Brighton seafront bed and breakfast, England
Description from the accommodation owner
Brighton seafront bed and breakfast, England: the story of this holiday company
Our background is 100% in the hotel industry. We have spent many years working our way up through the hotel industry by managing small chains of hotels. Until 9 years ago when we decided we wanted to take a step back from corporate life and put our savings into buying the Ambassador as a step towards retirement. This meant we could be our own bosses and we have thoroughly enjoyed making all our own decisions. We originally lived in Oxfordshire but feel like we are true Brightonians.
Responsible tourism: Brighton seafront bed and breakfast, England
We have a gold award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme meaning we are committed to managing our business in a sustainable way. Some of the practical measures that we have put into place in order to be responsible include energy saving systems throughout the hotel. Simple measures such as putting individual thermostats in each room mean the guests can control the temperature so it is comfortable for them. New circulation systems have been installed to deliver hot water to every room that is energy and water efficient. We have also replaced all our taps and as a result we have reduced our wasted water by 50%. We recycle 80% of all our waste. We have stopped printing brochures that go out of date quickly and have to be thrown away instead all the information you require is available on our website or through talking to us when you get here.
The Ambassadorís building dates back to 1793 and requires ongoing maintenance and preservation which is all carried out by local tradeís people who use reclaimed and sustainable materials. We were lucky enough to come to the hotel when it had just had a major refurbishment so we have not had to carry out extensive work but we make sure that everything we do is both in keeping with the style of the building and that we use the correct materials. This has meant Newfoundland timber, the original railings outside and bar one, all of the original windows are still in place. Quite an impressive feat. All of the furniture in the hotel is sourced from a local business in Sussex.
Our breakfasts are made from locally sourced produce, everything from the eggs to the apple juice! This is something we implemented a decade ago before it was fashionable and it was not an easy process. We struggled originally to find consistency and quality from local farmers who were simply not used to dealing with customers direct. We are delighted that things have changed and we can now supply excellent quality local produce year round. When we say this we mean it, the Jam is local, made with local fruit (except the marmalade- no one would believe we could grow oranges in this weather!), we even use local oil to fry with, the milk is organic and local from Ringmer, our wine comes from Seddlescombe nearby and is completely organic. Plus we offer a selection of local beers, the most popular being the Hepworth Blonde Lager from a brewery located in Horsham.
We also encourage all our guests to travel by public transport wherever possible especially when Brighton is such a walking and cycling friendly city. We have a detailed section on our website about the best public transport options and of course always feel free to contact us for advice.
Though we are not heavily involved in community projects, the general upkeep and support of our neighbours businesses is something that we wholly buy into. One of our favourite restaurants in Brighton is Due South which serves only locally sourced and organic food for breakfast lunch and dinner! Whilst it is on the more expensive end of the scale it is certainly worth it and great for a treat. That said we have many options and can talk you through them when you get here or help you to book them in advance. There is also the Regency near the end of the road which is a much more budget option, but still delicious with fresh fish and wonderful staff who have worked their way up from kitchen porters to the owners over twenty five years!
Through these recommendations and the hundreds more that we have we can guide guests to the places that will suit them, best and keep them entertained over their stay.