14-bed hotel plan for former Eagle Inn pub in Ramsgate

The former Eagle Inn at the time of auction in 2022 Photo Clive Emson auctioneers

Plans to convert the former Eagle Inn pub in Ramsgate into a 14-bed hotel have been submitted to Thanet council.

The application, made by Williams Group UK Ltd, will involve demolition of the rear extensions to be replaced by new part two and part three storey extensions.

How it could look Image del Renzio & del Renzio

The former High Street pub, which has been empty for several years, was damaged by fire during the 1980s. Repairs meant the loss of some original features when it reopened in 1986.

In more recent years the property became vacant and was infested with pigeons, which were cleared during the summer of 2018.

The property dates from circa 1763 and received Grade II Listed Building status on 4th February 1988.

Image Clive Emson

Extensive works are planned for the building including the removal of existing staircase and creation of new timber staircase with rooflight above, dumb waiter installed to all floor and new partitions throughout to create en-suite guest accommodation and café /reception area. Disabled access is also proposed to the side elevation with accessible facilities on the ground floor. It is hoped to restore the eagle over the doorway.

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Parking spaces are not included in the application but nearby Cannon Street car park is highlighted.

Image Clive Emson

Planning documents say: “The proposals seek to create a B&B / Hotel with modern standards of bedroom space and ensuite facilities as well as ancillary spaces required.

“It is hoped that the benefits of reinstating one of the oldest pubs in Ramsgate into accommodation for tourists will outweigh the perceived harm of removing the rear structures that have largely been rebuilt in the late 1980s with little remaining fabric of historic importance.”

Image Clive Emson

The Eagle Inn (formerly the Spread Eagle and The Spread-Eagle Tavern) started life as three cottages in 1763. Soon after which, in 1776, it was converted into an inn. In 1809 it had its own water pump at the rear of the building and in 1810 it also had a saddler’s workshop. Between 1846-1874 the pub doubled as a revenue office because the landlord William Terry was also a tax collector!

The former pub previously had permission granted to change its use into a hotel in 2017. This lapsed and a further application to convert it into four flats, lodged in 2019, was withdrawn.

The property was then offered at auction last year with a freehold guide price of £250,000-plus.

The new owner has since made the building water tight and removed damaged and sodden fabric relating to the 1986 period of rebuild.

A decision on the application is yet to be made.


  1. i do hope it dont catch fire halfway through the renovations – no that would never happen in thanet = would it ?

  2. I see that “real world” hasn’t taken the advice given to him/her earlier, and is still in seclusion, unaware of the real world outside.

  3. Great idea – create more hotel rooms and have fewer AirBnBs leaving property for locals to live in.
    It’s certainly not far to walk to centre of town and the harbour but must admit the area is pretty grotty at the moment. But it only takes one or two improvements to start the rejuvenation of an area so hopefully this would have a positive impact.

  4. That’s great to see regeneration of that part of Ramsgate, as long as its not used to house the work shy

    • It only took 5mins for the first racist comment to appear. Well done, Steve, you won a dinner with Suella at the White Hart Inn pub, in Essex.

      Posted 75minutes ago. Moderation? Sure.

  5. This is great but it’s just more B&B from outside investors – It’s more local affordable housing that’s needed – We can’t just turn everything into AirBnB or B&B just coz it’s a coastal town.

  6. I wonder if a restaurant is planned, so non residents can get a decent meal, that is NOT an English breakfast!

  7. Yes, anybody concerned about their cholesterol, or their weight, would not want a traditional English breakfast.

  8. Good luck. Could Ramsgate be rising from ashes? So much to love about the area… as much to be frustrated about. However appears to be a few positive developments of late.

    • Bingo for your information the hotel is bang under the flight path of dirty old cargo planes should Manston re-open! At that point the planes will be about 200 meters high, so I don’t expect guests will stay more that one day, if that!

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