The Royal Clarence Hotel

History of our Hotel in Burnham‐on‐Sea

This old coaching inn welcomed weary travellers when Burnham was little more than a small cluster of cottages and a Church set behind windy coastal dunes.

Built as a coaching inn, these are the oldest licensed premises left in Burnham. The earliest known deeds date from 1792. This was the period when the future King William IV was still the popular Duke of Clarence. It is hard to believe it is as old as that when there was really no village here then. The Hotel was originally built at the head of a causeway which extended from the sands to the brink of the river. It was more than once swept away by floods during its construction. The hotel is certainly likely to have been linked with the first activities of the neighbouring Spa development in the 1820‘s.

In 1836 it was reported that “the hotel is about to be re-opened” The main entrance archway was on the side, (now Regent St), not the front, because no Esplanade then existed, there being only grass and dunes from the building to the beach. It was under this archway the horse and carriage would have delivered their customers.

In 1838 the owner Mr W.Clements had an area with its garden of three rods, 14 perches for which he paid a tithe of 4 shillings and 2 pence, (22p) plus a boat house and rabbit warren and sand dunes of 10 acres. An advertisement in 1903 states ’an inspection pit for motor cars is upon the premises and a motor car, carriages and horses are for hire’.

Of interest – George Pruen is the best remembered landlord there as he had an 1898 Daimler Wagonette in which he used to collect his customers from the railway station in the 1930’s. This vehicle, which used to frequently back fire resulting in very loud bangs was affectionately known as ‘Fiery Liz’, as local residents could hear its backfire ‘from one end of the town to the other’. Fiery Liz is still on display at the Haynes Motor Museum. It was made at the Motor Mills factory in Coventry and would have cost £373 when new (around £40,000 in today’s money). It also served for a spell as a school bus.

A great website showing the history of Burnham‐on‐Sea can be viewed at Capture Burnham. Several informative talks take place during the year and an interesting "walking tour" of the Town is featured too.

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Important Times

Staffed Reception Desk: 
2:00pm to 6:00pm

Self Check‐In (details)
6:00pm to Midnight

Check Out Time: 
By 10:00am please

Telephone Enquiries: 
Friday: 10am to 8pm
Saturday: 10am to 8pm
Sunday: 2pm to 6pm
Monday: 10am to 6pm
Tuesday: 10am to 6pm
Wednesday: 10am to 6pm
Thursday: 10am to 6pm

24hr Hotel Access: 
Come and go as you please once you have checked‐in


Why stay with us?

We provide our guests with great value rooms in our premier seafront location.

Our Hotel is surrounded by several wonderful places to eat, drink and shop.

The 3‐screen Ritz Cinema and our local Princess Theatre are a few metres from our door and regular entertainment is provided by the many bars local to us.

Our guests get Member Discounts at a local Social Club too.


TEL: 01278 783138 
If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call during our Telephone Enquiry hours shown opposite.


Why book direct?

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Complimentary Room Upgrades
When we have free room upgrades, we always offer them to guests who Book Direct with the Hotel.

Refundable Room Rates
Give us 7 days notice & we’ll provide a full refund to all Direct Bookings.

Free Parking
If you can't park on our forecourt, we will refund up to 4 hours Pay & Display Parking for each nights stay ‐ only to guests who have Booked Direct.