They provide accommodation.

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The Star Inn St Mary in the Marsh

The Star Inn, known as "The Star", was built during the reign of Edward IV in the year 1476. When first built, the house was a thatched farm dwelling. Following the custom of the time it was given this religious name being the closest inn to St Mary's Churchwithin the precincts of the parish.
In more recent times the famous playwright Noel Coward lived next door to The Star and wrote his first successful play there.
The Star has seen and undergone many changes since it was first built but its historic character remains unchanged. Today the pub is a very successful inn offering good food and accommodation.

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The Warren Inn New Romney

The Warren Inn was first licenced about 1860 and still retains its Victorian interior. It is a cosy and welcoming pub with a lovely log-burning open fire and a wood-burning stove - and we even has a resident ghost called Old Sid!

The pub has  a large and spacious garden overlooking the fields that run down to the sea. A children’s delight with swings and a play house, there is also plenty of room for tables to be well-spaced, the marquee to be put up and the outside bar to be opened for special occasions.

The Warren takes its name from the fenced area behind it; itself named after a Roman expression for an enclosure.

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The Woolpack Brookland

The Woolpack, dating from 1410, retains many of its original features such as wattle-and-daub walls and a low, beamed ceiling. Its name comes from its popularity with `owlers'- wool smugglers - who used the inn as a base for their lucrative trade. The Woolpack is so perfectly old-fashioned that very little had to be altered when, in 1947, scenes from `The Loves of Joanna Godden' were filmed there.

Located in great walking country, the Woolpack is a perfect place to stop and satisfy the thirst and appetite during a day out in the country. Excellent traditional pub food is served with all fish and game are locally sourced and the delicious mature British beef steaks are always prepared to the individual customer’s taste. The pub has two large beer gardens with neat lawns, shrubs, hanging baskets, picnic benches and a barbecue area.

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Lost Pubs of Romney Marsh

The following inns/pubs are now closed, some even gone:

  • The Alliance Inn in Brookland. Located on the A259 it closed in the early 1980s and is now private house.
  • The Black Bull in Newchurch. A Grade II listed building located in Mill Lane.
  • The Bridge Inn in Lydd. Located in Station Road, it is currently (Dec 2014) in a run down state.
  • Fleur de Lis at Brenzett. Closed about 10 years ago.
  • The Hope and Anchor in Dungeness.
  • The New Inn in Lydd.
  • Prince of Wales in New Romney. A Grade II listed building located in Fairfield Road, it closed in c 2010.
  • The Rising Sun in Lydd. A Grade II listed building located in New Street.
  • The Seahorse in Greatstone. Located in Coast Drive it closed in 2013 and sold to new owners, who are seeking (September 2014) to convert it to residential use.
  • The Ship in Lydd-on-Sea. Closed about 10 years ago; speculation (June 2014) that it will be changed to residential use.
  • The Star Inn in Lydd.

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