LUNCH AT THE BEACH AT BUDE
We visited Bude on one of the coldest days of the winter, and there was a ski resort atmosphere outside – the hotel’s deck was packed with walkers, enjoying hot drinks in the sunshine, albeit togged up in many layers as it was only two degrees.
We, however, made a beeline for the gorgeous hotel restaurant and, as expected, the menu was tantalisingly good. I could have happily eaten anything from it.
My friend chose the haddock fishcakes to start. The two crisp breadcrumb-coated patties were declared “very tasty” and were packed with a generous amount of well-seasoned fish. The perfectly poached egg was a delight, with an oozing yolk to dip the fishcakes into. These all sat upon a drizzle of salsa verde, adding a bit of zing to the dish, and sweetness came from the pea shoots.
My starter was wafer thin slices of melt-in-the-mouth venison carpaccio. The combination of venison, hazelnuts, parmesan, watercress and truffle oil was sublime – you had to have a little bit of everything in each mouthful – just delicious.
I’m allergic to mussels so couldn’t taste my friend’s hake dish. The generous portion of hake was succulent, with crispy skin, and served on braised leeks, celery and kale, with a light creamy mussel chowder.
My main dish was a work of art. I chose blue cheese and herb gnocchi, which were savoury and moreish, really flavoursome and ideal for a cold day. The gnocchi were accompanied by roast cauliflower, thin slices of pickled fennel, pine nuts, and winter salad leaves.
My pudding was amazing. The passionfruit panna cotta was so zingy and refreshing, yet creamy, and passed the wobble test. It was served with plenty of passionfruit seeds and a passionfruit dressing, chunks of super sweet caramelised pineapple, toasted coconut, and a scoop of coconut ice cream.
Our whole lunch was delicious, service was friendly and efficient, and the restaurant was warm and comfortable.
The set menu is available every day in the restaurant in addition to the usual menu, and it is very reasonably priced, with two courses for £12.50, or three for £15. Highly recommended.
Disclaimer: The Beach at Bude kindly paid for our drinks, and we paid for our food. Thank you to Will, Susie and the team for looking after us so well.
Photography credit: All pictures by Ellie Michell.