Deal Pier is a bare bones structure built in the 1950s. It has a pared down, matter-of–fact quality where nothing is superfluous. It could be compared to ribcage of a ship. The anglers, walkers and day-trippers come and go, bringing a dash of life and colour to the scene but you always sense that the structure will be swept clean and returned to the sea and the weather. This gives it a timeless quality. Its romance is closely linked to its ordinariness.
The practice discussed the ideal setting for a cup of tea at the end of the pier. We agreed we would prefer to sit on an empty deck with no building and enjoy the light and the panorama of the sky and sea. It was apparent that the best café should try and preserve this al-fresco quality. It should do so in a bare-bones sort of way.