We all have a special food memory or two collected from getaways gone by, such as sitting on a sea wall wrapped in a big towel and savouring the hot, salty chips you’re sharing with a sibling, that pasta dish you never wanted to end, or feeling envious of granny’s unusual choice and pinching a little from her plate, only to learn that you actually really love seafood.
Whether it’s freshly foraged mussels at lunchtime, a light bite in front of a breathtaking sunset, or treating yourselves to fine dining, our neighbouring town of Bude will no doubt cater for all occasions. We thought it might be useful to share all of our favourites in one place, so you can easily decide which will be the setting for your new, gastronomic experiences…
If you’re celebrating a certain milestone during a stay with us and a special dinner to mark the occasion is on the agenda, Potters has to be the number one choice. Serving modern cuisine within a relaxed atmosphere, you can expect to savour fine dishes such as wild sea bass, seasonal risottos and moreish petit fours. Thanks to their menu of exciting creations using locally sourced ingredients, they’re a popular choice. Be sure to make a reservation, and begin with margaritas!
This is the kind of place where you can arrive in your flip flops and relax throughout. Cuisine wise, you’ll be taken on a culinary adventure around the world thanks to their deliberate blend of food and travel, stopping off in Morocco for spiced lamb skewers, or Spain for chocolatey churros. A great atmosphere paired with a delicious menu makes a joyful experience for the whole group, and the best part is that you’re only a few sandy steps from Summerleaze Beach.
This one is sure to tickle your taste buds, as they pride themselves on flavour. From their instagram, we particularly love the look and sound of the charcoal grilled trout with crispy skin, and from experience, sitting out on their roof terrace to enjoy summer, small plates is always an outing to remember. Temple has just appointed a new head chef with a passion for the fruits of the ocean, so if you do too, then we really recommend a visit.
2 Belle Vue Avenue
This sweet little bistro consistently receives roving reviews for their mediterranean inspired dishes, and friendly vibe. It’s a hidden gem in Bude, but once found, you might well wish to return, night after night. Tempura vegetables, baked camembert and pan fried fillets of Plaice are just some of the delights you can expect to find.
For those who like to order a variety of dishes for the group, mix it up and share reviews of the many delights decorating the table – this one’s for you. This authentic tapas restaurant mixes explosive flavours and Cornish produce, collected from the field, sea and garden. There is plenty of choice to ensure everyone from spice-lovers to traditionalists gets their fill, whilst soaking up the warm atmosphere, and pretty riverside setting. As they say on their website, the beauty of tapas is that ‘you can almost guarantee everyone will be trying something new’, which is much of the enjoyment. If you would like a private space, The Bank can cater for this too, should you book ahead.
This delicious spot is certainly worth a mention if you’re seeking a seriously-good takeaway. Stock-up on their homemade sourdough for breakfast or picnics, and entice the children away from the shoreline with the promise of a Jaffa Cake doughnut. They’re open Wednesday to Sunday, 9am – 2pm. If you take a look at their mouthwatering instagram, we know you’ll be convinced.
When the air is warm and sunshine fills the sky, we recommend a visit to The Olive Tree for alfresco, relaxed dining along the canal. Think mackerel tacos, king prawn linguine and a generous ploughman’s, washed down with dry white wine or an Aperol Spritz. Vegetarians and vegans of the group will be well-looked after, thanks to separate, appetising menus.
If your adventures take you to Crooklets Beach for the day, end activities on a high with feasting just a stone’s throw from the sands. Starboard will no doubt be popular with the children, who will love savouring big slices of fresh, woodfired pizza.
Sipping your favourite cocktail whilst watching the sun melt into the ocean – the ultimate holiday dream. Make this your reality with an evening spent at Elements Restaurant, which overlooks Bude’s Summerleaze Beach. Their menu offers plenty of choice, so you can easily lose a few hours soaking up the ocean views, and relishing three courses.
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