The Beach Blog
Food trends: vegetarian and vegan
With vegetarianism and veganism becoming some of the largest food trends we have seen in the past decade, we wanted to explore why people are jumping on these new ways of eating, and how the restaurant industry, and us at The Beach, are responding.
When considering the impact of eating meat, for many it is now more than just the ethical standpoint. It is no surprise that the broader consumer lifestyle trend of cleaner living means more people are adopting a ‘plant-based’ diet as a way to minimise their individual environmental impact. Also, as you may expect, eating more fruits and vegetables might just lead to a healthier overall diet.
When exploring the previous and projected trends in the UK, we can now see that one third of us have stopped or reduced our meat intake. It is easy to see that more and more people are becoming interested in opting for a vegetarian based diet.
Being in Cornwall, an area that takes pride in working towards minimising its environmental impact, adopters of a plant-based diet are numerous in the area. From sustainable tourism awards, beach cleaning sessions, and a focus on locally sourced ingredients, there is quite a demand for high quality vegetarian and vegan offerings.
Here at The Beach at Bude, our restaurant has been ahead of the curve when it comes to vegetarian offerings. With a stunning menu offering an excellent selection of vegetarian and vegan options, and further focus on making gluten free options easily available, we are leading the change into this new culinary landscape.
Our head chef Jamie Coleman has been working hard to ensure the vegetarian and vegan food options are not only healthy and locally sourced, but also totally delicious and will leave you wanting more.
Whilst it is important for us to deliver a full offering of vegetarian options, we haven’t compromised on flavour for the meat and fish dishes which are available on the main menu.
Below is a sample of our vegetarian and vegan menu:
WHIPPED GOATS CHEESE £7
with carrot, sea buckthorn and crispy quinoa
PANZEROTTI PORCINI £7
with Arrabbiata sauce
SWEETCORN AND COCONUT SOUP £6 (vegan)
RANCH SALAD £7
Iceberg lettuce, blue cheese, pickled walnuts and croutons
TEMPERUA VEGETABLES £7 (vegan)
with chipotle chilli and avocado
HERB RISOTTO £14
with confit egg yolk, parmesan, leeks and wild mushrooms
HAY ROASTED CELERIAC £14
with Granny Smith apple, date puree and fried duck egg
CHICKPEA & BUTTERNUT SQUASH BURGER £14 (vegan)
with shredded iceberg, tomato and French fries
PICCOLO PARSNIPS £14 (vegan)
with quince jelly, poached pear, Cavolo nero and hazelnut cream
BLACKBERRY ETON MESS £7 (vegan)
with gin marinated blackberries, rice cream, lime sorbet and hazelnut crumble
PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE £7 (vegan)
with coconut mousse, passion fruit sorbet, pineapple crisp, rum and raisin
CHOCOLATE TOFU £7 (vegan)
with roasted banana, chocolate crumble and sea salt
Christmas opening times
We have a busy couple of weeks coming up here at The Beach.
With a number of private functions, and our annual Christmas closure to give our team some quality time to spend with their families, here are our opening times between Monday 23 December and Thursday 2 January.
Up to and including Sunday 22 December – open as usual
Monday 23 December – lunch service as usual, then closed from 3pm for a private function
Tuesday 24 December – bar open from 10am to 10pm. Only the bar & terrace menu will be served from 12pm until 8pm, no restaurant service
Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 December – closed
Friday 27 December – open as usual
Saturday 28 December – closed for a private function
Sunday 29 December – open as usual, but lunch will be served from 1pm, instead of the normal 12pm
Monday 30 December – open as usual
Tuesday 31 December – open as usual for lunch. Evening service is ticket-only for New Year’s Eve
Wednesday 1 January – open as usual, but only our roast dinner menu is being served between 12pm and 8pm
Thursday 2 January onwards – open as normal
Day trips from Bude
Bude is full of spectacular sandy beaches and famed for water sports. But did you know that Bude also makes a great base for getting out and about to see some of the things that make the area so special? Here are some ideas for day trips around Bude.
Just half an hour south on the rugged north Cornwall coast sits the ancient birthplace of King Arthur at Tintagel. Tintagel Castle, perched high up on the dramatic coastline, has fired imaginations with its links to King Arthur for centuries, and in 2019 was reunited with the mainland for the first time in more than 500 years when the historic crossing from the mainland to the headland was recreated by a new footbridge.
Explore the island, castle, the remains of the medieval buildings and the beach below at one of Britain’s most historic places. Book tickets online in advance for timed crossings of the new bridge.
Travel 30 minutes north from Bude and you’ll find another historic village at Clovelly. Once owned by the Queen of England, Clovelly has been in private ownership since Elizabethan times. The picturesque fishing village is a perfectly preserved monument to times past, with traffic-free steep cobbled streets winding down to the ancient harbour – the only transport allowed are sledges and donkeys.
Explore the village, visit the restored Victorian walled kitchen garden, eat in one of the two inns, explore the shops, or take a guided tour. Entrance fees apply to all visitors and include parking, a 20-minute film of the history of the village, entrance to the two museums (Kingsley Museum and Fisherman’s Cottage) and to Clovelly Court Gardens.
Slightly further away, the beautiful Lundy Island makes an unforgettable day trip. The tiny island is just three miles long but packed with history including listed buildings, monuments and depending on the season, thousands of seabirds.
Owned by the National Trust, a further 50 years of ownership was secured in 2019 to protect this amazing location which on its rugged and exposed west coast is home to colonies of Puffins and Manx Shearwaters. The relatively protected east coast meanwhile is famed for its spectacular wildflowers in spring.
Access is by ferry from either Ilfracombe or, nearer to Bude at Bideford – ferries run several times a week. Look out for guided walks, rockpool rambles and snorkelling safaris for seeing the wildlife, or visit the Marisco Tavern, a pub which never shuts (although you can’t get a drink all of that time). You might see dolphins, seals breeding in the sea caves or even basking sharks.
For more information on day trips or other activities nearby please contact our reception on 01288 389800, where one of our friendly team would be delighted to advise.
Winter walks in Bude
As autumn turns to winter and the nights start to draw in, it can be very pleasant to get outside and enjoy some daylight and fresh air before hunkering down to enjoy our winter menu in our dining room. Here are some walks you could try.
Poundstock to Penfound – 3.2 miles
An easy country walk, although some stiles may be steep, this circular walk starts at Poundstock church, where you can also park. Follow the lanes through Treskinnick Cross, drop down into the valley at Newmill and then follow the side of the stream to Penfound Manor, said to be the oldest inhabited house in England before taking country lanes back to Poundstock. Time the walk right, and you could catch a film at the Rebel Cinema as you walk past.
Dunsdon to Vealand Farm – 4 miles
Taking around four hours, this is a pleasant walk for those with kids and dogs in tow. Explore the grassland meadows and wander along the waterway before finding the Vealand Farm nature reserve, full of ponds, hedges and meadows.
Kilkhampton to the Coombe Valley – 5 miles
One for the more adventurous walker, this is a relatively strenuous if slightly shorter walk, starting and finishing at Kilkhampton churchyard. The path is along the stream through Kilkhampton Common and then Stowe Woods. It can be slippery when wet but the woods in autumn and winter are full of beautiful colours and can be very uplifting.
Bude Canal – 6 miles
For a peaceful, gentle but moderately long walk, try walking the towpath of Britain’s most westerly canal. Originally created for transporting lime-rich sand to local farms, the canal is now used for canoes and kayaks rather than industrial shipping, although the sea lock does still work. The walk alongside Bude Canal is perfect for those who need wheels, such as prams and wheelchairs and a Tramper all-terrain mobility scooter is available for hire from Whalesborough Farm.
Bude to Sandymouth – 6.2 miles
A moderate coastal walk, this walk can either be done out and back or by taking a slightly different route becomes a circular walk, starting at Bude Tourist Information Centre. The walk passes Bude Castle, Bude Sea Pool, the Surf Lifesaving Club and then takes the south-west coast path, passing Maer and Northcott Mouth (where the wreck of the SS Belem is exposed at low tide) and on to Sandymouth. The return route through Bude passes the infamous ‘Bude Tunnel’, a 230ft plastic tunnel from the road to Sainsbury’s Car Park, that was once voted Bude’s top tourist attraction on Tripadvisor.
Roughtor and Brown Willy – Bodmin Moor
Slightly further afield, but worth it to take in the glorious but exposed Bodmin Moor and the panoramic views of Cornwall from the top in good weather. Start at the Roughtor car park and then head up on to the moor. Expect a sharp climb as Brown Willy and Roughtor are the two highest points in Cornwall. For a shorter walk at 3 miles stop at the summit of Roughtor and then retrace your steps. To make the walk longer, continue on to Brown Willy. Look out for the stone circles and other remnants of ancient Neolithic civilization that are dotted across the moor. Be aware though that sheep, cattle and ponies graze on the open moor and that the weather can come in very fast, so be prepared with adequate clothing and footwear.
Bude beach huts
A row of brightly coloured beach huts is the ultimate in old school beach charm that is not always a common sight on the beaches of Cornwall. Here in Bude, we are one of the few Cornish places where they are found and we are lucky enough to have beach huts on both Crooklets Beach and Summerleaze Beach.
What could be nicer than enjoying a swim or surf in the Atlantic and then drying off in a beach hut before sitting down to enjoy a cup of tea – or a glass of wine – watching the sun drop below the horizon?
Beach huts are a charmingly traditional way to enjoy our beaches, providing a private space to change, prepare lunch or tea, or shelter from either the sun or breeze (what rain?). We also think they make a great place to store beach equipment overnight whilst on your holiday.
Here in Bude, we have a wide choice of beach huts, with three-quarters of the huts available for short term hire (for three or seven days, or longer, depending on the time of the year). Ranging in size for use from four to eight people, there is a choice of beach huts that includes fully accessible huts, making them an excellent base for those with limited mobility, or for families.
The heyday of the beach hut came in the 1950s with the resurgence of the UK beach holiday after beaches and beach huts were reopened after the end of the second world war, but the beach hut has returned to popularity in recent years. Traditionally beach huts were wooden buildings, often repurposed fishing or bathing huts. In Bude, a lot of the beach huts are purpose-built after extensive investment to provide beautiful and practical holiday facilities to locals and visitors alike.
The beach huts offer a variety of views across Bude’s award-winning beaches, with the huts at the front enjoying uninterrupted access to the sand, surf and sunsets for which Bude is famed.
Of course, we do sometimes have weather from which shelter is required. The beach huts mean that our beautiful beaches can be enjoyed in all weathers and visitors make the most of the fresh sea air, even in inclement weather as all the huts have windows, and there is space for deckchairs inside the hut once the table is folded away.
If you’re planning on staying with us and would like more information on hiring a beach hut, please contact our reception on 01288 389800, where one of our friendly team would be delighted to advise.
Golfing holidays in Bude
Bude, on the north coast of Cornwall, is the ideal UK getaway all year round. Mild weather throughout autumn and winter means emptier beaches and fairways, perfect for those not tied to school term-times to enjoy soaking up some fresh Cornish seaside air.
If you fancy combining practicing your swing with taking in the views of the beautiful north Cornwall coast, you will be spoilt for choice of golf courses when staying here at The Beach at Bude.
Here in Bude, we are lucky to have one of Cornwall’s best-loved and oldest golf courses right in the centre of the town, with Cornwall’s number one rated golf course found just a few miles down the road.
And don’t forget, our very own nineteenth hole here on the terrace makes an ideal end of day spot to watch the sunset, cocktail in hand.
With the wind in your hair, the challenge of a links course and the reward of the dramatic and beautiful coastline in the distance, a golfing holiday is the perfect way to combine relaxation and gentle exercise.
Bude & North Cornwall Golf Club
Bude & North Cornwall Golf Club is a classic seaside links course fitted between town and the coast. Formed in 1891, look out for holes 16 and 17, two long par 4’s stretching well over 400 yards. With no temporary tees or greens and no winter restrictions on buggies or trollies, Bude Golf Club can be played all year round, making it an ideal starting place for a winter golf holiday.
St Enodoc Golf Club
St Enodoc, also founded in 1891, really got going in 1907 when renowned golf course architect James Braid designed the course. Situated in Rock on the Camel Estuary and ranked the best course in Cornwall (11th in the UK), Braid returned in 1936 for an update and the layout has remained similar ever since.
Golfers are spoilt for choice at St Enodoc: the championship Church course, named after the 13th century St Enodoc Church found near to the 10th green, is by far the more challenging and you’ll need to prove your handicap to play. The slightly easier but still demanding Holywell course, named after the holy well found to the left of the 12th, is open to all.
Holesworthy Golf Club
Just over the border into Devon, 7 miles east of Bude is Holesworthy Golf Club. The 80-year-old club is just over 6000 yards long with a par of 70, set in rolling Devon parkland with views of Dartmoor from the 10th tee.
The fair and testing course is playable all year round with a decent mix of long and short holes, catering to golfers of all levels of experience.
For more information on golf and other activities nearby please contact our reception on 01288 389800, where one of our friendly team would be delighted to advise.
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.
Crab and mango cannelloni
Lamb fitters, haggis ketchup
Piccolo parsnip, curry and coriander
Charred cucumber, turnips, duck confit bao bun, ponzu tea
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.
cherries, pumpkin seeds and Kirsch
steamed crab dumpling, salsify, shiitake mushroom and Thai green sauce
BBQ beef rump
sticky beef shin, turnips, swede and Tribute ale
orange and hazelnuts
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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