The day we arrived, the grey sea was whipped to a creamy foam and the promenade was dotted with people bent forward against the wind.
We had booked into The Grand Hotel, chiefly remembered for the IRA bomb in 1984. Today it is elegant and comfortable with an impressive reception, spa, swimming pool and gym. The staff are friendly and charming. A problem with the water in our room was easily resolved, and we were upgraded to a luxury room with a sea view.
After a bracing walk along the sea front we headed back to the hotel to get ready for dinner with friends. We enjoyed an excellent dinner at the quirky, gothic-styled Hotel du Vin.
The next day was spent shopping in the Lanes, renowned for antiques. We had lunch at an oyster bar before going to the Royal Pavilion. This is a spectacular, oriental-inspired pleasure palace, created by George IV. In the evening we ate in the arches under the promenade in the industrial chic of Due South restaurant, having read a review. We were not disappointed.
On the morning of our last day a frisson of excitement swept through the hotel – Tom Jones was rumoured to be staying there.
The sun shone and the sea glittered and we set off for home refreshed and relaxed. No, we didn’t see any wierdos or druggies, but we didn’t see Tom Jones, either.
Dr Moin Subhani is a GP in Coventry
The De Vere Grand in Brighton is offering a midweek special for GP readers. During February and March, readers can pay £125 per room per night for a double or twin standard room. To claim, visit www.devere.co.uk or call (01273) 224300 and give the code GMP. Offer subject to availability and must be prepaid in advance.