Vegan guide to Bude and Tintagel
Cornwall is a fantastic destination for vegan, vegetarian and dairy free visitors and it’s getting better all the time. This is a brief selection of what is available in the north of the county.
The vibrant and vegan friendly town of Bude is on the A3073, off the A39, close to the Devon border. It is full of independent shops and close to wild beaches. There are plenty of council run pay & display car parks.
Vegans could begin their exploration of Bude with a cup of tea with soya milk, and a teacake with soya spread at Crooklets Beach Cafe. This beach cafe also serves vegan ice cream, a real surprise for a basic diner style café. At lunchtime, a short walk to the edge of town takes you to a bar and restaurant called The Shack. The vegan dishes are labelled and include a pan fried breakfast, char grilled vegetable tasca sandwich, bean burger with guacamole and chocolate and ginger torte with ice cream. Highly recommended and also cater well for gluten free diets.
For vegan takeaway options you couldn’t do better than Pengenna Pasties. This, and the Pengenna branch in Tintagel, is favourites of mine selling satisfyingly substantial vegan Cornish pasties, scones and sweet pastries. Bude Health Store and Holland & Barrett sell all the normal range of health food type vegan foods.
Bude boasts vegan friendly Thai and Indian restaurants for evening dining. Mention that you are vegan when ordering at Tiandi Thai Restaurant and Bude Tandoori – opposite the Golf Club on the edge of town. The staff at both restaurants are familiar with vegan requirements and can inform you what is suitable. The food is fresh and well cooked and Tiandi stocks tofu.
The village of Tintagel, on the rugged North Cornwall coast is about 15 miles south of Bude. It’s a colourful place, renowned for its association with the legend of King Arthur, and attracts visitors from round the world. The old post office and historic castle are popular destinations. Nowadays vegans are well provided for here. It is served by several council run pay and display car parks.
A good place to start here is Charlie’s Cafe & Deli. Housed in a 14th century cottage, this welcoming cafe offers vegan burger and chips, pizza with vegan cheese and suitable cakes. Soya milk and vegan spread are stocked. Gluten free diets are well catered for. Vegan ingredients can be purchased in the attached deli.
Pengenna Pasties as mentioned above have a takeaway here, with a café next door. It might be a good idea to stock up on vegan supplies here if you are venturing on one of the many walks around Tintagel. Be warned – this place is very popular so make sure you get there well before closing time to make sure they still have vegan pasties left (and especially if you’ve promised pasties to your loved ones.)
The coastal path near here is stunning. One of my favourite walks starts from the centre of Tintagel village and follows the path a few miles to the small settlement of Trebarwith Strand (where there is a small pay and display car park and the pub has parking). The spectacular backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean is the setting of the Strand Cafe, which is just a few feet from the beach. Suitable dishes include excellent soup, homemade nut burgers and sometimes other things. Quite often they will have a vegan cake on offer but an advance phone call can guarantee it. Soya milk drinks are available.
You can then spend hours relaxing on the golden sands overlooking Gull Rock. Just above the beach is the Port William pub with a cliff top beer garden. This is a fantastic setting for watching the sunset. Inform the staff that you are vegan; there are usually a few suitable options such as soups, homous platter, and chilli or curry and vegan friendly chips.
The completely vegan Michael House Guesthouse is in Treknow, a picturesque village between Tintagel and Trebarwith Strand, and an easy fifteen minutes walk from either. (There is a small car park here and detailed directions to it are on their website.) Non-residents can book a 2 or 3-course vegan evening meal with suitable wines and beers. Take a look at the extensive list of possible dishes on their website. I have always enjoyed meals at this place – the hosts are friendly and welcoming, and the home-cooked food is thoughtful and delicious. My choices include sushi or sweet corn fritters to start, a main of spice crusted tofu with maple syrup & lemon glaze, followed by strawberries with hazelnut shortcake but there are dishes to suit all tastes. Meals are finished with a hot drink and chocolates. Two courses cost £16.50 and three £21.
If this has tempted you to visit this beautiful part of the world, there are a couple of non-food (!) orientated attractions nearby that are worth a visit. The historic village of Boscastle with its houses clinging to the edge of cliffs is particularly beautiful at sunset, and if you look carefully out to sea, you might see a visiting seal. I think the walk from Bossiney (between Tintagel and Boscastle) through the Rocky Valley to the coast is special, with it’s winding stream and old “labyrinth” carvings. I hope you enjoy your stays in Cornwall as much as I do.
Cafe and restaurant details – Correct as of July 2015
- Crooklets – Bude, EX23 8NE, Tel: 01288 350009
- The Shack – 37 The Strand, Bude, EX23 8RA, Tel: 01288 350850, www.theshackbude.co.uk Open in season Mon-Sat 8am-10pm, Sun 8am-5pm
- Pengenna Pasties Bude – Unit 3, Arundell House, Belle Vue, Bude, EX23 8JL, Tel: 01288 355169, www.pengennapasties.co.uk Open Mon-Sun 9am-5.30pm
- Pengenna Pasties Tintagel – Atlantic Road, Tintagel, PL34 0DD, Tel: 01840 770223, Open Mon-Sun 9am-5.30pm
- Bude Health Store – 8 Lansdown Road, Bude EX23 8BH, Tel: 01288 352425
- Holland & Barrett – 30 Belle Vue, Bude, EX23 8JS Tel: 01288 359219
- Tiandi Thai Restaurant – 16 The Strand, Bude, EX23 8QU, Tel: 01288 359686, www.tiandi.co.uk Open Mon-Sat 11.30am-2.30pm & 5.30pm-10.30pm, Sun 5.30pm-10pm
- Bude Tandoori – 12 Burn View, Bude, EX23 8BZ, Tel: 01288 359994, Open Mon-Sun noon-2pm except Friday & 5pm-11.30pm – opposite the Golf Club on the edge of town
- Charlie’s Cafe & Deli – Fore Street, Tintagel, PL34 0DA, Tel: 01840 779500 www.online-deli.co.uk Open generally Mon-Sat 10am-5pm
- The Strand Cafe – Trebarwith Strand, Tintagel, PL34 0HB Tel: 01840 779482 www.thestrandcafe.co.uk Open Easter-September Mon-Sun 10am-5.30pm, closed on Mondays in term time
- Port William pub – Trebarwith Strand, Tintagel, PL34 0HB Tel: 01840 770230, Food served Mon-Sun noon-9pm
- Michael House Guesthouse – Trelake Lane, Treknow, Tintagel, PL34 0EW, Tel: 01840 770592 www.michael-house.co.uk