Eating out in Bude – restaurants and cafes summer 2021

Hoorah! As of 17 May there is no need to huddle under a blanket in the garden. Restaurants, pubs and cafes will be able to open in doors in line with social distancing restrictions. Here are our suggestions for eating out in Bude and the local area in spring/summer 2021. We always recommend booking in advance, especially with social distancing restrictions in place.

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 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 on facebook. 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. Cafe open Tuesday to Sunday, restaurant Tuesday to Saturday, cocktail bar Tuesday 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.

Preston Gate Inn, Poughill. Heading out of Bude, in the village of Poughill, the Preston Gate is popular with locals.

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 . 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 (head north along 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.

Elements Hotel at Widemouth Bay has a restaurant with great views, open for food 12-8pm every day.

Further afield…

A couple of recommendations a bit further afield.

Rectory Tea Rooms at Morwenstow. Lovely lunches and cakes. Take a walk to Hawkers Hut and explore the church while you are there.

The Mill House Inn at Trebarwith Strand. Good food, Sunday lunches, great beach just down the road (don’t go when the tide is in as the beach disappears).

Where to eat out in Bude

A few suggestions for where to eat out in Bude at the moment.

Bude’s restaurants and cafes are starting to open up their outside seating areas, before indoor dining hopefully resumes again on 17 May (fingers crossed). Not all of our favourites have outside seating but some are offering takeouts instead.

Cafes

  1. Electric Bakery, open Wednesday-Sundays 9am-2pm. The Electric Bakery sells great bread and cakes. They also offer a small range of sandwiches, pasties and soup at lunchtime and a Saturday lunch special (booking in advance recommended). At the bottom of Kings Hill in Bude. Check out their website or updates on Instagram.
  2. Temple, on Granville Terrace just behind the TSB bank up from the road leading to Summerleaze car park. No outside dining sadly, but Temple are offering a range of take out deli style sandwiches and salads at lunchtime. Find out more on their Instagram page (templebude).
  3. The Barge. a cafe on a boat moored along the Wharf in Bude. Open every day till 5pm for coffee, drinks, cakes.
  4. Olive Tree Bude, on the wharf. Now open till 10-4 every day and in the evenings on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for dinner. No reservations. Find them on facebook.
  5. Rustic Tea Garden, Northcott Mouth. A great stop for a cream tea after a walk along the coastal path from Bude. Closed on Mondays. Check them out on facebook
  6. Rosie’s on Crooklets Beach is a beach cafe selling food and ice cream during the day and a bistro/pizzeria Friday and Saturday evenings. Covered patio area.
  7. Life’s a Beach on Summerleaze, currently open for breakfast and lunch. See more on facebook.
  8. The Weir Bistro, just outside the village on the A39. Lots of outside seating. Open 9-5 Monday to Wednesday and till 8pm Thursday-Sunday.

Pubs and restaurants

  1. Elements at Widemouth Bay, open every day 12-8pm. Booking advisable. Find their contact details on facebook.
  2. Falcon Hotel Bude, just off the canal. Open for drinks and dining.
  3. The Brendon Arms, Bude. Just nextdoor to the Falcon. Find them on facebook
  4. The Preston Gate, Poughill. A bit further afield, just outside Bude. Popular village pub with outside tables for drinks and food and takeaway options available as well.
  5. Widemouth Manor, at the south end of Widemouth Bay, on the top of the hill. Open for food and drink, with lots of outside tables.
  6. Last but definitely not least, the Bullers Arms in Marhamchurch is open. They are not currently serving food and outside seating is limited. Stop to enjoy a drink or you are welcome to eat a takeaway meal there too – there is the fish and chip van in the village on Friday afternoons (till around 6) or there is a mobile chef serving curries at the pub on Wednesdays

Take out pizza and fish and chips

  1. Alex’s Wood-fired pizza has a mobile pizza van which comes to Stratton, just down the road, on a Tuesday. See their facebook page for details.
  2. La Bocca pizzeria in Bude is open every day and delivers too.
  3. For fish and chip shops in Bude try the Mermaid or The Plaice on Queen Street.
  4. On Friday evenings Catch a Snack, a fish and chip van, comes to the village, just opposite the shop, 4.45-6pm. Cash only. Very popular, so you might have to wait. Or place your order and pop over to the shop or the pub to get a drink while you wait.

Self catering holidays in 2022

We are now taking bookings for self catering holidays in 2022. The school holidays are filling up quickly, so we recommend booking early if you would like to stay with us. Our comfortable cottages sleep between 2 and 11. We have a heated outdoor pool (Easter-end September), hot tub, tennis court and children’s play area. Hilton Farm Holidays is in a a peaceful spot with great views across the countryside to the coast. We are just a short drive from Bude and Widemouth Bay. With easy access to the A39, we are a great base for exploring North Cornwall and North Devon.

Hot tub and swimming pool
The swimming pool and shared hot tub

The Farmhouse

Take a look at our beautiful Cornish Farmhouse if you are planning a break with family or friends. The Farmhouse sleeps up to 11 in 5 bedrooms. With lots of living space and a private garden, it is ideal for getting together in a group.

Our largest self catering cottage, the Farmhouse
The Farmhouse in Spring. This is our largest self catering cottage sleeping 11.

Family cottages

Parsons cottage, with a private hot tub in the garden is perfect for a relaxing break. Parsons is a spacious, modern cottage which sleeps up to 7. Or try Manor cottage which sleeps 6 and has great views from the open plan living area upstairs. Larger groups sometimes book both cottages, as they are next door and have space indoors for groups to get together.

For smaller family groups or couples, Pound cottage is popular. It is all on one level, so it is ideal for families with small children. Or try one of our family barn conversion cottages, Badger, Swallow’s Nest and Primrose.

Three of our self catering cottages in a barn conversion
Badger, Primrose and Swallow’s Nest cottages, a barn conversion with a balcony overlooking the pool.

Cottages for couples

For couples planning a relaxing break, take a look at our small cottages for two, each with a double bedroom. Backing onto our fields, Nook, Stable and Pear Tree offer a quiet a peaceful base for a holiday for two.

Northcott Mouth Beach, one of a choice of beaches in the Bude area. This one is usually quiet and is dog friendly all year round.