LittleBird’s Clare returned to the holiday village Mill Rythe in Hayling Island near Chichester on the south coast, this time, without the kids.
‘Static cruise’ was a phrase that summed up our experience last weekend. It feels like I’ve been around the world in just 2 nights with a lot less bother…International comedy, world class entertainment, not to mention the food!
A break with my parents, minus kids afforded us more than just the laughs of which there were plenty! Not just about how I had a double bed all to myself- no cleaning, tidying picking up novelty- but burst- a-gut guffaws from the stand up comedy.
The same environment that this week opens for families – was serenely welcoming adults only, so we went, us 3. I felt like the child of the piece because I was, but equally we all were so indulged! At any time – Mill Rythe is a constant oasis of classic, traditional British resort fare. Guaranteed consistent quality – this my second visit – rubbing shoulders with generations that have been going for generations- there was no gap save for the ones in the pool, minus the kids so quieter if only during the day!
On tap is another suitable phrase- we were provided with such quality food & entertainment. Just that unlike a cruise, there’s was no no hopping off nor rushing around – no need to do anything more than relax in the pool or hot tub. Maybe grab a pedicure from next door before a bit of organised fun in the conservatory pre dinner, boules or a walk around the harbour before the packed evenings’ entertainment.
Good, glorious food every evening, at our assigned table attended by the lovely Marcus our dedicated waiter for breakfast & dinner. Being from Portugal he added more international flavour to an already rammed intercontinental menu. Indian, Paella, Italian, Chinese plus Fish n chips of course representing the seaside. For starters – plus fresh salad & cold roast bar – not to mention pudding! If it wasn’t for the long walks & swimming a person would have to be rolled out of there!
No captive audience here, however- no being fleeced on site – at the shop or bar either. Such reasonable prices & delectable house wine, quality again. The audience were all open for being shown a good time from 7-midnight – so much to see 2 nights can feel like 4! This time treats included a world class Stradivarius equipped quartet. Not the obvious comedic backdrop but they brought down the house. Something I’d never think to see blew us away. Imagine Terry Wogan & Graham Norton’s Bass playing love child brought up by Eric Morecambe, with real musical talent. Outstanding- we all did! I have RSI from clapping – no lie!
With it being stand-up of course the F word came up a lot – Family! We laughed til it hurt at observational humour from all angles & not all PG but so relatable. Genius performers – not an easy crowd to please all ages up from ‘Adult’ so they worked hard & we laughed harder! World class – then the B word reared it’s head of course – breakfast! Naturally after such nightly excess we were all ready for a full English each day along with watermelon, grapefruit, pineapple, peaches & oranges to offer a nutritious balance.
A hop / skip from Waterloo – I was back on Sunday & they’d hardly missed me! Having been so well looked after I’d happily have stayed longer whilst 2 nights gives you so much packed in that left me most of Sunday to get home in time for a lunch with the family! I’m going away again ASAP!