Mini-revamp at The Minnis Bay Bar and Brasserie in Birchington

Debbie Skinsley has recently become General Manager at The Minnis Bay

The Minnis Bay Bar and Brasserie in Birchington  has undergone a mini revamp.

The site has been redecorated and has new additions including pictures and ornaments, along with refreshed floors and furniture completed in time for Christmas.

Upstairs, the function room has been brought into daily use for the busy seafront site, with tables and chairs added. The finishing touches of a neon sign upstairs and lighting outside will also follow soon.

Manager Debbie Skinsley said: “It is a fantastic improvement – so much warmer and cosier. We were only closed for three days and were able to get the work done before Christmas, which was great.”

Debbie became general manager in August after joining the team in 2018 and working her way up from Assistant Manager.

She said: “I love working here and I really appreciate the work that has been carried out on the site, so I want to make it flourish.”

Debbie moved to the Minnis Bay from the Diver’s Arms  – also a Shepherd Neame site near her home in Herne Bay, where she worked from 2010 to 2018.

She said: “It was a massive change for me, but I love it here at the Minnis, particularly in the summer with the busyness of it. I always prefer to be busy!”

Find the Minnis Bay & Brasserie at The Parade, Birchington call 01843 841844 or visit



  1. So when will the Hotel be built as mentioned when Shepherd Neame took over all those years ago. ?

    Perhaps TDC will sell Shepherd Neam the toiled block and the car park at Minnis Bay in order to help clear the debts. Well they (TDC) have sold the car park fronting the Nayland Rock Hotel to the new owners.

  2. Having been several times over the past couple of years, I’ve found the location and decor outstanding, the service variable from superb to borderline rude, and the food average at best. A shame, as the potential is clearly there.

    • Regarding Service and food being variable: Agreed. This is the same with the Fayness and Albion together with the Bell at Sandwich. I used to frequent all when friends were visiting the area. Not on a frequent basis I hasten to add. I prefer my cognac in a brandy glass without ice and being warmed in my hands not in hot water from the tap.

  3. Have had several really nice meals and drinks here with the family. The atmosphere inside is always nice and welcoming. It’s a little pricey but the food is always delicious. One of my favourite places to dine at.

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