Category: Reviews

The Deck – Bude

The Deck – Bude

Make sure you book in advance!

I knew I wanted to come here, even before we had booked our hotel. I had seen some traveller photos of the meals The Deck serves. Among these were their signature Hanging Skewers. I was sold.

I saw the pictures and I knew it was popular, yet somehow I didn’t think to book in advance. This is completely unlike me, as I tend to be over prepared if anything. At 4:30pm I phoned to book a table, yes for that night, stop laughing! There was some umming and ahhing, and checking through the bookings, but they came up with a table, if we could get there for 5, it was the only possibility.

Lucky for us we were only a 5 minute walk away, so up we jumped, quick hairbrush, and out the door.

The lady who greeted us was so welcoming, we were seated straight away, and the ordering process explained. It is an order at the bar restaurant, but luckily they provide each table with little notepads and pencils in the cutlery bucket, so you don’t forget what you are ordering. This could be a problem as there is so much you will want to try!

Menu options include hanging skewers, mussels, steak, ribs, burgers and fish. All can be ordered with a range of sides, from fries to mushrooms.

I opted for the Chicken & Chorizo Hanging Skewer with skinny fries and Scott chose the Catch & Chips. What a treat. The hanging skewer  comes with your choice of flavoured butter to brush on your skewer, I chose sweet chilli. The meal was like an experience of it’s own, and it was delicious to boot. Alternating chicken, chorizo & peppers, a vertical kebab, hanging above a small dish, all put together with fries on the side. The chicken was flavourful and juicy, combined with crispy edged chorizo slices, it worked perfectly. Scott enjoyed his fish, served with chunky fries. The batter was light and not greasy, and a bonus for him was the peas were not mushy!

Next decision to make was what to have for desert. Everything sounded amazing, churros, cheescake, brownie and ice cream. All were tempting, and I did almost go for the churros, but the star on the menu for me was the donuts. When I found out these were also served on a hanging skewer and consisted of filled donuts, iced donuts, sugar donuts, and a dipping sauce, there was no other choice. I was not disappointed. This was the best desert I have ever had, and it would be hard to beat. Scott is a cheesecake fanatic and opted for that, the flavour change daily. It was homemade and had a fantastic base with a creamy body.

We left with full, happy bellies.

The next day we were due to head home, but ended up still in the area at dinner time. We tried our luck and were able to get fitted into a table. It was a chance to try something else off the menu. This time I opted for  Steak Burger and Scott went for the Rack of Ribs. He had seen a fellow diner get this the night before, and had food envy, now he gets to try it himself. It was huge. An enormous rack of ribs sat on a bed of chunky fries. I wondered if he could finish it, I should never have doubted him. He was in his element. As he explained, ribs are a risky item to order, you never know what you will end up with.

There is no risk at The Deck, whether it is ribs or one of the other menu items. You know that whatever you order will be delicious and great value for money.

If you are going to be in Bude, give The Deck a call and book a table, you do not want to miss out on all they have to offer.

An Mor – Bude

An Mor – Bude

Located perfectly in the centre of town, with only a 5 minute walk to the beach and views out to the ocean, An Mor is Cornish for The Sea, and a fitting name for this hotel.

The design of the hotel is an quirky mix of iconic British images in bold colours. Doors disguised as phone boxes, Winston Churchill in the foyer, and Royal portraits in the restaurant.

The first thing you see is a motorcycle in a glass display box, separating the front desk from a lounge area. Old style leather chairs await you, and Winston Churchill has pride of place on the wall, right next to a vividly painted purple & yellow deer with real horns attached.

An Mor motorbike       An Mor Deer

Approaching the front desk, you reach part of the floor that has been replaced with glass, looking directly down into the cellar below. The front desk is designed with a black and white image of children appearing to be looking directly into the cellar, it is very well done.

To the left is the restaurant, where carousel horses are on display under the bar, alongside a feature wall of Royal portrait images from floor to ceiling.

An Mor Hallway

We were given a room on the first floor. Walking to the room, the lighting is a florescent blue in the hallway. All the room doors have a different image on the door, again something typically British. Our room had a football design. I didn’t notice this straight away, but the room also had an old fashioned maid call door lock. This was not used as the lock for the door, you did have a key for this, but you could turn the lock inside, and on the exterior of your door it would change to ‘Maid Requested’ or ‘Do Not Disturb’. I do not know if these were in use, or just for decoration, but they were cool nonetheless.

Do not disturb sign  Maid request sign

The room had a large king sized bed with a pillow top mattress, a ceiling fan, TV, coffee facilities, room safe and wardrobe and a giant Union Jack beanbag. There was an ensuite bathroom with shower over bath, large bath sheets and a range of toiletries.

The fan was welcome as the weather was very warm and it was the only way to cool down. The shower was a rainforest style showerhead and had good water pressure.

The selling point of the room was the bed. The pillowtop mattress made it so comfortable  and it was a good size. When I book hotels, I am pretty fussy about the bed size. If I am choosing between 2 hotels, I will always opt for the one that advertises the biggest bed. An Mor provided just this, and we were able to enjoy a relaxing sleep and wake feeling refreshed.

Breakfast is included with all room bookings. There is a continental selection available as a buffet, and you also get the choice of cooked options. I had the pancakes with bacon and maple syrup, and Scott had the full English. Both arrived quickly and were very good.

Unfortunately we were only here for one night, but next time we are back in Bude, and there will be a next time, we will come back to An Mor.