Review

Checking out Seaburn’s new inn

Balcony view
All photos by Graham Clark

If you have not been to Seaburn recently next time you visit this popular North East seaside resort you will discover the new Seaburn Inn sitting in a prime position majestically overlooking the beach and North Sea.

Opened this summer the new build Seaburn Inn belongs to locally run Inn Collection group who have several hotels and inns in the North East, Cumbria and Yorkshire.

The last hotel I stayed at was in Blackpool where they charged guests £15 per day to park in the hotel car park – this seems to be a growing trend. Thankfully the Seaburn Inn has free parking.

Check in was swift and friendly, though the next time I saw the receptionist she was helping make up the bed in one of the rooms. Now that’s what I call team work!

Rooms come in various configurations with the sea facing rooms having balconies that come with a table and chairs. If you are an early riser the sight of the red sun rising out of the North Sea is spectacular. 

My Balcony Sea View Double Room was unexpectedly large. The dark wood furnishings gave it a classy feel and with plenty of plug in power points it meant there were plenty of places to charge up your phone, tablet or laptop. The free Wi Fi was fast and responsive. It was pleasing to see there was enough hanging space in the wardrobe/ shelving area with a large drop to hang a long coat or dresses. 

I liked too the good selection of teas and coffees for making a drink after strolling out on the seafront.

Dogs are welcome too which is welcome news if you do not fancy leaving your canine friend stuck in kennels back home.

The sumptuous king size bed provided a good night’s sleep. The comfy and homely rooms are not air conditioned. A free standing fan is provided instead. On an unusually balmy autumnal night I opened the balcony doors partly and was lulled to sleep with the sound of the sea lapping upon the shore. Bliss.

The bathroom comes with a shower that might have benefited being a Rain Shower as opposed to a traditional one. 

Meals can be enjoyed in the main pub on the ground floor – they have gone for a Sailors’ Inn theme. Think plenty of wood, a long rowing boat stuck on the ceiling and sailors’ artefacts on the wall all in a modern setting and you will get the idea.

The menu has all the favourites and some unusual items too such as Confit Duck Leg. My starter of garlic bread came with melted cheese, a very tasty offering albeit on the doughy side. If you want to push the boat out then the 10oz Ribeye Steak priced at £28.00 comes cooked to your liking served with tomato, mushroom and triple cooked chips. Served piping hot and with a friendly smile it all added to the experience.

The garlic bread
Ribeye steak

The Seaburn Sundaes are made with Minchella’s ice cream, I tried the vanilla and poached pear one. Priced at £6.00 it was a guilty pleasure to end a satisfying meal.

Seaburn Sundae, a guilty pleasure

Breakfast is served from 7am to 11am with the continental breakfast being self service. The full English can be ordered at the bar and is brought freshly cooked to your table. If you fancy something caught locally then the Craster kippers could be a good option.

The illuminations in Seaburn might not be as spectacular as in Blackpool but with the Seaburn Inn the area now has its own shining star. 

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