£5 will be donated for every copy of Andrew Sargent’s latest book Drinking in Deal: Beer, Pubs and Temperance in an East Kent Town, 1830 – 1914 bought direct from the author.

Contact Andrew at asargent164@btinternet.com and mention your support for the Chequer Inn.

Hardback £25, softback £20 (plus £3 p&p). 288 pages, over 80 photographs and 5 maps.


Drinking in Deal draws on reports in Victorian and Edward newspapers and many other sources to discuss the role of pubs and beerhouses in Deal. It tells the story of the men and women who ran them, the boatmen and marines who used them, and the local disputes generated by the “drink question”. Developments in Deal are set in their wider county and national contexts.

“A well researched thoroughly annotated but far from dry exploration of the factors and decisions which determined pub life in this east Kent seaside town”. Journal of Kent History