A Night at The Gallivant
In mid October (which now feels soooo long ago!) my Mum and I drove down to Camber Sands for a night at The Gallivant. It was a fairly last minute decision to fulfil a desire for a yummy dinner, somewhere lovely to mooch and a long beach walk in blustery Autumn. It ticked all the boxes.
We drove the 45 mins or so from Mum and Dad's in Kent and spent our first day wandering around the lovely Rye. We walked up the Instagram perfect Mermaid Street, wandered around the gorgeous shops (The Shop Next Door and Ashbee and Co were personal favourites and I even managed to get my mitts on a Liberty print Barbour jacket in one of the outdoorsy shops), stopped for coffee and cake at the interiors-heaven cafe The Fig and then had a long lunch at The Standard.
We then made our way over to The Gallivant just in time for the complementary mid afternoon tea and cake (no coincidence there!) and each snugged up in our cosy rooms for a power nap and a soak in the oversized bath before dinner. We booked via Mr and Mrs Smith so got a free glass of Chapel Down as our pre dinner drink (yes...we really got our value for money!) and then enjoyed a super fresh, beautifully cooked three course dinner in the relaxed but super stylish restaurant. The service was great but so friendly - there are even two dog friendly tables set up by the bar.
The next morning we followed the recommendation of the hotel staff and did a long blustery walk along Camber Sands beach and down to the local waterway. The sun was shining, the wind was blowing and it was the perfect start to the day (and appetite rouser for breakfast). Breakfast was as yum as you'd expect - granola, fruit, freshly baked pastries and banana bread, plus a whole host of avocado/egg/bacon/salmon yumminess to choose from as cooked options.
Before driving back home, we stopped by the nature reserve at Dungerness. It was a great spot to get in another blustery walk but I failed the RPSB volunteer who hoped I would spot all sorts of rare breeds on my wanderings. I've always been fascinated by the bleak, sparse terrain at Dungerness and there was definitely more to be seen that we didn't manage to discover.
Since our night at The Gallivant, my Mum and Dad have been back to Camber a few times with their dreamy new puppy, Bertie. They've found lots of dog friendly cafes and I get the feeling that a lot of his training programme is working towards being well behaved enough to be treated with an overnight stay and dinner at a doggy table at The Gallivant ;-)
I need to go back to explore Dungerness proper, take part in one of the yoga sessions they run in the marquee at the hotel and also, really, I'd like to go to a Gallivant wedding as they look so gorgeous. Anyone want to invite me to one?!