My eyes opened slowly, adjusting to the sun shining through the cracks in the curtain; I started to remember where I was. It was almost too comfortable to move under the warm Egyptian cotton bed sheets, the only thing that got me out of bed and over to the window was the pristine sea view outside.
Pebble Beach has 5 stars from the English Tourist Board and is most well known for its dining experience and idyllic location. I was brought here by my boyfriend as a birthday treat and I must admit that I was mainly excited to try the food. Unbeknownst to me there were luxury en-suite bedrooms above the restaurant and overlooking the stunning beach in Barton-On-Sea. For something outrageously special you can even book the Penthouse Suite with a super king-size bed, Indian linen bed sheets, a lounge and dining room, and best of all a private balcony with a stunning view of the Needles and Hurst Castle.
One of the things that Pebble Beach does well is its food; it takes serious pride in what it serves to guests from the ‘Plateau fruits de mer’ right down to the green side salad. Depending on how you feel you can choose from the lighter Bar Menu, the main restaurant, some al fresco dining on the cliff top terrace, or even enjoy an aperitif at the Oyster Counter. We had chosen to dine that evening in the main restaurant, and since boasting French heritage chef Peirre Chevillard, we were looking forward to the well thought out menu. Pebble Beach is known for using local produce and fresh seafood so I decided to go with the Goats Cheese and Herb profiteroles followed by Mussels. The fluffy goats cheese was incredibly more-ish and was finished with delicious Greek style vegetables. The fresh tasting Mussels were even better; sitting in a white wine, garlic and onion sauce, they were too easy to eat and didn’t last very long. My boyfriend on the other hand, who is not a huge seafood fan, was still well catered for with a Crispy Duck Salad on a bed of red onion, sweet pepper and cucumber salad, tossed in a hoi-sin and orange dressing. That was soon followed by yet more duck, a crispy breast fillet with onion and cranberry chipolatas, dauphinouis potatoes and a Sloe gin sauce. Although we were truly stuffed at this point we couldn’t help but delve deeper and have a browse over the dessert menu. We ended up sharing a Chocolate and Kahlua Parfait, giving us rich chocolate, sweet raspberry, a kick of vodka and lovely crunchy hazelnut. As if the food wasn’t enough for us to return to Pebble Beach the restaurant staff were welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable, often offering wine recommendations to match the individual dishes.
We woke the next day having had a very comfortable night sleep; the beach view from the bedroom was particularly good this day with the sun reflecting down on the ocean. The night stay also includes a continental breakfast, which was all we could manage after the beautiful food the night before. We were shocked at how well organised breakfast was, everything was brought to our table and we could simply sit and enjoy the sea view whilst enjoying different cereals, pastries, fruits and even meats and cheeses. Being November it was pretty chilly outside but this was the first glorious day of sunshine in weeks so we couldn’t help but dare each other to take a dip in the sea. Before we knew it we were running down the cliff pathway towards the beach, in nothing but trunks/bikinis and coats! After a few deep breaths and some high pitched squeals (from me) we were in the freezing winter waves. It definitely was the best way to wake us up!
This mini-break just reminded me how much there is to see on our own door steps. It’s easy to avoid the local attractions and take long distance holidays, yet there is always so much you can do nearby. Being only an hour’s drive away we avoided long travel times, and as Pebble Beach was so relaxing we could’ve been thousands of miles from the reality of our everyday lives.