Saturday 31st March
A well-priced Groupon deal saw us take the train down the coast to Hayling Island for the night. After a 40 minute walk from Havant station we were hungry and there was still an hour before we could check in at the Langstone. Matt stopped to use the facilities before we headed into The Ship Inn for lunch, a very nice pub with its own moorings for arriving by boat. We neglected to bring the boat today so took the normal entrance.
We crossed the bridge to the hotel and in the marshes there were lots of geese and water birds. You can also see Portsmouth across to the west.
The Langstone is a classy joint, with swimming pool and gym and a beautiful circular dining room with huge windows and views of the water.
Our stay included a 3 course dinner, followed by Meat Loaf tribute act, Meat Loud. Dinner started out a little awkwardly, sat with 3 other strange couples but after a few drinks everyone relaxed ready for the main event.
Wow. When he arrived on the stage, it was difficult not to stare at his ill-fitting wig and the embroidered Bat Out of Hell shirt. Then he opened his mouth to speak and out came a Brummie accent. This was going to be good…
…but then it was! It really was! Andy from Wolverhampton belted out all the Meat Loaf hits and HE WAS GREAT – he was also pretty funny in between songs. Check out a clip from Bat Out of Hell below.