The Beach Blog
Interior focus: Lloyd Loom chairs
When staying at The Beach at Bude, guests are welcomed into a relaxed New England seaside style decor. Whether returning from a surf, beach walk or a paddle down the Bude canal in a kayak, we understand the need for a calming atmosphere which is reflected in our interiors.
A signature feature throughout the bedrooms and suites at The Beach are the stylish and comfortable Lloyd Loom chairs. Whether sat in front of a window facing the sea view stretching across Summerleaze beach, or tucked in under a dressing table providing comfort whilst getting ready for an indulgent evening of cocktails and dinner downstairs in our bar and restaurant, the statement pieces are perfectly positioned with guests enjoyment in mind.
The name ‘Lloyd Loom’ was given to the woven fabric which makes the design so iconic. The smooth, durable pieces are designed to last for generations, a quality of the household name which has become somewhat of a collectors item. The chairs, which The Beach hand-pick from the Lloyd Loom collection, are chosen to compliment the white walls, natural wood furniture and luxury linens, creating a simple beachside retreat for guests to relax in.
“Our high-end interior finish has been designed with luxurious New England style furnishings which provide style and comfort for our guests. Our ethos is to present a space where they can relax and enjoy the magnificent sea views over Summerleaze beach,” commented owner of The Beach at Bude Susie Daniel, who carefully curates the interior design of the hotel.
Experience the style, comfort and luxury for yourself and book your next Cornish escape with us. Book online or call us on 01288 389800.
Wildlife in north Cornwall
North Cornwall has much more to offer besides the sandy beaches and rolling waves brimming with wetsuit-clad surf fanatics.
Hidden within its coastal beauty is a wonderful array of wildlife. From sea creatures navigating the open waters between boats, boards and swimmers, to the fascinating organisms found in rock pools and seasonal birds flying inland towards the marshes and moorland.
Bude is fortunate to host all these types of environment, making it the perfect base for wildlife enthusiasts to explore and see a variety of animals in their natural habitat.
Cornwall’s first and largest nature reserve is the Bude marshes, nine hectares of reeds and grassland playing residence to a large variety of birds. You may even be lucky enough to spot an otter. Accessed from the footpath next to Bude canal, it’s a popular attraction for families to catch a glimpse of unique species not seen in many other parts of Cornwall.
Spring sees the chiffchaff and the sedge warbler occupy the marshes, whilst summer welcomes the reed buntings amongst the growth of purple loosestrife, autumn brings the long-legged wood sandpiper, and the snipe and moorhens inhabit during winter.
Heading out to the coastline and into deeper waters, it is not uncommon to spot a basking shark, which are completely harmless despite their appearance, or possibly even a dolphin. Coming back towards the shore, grey seals can be be found laying in sheltered coves and on the rocks.
If you want to get children involved with wildlife from any early age, then one of the best places to start is in the rock pools. Spend hours splashing around with buckets finding a multiple of different seaweeds, jewel anemones, crabs and mussels to identify.
To book your next wildlife getaway take a look at our relaxing rooms and call us on 01288 389800.
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.
New Year's Eve 2018
Join us for celebrations and see in the New Year with our five course menu created by head chef Joe Simmonds, priced at £75.00 per person.
Find the full menu below, and call the team on 01288 389800 to book.
Smoked sea trout mousse, brioche, beetroot gel, sea trout, apple & dill tartar, beetroot sorbet and trout caviar
Poached cod fillet, pancetta foam, roasted cauliflower, wild mushroom & pancetta cracker, caramelised cauliflower puree and a pancetta, girolle, pickled clam & hazelnut dressing
Roasted lamb striploin, almond crumb, broccoli ginger almond & chilli puree, potato & confit lamb terrine, charred broccoli, anise carrots, butter baked garlic and spiced red current lamb jus
Blackcurrant sorbet, poached & raw pear ‘tartar’, ginger & oat crumb and candied ginger
Dark chocolate & passionfruit dome, passionfruit curd, chocolate & olive oil ganache, chocolate crumb and passionfruit dressing
Seasonal local produce
We are extremely lucky to have such a variety of fresh, seasonal produce during autumn. From hearty root vegetables to leafy cabbages and crumble-worthy tart fruits, autumn’s harvest influences warming dishes that will help you make the transition from our long, hot summer into the colder months ahead.
Head chef Joe Simmonds has taken inspiration from Cornish produce that is at its best during autumn to create our new menus, with many dishes featuring some of our favourites below.
We caught up with Joe after a busy lunch shift so he could tell us about his thought process behind the new menus, and what he loves about autumnal produce:
What do you like about the ingredients at this time of year?
We start to move away from the lighter, more delicate foods that we use in the summer, but yet they’re still not too heavy. I love foraging in autumn, not only do you find the best fresh ingredients but it’s also a really fun activity to do. Being creative with food pairings is great as the seasons start to change (we think Joe’s starter of the cauliflower salad with apple is a delicious example of this).
Do you use local suppliers?
Yes, our west country suppliers are some of the best in the UK. Our wild mushrooms come from just across the boarder in Devon, but we’re very fortunate in Cornwall to be both close to the coastline for fresh seafood, and also be surrounded by glorious green fields full of vegetables and livestock.
If you had to pick, which would be your favourite dish from the new menu?
I think it would have to be the pan roasted haunch of venison. The flavours and textures of the dish are really earthy, and it combines some of my favourite autumnal ingredients, red cabbage and wild mushrooms, in a variety of different forms.
JOE’S TOP FIVE SEASONAL INGREDIENTS TO LOOK OUT FOR AT THIS TIME OF YEAR ARE:
- Cavolo nero
- Wild mushrooms
- Red cabbage
View our evening menu for more information, and call the team on 01288 389800 to book a table.
Our 2018 Christmas menu
Our 2018 Christmas menu has arrived.
Head chef Joe Simmonds has created a three course delight, which will be available from 3rd – 23rd December, priced at £32.50 per person.
Find the full menu below, and call the team on 01288 389800 to book.
Festive Soup of the Day
With cinnamon & pumpkin rolls
With gin & tonic gel, cucumber & mint salad, pickled shallots, charred cucumber, lemon mayonnaise
Venison “Christmas Pudding”
With brandy fruit, pickled blackberries, glazed chestnuts, brandy cream sauce
with walnut crumb, whipped blue cheese, mulled wine gel, celery & red onion dressing, candied walnuts
Turkey “Sausage Roll”
With bread sauce, sweet pickled red cabbage, wilted Kale, Parisienne potatoes, cranberry gel, turkey gravy
Honey Mustard Glazed Ham Loin
With pancetta croquettes, roasted broccolini, chard, Black Bomber mash, caper, hazelnut, lemon brown butter
Squid Ink Cod
With port & cinnamon risotto, seared baby squid, parsley lemon dressing, salt baked beetroot
Sprout & Artichoke Tarte Fine
With fermented hispi cabbage, truffle artichoke puree, roasted sprout, roasted chestnuts
Christmas Pudding Baked Alaska
With brandy cream, meringue, Christmas pudding crumb
Chestnut Praline Parfait
With port figs, ginger cake, Speculoos biscuit
Chocolate Orange Tart
With tonka bean ice cream, poached orange and orange crisp
Local Festive Cheeseboard
With crackers and port
Autumn Picnic Spots Near Bude
Cornwall is arguably most sensational in the autumn months. Now that the summer rush has passed, there is no better time to take a romantic break. What’s more romantic than a picnic watching the sunset?
So grab a blanket, a punnet of strawberries, and maybe a bottle of bubbly and head to one of these idyllic locations…
A wonderful matrix of winding streets and white washed cottages, this village is everything you imagine when you think of Cornwall. Explore this picture-postcard village and harbour where TV’s Doc Martin was filmed before heading up the coastal path to the coastal cliffs.
Take in the sea views with a picnic looking over the pretty little port. On your way back down make sure you stop off at one of the many ice-cream parlours for an after picnic treat.
Just a short drive inland from Bude lies the Upper and Lower Tamar Lakes. The lakes form part the Cornwall/Devon border which runs though the middle where the river originally ran before the lakes were formed.
The walk around Upper Lake takes about an hour and covers three miles. Look out for the abundance of wildlife from kingfishers to squirrels. A bird hide allows you to get a really a good look at the Cornish wildlife in their natural habitats.
Once you are done exploring, relax with a picnic on the grassy banks looking over the lake or at a picnic bench. If you fancy a more active day there is also plenty of water sports available such as windsurfing, kayaking and paddle boarding.
Take a look at the water sports on offer on the South West Lakes Trust website.
You don’t have drive anywhere to make the most of beautiful picnic spots, we have plenty right here in Bude.
Take a stroll and find a quiet spot for a romantic lunch on the banks of Bude Canal. Or if you’re a classic romantic and really want to make the day special, then why not hire a boat and row up the canal? Cosy up with a blanket, wrap up warm and take in the peaceful surroundings as the trees begin to turn to shades of orange and the balmy summer air gives way to clear crisp mornings.
To hire a boat head over to the Bude Rowing Boats website.
As the name suggests, Sandymouth Beach has a large expanse of golden sand when the tide is out. Just a short drive from Bude, the walk down from the car park is definitely worth it as the large beach opens up to reveal towering cliffs and rocky outcrops.
Autumn is a quieter time in Cornwall with emptier beaches that are perfect for a relaxed walk along the coast and a more laid back atmosphere to just sit and admire the impressive shoreline. Sunsets are often spectacular as the summer months come to a close. As Sandymouth is west facing, the sun sets over the water providing the perfect backdrop to a picnic dinner.
To find out more about Sandymouth and how to get there take a look on the National Trust page.
St. Nectan’s Glen
St. Nectan’s Glen is a truly magical place that transports you far away from everyday life. Completely hidden away in woodlands alongside the River Trevillet, the tranquil river walk offers many perfect picnic spots. However, this beautiful wooded valley is not the reason that makes St. Nectan’s Glen such an incredible picnic spot.
Follow the valley path to a place that is nothing short of awe-inspiring with three gushing waterfalls, one of which falls through a naturally formed hole in the rock. Make sure you have your camera ready, you will definitely want to take some photos here. Take your wellies and wade into the shallow waters before the tallest of the three waterfalls to really get a feel for the power of the water falling a huge 60ft.
Find a peaceful corner to have your picnic with the sound of the cascading water in the background.
Find out more about St. Nectan’s Glen on their website.
Once you’re all picnicked out, retreat back to your equally romantic room at The Beach at Bude. Go to our website to book your Autumn getaway.
5 alternative sunny day activities in Bude
There is no better place to soak up the rays than in Cornwall. With its multiple unspoilt beaches, Bude has been always been a popular destination for those seeking to make the most of the British summertime. However, Bude has more to offer than simply stunning beaches so here is our rundown of other things to do when the sun is shining:
1. Take a row down the canal
Built in 1823, the Bude canal was originally created to transport lime-rich sand to local farms, but now simply provides pretty scenery for a stroll or paddle on a sunny afternoon. There is no better way to make the most of Cornwall’s beauty than idly rowing down the canal, taking in your surroundings and finding the perfect quiet spot to have a picnic. Follow the canal out of town for a chance to see an abundance of wildlife, especially as you approach Bude Marshes.
Take a look on the website to see the boats they have to hire.
2. Set off on a trip to Lundy Island
Lundy Island and Marine Nature Reserve is a three and a half mile long and half a mile wide granite outcrop that lies 18km off the coast of North Devon. A world away from modern day life, Lundy Island provides tranquility, peace and unspoilt natural beauty. Lundy is home to an array of wildlife such as deer, seals, ponies, dolphins and even puffins (Lundy is Norse for ‘Puffin Island’). A day trip on Lundy’s own ship, the MS Oldenburg, is more of a cruise with a bar, buffet and shop.
Discover more about Lundy Island.
3. Walk the Bude Circular Canal and Coast walk
The history-seeped circular walk encompasses the very best Bude has to offer, from the unique historic relics along the canal, to the wildlife at Bude Marshes, and the dramatic views along the clifftops from the Coast Path. This 9km walk passes points of interest such as The Pepper Pot, an octagonal storm tower, and Phillip’s Point nature reserve and is the perfect way for the more active among us to spend a day in the sun. As you head back to the town you pass serval craft workshops and cafés where you can stop for a well deserved refreshment.
More information on this walk and more can be found online.
4. Hire a beach hut
Experience a blast from the past and enjoy the beach from the luxury of your very own beach hut. A classic Cornish sight with colourful wooden doors, these traditional beach huts provide a unique landing place for a day by the sea. The deluxe beach hut on Summerleaze beach offers the perfect lunch stop with a large kitchen work top, a small gas stove and complimentary tea and coffee making facilities. Plates, cutlery, mugs and glasses for four people are all provided so you can simply enjoy your day relaxing.
To hire a beach hut head to the Visit Bude website.
5. Explore Bude ‘Poldark style’ from horseback
The best way to see the beautiful beaches, coastal paths and countryside is from horseback. All abilities are catered for by Welcombe Equine with a range of riding experiences such as beach rides, family group rides and even rides that stop of at the pub for lunch. Rides can be personalised to suit your needs on wonderfully schooled horses so even if you’re a complete beginner or a competent rider with years of experience, Welcombe Equine will have the perfect horse for you. If you feel like leaving hoof prints rather than footprints in the sand then this may be the perfect sunny day activity for you.
To find out more about horse riding activities head to Welcombe Equine’s Facebook page.
Family Friendly Things to do on a Rainy Day
Cornwall is blessed to be one of the most sun-drenched counties in England, but inevitably we will get the occasional day of rain. Fear not, Cornwall still has so much to offer to guarantee a fun-packed family day out no matter what the weather.
Here in Bude we are able to make the most of the many wonderful family attractions in both north Cornwall and north Devon.
Here are some of the best family friendly days out to be had within easy reach of Bude…
Just a twenty minute drive from Bude lies the Milky Way Adventure Park. Voted Devon’s best large visitor attraction in 2016, this all-weather park offers fun for all the family come rain or shine. With a selection of roller coasters and outside activities such as mini golf and a maze this huge park, just across the boarder into North Devon, is great on a sunny day. However, with 110,000 sq. feet of indoor fun, rainy days don’t have to be a write off. All the family will be entertained with a huge indoor adventure play area designed not only for the little ones but adults too, so let your inner child run free and dive straight into that ball pool. If that isn’t enough there is also dodgems, indoor bird of prey shows and the mind-blowing ‘Clone Zone’ ride, an interactive ride where you can explore an alien spaceship, encounter aliens, fly the suspended roller coaster and attempt to make it back to Earth without being cloned.
If you fancy doing something a little different on your rainy day, why not visit The Museum of Magic and Witchcraft in the picturesque village of Boscastle? Regarded as the world’s oldest and largest collection of all things magic, the museum allows you to indulge in the human fascination for magic. With vast collections of weird and wonderful exhibits, learn about the folklore of Bodmin Moor and explore objects of ritual magic within its hallowed halls. The museum also offers candlelit evening openings throughout the summer often alongside ghostly story telling sessions in the Museum Library. Visit the website to check the dates of these events through the summer.
Situated on what was once just a working farm, The BIG Sheep welcomes families to meet the animals and learn about feeding, sheering and the day-to-day workings of a farm at an attraction worthy of its TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. However, don’t be fooled into thinking The BIG Sheep is just another petting zoo, it is so much more than that. Featuring Devon’s largest roller coaster, live combat games and an indoor play area on top of many other attractions there is plenty to keep the children busy. Live shows take place both outside and inside throughout the day including the milking show, the shearing show and the infamous sheep racing. The adults have not been forgotten either with an onsite ale and gin distillery as well as a live beer show. This place is packed with things to do for all the family on a rainy day and it is just a half an hour drive from Bude.
Situated in Bude itself, The Venue boasts 10 lanes of quality ten pin bowling with animated scoring, “Glo-Bowling” and disco lighting. Ramps and gutter rails are available so that all ages and abilities can play. A giant 4 storey soft play zone is sure to burn off any extra energy with interactive noises and lights and plenty of slides including the 8 meter high ‘Demon Drop Slide’ for the more daring amongst us. There is a large comfortable seating area for parents to enjoy a excellent coffee whilst the children play. If that still hasn’t worn them out there is a also a selection of amusement machines to top off an action filled day. The best part is that all this is available without even leaving Bude.
Splash Leisure Pool, also in Bude, brings the thrills of the ocean inside when the weather means the beach is a no go zone. The AquaSquash sessions, with a wave machine and a 33 meter flume, provide fun for adults and children alike. When you’re all swam out you can recoup in the onsite cafe serving Lavazza coffee, smoothies and a range of light snacks.
To book your next family getaway take a look at our luxury family suites.
Secret beaches in north Cornwall to escape the summer crowds
One of the many advantages of the rugged north-Cornish coastline is the plethora of hidden coves and secret beaches tucked away under the tall cliffs. They’re not always easy to reach, but with a little effort you really can escape the crowds.
We’re lucky to have several within easy reach of Bude…
Many will know of Crackington Haven, but it’s worth including here as it rarely gets busy. Located 10 miles to the south of Bude, this beach is best enjoyed at low tide, when there’s more space to explore.
There’s a pub and café nearby, and the surf can be good at times – so very much worth a trip.
If you keep heading south from Crackington Haven, you’ll discover The Strangles around one mile on. There is a small National Trust car park on the road side, opposite the footpath down to the beach.
It is a relatively long climb down from the car park, so be prepared. But your efforts will be rewarded, as two beaches join up at low tide, revealing a long stretch of sand.
A truly rugged but beautiful cove, just to the north of Bude.
There are plenty of rock pools, and a stretch of sand at low tide. You may also spot the wreck of the SS Belem, wrecked just off the beach in 1917.
You’ll find a small National Trust car park at the beach, with an honesty box for payment.
Just to the south of Widemouth, around four miles from Bude, is Millook Haven.
The beach is mainly made up of pebbles and shingle, so not necessarily the best spot for lying in the sun – but it’s certainly a dramatic spot for a coastal walk.
There is no lifeguard cover here, and the sea is best avoided by inexperienced swimmers or surfers. But you can guarantee there won’t be too many people around.
Tregardock is around 20 miles from Bude, but you could combine it with a trip to Port Isaac or Tintagel, both of which are close by.
It’s fairly difficult to get to – located at the end of a long path, with a bit of a climb down. But for that reason, it is never busy.
If you’re planning a trip, keep an eye on the tide times. The beach disappears at high tide, but when the sea is out you’ll find plenty of sand and rock pools.
If you enjoyed this collection of secret beaches, take a look at our collection of the best wild swimming spots in Cornwall.
Adam Gibbard, Cornwall Beach Guide, and Visit Cornwall