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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

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Dogs Always Welcome at Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove

We love dogs here at Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove. And there is no better time to be visiting the beach with your beloved 4 legged friend than a sunny winters day. it’s good for you soul to be down here on the beach having a bridk walk with the rollers crashing onto the beach. Then why not join us in the restaurant for a waring coffee and a slice of home made cake and relax. Or join us for a hearty, home made seasonal lunch in front of our lovely wood burner before heading home.

Friendly well behaved dogs on leads always welcome!

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Love is in the Air!

Table For Two Please…

Love is in the air here at Sennen this February as we celebrate Valentines, the most romantic day of the year. And we have all the right ingredients to make it a memorable one; a stunning location overlooking the sands of Sennen Cove, a delicious menu designed for sharing, and a tempting wine list to accompany your meal. With our wood burner smouldering and candles flickering, it’s guaranteed to be a night to remember.

Chef Ben has designed a three-course menu with an indulgent theme, including plenty of seafood as well as beef, game, truly tasty vegetarian options and delicious desserts. For the ultimate dinner for couples, choose Ben’s sharing options – a selection of our favourite seafood, followed by slow cooked rump of beef and finally a chocolate lovers board – irresistible!

To view our Valentines Menu priced see our Events page and click on ‘View our Events Menus’  – £29.50 per person. Bookings can be made online or by calling 01736 871191 but be quick, tables are limited and going quickly.

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2nd Annual Sennen Surf Contest

A fun, family-friendly Surf Contest is returning to Sennen Cove for its second year this October, as we partner with three other local businesses to host the event.

Ben and the team are working with Sennen Surfing Centre, Sennen Surf Company Shop and Smart Surf School to plan the two-day event on 28th and 29th October, which will see surfers of all ages and abilities take to the water.

The first day of competition will end with an evening event here at the restaurant (in our new outside bar or ‘Surfers Den’), followed by a second day of competitive events and a prize ceremony.

Sennen Cove was named one of the top ten surf locations in the world by The Guardian newspaper recently, alongside destinations in Mexico, Mozambique and Hawaii.

Sennen was singled out for its consistency, lack of crowds, and its wild and unspoiled location; conditions competitors will be able to lap-up during this half-term event.

Dave Muir, Head Coach at Sennen Surfing Centre, is looking forward to marking the end of another extremely busy and rewarding summer season:

“It’s been a fantastic summer here at Sennen, with record numbers learning to surf with us or improving their skills. For example, our Ladies Surf Club on a Friday night has been hugely popular. The Surf Contest will be the perfect opportunity to celebrate what everyone has achieved.”

We can’t wait to act as the hub for this exciting event. Competitors and spectators will be able to enjoy great food and drink in relaxed surroundings as they watch the competition unfold; fringe events will include beach games, barbeques and live music.

Ben commented: “I’m really looking forward to the Surf Contest – in fact my whole family are keen to get involved! It’s the perfect opportunity for everyone to come together before winter hibernation kicks in.”

The Sennen Surf Contest is also a chance to reflect and celebrate the life of local lifeboatman and surfer Ashley Moffatt, whom the community continues to remember fondly over a decade since his fatal car accident.

Everyone from beginners through to serious surfers will have the chance to take part, with prizes in the form of cash, vouchers and surfing gear available in several categories.

There are also opportunities for brand sponsors to get involved – please contact Sennen Surfing Centre for more information.

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Yoga on the Terrace Returns

We were so pleased with the popularity of our yoga classes last summer, and are thrilled to be able to deliver these gentle, life-affirming sessions once again.

Starting from the 30th July, local practitioner Julie Stone of Land’s End Yoga will be leading classes twice a week (every Saturday and Tuesday at 9am). Taking place on our terrace, Julie’s yoga sessions are an unbeatable way to start the day; exercise and meditation combined, overlooking the golden sand of Sennen Cove, with the sounds of the ocean as your workout soundtrack.

The sessions are suitable for all abilities and will run throughout the summer until 3rd September. We serve brunch from 10am, providing the perfect excuse to stay on after your workout and refuel ready for the day ahead.

Julie combines expert knowledge of Ashtanga, Iyengar and Hatha yoga styles, and also brings a compassionate approach to her practice – drawing on yoga’s therapeutic and rehabilitative benefits. Her classes at Sennen will be gentle, relaxing and inspiring, combining movement and meditation in a supportive and nurturing environment.

Julie is also offering the opportunity to book private sessions with her here on the terrace, for those who want to focus on a specific aspect of their yoga practice, or perhaps are looking for one-to-one support.

There is no need to book – simply turn up. Please wear appropriate clothing, and your own yoga mat if possible (mats will be provided for those that need them). Sessions last an hour.

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Introducing: Sennen Sounds

Here at Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove, we can’t think of a better way of spending a summer evening than relaxing on the terrace, with chilled DJ sets on the go, and the chance to enjoy a few drinks with friends.

So, this year we are launching Sennen Sounds; music sessions every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 29th July throughout the summer. Plus, our new outside bar – ‘Surfers Den’ – means you won’t have to stray too far from the last rays of the setting sun.

The fun starts at 9pm and continues until 1am (bar until midnight). We’re not talking Ibiza here – just feel-good music in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. The bar will be serving a selection of beers, ciders, wines and spirits as well as soft drinks.

After a busy day on the beach, our terrace is a stunning vantage point in which to enjoy a few sundowners (look out for pods of dolphins) and soak up the atmosphere – in one of the most spectacular coastal spots in the whole of the UK…

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Dino Zamparelli races at The British Grand Prix Weekend

It’s evident when you visit the restaurant that we have a passion for Motorsport with nose cones of historic formula 1 cars suspended from the roof and pictures and posters on the walls. Why you ask? Simple really… it encompasses the essence of one of our passions.

When we mention formula 1, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and after last weekend the British Grand Prix at Silverstone springs to mind… however on this occasion when we mention formula 1 we are referring to our own Dino Zamparelli at the British Grand Prix. In one of our earlier blogs we described how we stuck our money where our hearts are and sponsored a brilliant  Porsche Carrera Cup and British Racing Driver Club rising star.  Born a west country boy, Dino’s heritage is half English with Italian origins gifting him a truly textbook racing driver’s name! With his father being a world powerboat champion, it is unsurprising that Dino has inherited the ‘need for speed’. Dino’s career so far ranges from karting, the Ginetta Junior Championship, Formula Renault, Fia Formula 2 and GP3 Series.

Back to the British Grand Prix. Last weekend Dino raced in the European version of the one make Porsche series in which he currently competes –  the Porsche Supercup championship. Dino raced with his Carrera Cup UK team GT Marques, but was been entered as a wild card for the European event.

“I was delighted to be racing at Silverstone again – the home of British motorsport. To be racing in front of over 140 thousand people is such a cool buzz and nice to be doing it in GT’s this time after a number of seasons with the Formula I supporting series – GP3. Being a British driver at the British Grand Prix, albeit not as an Formula 1 driver, is something very special…the crowd gets behind us Brits!

My strategy was to attack the weekend as normal. There was no change to my approach. I knew the car well although the set up and some of the rules are slightly different. Subtle differences that can make a huge difference to set up and ultimate race pace but this is a one off event for the season and we brought all our experience from Carrera GB. After mixed fortunes during limited qualifying, rain on the out lap caused a bit of chaos with our car set for the dry but we did OK overall and great to test the water in European Supercup – something we’re considering for next season.

It’s great to be connected with young local talent. We sponsor Dino you will see his desire to perform, to exceed and be the best – an ethos we share here at Ben Tunnicliffe at Sennen Cove.

Watch out for our next blog when Dino races at Snetterton, Norfolk on the 30/31 July which will be on ITV 4. Join the journey with us….