We couldn’t have picked a better weekend for weather to visit Nic’s sister Katie and our brother-in-law Aaron, who after many years of residing in Brighton have stepped on to the property ladder and purchased a sweet Victorian 2 up 2 down terraced house in Worthing. Last weekend saw temperatures soar to 25 degrees, and it’s still only April!
It seemed the south coast was a popular choice for city dwellers to escape to; three and half hours of heavy M25 traffic later we arrived. Aaron had a late shift so we headed to the pub first with Katie to unwind before dinner. We found ourselves in a cute pub garden at ‘The Corner House‘ in Worthing. Although the sun was going down and the air was chillier, the quirky garden was covered and benefitted from outdoor heaters. We sat in arm chairs and took in the surroundings of antique furniture and framed photographs and art. The cold beer and red wine were very welcome after such a long, frustrating journey. The M25 is rarely forgiving.
We spent the next day wandering around Brighton, which was heaving with locals and tourists alike. We have always loved the artsy vibe in Brighton. Ellen would love to live there when she is older. Unfortunately during the Friday night Nic suffered a worrying Asthma attack. It’s a rare event, but something that can be triggered from the allergies he has. Having called 111 he was able to obtain a prescription for an inhaler. Following a lengthy wait in Boots we headed for the bohemian atmosphere of the Laines. This is a must for any visitor of Brighton. Rain or shine there is always a festival vibe. We love the vast selection of independent shops and cafes. If you love to shop vintage you will never be disappointed. There are a great deal of antiques, vintage clothing, second hand & repurposed furniture, books, music and bric-a-brac shops & stalls to browse through.
Katie had found an amazing pub to eat Vegan hot dogs and kebabs called Beelzebab at The Hope & Ruin on the Queen’s Road. They were sooo good. If you like hot & spicy food I can highly recommend the Popcorn ‘Chicken’. Nic & I shared the Cheesy Fries and I had the Dirty Kraut (Tofu Dog, Sauerkraut, Seitan Doner ‘Meat’, Gherkin, Crispy Onion, Chilli Sauce, Mustard & Ketchup). I can’t recommend it highly enough, from the delicious food to the offbeat decor, we’ll certainly be returning.
Following a cheeky snooze on the beach we explored some more before returning to Worthing for a couple of drinks in a bar by the sea front.
Sunday was the warmest day by far, so we made our way to the pier in Worthing via the town centre (well it would have been rude not to check out some charity shops while we were there). Nic & I were surprised at how big Worthing was. We had expected a small quaint seaside town, we found a thriving, up and coming, modern town, with all the amenities you could ask for. The Promenade and Pier were well maintained and have kept an Art Deco theme. The Southern Pavilion Cafe at the end of Worthing Pier is in keeping with this. The beautiful restaurant holds regular live Music (predominantly Jazz) events. Even Paul Young has played there with his band Los Pacaminos.
We all had a lovely time and we were sad to leave. We wished that we’d had more time to spend with Katie & Aaron and their gorgeous cat Stanley. Until next time…
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Nic made a video of the weekend – hope you enjoy 🙂