Is there anything better than an impromptu weekend away?
If there is, then we need to be introduced.
A couple of weeks ago now, Lewis and I decided to take the time we’d booked off for his birthday and put it to excellent use, with a two-day getaway to the seaside. I’ve been hinting at another trip to Brighton basically since we got back from our last day-trip there and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.
Thanks to a voucher Lewis’ dad bought us for Christmas, we were able to book a two-night stay at the beautiful Drake’s hotel, widely renowned as one of the best hotels in Brighton. It certainly lived up to our expectations! Small but perfectly formed, our room had a beautiful view right out on to the seafront and the pier, and an indulgent deep bath facing the window to enjoy the seascape too. It’s not cheap at around £150 a night for our room, so it’s thanks to the voucher that we were able to afford it! It felt like a very indulgent treat and we really enjoyed our stay. The restaurant was sadly closed when we visited but rumour has it that it’s also one of the best restaurants in the city too.
We kicked off Lewis’ birthday celebrations on our first morning with a trip to The Breakfast Club, one of our favourite brunch destinations. I started the day with my favourite, a stack of pancakes with berries and vanilla cream, and Lewis had eggs Benedict.
We spent the morning and early afternoon wandering the Lanes and exploring by the seafront, wandering along the pebbled beach and stopping for lots of snaps! I also made a pit stop at Lush – got to make the most of that bath. FYI; the Rose Jam Bubbleroon is HEAVEN.
Lunch was a trip to Bagelman – the chicken, bacon and avocado bagel was so good, almost worth the trip back alone!
For the birthday dinner, we deliberated on a few options but eventually decided on the Cote Brasserie for some delicious French food. It was so good! I had garlic king prawns, the most delicious steak frites and a chocolate mousse, so good and not too pricey either. It was very busy for a Thursday night but not so much that it felt overcrowded – the ideal balance.
We finished off the evening at the renowned Bohemia jazz bar, which was so much fun. They had a great jazz singer on and the atmosphere was very cool. They have an extensive cocktail list of weird and wonderful creations too; Lewis had a twist on a White Russian that came with popcorn, toasted marshmallows and campfire smoke, but I chose a truly disgusting strawberry cocktail that turned out to have some kind of mushy pea puree in it. The cocktails here were very expensive too, so it was a costly mistake – my advice, choose with care! Also, the jazz bar is nowhere near where the website and Google maps tells you it is. I know.
Our last morning dawned and we checked out of our hotel (I was so sad, I did not want to wave goodbye to that bath!) and headed to the Lanes in search of a breakfast to rival the one of the day before.
We headed to Cafe Coho on Ship Street to load up before our journey back, on the recommendation of Hello October. It’s a great place for brunch; the decor is a little too stripped-back for my taste so it was pretty chilly and very noisy, but the food was delicious so we didn’t mind too much. We both ordered the fry-up – possibly the most middle-class fry-up ever, it was great. Delicious bacon and sausages, perfect scrambled eggs, thyme-roasted tomatoes and sourdough toast, SO GOOD.
One final walk around the Pavilion and gardens, and a stroll back along the seafront, and it was time to go home.