The best places to eat and drink in Bude

1st February 2022

Made up of rugged coastline, salty sea air and panoramic scenery, Bude is an underrated gem on the North Cornish coast. Yet beyond its sandy shores lies a colourful seaside town, harnessing its own unique culture and atmosphere with a range of highly esteemed places to grab a bite or enjoy a sundowner after a day on the beach. We have come up with a list of our top places to eat and drink in Bude, ready for you to tuck in during your stay.


Temple sits in the heart of Bude and merges fine dining with a fresh, simple outlook which focusses on the idea of healing. Using local, seasonal ingredients, their food mirrors the simple joy of living harmoniously within beautiful surroundings, with the aim to heal the landscape we live in. Here you will find perfectly portioned dishes of braised fennel, BBQ’d mushrooms, daily fresh fish and porchetta with courgettes and picked shallots. For unique, nourishing cuisine, look no further than this roof terrace restaurant.

The Bank at Bude Tapas bar

Set alongside the peaceful ripples of the River Neet, The Bank is Bude’s resident tapas bar, serving an array of authentic small plates designed to be shared with friends. Tapas is inspired by interaction, conversation and sharing, and the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere of the restaurant mirrors this. Situated just a short walk from the main stretch of town and beaches, the serene riverside location sets the tone for an inviting evening of good company and delicious food.

The Deck

The essence of The Deck is based on the relationship between food and travel, combining the best flavours from around the world to create mouth watering dishes. Situated just minutes from Summerleaze beach, their menu is inspired by street traders in Asia, seafood from Europe and chargrilled flare from down under, and contains a selection of skewers, fresh fish and grilled goodness, all served in laid back, beachside interiors. Described by the team as ‘flip flop dining’, head straight from the beach to this eatery for dinner, seaside style.

2 Belle Vue Avenue

This small, relaxed and friendly bistro is hidden in the heart of Bude, offering a variety of mezze, antipasti and tapas dishes from its local produce and Mediterranean inspired menu. Start with butternut arancini or crispy croquettes before tucking into pan seared seabass, washed down with a glass of chilled wine.

The Olive Tree 

Enjoy alfresco dining and delicious flavours at The Olive Tree, a bistro in Bude’s town centre. With a colourful menu, plenty of vegetarian and vegan options and a preference for fresh, local produce, this is a perfect spot for a lazy lunch after a morning spent in the surf.

Starboard Bistro and Rosie’s Kitchen

Take your pick of two mouth-watering restaurants in one spectacular location. Refuel after a day of watersports at these two outlets situated beside Crooklet’s beach. Starboard Bistro, Bude’s first wood fired bistro, is your go-to for sizzling pizzas fresh from the Eucalyptus wood fired oven. Or head to Rosie’s Kitchen by the beach, for a quick ice cream or refreshing beer.

The Beach at Bude Hotel bar and Elements Restaurant

The Beach at Bude is your go to spot for sundowners the colour of the evening sky. Feel the aura of sophistication at this chic seafront cocktail bar which overlooks Summerleaze beach. Part of The Beach at Bude hotel, this spot is perfect for an evening of winding down after a day in the sun. The laid-back interiors, decadent drinks and bar nibbles all make the visit worthwhile.

The hotel is now also home to Elements Restaurant, serving up an Italian-inspired menu adorned with local seafood and sharing platters.