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Forget the cold, Brighton rocks.

Byline: HEATHER SUTTIE reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

I LOVE a stay at the seaside and, for me, there's nothing better than a winter trip to the shores of Brighton when it's wet, windy and wild.

My boyfriend, Ross, was due to be down south for a week, so we decided to spend his birthday at the Hotel du Vin in the resort.

I travelled by train, from Partick to Brighton, on an advance ticket with thetrainline.com, which cost PS127. I left Glasgow at 9am and arrived just as the sun was setting, about 4.15pm, and the journey was effortless.

A quick 10-minute walk from the train station took me to the hotel, which is situated in the Lanes conservation area and a pebble's throw from the seafront.

The Hotel Du Vin is "an eccentric mix of Gothic revival and mock Tudor architecture", according to the website. And I can tell you that, as well as looking mighty fine, the food, service and accommodation are simply first class.

We went out for dinner to The Regency Restaurant, one of the oldest and most popular seafront options, which has been offering fine fare since the 1930s. Current owners Emilio and Roberto Savvidas came from Cyprus in the 70s.

We went on a Wednesday evening and it was www.

packed with locals and Japanese tourists. A famous Japanese pop star once visited and it's now uber popular with tourists. The www.co.uk www.com food is fresh and fishy, the service is fast and friendly, and it caters for every budget.

Ninety-five per cent of the fish served is caught locally and it has a great reputation with celebrity fans, including chef Rick Stein and comedian Lenny Henry.

The next day we went for a walk round the Lanes area, which is packed with independent boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants and places of interest, before heading to the famous Blackbird Tearooms for late lunch.

This is an absolute must-visit if, like me, you love the experience of afternoon tea and home baking.

Our last stop was Brighton Pier. We walked right along the seafront and headed for the famous landmark to spend some pennies. The howling wind and rain only added to the experience.

We played some games in the arcade and won a few small, cuddly toys. Ross is a drummer in a band, so his reflexes are quite speedy and this came in handy.

He then went back to work and I headed back to Glasgow, complete with an inflatable toy shark.

Facts..

Hotel www.hotelduvin.com Standard double PS198 | Dinner www.theregencyrestaurant.co.uk | Lunch www.blackbirdtearooms.com Late deals | Flying from Glasgow on March 12, seven nights in Turkey staying at the four-star Sentido Zeynep Resort on an all-inclusive basis, from PS375 per person.

Flying from Glasgow on March 8, seven nights in Benidorm staying at the three-star Alpha Apartments on a self-catering basis, from PS269 per person.

Flying from Glasgow on March 27, seven nights in Maspalomas staying at the three-star Dunas Mirador on an all-inclusive basis, from PS475 per person.

For these and other deals log on to www.thomascook.com, call 0844 412 5970, or visit Thomas Cook or Co-operative Travel.

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