Decided to pop over to Deal today as the sun was out and thought it would be an ideal opportunity to check this place out. We have a tastecard and asked if we could use this and was told no you have to book in advance (fair enough if that's the policy). It was the surly attitude of the young woman that was the problem. Looked at the all day breakfasts but wasn't really in the mood for that and as we are watching our pennies we decided we'd have coffee and maybe a cake if they looked ok. Went to the counter and checked them out and the cherry crumble looked good (I thought it was a cold cakey version) and left my husband to otder while I went to the loo. Sat down a the waitress bought over our coffees and said she the cake was on it's way. My husband commented to me a few minutes later that it was taking a long time just to warm it up. When they came it had been nuked so much that we had to wait a while for it to cool down again. It didn't taste as nice as it had looked in the display cabinet - a layer of cherry pie filling and very thick layer of too soft crumble.
We sat there for a little while and observed the waitress amble around then decided to go. I got up to go to the counter with my purse out and smiled at the waitress who proceeded to walk past me. She started to clear the tables that had been sitting uncleared since just after we sat down and as I waited at the counter to pay with another customer behind me she started clearing our table making me wait. Now I would excuse this if it was busy but it wasn't.
I then was told that it was £13.75 for two coffees and two cakes! I was a bit taken aback and told my husband how much it cost. He couldn't believe it and wanted to check and was told that the crumble was £4.95 each! I've eaten in proper À la carte restaurants that charge less!
I should have had a breakfast which was about the same price! Apparently they are award winning but I'm not sure I'll be taking a chance on going back and finding out! Sadly disappointed.
If you want a nice coffee with cake and a view go to Costa and get ot to takeaway and take that on the pier.
An extra point for the view.