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Mid-Week Break in Eastbourne:
For extreme sports addicts, there are croquet and putting greens.
But if making a splash is more or style then the pool beckons.
After a swim and a drink by the pool it was time for dinner and we were able to stroll down to the Mirabelle, in The Grand Hotel, which is the place to go for fine-dining in Eastbourne.
Choosing the set dinner at £44 per head dinner at The Mirabelle is a delightful way to spend an evening. Any vagaries in the cooking is made up for by old-fashioned service though I wish they would bring back the pianist!
I particularly enjoyed my main dish of Wild sea bass with potted shrimp and black truffle (£12.50 supplement) and the honey and apple notes of our bottle of Maçon-Lugny, Les Genièvres, Louis Latour 2013 from the mature wine list.
To finish off our evening with a bang we headed down to the 1812 Firework Concert with the Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass held at the Eastbourne bandstand, the ‘busiest bandstand in the UK’. With several hundred people in the audience, there was a lovely atmosphere as the band thundered through a selection of popular favourites ending with the firework cannon blasts of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture.
Eastbourne has a very particular type of English charm, restrained and elegant on the surface but underneath there are lots of fun and interesting things to do. It’s well worth a visit. For more information look at the Visit Eastbourne website where there are lots of special offers including 3 nights for the price of two at The Hydro Hotel and reduced price entry to Michelham Priory.