My final Kent pier after visiting Gravesend Town and Herne Bay, was Deal, half way down the eastern coast. The current concrete pier was opened in 1957 by the Duke of Edinburgh and is rather Brutalist in design. But it is well used by holiday makers visiting the pierhead café and folks fishing from the lower decks.
The café is a large building with light and airy interior thanks to the all-round windows looking out onto the English Channel. The cheesecake was delicious.
Weston-super-Mare Birnbeck Pier is in a very sorry state. It’s not been open to the public since 1994 and has been gradually deteriorating while the owners and council argue about plans for redevelopment.
It’s crumbling nature also meant that there were no refreshments available nearby, so I missed having my tea and cake on the pier, but sat and drank some water in the shelter on the prom.