Laidback dining with stunning sea views
Set on a spectacular surfing beach on the north Cornwall coast, Watergate Bay Hotel is the perfect destination for a contemporary beach holiday. It’s a place that’s all about the balance of life; being active, getting among the elements, eating and drinking well, spoiling yourself a little, chilling out, getting cosy and – most of all – having a good time.
The beach is on the doorstep, so from the moment you arrive, the Atlantic Ocean and the rugged coastline are an ever-present reminder that you’re somewhere where nature rules. But inside, every part of the hotel – from the bedrooms to Swim Club – has been created to bring you the best in contemporary Cornish comfort.
The living is easy at The Living Space. The laidback alternative to the Watergate Bay Hotel’s more formal Zacry’s restaurant, it has expansive glass windows for stunning sea views, contemporary décor and a cosy and intimate vibe with inviting sofas – plus a terrace for alfresco dining in the summer months.
The open kitchen serves fresh and inventive food from the skilled team led by head chef Neil Haydock. The menus include platters for sharing, seasonal salads, hearty dishes and plates for under-eights. Seasonality is key and dishes draw on the time of year, combining flavours that are Cornish, traditional British and European with local produce in many places.
The specials reflect the changing seasons even more closely than the main menus, allowing Neil to adapt to the seasonal produce available. ‘We listen to our suppliers and see what they have,’ he says, ‘So we get inspiration from each morning’s delivery.’
The food’s just the kind you’d crave after a walk on the beach or a surf, especially in the cooler months when dishes like spiced butternut squash soup sprinkled with seeds and served with crusty rolls sit alongside hearty fishcakes and desserts such as a golden savarin with sharp raspberries and a cloud-like topping of chantilly cream.
You don’t have to dine when you visit as there is also a bar serving coffees, cocktails and cream teas – to eat at a table, in an armchair or on the decked terrace outside.
Smoked prawns – pot of smoked prawns in their shells served with harissa mayo, £6.50
Classic LS burger – cured pork and beef patty, brioche bun, mayo, cheese, gem lettuce, tomato, dill pickle, sweet mustard, onion and fries, £10.50
Tarakan chocolate mousse with raspberries, £6
Don’t miss Polo on the Beach which happens annually on Watergate Bay. Its a weekend festival of world class polo, entertainment and music for all the family. Keep up to date at: www.watergatebay.co.uk/polo
Cutting his teeth under Albert Roux and Michael Caines, Andy Britton brings an impressive set of cooking credentials to his new role as head chef at Howard’s House Hotel in Wiltshire
Watergate Bay Hotel, Cornwall, TR8 4AA
Open daily 8am – late. Food served 11:30am – 10pm
Chef: Adam Stock/ Neil Haydock
Owner: Will Ashworth
Bedroom rate: £145
Beach Hut events, September 10, November 4 2016 & March 3 2017
Polo on the Beach, May 19-21, 2017
From autumn through to spring Watergate Bay Hotel create a three night foodie break, Taste of the Bay, which features some of the best restaurants in Cornwall including Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall, The Beach Hut and Zacry’s.
- Kids welcome
- Dogs welcome
- Disabled access
- Parking available
- Private dining available
- Swimming pool
- Wedding venue
- Exclusive use
Best Foodie Hotel 2013 – Food Magazine Awards