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Dining out in Bude

Bude Canal

It’s not all about the beaches. Though Bude is home an array of stunning sandy stretches that’ll spellbind your senses, it also promises to sate your appetite with a top-notch tally of restaurants.

From world flavours to fresh, locally sourced dishes, Bude offers taste in abundance. Expect everything from pan-Asian cuisine to Cornish classics served in some truly memorable locations – so whether you fancy a takeaway at your favourite picnic spot or dining under the stars overlooking the ocean, Bude has every eating situation covered in inimitable style.

Here’s the lowdown on some of the town’s top restaurants…

For seaside spoils…

Life’s a Beach

Lifes A Beach

Affording stunning vistas of Summerleaze Beach, the beachside restaurant is a wonderfully eponymous experience. Presenting a creative menu using delicious local produce, it offers the discerning diner a rare mix of spectacular setting and lip-smacking food – making it one of Bude’s culinary places to be.

Lifes A Beach

Seafood is a speciality, which – combined with the chefs’ passion for cooking – results in the mouth-watering likes of crab and smoked haddock soufflé served molten in a shellfish bisque, and seared scallops with squash velouté, local black pudding and burnt apple – and that’s just for starters!

Tuck into whole salt baked bream, Tiger prawn and spiced monkfish curry or, for meat eaters – local venison or Warren’s Butchers steak; while vegetarians will find something scrumptious such as butternut squash tortellini to suit.

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For global flavours…

The Bank

The Bank

Bude’s resident tapas bar is set in a sublime spot near the River Neet, combining specially imported Spanish ingredients with Cornish produce for a fabulous fusion of foods.

The Bank

Pick tapas from the field such as queso fundido con chorizo: sautéed chorizo with local Cornish cheese topping; tapas from the sea like tempura gambas: king prawns in batter with aioli; tapas from the vegetarian garden including garbanzos con cebolla: chickpeas with onion and peppers – along with a smattering of salads, potato dishes, breads, paellas, mains and even a grill menu.

Select a sweet something such as lemon citrus tart served with Cornish clotted cream or baked Cornish cheesecake for a fantastic finish.

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For something deliciously different…

La Bouche Creole

Translated as ‘the Creole mouth’, La Bouche Creole’s New Orleans-inspired menu features flavours from Africa, France and Spain that are guaranteed to tantalise taste buds and fill bellies with a truly unforgettable feed.

La Bouche

Start with the Creole seafood gumbo, Cornish fish goujons or crispy fried chicken salad before you move on to mains of Creole spiced Cornish hake, chicken and Andouille jambalaya or ‘Pork Orleans’: Creole spiced and slow cooked in Cornish cider.

For the full food coma experience, opt for the homemade pecan pie, Mississippi mud pie or white chocolate bread pudding for a truly to-die-for dessert.

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For alfresco on-the-canal dining…

Olive Tree Coffee House & Bistro


Sample some of the best Bude- and Cornish sourced produce with an eclectic mix of menus, whether you fancy a coffee, lunch or spot of dining outdoors accompanied by super scenic views of Bude Canal.

Serving sumptuous mains such as Wicketts Farm chicken, king prawn and scallop risotto, Cornish ribeye steak and golden-glazed carrot tart, along with a selection of sweets like sticky rum and date pud, chocolate fondant, and caramel and hazelnut tart – the Olive Tree promises a gorgeous local gastronomy amongst ambient surrounds.

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Also try:


Tommy Jacks

The Deck

Elements Café Bar and Restaurant

The Tree Inn

The Bay View Inn


The Weir

La Bocca Pizza Kitchen

The Shack


The Preston Gate Inn

Rosie’s Kitchen

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