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The Kitchen Front

Muddy says: This unique gift-shop, studio and tea room in Bude pays homage to the women of the post-war era.

Victory rolls and red lippy at the ready for a visit to The Kitchen Front – a haven of 1940s and 50s nostalgia based in a listed building on the canal front in Bude. Here designer Clair Roberts draws inspiration from the post-war years, and the women who lived through them, to design and make gorgeous ceramic and fabric gifts. Customers can also commission their own personalised pieces to be made to order.

But The Kitchen Front is more than just a shop and studio, offering a range of creative workshops and private parties too. And on high days and holidays they transform the building into a pop up 1940s Victory Tea Room, complete with waitresses in the style of the famous Lyons Tea House “Nippies”.

Their vintage-themed hen parties are a particular hit. The Kitchen Front team get all dolled up in period dress, and as swing music plays in the background guests can create their own piece of ceramic kitchenware while enjoying afternoon tea on vintage china. With so much else on offer in Bude, from the stunning beaches to foodie gems, a trip to The Kitchen Front is a perfect afternoon activity if you’re planning a weekend away with the girls.

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