About Us

The Bay View Inn is an award-winning hotel, bar and restaurant overlooking the Blue Flag beach of Widemouth Bay in North Cornwall.

We love seaside faves with a Cornish twist

Every restaurant worth its salt has its share of signature dishes, dishes that bring people back year on year, and The Bay View is rightly famous for our Homemade Fish Pie, enormous racks of Cornish Bacon Ribs, Fowey mussels, spicy Monkfish Curry, Laksa Soup and our range of stack burgers named after classic surfing moves.

But although you can always expect fresh seafood and locally-sourced meat, with daily changing specials, over 40% of our menu is now dedicated to vegetarian, vegan and gluten free dishes, including things like our Grilled Halloumi & Sweet Potato Falafel Wrap, Woodland Mushroom Lasagne and Penang Curry.

Our kids menu is a similar mix of traditional dishes with tasty vegetarian, vegan and GF options, plus of course we’ve got a range of homemade desserts for everyone to indulge in.

Food is served every day from 12-9 pm and you can eat in or takeaway. Naturally, the best way of enjoying our amazing food is al fresco as the sun sets over Widemouth Bay.

Naturally, we have some of finest Cornish sunsets in the word too:

We love the world’s finest gin

Our Surf Bar is ickle. And to say it has to service an array of restaurants and outside dining areas that can feed 700 people a day in summer means that it has to regularly punch above its weight.

So in early 2018 we made a decision: to make the bar a proper bar for locals off season, and to make our bar a destination in its own right. And to do that, we needed to sell one thing better than anyone around – we chose gin.

But as our bar is small, we couldn’t compete on numbers. So we decided to showcase local Cornish gins: our house gin is Tarquin’s, not Gordons.

We decided to guarantee that anyone who made a gin pilgrimage here could always find the best gins in the world on our shelves: currently these include Dingle Original (World’s Best Gin 2019); Hernö Old Tom (World’s Best 2017-2018); Makar Cherry (World’s Best Flavoured Gin 2019); and Masons Yorkshire Tea Edition (Best UK Contemporary Gin 2019).

Dingle Original Gin

As a restaurant, we also decided to focus on flavoured gins, so you can find gins that taste like childhood sweets like Persian Blue Marshmallow Gin alongside gins that taste like your favourite pudding like Solway Rhubarb Crumble. We also stock all the fruity gins you can think of.

In case you’re not a gin nut, don’t fret. We have great ales and beers, including Kona Big Wave, plus we’ve got the world’s best vodka, The Lakes, the best UK single malt in 2019, Cotswolds Founder’s Choice, plus a very rare and very amazing Irish single malt by That Boutique-y Whisky Company.

We’re lucky too, getting the odd famous actor (usually post production) dropping in to say hi. This is us (before the bar was revamped) with the very gracious Daniel Mays and family.

We love cosy rooms with stellar sea views

We offer 6 rooms to suit families looking to explore the beach, couples wanting a romantic weekend break, or solo travellers doing the tour. With wet rooms, Wi-Fi, and stunning balcony views of surfers taming the wild Atlantic, you’ll never want to leave.

We love kids – and kids love The Jolly View

Our new pirate ship – named by local boy Logan Honey The Jolly View – offers a safe and fun place for kids aged 2-8 to play while, let’s face it, parents sneak in another drink while the sun sets.

We love unmissable events all year round

We host regular events, including firework displays, shanty singers, live bands, and fancy dress nights too – our Mad Hatter’s Gin Party last New Year’s Eve was hosted by the wonderful Pocketwatch Theatre company.

We always like to help raise money for local charities, and in 2018 alone raised over £1,500 for Talan’s Trust.

Check out our website for more information – or call us on 01288 361273 and put your next big date in our diary.

And we love this place as it is

We believe in a Greener View too. As well as the biomass boiler and solar panels that help to keep customers and hotel guests warm, we urge everyone not to waste water and to dispose of sanitary products the right way.

We recycle all our food waste and our outdoor rainbow coloured benches – and our ‘wood’ decking – are actually made from recycled plastic bags.

We also offer biodegradable straws and biodegradable packaging for all food or drinks consumed outside or taken away.

When we do get a spare minute, we also like to go out beach cleaning and fully support the work of the Widemouth Bay Task Force.

The Bay View Inn is a family-run place and the owners – Lindsay, Graham and Stuart – are always working hands on with the wonderful team here so please say hi when you drop by.

We love this place. We hope you will too.