Rufus & Heidi Do like to Be Beside the Brighton Seaside
Pet Inspectors Rufus and Heidi take the train for a super dog-friendly stay by the Brighton seaside with Denise, her daughter Camilla, her friend Ellie and Camilla’s lovely Cavachon rescue dog Lulu. They stay at the wonderful Artist Residence and everyone has a fun time!
Heidi and I, as always, were very excited about another dog-friendly trip away and it made quite a change to be going by train this time. Brighton is a brilliant place to get to by train as it takes just 40 minutes by fast train to swap the city for the seaside. Luckily it was a gorgeous, sunny day and we hopped in a cab to go to stay at our PetsPyjamas hotel, the Artist Residence. The hotel is a regency building on the gorgeous Regency Square just off the seafront and we were going to stay at the hotel’s two bedroomed apartment which is just next door to the hotel.
Samuel who gave us a lovely welcome whipped our cases from us and lead us up to the apartment. We all instantly fell in love with it – it was beautifully decorated, had sea views and there were gorgeous beds, toys and treats for us which even had our names on!! The style is quirky but chic and in the apartment, there is a sitting room with fireplace, kitchen equipment, two lovely bedrooms and a bathroom with a freestanding bath. We curled up in our comfy beds whilst the girls had a cup of tea and plotted what we would do for the rest of the day. We had already picked up the fun-filled Brighton vibe and were anxious to explore the town.
After checking out the rest of the hotel – the restaurant is called the Set and there is a bar area and restaurant with a tasting menu and a sweet little garden. Dogs are allowed in The Set bar area until 6pm. The girls opted for a lateish dinner and a walk along the seafront with us. We checked out the beach and the pier and stopped for a drink at a cafe on the front where there was a fabulous girl singer singing all the latest hits and everyone joining in!
After an hour or so we returned to our lovely apartment – where we flopped in the sitting room – while the humans got ready for their dinner. We were quite happy to stay in the apartment and it had been a very long day. The girls opted for a casual tapas supper in the Set Bar which they said was delicious – especially the haddock croquettes and squid filled buns – and afterwards, we headed off for a late night stroll around the square.
In the morning we all headed down to breakfast for a full English and a sneaky sausage for us and then headed off for another walk along the seafront. Luckily the sun was still shining and we headed to the beach and enjoyed a lovely splash about in the sea.
After that we decided to explore the Lanes – Brighton is so dog-friendly we found all the shops were very welcoming and we stopped for coffee at Lost in the Lanes dog-friendly cafe where we had a little rest and then grabbed an outside table for lunch at English’s, the oldest seafood restaurant in Brighton, where the girls had smoked salmon scones with horseradish and grilled prawns with lemongrass.
After lunch, we decided to walk along the front towards Hove and grabbed some time on the beach, sat in a deckchair with an ice cream (us too!) and then headed back to the hotel to get ready to leave. Heidi and I agree that we love seaside breaks best of all – running along beaches and splashing in the sea really is our favourite thing to do and everyone in Brighton really seems to love dogs!
Brighton really does make a fabulous dog-friendly break whether its a weekend break or weekday break like ours. Its such a breath of fresh air and so much fun. Also, we all loved our quirky, charming hotel with its perfect position by the sea.