Where to eat in Bude – restaurants Summer 2020

It’s a bit more complicated this year with social distancing restrictions in place, so please remember to book in advance.

Marhamchurch

Regular visitors will know the village pub in Marhamchurch, the Bullers Arms. This is about a 10 minute walk but there aren’t any street lights, so please remember a torch if you are planning a walk back along the lane. Find the pub on Facebook or call 01288 361277. The pub is not serving food at the moment but you are welcome to eat a takeaway there (see a few suggestions below) and they will provide cutlery.

There is a fish and chip van opposite the village shop every Friday around 4.45-6. Cash only. On Monday evenings over the summer there is a wood-fired pizza oven (Il Forno Pizzas) from 5pm at Court Farm Holidays, just opposite the pub. On Tuesday evenings there is a good wood fired pizza oven in Stratton in the public car park next to the King’s Arms – Alex’s Wood Fired Pizzas @AlexsWoodFiredPizza. Book in advance and they will have it ready for you. On Wednesday evenings there is a mobile chef at the Bullers Arms selling curry.

Just outside the village by the canal the Weir is a modern child-friendly cafe and bistro, open daily 9am-8pm, with a children’s play area. You can walk over the fields to Widemouth Bay from here, or into Bude along the canal.

Restaurants in Bude

Life’s a Beach is a long-established restaurant overlooking Summerleaze beach. The restaurant is open for breakfast until 7pm for food. The bar is open till 9pm daily. Good range of food and the fish, burgers, curries, salads are recommended. Children’s menu. Take-aways available to eat on the beach.

Sea Fever restaurant in the Atlantic Hotel, overlooking Summerleaze beach. Local chef and locally-sourced food. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 6.30-8.30pm.

Temple is a small, innovative cafe and restaurant open for brunch, lunch and evenings Wednesday-Saturday. Locally-sourced interesting food, beautifully presented. Good coffee too. Located on Granville Terrace at the bottom of town, along from the TSB.

The Deck is another relaxed restaurant on Summerleaze Crescent, in the Edgcumbe Hotel. Skewers, burgers, ribs, steak, good fish. Children’s menu.

La Bocca is a small traditional Italian pizzeria in Bude. They will also do take away and deliver to Hilton Farm Holidays. Owned by the family that run the modern Italian style restaurant at Elements at Widemouth Bay.

The Bank is a popular tapas bar. Open Tuesday to Sunday.

Potters restaurant and cocktail bar. New to Bude this summer and we haven’t had chance to try it yet. Cafe open Monday to Sunday, restaurant and cocktail bar Wednesday to Saturday.

The Barge is a cafe on a boat moored along the canal where you can get lunches, good coffee and cake.

Rosie’s kitchen on Crooklets beach serve ice creams and milkshakes as well as a beach cafe menu and pizza. Open 10-4 every day and also in the evening Thursday-Saturday.

Takeaways

There are several fish and chip shops in Bude – the Mermaid and The Plaice are both taking orders for collection. If you are looking for an Indian, try Mirchi or the Bay Tree in the centre of town. For Chinese try Tiandi.

Northcott Mouth

If you are heading for Northcott Mouth beach or enjoying a walk across the downs from Bude towards Northcott stop off for a cream tea at the Rustic Tea Garden, just inland from the beach. You will spot the tea pot sign as you walk down the coastal path. The cream teas are highly recommended but they also serves hot pasties and freshly made sandwiches. Find the Rustic Tea Garden on facebook or Trip Advisor. Open Easter-September-ish.

Widemouth Bay

If you have been to Widemouth Bay and feel like getting breakfast, lunch or coffee and cake afterwards we recommend the cafe and shop at Cornish Coasts campsite on the A39. Opening hours vary. If you would like an ice cream at Widemouth in the summer the ice creams at the Beach House hotel snack bar on the beach are the best, and the queue is usually shorter. Head north away from the car park. There are cafes in the Widemouth car park and also Blackrock. Trelawny Tearoom, just opposite the main car park, serve good cream teas – this year you have to book (01288 361946).

Coronavirus update for Summer 2020

We are currently open for holidays and taking bookings for 2021. Please note that we have made some changes in line with Covid19 guidance. We expect these to be in place until at least the end of September. Detailed information will be sent out prior to arrival but please check with us if you have any questions.

Our outdoor pool and shared hot tub

Our heated outdoor pool and hot tub.
Pool and hot tub

The pool and hot tub are currently open and we are using a booking system so each group can book a slot. We expect this to be in place for the pool until it closes (4 October this year) and we may well need to continue with the booking system for the hot tub after that. Unfortunately we have had to remove all the sun loungers and cushions from the pool area. There are a couple of benches.

Children’s Games Room

The Children’s Games Room is currently closed until at least the end of September. We do not yet know when we will be able to re-open it.

Check in and check out

To allow time for the extra sanitsation requirements we have unfortunately had to delay check in to 5pm. Please note this is not guaranteed and we will try to keep you updated if there is likely to be a delay. Check out is now 9am.

Coronavirus (covid19) and your holiday (as at 20 May 2020)

We are currently closed until 4 July which is the earliest possible date accommodation providers will be allowed to open under the government’s latest guidance. All bookings up till 4 July have been postponed or refunded. We have been in contact with guests who have a booking in July to update them on the situation. We are taking bookings from 4 July onwards at present. If you wish to make a booking for July or August 2020 we are happy to do this on the basis of a 10% deposit (rather than the usual 25%) due to the uncertainty over opening dates. We are asking all guests not to pay the balance due for stays in July and August 2020 until we are sure when we can open.

We are currently reviewing cleaning procedures and use of our shared facilities. We will continue to update you as more government guidance becomes available.

Corona Virus (Covid19) and your holiday (as of 22 March 2020)

Sadly we have decided to close temporarily and we are not taking any new bookings for holidays before 31 May. We will review this as and when government advice changes.

We are in the process of contacting guests who have bookings for holidays before 31 May.

This is a very difficult time for everyone and we are really sad to be closing. However, thinking of our guests and the local community, we have decided this is the most responsible way forward. We hope to see you all in Cornwall soon – the beaches, sunsets and cream teas will still be here. Stay healthy.

Bookings from 1 June 2020 onwards

As of today (22 March), our usual booking terms and conditions apply for bookings from 1 June onwards. We will keep this under review as government guidance changes. Please contact us if you have any concerns about a booking after 1 June.

Swimming pool…

It’s that time of year, now that Christmas is over, when we start to think optimistically about warmer weather and opening our outdoor swimming pool ready for the summer season.

Our heated outdoor pool and hot tub.
Pool and hot tub

We open our heated outdoor swimming pool for the start of the main school Easter holidays each year, until the end of September. In 2020 our pool will be open from 3 April until 30 September. Fingers crossed for some warm, sunny weather. The hot tub is open all year round.

Bookings for Easter and the summer are going quickly. Please take a look at live availability here, or email us enquiries@hiltonfarmholidays.co.uk. We are 10 minutes from Bude and the beautiful North Cornwall coast. There are lots of beaches to explore, from secluded sandy coves to family-friendly Summerleaze in Bude with the Bude Sea Pool. The local beaches at Widemouth Bay and in Bude are popular with surfers. You can book lessons and hire boards and wetsuits locally.

We are in a rural location on the edge of a village, but just a short drive from the A39, so a great base for exploring the North Cornwall and North Devon coast. Padstow, Clovelly, Port Isaac and Polzeath are all within 30 minutes to an hour away. Further afield, the Eden Project is about an hour’s drive and the Lost Gardens of Heligan slightly further.

Summer holidays in Bude

Well, the summer holidays in Bude 2019 are almost over and the children will soon be back at school. For those who are lucky enough not to be restricted to the school holidays, September is a good month to visit Cornwall. The beaches – and those narrow country lanes – will be quieter. Hopefully we will still get some sunshine and good weather. For September offers please take a look at our late availability page.

We are now taking bookings for Summer 2020. Our cottages are just 10 minutes from Bude and a choice of beaches. We have a heated outdoor pool (Easter holidays-end September) and hot tub on site, as well as a children’s play area and games room. For those wanting a bit more luxury, Parsons cottage (sleeps 7) now has a private hot tub in the garden.

Our heated outdoor pool is open Easter-September. Our hot tub is open all year.
Pool and hot tub

Bude

Bude is a small seaside town on the North Cornish coast, a great spot for a holiday. It is relatively quiet and unspoilt. Even in July and August you can get away from the crowds and find a quiet beach. We are in a peaceful rural location on the edge of a village, but we are just a short drive from Bude and the coast. Access to the A39 is easy so this a good base for exploring North Devon as well as North Cornwall.

Families with small children will enjoy the sandy beaches. There are plenty of rock pools to explore and safe paddling in the sea pool. Bude also has a big indoor pool. There is also a soft play centre with bowling in case the weather is not so good.

If you enjoy watersports there is a lot of choice within the area. Kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddle boarding are available on the canal, the sea pool and nearby Tamar Lakes as well as the sea. There are some good spots for surfing and body boarding along the coast, with Widemouth Bay just a few minutes away.

Private hot tub for Parsons cottage

Parsons cottage now has a private hot tub in the garden! Parsons is a modern, spacious cottage which sleeps 7 in comfortable accommodation. The cottage has an open plan living area with well-equipped kitchen, woodburner and dining area. There are two double bedrooms, one ensuite with a great view. There is also a twin room and a small single. Parsons has a private garden and the hot tub is a great addition. Ideal for an extended family or group of friends to get together and enjoy a relaxing break.

Parsons is fully booked for the main school holidays this summer but it is still available between 6 and 20 July and from 31 August. We also have some short breaks available before 6 July. Or perhaps try a winter break, maybe even over Christmas, when you can warm up in the hot tub and then relax in front of the woodburner.

Relax in the private hot tub in the garden at Parsons cottage.
Relax in the hot tub at Parsons cottage.

Spring breaks in Cornwall

Are you looking for Spring breaks in Cornwall with family or friends? We offer short breaks up until the end of June (except for Easter and May half term). Our lovely Farmhouse sleeps up to 11 in 5 bedrooms. It is available for Spring breaks over weekends in March and April (from £650 for 2 nights). We just have one weekend left in May (19th May, minimum 3 nights £880) and one in June (9th June, minimum 3 nights £880).  Even better our heated outdoor pool opens at the end of March for the Easter holidays!

We have had some lovely feedback from guests who stayed in the Farmhouse for February half-term. They also booked some outside catering from local chef Nicky Vereker, who delivers freshly prepared food to your cottage. Nicky’s food is really tasty.

“Just a quick note to thank you very much for our stay. The house was wonderful, a really good size for us all. The kids loved the games room and the hot tub.  What great facilities you have there. I only wish I’d found time to have a quick knock about on the tennis court but it was either the weather or we were exhausted from our walks.  Maybe next time.  Thanks also for the recommendation with Nicky, her food was really good and it was a lovely way to end our last night.”

 

Summer 2018

We are having such a wet January I am trying to cheer myself up by planning for Summer 2018, the pool and hopefully some better weather!

Hot tub with a view.

We will be opening our heated outdoor pool in a couple of months ready for the Easter holidays. The family cottages are booking up quickly for the summer holidays! Check availability at the end of this post.

Our pool looking inviting over Easter – wish the weather was always this predictable!

The pool is always popular with children and if it is sunny there is plenty of space to sit in the sun and relax. If not, well the hot tub is just next to the pool. There are lots of beaches to explore within a 10-20 minute drive. Widemouth and Black Rock beaches are a long stretch of sand about 10 minutes away.

A sunset at Widemouth.

These beaches are very popular with surfers.  In Bude, Summerleaze with the sea pool is great for families.

The beautiful Bude Sea Pool at Summerleaze beach.

Crooklets is a bit quieter and good for rock pooling. Further afield, Northcott Mouth and Sandymouth are both beautiful beaches to the north of Bude (about 15 – 20 minutes’ drive), with a mix of sand and rock pools as the tide goes out. If you would like something off the beaten track try Bossiney Haven at low tide. This is near Tintagel, about a 20 minute drive and a 15 minute walk down a steep rocky path.

Sometimes the sea is like this…

Or walk north from Crooklets in Bude at low tide towards Northcott Mouth, a long stretch of sandy beach. Just keep an eye on the tide!

The beach stretching from Crooklets to Northcott.

Summer 2018 availability

We still have lots of availability in early July. The week of 30 June is the last week left in our lovely Farmhouse (sleeps 11, £1840).

In the school holidays;

Week of 28 July; Manor cottage (sleeps6, £1530)

Week of 11 August; Pound cottage (sleeps 4, £1100)

Week of 18 August; Pound cottage (sleeps 4, £1100)

Week of 25 August; Manor cottage (sleeps6, £1530)

We have availability in our cottages for two throughout July and August.

 

Where to eat around Bude

We are often asked where to eat around Bude. Here are some of our favourites in the Bude area. Please tell us if you have any recommendations to add to our list.  We advise booking in advance in the school holidays.

Where to eat around Bude; evening meals

1. The Bullers Arms – Marhamchurch village pub.

The Bullers Arms has been very popular with our guests this summer. We have heard lots of good comments. Good value village pub. We are fans of their Sunday roasts! It is best to book in the school holidays.   The Bullers is a 10 minute walk down the lane. There are no street lights so you might want to take a torch if you are planning an evening meal.

2. Life’s a Beach

Life’s a Beach is a beach cafe by day and a great restaurant at night. It has great views overlooking Summerleaze beach. Some of the best food in Bude, especially if you like fish and seafood. The best burger in Bude according to my son (lunchtime menu only).

Summerleaze beach in Bude.

3. La Bouche Creole

La Bouche Creole serves New Orleans style food. A bit different. Spicy but not hot. Great fish, yummy puddings. The restuarant is in the Atlantic Hotel (the pink building) on Summerleaze Crescent.

4. The Beach at Bude

Good food in another great location overlooking Summerleaze beach. The Beach is a boutique hotel on Summerleaze Crescent. Great outside seating on a nice day and good cocktails.

5. The Weir

Just down the road, off the A39 opposite the turning for Marhamchurch. The Weir is a child-friendly cafe and restaurant with a play area. Open all day in the summer, including BBQ evenings.

6. Elements

Elements is an Italian restaurant in a hotel with great views overlooking Widemouth Bay.  Good food, including a children’s menu.

Widemouth Bay

 

7. La Bocca

La Bocca is a tiny pizzeria on the Strand, serving authentic Italian pizzas and a limited range of other food. They also deliver.

8.  Mumma Bears

Design your own burger at this burger bar in Bude. Good vegetarian options also available. Mumma Bears also serves breakfast.

Where to eat around Bude; snacks, lunches and cream teas

The Barge is a cafe on a barge moored on Bude canal. In the summer the Barge moves to the end of the canal, overlooking Summerleaze Beach. Open 9-5.

Cafe Bellini is a small Italian style cafe on Queen Street in Bude town centre. Cafe Bellini serves a good range of sandwiches, light meals and coffee.

Get Your Veg On serve really good vegetarian and vegan salads, wraps and toasties from a caravan in the car park by the Tourist Information Office. Seating is available by the canal.

Rosie’s Kitchen at Crooklets beach in Bude serves breakfasts, lunches and evening meals in the summer. Good icecream. Our kids like the milkshakes.

Visit Margaret’s Rustic Tea Gardens at Northcott Mouth for delicious cream teas. Margaret serves great cream teas and cakes, freshly made sandwiches and pasties from a caravan in a pretty garden at Northcott Mouth.

If you are looking for a good cocktail or a nice glass of wine try North Coast Wine in Bude. This is an independent wine merchant with a great bar and friendly staff. They also serve good coffee and soft drinks. Find them on facebook.

A couple of recommendations a bit further afield but definitely worth a visit.

The Rectory Tea Rooms in Morwenstow.  Delicious lunches and cakes in a beautiful old house. If you are celebrating something special their High Teas are amazing (must be booked in advance).

Cabin Cafe in Crackington Haven. Excellent cakes and cream teas at this friendly cafe overlooking the beach in beautiful Crackington Haven. They also do BBQs in the summer.