THE SUNDAY TIMES

Once the poor cousin of Cornish beach resorts, Bude has undergone a remarkable transformation. “We’re not Padstow yet, or Watergate Bay,” says Will Daniel, of the Beach boutique hotel, “but we’re getting there.” Of the two beaches, our choice is family-friendly Summerleaze, which has a wonderful sea pool, new beach huts and restaurants ranging from Life’s a Beach to the Beach, where Joe Simmonds’s sea bass gives Rick Stein a run for his money.