Seaside Faves

With a Cornish twist

The Bay View Inn restaurant is one of the biggest and busiest in North Cornwall for a good reason: not only do we offer one of the finest sea views anywhere in the world, but our relentlessly creative kitchen have established a world-wide reputation for transforming the finest local ingredients into scene-stealing dishes all of their own.

And we’re a big place. Big on fresh, local Cornish ingredients. Big on smell-the-sea al fresco fun. We love big dogs. Big kids love our big pirate ship. Our walls big up Cornish art. Our bar is tiny, but it’s also really big on gin. We think big. Dream big. Love big. Need a big hug? You got it ya big lump.

As one of North Cornwall’s biggest hospitality venues, we offer various places for drinkers and diners alike to enjoy. But as each dining area has its own unique atmosphere, décor and vibe, to help you find the perfect spot for your big Bay View experience, here’s our not-so-big guide.

A few caveats: booking is beyond essential in the summer…

OFFSHORE GALLERY RESTAURANT: WHERE ART MEETS SEA

Open plan. Crisp white walls. Floor-to-ceiling glass. Lights spreading like octopus tentacles. Designer sofas for relaxed contemplation – and perhaps a little afternoon tea. Sleek hardwood tables for animated debate between gourmet burgers. Discreet nooks with USB charging points to unshackle the imagination. Slip out onto the terrace and gaze across the mast of our pirate ship with a glass of fizz.

Sun. Sea. Music. Art. Offshore is a light-drenched hybrid, part art gallery part restaurant.

In 2021, Offshore proudly showcases an array of local painters, sculptors, designers, writers and musicians, with regular events designed to educate and inspire art lovers young and old alike.

Oh, if this is your kind of contemporary art-meets-sea restaurant, you can also book it for that magical event you’ve got in mind.

THE CONSERVATORY: FOR REFINED COSINESS

If Offshore is the starry-eyed new kid on the block, The Conservatory was the first extension to be added long before customers – and art lovers – sailed on by and it was just that: a cosy family conservatory. Running along the sea-facing front of the building, The Conservatory affords a sun-lit, plant-filled, intimate spot that’s also great for people watching in the summer.

Beloved by older locals who adore its beatific simplicity, The Conservatory is also great for young couples seeking hand-holding, eyes-locked privacy and also has a secluded family table that is perfect for close-knit birthday celebrations.

DRIFTWOOD: FUN-FILLED CARTOON CHARM

Driftwood affords soul-purring sunset views and is immensely popular with young families getting together after a long day surfing and rock-pooling on the nearby Blue Flag beach. Open-plan, wood-floored, with innovative real wool sound clouds on the ceiling, and packed full of charming and often hilarious cartoon art by local Devonshire artist Simon Clarke, this is a formal but also decidedly fun restaurant space.

SURF BAR: IN THE HEART OF THE ACTION

50+ world-famous gins, Rockstar rums, award-winning single malts, Cornish ales, exotic lagers, newly refurbished with wood-panelled walls featuring stunning Cornish art, Surf Bar is a laid-back but also bustling spot to share a post cliff walk sundowner or two – yes, you may have a hot chocolate with whipped cream and plump marshmallows if you’re traipsing back to Bude. Just one…

Given its size, all dining spaces – including slate topped side tables – are available on a first come first served basis, but off season you can book the main tables here; table 8, opposite the bar, is ideal for a family of 4 with snoring room for dogs too.

Find out more about our Surf Bar.

THE TERRACE: LAID-BACK AL FRESCO HEAVEN

As we said, The Bay View is a big place. Our pirate ship has a range of comfy outdoor seating and the main terrace with its recycled furniture is immensely popular with young or old – especially with the chance of a characteristically stellar Bay View sunset.

Please note that we do not allow you to book outside tables – first come first served only.

 

The Bay View