If you’ve never been to Lewes, then this blog post may come as a surprise to you. The pretty winding streets, the delicious smell of wood burning stoves as you step off the train, the picture book cottages, the generous sprinkling of antique, gift and book shops, the sounds of seagulls and the faint taste of salt on your lips…
Lewes, just down the road from Brighton, is a short 75 minute train journey from Victoria station, London. And the ease of the journey didn’t end there – when I arrived at Lewes station, I had only a four minute walk (I actually walked it in three – love beating Google Maps) to my cosy dwellings at Premier Inn.
This was my first tie staying in a Premier Inn, and I really wasn’t sure what to expect. But what I wasn’t expecting (as I never like to get my hopes hope when I travel anywhere, just in case) was an enormous, spacious room, a wonderfully comfortable bed, a large desk, complimentary wifi (did I mention how big the room was?) unlimited Costa Coffee and a BATH.
I headed out into Lewes and explored a little, catching the last of the light before evening set in. There was a really magic to the streets and cobbled corners, which filled me with joy. I felt as though I’d jumped into one of Bert’s paintings and I’d bump into Mary Poppins any second, on a cartoon merry-go-round…
Dusk turned to night in the blink of an eye, and I made a bee line for Bill’s, where I was meeting a dear friend for some supper. She lives in Brighton, so it was a treat to be able to meet and catch up with all her Brighton news.
I’ve been to a Bill’s in London, but this one is the original restaurant, set up by Bill himself, after his dad showed him a small space off the High St in Lewes. He opened a greengrocer and it was all going rather well until Lewes was hit by a flood in 2000. The shop was ruined (as was his own house) and they had to start again… which they did. They opened a new shop and this time they added a cafe… and before they knew what was happening, they’d become a bit of a sensation.
The meal was delicious, as was the company. It’s amazing how much you can catch up on when you dedicate a few hours to just talking. And eating. And more talking…
After dinner I walked the two minutes around the corner (Premier Inn in Lewes really could not be any better located) and five minutes later I was in bed watching some kind of lightweight murder mystery programme, which bring me a kind of happiness that no other type of programme can. There’s just something about Jessica Fletcher. And Columbo. And Lewis. (Not Lewes). (I know, confusing).
The things that struck me the most about my stay at Premier Inn, were how comfortable I felt, how attentive and helpful everyone working there was (lots of advice on where to have dinner and where to explore etc) and, wonderfully, how quiet the hotel was. It’s their thing. There are signs, reminding you to be respectful of people trying to get a good night’ sleep… and I so appreciated this. Too often I’ve stayed in a fancy pants hotel and managed to get no sleep at all, as the folk in the room next door are having a party, or the street outside is full of revellers….
I slept beautifully and woke up refreshed and ready for brekky, which was included in the room price…
There were fresh pastries, fruit, cheese, cereals and yoghourts and a full hot breakfast buffet you could help yourself to. And so I did. Perfect poached eggs on toast with bacon, mushrooms and beans was the perfect beginning to my second day in Lewes… and I took my Costa coffee up to my room to enjoy while I finished off packing up my bag.
I was quite sad to find myself chugging home to London on the train… I so loved my time in Lewes and could have easily stayed for a few more days.
But once I remembered how quick and easy it was to get there, and especially now that I’ve found the perfect spot to stay when I next go, I stopped feeling glum and instead started planning my next visit…
And I’ll be back in that gorgeous bed, snoozing like a pro before you know it.
Premier Inn, Lewes
The Old Courtroom,
Court Road, Lewes BN7 2PG
Premier Inn offers saver rates which are only available on their website (www.premierinn.com) so do book via the site, rather than calling up ;)
This post was sponsored by Premier Inn
and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
This post was shot on my LEICA D-LUX – dinky but dynamic ;)