Good Hotel Guide Review
One of the hotels that have appeared in the Guide for the lengthiest time is also one of the most loved among long-standing readers – it’s as dependable as the tides that wash over the sand and shingle beach opposite. ‘My favourite destination in the UK,’ writes one. ‘Such a joy to be back there again,’ relates another. ‘Still a fantastic place, overseen by Michael Pritt, the caring owner.’ The ground floor has new carpet, and the hotel prides itself on its updated wallpapers and fabrics, but the feel remains traditional, and the lounges, with open fires, retain their clubby atmosphere. Immaculate bedrooms, some with wheelchair access and a bath and wet-room shower, are in the main hotel and Darfield House annexe. Many have ‘wonderful views of the sea’. There is a cosy bar with a wood-burner, access to sea-facing terraces. You can take afternoon tea indoors or out, dine in the restaurant (no shorts, please) where a wide menu, with plenty of meat-free options, includes dishes such as grilled Dover sole, caper and herb butter. ‘Many of the staff are still there and remember us. The food is delicious, even better than before.’ (Julian Landy, Simon Rodway)
35. 7 in Darfield House opposite, 5 on ground floor, 2 in hotel and 1 in annexe suitable for disabled.
all year except possibly 2 weeks in Jan.
2 lounges, bar, restaurant (veg/vegan menus), in-room TV (Freeview), 2 terrace gardens, courtyard garden, parking, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
all ages welcomed, extra bed £15.
allowed in bedrooms (£5 per night) and public rooms, not in restaurant.
Amex, MC, Visa.
B&B doubles from £215, singles from £135. Set-price dinner £28–£34 (2/3 courses). 1-night bookings refused Sat.