Over the weekend Rob and I had a mini-getaway in the seaside town of Eastbourne. It was cold but sunny and clear – perfect for a winter stroll along the beach. We parked up on the seafront outside our hotel, but as we were too early to check in we decided to have a little walk down to the harbour.
Eastbourne’s seafront is a stark contrast from Brighton, which is what we’re used to. It was much quieter, almost desolate in places, but relaxing none the less. No noisy bars or bustling restaurants, just a few dog walkers and joggers alongside the waves.
It was a longer walk than we realised but when we got to the harbour it was really pretty so we stopped for a bite to eat while admiring the view. When we set back the sun was starting to set and the (remains of) the pier looked quite striking against the pinks and reds on the horizon.
When we got back we checked into our hotel, the Waterside Boutique – and we had a Japanese themed room called Osaka. It came with a jacuzzi room! I soon made the most of that and we were running the water almost as soon as we walked in the door. To be honest, it was a glorified bath… but the streams of water were relaxing and the spotlights on the ceiling felt almost like you were staring up at the stars.
We went for dinner at Flamenco Tapas, a Spanish restaurant which had really good reviews – and even better, plenty of gluten-free options on the menu. And we weren’t disappointed, a large jug of Sangria and spoonfuls of paella later, we left: happy and contented.
It was really nice to have a change of scenery, even if it wasn’t far away and just for one night.