Pack your bucket & spade!

21 August 2016

It’s August, it’s still holiday time, with a Bank Holiday on the horizon, and
the sun continues to shine, so head off to the seaside for some quality time on
the beach. Build sand castles, fly a kite or stroll through the surf, then seek out
one of these top inns for a cool, relaxing drink and some great food on the way
home, or book a room and make the most of your time close to some of Britain’s
best beaches.

Gurnard’s Head, Treen, Cornwall
Visible for miles with its yellow-ochre walls, this iconic inn is a real beacon on
the Cornish coast and sets the standard for relaxed, convivial hospitality.
‘Eat, Drink, Sleep’ is the mantra, and the place lives up to its promise, with the
kitchen championing seasonal Cornish produce. Some of the rustic and homely
rooms and the back garden offer views of the sea. Dramatic coastal walks are on
the doorstep, as is stunning Porthcurno Beach (overlooked by the Minack Theatre),
which has soft white sand and a sea that turns turquoise in the sun. Bliss.
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The Crab & Lobster, Sidlesham, West Sussex
Given the gorgeous setting overlooking Pagham Harbour nature reserve,
close to the open sea, there’s rightly an excellent showing of fish and shellfish
on the menu at this aptly named inn on the Sussex coast. Period charm abounds,
the rear garden overlooks fields, Crab Cottage next door is the ideal family retreat,
and Room 4 affords big views of marsh and sky, all perfect following a memorable
day on West Wittering beach, a glorious stretch of sand offering views of Chichester
Harbour from East Head – well worth the walk.
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The Bull, Ditchling, East Sussex
The 16th-century Bull Inn is the place to relax in following a walk along the
South Downs Way, or a day spent in Brighton, just a 20-minute drive away
across the downs. Arrive early to relax and sunbath on the city’s famous pebble
beach, then visit the pier and explore The Lanes. Back at the Bull, there’s a
character bar, replete with sagging ceiling timbers and bare boards, a cracking
menu that brims with local produce, a tucked away garden for summer sipping,
and four quirky bedrooms upstairs.
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The Anchor, Walberswick, Suffolk
The Anchor draws a lively summer crowd due to its prime coastal location –
it’s staggering distance from the sand dunes and beach at Walberswick. It’s
the perfect spot to take a dip in the chilly water, to picnic on the beach or to
stroll the coast path down to Dunwich, returning for Sophie Dorber’s inventive
daily menus and delicious food, and the amazing beer and wine lists. Contemporary
rooms in cedar-clad chalets suit the setting perfectly.
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The Crown Hotel, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk
Set in a striking location at the foot of a peaceful tree-lined green, the
400-year-old Crown is a contemporary, rustic-chic inn oozing historic charm,
with a seaside feel in the informal bar, where seasonal menus champion local
suppliers, and elegant, individually designed bedrooms. It’s the perfect coastal
base, you’re just minutes by car from the vast expanse of Holkham Beach – the
best beach in North Norfolk. Alternatively, stay at the Ship Inn, Brancaster
(under same ownership), it’s literally a stroll away from beautiful Brancaster beach.
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The Cartford Inn, Little Eccleston, Lancashire
A 17th-century riverside inn transformed into a sophisticated eating inn with
glamorous bedrooms by passionate owners, who have brought it bang up to date
and added some genuine personality to the old building via quirky (but tasteful)
décor. TOTI (Taste of the Inn), a shop and delicatessen, oozes characteristic style
and rustic charm. An oasis away from the bling of Blackpool but very close to
breezy walks along some of the best sandy beaches in Lancashire – Cleveleys,
St Annes, Fleetwood and, of course, Blackpool.
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