35ml Citroen Vodka
35ml Original Baileys
35ml lemon juice
Add all ingredients to your shaker and shake!
Strain into martini glass.
Garnish with lemon and enjoy.
Served in The Living Space.
35ml Citroen Vodka
35ml Original Baileys
35ml lemon juice
Add all ingredients to your shaker and shake!
Strain into martini glass.
Garnish with lemon and enjoy.
Served in The Living Space.
Built in 1900, Watergate Bay Hotel was originally intended to serve as a railway terminus hotel for a proposed Newquay to Padstow branch line, but the railway never came. During the Second World War, it became an RAF Officers Mess and was later converted into married quarters, but fell into disrepair during the 1960s.
John and Mary Ashworth bought the Watergate Bay Hotel in 1967, initially running it as self-catering flats. The Ashworths converted the premises back to a 55 bedroom hotel in 1971, adding an extension to include a living area and restaurant. It was successfully run as a seasonal family hotel for the traditional bucket-and-spade holiday for many years.
Also in the 1970s one of the UK’s first skate parks opened at Watergate Bay. The concrete bowl was popular among skateboarders of the era including Nigel Semmens.
In 1999, John and Mary’s middle son, Henry Ashworth, developed the hire shop into The Beach Hut restaurant and Extreme Academy sports school. His vision was to create a ‘ski resort on a beach’, to make Watergate Bay a place where people could get active amongst the elements one minute and then relax and eat good food the next. Somewhere to hang out.
Extreme Academy’s sports schools transformed the beach into a mixture of classroom, playground and the wild outdoors, all year round when before people only came to the beach in the summer. Offering lessons to those who wanted to try new sports or improve their skills in a range of activities including: surfing, waveski, traction kiting, kitesurfing, standup paddlesurfing and hand planing. 2010 saw Extreme Academy sports school completely rebuilt to include heated changing facilities with hot showers, and a new booking and equipment hire office.
Located right next to the sand, The Beach Hut has stunning views across Watergate Bay from both the indoor tables and from the decked balcony that runs around the restaurant. Open 365 days a year, the menu runs from breakfast to mid morning coffees, lazy lunches and afternoon cakes, through to dinner. Daily specials reflect the best of Cornish seasonal produce and the iconic Extreme Hot Chocolates are worth a visit by themselves.
Over the years The Beach Hut has been transformed from a single story building into a two stories. In 2006 Fifteen Cornwall moved into upstairs and The Beach Hut became one level once again. The storm of March 2008 played havoc with Watergate Bay and the restaurant found itself underwater. Since then we’ve build a new sea wall and The Beach Hut got a whole new look.
In 2004 Will Ashworth took over the running of the hotel from his parents, John and Mary. The same year, the hotel embarked upon a four phase redevelopment, which transformed the hotel over the course of the next eight years. The regeneration of Watergate Bay Hotel created the Living Space which opened in 2005 and Swim Club which opened in 2012.
Only accessible to hotel guests and members Swim Club offers exclusive use of the lower-ground of The Living Space. The Ocean Room has commanding views of the Atlantic and serves coffees and cocktails, beer, wine, spirits and patisserie from the café bar. The ethos is aprés ski by the beach.
May 2006 saw the addition of Fifteen Cornwall to Watergate Bay, transforming the second floor of The Beach Hut into the second Fifteen restaurant in the UK. The restaurant has achieved huge success and has trained over 140 apprentices to date.
We are now in 2013 and developing some even bigger and better plans for the hotel. Stay tuned for our dining room project!
From ice rinks to carnivals, festivals to markets Cornwall has a lot going on throughout winter. The county is lit up with twinkling Christmas lights and dusted with festive cheer. It really tis’ the season to be jolly!
19 October – 2 March
Get your skates on this Christmas at Eden Project. Amidst the biomes, down deep in Eden’s heart the ice skating rink is a wonderland of winter fun, hosting a wide range of skating sessions to suit the whole family.
8 – 10 November
‘Four screens, three days and one fabulous party!’, Cornwall Film Festival will be taking place in the new state of the art Lighthouse Cinema in Newquay, showcasing local and international films from blockbuster, documentary and short story genres.
The people of St. Austell come together year on year to celebrate the beginning of the winter festivities by illuminating the town with a procession of dazzling lights accompanied by samba bands and carnival floats.
Winding their way through the city streets in a great glow of festive lights will be hundreds of hand-made lanterns along with an array of dance and music. This year’s theme is ‘Expect the Unexpected’ so that’s exactly what we’ll do.
The Beach Hut has joined the race to get the first bottles of Beaujolais nouveau. This flamboyant French red is released on the third Thursday of November, and not before, so we’ll be celebrating this tradition will plenty of Beaujolais wine and a typical French feast. There will be banqueting tables, French onion soup, beef bourguignon and tarte fine aux pommes.
Give thanks Beach Hut style with turkey, pumpkin pie, apple cider and sea views. What are you thankful for this year?
Bookings from 6pm – 9pm. Call 01637 861 295.
30 November – 1 December
A weekend of great festive entertainment, food and drink along with plenty of opportunities to pick up some last minute Christmas gifts.
5 – 8 December
See the Cornish village come alive with celebrity chefs, culinary delights, fireworks and festive fun. Our Executive Chef, Neil Haydock will even be making an appearance on the chefs stage on Saturday 7 December at 2:45pm.
14 December – 4 January
Noted ‘the best display of Christmas lights in Cornwall’, Mousehole Christmas Lights are a stunning sight, with floating displays across the harbour and throughout the streets. Soak up the Christmas atmosphere, browse the Cornish gift shops and stop in for a bite to eat at one of the village inns.
Beach Hut Brunch – Saturday 12th October 2013
Arriving at The Beach Hut on a bright Autumn Saturday morning I enjoy soaking up the laid back vibe and the amazing view across Watergate Bay. It’s the penultimate day of my honeymoon and my new husband and I are excited about the prospect of a special slap up brunch designed by executive chef Neil Haydock – with scrummy specials including French Toast and Crab Benedict. We’re also here for a coffee lesson from local roasters Origin Coffee, who’ll be letting us in on some secrets of better home brewing.
Origin have been supplying Watergate Bay Hotel for over ten years, and today expert barista trainer Dave Jones has brought two coffees along to brew using two very different methods. One diner describes it fondly as a chemistry lesson over breakfast.
The flavours in speciality coffee are a bit like the flavours in fine wine; except the brewing process is different, it’s not a fait accompli by the time you buy. Because you brew the coffee, you have a say in how your drink turns out and have a huge impact on the final coffee flavour according to your preference.
We’re shown the green beans, both coffees as roasted and a darker roast bean. Origin roasts its coffee lightly to retain as many of the complex flavours as possible and avoid losing these beneath darker, or even burnt flavours.
First up was the Santa Elena; a very special coffee that, after Origin’s Head Roaster Phil Gevaux had selected it on his trip to El Salvador earlier this year, was then awarded 6th place in the country’s Cup of Excellence – the premier competition recognising the very best coffees around the world.
Dave brewed the Santa Elena in a cafetiere with a 3-4 minute brew time, the coffee sample was dark and chocolatey and we were told the bold, sediment-heavy look was typical of a cafetiere brew.
I had never noticed the muddiness of coffee brewed in a cafetiere before, but the next method showed us a clear difference between the two brews as Dave introduced us to the beautiful lines of the Chemex (it’s in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, don’t you know).
The paper filter in the Chemex, and its baby sister the V60 filter cone produces a far cleaner, clearer coffee and this time it’s the turn of the Finca El Faldon, newly arrived at the Origin Roastery from Columbia as a new season winter coffee.
Finca El Faldon is harvest throughout the year from a fly crop between the two main crops. Origin will be roasting it as a single origin espresso and filter coffee and it will be the espresso supplied to Watergate Bay. Brewed in a Chemex this coffee sample was clean, crisp and clear with dominant fruit flavours, particularly blackcurrant.
- Buy a hand grinder and grind your beans just before you brew – this will ensure the flavours are at their freshest.
- Don’t store your coffee in a fridge – the moisture will leach out the flavours.
- Watch Origin’s videos at http://vimeo.com/origincoffee for more details on water and coffee ratios.
- Try different brewing methods and then change one thing each time until you discover your favourite method.
- Different flavours emerge at different temperatures – so try to resist the urge to gulp down your drink in one go.
Guest post by Suzie Cunliffe
Check out the other autumn events The Beach Hut will be hosting in the coming months.
Cardio cycle, better known as spinning, is a 40 minute cycle based workout class held every Tuesday and Thursday at Watergate Bay Hotel and instructed by Carl Coombes, Sports Manager at the Extreme Academy.
Cardio cycle is a full on cardiovascular workout on specialist stationary bikes. The bikes consist of a singular front wheel and brake that can be adjusted to suit the desired intensity of the work out.
We sent our Digital Marketing Exec, Lucie, to check out the class, here’s how she got on.
‘At first I was apprehensive, having never been to a spinning class before, but that quickly turned to enjoyment as Carl put everyone at ease explaining the class was intended to be a personal workout, so it was up to us how hard we pushed ourselves.
The first few minutes of the class Carl helped us all individually, set up our bikes so that they were comfortable to ride. One lady remarked she has never had this close attention to detail at a spinning class before, and once our class was over she was impressed at the difference the adjustments had made to her workout.
We all hopped onto our bikes and began to pedal.
During a 10 minute warm up Carl took us through the various stages of speed and resistance we’d be using, made the final adjustments to the bikes and we were off.
The warm up was followed by:
12 minutes of high intensity, high tempo work
18 minutes of hill climbing with high resistance and low cadence
Interspersed with 5 minutes recovery
5 minute ‘jumps’ with high work rate
10 minute warm down and stretch
Throughout the session Carl played an upbeat, motivating playlist of modern music from Madonna to Faithless which you can listen to and follow here.
After a 50 minute workout the class and I were pretty proud of ourselves, having continually cycled for what I can only imagine equates to miles of beautiful Cornish countryside.
I’d recommend cardio cycle to everyone, even if you’re a total newbie like me. Carl caters to everyone’s level of experience, offering alternative levels of resistance to meet their abilities.’
Cardio cycle is run every Tuesday at 9.30am and Thursday at 10.30am. To pre-book call 01637 860543 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively book your place at reception. Sessions are £6. Open to both residetns of the hotel and non-residents.
A coastal holiday in winter is something that excites us and Watergate Bay is particularly beautiful during this time of year. The beach is quiet, the surf is powerful and the skies are ever changing. Winter however, can be a tricky season to pack for so we have covered the essentials in our packing guide to winter at Watergate Bay. Many of our suggestions have been made by you.
Let us know if you have any other suggestions by leaving us a comment.
This is everything from hats to scarfs, gloves to jumpers, tights to socks. Bring your warmest clothes and layer up as Cornwall is known to get a little chilly in the winter months because of its exposure to the ocean on three sides.
Along with the cold comes the rain, but hopefully not too much. It’s an unfortunate necessity, the weather in Cornwall is known to change at a moment’s notice, but that’s all part of the charm.
Thus completing the three essential ‘W’s of winter packing – Woolley pullies, waterproof’s and wellies. Splash and play in the shallows of the Atlantic but keep your toes warm.
If you’re lucky a blanket of snow will turn our beach from gold to white this winter and we’re sure you’ll want to capture the beach as the frost sets in and the icicles form.
We have three restaurants at Watergate Bay Hotel plus Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall opposite us. It’s fair to say you won’t go hungry whilst staying with us so a big appetite is a must! Indulge in the local Cornish produce and have an extra dollop of clotted cream on your scones!
Take the bracing waters head on, duck and dive under the waves and learn to surf. At Exetreme Academy we have full winter kit available during our lessons or for hire, so there’s no excuse. Get in the water!
Be it your husband, wife, children, friends or dog, bring someone to share the beach with, to chat over coffee with and to hold the camera whilst you build a sandcastle and watch the winter sunset.
8th – 10th November
Lighthouse Cinema, Newquay
Tickets will be on sale from Saturday 19th October here.
Taking place in the new state of the art Lighthouse Cinema in Newquay, Cornwall Film Festival remains a unique event in UK filmmaking and exhibition. It’s the only film festival of its kind that nurtures professional development of students and established filmmakers in Cornwall.
Over the course of three days both locally and internationally made films will be shown including works from feature, documentary and sport genres. Q&A sessions are also going to be running alongside the previews so if you are a budding film maker you can interview the people involved to get first-hand insight.
How can you take part?
You can get involved in a number of workshops that will run throughout the four day festival. Workshop sessions will focus on stop-frame animation, drama college auditions, casting and screenwriting for female characters with talented guest speakers taking part.
Feature films such as ‘The Selfish Giant’, ‘Prince Avalanche’ and ‘Don Jon’ will be previewed alongside documentaries like ‘Low Down and Derby’ and ‘Art of Motion’. The full programme of films can be found here.
So sit back, enjoy and don’t forget the popcorn!
This half term our Kid’s Zone is getting all spooky ready for Halloween.
If you’re staying with us this half term with children we have supervised sessions, family entertainment, surf lessons and plenty of fun in store, including our Freaky Friday Halloween Party on Friday 1st November.
You are all invited to a ‘spook-tacular’ party that’ll be such a fright, with face painting, music and dancing all night! Scary creatures take to flight, on this very frightful night! Please join us if you dare, for an evening that is sure to scare!
Family face painting for young and old – 3pm in the Boardroom, now you’ve been told! Don’t forget your costume; there are prizes to be won. Who will be the scariest? There is sure to be lots of fun!
Frightful foods and witches brews: Join us at 4.30pm, there is a spooky Kids Tea in the Dining room.
Evening closed supervision for little ghosts and ghouls
(3-7 year olds) – 6:30pm to 9:30pm*
During this freaky night you can enjoy a ghoulish cookery workshop…with slimy treats for your delight. A spooky film we will then watch – if you get scared, we can cuddle up
Evening closed supervision for older goblins and vampires
(7-12 year olds) – 6:30pm to 9:30pm
A night full of fun, a night full of fright, a ‘Thriller’ workshop is here for the night. Join us if you dare, will you be in for a scare? Will you feel brave enough…perform it if you dare! If you make it to the end without stage fright, there are prizes to be won, at the end of the night!
Don’t forget to book your place with the Kid Zone reception from 8am on Friday 1st November.
The Kid Zone will be open throughout half term and we will lots of Halloween entertainment in store.
Sunday 20th October to Sunday 3rd November
Kid’s Zone morning closed supervised sessions (3-7 year olds) – 10am to 12 midday
XA Club morning closed supervised sessions (7-12 year olds) – 10am to 12 midday
Saturday 19th October to Saturday 2nd November
Kid’s Zone evening closed supervised sessions (3-7 year olds) – 6:30pm to 9:30pm*
XA Club evening closed supervised sessions (7-12 year olds) – 6:30pm to 9:30pm
*Evening supervision runs every night throughout the year for 3-7 year olds.
Closed supervised sessions
allow you to leave your children in the Kid’s Zone to be cared for by the Kid’s Zone staff. Bookings for closed supervised sessions can only be taken on the day from 8am at the Kid’s Zone reception. We do have high demand for these sessions so we would encourage you to book both for the Kid’s Zone and XA Club as these sessions are subject to availability. We are sorry but we are not able to take advanced bookings.
Kid’s tea will be at 4:30pm in the dining room from Saturday 19th October to Saturday 2nd November. From Sunday 3rd November kid’s tea will be at 5pm.
We will have family entertainment running through the week in the games room from 5.30 – 6.15pm on certain days. Please check at reception on arrival for the exact dates and activities. Your children must be supervised during family entertainment sessions.
Free surf lessons for hotel residents (8-15 year olds) will be running from Monday to Friday from Monday 21st October to Friday 1st November with the Extreme Academy. Class times are 9:30am and 1.30pm. Booking can be made at reception on arrival and is recommended as places are limited.
The Kid’s Zone, games room and family games room in the event space are available throughout the day free of charge for families to enjoy at their leisure. Children using the Kid’s Zone will need to be supervised by their parents outside of closed supervised sessions.
There are 7,500 known varieties of apple globally and all with different characteristics; some are red, some are green, some are sweet and some are bitter. In Britain we cultivate well-known brands such as the Bramley Apple, Golden Delicious and Cox.
Apples are seasonal fruits but the British varieties come into their own during the autumn months. During summer the apples you buy from the supermarket or green grocer are from the southern hemisphere. If you are lucky enough to grow apples in your garden, from September to November you should harvest your apples and start making apple pie, crumble and tarts.
Top apple tips:
-Apples keep well. After you stew, slice or peel them they will freeze until you are ready to use them.
-Don’t immerse in water to preserve them and stop them going brown as they take on moisture, become soggy and lose their flavour. Peel just before you need to use them.
-When you feel that hunger pang… grab an apple. Apples have no gluten, carboydrates, sodium or fat in them (until you coat them in sugar and stew them for a pie) making them a great food to snack on.
-Apple varieties range in size from a little larger than a cherry to as large as a grapefruit.
-Apples are a member of the rose family.
-A medium apple is about 80 calories.
-Apples ripen six to ten times faster at room temperature than if they were refrigerated.
How do you make an apple turnover? …Push it down hill.
What kind of apple isn’t an apple? …A pineapple.
How do you make an apple puff? …Chase it round the garden.
What do you get if you cross an apple with a shellfish? …A crab apple.
You can sample our tasty apple dishes in The Beach Hut, Living Space and the hotel’s dining room.
How’d you like them apples?
Today is National Dessert day, a day filled with delicious treats. It’s time to forget the healthy eating and indulge in your favourite pudding; today you really can have your cake and eat it too.
We have compiled our five favourite dessert recipes for you to make today, and tomorrow and the next day. All of these desserts can be found in either The Beach Hut, Living Space or dining room of Watergate Bay Hotel where our chefs are constantly hard at work coming up with new recipes and dishes for you to enjoy.
Happy National Dessert Day!
A thin tarte of puff pastry, almond frangipane and thinly sliced apples, glazed in butter and served with clotted cream or ice cream.
Our deconstructed cheesecake is guaranteed crowd pleaser. The beauty of this dish is that it is simple, easy and delicious!
Ignore the word ‘summer’ and turn this dish into an autumnal pudding by using seasonal fruits such as plums.
We served these delectable doughnuts at Polo on the Beach 2013. Being bite-sized they are great for parties and get-togethers.
Break into the chocolate sponge and let the mango lava pour out. Serve this pudding warm with Cornish vanilla or chocolate ice cream.