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.

WHO WE ARE

The Bay View Inn is a freehold, family-run place owned by Lindsay and Graham Soulsby and Stuart Shaw. The Bay View was the first place in Cornwall we frequented many years ago and became our ‘local’ for over a decade as we explored Cornwall on our holidays.

Naturally, we never thought we’d own it. At the end of each holiday, we just daydreamed about moving down here finding a job and making this our local all year round.

Funny how things work out.

So what have we done since we took over a few years ago? Actually, a lot, especially as the pandemic gave us time to tinker.

Here are some highlights:

NEW BAR, NEW ART, LOADS OF GIN

Year one, time to revamp the bar. And after talking with customers and working with local trades people, we went with wood-panelled walls featuring surfer-themed Cornish art, with intimate dining areas marked by comfy furniture and slate topped side tables.

We also threw out Gordon’s and went to town making our little bar punch well above its weight when it came to premium gins like Hernö Old Tom and Ki Noh Bi “11th edition”. If gin is your thing, you’re in for a treat.

NEW PLAY AREA, THE JOLLY VIEW

The Bay View is one of the most family-friendly places on earth. That’s why we fell in love with it. So our next mission was to create the most child friendly play area we could and our pirate ship set sail in 2019. Christened The Jolly View by a local boy, it’s not been so jolly during the pandemic, but we hope to raise the flag again soon.

NEW MENU, BANANA BLOSSOM FISH & CHIPS

Whilst retaining classic signature dishes like our legendary fish pie and Fowey mussels, every new menu (Spring/Summer or Autumn/Winter) we’ve introduced has followed 2 clear targets:, let’s add more local produce and more healthy, veggie and GF options.

Naturally, that’s entailed serious investment in the kitchen (chillers, gluten-free friers etc), and resulted in a few raised eyebrows – yes, banana blossom is the best natural way of making vegan fish and chips taste like, well, fish and chips – but tastes change and we’re determined to change with them.

NEW ENTRANCE, DISABLED ACCESS

The Bay View is famous for having a warm friendly greeting waiting behind a front door that is closed for 9 months of the year owing to the wind: the only way in becoming a lengthy – typically wet – trudge to the Windy Way entrance behind the bar.

So it was a no brainer to build a new main entrance by the car park. And while we’re at it finally add a disabled ramp. We’ve also constructed spacious new toilets at the main entrance with baby changing facilities too.

NEW RESTAURANT, GALLERY, ARTS HUB

Just before we took over, a flagship new restaurant with a retractable roof disappeared with Dorothy in a storm. Bad news…. actually no. Having to fill the void helped us to solve the Windy Way, toilets and disabled access problems just outlined – it also enabled us to create a new, show-piece contemporary restaurant.

But then we had another thought: as we’d already begun to support and showcase local Cornish artists in our Surf Bar, why not use this new space as a gallery/restaurant hybrid? Why not make this a place where artists could connect and inspire too? The Offshore Restaurant and Gallery was born.

NEW ROOMS, NEW LOOKS

We’ve stayed here. The rooms aren’t huge: this was an old family home. But the location is perfection with the Blue Flag beach and South West Coast Path. The balcony sea views (unfortunately only available for 2 of our 6 rooms) are spectacular too.

And owing to the pandemic, we’ve had time to refurbish every room. New beds. New wall paper and furnishings. New flat screen TVs and improved Wi-Fi (which means it is now reliable).

NEW SUSTAINABILITY

We believe in a Greener View too. As well as the biomass boiler and solar panels that 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 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.

GET OUR POV

So that’s us and some of what we’ve been up to. If you haven’t been with us before, fret not, we’re not hard to find. Our address is The Bay View Inn, Marine Drive, Widemouth Bay, EX23 0AW. We are less than a 2-minute drive from the centre of Bude; 30 minutes from Tintagel, known for its medieval castle; the market town of Holsworthy lies 13 miles east, with Dartmoor National Park around 45 minutes’ drive away.

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