The cause of a fire at GB Pizza in Margate during the early hours of this morning (October 9) is being investigated.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service was called to the Marine Drive restaurant at 4.04am. Three crews and Kent Police attended. The road was closed while crews dealt with the incident.
A Kent Fire and Recue Service spokesperson said: “Kent Fire and Rescue Service was called to a fire in a restaurant in Marine Drive, Margate. Three fire engines attended, and crews wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire with hose reel jets. Kent Police also attended.
“There were no reported injuries and the cause is being investigated.”
Fire crews finished at the scene at 7.58am.
The award-winning pizza restaurant, which has only just been refurbished and marks 10 years in business this month, has been operating since 2012 and was founded by Lisa Richards and her partner Rachel Seed. Sadly, Rachel passed away in 2018.
Kent Police has been contacted for further details.
What a terrible shame!
Investigation under way. It will all come out in the wash….
Sounds like godden strikes again
I recall some years back, when I was briefly on Twitter, UKIP members arriving in Margate for the party conference asking for recommendations of places to eat: When I suggested GB Pizza, the business tweeted back that they didn’t want any UKIP members in there! Kinda put me off, that they thought they could be so choosy (would be a bit like me saying I don’t want Labour members to buy my books!). Still, sorry they burnt down.
Oh do shut up! Put a sock in it for God sake.
How you down as a tory not a UKIPPER!
Doesn’t matter who I support or don’t support (for what it’s worth, the last time I voted it was for the Green Party). It’s the fact that a business believes it can pick and choose customers by their political allegiance.
Peter, Why do you feel the desperate need to validate your anti-woke / Labour views in every article? We get it. You love UKIP / The Tories, and anyone who doesn’t vote to the right deserves your ire.
GB Pizza barring UKIP, is principled, not snobbery. I’m going to offer help to GB Pizza so you can knock yourself out with you void replies.
I only support inclusive businesses.
Oh shut the f**k up Peter. Get yourself a life off the internet. No one cares what you think. Really.
You obviously do. Otherwise you wouldn’t get so aerated.
Oh Peter. You’re the prime example of the toxic white man who elbows his way into every conversation, dominating and overpowering, but with nothing of interest to contribute. Your lack of self awareness and over confidence is staggering. Perhaps you could try listening more and talking less. The end.
Ahhh… a racist! No wonder you hide your identity.
Tories have let woke nonsense run wild the last decade or so & promoted it. All the more reason to vote them out.
I wouldn’t want UKIP members in my place either!
How is that any different to Lester Maddox banning blacks from his restaurant? Unless the people cause problems inside their money/custom is as good as any. Regardless it is a shame, whether it was an accident or a deliberate act.
It’s illegal to discriminate against protected characteristics (such as race, religion, sex etc.). It is not illegal to exclude people for other reasons. Check out the Equality Act 2010.
Still, rather poor business sense. The people I recommended it to were well-dressed, affluent – and hungry!
I very much doubt that political affiliation discrimination is allowed in shops.
I forgot about that one!
Some considerable while ago you were advised to quit with your comments, whilst you were only slightly in the mire.
Sadly, you ignored that advice.
Ditto, Ms. Stein.
Sadly these comments illustrate the very worst of the internet. The article is about a fire FFS. And it’s so sad to see the restaurant in this state. Such a mainstay of Margate’s seafront eateries. The refurb looked great. I hope they can get back to business soon.
I preferred it when Pizza Hut was there.
Peter Checkfield – lovely, generous people have had a brilliant business which they have spent ten years building (and the last week refurbishing) decimated by fire. And you weigh in with your usual snidey, pompous comments.
I went to Margate Pizza Hut several times, and GB Pizza just once, and found it a bit pricey. Still, I liked it enough to publicly recommend it on Twitter to dozens of visitors – much to my embarrassment and regret! Since that day, I’ve told people to avoid it.
He won’t care Andy!
Steve, check out the Equality Act 2010, political affiliations are not a protected characteristic. If a person or person’s political affiliations do not match your own ethics, then it’s not illegal to exclude them from your business. For ethical businesses, matching ethics are more important than money.
I cant belive some off the comments here-end off the day a shop has gone up in flames-and i do agree that peter checksfield is nothing but one stupid prat who should keep out off it who has nothing better to speak about.
For those that have been spreading the hate speech and speculation towards these lovely people at GB pizza,It has been confirmed that it was a ARSON attack, so I don’t think your comments will be much comfort to these poor people at GB Pizza.
Please refer us to the “hate speech” on this thread – apart from the comment by the owner from 2012 that is? Preferring another pizza shop is hardly a crime…
Peter Checksfield – best known for taking photos of naked girls in local graveyards.
Lisa Richards – best known for being a good businesswoman who employs local people.
Hope GP Pizza were insured and can get back on their feet quickly
Kathy, have you ever thought about just permanently disabling the comments on this website.
It’s getting worse with the trolls and the troll feeders just bickering constantly on anything and everything.
Yes, I know I have just commented too but I’m trying to raise a valid point.
I come here to find out about local news and things that are going on in our community – I really couldn’t care less about the opinions and views of a bunch of randoms ?? It must be so draining for you to keep monitoring this.
I think blocking Peter Checksfield would fix 90 per cent of the problem.
I wholeheartedly agree.
I find the comments often have little to do with the articles and are mostly spiteful!
I have considered it, yes.