The Midland Hotel in Morecambe, Lancashire was built in 1933 and was designed by Oliver Gill, with sculptures by Eric Gill. We first visited The Midland Hotel for afternoon tea while holidaying in the Lake District, after we found out that it had featured in a number of episodes of Poirot. (A firm favourite in our household.)
Mr Mess in particular fell in love with the Art Deco architecture and style. We promised that we’d go back one day for a longer visit and I couldn’t think of a better excuse than our 10th Wedding Anniversary which we celebrated towards the end of 2018.
Normally we would go out for a nice meal, or order a takeaway meal, but seeing as this was something of a BIG milestone, we thought it needed something pretty special to celebrate. So, 18 months after our initial visit we were packed up and heading back to Morecambe for a very special weekend.
A Spot of Afternoon Tea
When we arrived at the hotel we were a little early for check-in, so we decided to start our stay in style with a delicious afternoon tea. Having already tried the afternoon tea on our previous visit, I was expecting it to be delicious. What I hadn’t realised was that as we were visiting near Christmas, the afternoon tea would have a festive twist.
As well as the usual impressive selection of teas, there was also the option to have mulled wine with our afternoon tea which naturally I had to have. (I’ve never been the kind of person who can resist a spot of mulled wine.)
The food was as amazing as I had remembered. There were a variety of sandwiches, including Turkey and Cranberry for the Christmas lovers amongst us. The scones were light and fluffy and the selection of desserts were scrummy (even if we did have to smuggle the Christmas Cake into my handbag to eat later as we couldn’t manage it all!)
A Room with a View
After we had finished our tea, we went for a very blustery walk along the promenade, before being told our room was ready for us to check in.
Oh my Goodness, the room! I had originally booked a Feature Sea View Room, but as I was browsing the website I spotted the Luxury Sea View Room and made the rather bold decision (at £280 for the night) to upgrade. Well, it was a special occasion, after all.
It was possibly the best decision I’ve ever made as the room was completely unbelievable and I never wanted to leave.
The room was a corner penthouse suite, complete with living area with a widescreen TV, a very comfortable bed, dressing table with hairdryer (always useful), full coffee making facilities, a mini-fridge and pretty much everything else you could think of.
The bathroom was freaking insane with his and hers sinks and toilets (incase you can’t bear to be apart for even 5 minutes!) There was also a rainforest shower which fell over the biggest bath I have ever seen! It took about 45 minutes to fill completely and could probably have fit 8 people! (If that’s what you’re in to – no judgment here!)
A balcony wraps around both two sides of the room and is accessed via huge glass sliding doors. Outside on the balcony was the main reason I booked this room – a private hot tub!!!!
Perhaps it wasn’t quite as private as it could have been. The main portion of the balcony with the tub looked over the main street of Morecambe and I’m pretty sure I flashed a few early morning shoppers at Aldi, but it was worth it.
On our bed, welcoming us on our stay was this cute, cuddly dog and a card from The Midland Hotel, congratulating us on our wedding anniversary. It’s little touched like these that helped to make our stay feel really special.
The label around the dog’s neck explained that his name was Sam and he looked after the room. If he went for a little walk, we would have £15 charged to our room bill. Naturally he came home with us after our stay. £15 well spend if you ask me!
We didn’t have a lot of time to explore everything that Morecambe has to offer, preferring instead to make the most of our time in the hotel, but what I did see was spectacular.
The views over the bay were simply breathtaking, looking over the moody, atmospheric sea. It was exceptionally windy (which was a little alarming as the winds battered our hotel room) but that didn’t detract from the dramatic beauty of the scenary.
Just a short walk down the promenade you can find the famous Eric Morecambe statue, where everybody stops and tries out “that pose”. There were also plenty of shops to browse, although we didn’t take the opportunity on this occasion.
A Meal to Remember
Before arriving at the hotel I had booked us a table for two in the Sun Terrace restaurant. You could include a 3-course meal in room package when booking but we decided to book separately as I usually can’t manage a starter, main and dessert.
When we were shown to our table, our server congratulated us again on our anniversary and our table had been decorated with little sparkly confetti sprinkles. Just more examples of how The Midland gave that little extra to make our stay special.
For my main course I chose the chicken breast, while Mr Mess went for lamb. This was followed by banana cake for myself and a cheeseboard for himself. Everything was perfectly prepared and the portion sizes were just right. I didn’t feel like I’d overeaten, but definitely wasn’t left wanting more.
The food in the Sun Terrace restaurant certainly wasn’t cheap (the beef dish on offer cost £29.50!) but the standard was exactly what you would expect in a top-quality restaurant. It was by far the best meal I’d eaten all year.
After our meal we were each treated to a complimentary cocktail. I went for a very sweet, cherry cocktail which I absolutely must learn how to make. It was the perfect end to a perfect evening.
Breakfast by the sea
Breakfast is nearly always my favourite meal of the day (when I remember to eat it) and I could happily eat breakfast at the Midland every day of the year.
Not only could you choose something from the hot menu, including a full English breakfast, Eggs Benedict or Scrambled Eggs on Toast, but there was also an amazing buffet with everything you could ask for. I obviously chose the full English and then stuffed my face with treats from the buffet including porridge, cereal, fruit, yoghurt, toast, pastries and an assortment for fruit juices.
Sadly, all too soon it was time for us to pack up and check out. I think I can speak for both of us when I say we really didn’t want to leave. All of the staff at The Midland Hotel were fabulous and couldn’t do enough for us, whether it was taking our bags to our rooms or bringing me an extra glass of juice at breakfast. The service was impeccable and I can’t thank them all enough for making our anniversary celebrations so special.
Although this certainly wasn’t a “budget break”, it was a weekend I know we’ll never forget and we’re already planning to go back again. We’ve provisionally pencilled in a return visit for our 15th wedding anniversary in 2023, but I know we’re both hoping to save up and get back there before then.