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We want you – Pursuing your Passion at Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove

Welcome to Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove.

We are looking for new recruits to join our team who have exceptionally high standards and a passion to deliver the very best for our customers. Our team are our most vital asset. Rewarding and challenging, Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove prides itself on being a supportive environment. After all, you contribute to the success of the business.

We have just finished our third year trading and we hope you will be part of our future.

Our Team (we work together to achieve a common goal)

Chefs

Summer recruitment starts in April. You will be working in busy kitchen and making pizzas in front of the customers. To join our team you must have:

– Certificate of food hygiene level 2
– Experience of working in busy kitchens
– Some knowledge of kitchen management
– References

Front of House

Summer recruitment starts in April. You will be working in two different environments: outside bar Surf Den and it the restaurant. To join our team you must have:

– Demonstrate a high level of customer service
– A basic knowledge of table service
– Bar work
– Wine and spirit knowledge
– Food hygiene at least level 1
– Some experience of working in busy places

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Autumn – 4 Events, Christmas Menu and a Loyalty Card. Crikey its Busy!

We have just finished our third season here in Sennen Cove. We love autumn, long beach walks, snuggle up on the sofa and the warming wood burner. We’re really looking forward to all our events coming up to keep you busy through the winter months.

First off, our third Annual Surf Competition, 20th – 22nd October. The fun, family-friendly surf contest is back for the third year. This year we collaborate with four other local businesses, Sennen Surfing Centre, Sennen Surf Company Shop, The Old Success Inn and Smart Surf School. The two-day event will see surfers of all ages and abilities take to the water and compete in a variety of classes from junior to veteran. Friday night registration at the Old Success. Saturday, youth tag team and veterans, pizza, drinks, prizes & music at Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove. Sunday, Longboard and open divisions, pizza, drinks, prizes & music at Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove

Remember, remember the 4th November, as Bonfire night comes a day early to Sennen Cove, we celebrate the British tradition dating back to 1605. It is definitely worth joining us for the beach community festivities.

Something new and a first – Ben and the team together with our friends at MahaMasala offer you a warming pop up Curry Night. Here in Sennen we will be offer an exciting pop up Indian dining experience on 10th November at Sennen Cove. Fabulously warming traditional Indian spices and flavours to tempt you in our beachside venue.

Calling all Christmas Foodies, we have a Christmas Menu throughout December that will not disappoint. Book now for a romantic meal for two or if you fancy your Christmas Party, looking out on the deserted beach, rough sea and dramatic sky, we have a great space for your celebrations.

New Year is the time of year where you can join us for a night of fun as the new the calendar year begins. DJ sets, great company and great food as you see the New Year in.

And, for those who like an offer – we are launching for you the Friends of Sennen loyalty card; visit us nine times during winter period and the 10th time have lunch on us.

“We have some exciting events coming up throughout the winter, and we know nothing better than on how to entertain, or if you prefer a morning coffee with delicious cake, brisk walk with a dog or without, followed by lunch then Sennen Cove is the place to visit,” says Ben
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Annual Sennen Surf Comp 20th – 22nd October What’s On!

Yo Homies, Surf’s up! Here’s all that’s happening at this year’s premier surfing event!

We’ve included a veterans and longboard comp division for the first time this year alongside our youth tag team and open classes.

Friday Night
Registration at the Old Success Inn (beer and pasties)

Saturday
Youth tag team and veterans 45+

8.30 am -bacon Sandwiches in Surf Den Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove for the contestants
9.30 am – restaurant opens for coffee
12 pm – Surf Den opens bar and pizza
12pm – lunch
3.30pm – DJ in Surf Den
5 – 5.30pm – award ceremony

Sunday

Longboard and open divisions

8.00am registration at Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove
8.30am bacon sandwich
12pm – surf Den opens bar and pizza
3.30pm – DJ in Surf Den
5 – 5.30 award ceremony

Please contact Dave on dave.muir1@btinternet.com for entries. All entries must be completed by 15th October.

Tag team £20 per team (4 surfers)
Longboard, veteran and open £15.00 each
(incudes coffee and bacon sandwich)

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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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3rd Annual Sennen Surf Contest 21 – 22 October – Join in the fun!

The annual fun, family-friendly surf contest is returning to Sennen Cove for its third year this October, as we partner with four other local businesses to host this exciting event and make it a Sennen event for all.

 

Ben and the team are working with Sennen Surfing Centre, Sennen Surf Company Shop, The Old Success Inn and Smart Surf School to plan the two -day event on 21st and 22nd October, which will see surfers of all ages and abilities take to the water and compete in a variety of classes.

 

The first day of competition will end with an evening event at the Old Success Inn and the second day evening event will happen here in our Surf Den with the prize giving finale.

 

Saturday will involve the junior tag team and veterans (+45) open event.  Sunday will feature the longboard event and the senior open with cash prizes at stake.

 

Join in the fun and contact us, Sennen Surfing Centre, Sennen Surf Company Shop, The Old Success Inn, Smart Surf School for more information and to sign up and join in.

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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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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.

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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.