The Foy Boat
8 Sion Hill
Welcome to the Foy Boat
A former Tomson & Wotton House, this pub has a unique name and a prime site overlooking the picturesque harbour and could have evolved from an old watch house. Dating from the early 18th century,during the napoleonic wars, It had a good vantage point on the cliff next to a flagstaff (now the tidal ball).
Foy Boats serviced the larger vessels anchored in the downs awaiting favourable wind. They also doubled as lifeboats in pre R.N.L.I days.
The original Foy Boat Tavern was bombed in 1941 and the preseent building dates from the 1940s.this pub is reputedly referred to as the Channel Packet by Ian Fleming in his book 'GoldFinger'.