Europe, Travel, UK

From Western Australia to Weston Super Mare! 

April 23, 2015

The last time I went to a beach, it looked a little like this…

Last Sunday I went to the nearest beach to my hometown, Weston Super Mare. Usually calling it a beach can be a bit of a stretch because it can look like miles of mud before you hit the sea. However, it didn’t look too bad this time and it was good to see the traditional donkeys were still walking along the beach. 

We may not have had the heat that Australia has but the sun was shining so we got to have a walk along the sea front and experience Weston’s biggest attraction – The Grand Pier! 

The Grand Pier burnt down in 2008 and had to be completely rebuilt, opening again in 2010. I haven’t been on the Pier since it reopened so I was excited to see how it had changed. 

From memory, the exterior hadn’t changed too much. Most piers look very similar don’t they? The train that runs up and down the pier is still there, as well as all the benches to eat your fish and chips on! The inside of the building, where the arcade is, was a lot more modern than I remembered. It was a relief to see the penny slot machines amongst all the fancy games and rides (that makes me sound so old haha!). You have got to love the penny slots though. There’s nothing better than spending all your 2ps on trying to win a silly little prize that you don’t really want. We also went on the ghost train which was more funny than scary but I still jumped a couple of times! 

We also went out for lunch in Weston, eating at The Old Thatched Cottage – Weston’s oldest building. It was really busy in there, which is usually a good sign. As it was a Sunday, some of us had the Sunday Roast and others chose from the normal lunch menu. I had the oregano chicken on ciabatta bread which was delicious! The roast looked really impressive too, especially the cauliflower and broccoli baked in cheese. What really sets The Old Thatched Cottage above the rest though, is the service. The manager goes above and beyond to make me feel special and to make your visit an entertaining one. He kept the whole restaurant happy and laughing at his jokes. Definitely a reason to visit again!

You can view their website here. 

 All in all, I had a really good time at Weston. It’s always nice to spend quality time with family and to visit a childhood haunt! 

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1 Comment

  • Reply EmelyeKay April 23, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    I love going back to places I visited as a child! One of my family’s favorite boardwalks (Seaside, New Jersey in the states) had a bad fire a few years ago too. Glad to see that in the case of the Grand Pier they rebuilt it with the same charm you remember 🙂

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