Great British Boltholes: Finding heaven in a hip new boutique hotel … in Southend
- Seven Hotel is a glitzy affair with its golden designer lamps and cool cocktail bar
- The restaurant, Aurum, often serves contemporary dishes with local produce
- There are a total of 37 rooms divided into cozy, calm and comfortable categories
Seen from this hip new boutique hotel is sublime, especially on a windy day. Great whitecaps wiped out on the Thames Estuary during my stay. Cargo ships are hurled by sweet waves towards the docks at Tilbury or out into the open sea. Clouds scurry past. Lights shine on the farthest coast in Kent … this was where so many adventurers of past centuries in the & # 39; the high seas were on their way to further shores.
Seven Hotel opened earlier this year and with its golden designer lamps, immersed dance music in public areas and a cool cocktail bar with velvet seating at the entrance, it's a glitzy affair.
Purple lighting baths the walls of the all-too-popular Aurum restaurant, led by talented chef Simon Webb. He previously worked at the Langham Hotel in London, but decided to close the capital and keep his first-class cooking skills closer to home. He already lived locally, so he had to commute to London before.
Stylish: The facade of Southend's Seven Hotel, which has 37 rooms spread over four floors
Organic, often locally sourced products are used for contemporary dishes and Webb's food attracts diners from across Essex (the 70-seat restaurant was full on my Wednesday visit). Aurum opens its doors to non-residents for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so day trippers can also stop for refreshment.
Seven & # 39; s 37 rooms are divided into cozy, calm and comfortable categories, and are spread over four floors.
The most beautiful face against the estuary and the world's longest pleasure pier, which & # 39; t loses in & # 39; e waves beyond the gleaming fairground rides. These rooms are more expensive than those at the back, but they are worth the extra expense.
Five sea-facing suites also have small balconies.
Southend Airport is just a 15 minute (£ 10) taxi ride away, so Seven is perfect if you have a flight early in the morning and need somewhere comfortable – and stylish – to stay the night before.
Why not start your holiday with a bust of Great British Seaside in Southend?
Glitzy Affair: The sleek cocktail bar at the entrance has velvet chairs
The USP: Southend is famous for its 19th-century pier and its sandy beach, flanked by family-friendly attractions of & # 39; a fairground and aquarium to The Cliffs Pavilion. It is also a good choice for walks in both directions.
The rooms: Design-conscious with a sleek, pared-down style – a look that goes on in & # 39; s sappy bar and restaurant. Brass fittings abound, from lamps to bathroom faucets, shower heads, and even toilet paper holders.
The food: Aurum offers a mix of seafood, steaks and seasonal products. My cured salmon starter with capers, potatoes and sharp dressing got the taste buds on while the head of Brixham hake with confit chicken and burnt sweet corn was first class. Three courses are from £ 28.
Seven Hotel, Southend-on-sea, Essex. Doubles cost £ 109 and estuary view doubles cost £ 159 on a single room basis. Visit thesevenhotel.co.uk for more information.
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