About

The long-established Powell Arms is the oldest hostelry in Birchington. Named after Squire Powell Powell of Quex, the High Sheriff of Kent in 1823, it was formerly called the New Inn. So-named pubs are invariably built on the site of ancient hostelries; and in all probability the predecessors of the ‘Arms’ evolved alongside All Saints Church, some parts of which are said to date from the 12th century. Before village halls, parish affairs were conducted in the church vestry. The Birchington vestry met, however, in the upstairs function room of the pub, which now houses the Belfry Restaurant . Churchwardens, Poor Law Officers and Highway Surveyors would pore over their respective accounts, set their rates, and then adjourn downstairs for a jar. Today’s Powell, a listed building, has seen changes over time; the former saloon and public bars have been knocked together, extended to incorporate part of a barn/stable; the gardens have disappeared, and so has the well, down which a former landlord is reputed to have jumped to his death one Boxing Day.

The Heart of the square in Birchington-On-Sea our family run village pub The Powell has everything you require for a relaxing stay with us. After a total refurbishment we are now offering 6 luxury boutique rooms all with en suites. Each of our unique rooms have Egyptian cotton bed linen, flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi, hairdryer & Tassimo machines. In your en-suite marble bathroom your will find a spacious shower, fluffy towels and complimentary toiletries.

We have an extensive bar serving cask ales, a good selection of fine wines, a superb choice of spirits & gins and a new cocktail menu. We have seasonal Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner menus and a fresh choice of fish every day! If you’re joining us on a Sunday, we also offer a traditional home cooked roast with all the trimmings. We source local produce whenever possible and all our desserts are homemade. We have a beautiful beamed restaurant and orangery which will be served next to All Saints Church, a cosy snug and bar with log burners and terrace seating overlooking Birchington Square.

We are in the centre of the village, 10-minute drive from coastal Margate, 25 minutes’ drive from historic Canterbury and only a 5-minute walk from a main train station to London…


We look forward to welcoming you…