Sort file:- Dover, February, 2024.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 14 February, 2024.


Earliest June 2001

Cullin's Yard

Open 2024+

11 Cambridge Road


01304 211666

Cullin's Yard

Cullin's Yard frontage, 2009.

Cullin's Yard garden

Cullin's Yard garden, 2009.

Cullin's Yard interior

Cullin's Yard interior, 2009.

Cullings Yard sign 2013

Above sign 2013.


From the Dover Telegraph, 9 February, 1892.


[Before J. L. Bradley and T. V. Brown, Esqrs.]


William Quelch, a seaman, was charged with wilfully breaking one pane of glass, value 10s. 6d., in the office window of Mr. W. J. Cullen's premises in Cambridge-road.

Albert Edward Cullen, son of Mr. W. J. Cullen, said the prisoner was employed as cook on one of witness's father's smacks. About tour o'clock on Monday afternoon prisoner came to the office with a note demanding 6s. on behalf of himself. Witness told him to go and fetch the captain, and he would pay him. He refused to pay the prisoner, and he made use of bad language. Witness ordered him out of the office, but as he refused to go, he put the prisoner out. He then broke the office window with his fist, damage being done to the amount of 10s. 6d. Witness had refused to pay the prisoner because they had had several forged notes recently. The police were sent for and the prisoner given into custody.

Police-constable Cadman proved taking the prisoner into custody.

Thomas Brockman, a mariner, gave evidence, corroborating the first witness's statement.

The Bench fined the prisoner 2s, 6d., damage 10s. 6d., and costs 8s., and a fortnight was allowed for payment.


Really a restaurant that sells beer, but of late gained some very good reviews in the CAMRA magazines.

I just got to add this one to the list, but I don't think Barry Smith would approve.


From the Dover Mercury, 24 January 2002.

Restaurant makes splash with independent observer.

FISH in season have tickled the palates of some very, very demanding customers to Cullin's Yard, Fish Restaurant, De Bradelei Wharf, Dover.

Up to five extra-discerning diners were evaluating the restaurant opened by Michael Frajt just 18 months ago and now he has learned they've placed it as one of the top 50 in the whole country.

Mr Frajt whose designs for restaurants can be found worldwide from New York to Barcelona, London to California, learned this week of the prestige rating which will appear in The Independent newspaper this Saturday.

He said: "It's tremendous for the restaurant but also for Dover itself because this is a national recognition of something very positive.

"They never announced who they were but they were judging the quality not just of food but the ambience and the design.

"This had been an old marine engineer's warehouse and when I retired from my design company I decided to open my own restaurant because of my passion for food."

It's a passion shared not only with the food critics of the Independent, Michael and head chef Ian Cocker regularly welcome customers from across Kent.

Cullin's Yard is open seven days a week between noon and 11pm.

Cullens yard chefs and owner

TASTY TREAT: Chefs Ian Cocker and Jamie McGregor with owner Michael Frajt


From the Dover Express, 16 May, 2002.

Sitting at the dock.

Cullens Yard interior 2002

AT CULLlN'S Yard wine bar and bistro at Wellington Dock, Dover, guests can dine on superb food while enjoying wonderful views across the water.

Voted among the top 10 seafood restaurants on the coast and the top 50 in the entire UK, the ambience at this super venue is relaxed and informal.

Cullin's Yard is nautically themed and set in a converted marine engineering warehouse.

Pop in for a refreshing drink and a light "snack on the large waterfront verandah gardens or a feast of local food from sea and land in the bistro.

As you would expect from its idyllic waterfront location, the frequently changing menu includes fish landed the same morning and Cullin's Yard is justifiably famous for freshly caught mussels. For non-fish lovers the restaurant also has a wide selection of meat, poultry and vegetarian dishes - served with mouth-watering sauces, dressings and accompaniments.

All of the food is freshly prepared and cooked to order. You could be tempted by duck liver pate or prawn bisque with rouille and croutons for your starter. For your main course you could sample genuine Dover sole or special bangers and mash - delicious.

Relax with friends and listen to live jazz by candlelight every Thursday evening and Sunday lunchtime while watching the yachts sail by.

Open from noon to 11 pm every day, Cullin's Yard is well worth discovering. For further information please call 01304 211666.


Received from Email 15 July 2011.

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Above pictures taken in May 2011 kindly sent by Alvin & Esther Harder from Chilliwack B.C. Canada who say the following:- "We really enjoyed the fish and chips as well as the music. We have recommended it to others who are travelling to Dover."


There is rumour that the premises is going to start brewing its own beer. (April 2011)

This has now been deemed to be true and they started brewing in January 2012. Their plant being seen in the picture below:-

Cullin's yard brewery plant

Latest news being that the brewery is going to be called "Tir Dhá Ghlas" Brewery. Pronounced "Terryglass." Yes! I know, why not spell it that way?


From the Dover Mercury, 9 June, 2016.

Shipyard bistro goes up for sale.

Cullins Yard 2016

Cullins Yard bistro and wine bar, based in an old converted shipyard in Dover, is now on the market.

It is being sold through specialist property adviser Christie &Co.

With views overlooking the harbour, this popular 110-cover nautical restaurant is bathed in history - with original Cullins Yard fixtures, a large heated conservatory and a trade garden with bench seating for up to 100 people.

Next door is Tir Dha Ghlas Brewery which produces a selection of beers sold in the restaurant.

The business has been under the same ownership for the past 10 years and has built up a strong reputation among the community, attracting repeat and loyal custom as well as being a popular venue for weddings and other special events.

James Hughes of Christie & Co’s Maidstone office, who is handling the sale, said “Cullins Yard represents a fantastic opportunity for a potential purchaser to acquire a unique and successfully run restaurant and brewery in an idyllic harbour location with a team of staff already in place. We expect strong interest. Viewing is highly recommended.”

Christie & Co is seeking £299,995 for the leasehold, with an annual rent of £63,650.


From the By Lynn Cox, 31 January 2019.

Restaurants, bars and cafés in Kent with 0-1 food hygiene ratings.

We all love to go out for a spot of dinner but we hope the food put in front of us has been cooked in a clean environment.

Yet there are 20 restaurants, bars and cafes in Kent which have been given a hygiene rating of zero or one from the Foods Standards Agency.

The hygiene ratings range from zero to five, with five meaning standards are very good and fully comply with the law.

Cullins Yard, Cambridge Road.

Rating: One.

The restaurant was given a one rating on October 10 last year.

It was found to be generally satisfactory for hygienic food handling and cleanliness and condition of facilities and the building, but inspectors found in its management of food safety, major improvement was necessary.



GLEESON Jim 2001-19+



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