We have been travelling around the UK lately and one of our first stops was the seaside town of Bridlington. We had arranged to meet up with my husband’s parents in Bridlington as it is easier for them to get to by train than travelling down to us in Somerset. Whilst it is definitely not the biggest of places, there is plenty to do for a day or two if you want a lovely seaside holiday!
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Where to stay in Bridlington?
We stayed in the Bridlington sea front Premier Inn. The beach is quite literally right on your doorstep here so if you are looking for a place to take the kids this is ideal. Premier Inn is the perfect place to stay if you are planning on creating an affordable base for yourself to explore your chosen location. We almost always choose a Premier Inn if we know we are going to be planning a busy itinerary on our travels.
Not only do you get a brilliantly spacious room, but their beds are super comfortable and the locations are usually spot-on in terms of transport links and practicality. The Bridlington Seafront Premier Inn was clean, close to town and the beach and the staff couldn’t have been more eager to assist. Nothing was too much trouble.
Special mention to Whitney on the front desk during our stay as her instantly welcoming and upbeat personality set us straight in to ‘holiday mode’ and she always made sure to ask if there was anything we or the other guests needed each time anyone passed by.
Premier Inn buffet breakfasts are out of this world, especially for families as kids can fill up on exactly what they want and everything from a full English, to fruits and pastries are included. If (like us) you always like to make sure you have a filling breakfast before you start your day then it really is worth adding this option onto your stay.
My daughter may have chosen a strange concoction of items above, but you can take your pick of all the delicious food and drinks on offer. Find out more about Premier Inn and book your stay here: http://www.premierinn.com
What to do in Bridlington?
Bridlington actually surprised us with how much there was to do and how lovely the beach and sea front was. It is perfect for spending long days on vast sandy beaches so make sure you pack your swimming costumes as you won’t be able to resist a dip in the sea if the weather is warm enough!
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Take a stroll up to Bridlington harbour and watch the fishing boats come in or do some crabbing. You can grab a mug of Yorkshire tea and find a little bench to rest your feet. Along the way you will pass some fun arcades, a mini fairground and lots of things to keep the whole family entertained. My daughter loved being shown around by her grandparents (below) who are seasoned ‘Brid’ tourists!
If you take a wander around town you will find plenty of places to grab a coffee or some fish and chips and lots of little stores as well as a few well known high-street chains so there really is something for all the family to do for the day.
You can even arrange a boat trip from Bridlington harbour. There are various to choose from and younger ones will love he option of taking a trip out on the ‘Pirate Ship’ you can’t miss it as there’s a very vocal ‘pirate’ shouting out sailing times throughout the day! We didn’t have time to do this but people seemed to be having fun.
Where to eat in Bridlington?
The Freeman Cookhouse and Pub is hands-down the best place to eat in Bridlington. We tried out a quick bite from a few local places but it was the Cookhouse + Pub that really stole the show. Located next to the Premier Inn and directly opposite the beach, this is the perfect place to grab a table and order some delicious, fresh food after a busy day of exploring.
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With a fantastic selection of meals, side dishes, starters, drinks and deserts you will be spoiled for choice here. The service was absolutely wonderful too. Manager Kyle was friendly and professional and was always on hand making sure that all guests were happy and enjoying their meal. Despite it being busy I don’t think he passed by a single table without checking on the diners.
We were served by Laura who was hands-down one of the most polite and friendly waitresses ever. Nothing was too much trouble and we really enjoyed the warm welcome and upbeat mood that she brought to our dining experience.
We were told that the beer battered haddock was particularly tasty (I can confirm it was indeed amazing!) so I went for this whilst the rest of the family opted for yummy dishes of gammon and mixed grills from the specials menu. The fish was cooked perfectly and you could tell that everything was fresh and that real care had gone into preparing these dishes. This is far from your run of the mill slap-dash pub grub.
The side dishes were just as delicious as the mains at the Freeman Cookhouse + Pub. The garlic and chilli prawns were one of my favourite sides of the meal. These are full of flavour and pack a real punch, without being overpowering. They were cooked to absolute perfection. Juicy, tasty and fiery!
We just about had enough space left for desert. How could you resist with a menu like this?! Our deserts arrived quickly. The sundaes looked much better presented when they were first brought out FYI. The wrong spoons were put in so they replaced these with longer ones before I could grab a snap of them in their full glory! My husband had the mint aero sundae (I think this was from the specials board) and he proclaims that it was one of the nicest deserts he’s EVER had. Bold claims indeed! My daughter also went for a sundae and I opted for the sticky toffee pudding with custard. Oh my goodness I was in heaven!!
With a great selection of beers, wine, hot and cold drinks and snacks on offer I would highly recommend a meal at the Freeman Cookhouse + pub. They even have a fantastic new loyalty card if you dine with them regularly that you should definitely pick up. You can find out more here: www.cookhouseandpub.co.uk
All-in-all our trip to Bridlington may have been a flying visit but we had a wonderful time! Next stop was York. Keep your eyes peeled for our York travel feature coming very soon.