Fontwell: 9th/10th October 2014.
We didn’t want to drive all the way home from Brighton in the dark, so we planned to ‘put up’ for the night en route, and visit Arundel Castle … long on our ‘bucket list’ … on the morrow.
So, we booked into the Travelodge at nearby Fontwell, near the racecourse. Now, I wasn’t going to write about this; by and large, if you’ve been in one Travelodge, you’ve been in them all. They’re nothing to write home about, but nothing to complain about either. Just a reasonably clean, secure and fairly comfortable place to lay your head for the night.
BUT, for the benefit of those who read these words, and follow in our footsteps, I must point out … there are TWO Travelodges here; they’re only a few hundred yards apart. They’re known as the Travelodge Fontwell and the Travelodge Fontwell Park.
And, guess who pitched up at the wrong one!
It’s a fairly common occurrence, said the receptionist, for Fontwell is the first one you see from the road, and gave us directions for the ‘other’ one.
There’s a pub next door to the one at Fontwell Park, but it doesn’t do breakfast. So, in the morning it was back to the first Travelodge for breakfast at the Little Chef. Now, I’ve been less that complimentary about this restaurant chain in the past, but it was the only game in town. Maybe it’s just this branch, but things do seem to have markedly improved … a friendly, attentive waiter and bacon butties done to perfection! And, free wifi!
So, suitably refreshed, we set out to Arundel ….