The Barrel at Bude
The Barrel at Bude is the second micropub to open in Cornwall and is the first in the north of the county. Its premises is in one of the oldest cottages and at the very heart in this popular North Cornwall seaside town. After residential use it became a retail shop selling first cloth remnants, a fancy dress shop then finally a household bargains store before planning permission was granted for a change of use. Ian and Rachel O’Hare renovated the inside which includes a bar made from local beach hut timbers destroyed in a winter storm and a bar top which is a piece of drift wood found on Widemouth beach and later identified as being from the Maria Assumpta, the oldest sailing ship at the time it was wrecked at Padstow in 1995 with the unfortunate loss of three lives. They only sell craft ales which they directly source from small independent Cornish brewers, (picking up each Monday) and have each week four real Cornish ales direct from the cask, available from Thursday at 4pm as well as two craft ales on tap including popular and well sought after craft brewers such as Verdant, Black Flag, Harbour and Firebrand. Snacks are also Cornish with Cornish Pasty crisps and Cornish Charcuterie salami; pig sticks! Opening hours are Thursday 4pm – 9pm, Friday, 4pm – 10pm, Saturday, 1pm – 9pm and Sunday 1pm-4pm.