Morning wake up. We'd just put our clocks back an hour, so I've had an extra hour sleep (yay!)
I dig out some new clothes.
Then down (and out) for some breakfast.
I got a discount on my room but it was room only, and breakfast at the hotel was expensive. Thankfully I found an alternative and Google maps guides me there.
It's a nice, but chilly, day.
Here it is, Cafe Heart. Kind of hidden away in this little alleyway
I love that my tea pot comes wrapped in a knitted tea cosy :)
It's a little small, but one of few places open this time of morning on a Sunday. And it was No. 1 ranked on trip advisor.
Bit disappointed I have to butter my own toast and cut up my own sausages.
Back to my hotel, here's a statue of Queen Victoria, which I think every town and city in England has.
Up to my room, using this rather old lift.
More food in the form on a belvitta bar.
And then teeth are cleaned.
The playing venue is about a five minute walk, over this footbridge and along the coast.
As always, there's a bookstall.
I find out my opponent. I've not had much success this time. Two defeats then a full point bye, which means there was and odd number of players so I had to miss out a game. It counts as a win but I'd rather have played.
Seems my opponent is already here, somewhere.
At some point, tea is bought. I'm eventually defeated. My attempts to try to win a drawn game backfired and I messed up. Meh
Back to my hotel, briefly.
For lunch I arrive here, Calf Cafe. A Vegan cafe run by a group of volunteers, who use the money to pay for their animal sanctuary, which is nice.
I came here last year and had some nice tomato soup. They didn't have any this time, so I opted for a vegan cheese toastie. It was certainly different, but nice.
I walk along the beach back to my hotel. Here's an old fashioned police call box, definitely not a tardis...
I'm unsure of the quickest way back, so I enlist Google Maps for help.
Apparently Donkey rides are still a thing...
Couldn't get a better picture, but this is one of a number of "Cliff Lifts" dotted around the town. So I went up this instead of navigating some steps.
I'm pleased to see my room has been serviced.
Wasn't a big fan of the decor. A bit too "Nan's House" for me
Back out again for my final match. I'm already a few minutes late but at this stage, I don't care.
There's some kind of Vintage car show going on, or something
Yay! Finally won a game!
heading back. Here's a pirate tour boat!
I use the free wifi and my tablet to watch Liverpool play
It's been like an hour since my last cup of tea :P
Woo, we scored. Sadly we couldn't hold our lead.
Out again for more food. This was the nearest place so I stopped here.
With these type of places, you pay for your food and drinks at the bar and at some point the food is served to you.
Almost an hour later, my steak arrives. With no forks, steak knives or sauces. My server disappears to find some sauces. I give up and try to find a fork, and attempt to make do with a standard knive.
Frustrated with the poor service, I decide to head somewhere else for dessert. Also, I don't know if anyone had come back with any sauces, as I'd already eaten and gone.
Wetherspoons. Like Queen Victoria Statues, there's one in every town.
I ranted a bit on twitter over the poor service.
So here's my dessert. Apple Crumble. Could have done with another scoop of ice cream
Back home again. I decide to run myself a bath.
Out in time for Homeland.
Time to think about packing. I check out tomorrow morning.
And eventually, bed.