A family run business since 1971.

Our Story

Thorley Taverns was conceived in 1971 when Frank Thorley acquired his first pub, The Angel, in the City of London.


Frank then quickly obtained four further pubs in London before purchasing his first outlet in Thanet in 1975, The Charles Dickens, Broadstairs.


This move outside the City was spurred on by the Thorley Family’s regular holidays to Thanet, resulting in Frank’s love of the area and his subsequent permanent move to Broadstairs in 1977.


Thorley Taverns continued to grow throughout the 80’s and 90’s with the business successfully operating its London and coastal sites from their Broadstairs base.


The company has evolved over more recent years adding restaurants, function venues and hotels to its existing pub estate.


Thorley Taverns sold their last remaining London pub, The Aldgate Exchange, in late 2013. This was the final move in a plan that would allow them to re-focus all energies onto operations in Thanet.


Thorley Taverns has come a long way since its conception back in 1971 but Frank Thorley still remains very much the man in the driving seat, working alongside his son Philip and grandson George.


Although the market place has changed greatly during this time the passion, commitment and drive of Thorley Taverns remains as strong as ever resulting in the companies continued success.


Frank Thorley

Managing Director

Frank founded the company in 1971 and over 40 years later still remains at the forefront of the business.

George Thorley

Operations Manager

George joined the head office team from University in 2007 and now controls purchasing, supplier relationships and marketing for the company.

Philip Thorley

Operations Director

Philip joined the company at an early age. He quickly learned the trade and successfully ran a number of Thorley Taverns pubs before moving into an operations role as the business grew.

Craig Knight

Operations Manager

Craig took a head office role following his University degree in 2000. He now specialises in looking after the legal/technical side of the business & the ever increasing amount of legislation associated with the industry.

Thorley Taverns

58-60 Gladstone Road,



CT10 2TA


Head Office:

Tel: 01843 602 010


A Company registered in the UK

Company Reg: 2501551

Thorley Taverns 2014

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