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National Oyster Day – This Saturday 5th August – on the Terrace Surf Den!

Oyster trivia in celebration of National Oyster Day:

Did you know?

  • Nearly two billion pounds of bivalve mollusks are eaten every year?
  • Finding a pearl in an oyster, is rare. Only one out of 10,000 oysters will produce one.
  • It’s a myth that oysters are supposed to slide down your throat without chomping into them first.
  • Oysters are commonlyfound clinging onto shipwrecks, debris and harbour walls around the world. There are plenty of wrecks here off our lovely Cornish Coast – and some propping up the bar too!
  • Oystersare closely related to other marine molluscs such as scallops, clams and mussels.
  • There are five species of Oysters – Pacific Oysters (or Japanese Oyster), Kumamoto Oysters, European Flat Oysters, Atlantic Oysters and Olympia Oysters.

Come an pay homage to the glorious oyster with Ben in the Surf Den followed by fresh pizza made to order and a glass of chilled white or fizz to celebrate National Oyster Day on the 5th August with us here in Sennen.

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Zamparelli Snatches His First Win at Snetterton


As proud sponsors of Dino Zamparelli  it was great to see him take a win and a 2nd place, scoring 38 out of a possible 40 points during rounds 8 & 9 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Championship at Snetterton.

Qualifying took place under sunny conditions on Saturday and with chief rival Dan Cammish having to miss the round due to European commitments, Zamparelli knew it was a big chance to make some ground up in the Championship battle, but it was Charlie Eastwood who took pole.

Once again, the sun came out on race day and the 20 strong Porsche Carrera Cup grid would blast off the line for round 8 and race one of the day. It soon became a tactical battle between the top two, with Zamparelli slotting in behind Eastwood. The pair would trade fastest lap after fastest lap, but with no mistakes from either, it would remain stalemate with Eastwood crossing the line 0.9 tenths ahead of Dino, who despite taking the fastest lap, couldn’t mount a serious challenge for the lead.

For Round 9, and race two of the weekend, Zamparelli would once again make a steady start, slotting in behind the pole man Eastwood off the line. This time however, Zamparelli was able to keep up a strong pace throughout the race.

With Zamparelli now posting fastest lap time, the pressure got all too much for the leader and Eastwood made a mistake in turn 2 on lap 12 of 14. Zamparelli dummied his car to the inside and Eastwood took the bait, distracted, he locked the rear tyres and ran wide. This allowed for Zamparelli to cut to the inside and firmly shut the door to take the lead with only two laps remaining.

From there, Zamparelli looked untouchable and crossed the line over a second ahead of his rivals to take the first win of the year, as well as JTR’s first win in Porsche Carrera Cup.

We now look forward to rounds 10 & 11 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Championship taking place at Knockhill in Scotland on the 12th/13th August 2017.


In celebration of National Oyster Day we look at Serving and Eating Oysters with Ben

In celebration of National Oyster Day we look at Serving & Eating Oysters with Ben

There are so many ways to serve and eat oysters they are just so versitile; on the half shell, raw, smoked, boiled, baked, fried, roasted, stewed, canned, pickled, steamed or broiled.

How you prepare your oysters can vary from simply opening the shell and eating the contents, including juice. Butter and salt are often added. What could be better- fresh, simple and indulgent! Perfect with fizz or a chilled white or even a pint of of porter!

There is no right or wrong way to eat an oyster, however Ben suggests, with your fork move the liquid-filled half shell to ensure the oyster is detached. Bring the shell to your mouth and slurp up the oyster from the wide end. Chew it once or twice before swallowing.

The Plastic Straw is No More!

I have been working as a barman at Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove for just over a year now. During this time I have met a lot of great people and learnt a whole load of new skills.

My career as an artist continues to occupy me in my spare time, and the rest of the year when the outside bar is closed. At first I thought it best to separate the art from the bar job, but as any artist will tell you, art is inseparable from life, and good art addresses the issues and times in which it is made.

One of the themes running through my artwork is the environmental impact of surfers in the landscape. The ‘Toxic Paradox’ of plastic surfboards and petrochemical derived neoprene wetsuits, inspired the multi-coloured Surf Flower prints, guests can see hanging on the wall in the Restaurant.

So, handing out single-use plastics in the shape of straws and stirrers with the drinks I served really bothered me. Several times as I walked across the beach on my way to surf in my break time, I stopped to pick up plastic straws that could had come from drinks I had served in the bar.

Plastic in the marine environment is a real problem. It endangers sea life and takes decades to start to break down. Plastic floats in the marine environment and takes up around 40% of the ocean surface. Plastic waste traps and drowns sea mammals, it is ingested by fish and ends up in our food chain, the results of which are not yet fully understood.

The Cornwall based charity, Surfers Against Sewage along with many others, have been highlighting this issue for a long time. They are currently running a resist the plastic campaign www.plasticfree.org.uk .There are also some great films you can watch explaining the scope and consequences of the problem. https://www.plasticoceans.org/film/

Some uses of plastic are essential, (not many) but things such as single–use throwaway plastic straws are not, so we have decided at Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove  not to offer you a plastic straw with your drink at the moment.  We are currently researching suppliers of alternative – paper straws or biodegradable straws, of which we keep a small stock for those guests who really want one.


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Making Your Special Occasion a True Celebration

Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove offers a warm welcome, relaxed atmosphere and truly outstanding food and service, making being by the seaside the ideal venue for your wedding or special event.

Whatever the occasion we offer a variety of inspiring dining options and ideas to help make your celebration truly memorable with your own personal event planner available to assist with all your individual requirements.

We offer an array of menus and options to consider or if you need inspiration, we can help create a package with you which will include all the elements you need to make your day a truly special occasion.

Whether it’s your wedding, birthday, or Christmas party relax in the knowledge that you will have all the support and everything you need from the team.

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Destination Summer at Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove

We are celebrating summer here in Sennen with seasonal fun!

When? Daily yoga sessions (weather permitting). 1st August until 2nd September. 9 – 10am, followed by brunch for those who would like to refuel ready for the day ahead.

Where? Terrace – Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove.

What? Morning yoga classes taught by Julie Stone of Lands End Yoga. Julie teaches a blend of yoga styles, having practised Ashtanga, Iyengar and Hatha traditions for many years. Based in Cornwall, she draws inspiration from the landscape focusing on the therapeutic and rehabilitative powers of yoga and its ability to enhance all aspects of life. She infuses her practice with compassion and humour, encouraging students to think of their relationship with yoga as a personal lifelong journey. Sessions are suitable for all abilities.  There is no need to book – just turn up.  Bring your own mat if possible (however, some will be available) and individual sessions on the terrace can be requested.

Sennen Sounds
When? Music sets every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer. From 4.30pm to sunset

Where? Surf Den – Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove

What? A summer’s evening with chilled DJ sets. Take pleasure in the stunning views and a chance to enjoy a few drinks and fabulous pizzas with friends and family.

National Oyster Day 
When? 5th August

Where? Terrace – Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove

What? An occasion to celebrate National Oyster Day by eating fresh oysters right next to the sea.

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Saturday 5th August we are celebrating Oyster Day at Sennen

We’re celebrating National Oyster Day here at Sennen on the 5th August – the most versatile mollusc!  A day when you can celebrate by eating fresh oysters by the Seaside, or for some, buying oyster pearls for loved ones.

The history of Oyster Day is unclear.  Some say that Casanova, that infamous 18th century cad, started his day with a breakfast of 50 oysters.  Whether he ate them, for their aphrodisiac properties or simply because he enjoyed who knows. Others say the history of Oyster Day is simply quite unknown, but it is clear the history of human’s relationship with oyster’s dates back to Roman times as there is evidence of people in the United Kingdom and France farming oysters.

Oyster is the common name for a number of different groups of bivalve molluscs. Some species of oysters are commonly eaten, either cooked or raw, as a delicacy. While other types of oyster, such as pearl oysters, are not normally consumed by humans, they are harvested for their pearls.

So  come and celebrate National Oyster Day with us on the 5th August and slurp up a half shell. We’ll be shucking Oysters in the Surf Den to order all day from opening. Half a dozen followed by a home made pizza and a glass of fizz or chilled white – perfect! And with our resident DJ and Sennen Sounds to chill the mood from 4pm.

Signs of Spring at Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove

As the weather gradually turns warmer we begin to think of the longer brighter days and as nature is springing out all over the place there’s no better time to head outdoors to Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove over Easter and the School Holiday Break.

Family and Dog friendly nestled in the heart of Sennen, a visit to our beachfront is a must for your Easter and School Holidays Break.

With views looking out on to the beach and into the blue waters, Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove offers a variety of culinary delights for your break. Making the most of its coastal location, the menu sees a variety of different fish and seafood available as well as options for those who fancy something a little further detached from the nearby waters.

Where there is good food there should also be good wine, and good wine there is! A variety of wines are available which have all been carefully selected to perfectly compliment the food.

It’s certainly a place to Play, Eat and Drink.

Located near to the Minack Theatre and Lands End, Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove is the perfect place to stop off on your day trip.

The Minack Theatre:

Located in Porthcurno, the Minack Theatre is an open-air theatre with a truly incredible story. The theatre was constructed by a lady called Rowena Cade and her gardener, Billy Rawlings, with the intention of the space being used by a local village group to stage a performance of The Tempest. The performance went down a storm and Miss Cade spent every winter making improvements to the theatre so that it could be used for performances throughout the summer months.

Looking up from the stage, you can see rows and rows of seats, the majority of which have been engraved with the names of plays or performances. The seats, as well as the pillars, steps and walkways are crafted from concrete that was made using local beach sand (which Rowena carried tons and tons of over the years from the local Portcurno beach).

Today, the theatre is still used throughout the majority of the year to host concerts, plays, storytelling sessions and much more. The Minack is also open to the public to explore outside of performance hours

A truly distinctive attraction, well worth a visit voted this month by the Team at Sennen.

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A Destination for Seasonal Freshness

The days are getting noticeably longer, the mornings lighter, you can’t help but be excited by the daffodils surfacing and summer being just around the corner.  As we spring forward so does the new spring menu selected by respected classically trained chef Ben.  Passionate about seasonal produce and proudly supports local farmers and fisherman Ben has focused on the finest seasonal ingredients in this new menu.

New additions include crab bisque, river exe mussels, seared scallops and Indonesian seafood curry perfect for beachside dining as you take in the stunning rugged and spoilt bay.

Throughout the seasons Ben and Head Chef Adam will be tantalising your taste buds with new dishes, so keep an eye on the daily special’s board.

Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove is a place to bring the family and the dogs, while enjoying stunning views and quality food, so come down this spring and Play, Eat, Drink at Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove a food lover’s paradise.

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Sennen Spring Beach Clean 2017

April 3rd – 9th. Surfers Against Sewage & Ecover Call For Volunteers To Help Clean Beaches & Dramatically Increase Marine Plastic Recycling

Surfers Afgainst Sewage ( SAS ) have co-ordinated the first big beach clean of 2017 for the week of 3rd – 9th April. As in previous years we expect a large group of volunteers to hit both Sennen and Gwenver to help clear the beach of plastic and other debris to help improve the marine environment and make the beach a nicer place to be in the process.

Dave Muir of Sennen Surfing Centre is the SAS local rep and has been arranging the big beach clean for Sennen and Gwenver for a number of years and will again be co-ordinating the local effort this season.

The big beach clean at Sennen is always a fun event to get involved in with participants enjoying a fun walk along the beach and a good chat and a coffee at Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove afterwards. And it’s great for our precious coastal and marine environment.

This year SAS is expecting over 10,000 volunteers to help remove some 50,000 plastic bottles from our beaches across the UK plus other plastic rubbish washed up with the tide.

Contact the restaurant or Dave Muir at www.sennensurfingcentre.com for further information