The entrance to The Pines is unassuming (at best!), but don't let that put you off. We recently spent a lovely two days there.
The sea view is to die for. Not in this case the 'stand on the top of the wardrobe and you might see some blue' type of sea view, but a balcony above the beach with the waves no more than 30 metres away, and the whole expanse of Swanage Bay in front of you, with the Needles standing out in the far distance.
The restaurant was surprisingly good. In case that sounds patronising, what I mean is that The Pines knows its customer base: in the summer it's families, and in the winter primarily elderly people. We went in December and almost everyone there seemed to be with an ageing parent. The food reflects that - you won't find any foam or jus in sight, but the chef is good and serves really excellent English food. The ham hock terrine was wonderful, and the steak and kidney pie was absolutely on the money - the perfect amount of kidney, and really good pastry. The vegetables were spot on too - not over-cooked.
Breakfast was excellent - the kippers, and smoked haddock with a poached egg were delightful, and the full English passed muster (it's always the sausages that give the game away, and these were proper ones from a local butcher.
We'll go again without doubt.
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- Also Known As:
- Pines Hotel Swanage
- The Pines Hotel Swanage, Isle Of Purbeck