Tucked away from the bustle of major metropolitan areas, Finhurst-on-Sea is a quiet holiday hideaway for those wanting to get away from their busy everyday life. The town offers a wide range of sights and scenes for those wanting a taste of an older England, though one not without most of today’s luxuries.
Take a Step Back in Time
With a local castle-turned-school and structures dating back at least two centuries, Finhurst is rich in English history. Buildings in the town square show quaint character and are often surrounded by stories of their origin. The Gilded Lily is Finhurst’s oldest pub and has the venerable architecture to prove it – at least on the outside. Stepping across the threshold reveals a design style that some say has its own unique appeal; others less charitable have labelled the decor a “kitschy turn-off”. At the very least, you will want to stop by for a pint and have your picture taken with Alfred the deer.
Soak up the Sun
On occasions when the English weather turns to sunshine, Finhurst’s promenade bursts to life with the scent of freshly cooked seafood and children bearing artisinal ice cream from the suggestively named Cherries on Top. While the local cuisine is itself a reason to visit, the promenade also basks in the view of Finhurst’s main beach. Romantic dinners by the ocean are enhanced by the night’s light displays and are one of Finhursts more popular date spots.
The fountain marks the original geographic centre of the town, though subsequent developments have made this designation rather obsolete, but it remains in many ways the cultural centre of Finhurst. The Sunday markets which have been held in this square since at least the early seventeen-hundreds continue to be the best place to find both fresh produce and under-priced antiques, while on Friday evenings the place comes alive with local youth chatting and discreetly enjoying cans of Guinness around the fountain’s basin.
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