My family have stayed at the hotel 2 or 3 times recently when visiting from London. Each time, myself and my wife have joined them for dinner.
The hotel itself is great. Staff are friendly, the bar and the terrace are a great place to have a drink and relax. Rooms are dated, but clean and comfy. Breakfast is, by all accounts, very good.
But dinner in the restaurant has been consistently disappointing, and our most recent visit (this week) was no exception.
Last time, our fish in cream sauce tasted like a "boil in the bag" meal. I'm pretty sure it was, to be honest, unless the sauce came from a packet of powder This time, our risotto was clearly either reheated from lunchtime or microwaved from frozen. It was a solid lump, the consistency of stiff mashed potato, that someone had tried to dress up with a bit of (bottled) balsamic vinegar drizzle and some fried mushrooms. The fish and chips for which the hotel is apparently famed were, on the other hand, lovely, as were the crayfish cocktail starters.
The whole menu is in major need of some serious thought. Ditch the stuff that you clearly can't cook, and concentrate on the stuff that you can.
We'll be back again, I'm sure. But not for dinner.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1928 the Hotel is a building of character which has undergone several changes of ownership in its time. The beginning of 2005 was the year the current owner took over the hotel and refurbished at that time also adding a beautiful beachside terrace to enjoy refreshments overlooking the sea and stunning sunsets over the Sussex Downs. The Hotel continues with an upgrade plan throughout all areas. The Beachside Restaurant with its sea view, Traditional English Menu and Sunday Carvery also The Cooden Tavern is a Bistro style eatery to cater for all guest requirements as well as a bar and lounge. For those who would like to relax with a swim the Leisure Club with heated pool, sauna, spa, steam room and gym is available. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com, TripOnline SA, HotelsClick, Ebookers and Evoline ltd so you can book your The Cooden Beach Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Cooden Beach
- The Cooden Beach Hotel Bexhill-On-Sea, East Sussex