Whether you are a solo traveler, a couple, or a small group the Bude Guest House, Sunrise is the perfect base for your short break away.
Here we will provide you with just a few of the many things to do in and around the Bude area including. Walking, surfing, golfing and site seeing.
The Bude Guest House Sunrise is situated only 200 metres from the south west coastal path and therefore offers the opportunity to walk both north and south using us as your base. Many other walks within the Bude area are available for all levels of fitness and ability.
The following are not necessarily in any particular order but they are places that we have eaten in and enjoyed, you may like to consider them. All are within walking distance from the Bude Guest House unless we have said otherwise
The Brendon Arms – down by the canal. Pub food in the bar or same menu in the restaurant side. Lovely pub garden when the sun is shining 01288 354542
The Falcon Inn – next door to The Brendon. Looks posh but you don’t need to dress up to go in. Bar food and restaurant. Again nice to eat outside when the sun is shining. 01288 352005
Bude Tandoori– there are 3 Indian restaurants in town. We think this is the best by a long way. Turn right when leaving Sunrise 100 yards on your right. 01288 359994
Olive Tree – Coffee house – Bistro – situated on the wharf at Bude provides refreshing lunches & light snacks throughout the day and delicious evening dishes from the bistro. 01288 359577
Tiandi – Chinese/Thai restaurant on The Strand. We love this one but you would be wise to book. They do take away as well with a 30% reduction on the price. They offer a good value lunch menu. 01288 359686
Bencoolen Pub, at the end of the strand by the mini round about, good food in both the bar and restaurant. Possibly the best steaks in Bude.
Elements – another special occasion one. Lovely food, beautifully presented. On the Widemouth Bay road you will need the car or a taxi 01288 352356
Bay View Inn – Widemouth Bay – modern menu in contemporary beach style surroundings. Again you will need transport 01288 361273
Life’s a Beach – overlooking Summerleaze Beach. Bistro/coffee menu during the day and extensive fish menu in the evening. Very popular 01288 355222
The Tree – Stratton – walkable but generally you will want to use the car. Real olde worlde pub. Lovely food. Very good traditional Sunday lunch. We would advise booking 01288 352038
The Castle Restaurant – The Castle Restaurant opened its doors on the 18th October 2007. Run by Chef Kit Davis, and his wife Katie, the restaurant offers a informal atmosphere in which to relax and enjoy beautifully prepared food, and an excellent wine list. 01288 350543
River Life and The Bank – opened in 2011 and found down by the rugby club this restaurant or Tapas bar offer good food and value 01288 355994
John & Shirley’s recommended places to visit
Boscastle Spectacularly flooded in 2004 Boscastle is a small character village 14 miles south of Bude. With a harbour, cliff walks and numerous eating places it is a pleasant way to while away a couple of hours. Get there early! Worth going at least once
Crackington Haven A small beach, sandy when the tide is out with cliff walks, 2 cafés and a pub to refresh yourself and that is about it!
Clovelly A privately owned village since 1738 set into a steep hillside. The street is called Downalong going down an Upalong going up!! A single cobbled high street with 16th century cottages leads down to the quay still used by local fishermen. The visitor centre provides plenty of parking but does charge to go into the village. Worth seeing if you have never been.
Barnstaple A market town 35 miles north of Bude. A traditional pannier market runs 6 days of the week. Many well-known high street shops. A nice river walk in Barnstaple Park “Ladies Mile.”
Hartland point The 3 mile walk from Hartland Quay to Hartland Point with views over to Lundy Island is a must for energetic visitors. Rugged coastline and majestic seas. The Harland Hotel does cream teas which you can eat looking overlooking the small quay if that is more your style
Padstow A working harbour and tourist town Padstow is a delightful place to spend the day. Home of Rick Stein enterprises and often referred to disparagingly by locals as Padstein!! Consider parking in Rock and taking the ferry across the estuary for a different way in otherwise follow the parking signs.
Port Isaac The location for Doc Martin, known in the series as Port Wenn. Park on the beach and explore this lovely little village on foot. Delightful.
Tintagel & it’s Castle supposedly the birthplace of King Arthur with Merlin’s cave below. A steep climb. The cliffs at Tintagel lie at the heart of a site of Special Scientific Interest. Several eating places and pubs. The Great Hall and The Old Post Office are worth seeing. Lovely cliff walk on part of the South West Coast Path
Tamar Lakes as the name suggests comprises of two lakes the “upper” and “lower”. Both lakes are signed from the A39 in Kilkhampton. Miles of footpaths and walks leading onto the Bude Aquaduct, coarse angling, bird hides, water sports, a tea room and a children’s play area. Dogs on leads are welcome
Llanhydrock House Beyond Bodmin this is a Victorian House now owned by The National Trust. Not just the posh parts but also the servants side. A very firm favourite.
Docton Mill Gardens Gold medal award winning gardens, well worth seeing. Really helpful and knowledgeable staff
Lost Gardens of Heligan near St Austell 1.5 hours away. Allow a day. Dogs allowed November – February. Tearooms
Eden Project A theatre of plants in gardens and biomes. An exhausted, worked out China Clay pit turned into a stunning world for young and old alike. Dogs not allowed
RHS Rosemoor Great Torrington, Devon. 65 acres of gardens designed for all year round interest. Restaurant, shop and tea room
Atlantic Village near Bideford. A small outlet shopping centre with a sea/sailing theme. Ideal if you like shopping. Asda is next door. Kids play area
Golf Courses There are a number of great golf courses around Bude, making it an ideal destination for those looking for a sports holiday, read our golfing & accommodation page for more information.
To book at the Bude Guest House Sunrise please call us on 01288 353214