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Coffee at Watergate Bay Hotel

It’s fair to say we like coffee at Watergate Bay and we think our guests do too. Which is why we take it so seriously. There’s different coffee for different times of the day, made slightly differently, with different tastes and flavours, during different seasons. But one thing is the same. All our coffee comes from Origin Coffee Roasters.



Breakfast starts the day in Zacry’s with a filter coffee from Fazenda Mariano Farm in the mountainous south Minas Gerias of Brazil. The bean is freshly ground and brewed using an innovative, infusion system. This form of drip filtration from our La Marzocco machine, gives a much cleaner taste, where the flavours of the coffee shine through.


The Mariano farm is located high above the spa town of Pocos De Caldas a beautiful spa town in the south Minas Gerias. Origin has been working with them for over three years. The coffee displays all of the classic flavours associated with good coffee from this mountainous region. It has lots and lots of toffee sweetness it is rich, rounded and chocolaty and has a lovely hazelnut praline taste.


Afternoon cappuccino

Head to The Living Space or The Beach Hut for your afternoon cappuccino who both also use Origin coffee. This time of year they will be using their seasonal collection blend which consists of summer bean varieties from three different farms. These beans have notes of sweet toasted pecans, chocolate, intense caramel flavour with  full to medium body.


Your cappuccino will be made up of a double espresso shot of Origin coffee and frothy milk into 12oz cups. If a little more milk go for a latte.


After dinner in Zacry’s you can also opt for a seasonal Origin espresso blend. Filter coffee is for breakfast, whereas cappuccino, espresso, flat whites and lattes feature large.


Why seasonality?

Origin believe that seasonal coffee traded directly is the best way to ensure the production of exceptional coffee. It means speciality coffee created from a face to face relationship with grower. It means Origin have visited the farm and chosen those who share a passion for truly great coffee.

Producing coffee of the highest standard requires great skill and innovation. It’s an expensive process, so expert growers are rewarded for their commitment to quality. t’s an expensive process, so F30® rewards growers for their investment and their commitment to quality, guaranteeing them a minimum of 30% above the cost of production. Responsibility and sustainability are at the heart of Origin’s coffee purchasing.


What we like about Origin is that they focus on the core message of the coffee sourcing, quality, equality, seasonality, relationship and responsibility.

O’Neill at Electric Beach

Sit back, relax and fasten those seat belts, the O’Neill tour bus has started its road trip and it’ll be parking up at Electric Beach Music Festival on 7 & 8 June.


Decked out from boot to bonnet, the new look surf wagon has been ‘madeover’ using recycled and upcycled materials, including wetsuit inspired seats, giving it a cool new look with an old school vibe. The bus will make its first scheduled stop in Newquay and then on to the best surf spots, the diary is stacked with pro coaching sessions, product testing, acoustic sessions, onboard DJ’s and plenty of time in the water, including stop overs at Electric Beach Festival – Watergate Bay, Leopallooza – Bude and Somersault festival- Woolacombe.

When the bus parks up at Electric Beach Festival on 7 – 8 June, O’Neill will be able to offer expert surfing tuition from the long board master, Ben Skinner, who’s a regular in the British team and hunting his first World title; Sam Lamiroy, prviously Britain number one surfer; Celine Gehret who competes all round the world and the Swiss National Surf Champion; Dale Foster, a regular on the UK Pro Surf tour and Max Payne, Cornish School Surf Champ.



17-18 May: Newquay Fistral
24-26 May: Sennen
31-1 May: Perranporth


6-9 June:Watergate (Electric Beach Festival)
14 -15 June: Newquay/Fistral
21 June: Hayle
22 June: Polzeath
28-29 June: Bude


4-6 July: Mawgan Porth (Surf Girl Wave and Workout)
12 July: Braunton (British surfing museum- Fundraising event)
13 July: Croyde
15 July: Woolacombe
17-21 July : Castle Hill North Devon
23 July: London
26 July: Saltash


1-3 August:Leopalooza/Bude
4-10 August: Watergate
16-17 August: Mt Hawke /Newquay
23 August: The Witterings
25 August: Bournemouth
31-1 August: London

In Season – May


As the weeks move towards summer it becomes easier to eat more local and seasonal produce. April and May means asparagus. With such a short season, you need make the best of it while its here, along with all the green veg like broad beans and wild garlic.

Check out our Pinterest board to see what else is in season through May.

Fruit & Veg
Broad beans
Cornish new potatoes
Pea shoots
Salad onions
Wild garlic

Lemon sole

Broad beans


Broad beans are a great crop grown widely throughout Europe. They are a great source of protein and carnohydrates working well in stews and fresh spring salads.

Top tip: Buy broad beans as fresh as possible; pods should be firm and crisp. Avoid any that feel soft.

Perfect match: Head Chef of The Living Space, Adam Stock, enjoys broad beans with iberico ham for a spanish infused dish.



Lettuce are available in a vast number of varieties, from crisp leaves to soft. Growing from a central stalk to form and spherical head. Most are green but you can get red/pink varieties.

Top tip: Although mainly eaten raw in salads, lettuce works well in soups or braised as a side dish.

Perfect match: Shred and add to a spring salad. Or make it the main feature of a Caesar salad like that on the Living Space menu.

Cornish new potatoes


Cornish new potatoes are the first potato to be harvested in the UK each year. Cornish Earlies, as they are known locally, are a real sign that spring has arrived in the county. Our popular potatoes are know for being sold ‘dirty’, i.e. unwashed, as growers believe it retains the flavour and freshness.

Top tip: Keep them whole. Divide your potatoes into similar sizes and cook whole, this will give the potato a fluffier middle and lock in flavour.

Perfect match: In the Living Space we serve them boiled and buttered with hot smoked salmon, chives and fennel. It’s a real winner!

Wild Garlic


A.k.a 3 cornered leek. Wild garlic is everywhere at this time of year in Cornwall. In fact the distinctive smell of wild garlic greets you as you drive to Watergate Bay past the airport. Unlike common garlic, it’s the leaves that are eaten rather than the bulbs or flowers. The taste is delicate, often likened to that of chives.

Top tip: Use the flowers of wild garlic as means of decoration only. If you eat one, you’ll taste it for the rest of the day as it has an intense, overpowering flavour.

Perfect match: Wild garlic goes extremely well with lamb, or blend it into a wild garlic and nettle soup.

Recipe: Cornish monkfish with asparagus, new potatoes and wild garlic pesto.

Spider Crab


Looks scary. Tastes good. Spider crab, much like it’s relatives, yeilds sweet, dense meat in it’s legs. Male crabs tend to be bigger and harbour a heavier, richer meat, whilst the females are known for a lighter, sweeter meat.

Top tip: Spider crabs are a more sustainable breed of crab, so try them instead of other varieties like Atlantic blue crab, or the European Brown crab.

Perfect match: Flake the crab meat into an Asian infused salad with cucumber and sesame dressing.