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Plastic not so Fantastic

Plastic washed up on our coast is obvious and clearly visible. Sadly the plastic pollution is there.

For more than 50 years, global production and consumption of plastics has continued to rise. An estimated 299 million tons of plastics were produced in 2013, representing a 4 per cent increase over 2012.

Plastic is versatile, lightweight, flexible, moisture resistant, strong, and relatively inexpensive. That’s why we like it and buy plastic goods. However, some of those qualities can be harmful. Durable and very slow to degrade, plastic materials are polluting our oceans and seas and are entering the food chain as they break down and are consumed by marine life. And of course, we see the evidence on our lovely beaches.

Take a walk along our fabulous beach here in Sennen and back and keep an eye open and you’ll be amazed at the amount of discarded and washed up sea plastic.

Plastic straws are one of top polluters on our beaches that take years to break down. Used only once they remain a threat to marine life and the ecosystem for many years.

Saying no to the plastic straw in your drink is only a small thing but makes a huge difference.

So join us in disposing of rubbish responsibly and say no to the plastic straw.

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Jump on Board, a One of a Kind Surf Bar Top at Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove

Quality craftsmanship are two words we would use to the sum up the bar top in our Surf Den. If you haven’t seen it yet, then the bar itself is worth a visit. The bar top is styled with resin art – just like one of Jackson Higgs’s from Bluff Longboards truly unique traditional surfboards, and this bar top was constructed using the same traditional construction techniques and is simply quite amazing.

Jackson explains his inspiration to build the bar top came from: “Resin art is personally one of my favourite parts of building surfboards, hence the amount of Bluff longboards standing out in the lineup. Maintaining control of the bleeds, the swirls and the vibrant colours is so incredibly satisfying. Ben Tunnicliffe is also a fan of some of my more wacky creations, so I was delighted when he, Nigel and Kinga commissioned me for definitely one of the largest projects I have ever undertaken! My favourite part of the finished bar is introducing resin art to people who aren’t necessarily surfers, people who are unaware that such an incredible art form exists within the surfboard industry. Then watching their jaws drop when it is incorporated into a drinking establishment”.

Jackson himself is a true inspiration, he makes every single longboard from start to finish.  Shaping, glassing, sanding and polishing.  Jackson uses exclusively traditional materials and construction methods, clocking up a huge amount of working hours in the process, the true old-school way.  Therefore it’s not surprising that it took Jackson 55 ½ hours to build the bar top to his obsessively perfect standards

Jackson describes the technique used to build the bar “The bar top is built by laminating marine plywood with the traditional double 6+6oz porcher cloth with tinted polyester resin, followed by a sanding coat and gloss coat which was wets anded and polished up to a mirror finish. Put simply, it was a huge, truly unique labour of love that would be impossible to replicate exactly. The glossy surface and the metallic flake glistens in the sun and placing a nice gin and tonic down on it just looks like something out of a James Bond film”.

Jackson has already been re-commissioned for another similar project. He’s keeping quiet about this one but something tells me that it will be equally as spectacular. This up-and-coming resin artist is clearly buzzing on the endless possibilities which are all derived from his surfing background, and accompanied with his infectious enthusiasm, we wish him every success with this very exciting new venture.

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A New Den for Ben

Our friends at Business Cornwall called it a “New Den for Ben”, and on Saturday 29th April just in time for summer, the team unveiled the new Den. An outdoor bar which coincided with the release of ‘Head Launcher’, an exclusive ale produced for the restaurant by Skinners Brewery.

Guests enjoyed a fantastic afternoon basking in the sun while enjoying resident DJ Samiad, eating freshly baked pizza cooked perfectly by our Head Chef Adam, and sampling a selection of drinks including the new ale ‘Head Launcher’. ‘Head Launcher’ was inspired by the Sennen Cove Lifeboat which plays a massive part in our local community.

The Den brings the outside in. The bar top itself is styled as resin art – exactly like a surf board by local board shaper and builder Jackson Higgs of Bluff Longboards http://blufflongboards.co.uk/ and constructed using surf board construction techniques and it’s simply quite amazing. The Den has been crafted carefully and has been a labour of love for all those involved.

We are so delighted with our new Den, and want to thank all those involved in making the Den possible and to our staff who worked hard in making this launch happen. A true team effort.

The Surf Den opens on May 5th. Please see our Opening Times for full details. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Surf Den Launch With Signature Ale

On Saturday 29th April we are pleased to unveil our new outdoor bar in time for the summer season (the Surf Den)
The launch coincides with the release of Head Launcher, an exclusive ale produced for the restaurant by Skinners Brewery.
The Surf Den is a relaxed spot for beach-lovers and wave-chasers, who can enjoy a thirst-quenching drink, chilled DJ sets and freshly baked pizzas – making it the perfect spot to refuel after a day enjoying Cornish beach life.

Signature ale Head Launcher has been crafted exclusively for the unique setting of Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove and the Surf Den; described as a session beer, the pale ale has a strong malty flavour balanced by floral hops, and a refreshing finish.

The bar opens this Saturday at 12pm, with pizza’s 4 – 8pm. To celebrate our resident DJ Samiad will be playing from 3pm.

The Surf Den opening times from 5th May, will be 7 days, 12pm to 8.30pm.

Look forward to seeing you on Saturday.