This week/ month family-run business, Cornish Coasts, hosted a party to celebrate the official opening of their new farm shop and café which is now open to customers, local and visitors, all year round. Situated up on The Atlantic Highway, just outside Bude, with stunning rural sea views, the farm shop and café have been built on the site of the old barn and garage and reflects months of hard work for the family. Cornish Coasts Campsite has been on the same site on the Atlantic Highway for decades and has even been described as one of the oldest campsites in North Cornwall.
Sadly, I wasn’t able to get to the party, but it looks like there was a fabulous turnout. Talented young musician, Thomas Marples, entertained at the event. Thomas works at the farm shop and café. He started playing piano at age of 6 but began to self-teach at 10. Now 17, he started musically directing Bude Youth Theatre at 14 and composing their musical scores at 16. On the night they also treated guests to a sample of their tasty menu, which offers an excellent choice of freshly cooked, locally-sourced food.
Already becoming well known for their breakfasts (served 8 am – 12 noon) the menu also offers a wide choice of lunches and main meals, as well as their regular specials, such as fish and chips and handmade pizza.
Also, there on the evening were some of the farm shop’s local suppliers, sampling everything from Wrecking Coast gin to tasty Popti biscuits. Coffee was provided on the night by Cornico Coffee Company and guests were able to sample products of the local cake-maker, Jacky’s Cakes. Pormorla Pasties served their delicious pasties, and Eat The Smoke launched their new Jambalaya meal kits at the event.
Have a browse around the farm shop where they sell everything from seasonal veg, to the best meats, cheeses and ales North Cornwall and Devon have to offer, and you can tell there’s a real local ethos to this family-run business.
The owners, who are also sisters-in-law, Liz, a PA, and Karen, a chartered accountant, are extremely proud of the local nature of this new part of their venture.
Karen explained: ‘So often we had people coming in and asking for things we couldn’t cater for. Both holidaymakers, passers-by and most importantly locals. It felt crazy to us to be sending them away so we decided to do something about it. We’re now really proud that we can be open to local people all year round, and welcome them in for a drink, or bite to eat.’
‘And it doesn’t stop at serving locals’, adds Liz. ‘We’ve always loved buying local and you won’t find a better selection elsewhere; it’s a real passion of ours to support other local businesses, just as they support us. It’s amazing to feel part of such a great community.’
Head Chef, Stephen Honey, an experienced cook with a passion to experiment in the kitchen and growing his own chillis, supported this, adding: ‘people care about food provenance. Cooking with great local produce just makes my job more enjoyable, cooking with the best ingredients, and serving people that appreciate the extra effort.’
In fact, the team hope, having had a few months to fine-tune their offer before the launch, that when people visit Cornish Coasts, the food and service will speak for itself and customers will want to come time and again.
So if you fancy a coffee, a quick bite to eat or just want to browse, visit Cornish Coasts soon.