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New Year's Eve at The Beach

Join us for celebrations at The Beach at Bude and see in the New Year with a delicious menu created by head chef Jamie Coleman.

Please see the menu below, priced at £65 per person. For more information and to purchase a ticket, call the team on 01288 389800.

 

SNACKS
Crab and mango cannelloni
Lamb fitters, haggis ketchup
Herb arancini

ROASTED SCALLOP
Piccolo parsnip, curry and coriander

PEKING DUCK
Charred cucumber, turnips, duck confit bao bun, ponzu tea

BUTTERMILK PANACOTTA
Raspberry, rose, white chocolate and oats

DARK CHOCOLATE MOUSSE
Caramel, shortcake, blackberry and sea salt ice cream

Wine Tasting at The Beach

Our next wine tasting dinner is coming up on Friday 1 November, where our head chef Jamie Coleman will be delivering a delicious five course feast to be paired with a wine flight.

Call us on 01288 389800 to book your place. Tickets are £45, arrival from 7pm for a 7:30pm start.

Tasting Menu

Roasted pumpkin

cherries, pumpkin seeds and Kirsch

Plaice fillet

steamed crab dumpling, salsify, shiitake mushroom and Thai green sauce

BBQ beef rump

sticky beef shin, turnips, swede and Tribute ale

Toasted marshmallow

orange and hazelnuts

Toffee apple

whipped cheesecake, almond biscuit and cider caramel

Bude’s top five hidden gems

Bude is well known for its long sandy beaches, spectacular views and vibrant water sports scene. It’s no secret that visitors and locals alike adore this beautiful coastal town. But there are many hidden gems in this stunning area just waiting to be discovered.

 

Rebel Cinema

Located just five miles from the centre of Bude sits the much-loved Rebel Cinema. Dating back to the 1980s, this classic picture house definitely has that vintage retro feel. Without it, the next cinema within reach is more than 25 miles away, so this venue is the perfect place to catch the latest releases in style.

An independent cinema, it’s the beacon of on-screen entertainment when it comes to Bude and the surrounding area. When you visit, step back in time as you enter its red double doors and admire its traditional decor inside.

Rebel Cinema has been entertaining locals and visitors for the last three decades — why not grab a seat, some popcorn, and be a part of it too?

Bude Sea Pool

Although many locals are familiar with this fantastic semi-natural pool, it’s easy to miss if you don’t know about it. The sea pool, filled naturally at high tide, is a safe haven for swimmers who don’t fancy braving the wild surf, but still want to swim in the great outdoors.

It’s a real treasure to the coastal town’s community, having operated since the 1930s — and it’s completely free to use. Run by local charity, Friends of Bude Sea Pool, it takes care of the maintenance of the pool and donations are always gratefully received.

We love Bude Sea Pool and often encourage our guests to visit, or even take a dip in the water, especially since it’s less than five minutes’ walk from our reception.

Bude Marshes

Tucked away along the quiet canal route is Bude Marshes, a local nature reserve which is home to abundant wildlife. A space which is carefully looked after and protected, these marshes are a wonderful way to explore the surrounding area and get closer to wildlife in north Cornwall.

Look out for coastal birds, rare plant life, and beautiful wildflowers as you stroll along the waterfront during your stay. There’s so much to explore and it’s a great way to relax and get some much needed downtime with nature.

If you’re lucky, you might even spot a family of otters nestled in the banks of the canal or wreaking havoc with their playful games in the water.

Penhallam Manor

If you’re keen on history, Penhallam Manor might just be for you. This 13th century manor house, only a short drive away from the centre of Bude, is now a grass covered ruin. It was built by a famous family from Cornwall, the de Cardinhams, and then lay undiscovered for hundreds of years.

The manor was discovered during the 1960s when the replanting of trees was interrupted by hitting the 13th century stone walls. Pretty soon, an excavation was under way until experts realised what it was — and the rest is history.

After you’ve had a good little explore, why not visit the nearby village of Week St Mary, where you can take a stroll, have a drink in the local pub, and get a glimpse of quieter village life in Cornwall near the coast.

Hawker’s Hut

Truly a hidden gem, Hawker’s Hut is a quaint little wooden hut nestled in the cliffside dating back to 1835. Found in Morwenstow, just a few miles north of Bude, this infamous hut once belonged to Reverend Robert Hawker — the man who wrote Cornwall’s anthem, Trelawney.

The hut is built out of wood from past shipwrecks and allegedly the place where Reverend Hawker liked to seek refuge and calm. It’s said that some members of his congregation were smugglers and wreckers who led ships towards the rocks of Morwenstow to steal goods and cargo. If that’s not enough to peak your curiosity for this secret treasure, it’s also where famous poets Charles Kingsley and Lord Tennyson paid visits to the eccentric reverend.

You can visit Hawker’s Hut at any time of year — and you’re welcome to bring your pooch, because it’s dog friendly. You can reach it on the circular walk starting from Rectory Farm Tea Rooms in Morwenstow.

Floral Pressé mocktail recipe

Our bartender Matty created this refreshing mocktail for the MONIN Europe Elevated Cocktail Competition.

Its subtle, floral flavours are perfect for late summer evenings on The Beach terrace, to be enjoyed whilst watching the sun setting over Summerleaze Beach.

Matty has shared his secret recipe below, so you can now make it yourself at home with friends and family.

You will need:

  • 25ml MONIN Elderflower (Fleur de Sureau) syrup
  • 12.5ml MONIN Hibiscus syrup
  • Dash of Fee Brothers Lemon Bitters
  • Elderflower pressé (Cornish Orchards if possible)
  • Garnish with lime wedge and cucumber spiral

Method:

  • Add all ingredients apart from the elderflower pressé into a cocktail shaker and shake well
  • Take a tumbler and add crushed ice to the top of the glass
  • Pour in the mixture and top it with the elderflower pressé
  • Serve with lime wedge and cucumber spiral to finish

 

 

ENJOY!

Christmas and New Year at The Beach

Christmas

At The Beach at Bude, we can cater for large groups or smaller parties, with the private clubroom available for exclusive use, seating between 10 and 25 guests.

View our Christmas party menu below for groups of eight or more, priced at £25 per head. If you would like to book a party, please contact our reception on 01288 389800. Available from Tuesday 3 to Monday 23 December 2019.


Starters

WHITE ONION SOUP

Cheese and chive

DUCK LEG TERRINE

Celeriac, pear and walnuts

GIN SOUSED MACKEREL

Cucumber and preserved lemon

Mains

ROAST TURKEY

Sage and onion stuffing, roast potatoes, carrots, brussel sprouts and cranberry sauce

VENISON WELLINGTON

Smoked mash potato, parsnips and kale

SEA BASS

Scallop mousse, cucumber, apple and caviar cream

TANDOORI CAULIFLOWER

Pomegranates, yoghurt and lime

Desserts

CHRISTMAS PUDDING

Brandy sauce

PASSIONFRUIT CHEESECAKE

Dark chocolate sorbet

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

Sea salt, caramel and banana


New Year

The Beach is the ultimate place to see in the new year in Bude, and our head chef Jamie Coleman has put together a New Year’s Eve menu, in order to make sure celebrations are extra special. 

See the menu below, priced at £65 per person. For more information and to purchase a ticket, call the reception team on 01288 389800.


SNACKS
Crab and mango cannelloni
Lamb fritters, haggis ketchup
Herb arancini

ROASTED SCALLOP
Piccolo parsnip, curry and coriander

PEKING DUCK
Charred cucumber, turnips, duck confit bao bun, ponzu tea

BUTTERMILK PANACOTTA
Raspberry, rose, white chocolate and oats

DARK CHOCOLATE MOUSSE
Caramel, shortcake, blackberry and sea salt ice cream

Bude Canal celebrates 200 year anniversary

Bude Canal

This summer, Bude Canal celebrates its 200 year anniversary since the start of construction in 1819. This beautiful waterway has always hosted a buzzing hub of activity, from transporting lime rich sand in its early years to offering exciting leisure activities to locals and visitors today.

Taking a stroll alongside the canal is a great way to explore Bude, and you can even be a part of Bude’s water sports scene while you’re here, with rowing boats, kayaks, and pedalos available to hire on Lower Wharf.

In celebration, we’ve put together our top five things to do on and around Bude Canal. Whether you choose to get out on the water, or keep the ground beneath your feet, we’ve got it covered.

 

Walking

Ideal for a leisurely stroll, Bude Canal offers the chance to get closer to nature with the most beautiful views. Take the trail out of Bude town centre along the canal and you’ll find yourself looking out across local nature reserve, Bude Marshes, where all sorts of wildlife can be spotted, from rare coastal birds to mischievous otters. 

 

Water sports

If you can’t wait to get in the water, why not try out kayaking or canoeing on Bude Canal? Whether you’re a beginner or an eager water sport enthusiast, Bude offers visitors the chance to get in tune with their inner adventurer and explore Bude’s waters with a paddle in hand.

With all equipment provided and a handy instructor to keep you in the know, this is an excellent way to get to know Bude Canal. What’s more, if you have a four-legged family member with you during your stay, you don’t need to worry about leaving them behind. This experience is dog friendly.

 

Cycling

Bude Canal boasts a great cycle route, taking you along the waterway before dipping into a woodland and across robust farmland. The great thing about this cycle route is that it runs between four and seven miles, so whether you’re cycling with young ones in tow or fancy a more challenging trail, this is a fantastic way to explore more of Bude’s countryside and take in its stunning views. Bikes are provided by Bude Bike Hire.

 

Boating

A popular activity for the whole family, friends, or couples to enjoy, climb in and set your sights to the canal’s expansive waterway with Bude Boat Hire. From classic rowing boats to novelty pedalos, this is a great way to enjoy Bude Canal with stunning ocean views, spotting wildlife out on the marsh, and available for hire up to two hours.

 

Fishing

Though Bude has a strict catch and release policy, this is an exciting experience for beginners and skilled fishers alike. The canal’s waters are home to various species of fish, including carp, bream and even eels.

Bude Canal also offers wonderful scenic views for fishing, with peace and tranquility best found early in the mornings for a better catch.

 

After a day beside the water, retreat back to our luxury rooms. We offer a relaxed dining experience with a menu prepared by our head chef Jamie Coleman, or if you just fancy a drink overlooking the action across the waves, we welcome guests to come and unwind in our terrace bar with fantastic views across Summerleaze Beach.

Terrace menu

We offer a very informal service on our terrace and in the bar, allowing you the chance to enjoy a relaxed dining experience with stunning sea views over Summerleaze Beach.

Our separate terrace and bar menu below is served between 5pm and 8pm everyday. This is available on a walk-in basis only as we do not take bookings in these areas.


For the table

all served with sourdough, whipped butter and pickles

Italian platter £8

cured ham, coppa ham and pickled peach kebab with smoked tomatoes and bocconcini 

Mezze platter £8

olives, smoked almonds, roasted fig, feta, hummus, smoked aubergine and artichokes

Seafood platter £8

hot smoked salmon, scampi tails, breaded whitebait, pickled clams and mussels, and Coronation crab on toast


Main menu

Breaded whitebait £6

sourdough bread and aioli

Buttermilk chicken £7

sweet pickled celery, lemon mayo and chipotle chilli

Fish & chips £16

crushed peas, tartare sauce and french fries

Soft taco £16

BBQ aubergine, spring onion crema, smoked tomato, fried polenta and feta

Seafood linguine £8/£16

preserved lemon, garlic and parsley

Mussel carbonara £8/£16

served with rosemary focaccia 

Exmoor beef burger £16

gherkin relish, pretzel bun, gem lettuce, tomato and cheddar fritter

Scampi £16

french fries and garden peas 

Caesar salad £10

hen’s egg, parmesan, croutons and anchovies

(add chicken or hot smoked salmon +£3)

French fries £5

Onion rings £5


For the kids

Fish, french fries & peas £7

Sausage, french fries & beans £7

Scampi pieces, french fries & peas £8

Cheeseburger taco & french fries £8

Pesto linguine & parmesan cheese £7

 

Alternatively, our main restaurant is open daily between 12pm and 3pm for lunch, and 5pm until 9pm for dinner. An example restaurant menu can be viewed here. If you would like to book a table in the restaurant, call our reception team on 01288 389800 to make a reservation.

Learning to surf in Bude

Surfing is a big part of the beach lifestyle here in Bude. If you’re joining us here at The Beach at Bude and want to learn to this popular water sport, read on to find out about the best surf schools in the area.

If you also want to see a round-up of our favourite beaches around Bude to take to the waves, head to our blog post about the top five surfing beaches in Bude.

Learn to surf in Bude, north Cornwall

Big Blue Surf School

One of the closest surf schools to our hotel overlooking Summerleaze Beach, the Big Blue Surf School has taught around 30,000 people to surf over the last 15 years. Open all year round, they even have extra thick wetsuits which will keep you warm if you want to try surfing in the winter. They offer lesson to anyone aged eight and up, and all equipment is included in the cost of your lessons.

Bude Surfing Experience

Another of the surf schools located just moments from the hotel on Summerleaze Beach, Bude Surfing Experience offers daily surf lessons which are perfect for beginners. The two and a half hour lessons are run in groups of up to eight people. The team are also on hand at Summerleaze Beach if you are someone with a keen interest in surfing and just want a few tips of how to improve.

Shoreline Extreme Sports

Running everything from classic water sports such as surfing and kayaking, to extreme sports and multi-sport events such as the Bude Triathlon, Shoreline Extreme Sports have an experienced team on hand to teach you to surf. Running its surf lessons from Crooklets Beach, you’ll be in safe hands – as this is also where the town’s surf life saving club is based.

Outdoor Adventure

Providing surf lessons on Widemouth Bay, just a few miles south of Bude, this surf school was established in 1981, making it one of the first surf schools in Cornwall. They specialise in teaching beginners, whether learning on your own, with family or in a group. Being on Widemouth Bay, it is close enough to Bude so you don’t have to travel far when staying in the award-winning beach resort, but it is away from the crowds giving you all the space you need to learn and gain confidence.

Freewave Surf Academy

Another surf school at Widemouth Bay, Freewave Surf Academy provide surfing lessons for complete beginners, as well as taster lessons to help remind those who have tried it before of the basics. From a two hour session, up to a three day intensive course, the instructors will help you to develop your skills and confidence to take to the waves on your own in no time.

Looking for somewhere to stay on your surfing holiday to Cornwall? Take a look at our range of rooms and availability online, or call 01288 389800 for more information.

Yoga in Bude

The north Cornish coast is the perfect place to unwind and getaway from the daily routine of our busy lives. Here in Bude we are lucky to have numerous beaches to stroll along, feeling the wind rush through our hair with the chance to soak up some Cornish rays. Our terrace is also ideal for chilling out with a cocktail at the end of the day and watching the sun set.

For a deeper sense of calm and relaxation, yoga can be a fantastic way to escape. Whether practiced on the beach out in the fresh air on a warm sunny day, or in one of the nearby yoga centres – you’re never too far from a session when staying here at The Beach at Bude.

Beach yoga

Yoga encourages you to listen to your body. Originating around 5,000 years ago in India, there are many health benefits with this style of exercise including building on strength and flexibility, as well as improving breathing and mental health. Other well-known benefits associated with practicing yoga are improving muscle tone and weight loss, reducing stress, and increasing energy levels.

Going hand-in-hand with everything a relaxing beach getaway should be, yoga perfectly complements a stay at The Beach. It can enrich the laid-back seaside lifestyle where action-packed activities such as surfing and kayaking are not for everyone.

There are regular yoga classes just a five minute walk from the hotel at Bude Golf Club, which are run by local instructor Vika Bundy. With a mix of morning and evening classes throughout the week, and opportunities for both beginner and mixed abilities, there is a class for everyone whatever your experience.

The Yoga Studio in Bude, located on King’s Hill Industrial Estate, is another venue with daily classes. Established in 2010 by instructor Rosie Lewis, you’ll be in safe hands with many years of yoga experience to guide you.

For more information on yoga and other activities nearby please contact our reception on 01288 389800, where one of our friendly team would be delighted to advise.

Bude Triathlon 2019

We are proud sponsors of the Bude Shoreline Triathlon again this year, taking place on Sunday 30 June.

Whether you’re coming to Bude to participate in the exciting annual event, or are simply going to be spectating, join us for a meal at The Beach where we’ll be serving the following menu from 12pm until 8pm.


Whitebait & garlic aioli £6

Scampi & Marie Rose £6

Buttermilk chicken with lemon mayo & chipotle jam £6

Caesar salad, anchovies, parmesan & hen’s egg £8

Exmoor beef burger & chips £10

Fish & chips with crushed peas £10

Club sandwich: chicken breast, hen’s egg & bacon £10

Spiced falafel burger & french fries £10

French fries £4

Sweet potato fries £4

Weather permitting, we will also have a DJ on the terrace throughout the afternoon to celebrate the achievements of all the athletes.