Summer, Beach, Dogs & Seafood

Lobster flatbread

I have been busy making sauces and pasta for some time and got woeful looks from the dogs, clearly telling me I have not given them enough attention making me feel guilty. It was time for a break.

I looked at renting a cottage but there were none at short notice that was appealing and in the end I found a lovely hotel accepting dogs. I booked it, we loaded up the car and off we went on a family road trip. We didn’t go very far but it was far away enough to get away from everyday life and chill out together.

Flackley Ash Hotel

I have never been to an hotel with the dogs and I think we were all quite excited.

The dogs got a warm greeting, a treat and were made a lovely fuss over. The dogs seemed a bit surprised we were all staying in one room but it worked out well once we settled in.

I had four long days not to cook a thing, such luxury! This wasn’t a foodie trip and the dogs came with us everywhere so it had to be dog friendly.

There were a few visits to the pub and I can’t think of a more English dish than Ham Egg & Chips (fries). I usually exchange the fries for baked beans but they must have thought I was just hungry as the biggest ever portion came out with beans and chips! It was hilarious.

Ham Egg & chips

A drive around took us to to different places along the coast and I found a dreamy beach house.

beach house

There was plenty of time for country walks and in the middle of nowhere we came across some emu’s. They were very curious and I could get close with the camera.


Up close they look slightly pre historic and the feathers are so beautiful. It was kind of cute and I think we had a bit of a short moment.

The weather wasn’t super sunny the whole time but it was warm and the beach was just gorgeous.

Camber Sands

The beach is dog friendly so we could all enjoy it.

Fred, Lurcher
Libby the lurcher

One of the cafes had Doggy Ice Cream and of course I had to buy some. It was easier said than done as the cafe had run out and was due a delivery the following day, it was delayed again and again but we went back and finally, on the last day, the delivery had arrived.

The dogs were delighted and enjoyed their cooling treat.

Libby eating Doggy ice cream
Fred eating Doggy ice cream

It was a real treat to just hang out.

There were signs of the sea everywhere and I found this ship sculpture in one of the dog friendly pubs we have been to. I had to take a photo of this art work.

ship sculpture

I came across this one at The Old Grain Store in Rye, a lovely cafe.

Seaside sign
The Old Grain Store, Rye

We decided to have lunch here. It was so simple and is based on my favorite principles, use great ingredients and let them shine. We shared a fish platter with smoked mackerel, king prawns and smoked salmon. It was fresh, light and delicious. The staff were great, the dogs welcome and I will go back.

Fishplatter at The Old Grainstore
Fishplatter at The Old Grainstore

We stopped at a few farm shops but Suttons Fish Shop in Winchelsea was the cutest shop I have ever seen.

Suttons Fishmongers Winchelsea

It was a great break and staying in an hotel with the dogs was so much fun but everything must come to an end. We drove back via Dungeness, a place that is mainly known for it’s nuclear plant and unique environment.

It also has a fish shack, famous for serving local seafood.

Seafood shack Dungeness

It is lobster season and they had plenty of lobster. I had lobster on a home made flatbread served with a red slaw and vegetables.

Lobster flatbread

The flatbread was loaded with salad and big chunks of lobster and it hit my seafood spot.

It was a great way to end the holiday and it was time to head home.

This week I am co hosting my favorite blogging parties, Angie’s Fiesta Friday! My co host is the very talented Diann of Goats and Greens!

20 Responses to “Summer, Beach, Dogs & Seafood”
  1. You can keep the English Breakfast. I’ll take the lobster flatbread!! πŸ™‚

  2. JIN says:

    Looks like you’re having an amazing time. I loved the dogs, sooo cute!

    • petra08 says:

      hi Jin
      Thank you! I think we all had a great time, nice and chilled and plenty of time together for once πŸ™‚ The doggies are a pleasure to be around, we are very lucky to have them!

  3. Oh how funny/amazing !!! My sister lives in those parts and I was there just a few weeks ago and fell in love. Lots of sheep too, did you see them? The beach(es) gorgeous. Shame I wasn’t taken to Dungeness, however – I adore lobster. Your dogs are beautiful. And they looks so happy.

    • petra08 says:

      hi Jo
      Wow! How funny! I did see a lot of sheep! Lots of salt march land for them to graze on πŸ™‚
      We all had a great time and it was a lovely little break. I think we should do it more often!
      Dungeness is an amazing place, it is so unique, very beautiful and with the nuclear plant in the background no matter where you look pretty much. I would always bring my camera and that lobster! Not to be missed! It came in big chunks, what is there not to love?!

  4. Interesting story and great pictures!

  5. What a fun trip!! Everything looked so picturesque, including Mr. Emu!! Thanks for hosting fo r us this week at FF!!

    • petra08 says:

      hi Mollie
      Thank you! It was a great little trip! Thank you for sharing your great posts with us! πŸ™‚

  6. Monika says:

    I’ve never been in that area of England but after reading your post I really want to go there! In fact I am going to see if I can find accommodation right now! We have nothing planned for August so this would be idea!

    • petra08 says:

      hi Monika
      Am so glad you like the post! Sussex is lovely and I hope you find a place!
      If you come past Kent let me know! πŸ™‚

  7. Cooking with Ewa says:

    Looks like a fun trip! πŸ™‚ I have never traveled with my pet – unfortunately, most hotels in Peru don’t accept animals. And all the dishes look amazing!

    • petra08 says:

      hi Ewa
      I have never had a whole holiday with the dogs and it was brilliant! And the dogs were so happy to be together 24/7! πŸ™‚

  8. Jhuls says:

    I can see that you had a fabulous time, Petra. Thanks a lot for hosting Fiesta Friday. x

    • petra08 says:

      hi Juhls
      It was amazing and as always, it was a little on the short side ha ha
      It is an absolute pleasure to host FF πŸ™‚ xx

  9. That lobster salad looks amazing, what big chunks! Happy dogs are the best.

    • petra08 says:

      Hi Liz
      It was so good! It is lobster season at the moment, it is so special! Not to mention delicious πŸ™‚

  10. Leif Price says:

    The flatbread looks awesome! With all those inside, I’m sure it’s a mouthful of surprises.

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