Seaview Hotel in Birchington to be offered at auction

The Seaview Hotel

The Seaview Hotel in Birchington is going under the hammer at a Clive Emson auction this month.

The premises in Station Road, which is let at £50,000 per annum, was last sold at auction in 2017 for £350,000.

The substantial building has five letting rooms and a commercial unit being sublet by the manager of the pub. It now has a guide price of £600,000-plus for the freehold. The pub will continue to be run by the leaseholder.

Auction appraiser Jon Rimmer said: “The Seaview Hotel is on the corner of Prospect Road and Station Road and is close to the railway station and seafront.”

The Seaview, previously called the Railway Hotel, was opened in 1865.

It was built very shortly after the opening of the final section of the London to Ramsgate railway in 1863.

By 1884 the hotel had been renamed The Sea View Hotel.

During March 2002, the Shepherd Neame Brewery awarded the Hotel The Most Improved Pub of the Year, in one of their annual awards. In the garden there stands a huge pair of ribs forming an arch. They were taken from a whale that beached itself at Minnis Bay in 1919.

The landlord of the time, Walter James Baker, was down at the Bay when the carcass was being dismembered for disposal and asked for the ribs, to act as a feature in his garden at the pub.

The auction closes on March 20 and can be found here

History courtesy Birchington Heritage Trust