A Red Letter Days Experience

Best Western York House Hotel

I often struggle with what presents to buy friends, family or a partner for Christmas. I’m much more likely to just ask whoever I’m buying for what they actually want. I know it takes some of the fun out of it, but at least I know they’re going to like what they get. But sometimes, if I’m totally sure of a person’s likes and interests, I will surprise them. Here’s where Red Letter Days come in. Red Letter Days are an online gift experience company. I got to experience one of their offerings.

They have a very useful section on the website where you can select options for a personality type such as: Foodies, Explorers, Petrol heads, Theatre lovers and more. Being a foodie and my love of travel I chose the Hotel Escape Dinner for Two. I was sent a voucher to book online. There was a range of options and I booked the hotel and area which tickled my fancy most. On this occasion it was Eastbourne staying at the Best Western York House Hotel. You have to call the hotel to check availability and then they take your voucher code details. It was all very easy and hassle-free.

Hotel Bedroom

Hotel Bathroom

On the night of our stay, there were three major parties on with one hundred and twenty guests. This resulted in the hotel’s dinner menu being heavily reduced to a set menu. I was disappointed by this as I’d seen the normal menu on their website and had already chosen what I was going to try. Understandably the kitchen would be under pressure, hence the scaled down menu, but this should have been mentioned at the time of booking.

Chicken Liver Parfait


The set menu was nothing special and the food basic but adequate. I had chicken liver parfait to start and gammon and vegetables for main. My partner had vegetable soup to start, cheese, walnut and cranberry tart for main followed by cheese and biscuits.  Our bill came to £79.53, but that’s mainly due to us ordering a bottle of wine and whiskies and also discretionary service charge. Without these the bill would have come to £44.5.

The Red Letter Days voucher is £149 which includes £40 dinner allocation. At the time of booking the cheapest rate for our stay if booking directly this would have been £82.80 for bed and breakfast and if you spent £40 on dinner that would total £122.80 making a difference of £26.2. So in this instance it would have been cheaper not to book via Red Letter Days. I suggest if there is a difference in cost then this is credited to your dinner allocation. If you’re buying this as a present however, then this might not bother you as much, but I like value for money which is not the case here.

Hotel Breakfast Kippers

Fish and Chips at Holiday Inn Fish Restaurant

Beach Head

Eastbourne Pier

However, overall I had a pleasant stay. The room was modern, big bathroom and the breakfast was very good with a nice selection of buffet or food made to order. We had a lovely time exploring a bit of Eastbourne. I recommend taking a step back in time there to Holiday Inn Fish Restaurant for some quality fish and chips, visiting the pier to play the 2p slot machines and wandering around Beachy Head.

Check out Red Letter Days for more gift options.

Food I Fancy was gifted the hotel stay for review.

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