We had premium dining as part of our stay which allowed us to eat in The Deck restaurant for breakfast and dinner. The Deck offers buffet style dining and is one of various places that you can have a meal with the family. As we arrived late on Friday evening we dumped our bags in the hotel room and made it over to the restaurant to catch the last 20 minutes of service (doors close at 7pm). We were pleasantly surprised with the food with plenty of variety on offer.
There’s a small selection of food for children and plenty of choice for adults. Olly made a beeline for sausage, chips and peas whilst I sampled the chinese beef in black bean sauce, egg fried rice and salad. I think Greg helped himself to pretty much everything he fancied as he was really impressed with the selection of foods on offer.
There was a hot buffet, a grill serving freshly made burgers, a pasta station cooking pasta dishes to order and plenty of salads and bread rolls. There was also hot and cold drinks as well as a table service if you wanted to order any alcoholic drinks or soft drinks (these are available at an additional cost).
There’s also a great selection of desserts on offer which of course, we had to sample. Olly was delighted with Mr Whippy style ice cream with sauces, hundreds and thousands and marshmallows whilst Greg inhaled the cheesecake!
For breakfast, the choice of food was again, very good. With fresh fruit, yoghurts, pancakes and pastries to cereals, hot cooked breakfasts and made to order omelettes. Olly was in breakfast heaven as he munched on his pancakes, sausages and croissants.
There’s also children’s plates and cutlery so you can attempt to eat a hot meal as they help themselves to their food without the fear of them breaking anything. You can help yourself to as much and as little as you like and children are very well catered for.
Eating at The Diner
One of the evenings, we decided we wanted to try out one of the other restaurants. It’s advertised that you can exchange your buffet evening meal for meal vouchers at one of the other five restaurants. We wanted to try out The Diner so asked for our evening meal to be transferred to The Diner. You order your vouchers at the Hotel reception and you must take them with you when eating in the different restaurant.
We had a fantastic meal at The Diner. The decor and the atmosphere in the restaurant was brilliant and we managed to time it so we were eating our meal of burger and chips (which were incredible by the way!) and sipping the most amazing milkshakes to the sound of a live singer belting out tunes from the 1950’s and 60’s. Olly loved it!
Top tip: Exchange your buffet dinner entitlement to eat in one of the other restaurants on resort.
We knew that we had to look after ourselves for lunch during the weekend which we weren’t too worried about. We all had a decent sized breakfast (read greedy) and visited the on-site supermarket for snacks for lunch. In the Skyline Pavilion, there’s also a Burger King, a cafe selling sandwiches, snacks and Costa Coffee, a sweet shop, a couple of bars and just outside the Pavilion is Papa Johns and an Ice Cream Parlour. Outside in the fairground is a stall selling snacks too so plenty to buy in and around the resort. Greg and I, opted to skip lunch and have a hot drink instead. We had filled up at breakfast and had an earlier than usual dinner so we didn’t go hungry at all.
Our experience overall
We had the best few days at Butlin’s Bognor Regis. We went with open minds and had our expectations exceeded. The activities were ideal for children of Olly’s age, he loved trying new things out and seeing his little face light up at various occasions throughout the weekend was just priceless. There’s plenty to do with activities starting from 9am right up until 8:35pm for younger children. There’s plenty on after dark too but it wasn’t really suitable for our young family (or for two very tired parents who couldn’t wait to have a cup of tea, a pint from the bar and a lie down!)
From the hotel accomodation (with free wifi in our rooms as standard) to the varied food selection in the restaurants, there’s so much to do, you’ll need another holiday to recover from it. We had a fantastic break away and cannot wait to go back and enjoy what Butlin’s has to offer our family in the future.
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