The Royal Norfolk Hotel


Records of the Royal Norfolk Hotel go back to the beginning of the 19th century when a weatherboarded Inn known as The Ship stood on the site. In 1805 the landlord, Edward Hopper, was fined 5 shillings for having four potts short of measure. Thankfully today you won't be served any short measures in the hotel.

In 1825 there was a fight in the Hotel in which Thomas Page received a fatal stab wound. John Burton was convicted of his manslaughter and died himself soon afterwards. Before his death, however Thomas Page confessed that it had been his own fault and that he forgave John Burton. Following the unfortunate deaths, the inn gained a reputation for ghostly and strange happenings, and was even left empty for considerable periods. It was only once the building was completely pulled down in 1901 and the Hotel rebuilt in the guise it stands today that the paranormal events came to an end.

The Royal Norfolk Hotel took its current name after an extended stay of the then Duchess of Norfolk and her young son in the late 19th century. Arrangements for her stay were rather hurried after the proprietor of the nearby Royal Pavilion hotel instructed the landlord of the Ship to "clear out his guests to make room for the Duchess" as his hotel was full. Understandably, the management were reluctant to get rid of their regular customers, and it was only after some last minute negotiation that the Duchess came to stay.

The Duchess of Norfolk is not the only grand person to have stayed the Royal Norfolk Hotel. Queen Victoria herself reputedly stopped at the hotel.

The present day Royal Norfolk Hotel offers a variety en-suite rooms, at the heart the hotel is G's Bar. We welcome families and friendly dogs to the bar area. A bar food menu is available and a selection of premium draught lagers, wines and sprits. The sun terrace has a retractable roof so you may enjoy the glorious coastal sunshine or shelter from the wind and rain.

The Royal Norfolk Hotel

7 Sandgate High Street, Sandgate


CT20 3BD