So often on the May Bank holiday weekend we head off somewhere and make the most of the 3 day weekend. This year is has fallen very close to Easter, so we decided to have a day trip instead. We often visit Brighton, but for years we have only been down there in February or November! We decided that a spring time visit would be nice.
After breakfast at home we headed to the train station. For us the time taken to drive is about the same as the train takes (if there are no engineering works as sometimes the trains don’t go through London at the weekends) and this weekend the trains through London were slow, so it would take longer, but the parking is so expensive we decided to chill out on the train.
After getting into Brighton we had a wander around the shops, and sat on the beach for a bit before heading to the lanes to find somewhere for lunch. I was hoping for Iydea but it was queued out of the door. We saw another place opposite (with a sort of Hawaiian name) but again it was jam packed- I have not seen Brighton this busy! We walked around for a bit before coming across another fab cafe (I can’t remember the name)- I was going to have an avocado salad, and Andy was going to have an avocado and chicken wrap, but then they came to tell us they had run out of avocado! Boo! So I had a vegetarian platter for one, which was huge, and big enough for two, with a lovely lentil salad, goats cheese, haloumi, hummus, a salad, spicy olives and bread. Even when I gave some to Andy we could not finish it! I had a teapigs rooibos creme caramel tea too, mmmm.
While I was paying Andy went to get a little ice cream in the place opposite, before we had a nice long walk along the seafront. We came across a food festival, but you had to pay to enter and seeing as we had just had a big lunch we didn’t think there was much point. So we walked for a bit more- I love walking by the sea and it was a gorgeous day, pretty sunny.
I was going to buy a coat that I had seen in Fat Face, but when we got there it was closed for refurbishment! Ah well. We went for tea and cake at Cafe Coho.
This was a pistachio and orange blossom cake- so good.
Then we headed back to the train station. We had both put the radio 5 film podcast on our phones, so we settled back and both listened on the journey home- lovely and relaxing.
Do you love a day trip? I think Brighton is a great place to visit for the day, and it is just near enough for it to be manageable.