Back when the weather was unseasonably glorious, Dan and I headed for a spontaneous trip to the seaside. Our local coast is the pretty seaside town of Clevedon. Full of Victorian seaside charm, with it’s pebble beach, ice cream coloured seafront and of course it’s famous pier.
Clevedon Pier was originally opened in 1869 to receive paddle steamer passengers from Devon and Wales. Not much has changed since then. It still feels like stepping back in time, when walking along the wooden planks.
Nowadays it’s a spot to stroll along, taking in the sea air or to fish off. Once large paddle steamers used to bring day trippers and holiday makers from around the South West, but sadly these no longer run.
I’d love to be able to hop on a boat to take me over to Cardiff for the day. How cool would that be? I wish they’d consider running them again.
Instead you can dine on the pier. The Tiffin restaurant occupies the modern glass cube at the beginning of the pier. It has uninterrupted views down the Grade 1 listed Pier. Open all year round from 10am for daytime visitors, it also offers candlelit evening dining, a truly magical experience to sit there and watch the sunset.
During the Summer months the Pagoda café at the far end of the Pier opens. Perfect for afternoon tea.
The pier is a great place to visit in Clevedon, but whilst you are there why not pop along to my favourite shop – Midgley Green and the beautiful shops on Alexandra Road and Hill Road.
Clevedon offers a great day out of Bristol, a chance to take in it’s Victorian splendour, eat ice cream and do a bit of shopping.