With winter now upon us it is probably not everyone’s natural reaction to want to head to the British coast; but one soggy Saturday I fancied a trip to the beach, so we hopped in our van and took the short journey to Southend on Sea.
I had never been to this seaside resort but as soon as we drove along the promenade I was ecstatic to see the classic attractions that I love: arcades, chips shops, pier and a theme park – this was going to be fun!
Hopping out of the car we went straight to Adventure Island and though we didn’t go on any rides I had an amazing time making new friends.
After burning off some energy running around the theme park and taking a stroll around the small town it was time to grab some classic British grub. There were plenty of choices but it was Lena’s cafe, a quaint little place right on the promenade that appealed to us most.
The inside consisted of only a few tables decorated with beach themed cloths, seaside pictures and other nic-nacs, it was all incredibly cute. I went for the vegetarian breakfast (because you can never go wrong with egg, beans and a few veggies), the other half stuck with a classic hearty portion of fish and chips.
Felling full and happy after a cheeky wave from a biker, we hit the beach just in time for the heavens to open. Time to call it a day; we ran to the van and made our way back to the Big Smoke.
After a hard week Southend on Sea provided the escapism that I needed.