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Tuck into a new winter menu at Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove

Winter is a time to wrap up and snuggle up and enjoy a hearty lunch or dinner. And why not, whilst enjoying the stunning seasonal views across the Atlantic coast here at Sennen Cove, our unspoiled bay 2 miles from Lands End.

The change in season brings new delicious seasonal produce to market. Ben and the team have redesigned our main menu to bring you fresh, seasonal produce and hearty meals through the darker months.

This winter you can enjoy dishes such as seared scallops, confit duck stovey, slow braised shin of beef, confit pork belly or parmesan gnocchi.

Combining Ben’s passion for the best, seasonal produce and support for local farmers and fisherman our menu supports local companies throughout.

See our new main menu under the ‘Eat’ section of the web site.

The kitchen is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday – check out our opening times benatsennen.com/contact/

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Surf’s Up!

Annual Sennen Surf Competition
21st -22nd October 2017
Sennen Cove
Now in it’s 3rd year, the annual Sennen Surfing Competition has grown and this year we will be working in partnership with four other local businesses, Sennen Surfing Centre, Sennen Surf Company Shop, The Old Success Inn and Smart Surf School to bring you a true community Surf Competition for Sennen. Featuring classes for all from the seasonal visitor to the seasoned pro.
The two-day event will see surfers of all ages and abilities take to the water and compete in a variety of classes. The first day of competiton will see classes for juniors and veterans ( 45+ ) and a specific class for longboard riders. The second day will see the Open event for all comers culminating in the award of the Ashley Moffatt memorial trophy to the best Open competiton surfer. The trophy is awarded in memory of Ashley Moffatt, a popular young Sennen surfer, instructor and member of the life boat crew who was tragically killed.
Cash and / or prizes will be on offer for all classes to reward the best surfers in each event.
In addition to the action on the water there will be social events each evening for everyone to attend with The Old Success pub holding an event to kick things off with a prize giving with music, resident DJ Samiad and prize giving on the Sunday with pizza.
2017 reflection
The Sennen Surf Comp was initiated as a Sennen community event which began in 2015. The aim has always been to bring together everyone who has enjoyed the beach and waves over the summer. With surf comp classes for everyone the event is designed to be inclusive and open to all whether local or visitor.
The standard of surfing in the Open competition has always been of an exceptional standard. Previous Open winners are Seb Smart and Sam Bleakley.
Welcoming The Old Success as a sponsor this year widens the event to make it a true Sennen wide competition, open to all with everyone welcome. Come and celebrate the wonderful natural beach here at Sennen and show us your skills perfected on the water over the summer!
David Muir, Sennen Surfing Centre said “it’s been an extremely hectic summer, which is now widing down this half term event marks the end of the end of the busy beach and the start of the autumn winter season. This year we welcome back our partners from Sennen, without them we could not make this event happen and look forward to welcoming The Old Success Inn. It’s a fun, family friendly day, with great surfing, food and drink in the most relaxing surroundings

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Vincent Looks to His Native Basque Country for This Month’s Featured Wine – Txakoli

The wine of this month is definitely one of the most unusual and interesting of our list. The Txakoli comes from a very small vineyard .

The Txakoli is grown in a stunning location facing the sea around Getaria , Spanish part of the Basque country.

Some history :

Centuries ago, a sailor from Getaria was the first to circumnavigate the world, demonstrating the sphericity of the Earth. Juan Sebastián Elcano was honored to be the first to show the world that even being the son of a small town (a town that has around 2,500 habitants) human quality has no limits.

The Ameztoi winery : 5 generation producing Txakoli

The Ameztoi winery continues with the ancient tradition in the region of harvesting grapes, which predates the feat of our compatriot Juan Sebastian Elcano.

Bodegas Ameztoi with permanent care of the native grape varieties “Hondarrabi Zuri” and “Hondarrabi Beltza” and his constant attention and control of the winemaking, is pleased to offer a great wine with full warranty.

The grape harvest begins between the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. It is done by hand and only the bunches that fulfil the strictest quality requirements will be collected.

The grapes must be picked at the point of optimum ripeness so that the Txakoli obtains the balance between acidity and sugars, characteristics which together with the sea breeze give it its unique flavour.

The grape bunches are quickly taken to the winery. The musk is extracted and fermented in barrels for twelve to fifteen days. An exhaustive control of density and temperature is necessary for its correct development.

Ameztoi owns high level facilities in order to make their Txakoli in the best conditions.

Txakoli is more than a wine with its own personality. It is fruit of a centuries’ old tradition cultivated along the whole Basque coast. It is a white, pale-yellow wine, slightly acidic with fruity tones and full bodied in the mouth.

You are recommended to serve it fresh and it is customary to pour from a height into the glass, releasing in this way lots of bubbles together with the whole variety of aromas.

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Plastic in our Oceans

We are passionate about our wonderful beach here in Sennen, the beautiful Cornish coast and the health of our seas. Making sure the environment is safe and clean for us all to enjoy is something we all care about. Sea plastic is an increasing problem. It’s unsightly and posses a real threat to marine life. We are keen to do our bit by using plastic responsibly and cutting it out where we can and we’ve been raising awareness through our blogs. Plastic is useful, cheap and works brilliantly but if it’s thrown in the sea or left on the beach then plastic is not so fantastic.

Did you know?

  • 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the world’s oceans every year.
  • 300 million tonnes of plastic is being produced every year, half of which is for ‘single use’ applications – like drinking straws.
  • Plastic production accounts for 8% of the world’s oil reserves.

Plastic takes years and years to break down and does so into smaller and smaller bits – or microbeads which can be digested. Fish and shellfish are consuming these microbeads and chemicals, which potentially enter the food chain.

Here in Sennen we no longer serve single use plastic straws with drinks. You can help do your bit too by picking up discarded plastic and rubbish from the beach when you visit.

Plastic – not always fantastic.

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Play Eat Drink with your furry friend at Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove

Bring your four-legged friend to enjoy the Surf Den and autumn beach life. Or let your dog curl up in front of the restaurant fire while you savour a variety of culinary delights and a refreshing drink to perfectly complement the food and surroundings.

We love dogs here at Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove. And there is no better time to be visiting the beach with your beloved four-legged friend than on an autumn’s day.

Play

The coast path is perfect to run, walk or hike with your dog or dog walks along the beach. It’s good for the soul to be down here on the beach having a brisk walk with the rollers crashing onto the beach.

Eat

Join us for a hearty, home made seasonal lunch in front of our lovely wood burner. Or enjoy a beachside spot on the terrace with your furry friend by your side before heading home.

Drink

A warming coffee or something a little stronger? We have a tempting drinks menu to please all tastes.

Our beachside location is a fantastic way to enjoy beach life at Sennen Cove with your four-legged friend!

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Your Wedding at Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove – What Happens Next?

You have chosen your dream location by the seaside, beautiful views and surroundings – but what happens next?

One of our experienced wedding planners will help you plan your day from beginning to end. After you have decided on the date for your big day and you’ve viewed our restaurant venue, we will book the date in.

Once confirmed, your wedding planner will send you a contract, this will be the basic details, as we continue to help you plan for your special day and will be a work in progress but will give you an idea of timings and the information we need. This benefits everyone and gives a clear idea of what’s happening and what to expect. Once signed your dreams start turning into reality.

Throughout your journey and as your special day approaches, we will assist and guide you through the selection of a suitable menu and matching wines through to dressing the restaurant to make your day unique. We can help with flowers, photographers, music and any other important touches to make sure your day is truly special and the venue is just how you want it.

Regrettably, we do not have a licence for wedding ceremonies but we can work with your chosen location or indeed suggest some charming local churches and chapels or civil ceremony venues for your consideration.

General Manager, Kinga Tunnicliffe, explains, “our job is to help you and take the stress out of planning. If you would like us to share your special day with you then let us know”.

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Autumn is a wonderful time to explore Sennen

Driving down the steep hill, you are suddenly presented by the by the most magnificent and sublime view. For a moment looking out to the ocean with it’s beautiful blue water, you could be forgiven for mistaking it for somewhere exotic but this is the Atlantic in all its glory. The traditional Cornish fishing village is unmistakable nestled into the cove. A brisk autumn day at Sennen Cove with its picture postcard unspoilt bay.

Peak season is behind us and with your furry friend by your side you can escape on the wide expanse of the beach or the Cornish coastal path, there’s calm in the air. The summer fun and madness is over, those who seek a little more space and tranquillity are about.

Sennen Cove – rich in history as well as beauty.

And when you have finished exploring our magical home pay us a visit in front of the roaring fire or snuggled under blankets in the Surf Den watching the beach or local wildlife. Peace and tranquillity – autumn is a great time to visit and enjoy.

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4 Foodie Must Haves at Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove – Beautiful Produce

1 Pizza

Freshly baked pizza cooked to perfection – a light crisp base, with a toppings of your choice, whether you love seafood, meat, vegetables or keep it simple with tomato sauce and cheese full of taste

2 Fish and Chips

Full of great flavours and an ultimate British favourite golden beer battered  haddock, hand cut chips and homemade tartare sauce well worth a go

3 Specials Menu

Making the most of our coastal location, the specials menu sees a variety of the best quality fish and seafood, there’s always something new to try

4 Crab Ciabatta, rocket, basil & mayonnaise

Bursting with zesty flavours, delicate crab offset by freshness, this sandwich is anything but ordinary

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Got to Try It…

Pizza by the Seaside

What’s the best thing about visiting Ben at Sennen?  It could be watching the gorgeous sunsets, or the waves crashing on the white sand or when it allows – basking in the sun. For us, it’s eating fresh made pizza by the Seaside after a beach visit. Gone are the days of fish and chips in a soggy white paper bag while being attacked by seagulls, pizza by the Seaside is a must. Homemade pizza bases and baked right in front of your eyes. A choice of delicious toppings or keep it simple with tomato and cheese – Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove is one of the best places in Cornwall to eat Pizza by the Seaside.