Salmestone Grange announces closure of business

Salmestone Grange Photo Frank Leppard

Historic Salmestone Grange in Margate will close at the end of June.

The 14th century venue in Nash Road has a rich history and has been a popular destination for weddings and functions.

But notice has now been posted that the business will be wound up.

The notice says: “It is with an extremely heavy heart that we announce that Salmestone Grange Ltd will unfortunately be closing at the end of June this year.

“The owner of the business, William Whelan sadly passed away a few years ago and we have been working very hard to ensure the business operated uninterrupted with every intention that this would continue in the future. Regrettably however in winding up the estate of the owner, it is now evident that continuing the business beyond June this year will just not be possible.

“The management at Salmestone Grange would like to pass on our very special thanks to all our loyal customers. The business has operated for over 25 years and we have many friends in the local community who have supported us.”

Mr Whelan, who was a Kent county councillor for 12 years, bought Salmestone Grange in 1984. He passed away in August 2015 following a long period suffering with Parkinson’s disease.

His wife Angela and family took the reins of the business.

The notice of closure has been posted to the Salmestone Grange website.


  1. What a shame I have had some great times there ( Weddings & Works does I wish all involved the best of luck and thank them for the good food and hospitality.

  2. What a terrible shame..I had so many lovely Sunday lunches there..and it was the place I had my late huabands wake..

  3. So very sad. I and my wife got married there and she tells me it was one of the best days of her life, it remains forever in our thoughts. We have got a picture of the ghost in the hallway that my son took,!! Magical place.

  4. Will Salmestone Grange be converted to flats and further housing built in the grounds ? ? ?

    Watch this space . . .

  5. I was married there 17 years ago, it was a one stop venue. They took care of everything, from cabs, sit down dinner for 30, the service and the party afterwards. Brilliant service by caring people. It will be sadly missed.
    No chance of a buyer I suppose?

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