Over the long Easter weekend, Rob and I decided to go away for an evening. We wanted it to be far enough that we were away from Brighton but not so far that it’d take hours to get there. We were only going for one night, after all. We treated it as a mini break – especially as Rob works a six-day week so it’s rare we have a full weekend off together.
We booked a room in the Swan Inn in Fittleworth, West Sussex. It’s a 600-year-old building housing a pub as well as a B&B. Fittleworth is a little village in West Sussex, which is about an hour’s drive away from our home in Brighton. It’s small and pretty; there’s really not much there besides the pub, houses and a little antiques shop. Oh and it’s in the middle of the countryside, full of roaming hills, fields and woodland areas – just what we needed for a quiet break.
Rob’s dad grew up in Fittleworth too, so we decided it’d be nice to explore the area a little.
On Good Friday (the day before we went away) the weather was warm enough that we spent it on Brighton seafront (read about it here) but the following few days were not as nice. So we packed clothes for every eventuality – come rain or shine, we were prepared. Good thing too as it rained for most of the weekend, but it didn’t dampen our spirits.
When we arrived we went for a walk, following signs for public footpaths. We walked through and around a field and came to woods. Weirdly, we found a few really dense areas of bamboo trees! I’ve never seen anything like this in England, it was so weird! And actually a bit creepy, the woods creep me out a bit at the best of times (I think it’s because you wouldn’t know if someone was watching you and there are always lots of noises and creeks – I clearly watch too many horror films). It was so dense that in some areas you couldn’t see further in than a couple of feet, it just suddenly looked pitch black.
Walk time over, and with wet clothes we headed to the pub to dry off, have a pint and check in. It’s a really old building so had lots of character – our bedroom had low ceilings with thick beams and wonky walls!
We headed back downstairs into the pub for our dinner. I had fish (I think it was sea bream…) with roasted vegetables and Rob had a steak and kidney pie with veg. All perfectly cooked with a lovely glass of vino to wash it all down.
We retired to our room to watch a film and scoff our faces with Easter eggs – it’d be wrong not to.
The service was very fast and the staff were all lovely; really friendly and welcoming. The same could be said for the morning when we came down for breakfast, despite arriving a little on the late side (we may have forgotten about the clocks going forward) and it being really busy, we were served quickly. I didn’t expect them to have any non-dairy milk but I was given my own pot of soya milk with my tea pot and Rob had a huge cafetiere of coffee to himself. We both had a full English (I made some substitutions for my wheat intolerance); everything was well cooked and really tasty.
We had such a lovely evening away and was just as Easter should be. Full of chocolate and relaxation!