The Bush Inn Morwenstow
Crosstown
Bude
Cornwall EX23 9SR

Any visitor to north Cornwall who stumbles across The Bush Inn has found a rare gem.  Located on a hillside overlooking the beautiful Tidna Valley and the Atlantic Ocean, this old whitewashed pub dates from the 13th century. 
 
This pub is close to the South West Coastal Path between Bude and Hartland Peninsula and is very popular with walkers.  It has excellent food, Cornish real ales and even has limited bed and breakfast accommodation.  Because of the pub’s popularity, the owners recommend booking a table in advance for meals. 
 
Huge Stone Fireplaces
Low ceilings, huge stone fireplaces, slate floors and settle seats beside the fire are just some of the delightful features of this pub.  It still has some relics from its time as a medieval monastic hostelry. It is believed that as far back as 950 AD pilgrims were stopping at this monk’s rest on their way from Wales to Spain. 
 
In the main bar you can see a Celtic piscina made of green serpentine stone, and beside the door into the garden there is a monastic cross carved into the stone floor. 
 
Leper's Squint harks back Smuggling Days
In the middle bar there is a ‘Leper’s Squint’.  Often seen in medieval churches, these little windows allowed lepers to witness The Sacrament without coming into contact with other people.  In this case, it was used for passing scraps of food to the poor and needy.  In the 18th century the squint was used to keep an eye out for the Revenue Men seeking smugglers. 
 
The Bush was a popular refuge for wreckers and smugglers engaged in luring ships on to the treacherous rocks below the cliffs for their cargo.  Some of these cut-throat gangs were feared by the local community.  The smugglers were usually local people supplementing their meagre incomes by bringing in tax free luxury goods such as brandy, tobacco and lace.
 
Link with Daphne Du Maurier
The Bush Inn is thought to have been Daphne Du Maurier’s inspiration for her novel 'Jamaica Inn'.  She was a regular patron whilst living in nearby Kilkhampton. 
 
Plan Your Visit 
Accommodation - Search & Book through Agoda here:    External Link
 
Opening Details
Open all year, seven days a week.
Visit the Inn website (link below) for serving information.
 
Contact & Further Information
For meal reservations and accommodation and general enquiries
Telephone   +44 (0)1288 331 242
Mail   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website   Bush Inn Morwenstow     External Link 
 
Getting There
- By Car  
From the A39 Barnstaple to Bude road, 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Kilkhampton follow the signposts to Morwenstow.  After approximately 2 miles (3.2 km), take the 2nd turn right to the village signposted 'Shop'.  Continue along this road for 1½ miles (2.4 km) until you reach Crosstown. The Bush Inn is on the left, on the far side of the village green.
 
The Morwenstow Church is some 219 yards (200 meters) further on.