The Beach Blog

Strawberry Sherbet Cocktail Recipe

A very popular cocktail in our bar, the Strawberry Sherbet Fizz is the ultimate summer drink, blending refreshing strawberry sorbet with bubbly prosecco for a decadent treat to enjoy on the terrace. Seeing as it’s such a hit in the bar, we thought we’d share the super simple cocktail recipe so you can make it at home too.


Strawberry Sherbert Fizz

YOU WILL NEED:

METHOD:

  • Add the strawberry sorbet and Giffard Crème de Fraise des bois to your chosen serving glass (we’ve opted for a champagne glass for added glamour)
  • Crush the sorbet with a spoon and gently stir the mixture together
  • Add the prosecco to just below the rim of the glass and stir carefully, enquiring the prosecco doesn’t fizz too vigorously
  • Use a sharp knife to create a slit in the bottom of the fresh strawberry and place it on the rim of the glass along with the lemon rind
  • If you’ve chosen a short glass to serve the cocktail in, you could add a biodegradable straw for easier drinking.

ENJOY!

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:

Pheasant Cannelloni
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.

Cocktail recipe: lemongrass martini

We have asked our wonderful bar team to share the recipe for one of the most popular cocktails on the menu: a lemongrass martini.

If you’re having friends round this weekend, shake them up this cocktail. Its guaranteed to impress, with a fresh, zingy flavour that everyone will love.


YOU WILL NEED:

  • 50ml Olmeca Blanco tequila
  • 15ml Giffard triple sec
  • 15ml Lemongrass syrup
  • 1 fresh lime, quartered

METHOD:

  • Add the tequila, triple sec and lime juice to a cocktail shaker
  • Add a few handfuls of ice until the cocktail shaker is two-thirds full
  • Securely fasten the lid and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds
  • If you’d like to salt rim your glass, sprinkle a teaspoon of sea salt in a flat, wide dish. Using a segment of the squeezed lime, wipe the flesh around the rim of the glass to wet it, and then dip the rim in the salt.
  • Strain the liquid mixture into your serving glass and fill with ice.
  • Top with your choice of garnish. We went for a slice of orange, a spiral of lime rind and a biodegradable straw.

ENJOY!

 

Alan Zoeftig Zed Sofa Bed

We have recently introduced a brand new sofa bed to our Deluxe suite in the hotel, a Zed Sofa Bed Bedchair, and we’re extremely excited about it. Designed by Alan Zoeftig, the Bedchair is one of the first of its kind, and perfectly merges beauty with function. Having been at the forefront of seating design for over 50 years with his former company, Zoeftig, Alan is an incredibly talented furniture designer that’s based in Bude, with a whole wealth of experience in creating beautiful pieces of furniture that can be found all over the world. We met up with Alan to find out a little more about him and discover what inspires him.


We know that you studied at Camberwell and Central St Martin’s in London. What did you specifically study?

Furniture design. Camberwell was fine art and then Central St Martin’s was specialising in furniture design. I’m actually dyslexic and I wasn’t very academic, but I was good at art, and so I was able to go on to art school. That was a day when you didn’t need O-levels or A-levels or anything like that, they just took you if you could draw. Margaret Thatcher changed all that so you have to have all sorts of academic nonsense before you could go to an art school now.

We also saw that your daughter Sara is helping you with the business. Has she followed in your footsteps of furniture design?

Initially she helped with the first products that I designed and sold them very well, but then she got married and had children and studied to be a teacher.

How do you source the first class materials that you use, and are they all from within the UK?

I like to get everything I possibly can manufactured in the UK. This fabric is an English fabric, and on every product that I create I try to use English fabric if it can be. The plywood is Scandinavian which is where all plywood comes from, we don’t make that in the UK. The engineered parts are all made by local engineers and companies. All the parts are made by local companies and then brought together and we assemble them.

Your signature Style 63 design from the ’60’s is a really impressive piece. What inspired it?

My first job from college was with one of my college tutors, and I managed to design a complicated mechanism for a sofa that changed into a bed, so he employed me. The whole business of sofa beds are so complicated and cumbersome in many ways, so I tried to devise a simple way of doing it and designed the Style 63. By chance, at that time, there was an international competition being held for furniture design and I entered that and won it. It was held in Cantu in Italy, the centre of the furniture industry in Italy. And that was my first design.

What have you made the Bedchair for specifically?

Well if you buy a sofa bed, generally you’ve got to take all the pillows off and cushions off, and then there’s a mechanism underneath thats usually made of metal and springs that you pull out, and then there’s another skinny mattress to contend with. You’ve got to know where to put all those cushions once it’s pulled out. Other sofa beds are also not every good for your back because, when sitting on sofa cushions, your lumbar region isn’t supported. The reason I designed this one was because at an exhibition, showing those other sofas (Style 63) people said ‘they’re too big for hotel bedrooms, why can’t you make a chair that turns into a bed?’ So that’s what I did.

What inspires you?

It probably sounds a bit high brow, but we don’t need to clutter our lives, we don’t need to have things bombarding us all the time. All my designs are really based on not seeking status or glamour or showing one’s wealth, I think things aesthetically can be beautiful by being as simple as they can be. I find Shaker Furniture very inspiring. Quakers went to America and designed everything so that it didn’t get in their way of thinking about God all the time, so they hung their chairs on the wall and you could walk through a room without having to navigate around anything. With the furniture they made, they respected the material as well, they wouldn’t over elaborate it or decorate it, it was just simple enough to see the beauty of the timber.

How did you end up in Bude, and what has made you stay here?

I was evacuated here in the war, and when I got married we bought a very small cottage and would come down every holiday or long weekend from London. And when they joined up the motorway, I realised you could work from here. It was a gamble, a bit like getting married, you do it and then make it work, or otherwise. I think its absolutely true that when you’re younger, you do things incredibly naïvely, and if they work out its fantastic, but if you consider everything that could go wrong you probably wouldn’t do anything.

Do you think it’s a limiting factor being based in Bude?

Initially it was, but to operate from here it got better. With the previous company (Zoeftig) I designed some furniture for Buchannan bus station in Glasgow, and the architects were brilliant. World Architecture Magazine took a photograph of the interior, and right at the front of the picture was my seat. The architects in Las Vegas said ‘wow, we want this seat for our airport’, and I put some together and rushed over there, and eventually 22,000 seats were sold to them. Once you start doing something that sells well, and you can employ more people and you make sure you can keep the quality, then nothing stops you.

Wild swimming spots in Cornwall

Cornwall’s beautiful coastline and rugged countryside is right on our doorstep, and there are so many places to enjoy a swim that offer something a little different than a dip in the sea. Although the wide open ocean might seem like an obvious place to go for a swim, we’ve rounded up our top five wild swimming spots that you may not have heard about, perfect for swimming in without having to dodge any waves or surfers.   


Wild swimming in Cornwall

 

Jubilee Pool, Penzance

Wild swimming at Jubilee Pool in Cornwall

Open from early March to late October, Jubilee Pool is a fantastic place to enjoy natural seawater in a safe, controlled environment. High walls protect visitors from any offshore winds, and the pool has a smaller bathing pool for toddlers and younger children. The pool is the UK’s largest seawater lido, and was officially reopened by Prince Charles in 2016 after having been closed for a number of years. The first stage of plans to heat a section of the pool using geothermal energy has now also begun, with mechanics drilling down and tapping into a deep geothermal well which will eventually produce bathing waters of around 35°C.

Bude Sea Pool, Bude

Bude Sea Pool wild swimming spot in Cornwall

Partly man-made and partly natural, Bude Sea Pool is a brilliant wild swimming pool tucked beneath the cliff at the northern side of Summerleaze Beach, providing a safe haven for swimmers who can enjoy the benefits of wild swimming without having to worry about the dangers of the sea. Originally constructed in the 1930’s, the pool is 91 metres long and acts as a major draw for visitors to Bude, naturally refilling at high tide each day. All public funding for the pool was withdrawn in 2010, and it has since been maintained solely by the Friends of Bude Sea Pool, which rely on donations from supporters. The pool is completely free to enjoy and is used for a number of purposes, including surf life saving and swimming lessons, and it’s only 100 meters from our hotel, so remember your swimmers. 

(Read our interview with a Friends of Bude Sea Pool member to find out more about the incredible efforts that go into maintaining it: http://www.thebeachatbude.co.uk/insight-bude-sea-pool/.)

Chapel Rock, Perranporth

Chapel Rock wild swimming spot in Cornwall

As if Perranporth’s three-mile stretch of golden sand isn’t enough of an attraction, the beach also houses a natural tidal pool within Chapel Rock, a large sea stack that juts out from the cliffs at the southern end of the beach. Being quite small, the pool is naturally warmed from the sun in the summer months, and provides a brilliant area for children to learn to swim, snorkel and dive. The tide can come in quite fast at this beach, so visitors are warned to keep an eye on it.

Tidal Swimming Pool, Portreath

Portreath wild swimming spot in Cornwall

A small village and fishing port on the north coast of Cornwall, Portreath is located between St Ives and St Agnes, and on the north side of the beach the harbour wall shelters a small tidal swimming pool that’s perfect for relaxing in whilst watching the waves roll into the bay. The pool isn’t quite big enough to swim laps in, resembling a hot tub rather than a swimming pool, but it’s a great place to relax while the children scramble over the rocks and discover the local marine life.

Goldiggins Quarry, Bodmin

Goldiggins Quarry wild swimming spot in Cornwall

Although not particularly glamorous sounding, Goldiggins Quarry is a beautiful, clear spring fed quarry lake in a sheltered spot on Bodmin Moor. With flat ledges for jumping into the deeper parts of the water, the surrounding grass banks provide perfect places to enjoy a picnic or sunbathe. The wild landscape also means there are some great walking routes nearby, navigating around and across towering granite tors jutting out from the moorland. The nearest carpark is over a mile away from the quarry and there are limited local amenities, so we’d recommend taking lots of water to stay hydrated in hotter weather.


Please be responsible when taking part in wild swimming activities at attractions that are not lifeguarded and never jump into water if you’re not sure of its depth.

Mango Tango mocktail recipe

We have a delicious mocktail available in the bar at the moment, the perfect antidote to feeling left out if you’re the designated driver or attempting to go alcohol-free. Blending an exotic combination of fresh passionfruit, lime and pineapple, the flavours mix together perfectly, resulting in a delicious drink with a healthy dose of fruit too, and we’ve shared the mocktail recipe.

If your busy schedule doesn’t allow for a drink in the bar, try and make this tropical drink at home.


YOU WILL NEED:

  • One fresh passionfruit, halved
  • One lime halved (in order to recreate the lime garnish in our cocktail, peel a spiral from the lime using a paring knife before slicing the fruit in half)
  • A tablespoon of mango purée
  • 250ml pineapple juice
  • 15ml Monin vanilla syrup

 

METHOD:

  • Spoon the flesh from one half of the passionfruit into a tall serving glass.
  • Add the mango purée, pineapple juice, Monin syrup and the juice from half of the lime.
  • Stir the mixture carefully and top with ice.
  • Spoon the remaining passionfruit flesh onto the top of the ice, and top with your choice of garnish. We went for a slice of orange, a spiral of lime rind and a sprig of fresh mint with a biodegradable straw.

ENJOY!

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

Docton Mill Gardens

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.

Clovelly Court Gardens

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.

RHS Rosemoor

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.

Dunsdon National Nature Reserve

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.

Broomhill Art and Sculpture Gardens

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.

Hartland Abbey

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.

The Gnome Reserve and Wildflower Garden

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.

Andrew’s Corner

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.

Chocolate and Strawberry Valentine's Martini

Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to indulge your other half, or yourself, so in celebration of the most romantic day of year, we’ve shared our recipe for a chocolate and strawberry martini, a deliciously decadent blend that is super easy to make.

Shake the cocktail up at home to woo your other half, or invite your friends round and celebrate singledom together.

 


CHOCOLATE AND STRAWBERRY MARTINI

 Ingredients
– One tablespoon of strawberry jam
– 25ml creme de Cacao
– 25ml vanilla Absolut Vodka
– 25ml framboise liqueur
– 25ml of strawberry puree or strawberry sorbet
– 50ml of champagne
– a 50ml glass
– a cocktail shaker
Method
– Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for one minute.
– Strain the cocktail into your chosen serving glass and serve alongside a shot of champagne for an extra dash of decadence.

ENJOY!

*This recipe has a reasonably subtle chocolate flavour. For more intensive flavour add 25ml of creme de cacao blanc.

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.


Follow the Cornish surf photographer at Symages Photography on Facebook and Instagram @symagesphotography.