I'd go up and down The Lanes, and all round town, working up a thirst. You never know who you are going to meet. in the Lanes. We bumped into Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam last time we were there. There are quite a few pubs I knowthere. There are a lot of good restaurants but The Old Ship Hotel (0273 329001) is a favourite place of mine when you go down the hill to the sea you turn left. The big hotels are up on the right, but The Old Ship is a smaller, older and friendlier place. I'd have a pub lunchI love it. Pub lunch, just some sandwiches at that time of day. In the afternoon I'd sit on the pebbles and eat cockles. I love shellfish. I might go swimming or to The Pavilion I'd play it by ear. I hate pre-planning on a day like that. ThenI'd wander up and down the pier. I love the noise and the people. I'm not worried by crowds, and people, I'm terminally gregarious. , there's a wonderful pub near it called the Mrs Fitzherbert ().The ideal in the evening would be seeing a play at the Royal, a lovely old theatre. The shabby side appeals. I've got friends down there. John Dowie, Victor Spinetti and There are so many great restaurants theres' so much choice,, I'd probably go to one of the superb Chinese restaurants on the front, that would be the end to any good day out, a Chinese or an Indian meal.
The alternative thing is to get in a car and go down to the Downs somewhere, if you go out the countryside is superb. Brighton is a great base for a day out.
Barrie Cryer appears in 'Two Old Farts in the Night' at the Hackney Empire, London Fri 22 Jul (081-985 2424)
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