“ Address: 68 The Esplanade / Weymouth / T4 7AA / England „
The name of the B&B has probably changed since the previous review, as it's now called B&B Weymouth, and appears to be part of a small chain of boutique B&Bs. I loved my time at B&B Weymouth, mainly because it's so well situated but it's a clean, welcoming place, and I like both clean and welcoming. Two good things.
First of all - the location. It's right next to the beach, so the kids didn't have far to run until they were covered in sand. Secondly, the views - if you're lucky enough to get a sea view, it's breath-taking, and the decor really does make it feel as if you're in the mediterranean. It's not so exciting if the weather's dull, and I might have preferred a bit more colour in the room, but on the sunny days we were there, it was great.
Secondly, it's inexpensive compared to hotels in the area, which is the main reason we went for it in the first place. But it doesn't feel cheap. Breakfast is tasty and the kids never complained, which isn't like at home.
Thirdly, the area - just down the road you've got Lulworth Cove and all the cliffs, and a short drive away, you've got the Monkey Sanctuary which the kids absolutely loved, so much so they wanted us to go twice.
If we go back to Weymouth, we'd probably stay at the B&B Weymouth again. Bit of a generic name, but it does what it says on the tin (and a bit more). Their website is http://www.bb-weymouth.com
My daughter and I stayed overnight in Weymouth August 2011, and were looking for somewhere reasonable to have a pre-dinner drink; we came across The Nook which is on the Esplanade directly opposite the beach. It has been recently refurbished, has a modern london style interior and we felt comfortable about going in.
We arrived at 7pm so it was very quiet but the barman was friendly and made a 50 year old with her 18 year old daughter feel welcome. Their cocktail menu was extensive and after choosing the Cosmo and the Diaquari we settled down at a window table. More customers started to arrive and there was a relaxed feel to the place; we enjoyed our drinks so much we ordered a Long Island Iced Tea and a Lemon Drop, and decided to eat our meal there instead of moving on.
The menu wasn't too large, but it was still difficult to choose what to go for as all of the dishes appealed. We had stuffed mushrooms and pork belly pate to start, followed by pan fried salmon with potatoes and salad, and braised pork. The food was simple, well cooked and we both were pleased with our choices. My only negative comment was that the portion size of the starters was too small; only one stuffed mushroom on a plate with a salad garnish is not enough in my opinion. The main meals were more generous however. We were looking forward to the Monday evening fireworks which take place in the bay at 9.30pm through August; the bar staff told us we were in the perfect spot to watch the fireworks so we ordered two more cocktails ( Dreamberry cream and Apples and Pears) and stayed at our window table, watching the crowds gather, and had a fabulous view of the fireworks. It was such a lovely evening spending some quality time with my daughter and we're so pleased we discovered The Nook. When we found out it was also a Hotel we wished we were staying there instead of at a B&B elsewhere in the town. We would definitely recommend The Nook and hope to return there some day.
Price wise expect to pay around £18-£20 a head for a starter and main; cocktails £4.95 each but well worth it!