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Deal Reviews & Articles

  1. July 2023: 'Beautiful seaside commuter town that keeps sneaking onto lists of UK's best places to live' Daily Express, 30 July 2023
  2. March 2023: Top attractions and popular things to do in Deal Tripadvisor, March 2023
  3. January 2023: 'Deal: the charming seaside town ranked above Brighton and Bournemouth where houses cost £375k', Kieran Graves & Adam McGroarty, KentLive, 7 January 2023
  4. October 2022: 'Best Places to Live: Deal' Muddy Stilettos, 17 October 2022
  5. October 2022: 'What a Great Deal: The UK beach holiday perfect for the autumn heatwave and without the crowds' The Sun, 30 October 2022
  6. October 2022: 'The Rose, Deal: A gentle parade of impressive cooking' Jay Rayner, The Guardian, 9 October 2022
  7. August 2022: 'Stay: The Rose, Deal' Muddy Stilettos, 5 August 2022
  8. July 2022: 'The Rose Deal one of top 6 superb seaside hideouts' Maria Shollenbarger, Financial Times, 31 July 2022
  9. May 2022: 'Escape to the Country' Kent (Deal, Walmer et environs), BBC iPlayer series 22, episode 49 first broadcast 23 May 2022 and available for 11 months
  10. April 2022: Best Kent seaside towns ranked by Which? with Deal top and Herne Bay bottom Lydia Chantler-Hicks, KentOnline, 30 April 2022
  11. April 2022: Deal ranked 25th in Garrington's 'Best Places to Live in 2022', Garrington, 14th April 2022
  12. April 2022: Deal: What's it really like to live in the Kent town named the best in the country, Matt Drake, KentLive, 13 April 2022
  13. April 2022: Insider Guide: Deal - Complete with beach, fine food and shopping, Deal is proving to be a worthy contender as one of the coolest beach towns in Kent Muddy Stilettos, 5 April 2022
  14. April 2022: Best places to live … Deal, Helen Davies, The Sunday Times, 10 April 2022
  15. March 2022: Kent house prices - the 8 best places to live in the county according to Muddy Stilettos, 14 March 2022
  16. March 2022: The pretty town 90 minutes from London that is constantly voted one of the best places to go to the seaside Muddy Stilettos, 14 March 2022
  17. January 2022: Deal: The once 'small and rundown' east Kent town now named the best in the county KentLive, 15 January 2022
  18. December 2021: Linden Hall Studio's winter group show includes works by Nick and Sir Terry Frost RA Kent Online, 23 December 2021
  19. December 2021: Deal: The sleepy Kent town and its most famous residents Matt Drake, Kentlive 21 December 2021
  20. November 2021: Deal top place to live in Kent according to Muddy Stilettos
  21. October 2021: Deal 6th best place to live in Kent according to Muddy Stilettos
  22. October 2021: "A quaint, quirky and quintessentially English seaside town: discover Deal on the Kent coast" White Cliffs Country 28 October 2021
  23. September 2021: Deal among top 10 destinations to buy seaside holiday homes Sam Williams, Kent Online
  24. June 2021: Where to eat on Kent's coast … Rose Hotel and Deal Pier Kitchen Nicholas Lander, Financial Times
  25. June 2021: Cycle Friendly Deal publishes new maps showing cyclists and walkers how to navigate Deal
  26. June 2021: Following huge demand Deliveroo set to launch in Deal in July Lydia Chantler-Hicks, Kent Online
  27. June 2021: BBC Gardener's World films Sandown Castle Community Garden Group BBC iplayer (2021 Episode 14 @ 36:00)
  28. May 2021: Channel 5 filming 'Nick Knowles: Your Life On Your Lawn' in Bruce Close, Deal Beth Robson, KentOnline
  29. April 2021: Britain's seaside spots ranked by Which?, Sean Poulter, The Daily Mail
  30. April 2021: Danny Boyle's Sex Pistols biopic 'Pistol' to be filmed in Deal Alex Jee, KentOnline
  31. April 2021: Monte Carlo or bust Beth Robson, KentOnline
  32. March/April 2021: '12 fascinating facts about Deal', Caroline Reed, Kent Life
  33. March 2021: Deal 'virtually Covid-free' Phil Hayes, KentOnline
  34. March 2021: Why Deal is one of the best places to live in 2021 Helen Davies, The Sunday Times
  35. March 2021: Deal on Sunday Times 'Best Places to Live in 2021' list for the south east Steve Waite, Kent Online
  36. March 2021: Deal voted 9th best seaside town to retire to by McCarthy & Stone
  37. October 2020: The adventures of Mr Doo in Deal
  38. October 2020: Three Deal pubs feature in CAMRA's Good Beer Guide 2021 KentOnline
  39. October 2020: The Rose and its 'eight velvety-gorgeous rooms' again featured in the Sunday Telegraph
  40. September 2020: Deal Pier Kitchen one of 'Kent's best supper clubs' according to Muddy Stilettos
  41. September 2020: Deal Pier Kitchen, Frog & Scot and The Rose 'top 10 foodie finds in Kent' according to Muddy Stilettos
  42. September 2020: John Corley made an Associate of the BSMGP KentOnline
  43. August 2020: "Top 10 new restaurants on the Kent coast" include Frog & Scot, The Rose and Eva's The Guardian
  44. August 2020: Deal Pier Kitchen and Zetland Arms 'top waterside eats with a view' according to Muddy Stilettos
  45. August 2020: Deal Pier Kitchen 'eat out to help out' is Kent restaurant recommendation by Muddy Stilettos
  46. July 2020: Deal rated "best seaside town in the UK" Sean McPolin, KentOnline
  47. July 2020: "How a holiday cottage came to feel like home" Jessica Doyle, The Sunday Telegraph
  48. July 2020: "The peerless pleasure of a day at the seaside" Kathryn Flett, The Daily Telegraph
  49. July 2020: Deal one of "Top places to live in Kent" Muddy Stilettos
  50. July 2020: "Kent's best and worst seaside towns" revealed by Which? survey Lydia Chantler-Hicks, KentOnline
  51. June 2020: "Deal Castle one of six Kent staycation locations for summer 2020" Sophie Bird, KentOnline
  52. May 2020: "Crossing into the surf", an essay by Zinovy Zinik, TLS
  53. March 2020: "9 reasons Deal is one of the best places in the UK" Lauren MacDougall, KentLive
  54. March 2020: "How Deal Pier has transformed since ITV's Liar was filmed for first series" Victoria Chessum, KentLive
  55. February 2020: "Deal is the Kent town that everyone wants to move to in 2020" Lauren MacDougall, KentLive
  56. January 2020: Deal voted fifth best commuter town in "Where to buy a home in 2020", London Evening Standard
  57. December 2019: "Deal … among best places to buy a home in 2020" Ruth Bloomfield, Homes & Property
  58. November 2019: "Kent's HS1 train service has revived and reinvented Deal" says Patrick West, The Spectator
  59. November 2019: Black Pig wins "Young British Foodie meat category award" reports KentOnline
  60. July 2019: Deal Pier Kitchen reviewed by Muddy Stilettos
  61. June 2019: Deal ranked 39th best British seaside town in Which? survey
  62. June 2019: Deal voted 8th best seaside town to retire to by McCarthy & Stone
  63. May 2019: "Deal … the houses are lovely" reports Hamptons for The Sunday Times
  64. May 2019: Linden Hall Gallery Deal voted Kent's best art gallery 2019
  65. May 2019: The Rose: "London has arrived" restaurant review, Grace Dent, The Guardian
  66. May 2019: Deal Pier Kitchen and Linden Hall Gallery nominated 'Muddy Award' 2019 finalists
  67. April 2019: Deal one of the "best seaside towns near London for a sunny weekend" London Evening Standard
  68. April 2019: The Black Douglas voted 15th best coffee shop in England by Big 7 Travel reports Kent Live
  69. April 2019: Filming of psychological thriller 'Liar 2' resumes on Deal Pier and will air on ITV in the autumn
  70. April 2019: The Rose voted "Hotel of the week" by Kate Lough, Evening Standard
  71. March 2019: "Deal ticks every box for a holiday …" closer to Calais than London and with a thriving arts scene and growing reputation as a foodie destination, get away from it all in delightful Deal, , by Caroline Read, Kent Life 12 March 2019
  72. March 2019: "Deal ticks every box for a holiday …" Emma Ledger, The Sun
  73. March 2019: "Deal one of the best old-fashioned seaside towns less than two hours by train from London", Sarah Guy, The Daily Telegraph
  74. February 2019: "The Road to Deal Pier: The Undiplomatic Memoirs of a British Diplomat" Kevin. J. Lynch, 21st February 2019)
  75. February 2019: "A weekend in … Deal" Gemma Bowes, The Times
  76. February 2019: "Deal one of the six best UK towns for spring breaks" Jane Dunford and Sarah Baxter, The Guardian
  77. January 2019: "Deal Pier renovation video" Hipperson
  78. January 2019: "The cool hotel guide: The Rose, Deal" Gemma Bowes, The Times
  79. January 2019: "A love letter to Deal …" Lauren MacDougall, KentLive
  80. January 2019: The 10 best things to do in Deal, Tripadvisor
  81. November 2018: Deal dubbed "the town most engaged with Breast Cancer Now fundraising" reports KentOnline
  82. November 2018: The Rose voted one of the UK's ten best best foodie hotels by Rhiannon Batten et al of The Guardian
  83. November 2018: The Rose named one of the 10 best coastal hotels in the UK" by The Observer
  84. November 2018: "Why Deal should be your next staycation" Rhiannon Curry, The Independent
  85. October 2018: Walmer's 'Goose on the Green' wins Kent Life "Independent Café/Tea Room of the Year 2018" award
  86. October 2018: "Let's move to Deal … these streets have tales to tell" Tom Dyckhoff, The Guardian
  87. October 2018: Deal wins silver gilt in RHS 'Britain in Bloom' 2018 campaign
  88. September 2018: "In Britain: Deal, Kent" article by Jane Dunford and Helen Cathcart of Condé Nast Traveller
  89. August 2018: Deal Pier café included in Dover Arts Development's CHALKUP21 project "9 Structures"
  90. August 2018: Deal finalist in RHS "Britain in Bloom" 2018 campaign
  91. August 2018: Walmer's 'Goose on the Green' a double finalist nominee in Kent Life 2018 food & drink awards
  92. August 2018: ITV returns to Kingsdown to film 'Missing' spin-off 'Baptiste' reports Kent Online
  93. August 2018: "A perfect day in Deal" reports Time Out
  94. July 2018: Deal recommended as "one of nine Seaside towns in Kent to visit from London" by The Londonist
  95. July 2018: "The Rose" reviewed by Jane Dunford for The Guardian
  96. June 2018: "Deal: a fresh guide for 2018" published in Weekendr - a getaway guide for Londoners
  97. June 2018: "The real Deal: inside The Rose, the coolest new boutique hotel on the Kentish coast" The Daily Telegraph
  98. May 2018: Deal first of "seven of the best seaside day trips from London" chosen by The Daily Telegraph
  99. May 2018: Deal beach one of the top 20 best British shingle beaches says The Daily Telegraph
  100. April 2018: Deal's "most breathtaking beer gardens" revealed by KentLive
  101. March 2018: "Nine reasons Deal really is the best place to live in the UK" according to KentLive
  102. March 2018: Deal named as "one of the best places to live in the UK" by The Sunday Times
  103. December 2017: Jasin's café to close on 1 January 2018 reports East Kent Mercury
  104. November 2017: Deal: Kent's Hidden Gem by Savitri Wilder
  105. November 2017: ITV confirms return to Deal in January 2019 to film 'Liar' prequel reports Kent Online
  106. October 2017: Finalist Deal wins silver gilt award in RHS "Britain in Bloom" 2017 campaign
  107. September 2017: ITV starts filming seven part drama 'Vanity Fair' in Deal reports Kent Online
  108. September 2017: Starring role for Deal in ITV thriller 'Liar' reports Kent Online
  109. August 2017: Deal voted 8th best UK seaside resort in McCarthy & Stone poll
  110. July 2017: "A weekend away - notes from Deal" article posted in Denys & Fielding blog
  111. July 2017: Deal finalist in RHS "Britain in Bloom" 2017 campaign
  112. July 2017: "Why Deal is England's best kept beach secret" according to Natalie Rigg of Condé Nast Traveller
  113. June 2017: "Big Deal" chosen one of "the best of the UK seaside" by Jane Dunford, Guardian Travel editor
  114. May 2017: Filming of Sky popular drama 'The Tunnel' resumes in Deal
  115. March 2017: Deal ranked top in "20 best places to live by the sea in Britain" by Liz Rowlinson of The Times
  116. March 2017: Caroline Read's "A Town Guide to Deal" for DFLs published in Kent Life
  117. February 2017: Deal tagged "Britain's most beautiful seaside town" by Jeremy Swift in The Daily Telegraph
  118. February 2017: Filming of ITV romantic thriller 'Liar' resumes in Deal at Hope & Lane
  119. February 2017: Filming of ITV romantic thriller 'Liar' resumes in Deal at The Marina and Wellington Parade
  120. January 2017: Gregory Holyoake reveals Deal's smuggling legacy in "Britain's most wanted town"
  121. November 2016: "Making the move to a new life in Deal" feature article in Coast Magazine
  122. November 2016: Bathing water quality at Deal assessed "excellent" by the Environment Agency
  123. November 2016: Deal and its Pier scouted as location for filming of ITV romantic thriller 'Liar'
  124. October 2016: Finalist Deal wins silver gilt award in RHS "Britain in Bloom" 2016 campaign
  125. June 2016: "Deal: a fresh guide for 2017" published in Weekendr - a getaway guide for Londoners
  126. May 2016: "Going places: Deal" review by Tim Palmer for The Sunday Times
  127. May 2016: "Eight reasons to love Deal in Kent" reports Nell for The Pigeon Pair and Me
  128. March 2016: Deal dubbed "The charming seaside town" by Kent Life
  129. September 2015: Deal featured in "10 best autumn breaks by the sea" in Coast Magazine
  130. August 2015: Deal listed as "One of 20 unspoilt seaside gems you must visit" by The Daily Mail
  131. July 2015: Deal named "Best hipster holiday destination for Londoners" by The London Evening Standard
  132. June 2015: Deal featured in "How the East Kent coast became the new Shoreditch" by The Daily Telegraph
  133. March 2015: Deal nominated "One of top 30 places to live by the sea" by The Times
  134. January 2015: "Weekend in Deal" feature article published in Coast Magazine
  135. November 2014: Deal voted "Britain's best coastal town" in poll commissioned by The Daily Telegraph
  136. October 2014: Deal's 'Seastar' dubbed "One of 8 best mobility-friendly holiday properties by the sea" in Coast Magazine
  137. March 2014: Deal named "One of top 30 weekend retreats" by The Times
  138. March 2014: "Ideal Deal" feature article in Coast Magazine
  139. February 2014: Deal featured in "Spotlight on Deal" by Kent Life
  140. January 2014: Deal wins The Daily Telegraph's inaugural "High street of the year" award
  141. March 2011: Deal featured in The Times' "Where to cycle by the sea" guide
  142. October 2010: Time Out article "Très près de France" published in The Daily Mirror
  143. June 2010: Tom Dyckhoff's article "Let's move to Deal, Kent" published in The Guardian
  144. May 2009: Deal Pier café wins RIBA and Wood (Structure) Awards
  145. May 2008: Deal wins "10 top spots to lay your beach towel" nomination by The Daily Telegraph
  146. April 2008: Deal Pier voted "Pier of the Year" by National Piers Society after finishing runners-up in 2000 and 2001
  147. 1980s: Paul Hogan, Fosters and Deal Pier

New Stuff

Best Kent seaside towns ranked by Which? with Deal top and Herne Bay bottom

Deal ranked 4th best place to live in Kent by Muddy Stilettos

Deal ranked 25th in Garrington's 'Best Places to Live in 2022'

Deal: What's it really like to live in the Kent town named the best in the country

The Sunday Times 'best places to live … Deal'

DWAA 2002 competition dates …

The pretty town 90 minutes from London that is constantly voted one of the best places to go to the seaside …

Clocks go forward on Sunday, 26th March …

Deal: once 'small and rundown' now named the best in the county …

Linden Hall Studio's winter group show …

Deal - the sleepy Kent town …

Deal Pier repairs reel in local anglers …

HMS Restoration shipwreck at risk of destruction …

Pier path reopens after complaint …

Deal 6th best place to live in Kent according to Muddy Stilettos …

Deal among top 10 destinations to buy seaside holiday homes …

Deal Pier lower deck reopens to anglers …

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Deal Pier Opening Hours
Monday to Thursday 8am to 10pm
Friday and Saturday 8am to midnight
Sunday 8am to 10pm
Deal Pier Restaurant Opening Hours (take away only)
Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm
Friday to Sunday 9am to 5pm
Pier Telephone 01304 363815

Deal Pier Fishing Charges
  Adults Concessions [1]
8am to 5pm £6.20 per rod £3.10 per rod
5pm to 10pm (midnight on Fridays) £4.70 per rod £2.40 per rod
10pm to 6am £8.70 per rod £5.10 per rod
Combined day/night ticket £11.20 per rod £7.20 per rod
Club hire of Pier per night £200.00 Book Online
Drop nets & handlines £1.50  
[1] Concessions include juniors under 16, unemployed, senior citizens, disabled and students

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Deal Pier Website Pages


Links to articles published on this website from 2013 to date can be located on, and viewed from, the Archive page. Be patient while the archived pages load in your browser as each page contains a large amount of data and numerous images.

Fish of the Month Competition

The monthly fish-of-the-month competition continues and the council is donating two £11 day/night Pier fishing tickets to the angler catching the heaviest eligible fish (i.e. exceeding 1 kilo) caught in the fish-of-the-month competition. Details of current and past winners will continue to be published on the FOTM page.

Photographs & Postcards

If you would like to see your photographs of (or from) Deal Pier on this website please email them to david@dealpier.uk and they will be published on the Photos page. Images from 2012 to 2018 can be found on the Photo Archive page. Old postcards of Deal Pier can be found on the Postcards page.


If you have news concerning Deal Pier which you would like to see published on this website please email details to david@dealpier.uk. News reports from 2012 to 2018 can be found on the following archived pages:


Reviews of recent and historical sources relating to pier fishing in general - and Deal Pier fishing in particular - are published on the Fishing page.

Fishing LIDAR Maps

LIDAR maps of the seabed either side of Deal Pier are published on the Fishing LIDAR Maps page.


An excellent history of Deal Pier authored by local historian Gregory Holyoake in 1981 is reproduced on the History page which now includes links to numerous articles on local history, Julius Cæsar, the 'Patria', J.M.W. Turner, smuggling, Deal Pier café, the 'Rooswijk', local sea angling and newspaper articles (1838-1962).


Results of all Deal & Walmer Angling Association competitions reported by David Chamberlain are published on the DWAA page.

DWAA Competitions

Deal & Walmer Angling Association competition statistics and leader-board are published on this page.

Solunar Predictions for 2019

Deal Pier solunar prediction tables for the current month are published on the Solunar page.

Links & Resources

Links to relevant external websites, local activities and useful resources (EFSA, SAMF & NFSA competition rules, NFSA size limits and the Deal Pier Byelaws 1976) are published on the Links page.

Deal Location & Parking

Parking and location details for Deal Pier are published on the Parking page.

Privacy, Cookies & Personal Data Protection

The policy of the dealpier.uk website regarding privacy and the protection of personal data in compliance with the requirements of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 and the Data Protection Act 2018 are published on the Privacy & Cookie Policy page.