The Beach Blog
Wine Tasting Menu Friday 1st March 2019
Our next wine tasting dinner will be held on Friday 1 March, where our head chef Jamie Coleman will be collaborating with fellow MasterChef Professional star, Josh Donachie.
Call us on 01288 389 800 to book your table.
7pm for 7.30pm start
£45.00 per person to include wine flight
Cheese & chive
Beef Fillet Tartare
Black garlic, egg yolk & parmesan
Shoulder, parsley, mussel popcorn & turnips
Chocolate & Peanut
Doughnut & raspberry
Pink peppercorn ice cream
Top five reasons to visit Bude
Bude was voted the ‘Best UK Coastal Town’ at the British Travel Awards at the end of 2018 – an accolade it also achieved in 2016 and 2017.
There are many things that make our award-winning town so special, but here are our top five reasons to visit Bude:
Bude Sea Pool
Known to be Bude’s number one attraction, the Bude Sea Pool is free to use all year round and provides a safe swimming area for those that may find the swell from the sea waves too daunting. This semi-natural pool is 91m long by 45m wide and was created in 1930s. Managed by the Friends of Bude Sea Pool charity, it welcomes around 50,000 visitors every year.
Whether you’re into walking, cycling, kayaking, fishing or taking it easy on a peddlo – the Bude Canal is a hub of activity for all paces of life. The two mile footpath alongside the canal and marshlands is perfect for admiring the vast array of wildlife, so there’s plenty to see and do for the whole family on a day out. Bikes, kayaks and peddlos are all available to hire in Bude, making it easy to explore without bringing a car load on holiday with you.
Well known for seaside holidays in Cornwall, Bude has two main beaches, Summerleaze and Crooklets, which are great for building sandcastles, surfing and many other watersports. The South West Coast Path also passes through these beaches, perfect for winter walks when the icy water and sunbathing on the golden sand isn’t so inviting.
The Castle Bude
Perched on the sand dunes overlooking Summerleaze Beach is the Grade II listed castle, home to three galleries showcasing work of local artists including art, pottery and photography. There is also a Heritage Centre where you can discover Bude’s rich history, with exhibitions and artefacts from a variety of collections, such as the Bude railway. Admission to the castle is free, providing a cultural and educational activity for all generations to enjoy.
And how could we not mention the newest addition…
Not your typical tourist attraction, but the Bude Tunnel has become somewhat of a famous landmark in our coastal town. With five-star reviews and comments including ‘a tunnel like no other’, the 70m long tunnel which stretches from Sainsbury’s car park all the way to Crooklets Road is definitely worth a visit.
Providing undercover protection from all weathers (always a bonus in Cornwall where the weather can be a little unpredictable sometimes), it’s no wonder why the public take cover here to enjoy the spectacular sea views in Bude. A unique asset to the town.
UK staycations aren’t just enjoyed by humans. If you’re a dog owner then it is often hard to leave your four-legged friends at home.
Due to popular demand, we are pleased to provide our first dog-friendly accommodation offering in one of the newly-finished suites, with tiled flooring throughout making it perfect for clearing up sandy paw prints.
The Retreat benefits from two bedrooms which can both be made up as doubles or twins (perfect for families or a group of friends travelling together), a family sized bathroom and a large well appointed kitchen-diner and lounge.
Our terrace also welcomes dogs all year round, so even if you’re not staying with us in the hotel you can join us for a drink and bite to eat after your dog walk.
Bude boasts a variety of footpaths and trails perfect for dog walking. From the leisurely two-mile stretch of flat tarmac path along the Bude canal, to the rugged South West Coast Path connecting Bude to nearby beaches such as Crackington Haven to the south and Marsland Mouth to the north. For culture seekers wanting to find out a little more about Bude’s history, the four-mile circular town trail is also a nice route to be accompanied by your dog.
With so many beaches in the Bude area, it’s always useful to know when and where dogs are allowed at certain times of the year. Sandymouth, Northcott Mouth and Black Rock beaches are dog-friendly all year round with no restrictions. The only restriction on Summerleaze Beach is that dogs must be on leads between 21 May and 30 September. Finally, Widemouth Bay and Crooklets Beach only allows dogs on the beach between 1 October and 31 March.
Book your next stay at The Beach at Bude online, or call our reservation team on 01288 389800 to discuss your requirements.
Mothering Sunday menu 2019
Celebrate Mother’s Day with us on Sunday 31 March with two courses for £18.50 and three courses for £22.50. Mum will also receive a glass of Prosecco on arrival.
Find the full menu below, and call the team on 01288 389800 to book.
With blue cheese and pine nut tortellini
With egg yolk dressing, Monteux sausage and aged parmesan
SMOKED HADDOCK CARPACCIO
With curry mayonnaise, celery and picked raisins
With fondant potato, cabbage and bacon
With sage and onion stuffing, baby roasties and carrots
With potato crust, warm tartare sauce and pickled seafood
With tomato, feta and mint salad
All served with seasonal vegetables and dauphinoise potatoes
WHITE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE
With raspberries, oats, honey and whisky
PISTACHIO AND RAPESEED OIL SPONGE
With rhubarb and pink gin
WESTCOUNTRY CHEESE BOARD
With chutney, grapes and celery
Valentine's menu 2019
Join us for a romantic Valentine’s celebration with your loved one and enjoy our five course menu created by head chef Jamie Coleman, available on 14, 15 and 16 February priced at £60.00 per person including a welcome drink.
Find the full menu below, and call the team on 01288 389800 to book
With curry sauce
With clementine, walnut and chocolate
SMOKED SALMON RILLETTE
With pickled cucumber and rye bread
With burnt onion, sage, Pommes Anna and savoy cabbage
POTATO CRUSTED HALIBUT
With parsley, kohlrabi, garlic and mussel chowder
With pistachio and rose
DARK CHOCOLATE MOUSSE
With roasted banana, passionfruit sorbet and caramel
HONEY AND FENNEL CREAM
With blueberries and hazelnut sponge
SWEETS AND COFFEE
Bude Christmas Day swim
The main event in the Bude Christmas calendar is the annual Christmas Day swim.
Hosted by Bude Surf Life Saving Club, over 500 people brave the icy cold waters to take part each year in the ‘no wetsuits’ swim, which has been running for around 35 years to raise money in memory of former member Mike Moyle.
Taking place at Crooklets beach, crowds of swimmers plunge into the Atlantic Ocean on the north Cornish coast – whatever the weather. Many spectators come to join in the festivities, supporting the adventurous (and some may say mad) participants with cheers of encouragement and warming towels to welcome them out of the water.
Hot chocolates and refreshments are supplied after the event which creates a lovely community atmosphere where swimmers and spectators come together to share Christmas wishes and photo opportunities.
If you want to take part in this year’s swim then visit the SLSC website for a registration form – or if spectating is more your style then head to the shoreline for an 11am start on Christmas morning.
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