Dont get me wrong. I think this is a very pleasant b&b, in a great location, and run by a delightful young couple who go all out to extend a friendly welcome to their guests.
We stayed there 5 or 6 times some years ago when our son was at uni in Newcastle and absolutely loved it each time. When our son announced he was attending a stag night reunion with a number of uni friends, we couldnt resist the opportunity to return to this pleasant part of the country whist ensuring junior got home in one piece!
Having only decided to go on the night before we actually left, it was with trepidation that I emailed our favourite guest house to see if they could find space for us on the Friday and Saturday night. Ideally, we wanted a twin en suite with sea view, as the view over the jetty and Roker Lighthouse is really not to be missed. In the event we were offered a small double with sea view, but no ensuite, for £42. Alternatively they had a twin ensuite with rear view for £50. We opted for the seaview.
On arrival, we were greeted by the friendly proprietess Victoria. She remembered us from previous visits and made us feel really welcome ( as always) She was also able to offer us an alternative room due to a cancellation. This was for a front facing ensuite double with four poster bed and large flat screen tv. She offered this with a £5 reduction at a cost of £55 per night including breakfast, and my wife snapped her hand off before I had a chance to say a word!
The bed was comfy, the freeview tv a real bonus and the view from the window seat in the room's bay window was exactly as I remember it, with the added bonus that first morning of watching a large navy boat as it emerged from the nearby Sunderland dock area and made its way past the lighthouse and out to sea.
During our stay we made nostalgic visits to 2 places we enjoyed in the past - the Marsden Grotto pub and restaurant in a cave with its 100 foot lift down to its beach location, and the Smugglers Pub on the beach across the road from the Balmoral where excellent bands appear every Friday and Saturday.
During a late afternoon drink in the delightful Roker Hotel 3 doors down from our own hotel, we saw a notice advertising a Rod Stewart tribute concert and 3 course meal for £10 per head (yes £10) taking place that night in the hotel ballroom. Needless to say we signed up there and then and enjoyed an excellent meal and a good hour of entertainment, courtesy of an accomplished entertainer from our part of the country judging by his accent. Top value and thoroughly enjoyable, made even better by the company of a family of six geordies (grandmother, grandfather, mother and three very attractive daughters) who shared our dinner table and made us feel most welcome all evening.
So that was our weekend.
Very enjoyable, very tiring and at least we got our son back home in one piece, despite having to stop a few times on the way back to let him leave evidence of his 2 night drinking exploits by the wayside!
And the "but"?
Perhaps it's because I have watched too many "Four in a bed" but
I'm not sure that our room warranted a charge of £55 per night despite the absolutely gigantic cooked breakfast. That however is probably down to me, not Victoria and Darren, as the car park outside the hotel showed that plenty of other people are more than happy to pay the rates they ask.
It certainly wouldn't stop me from ringing them first should I ever be needing accommodation in the area again.
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