While sat at home in the garden enjoying the sun I decided to search for a last minute night away to make the most of the weather and I was lucky enough to find The Beach House Hotel at Widemouth Bay - I was first attracted by the price, then noticed the room option came with a balcony overlooking the beach and with breakfast included I thought bargain, then I immediately wondered what the catch was. A quick look at Tripadvisor showed some mixed reviews but it looked like it had potential so booked it there and then and so glad I did. The hotel is situated on the beach and yet only 5 minutes in the car from Bude town centre shops and banks. On arrival we were directed to a private car park to the rear or beach side of the hotel where the entrance and beer garden is. We were given a friendly welcome, an explanation that the hotel was a work in progress and an apology for the rooms being a bit dated but clean. We were shown to our room and as informed the décor was on the tired side but it was a quirky en-suite and the view from the balcony across the bay detracted from any interior.
We went back down to the beer garden and shared a topside of beef baguette which was absolutely delicious and washed it down with a pint of cider and a fruit based drink for the lady all of which cost less than a tenner. Whilst enjoying our drinks in the sun and the north coast breeze we had a look at the evening menu. The range of choice and pricing was very good so decided to book a table in the restaurant for the evening and were recommended a table to get the best view of the sunset (can't tell you which in case we are staying there again!!).
After an afternoon on the beach (there is a little beach café at the end of the hotel garden for ice cream and teas etc) we headed back for the evening meal. The bar and restaurant area is bright with good views of the bay. There are settees and bookcases in alcoves and a definite beach vibe with a hint of the east here and there, all adding to a lovely atmosphere. The staff were friendly, laid back, attentive and added to the enjoyment of the evening. The restaurant was full on the evening we were there and I can understand why, the food was fabulous, well cooked, well presented and delicious. To start we had Thai fish cakes and the smoked salmon and potted shrimp followed by cod and tiger prawns and a steak and cream green peppercorn sauce. The gourmet chips are the best I have tasted and if I could have managed another portion I would of, but I could not even manage the dessert, although tempted. We sat and finished our bottle of rose wine ( reasonably priced once again) and watched the most beautiful sunset. After a real good nights sleep (must be the sea air and not the alcohol) in a clean and comfy bed we enjoyed a really good full English (Cornish) breakfast with proper tea pots and a filter coffee cafetiere, again the staff, who are all family and friends, were so nice and could not do enough to ensure we had a good stay. We really enjoyed the Beach House and will return at some point,
I suppose the weather enhances any stay and the sunshine allowed us to enjoy all there was to offer during ours but I would say this work in progress is a labour of love and it was nice to share it, its a nice feeling. I hope they go from strength to strength and wish them all the luck for the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- North Cornwall's best kept secret in the making! Beach House is situated on the beach overlooking the stunning Widemouth bay with 1.5 miles of golden sand. With private beach access & sea view balconies, the up and coming venue offers one of the best locations in the area for a relaxing or high energy adventure beach holiday. Already gaining rave reviews, our newly renovated panoramic bar, restaurant combines classic French cooking with global flavours to create a modern contemporary menu. Enjoy delicious delectables, gin sangria on our beach jetty & sleep with the sounds of the sea. Now under new management, & work in progress watch this once 60s holiday destination turn into one of the best venues on the North coast. 1st class food, unbeatable location & affordable budget accommodation with the best balconies and prices in town! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beach House B&B Widemouth Bay, Cornwall