Brighton: Afternoon Tea at The Jetty

Brighton: Afternoon Tea at The Jetty

A couple of weeks ago, we took Violet out for her first official trip out of the house. We headed into Brighton to register Violet’s birth at the Town Hall and to celebrate afterwards, we headed to The Jetty for Afternoon Tea to toast Violet’s birth over tea, cake and prosecco. Plus, with a baby of less than two weeks old at the time – we were in dire need of the caffeine and sugar hit too!

The Jetty is located within the newly refurbished Harbour Hotel, located in prime position on Brighton’s seafront. With gorgeous sea views, The Jetty is the perfect setting for meals and drinks at any time of day – Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Cocktails or dinner with a bottle of wine, they cater for it all. Inside is bright, airy and spacious, with a clean, modern vibe. For a more intimate feel, there is also a cute ‘snug’ area tucked away with comfy sofas and a bit more privacy too.

Registering Violet’s Birth

We opted for the Harbour High Tea (priced at £19.95 per person) which comes with a bottomless selection of Teapigs tea, plus we ordered a glass of prosecco on the side too, as you know it would be rude not to raise a glass to our daughter, even if I did risk falling asleep on the spot from my first sip of alcohol in over a year!

The afternoon tea includes a lovely selection of both sweet and savoury treats, beautifully presented with side serving bowls containing jams and clotted cream for the scones. As we are both vegetarian, they also amended the menu to cater for our requirements, offering a selection of sandwiches with cheese based fillings, rather than chicken/ham/salmon options on the menu, plus a couple of cheese scones (which were SO delicious) and a guacamole and sundried tomato canapes too.

Brighton: Afternoon Tea at The Jetty Brighton: Afternoon Tea at The Jetty

Our sweet treats were my favourite part (of course!). I was pleased to see there were two plump buttermilk scones, which came with plenty of clotted cream and jam on the side, it wouldn’t be afternoon tea without a good old British scone. There were also two dark chocolate praline eclairs, which were utterly divine, a refreshing twist on a classic eclair. The White Chocolate and Passionfruit trifle added a burst of zingy flavour and lastly, the cherry bakewell, another classic and baked to perfection.

I really enjoyed our Afternoon Tea experience at The Jetty, although if I’m honest my favourite part was just great to get out of the house and eat something other than takeaway pizza and wear clothes that weren’t pajamas! We found the staff friendly and accommodating, they changed the menu for us and also gave us a secluded spot with room for the pushchair and privacy as this was my first attempt at breastfeeding in public too.

Brighton: Afternoon Tea at The Jetty

Brighton: Afternoon Tea at The Jetty

Brighton: Afternoon Tea at The Jetty

Whilst we were at The Jetty, I was given an exclusive behind the scenes peek at the new spa that has opened at the hotel. Located in the original regency building cellars, the spa is an absolute hidden gem away from the hustle and bustle of the busy hotel. The Spa offers extensive range of luxurious spa treatments along with everyday beauty needs, including facials, manicures, pedicures and massages. I think as soon as Violet is old enough to be babysat for the day, I might treat myself to a spa day there – what do you think?

The Harbour Hotel is located on the Kings Road Brighton (just on the corner of West Street) – to book Afternoon Tea at The Jetty call 01273 916916 or email brighton.jetty@harbourhotels.co.uk

Post written in collaboration with The Jetty

BRIGHTON: A Night at Brighton’s Big Screen

Brighton’s Big Screen has got to be one of the best ideas in the world. Where better to watch a movie than sitting on the beach with a nice glass of wine in hand, with the sun setting over the horizon. Watching a movie on the beach has got to be one of my summer highlights, so I always make sure I catch a few movies when the Big Screen is town (you might remember last year the Brighton Bloggers went as part of the Brighton On the Beach weekend!) the experience never disappoints.

So, this year I headed down to watch The Kingsman with a friend. We had been a little worried as the weather had been grey and raining all day (good old British summertime) and I had honestly convinced myself that the movie would have been cancelled, but just in time for the movie, the rain cleared and the sunset began to peek in to view as the clouds started to shift. As it turned out, a spot of rain really doesn’t matter, the show must go on as they say! Plus, my top tip is to get the VIP tickets (for only £5 more) then you’ll be under cover anyway.

So, the set up of the Big Screen area is slightly different this year, its smaller and more intimate than previously (mainly as this year has no major sporting events on), the big screen has also moved, its now facing the pier, so you can enjoy the iconic pier view as you sit back and watch the movie. Around the edge are a good selection of food and drink stalls, with food from one of my ultimate favourite Brighton restaurants, Chilli Pickle, and drinks from I heart wines and Brewdog (plus a few others). I think this year they’ve got the set up just spot on as its a really lovely intimate venue, perfect for a great summer evening out.

We were incredibly spoilt on the evening, apart from watching a fab movie from the VIP area (Kingsman is HILARIOUS if you haven’t seen it, we enjoyed it a lot) we were also got experience a ‘Beach Thali’ from Chilli Pickle, a selection box with a delicious Tamil Vegetable curry with Rice, Indian Snacks like poppadoms and samomas, little pots of Dal, Salad, Riatta, Pickles and Chutney plus a gorgeous creamy coconut pudding. If all of that wasn’t enough, this was all washed down with a glass of white wine from i heart wine and I haven’t even mentioned the popcorn we ate during the movie either. It really isn’t your average cinema visit!

Apart from the weather being a little chillier than we’d hoped we had such a lovely time! The venue is spacious with room to lay on the pebbles on a picnic blanket, sit in the comfy undercover VIP tent, or in one of the bars around the edge. I’m definitely going to make sure to catch another couple of movies while the screen is still in town!
Check out the Brighton Big Screen website for film listings, they have some classics as well as newer releases (plus a Frozen Sing-a-long!!) Prices start from £3, but I highly recommend the Movie and Thali experience at £30 per person for the ultimate big Screen experience!


A big thank you to the Brighton Big Screen, Chilli Pickle and I heart wines for the lovely evening and for your amazing hospitality. See you again soon! 

BRIGHTON: A Day Out at the Sea Life Centre with Avios!

Brighton Sea Life Centre
When I am abroad I always make sure I explore every nook and cranny of a city, taking in as many sights, museums and attractions as possible, but do I do that in my hometown of Brighton? Hmmm, definitely not. I live in one of Britian’s main tourist towns and have barely visited any of the attractions myself, doh! So, we decided to have a ‘tourist day out‘ and visit Brighton Sea Life Centre, courtesy of #DoMoreWithAvios. 
The Sea Life Centre is located in the heart of Brighton, just opposite the beach and Palace Pier. It’s a magical place, the Sea Life Centre is the oldest operating aquarium in the world and is nestled amongst stunning Victorian architecture. The main room is lit with beautiful rainbow lights with tanks of colourful fish lining every wall. 
Brighton Sea Life Centre

Walking through the different exhibits, we saw marine wildlife from all over the globe, from colourful tropical fish to pulsating jellyfish and this gorgeous smiley Stingray.

Stringray - Brighton Sea Life Centre

The sea life centre offers regular feeding sessions and informative talks throughout the day, educating us on different species, their habitats and conservation too. There is also a fun hands-on rockpool experience where you can have a go at handling some of the animals yourself. I was quite fond of this starfish and enjoyed tickling his spiny legs for a few moments! 
Rockpool Experience - Brighton Sea Life Centre

One of the best parts of the experience for me was the walk through glass tunnel, in this enclosure there are sharks, huge stingrays and my favourite – a giant friendly Turtle, who swam right overhead, it felt like I could almost touch him. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a turtle so huge, also the sharks were lurking about, just inches away from us – it was an amazing experience. The only downside I found with this part was how busy it was, I wished we could have had longer in this part but we got shuffled along quite quickly – but we did go during school holidays, so it’s understandable!

Glass Viewing Tunnel - Brighton Sea Life Centre
turtle and stingray - Brighton Sea Life Centre
The Sea Life Centre also has different sections for you to pass through, built like each natural habitat. There is a rainforest area, which is humid and hot. Here you can climb through the mangrove roots, discovering species such as piranhas, poisonous frogs and one of the worlds largest species of snake. 
The new exhibit for 2015 is the ‘Jurrasic Seas’ – this shows you the creatures that have outlasted the dinosaurs and are still around today, with some hi-tech exhibits to meet the extinct creatures too.
Marine life - Brighton Sea Life Centre

Overall, we loved our day out to Brighton Sea Life Centre, it was really nice to do something different and experience something new that was right on our doorstep! I think it does get quite busy during school holidays, so avoid these times if you can but I’d recommend it as a nice day out for both adults and children alike – especially if the weather outside is a bit gloomy. 
I visited courtesy of #DoMoreWithAvios. With Avios, you can collect points in various ways from travel to grocery shopping, filling up with petrol or even buying WINE! Then you can turn your points into cool things, such as days out like this (or flights, hotels, car hire etc!). I love a loyalty card (and a freebie!) so am already collecting points for my next day out.
If you decide not to use Avios points, the price for the Sea Life Centre is £35 for two adults which in my opinion is quite steep. I’d recommend if you are buying tickets for the Sea Life Centre to buy online as there are massive savings to be had –  I have a keen eye for a bargain and found a few voucher deals too! 
Where is your favourite place to go for a ‘tourist day out’ in your city?

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– Post written in collaboration with Avios, 
however all opinions are my own. 
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STYLE: Prestigious Summer Style with Barbour

 Royal Box at Ascot 2010
 
Summer is well and truly here and that brings with it a multitude of formal events – from summer garden parties to weddings, and of course prestigious sporting events. I am not sporty at all, but I am quite partial to a summer sporting event as I just love the whole atmosphere of it all. The food, the afternoon cream tea, the bubbles and of course the socialising whilst the event unfolds in the summer sunshine. I was sad to miss Wimbledon this year, that would be my dream event to go to, one day, with a glass of Pimms in hand.
I was excited when Barbour got in touch and asked me to style my own outfit for a prestigious summer sporting event and also to share their fantastic Summer Sport Events Calendar – an interactive clever little gadget, that not only shows you whats on in the sporting world, but gives both menswear and womenswear fashion advice for each event too. Pretty handy, right?
So, here is my outfit:
 I opted for a smart crisp white shirt, monochrome patterned trousers and brogues. It’s tempting to wear heels but sporting events are notoriously long days and you’ll be on your feet a lot so chose footwear with caution! As we are in Britain, I’m ready for all weathers –  a light trench in case it gets chilly or rains and sunglasses if it’s bright. Sorted!
What would you wear to go to an event this year? Give the calendar below a go and let me know your choices!

 Private box at the Champion Shields Football Match 2010 
(Chelsea vs. Manchester United)
– Post written in collaboration with Barbour