The cafe at the end of Deal Pier in Kent is set to reopen as Deal Pier Kitchen after it completes an extensive refurbishment programme.
The cafe will be occupied by Deal Pier Kitchen Limited, which was founded by Tim Biggs and Rebecca Hodson. Once completed, the restaurant will offer an all-day dining menu and will feature a baby grand piano. The company said it was “intent on creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere” with a “unique menu”.
An ethos focused on reducing the journey from farm or sea to plate with locally sourced produce will be fostered, according to the owners. It also said it would be expanding its evening offering next summer accompanied by “interesting drink and dessert options”.
Deal Pier cafe was originally opened in November 2008 by the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, Admiral The Lord Boyce. A 20-year lease to the property was sold to Deal Pier Kitchen by leisure property specialists Fleurets on behalf of Dover District Council.
Biggs said: “Deal Pier Kitchen firmly believe that the best restaurants are borne out of a true partnership with the community. Our aim is to build such a partnership with Deal’s community by working together to create a highly successful, enjoyable and welcoming environment that proudly reflects and enhances the reputation of Deal.
“We were drawn to this particular property due to its irresistible and individual views, which we hope to capitalise on with the design of the interior.”
Councillor Trevor Bartlett, cabinet member for property management, added: “We’re delighted that the Deal Pier Kitchen is bringing a new, fresh offer to the café at the end of the pier which is enjoyed by local people and visitors to Deal alike as a place to sit and enjoy the magnificent views out across the English Channel.”