Last weekend we were baby-free! This little adventure had been in the diary for a while. Myself and hubby love spending time together and enjoying a day and/or night away from our home town. There’s nothing better than travelling somewhere and broadening the mind. We’d visited Brighton once before on a scorching hot summers day years ago so we were keen to see what else this city has to offer.
Brighton isn’t too far from Reading to be honest but the train journey is a nightmare! (Just under three hours and indirect) Although the car parks are expensive the train wasn’t worth the saving so would definitely drive next time.
We were so incredibly lucky with the weather, bright sunshine when we arrived and throughout the entire time we were there. That sea air just draws you in; before you know it we’ve walked off the train and half way to the beach. We took a short stroll (pebble beaches aren’t easy) down to the pier and back again. Oh what I’d give to live near the sea…this place is simply stunning on a lovely sunny day.
We headed to the famous Brighton Lanes for a mooch around and to grab lunch. We stumbled across a little sun-trap between the maze of streets; we actually ate Al Fresco, it’s only the 1st April! Madness! Donatello’s Ristorante was delicious and the pizzas are really good value. We went on to have a cocktail at Twisted Lemon (Funky and very ‘hipster’ with its hidden location but expensive and over-rated).
Of course Reading football club were playing that weekend and my husband being the stubborn guy that he is; persuaded/forced me to watch it live at 5:30pm. We watched it in a very strange pub called the King and Queen. It’s absolutely massive and has the castle decor and design throughout but on a nice spring evening and being Baby-free I could think of a lot of others places I’d rather be. Full-Time. Get me out of here! The sun was still shining – amazing!
We had tickets to a Doc Brown gig at The Haunt so we had a quick dinner at Harry Ramsdens (…the romance continues) and headed to the venue. I’d never been to The Haunt before so I was pleasantly surprised to discover how small and intimate it was. Being a short arse it’s always a worry that I won’t be able to see and that I’ll lose Hubby amongst the crowd.
The show was incredible. Doc Brown is an absolute legend and needs a lot more exposure as an artist rather than a simple comedian or ‘that guy from the David Brent film’. He’s so talented and completely under-rated. Cannot praise this guy enough, he’s a true wordsmith; extraordinary, wise and hilarious. Doc Brown (Ben Bailey Smith) has the ability to make you think, laugh, cry and feel empowered.
The show ended and we had every intention of heading to another bar for one or two more drinks. Brighton was busy; 10pm on a Saturday night and everywhere was packed and buzzing. Being the cool parents that we are we decided to make a money-saving and at the time clever idea to venture to the local shop to get some drinks for the room. Lets just say our booze-fest hotel room party didn’t happen, we picked up some cookies and randomly olives and that was us. Rock and roll!
We love Brighton and will definitely be returning. Maybe we’ll bring Lola with us next time (in the car that’s for sure).