The Beach Blog
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.
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
Dry January is officially over, and to celebrate the occasion we’re sharing a delicious cocktail for you to try at home. Combining zesty lime, fresh mint, and prosecco, this cocktail is a brilliant twist on a classic mojito, with a refreshingly exotic flavour that we can’t get enough of.
Skinny Prosecco is also lower in sugar than your average bottle of bubbly, so it’s a healthier option if you’re sticking to the clean eating plan. Have a go at making the cocktail yourself at home, or head to our bar and request one.
– 1 lime sliced into quarters
– 25ml gomme syrup
– 10 mint leaves
– 50ml white rum
– Skinny prosecco
– Muddle the lime and mint leaves in the bottom of a sturdy glass,
– Add the gomme syrup and continue to muddle,
– Half fill the glass with ice and pour over the rum,
– Carefully transfer the mix to your desired serving glass,
– Fill to the top with Skinny Prosecco.