|Good value hotel|
|Getting in the Xmas spirit|
We were curious, after a summer visit to find out how the shopping and general activity was during the lead up to Christmas - well restaurants were doing well with Office and works 'does' and retail didn't seems to be struggling too much (but with discounts of up to 50% I guess it shouldn't).
The 'Quays' had certainly pushed the boat out (please forgive the metaphor) with their decorations and as before the Holiday Inn Express offered good value - helped by the deals in nearby eateries like Café Rouge (French themed, we sued to have one in Ealing sadly no longer) and Azzurro (Italian themed - with just 4 locations - so far).
what was good about both our evening meals out was that although they were busy they made sure that customers were happy and we were pre-warned at Azzurro that as a result of large party booking there could be delays (happily there weren't any real delays).
[I liked the breakfast there too - and some of the talk from nearby tables was worthy of Alan Bennett]
I like the straightforwardness about the place - it doesn't (to my mind) have pretensions - lots of history but it keeps its feet on the ground.
Nice Christmas feel to the area around the station too with singers like the Pompey Pluckers and talking reindeer.
|Another nice illumination|
|Our Nautical Past|