A few weeks ago, sitting around on a Friday night, we spontaneously decided to head to the Cornish Coast the next morning. This is a 4 hour drive from us, so would be an early wake up call.

After doing some quick Google searches, we decided on Bude. The weather everywhere was meant to be hot, really hot, so we headed down in our summer gear, no backup.

Within 5 minutes of arriving, we were buying new jackets!

But this did not put us off what a beautiful town Bude is. It may have been a quick stop, but it made us want more. So when we got home, we booked a weekend away.

Fast forward 4 weeks and we are ready to head back to Bude once again.

Driving down early Sunday morning, the traffic was easy and we got there in good time. Bude is a small beach town on the Cornish Coast, it reminds me of Whangamata back in the day. A main street full of boutique one-off stores. Although there is a Boots, there are very few other large chains here, at least in the town center. I love towns like this, it is a refreshing change to seeing the same old high street over and over again.

We meandered down the main street and around the block, browsing in surf shops, second hand stores, and boutique handcraft and accessory stores, before heading down to Summerleaze Beach. We approached from the head of the town, over the grass plain to get views of the ocean, surfers and cliffs opposite. The tide was out which made for great images of ‘stranded’ boats beached on the sand, and the wet sand glistening in the sun.

Surfers were out in force, yet there were no waves, so it was a sea of boards bobbing in the light swell.

There are rows of colourful beach huts available for hire, in a perfect location for the Sea Pool situated slightly below. The Sea Pool was formed in the 1930’s to provide a safe swimming space, while still swimming ‘in the sea’. It is open year round at no charge for locals and visitors alike.


After exploring every inch of the town and beach, we retreated to the hotel to check in and get ready for dinner. I had booked us into An Mor (Cornish for The Sea), one of 3 sister hotels in the area, the other 2 being Tommy Jacks & Hebasca. As it was Sunday, it was not so busy, and we were upgraded to a larger room with a view. The hotel is an eclectic mix of design. Large portraits line the walls, and in the foyer is a motorbike inside a glass cabinet and a glass floor with a view into the cellar below. The lighting is dimmed and the colour scheme bold. The room itself had all the amenities you would expect from a hotel, with the addition of a giant beanbag, which came in very handy for some late night blogging! The stand out feature for me was the bed. I am very fussy when it comes to booking hotels, and I base almost everything on the bed with the bathroom a close second. I like a large bed, and that is exactly what An Mor had. All rooms have a king size bed. It had a pillow top mattress and good pillows which added to the excellent night sleep I had. I have done a separate review incorporating the whole stay, which you can read here.

I had not booked for dinner, almost a huge mistake. I had seen photos and reviews for The Deck prior to coming down, and had already decided this is where we would eat. It was the highlight of our trip, absolutely fantastic, from phoning for a table to paying the bill, so good we even went twice! The Deck is in a fantastic location with views out to the ocean. We were seated in the conservatory area, so there was a nice breeze coming through to cool down the hot day. Their signature dish is hanging skewers, these are available in 4 different flavours, including a vegetarian option. As an added bonus, there is even a hanging skewer dessert…I will leave you to discover what that is in the review I wrote here!

Summerleaze Beach Bude

After dinner we enjoyed a leisurely stroll around the cliffs overlooking the ocean. By this time it was high tide which gave us an entirely different scene from earlier in the day. It was as if we had been transported out to sea. The boats were bobbing in the rolling water, you could still see the outline of the sea pool, but there would be no sun lounger action until the tide retreated again.

Bude is an inviting, unique and friendly coastal town, just waiting to host you on your next daytrip, weekend getaway or longer staycation.

After our relaxing short break, we checked out of An Mor and got back on the road, Boscastle was waiting…

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