The Palm Court Restaurant, Brighton Palace Pier, Brighton BN2 1TW
If in Brighton then you have to go to the pier we were told. I didn’t on my last visit but did this time.
It is 1,722 ft long and is acknowledged as one of the finest piers every built and it was finally opened in 1899.
Maintaining it is a constant operation for workers called deck hands and divers are employed to check the substructure.
Millions of pounds have been invested in maintenance over the past decade and the prominent, Grade 2 listed building now offers a step back in time with a modern twist.
You walk in the footsteps of thousands of sun-seekers down the decades but there are now nerve-jangling thrill rides and attractions. For those of a different persuasion, there is food for all tastes, from chips to fruit-filled crepes.
Sadly, we didn’t have time to enjoy a meal but we did sit in the sun, not on a free deckchair and many are available.
Rather, we enjoyed a small refreshment in the Palm Court. In our case we had soft drinks.
Staff say they have been favoured by recent investment and it shows.
An extensive bar and quality seating give this a quality feel and the view is stunning. The modern toilets among the best we encountered on our journey along the South Coast.
We loved it, particularly the sea beeze which took some heat out of the sun and we also enjoyed the walk along the promenade which has attractions for all ages.
Do go, and Brighton is easy to get to be car, bus and train (London Victoria and along the South Coast) but don’t miss the pier.