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Review: Life's a Beach, Bude.

I've been really lucky with restaurants recently, have had a couple of gorgeous meals out. We recently popped down to Life's a Beach in Bude with some friends that visited from Thailand. This is one of my favourite restaurants and it's right on the beach with fabulous views and even better food. You must eat the fish when you come here, it is their speciality and so fresh and there's lots of choice. The menu is varied and brave with punchy flavours and a great use of seasonal ingredients. For a mid-priced restaurant the food and service are exceptional. It's popular and in the summer season, you won't get in with out making a booking a good few days in advance, but really, it's worth it.
In the day it's a cafe with an ice cream parlour, and you can sit out on the balcony looking over the sea while enjoying a cream tea. We went in the evening when from 7pm it becomes a classy seafood bistro.

We started with toasted ciabatta with olives, tapanade and a great olive oil and balsamic reduction whilst I enjoyed the house Sauvignon Blanc which was excellent, very dry and clean.

My main was a tiger prawn and spiced monkfish curry, with basmati, poppadoms, homemade raita and topped with crispy deep fried onions. The curry was amazing, a sort of rogan josh and richly flavoured with beautiful fresh prawns and tonnes of fresh fennel. Beautiful. My one quibble was that the monkfish was slightly overcooked.

I finished with a rhubarb and amaretto torte, which was served with the best clotted cream ice cream I've tasted, alongside some British strawberries and a slice of dragon fruit. It was stunning!

We had a great evening catching up with friends at Life's a Beach. The atmosphere is laid back and relaxed, with a buzzy vibe helped by the staff who are all young, tanned surfers by day, and foodie stars by night. They are efficient, smiley, very knowledgeable about the food they are serving, and completely unobtrusive. I am a huge fan of this restaurant and think it deserves its reputation as the best place to eat in Bude. It's the sort of place you find yourself lingering. Just one more glass of wine, a cup of coffee.

A starter ranges from £4.75 for a soup, up to about £8.00, while a main will set you back about £18. Wine is great value, their three house wines include a great Sauvignon Blanc and all three are £10.50 a bottle. The wine list is expansive and thoughtful, It focuses on good French wines, but includes a local English white and a nice choice of European and NZ wines.

One not to miss if you're in the area.


jms said...

we found a really lovely place to eat down there, somewhere in the region of bude but right out in the sticks, now if only I could remember the name of it!

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