The Picture Playhouse, Bexhill-on-Sea

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The Picture Playhouse, Bexhill-on-Sea

Pub - Address: 36/38 Western Road, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1DY

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Review of "The Picture Playhouse, Bexhill-on-Sea"

published 06/11/2017 | Nymphypig
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Pro Excellent value for money, gorgeous venue
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"Picture Perfect."

Team Screwfix Bexhill enjoy an after shift drink at the Picture Playhouse.

Team Screwfix Bexhill enjoy an after shift drink at the Picture Playhouse.

We had some excitement in the little seaside town of Bexhill last 18th of July. Quite aside from it being my birthday, an occasion which naturally warrants an elephant parade and a marching band, Bexhill got it's very own Wetherspoons! People, myself included, were quite excited, for although Bexhill does have a handful of pubs in the town centre where you can nip in for a pint once you've exhausted all the charity shops, they are, for the most part, drinkers pubs - where you can get a decent pint but where the food offering extends to a packet of dry roasted peanuts, if you're lucky!

Contact Info

01424 819500

The Picture Playhouse
36/38 Western Road
East Sussex
TN40 1DY

Opening Hours 8am-Midnight daily.

Bexhill is only a small town, so you're not going to have any difficulty finding this pub. It's smack bang in the middle of the town centre on Western Road, right next to the big co-op (why a town this small has two co-ops I will never know!)

There is street parking right outside, with disabled spaces, however I wouldn't bank on getting a space here, as these spots seem to be busy at any time of day, and with such a large elderly and infirm population, even those with a blue badge will have difficulty finding somewhere to park. That said, it's only a 5 minute walk from the train station and taxi rank, and the same distance from bus stops for all the routes in and out of Bexhill. Leave the car at home would be my advice.

My interest in visiting the pub had already started to build some months prior to opening, when renovations began on the rather dilapidated old cinema that had stood empty in the town centre for at least as long as I've been visiting. Tired and shabby looking, it suddenly had a new lick of paint and was forever noisy with power tools and chatter inside. Walking past on various visits to the town centre, you could see it starting to take shape, and it started to look really beautiful. I've always quite liked that Wetherspoons revive and restore old buildings, and this restoration seemed to be particularly sympathetic, with lots of art deco touches working with the original design of the building and the overall vibe of Bexhill itself.

I was not disappointed upon walking in. The bar itself is particularly gorgeous, all marble, wood, and shiny chrome. It's modern, yet tastefully retro, and in all honesty looks more like an upmarket cocktail bar than a budget pub in a small seaside town - you can easily picture a flapper with a cigarette in a long holder propping up the bar, glossy tiles, parquet flooring, and of course a unique carpet design help to complete the look, with a range of booth, chair, and stool seating offering somewhere to sit for even the fussiest of bottoms.
Food and Drink

One thing 'Spoons is always good for is offering a decent range of drinks, and we're not let down here. All the standards are here - Fosters, Carlsberg, Strongbow, Guiness- but naturally there is a fine selection of real ales, craft lagers, wines, gins, and cocktails to choose from. I can't remember prices off the top of my head, but Wetherspoons is always a budget friendly place to drink, and always has offers on. I do remember buying a round for workmates that consisted of four bottles of fruity cider, a pint of lager and a pint of bitter, and it came to less than £20, so I can't grumble, especially as you're generally lucky to get an alcoholic drink for less than £3.80 round here!

The food offering has changed since my last visit to a 'Spoons pub in Nottingham, with them now offering freshly baked pizzas, and small sharing plates as well as the standard burgers, curries, etc. Being a sucker for a deal, on the three occasions I've eaten here I've gone once for a Burger and beer deal, once for an all day brunch deal (at 9pm at night with workmates!) and once for a curry and a beer deal. The food menu is again budget friendly, with most main meals coming in at around 7 quid for a decent sized plate of food, and a couple of dishes going up to around 12 quid.

The food has always been of a good standard, and apart from my first visit when they had just opened and were perhaps having some teething problems, has always been really fast. I've ordered food and had it delivered to table piping hot in under ten minutes before. The burger was moist and juicy, chips were crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, brunch was just the right level of greasy, and the curry was adequately tasty - a pub curry is never the same as the real thing, but it had just enough spice, and was served with plenty of accompaniments to make it a very filling meal.


Service is on occasion pretty slow, though mostly due to how busy this pub is- I've been in at various times of day, and the only time I see it actually quite is after 10 on a Sunday evening, at other times it's usually very busy, and often the quickest way to get your drinks and food is to use the order and pay app so that you don't have to leave your table. Getting a table in itself can be a feat, again due the popularity of the venue, so if you are planning to eat I'd advise getting here a bit a earlier and keeping an eagle eye out for people leaving.

Cleanliness and hygiene is good - the toilets have always been spotless when I have visited, and since I have the bladder capacity of a small gnat when I drink, that's often four or five times a visit. Tables are cleared often, so you don't tend to be sitting with a huge pile of empty plates in front of you for very long, condiments are always kept topped up, and cutlery has always been very clean.

Other Information

As a smoker (well, vaper) I appreciate the stunning rooftop garden complete with a covered area for smokers. The garden is well lit, and decorated with fairy lights, bamboo, and palms, and feels very private and secluded. It's a suntrap on a sunny day, and a very romantic atmosphere at night, only ruined by the occasional train going noisily past.

The toilets are upstairs, aside from the disabled toilet, and there is a lift for those who can't manage the stairs after a pint or two, or like me have crunchy knees!

The pub has good disabled access, with three entrances onto the street, at least one of which is on flat street level. Internal ramps make it possible to enter in a wheelchair and to get around the lower floor of the pub and to the bar easily, and there are wide navigable spaces that make this a doddle.
Final Thoughts

This is definitely one of the better spoons I've been in. Quite aside from being brand spanking new and therefore in top condition, the decoration is really gorgeous, and it feels like a much more expensive, exclusive venue than it actually is. The food is excellent value for money and of a good standard, ditto for drinks, and the location makes it ideal for a works night out as transport links are excellent.

5 stars

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Pub - Address: 36/38 Western Road, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1DY

Product Details

Address: 36/38 Western Road, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1DY

Type: Pub

Country: England

Continent: Europe

Chain: Wetherspoons

City: Bexhill-on-Sea


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