BELLION TRAVELS – Hayling Island, Havant & Chichester

Initially my brothers and I discussed a potential trip to the UK so they can meet Tim’s family and also explore a new country. My brothers went on and on about how they never experienced winter and the cold. So we decided to visit the UK in December to enjoy the winter along with the Christmas markets and all. The UK visa application is one of the most difficult visas to obtain so we thought it would be a good idea to celebrate my birthday in the UK so we can have a logical reason to why my brothers are planning on visiting the UK.

As some of you may know, Tim is from a place called Hayling Island. It’s in the south of England and yes it is an island that connects to Havant by a bridge. It is also very close to Chichester.

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My brothers had a great time on Hayling Island, it’s quiet and the island has lots of local stores and cute coffee shops.

My first birthday celebration was with Tim’s sister, his brother-in-law, nieces, his mum and my brothers at Inn on the Beach, one of my favourite places to eat on Hayling Island. This time, I tried their Haloumi Burger and it was DELICIOUS.

We mainly spent our time on Hayling Island visiting family and friends. Also visited book shops and local markets to buy things which are not available in the UAE.

We recommend the below restaurants to try.

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That’s a Minion Cake LOL

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Chichester

The next day, I had another early birthday celebration in Chichester but this time it was with Tim’s dad, his step-mum, cousin and his cousin’s fiance, Tim’s sister, his brother-in-law and my brothers.

Since it was a Sunday, we all went for a Sunday Roast at Fox and Hounds. The food was delicious and we all had a great time. It was my brothers first Sunday roast experience and they enjoyed it. However my brother, Mohammad hated the horse radish (LOL).

Our trip to Chichester started with a walk at the city centre market, we visited the Chichester Cathedral and had breakfast and coffee at The Buttery At the Crypt. 

We also visited the Christmas market and bought a lot of cheese.

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Havant

We don’t really spend time in Havant but we do have to pass by it all the time to get to Hayling Island. Tim and I always visit TESCO supermarket to get food for our journeys and we had coffee and hot chocolate at Bosewell’s Cafe at the Meridian Centre with Tim’s niece and my brothers. We also went for a walk with Tim’s sister and her husband.

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Whenever Tim and I travel to the UK, we always visit Hayling Island, Havant and Chichester.

 

 

UK – Inn on the Beach

After months of trying to select an inexpensive place to celebrate our nuptial, we then decided on a restaurant by the beach called ‘Inn on the Beach’. I never thought a set menu in the UK would cost more than a buffet in Dubai. It was very difficult to select a place but overall Tim and I were very pleased with our selection. The food was delicious and service was spot on.

It’s quite a cosy restaurant by the beach and has a wonderful view. The menu is great for a casual meal or a proper dish. Since being by the sea, I recommend to start with the smoked mackerel and have the fisherman’s platter for 2 and end it with a delicious toffee pudding.

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http://www.innonthebeach.co.uk/

UK – Hayling Island

Tim was raised on a small island all the way down south called ‘Hayling Island’. It is a very chillaxed place and perfect for retirement.

First day we landed in UK, we rented a car and drove straight to Hayling and met my beautiful sister in-law ‘Lucy’ and her husband ‘Steve’. We later drove around the Island and stopped at local stores to buy some items we needed and I purchased a cough syrup and cold & flu pills as I wasn’t cooping well with the weather. C’MON I’m a Dubai girl, I was born and raised in the desert; of course I can’t handle the cold.

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The Island is famous for surfing and water sports but I was unlucky due to visiting in winter so we didn’t manage to do much of outdoor activities BUT we did go to a restaurant really close to the beach, which is recommended on TripAdvisor. It’s called ‘Coast Guard Fish & Chips’. Not kidding you, till date, it’s the most delicious Fish & Chips I’ve ever had.

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On a Sunday, Tim wanted me to have a full British experience of enjoying a £2 Sunday Roast and to appreciate and embrace the British culture (I think I already did, our apartment is filled with the Union Jack). My mother in-law was with me while I was selecting my roast, the guy cutting the meat said something to me but I couldn’t hear him properly so my mother in-law repeated whatever he said and told him that it was my first visit to the UK. He actually thought I couldn’t speak English and said in an extremely slow pace ‘WELCOMEEE TOOO ENGGGLAAANDDD’. So I just smiled and pretended that I couldn’t speak English.

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My overall experience on Hayling was relaxing like I said its very much a chillaxing place. Would I live there? Absolutely Yes, when I turn 60 and want to retire. I hope some day I get to visit the Island during summer time and enjoy the outdoor activities.

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