The Beach Blog
THE BEACH IS RE-OPENING – 4TH JULY 2020
We are excited to announce that we are busy preparing our hotel to welcome our guests back again this summer.
Whilst the world continues to experience the terrible effects of COVID-19 our thoughts are firmly with those who have lost loved ones during this difficult time.
After careful consideration and consultation with the local authorities, we feel the time is right for us to begin the process of re-opening the hotel.
We are making some important changes to how we operate which can be found here (click here).
Initially, we will be providing bed and breakfast with our bar and terrace reserved for guests only. We are encouraging our guests, where possible, to book online.
We want to personally assure our guests that this decision has been reached following confirmation that the measures and procedures we have put in place allow us to operate in a safe environment, ensuring guest and staff welfare at all times.
Whilst we remain committed to making sure the new ‘normal’ does not impact guest enjoyment, there are some services and facilities, including the restaurant, that will not re-open until we consider it safe to do so. However, for areas of the business that are safe to operate normally, the service, comfort and level of luxury you experienced prior to the closure will remain.
We will continue to monitor the situation in accordance with government guidelines, and are taking bookings for stays from 4th July 2020 under our ‘book with confidence’ guarantee, which offers a full refund, a voucher or a booking postponement, should the government revise guidelines which do not allow travel on the dates selected.
Bude, its beaches and the surrounding areas are all looking simply stunning.
We look forward to welcoming you back to breathe life once again into our beautiful hotel.
10 things to pack for a holiday in Cornwall
You’re all booked for your Cornish getaway, and now it’s just a case of packing the essentials. Whether you’re visiting Cornwall in the summer sunshine, or coming to enjoy the quieter, but just as picturesque, months of winter, then take a look at our top ten things to pack for visiting us here in Bude.
One of the key essentials all year round. Sunglasses are a must for days running around on golden sands, as well as watching the sunsets whilst sipping on cocktails on our terrace, overlooking Summerleaze Beach.
2. A variety of clothing options
A waterproof jacket, warm jumper, flip flops, board shorts – you can never be too prepared. Cornish weather is known for changing quite quickly, and the last thing you’d want is to be caught in a rain shower without cover. On the other end of the spectrum, temperatures in the summer can be known to rival that of the Mediterranean, so make sure you’ve got some lighter clothes packed, especially if you’re staying between June and September.
3. Sun cream
Make sure you’re protected from the sun’s rays, as there is nothing worse than arriving back to your hotel room after a day on the beach looking like a lobster. If you’re a water baby, and enjoy splashing around in the sea, make sure you find a water-resistant product for the ultimate sun protection.
4. Wellies or walking boots
We’re lucky to have some great walks to explore in Bude. The South West Coast Path is a must for keen adventurers, and also offers some great views for those of you who just want a quick stroll. From the rocky cliffs, to the long grasses near the canal and marshes – leave no area unexplored with the right footwear.
There are so many photogenic locations around Bude. Whether you prefer using your phone, or a professional camera, you won’t want to miss capturing those special Cornish memories. We love seeing your holiday snaps too, so make sure to tag us if you’re uploading them onto social media. One other important thing – don’t forget your charger.
6. A good book
A holiday in Cornwall offers a chance to unwind and relax. Many of our rooms have sea view balconies, or lounge areas which are perfect to chill out and read – escaping from everyday life. But don’t worry, we have a great selection of magazines and newspapers in the bar downstairs if you forget.
7. Water sport equipment
Surfing, paddleboarding, or kayaking, Bude is the place to be if you want to spend your holiday in the water. From the ocean, to the sea pool, and even the canal, there’s lots of interesting places to explore. If you have your own wetsuit, surfboard, paddle board, or kayak, make sure to pack them. If not, don’t worry as there are plenty of places around Bude where you can hire equipment for the day. Ask at our reception for further details.
If the action-packed water sports we have mentioned above are not your thing, it’s still a good idea to pack swimwear for a little dip to cool off. The unique Bude Sea Pool is located just moments from our hotel, and provides a safe place for swimming away from the current.
9. Beach towel
Always a handy item to put in the car for day trips. A very versatile piece, you can use it for sitting on the beach and sunbathing, drying off after a swim in the sea, or as a picnic blanket for going off on daytime adventures.
10. Reusable water bottle
Bude is a very environmentally-conscious town, with an active community working hard to keep our beaches clean, and reducing our carbon footprint. If you’re holidaying with us, why not think about bringing a reusable water bottle to fill up before heading out for the day, instead of buying a plastic bottle when you’re here?
Bude Surf Life Saving Cornwall
Bude’s beaches are one of the main reasons so many people visit our award-winning seaside town every year, and we all know a visit to the beach isn’t complete without a little dip in the sea. Whether it’s just a quick paddle, or making the most of the Atlantic waves rolling in, our local surf life saving club is always on hand keeping Bude’s waters safe.
But did you know that Bude Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) was the very first surf life saving club in Britain?
Its history has international roots, with Australian surfers inspiring its creation. World War II pilots from Australia, based at nearby St Mawgan during the war, would often check out the Cornish coast when flying, on the hunt of good surfing beaches – which of course, there are plenty.
A couple of years after the war, two Australian lifeguards from Byron Bay came to the UK for work, and after remembering the pilots’ stories, they set their sights on Cornwall in the hunt for a suitable surf club location. They settled on Bude, and with the help of a local youth group, the ‘bronze squad’ was created. The Aussies then got to work on training the team, which got quite a lot of attention from people watching on the beach. There was such a buzz around examination day for the lifeguards, that even the BBC turned up.
Bude SLSC is now thought to be one of the longest-established clubs of its kind in the northern hemisphere. The self-financing club holds a number of popular fundraising events throughout the year, including its annual Christmas Day swim, which attracts a few thousand people. They’re often fun to watch, or even join in sometimes, so keep an eye on their Facebook page to find out about upcoming events.
Thanks to the success of Bude SLSC, our town is a great place to come and learn to surf safely. Or, if you’re an experienced surfer, you can enjoy the water sport with the reassurance that someone will have your back in an emergency. As one of Cornwall’s top surfing destinations, find out more about the top surfing beaches in Bude.
If you want to come and enjoy a surfing holiday in Bude, why not book a room in our boutique hotel? Located just a few minutes walk from Summerleaze Beach, you can be in water just moments after stepping out of our front door.
Surfing in a group? Why not try one of our suites? Sleeping up to four guests, with added lounge space to relax after spending time in the water, it’s the perfect retreat for a surfing escape in Cornwall.
View our availability online, or call our reception team on 01288 389800.
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. Please note, this is subject to seasonal change and availability:
WHIPPED GOATS CHEESE
with carrot, sea buckthorn and crispy quinoa
with Arrabbiata sauce
SWEETCORN AND COCONUT SOUP (vegan)
Iceberg lettuce, blue cheese, pickled walnuts and croutons
TEMPERUA VEGETABLES (vegan)
with chipotle chilli and avocado
with confit egg yolk, parmesan, leeks and wild mushrooms
HAY ROASTED CELERIAC
with Granny Smith apple, date puree and fried duck egg
CHICKPEA & BUTTERNUT SQUASH BURGER (vegan)
with shredded iceberg, tomato and French fries
PICCOLO PARSNIPS (vegan)
with quince jelly, poached pear, Cavolo nero and hazelnut cream
BLACKBERRY ETON MESS (vegan)
with gin marinated blackberries, rice cream, lime sorbet and hazelnut crumble
PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE (vegan)
with coconut mousse, passion fruit sorbet, pineapple crisp, rum and raisin
CHOCOLATE TOFU (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