The Beach Blog
A perfect bonfire night in Bude
The annual fireworks display in Bude is always a big family occasion. There’s something magical about the atmosphere created by fireworks, and to be able to experience bonfire night with the Bude community makes it even more special.
The excitement and build-up to the evening for children will have undoubtedly begun at school, with many enjoying the annual topic about the history of bonfire night, and the tale of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. But when it comes to organising a family outing for the evening, we’ve taken the stress away and planned the whole night for you:
5:30pm – “Remember, remember” to layer up, and make sure to grab any straw dummies of Guys Fawkes which some younger members of the family may have created for the bonfire later on.
6pm – Head to Bude Rugby Club, the home of Bude’s annual fireworks display for many years. If you have pets, make sure sure they are settled indoors before venturing out, as many animals don’t like the loud bangs of fireworks.
6:30pm – The bonfire is lit, here’s your cue to toss your Guy Fawkes replica into the flames.
7pm – It’s time for the main event! Eyes to the sky, and don’t forget the obligatory ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’.
7:30pm – If you haven’t already been persuaded by the children to pay a visit to the amazing sweet stall, then now’s the chance to top-up and take some home for the rest of the week.
8pm – Join us back at The Beach for hot chocolate, Baileys or maybe a spot of dinner. Our seasonal menu includes some delicious winter warmers which will help you thaw out after an evening of standing in the cold.
Bude Shoreline Triathlon 2018
As proud sponsors of the Shoreline Triathlon, we are looking forward to welcoming competitors back to Bude for this year’s much-anticipated event, which takes place on Sunday 24 June.
The triathlon will be a challenging test of endurance, requiring competitors to run, swim and cycle around Bude and the surrounding area, following a demanding loop with impressive views across the coastline and countryside.
Started in 1991, Bude-based outdoor pursuit provider Shoreline Extreme Sports designed the Bude Triathlon route to cater for both experienced triathletes and first time competitors for an exciting race that’ll be highly entertaining for spectators and supporters along the route.
The sheltered bay of Summerleaze provides excellent conditions for the 500 meter open water swim which kicks off the route, and the scenic coast road from Bude to Widemouth Bay provides a hilly route for the 11 mile cycle. To finish, competitors will have to complete a three mile run, following a satisfyingly flat route along the canal towpath, arriving back at Summerleaze Beach where participants will be cheered over the finish line and medals awarded.
The fastest athletes are expected to complete the course in around an hour, with all competitors finishing within two hours, and every competitor will be rewarded with a well-deserved medal.
Our bar and restaurant will be open all day, and our terrace provides the perfect spot for supporters to watch the action unfolding with a drink in hand. We will be offering a complimentary drink to congratulate all competitors in the race, so head down to the bar and celebrate your success with us, with live music too.
If you’re travelling far to compete in the triathlon, we have a range of twin and double rooms available, all with duck down duvets and Egyptian cotton sheets that guarantee a great night’s sleep, essential in preparation for the event and recovery after. We’ll also be offering guests a complimentary barbecue dinner and finishing drink. To book a room, call reception on 01288 389800, and for more information, click here.
To enter the triathlon, go to the Shoreline Extreme Sports website and sign up now.
No.15 Great Pulteney's Oliver Clarke at The Beach
We are extremely excited to be welcoming No.15 Great Pulteney‘s Oliver Clarke back to Bude to prepare dinner alongside Joe Simmonds on Friday 8 June.
Born and bred in Bude, Oliver is now head chef of Bath’s beautiful boutique hotel, spa and restaurant, and has previously worked for a number of fantastic places, including Bordeaux Quay in Bristol, Langdon Court in Devon, and Horn of Plenty in Cornwall, as well as The Beckford Arms in Tisbury, which won best dining pub of the year during Oliver’s time there.
Oliver prides himself on a classic cooking style with modern touches, preparing dishes that showcase the finest local and seasonal produce available. The pair will be preparing a six-course feast on Friday 8 June at The Beach, with a fantastic menu:
Crispy pheasant egg, black garlic emulsion and gremolata dressing.
Hand Picked Cornish Crab
Coconut, pineapple salsa, wasabi and yuzu gel.
Confit Fillet of Stonebass
Tomato, broad beans, tarragon and radish with smoked tomato and tarragon consommé.
Salt Marsh Lamb
Courgette and basil, confit tomato, pomme anna and lamb jus.
Baked White Chocolate
Passion fruit curd, lemon and thyme and salted caramel.
Bitter Dark Chocolate Mousse
Cherry gel, kirsch parfait, candied cherries and chocolate crumb.
To find out more information or book at table, call our friendly team on 01288 389800.
Spring Gardens in North Cornwall and Devon
Spring is the perfect time of year to see the gardens in north Cornwall and Devon blooming, with flowers blossoming, spring bulbs emerging from the ground, and fresh buds appearing on the trees. With the weather warming up and plants shaking off the cold of winter, now is the best time to see nature in full swing. We’ve rounded up some of our favourites nearby, so have a read and see which to visit this season.
Spring Gardens in North Cornwall and Devon
Open between 11 March and 5 October, Docton Mill Gardens is a wonderful display of flowers and plants, boasting an expansive bog garden, a 140 meter long herbaceous border, a wild flower garden, a magnolia garden, a woodland garden and a greenhouse area. In spring, visitors will see an impressive display of narcissi, primulas, camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas and a blanket of bluebells covering the woods. Docton Mill was also voted the best tea room in North Devon at the North Devon Food & Drink Awards, so stop by the café for a cream tea or freshly-made sandwich during your visit. The gardens are located a 30 minute drive from Bude and visitors can park free.
In a sunny, sheltered part of the north Devon coastline, Clovelly Court Gardens are usually a month ahead of the rest of the country in terms of seasons, with exotic plants thriving in the walled gardens, safe from the harsh coastal winds and salty sea air. Although spring is a particularly good time to visit, there is something to enjoy all year round, with lots of glasshouses providing a warmer environment for plants. The village also boasts some beautiful floral displays, and last year, for the third year in a row, it won a gold award in the South West region of the RHS Britain in Bloom competition, so be sure to have a walk around Clovelly to see the residents’ hard work. Clovelly is 30 minutes’ drive from Bude.
Rosemoor is a huge garden surrounded by woodland, an idyllic expanse of 65 acres that has something to see in every season, but is particularly impressive in spring, tipped as one of the most beautiful gardens in north Cornwall. With a fruit and vegetable garden, a stone garden, and cottage garden, RHS Rosemoor is a lovely setting in which to enjoy the new growth and blooming flowers. On Tuesday 20 March the garden is hosting an open day, inviting members and non-members to the gardens for free, with golden daffodils carpeting the floor. Rosemoor’s Garden Kitchen has also won best garden centre restaurant in Wales and the south west for the fourth year in a row, and much of the produce featured on the menu is grown in the garden, so stop for a bite to eat. Rosemoor is a 45 minute drive from Bude, near Great Torrington.
Although uncultivated and wild in nature, Dunsdon National Nature Reserve is a beautiful grassland that’s rich in wild flowers and home to a great range of wildlife. The reserve is 80 hectares in size and provides an expansive area to explore, blending meadow and wet woodland habitats with traditional Devon ‘culm’ grassland. Look out for kingfishers, goosanders, dippers and otters on the river, with several wild orchid species to find in the grasslands too. The reserve is just 20 minutes’ drive from Bude.
Merging art and culture in lovely surroundings, Broomhill sits within a sheltered valley surrounded by hundreds of acres of woodland. The garden’s glorious planting is really quite special, and made even more spectacular by the addition of wondrous sculptures dotted throughout the gardens, making up one of the largest permanent collections of contemporary sculpture in the south west of England. Broomhill is an hour’s drive from Bude.
A 16th century property surrounded by beautiful gardens, Hartland Abbey also has lots of woodland areas, which were grown on either side of the abbey to shelter the building from the worst of the strong winds that blow off the sea. Hosting spring flower days throughout the earlier months of the year, visitors will be able to see daffodils, camellias, hellebores, early spring bulbs, mimosas and a range of wild primroses and violets within the walled gardens and along the woodland paths. The orchard is also a popular attraction, and visitors can easily walk to Atlantic Cove from the gardens, a remote and quiet section of the South West Coast Path that offers spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and cliff scenery. Hartland Abbey is 30 minutes’ drive from Bude.
Although it has over four acres of gardens to explore, including a wildflower trail and teeming pond, it’s not necessarily the plants you’ll be looking at in The Gnome Reserve. The attraction is home to over 2,042 gnomes, a record-breaking collection of characters that are dotted throughout the gardens in north Cornwall. On entry, visitors are provided with a gnome hat and fishing rod, designed to help guests to ‘blend in’, and providing the perfect opportunity for a family photo. The reserve is a 30 minute drive from Bude.
Only open on select days throughout the year, Andrew’s Corner is a wonderfully secluded spot just under an hour’s drive inland from Bude. Featuring a lengthy season from February to October, the garden has far-reaching views over the open, rugged moor of Dartmoor, and there is a wide range of unusual trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants to see during a visit, with a kitchen garden and flock of chickens too. Visitors with children also have some help keeping the kids entertained with fun quiz sheets, enchanting fairy doors and a children’s playhouse. The garden can be accessed outside the specified dates and times by appointment by calling 01837 840332.
If you’d like to book a holiday in Cornwall to see the beautiful gardens nearby, book your stay with us by calling 01288 389800.
Bude in pictures: an interview with Cornish surf photographer Clive Symm
Clive Symm is a talented Cornish surf photographer, who also captures weddings, landscapes and portraits, and over the years he’s taken some fantastic pictures in and around Bude.
We caught up with him recently to find out a little more about the man behind the lens, providing insights into what motivates him, his thoughts on Bude’s fantastic surf scene, and why he loves Bude Sea Pool.
Tell us a little bit about your background and how you got into photography?
I’ve loved photography since I was at school, way before digital cameras were available. I worked at a local supermarket for the whole of the summer to save up and buy my first “proper” camera, a Ricoh KR10 Super and a 50mm lens. I’ve never stopped taking photos since then really. I’ve had a lot of sales jobs with some pretty big companies and being a photographer has always helped to build my profile within these. When I was at JVC I was often given their latest video cameras to take home and test.
You’ve taken some incredible pictures of the surf in and around Bude. What is it that motivates you to take pictures of surfing in particular?
Having surfed myself since the age of about 14 it’s a great way to enjoy two of my passions at the same time. Also taking the odd surf shot has helped me stay focused on the sea when I’ve been unable to surf due to injuries or ill health.
What’s your favourite thing about shooting around Bude?
Bude has a great “vibe” about it, it’s one of those places that always feels welcoming no matter what the weather’s doing, the scenery is stunning and the people are, mostly, friendly. I love just going for an unplanned walk with my camera and seeing what images I can come up with. It’s not often I get home disappointed with the results.
Bude has produced some of the best professional surfers in the country in recent years. Why do you think that is?
I think there’s loads of factors that have attributed to the success of our local surfers. Obviously we have some quality waves within a few miles of Bude and depending on the tide our local beaches can be surfed at almost any size. There aren’t that many days when there’s no surf. I’ve been doing this a long time and seen the amount of time and effort these athletes spend in the water improving their skills. They’re training constantly which makes a huge difference to their performance. There’s a great community spirit locally.
Bude Wave Riders, run by volunteers, offer a great introduction into surfing for very little outlay. Also our more experienced surfers seem quite happy to share their knowledge with the young, up and coming, super keen, groms. We have some excellent surf schools, some of which run “elite” clubs for the up and coming kids that show potential. They can even get one-on-one coaching from British and European champions if they want it. Obviously media coverage is a huge part of everything these days. Luckily we have some great local photographers and videographers who spend a lot of time, in and out of the water, capturing images and footage of these guys helping to show the world of what they’re capable of.
Do you surf yourself, and if so, where’s your favourite spot?
I do and my favourite local spot has to be any one of Bude’s three beaches. I live a couple of minutes away by foot from Crooklets and like being able to just wander down, check the conditions, get changed at home and be in the water within 10 minutes.
Your portfolio features some beautiful landscape pictures. Where is the most photogenic place you’ve come across in Cornwall?
Thank you, that’s a tough question, the whole of Cornwall is beautiful. I don’t really have a favourite. I’ll check the conditions, the time of year, when the sun sets, etc. and decide where to go on the day, could be anywhere…
We’ve also noticed Bude Sea Pool in lots of your images, and we’ve even shared a few of them ourselves. What do you think the pool brings to the local community?
I think it’s a fantastic facility, one of the best ocean pools in the country, definitely a great tourist attraction which brings people into town. I really enjoy capturing the different moods it seems to have, very photogenic and just 5 minutes from home.
What’s the most memorable or favourite image that you’ve ever taken?
I don’t really have a favourite but this image (below) always comes to mind. It was taken just down the coast from Bude on a very stormy winter day a few years ago. I just love the energy and movement, not to mention the timing of that wave breaking against the cliff in the background…
What would your ideal day in Bude consist of?
It would be warm and sunny with light offshore winds and the surf at first light would be about 4ft and clean. That’s when I’d get in for a wave. After a couple of hours I’d get out look back and see the surf building to 8ft. I’d check my phone for messages and see that the Ash brothers (two of my favourite local surfers) where going in for a wave. I’d grab my camera and shoot them until they got out. Have a quick look at the photos I’d taken and then head down to the sea pool for the sunset and maybe stay a little later to photograph the stars reflected in the water. Then on to The Beach for a drink at the bar.
We want to say a big congratulations to the guys that took part in The Smugglers’ Challenge.
The team of four Bude locals set off from the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth on 29 August, aiming to paddle a surfboard almost 300 miles around the Cornish coastline, finishing up in Bude.
The weather, unfortunately, had other ideas. The team completed the stretch along the south coast without any problems, and were making incredible time. However, as the weather set in, it soon became clear that the exposed north coast would just be too risky. There’s very little shelter up there, and not many opportunities to dive into harbours for cover.
At the half way point, the team followed the advice of the coastguard and turned around to paddle back to Plymouth. The total mileage was around the same as it would have been if they’d made it to Bude, so it was still an amazing accomplishment.
The goal was to raise money for two cancer charities – Force and Cancer Research UK. We held a fundraising dinner in at The Beach in August, with all proceeds going directly to the challenge, and have been donating £5 from every three course lunch sold in September. To date we have contributed around £6,500 to the challenge, and have been very happy to support them the whole way.
Donations can still be made via the Smugglers’ Challenge website here. They are very close to their £30,000 target.
We have plans in place for a big finish celebration in early November, to mark the completion of this amazing challenge. Watch this space for more information.
Take a look at the video below for more on the challenge, and the story that inspired it.
Having been diagnosed with a brain tumour in early 2017, Bude local Brown Cardoo became aware of the overwhelming number of people that are affected by cancer, so he decided to do something about it. Along with three of his best friends, one of which lost their sister-in-law to cancer this year, the team came up with the idea of the Smugglers’ Challenge, a huge feat that will be the first of its kind in the UK. The challenge will involve the four men hand paddling from Plymouth to Bude in an attempt to raise £20,000 for two great cancer charities: The Force and Cancer Research UK.
For one hour intervals in a ‘tag team’ system, the men will take it in turns to paddle, sleep, keep watch, and plot the route, continuing through day and night and battling whatever weather conditions are thrown at them.
Whilst one is paddling the remaining three will be aboard a small support boat, which will also offer assistance should they run into any trouble. The journey is estimated to take five days of non-stop paddling, departing from Plymouth towards the end of August or beginning of September depending on affecting factors that will need to be measured closer to the time, such as weather conditions, wind speed and tide.
With two of the team being volunteers for Bude’s RNLI lifeboat and each regularly taking part in sea-going activities, the team are well aware of the potential threats and dangers they could encounter at sea, but all are willing to take on the challenge for the great cause.
Experiencing harsh seas, days of broken sleep, and the potential of seasickness, the team are putting themselves through the ultimate test of endurance, both mentally and physically.
We are the main sponsors of the challenge and will be hosting plenty of fundraisers before, during and after the event to help raise as much money as possible for the campaign. Keep your eyes on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds for more information on the events that we’ll be hosting to raise money for the incredible paddle, including a wine tasting dinner on Thursday 7 September.
- Donation Page – To donate, go to the fundraising page. http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.action?userUrl=thesmugglerschallenge&faId=835613&isTeam=true
- Offical Website – www.thesmugglerschallenge.co.uk
Active holidays in Bude
If you consider sunbathing a bore and you want more out of your holiday, Bude offers a wealth of great activities to keep you active during your stay. Our great coastal location means that we can take advantage of the outdoors, with the rugged north Cornwall coastline and beautiful countryside providing lots to do, with great indoor sporting facilities around the town too.
Whether you’re looking for an alternative way of seeing the sights, or want to continue training as you would at home, we’ve rounded up our favourite ways of keeping active in Bude that’ll make that delicious cream tea even more deserved.
A round of golf with a view
Book a round at Bude and North Cornwall Golf Club and enjoy the far-reaching sea views and sights of the north Cornish cliffs. The challenging course covers 18 holes and was voted one of Great Britain’s top 100 courses under £100 by National Club Golfer Magazine.
The club hosts a number of events and open competitions throughout the year, inviting both visitors and members of all abilities to enter, and there is a much-anticipated Golf Festival from 14-22 July which will see eight days of golf competitions and games.
Hit the gym
If the weather isn’t playing ball, hit the gym at The W Club which boasts a great selection of facilities, like a state-of-the-art fitness suite and hard tennis courts. If you need a little help or some top-tips for a beach-ready body, there are also highly qualified in-house trainers that can offer a free personalised induction. Once you’re done feeling the burn, hop into one of the plentiful saunas or steam rooms to wind down, or book yourself in for a relaxing massage or treatment.
Race across Tamar Lakes
Lower Tamar Lake was built in 1819 to supply water to Bude Canal, but has since become a hub of activity. Visitors can book kayak, canoe or sailing lessons with an experienced instructor, or hire the watercraft and enjoy the wild surroundings from the water, whilst trying to spot the kingfishers, butterflies, herons and dragonflies that are regularly seen on the water’s edge. There is also a weekly Tamar Lakes park run, taking place every Saturday morning at 9am which follows a pre-planned 5km loop along a mixture of tarmac paths, cinder and grass. The event is free but participants must sign up prior to the run here – http://www.parkrun.org.uk/tamarlakes/.
Summerleaze Beach is right on our doorstep and has some great surf conditions, regularly picking up the consistent Atlantic swell that hits the North Cornish coastline due to its west-facing position. When it’s too windy for most of the other surf spots on this stretch of coastline, Summerleaze Beach can still provide some fun waves, with suitable conditions for both experienced surfers and beginners. The beach is lifeguarded over the summer months, and there are several nearby surf schools offering tuition, including Big Blue Surf School, Bude Surfing Experience, and Raven Surf. If you’d like to try some surf spots a little further a field, we’ve rounded up our recommendations here.
Get on your bike
Cycling is said to be one of the most efficient forms of transport, and will allow you to see the incredible surrounding area. Bude Bike Hire have a range of bikes and equipment available to suit all ages and abilities, whether you’re planning on a leisurely ride along the canal or a challenging route along the winding country roads. They can also help with route planning, offering free, downloadable maps that will ensure you don’t get lost on your cycle, with loops that include the canal, coastal views or rugged farmland and countryside.
Hop on a horse
Broomhill Manor Stables is located on the outskirts of Bude, offering horse riding excursions and lessons for all ages and abilities on well-schooled horses and ponies. Beginners can ride around the grounds and along the quiet local lanes, whilst experienced riders can enjoy galloping along the beach and cliffs on sports horses or shire horses, taking in views of the beautiful Cornish coastline. One-on-one tuition can also be provided for first time riders wanting to learn the fundamentals, or for experienced riders wanting to improve their technique.
Take a walk
We’re in an ideal location for a coastal or canal-side walk, with the 600 mile stretch of the South-West Coast Path on our doorstep and Bude canal only a stone’s throw away. The canal route provides a long, flat walk with beautiful scenery and impressive wildlife, whilst the coastal path is a little more challenging, but still very rewarding with hidden coves and quiet beaches. We’ve rounded up our favourite walks in Bude here, but if you need a little more guidance, there are numerous guided walking tours available throughout the week leaving from the Tourist Information Centre.
Take a dip in Bude Sea Pool
Bude Sea Pool is a partly man-made and partly natural swimming pool tucked beneath the cliff at the northern side of Summerleaze Beach. The sea pool provides a safe haven for swimmers who can enjoy the benefits of wild swimming without having to worry about the dangers of the sea, such as rips, big waves and surfers. The pool stretches 100 metres in length, a great distance for laps, and provides a real sense of being in the sea. The sea pool is also home to a wild water polo club in the summer months and provides the perfect body of water for the swimming section of the Bude Junior Triathlon which takes place in early June.
OUR PICK OF THIS SUMMER'S MUSIC FESTIVALS
We are in a great location for the festivals and live music events that take place in both Cornwall and Devon throughout the year, with some incredibly popular events located a very short driving distance from our hotel. Whatever genre of music or type of festival you enjoy the most, you can take your pick from laid-back acoustic music on the beach, lively gigs in a transformed quarry surrounded by tropical plants and DJ sets in a cliff-top field.
Port Eliot Festival – 26 to 29 July
Described as a literary festival, but much more like a garden party, you name it, this festival has it. With live music, fashion shows, yoga sessions, comedy, food, science demonstrations and even rentable hot tubs. The festival is popular with locals, tourists and celebrities alike, drawing a swarm of creative and talented people to one location over the summer. There is also an array of really interesting workshops to get involved in, from mixology and advice on which cheese to pair with which cider, to working with botanical inks and writing beautifully in a calligraphy class.
26 – 29 July 2018 in St Germans, an hour and fifteen minutes drive from Bude – porteliotfestival.com/
Sundowner Sessions at Lusty Glaze – all summer
Held weekly throughout the spring and summer months, the free Woodburner Sessions on Lusty Glaze Beach, Newquay are the perfect way to spend a sunny evening, with great music, food and drink, served in a relaxed beach setting. In the peak summer months, there are also larger scale ‘Headliner Sessions’, with past performers including Ben Howard and Newton Faulkner.
Each year, the North Cornish beach also welcomes the 37 piece Cornish Sinfonia Orchestra for a ‘Symphony By The Sea’, an evening of classical music, performed in Lusty’s very own natural amphitheatre, and the entertainment coming to a close with a spectacular cliff top firework display. Note before, there is only one access point to the beach, and this is via 133 steps, which may be difficult for less able guests.
For line-ups and dates, go to www.lustyglaze.co.uk/events100/. Lusty Glaze is an hour’s drive from Bude.
Eden Sessions – June & July
Set within the amazing grounds of the Eden Project, amongst the exotic plants and towering biomes, the Eden Sessions bring people from far and wide to see some world famous acts, previously hosting Elton John, Paloma Faith, Spandau Ballet, Ben Howard and Amy Winehouse, to name a few.
This summer welcomes Madness and Bryan Adams to the stage, along with Manic Street Preachers and Jess Glynne, adding to the amazing line-up that the Eden Project has managed to secure every year. More than just a music venue, with yummy food and an incredible atmosphere, the valley in which The Eden Project is nestled truly comes alive.
To purchase tickets and keep an eye on the ever-growing line-up, visit the website – http://www.edensessions.com/. The Eden Project is an hour’s drive from Bude.
Into the Wyldes / Leopallooza
The Wyldes is a festival, event and party venue hosting an array of exciting music and comedy events this year. The prime location near Bude has been home to Leopallooza Festival for the past 10 years, a critically acclaimed and multiple award-winning festival known as ‘The Greatest House Party…in a field’. The music event has drawn numerous international artists including Bastille, Seasick Steve, Crystal Fighters, Kodaline, Jamie Lawson, Izzy Bizu, James Vincent McMorrow and many more. This year the event will be taking place from the 27 – 29 July, and will be celebrating its eleventh year of live music and care-free fun.
The Wyldes, a 25 minute drive from Bude – http://www.intothewyldes.com/
Boardmasters – 8 – 12 August
This summer welcomes Boardmasters back to Newquay, with some of the biggest names in music gracing the multiple stages throughout the festival, which sit atop Watergate Bay’s cliffs, boasting unspoilt views over the sea.
The festival also hosts multiple skating, surfing and BMX competitions, which are held at another venue, Fistral beach, and are completely free to attend. The festival is hugely popular for locals and visitors alike, and the headline acts get bigger and better every year. This years acts will include James Bay, the Kaiser Chiefs, Foxes, Example and plenty more.
8 – 12 August 2018 in Newquay, an hour’s drive from Bude – www.boardmasters.co.uk
Bude Jazz Festival – 29 August to 1 September
Centred in Bude and with every venue within walking distance from our hotel, the annual festival takes over the town for four whole days, bringing some talented jazz singers, bands and solo musicians together to celebrate everything jazz. This will be the 39th year that the festival has come to Bude, and the line-up is pretty impressive.
28 – 31 August 2018 – http://www.jazzfestivalbude.co.uk/
Mackerel with feta, cucumber, apple and shallot salad recipe
Our Head Chef Joe Simmonds will make a special appearance at Padstow Christmas Festival, to demonstrate his fantastic culinary skills on stage this year, sharing the spotlight with Rick Stein, Nathan Outlaw and Clare Smyth, along with plenty of other talented chefs.
2 mackerel fillets
30g feta cheese
Half an apple
Quarter of a cucumber
100ml white wine vinegar
50g caster sugar
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
4 teaspoons wasabi paste
1 lime zest and juice
A small amount of cress or pea shoots to serve
Salt and pepper
A splash of cooking oil
Make a pickling liquor by heating the white wine vinegar, water, sugar, and cassis in a saucepan. Bring to the boil.
Take the pickling liquor off the heat. Slice the shallots into half cm rings and place in the liquor.
Next, season the mackerel (it’s best to do this five minutes before cooking). Add a splash of oil to a frying pan and place on a low heat to warm up.
Dice the apple neatly and place in a bowl. Squeeze lime juice from half the lime over the apple. Dice the feta and add to the bowl.
Peel the cucumber and dice (or, if you have a melon baller make 10 balls of cucumber). Add to the bowl and season with salt.
Place the mackerel skin down in the pan and hold down for ten seconds so it doesn’t curl.
While the mackerel is cooking, add the wasabi paste to the mayonnaise with a squeeze of lime juice.
Go back to the mackerel. In total, this should be cooked for 4-5 minutes on the skin side only, on a medium heat.
While the mackerel is finishing off, start assembling the ingredients on the plate with a swipe of the wasabi mayonnaise. Dot the apple cucumber and feta around plate, then take the shallot rings out of the liquor and lean a few of them against against the diced salad.
When the mackerel is 90% cooked, flip over, take off the heat and place on your salad. Garnish with lime zest, a pinch of pepper and cress or pea shoots.