Sort file:- Deal, January, 2022.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 06 January, 2022.


Earliest Nov 2008

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Closed 1 Jan 2017

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Pier Refreshment Rooms


Jasin's 2016

Above photo 2016.


Mentioned in Steve Glover and Michael Rogers book The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer.

Changed name from "Goodwins" date as yet unknown.


From the By Eleanor Perkins, 13 December 2017.

Jasin's Restaurant used in ITV's Liar to close amid claims of a disagreement with Deal Pier owners Dover District Council.

The owner of the cafe on Deal Pier says a disagreement over opening hours is the reason he is leaving the prime site at the beginning of January.

Jasin Kaplan, who runs Jasin’s Restaurant, claims he was in the process of taking Dover District Council to court over a reduction in opening hours, but has now decided to pull out of his 15-year lease almost six years early to avoid it.

He has described the location, which was used for filming of ITV’s hit drama Liar, as “one of the best in the world” and thanked his customers for their support.

Jasin Kaplin 2013

Jasin Kaplan in November 2013 who said that when flood gate are closed, people with wheelchairs and buggies can't get to his business.

Dover District Council says it has reached a mutual agreement with Mr Kaplan to terminate his lease on January 1, 2018. A temporary cafe will be set up before a formal tender process is launched to select a new operator.

Mr Kaplan told KentOnline's sister paper, the East Kent Mercury: “We were in the process of going to court but we’ve decided to pull out of the lease.

“We decided it was better to leave. We didn’t want to pursue the case any more. We have an agreement with DDC and all outstanding issues will be sorted between us.”

Mr Kaplan opened his cafe and restaurant on November 21, 2008, and had a 15-year open lease which was due to be renewed.

He has listed issues they disagreed over including electricity and insurance, but mainly opening hours.

DDC has chosen not to respond to these claims.

He said: “When we signed the lease we were assured that the pier would be closed only when there was a danger to the public. Of course we complied with that because public safety is our concern too.

“We had trusted the council but they started to reduce our opening hours. We used to be able to open until 10pm in the week but they reduced that in the winter time to 6pm.

“They wouldn’t let us open on New Year or Boxing Day. It was badly affecting trading.

“We have been making payments and we’ve always been up to date with the rent.

“We’re not into taking money from a public body. We pay our rent and taxes on time so that our public bodies are strong and able to look after us. We have come to the conclusion that it is not economical for us to stay here. It is not a viable business venture.”

Jasin Kaplan 2016

Jasin Kaplan of Jasin's Restaurant on Deal Pier.

Mr Kaplan says he will now put his time and energy into running his fish and chip shop in Telegraph Road with the help of his wife and daughter.

He added: “The pier is an iconic location, one of the best in the world.

“We worked extremely hard to make Jasin’s Restaurant a magnet for people to come to.

We hope we have served our customers well and done Deal proud.

“It’s time DDC invests properly on Deal Pier.

"They need to work with whoever takes on the cafe to ensure a good service is given to the people of Deal.”

A spokesman for DDC said: “Dover District Council has reached agreement with the current operator of the Deal Pier café to terminate their lease on January 1, 2018.

"We anticipate that the café will continue to trade as normal until the end of this year.

“It is proposed that a temporary café service will be put in place as soon as possible in the New Year in advance of a formal tender process to select a new operator.

"The concession was terminated by mutual agreement between both parties. It would not be appropriate to comment further.”


From the By Eleanor Perkins, 17 September 2018.

New occupants of Deal Pier café announced.

The new occupiers of the café at the end of Deal Pier have been announced following a nine-month closure.

The award-winning structure which featured in hit ITV drama Liar will be taken over by Tim Biggs and Rebecca Hodson.

To be known as Deal Pier Kitchen, the building will now undergo a refurbishment before reopening as a modern café offering an all-day dining menu and featuring a baby grand piano.

Former Jasin's 2016

The café on Deal Pier is set to reopen as "Deal Pier Kitchen."

Mr Biggs, who has signed a 20-year lease, 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.”

The unit has been closed since January 1 after former occupant Jasin Kaplan's lease was terminated by mutual agreement with DDC.

It followed an alleged disagreement between them over opening hours of the pier.

Mr Biggs continued: "We are intent on creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere, with a unique menu to meet the needs of the Deal residents.

"We are passionate about great quality, healthy and locally sourced produce, with a focus on reducing the journey from farm/sea to plate.

"Our main offering will be an exciting mix of brunch and lunch dishes accompanied by interesting drink and dessert options and we hope to expand our evening offering as the summer nights get longer in 2019.”

Last year the structure celebrated its 60th anniversary and a £500,000 refurbishment was announced. Ongoing works include resurfacing and new benches.

Cllr Trevor Bartlett, DDC cabinet member for property management, said: “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.

“Having been opened in November 2008 by the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, Admiral The Lord Boyce, the Deal Pier café is an iconic and award-winning part of the seascape.

"Designed by Niall McClaughlin Associates the timber framed café features on the Chalk Up 21 trail celebrating contemporary coastal architecture on the stretch of coastline from Capel-le-Ferne to Deal.”

Simon Bland of leisure property specialist Fleurets, who sold the lease to Deal Pier Kitchen on behalf of DDC said interest in the building was "exceptionally strong".

He said: "I'm excited to see the Deal Pier Kitchen open and serving customers very soon and adding something special to the vibrant local food and drink scene.”



KAPLIN Jasin Nov/2008-1/Jan/2017


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