Located on the East Coast of Lincolnshire, on the Humber Estuary, Cleethorpes was our surprise destination on Sunday.
It was only a fleeting visit as, spur of the moment, we decided to go to the beach after a Village Parenting – Village Showcase Collective event we attended in the nearby town of Grimsby. I’m so glad we decided to go though!
Cleethorpes is a lovely, what I would call ‘Old Fashioned’, seaside town. It has a lovely little pier which is really rather sweet with the traditional photo opportunity board and stamp a penny machine and at the end there is the very popular Papa’s fish and chip restaurant!
Having never been before and George needing his lunch we decided to give Papa’s a try and my goodness I had no idea what I was about to experience! When we entered there is such a lovely buzz about the place, it’s not at all what I had expected. The bar area is lovely with fantastic views of the beach and promenade and as you walk around to the restaurant area the view extends out to the sea to the right. To the left is what I can only describe as a scene from Strictly! The ballroom with huge chandeliers, gold pillars and a stage with a grand piano on it! WOW, like I say, totally unexpected! (Really wish I’d taken photos now! Novice Blogger mistake!) Our table was in the centre of the Dancefloor, sadly no sea view, but plenty of room for us and the pushchair and they supplied a nice sturdy highchair. The newspaper style menus were a really lovely touch and the food was delicious! We both had Haddock & Chips and even George had a little try too. The staff were all very friendly and the facilities were nice and clean too with baby change in the disabled toilets (although you do have to ask at the desk for them to open them as they are kept locked). The only downside is its popularity as there was quite a wait for the table, 20 mins or so, but with a drink and nice views it didn’t put us off and I would certainly recommend a visit (maybe booking a table in advance)!
After lunch we took a walk down the beach, which was lovely. The sands seemed really clean and for the kiddies it’s great as there are Donkey rides and a funfair. Also, for the avid beachcomber like me, it’s fantastic as there are loads of shells and goodies to scavenge! Looking out to sea you have a perfect view of all the huge ships and tankers going in and out of the Humber Estuary. You can also see the large offshore wind farm so there’s certainly plenty to take in.
A trip to the seaside just isn’t complete without a trip around the “tacky shops” and the arcades so George came home with a Cleethorpes Cuddly Starfish as a memento of our visit!
I will be doing a collection of Beside the Seaside Blogs featuring various places we’ve visited so keep an eye out for my next instalment!