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The Sheepwash Chronicle is a magazine for and about the residents of the little village of Sheepwash in Devon.

The Beach at Bude

18

When I was a skinny, wee nipper at junior

school, we were asked to write an essay

on what we thought the future would look

like. Predictably enough, in the 1970s, that

future consisted mostly of flying cars,

silver outfits with big shoulders and teeny,

tiny tellys we could wear on our wrists.

I also imagined that proper, sit-down

meals would be a thing of the laborious

past. No more queuing for your sausages,

no more peeling and chopping endless

potatoes, no more boiled cabbage and,

especially hopefully for me, no more

lumps of meat that would have tested the

metallic gnashers of a Bond villain's

henchman. Just a simple little pill to save

all that time, effort and unpleasantness.

All your nutritional requirements ticked

off in one sugar-coated tablet.

It was a deeply attractive and eminently sensible idea to my eight-year old self. Aside from the entire range

of sweets on offer at our local sweetshop and Butterscotch Angel Delight, I could not imagine then what

pleasure could be had from refuelling.

If I had been able to go and eat at The Beach in Bude, I might have thought differently - our meal not only

tasted good, it looked good too. My fishcake was surrounded by pretty, little fresh flowers in a delicate

herb salad which was just delightful and a welcome

reminder of warm spring days on a cold, grey

December afternoon. Cheerful, glossy blobs of

chervil sauce and blackberries dressed Simon's

venison croquette.

Sat by the floor-to-ceiling windows, we had a good

view over the terrace to the town and

Summerleaze beach below. On sunny days, I

imagine the terrace is buzzing with bronzed,

cocktail-toting surfers, but that particular day the

rain lashed down and we were very happy to be

inside. The bright, modern interior is pretty cool, while the staff are warm, attentive, and friendly.

As it was approaching Christmas, we both chose the “Traditional Roast Turkey”. This came with a not-sotraditional

soft herb crust, and was served with small pools and piles of roasted and mashed parsnips and

crispy kale, all faultless.

The menu at lunchtime is limited to a choice of

three dishes for each of the three courses, but this

adequately covers meat, fish and vegetarian

options for starters and mains. Then there's

something fruity, chocolatey, or cheesey to follow.

At £12.50 for two courses or three for £15, it seems

pretty good value to me, even with cheese eaters

being charged a £3 supplement.

Evening diners can expect a lot more choice of

course. At £6-8, starters can include seared king

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