The Duke of Cumberland is a big, friendly pub, right in the heart of Whitstable, a few seconds from the beach. A Grade II listed building, there has been an inn on this site for more than 300 years. Known as the Noah's Ark until 1747, Landlord Robert Chandler renamed it Duke William in honour of the Duke of Cumberland who, a year earlier, had crushed the Scottish rebellion at Culloden. In 1748 it became The Duke of Cumberland and was used as the headquarters for the oyster and dredger men. Fire swept through the building in 1866. The Duke was rebuilt immediately and in 1867 William Lester applied for a license at the Petty sessions for 'The Duke of Cumberland, recently burnt down but now rebuilt'. Today its is a restaurant, hotel and bar offering great ales, tasty food, quality live music and good company. Downstairs at the end of the courtyard, with a separate entrance opposite the Horsebridge is the restaurant, Salt Marsh. After moving from its original location in Oxford Street, having opened in 2008, Salt Marsh continues to cook hearty, good value, Mediterranean style food from The Duke's downstairs kitchen, using fresh produce from quality local suppliers, keeping the cooking simple and letting good food speak for itself. Salt Marsh food is made for sharing - whether you're celebrating with a large group or it's just the two of you. During the week (Wednesday - Thursday) The Duke of Cumberland serve food from the upstairs kitchen, in the main bar of The Duke. It's Salt Marsh food, cooked by the same chefs, and offers you a night of warm, relaxed dining in a slightly different setting. The simple and delicious bar menu is served Wednesday to Saturday from 12:00 until 15:00.