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The Shop on the Beach


As the name suggests ‘The Shop on the Beach’ is literally on the beach, specifically Watergate Bay. Having opened in 2000 The Shop on the Beach has established itself as the go-to store for holiday essentials, summer and winter clothing, surfing accessories, wetsuits, surfboards and all those things your forgot to pack for your holiday.

Throughout their 14 years of trading The Shop on the Beach have developed partnerships with some great brands; Joules, Patagonia, O’Neill, Mudd & Water, Sea Salt and Havianna, just to name a few.

Everyone is catered for at The Shop on the Beach, especially children. They stock a vast range of children clothing plus a ton of beach and swim accessories you may have forgotten or need to keep them entertained. Frisbee’s, footballs, buckets, spades, goggles, swimming costumes and bikinis, body boards and even swim nappies.

But we don’t need to list everything in stock, take a look yourself.






The Shop on the Beach opening hours:

Open seven days a week: 10am to 5pm
Phone: 01637 860051

Posh Pasties at Venus

New James Strawbridge Gourmet Pasties to Launch on Summer Menu


The Posh Pasty Company is a small family business founded by James Strawbridge and his wife Holly in 2013.  They supply a range of trendy delis, foodie pubs, tourist attractions, independent cafes and farm shops across the region and can be seen travelling the South West in their vintage VW Food Truck.

Celebrating their passion for using the best, locally sourced ingredients, the award-winning ‘The Venus Company‘ is delighted to have joined forces James Strawbridge to create two new gourmet pasties. The Venus Strawbridge gourmet pasties will feature on The Venus Company’s new summer menu, which will be available in their cafés and takeaways in Devon and Cornwall from April.

The two new varieties are, ‘Triple Cheese and Onion’ and ‘Minted Lamb and Yoghurt’. Triple Cheese & Onion uses Gouda, mature Davidstow Cheddar and creamy farmhouse Cornish Smuggler cheese and is served with James’ homemade red tomato relish.  Whilst beneath the turmeric and chilli pastry of the Minted Lamb and Yoghurt pasty lies tender lamb marinated in gently spiced natural yoghurt, garlic, fennel and mint with a cooling organic Harissa mayo.

James Strawbridge

James says: “I am thrilled to be working with The Venus Company on this joint new venture. It’s a fantastic way for us to showcase the very best South West producers and also to add a new level of desirability to the already hugely popular Cornish pasty.”  James, who rose to fame alongside his father Dick in ITV 1’s The Hungry Sailors, last year turned his passion for pasties into a business, founding the Posh Pasty Company.


Fresh air fun in Cornwall

We’ve got together with our friends at This is your Kingdom and Finisterre to create a competition where you can win a ‘blissful beach break at Watergate Bay‘ and some Finisterre insulated gilets. It’s all about getting outside in the fresh air. To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is tell us where your favourite place to go for some fresh air fun.

This is Your Kingdom’ guest contributors have put together their five favourite places for fresh air fun in Cornwall. Now there is no excuse not to get outdoors and explore!

Discover hidden coves and magical woodland – Lundy Hole


“Lundy Hole is one of those rare, almost mystical valleys in Cornwall, where a small patch of precious woodland cascades down towards the sea. I love the intimacy of the meandering, shaded pathways and the sense of adventure as you catch glimpses of the glistening turquoise sea through the trees which hug the rocky cove. On a Sunday in the summer this is where you’ll find us. Bumbling down wooded tracks with cool boxes, the children’s fishing nets, blankets and the Sunday papers, the children skip along chasing butterflies and climbing trees while Monty is in his element, charging ahead with the scent of the sea in his nostrils …” Read more Shared by Emily Scott, award winning chef and creator of The Harbour Kitchen.

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Embark on a famous five-style adventure – St Michaels Mount


“The last day of the holidays found us near Penzance on an outing to St Michael’s Mount. I had a foggy childhood memory of a giant’s heart embedded in the stone path up to the castle. So three generations embarked on an expedition to find the heart. With my two-year-old on my back, and the five-year-old holding tightly to Granny’s hand, we boarded the motorboat, zoomed across gently ruffled cobalt sea, and disembarked in the Mount’s walled harbour. We climbed the steep path to the castle, passing the Giant’s Well, and there it was, smaller than we estimated a Giant’s stony heart to be, but no less satisfactory for that. The children chased each other atop the castle ramparts whilst my mother and I drank in the long views from the Lizard round to Mousehole …” Read more Shared by Nadine Mellor, Editor of the Kids Collection – over 850 stylish family-friendly places to stay worldwide

Hunt for treasure on wild beaches – Kynance Cove


“Kynance Cove is the stuff of childhood dreams; rocky, wild and raw. Scrambling over large boulders, we finally landed on the most spectacular beach with white sands and soaring cliffs covered in barnacles. At very low tide the sea allowed us to skip round to the other bays, to search for buried treasure in the many caves. In recent years gold coins have been found washed up on the beach, sadly we didn’t find one, maybe next time..” Read more Shared by Lou Archell, creator of Littlegreenshed lifestyle blog

Take blustery walks via sandy bays and steep summits – Looe


“The three mile stretch of the SW coast path from Looe in south east Cornwall to tiny Talland Bay is by far the most glorious. Start at Hannafore Point in East Looe and head west, leaving Looe Island behind you. From here, the undulating cliff path takes you past hidden coves which, on a warm day, tempt you to take a detour to cool down in the inviting water. Either that, or you’ll find yourself venturing up steep, narrow steps from whose summits you are rewarded with magnificent views across the bay towards Fowey and back towards Rame Head. After a demanding three miles you’ll come to the beautiful little cove of Talland which appears around the final bend. Pack a picnic, find a corner of sand, and lie back and watch the world go by until your batteries are recharged and ready for the walk back …” Read more Shared by Amy Caldwell, author This is your Kingdom

Explore the coastline from the water – Roseland


“We often holiday in Cornwall. For the past few years we’ve enjoyed a week in spring on the beautiful Roseland Peninsula. The week is spent walking, cooking and eating fresh, local produce and doing plenty of silent reading. This year, three of us tried kayaking for the first time. We hired kayaks from St Mawes Sit-On Kayaks and spent a gorgeous afternoon exploring the tranquil estuary and rugged Cornish coastline. It was a real treat to see the coastline from a different view…and at a slower pace. We were thoroughly energised by the experience – it was fun to be out on the open sea, just us, nature, a few fishing boats and bigger ships on the horizon – and we certainly enjoyed our well-deserved pint of locally made cider in the pub afterwards..” Read more Shared by Laura Farrar, writer for the blog Farrar’s Fields.

Do you have somewhere special in the UK you’d like to share? This is Your Kingdom would love to hear from any curious adventurous types out there who’d like to join their team of writers.


Meet the team – Carly

If you’re staying at Watergate Bay Hotel, Carly is your go-to girl. Guest Relations Manager Carly, is responsible for dealing with guest requests, problems and requirements. No two days are ever the same for Carly, from fixing bed side lamps to ordering champagne for your room, it’s fair to say her job is extremely varied.


We recently caught up with Carly, here’s what she had to say.

How long have you worked at Watergate Bay Hotel?
I first started at Watergate Bay a year and a half ago. My initial position was reception but I was promoted to GRM.

What were you doing before you joined us at the hotel?
Before I joined the team at Watergate I worked at Porth Veor Manor as a restaurant supervisor. I have also completed a degree in Contemporary Lens Media from Lincoln University. The degree focused on the use of cameras in photography and film, but I was particularly interested in the method of photo manipulation. I love working with Photoshop and changing the perspectives of a photograph.

What’s a normal day like for you?
Each day is completely different. I have my day-to-day tasks that remain the same such as walking around the whole hotel and making sure everything and everyone is ok, dealing with any maintenance requests, staff issues and department needs. But I also have a lot of ad-hoc duties that are different each day.

What do some of your ad-hoc tasks include?
I am the first port of call for reception. If they have a query they’re not sure how best to handle they’ll pass it over to me. This can be anything from putting champagne or flowers into a room to dealing with complaints or maintenance requests.

My favourite request was when a gentlemen asked me for a rake to write ‘Will you marry me?’ in the sand…she said yes!


Can you sum up your job in three words?

Everyone needs some downtime, when you’re not at work where can you be found?
I have a Border Collie so a lot of my spare time is spent walking her and spending time on the beaches nearby. I also spend a fair bit of time honing my photo manipulation skills and editing old photos.

Mint Julep cocktail

The Mint Julep cocktail is a sweet, mint flavoured drink made from a sugar syrup associated with the cuisine of the Southern United States.

Our non-alcoholic variation is now being served on the Living Space menu.



Crushed ice
20 mint leaves
10ml lemon juice
15ml elderflower cordial
Fresh apple juice
Angostura Bitters

Lemon to garnish

Glass: Bubble glass


Muddle 20 mint leaves in the glass.
Add lemon juice and elderflower cordial.
Fill glass with crushed ice and top up with fresh apple juice.
Float 4 drops of Angostura Bitters on top.
Garnish with lemon twist and enjoy.

Find our other cocktail recipes here.

What’s on in Easter

What’s on in Easter

Cornwall is full of buzz and activity during Easter. Here’s our top ten things to do in the county this Easter.

1. Learn to surf with Extreme Academy


We have some of the best surf in Cornwall at Watergate Bay and a surf school to boot. Jump in to your wetsuit, grab a board and join the team for a surf lesson, one of the most popular water sports in Cornwall. We guarantee after one lesson you’ll be hooked, especially after you’ve caught your first wave!

2. Lanhydrock Cycle Hub


Spend the day at Lanhydrock exploring the new 10km of bike trails, climbing on the play area or indulging in a slice of cake (or two) in the new Park Café. Bikes are available to hire for adults and children as well as helmets and child seat mounts.

Lanhydrock are also running an Easter trail through the gardens. Follow the clues to win an Easter themed prize.

3. Visit one of Cornwall’s historical landmarks


From the birthplace of King Arthur at Tintagel, to Henry VIII’s set of formidable fortresses, Cornwall is full of historical landmarks. Take a trip back in time and discover the secrets of Cornwall’s history.

4. Talk to the animals


Newquay Zoo have a wild line up of events this Easter from duck races to animal enrichment workshops to face painting. As an added bonus Michaela Strachan will be hosting a ‘Wild Adventure Show’ on April 14, talking through the A-Z of animals.

5. Chocolate unwrapped at the Eden Project


From April 5 – 21 the Eden Project will be unwrapping the exotic world of chocolate, from how it’s grown to how it’s made and why it became known as ‘the food of gods’. A team of chocolatiers will also be on hand to share their knowledge (and chocolate!) with you.

6. Take a walk

It’s no surprise that walking is one of the most popular activities in Cornwall given there is over 200 miles of beautiful coast path to explore offering stunning views of golden beaches and endless horizons. Choose your favourite walk from our top ten and enjoy exploring!

7. Trereife Easter Food and Craft Fair


From April 18 – 21 Trereife will be hosting its fourth Easter food and craft fair showcasing some of the finest local produce from cheese to cider, fish to preserves. Accompanied by live music, craft and food demonstrations and Trereife’s ‘Grand Easter Egg Hunt’ set within the word around the walled garden.

8. Relax in one of our favourite Cornish Gardens

Cornwall is home to some of the best gardens in the UK. Enjoying the warmth of the gulf stream, the gardens are abundant with a wealth of rare, exotic and exciting plants and trees, and in Easter the gardens are in full bloom!

9. National Maritime Museum


Throughout Easter the National Maritime Museum has a great line up of events from making a flintlock pistol, pop-up smugglers den or secret treasure chest to climbing aboard a Sea King helicopter and exploring life boats.

10. Easter egg hunts


Easter egg hunts are taking place all over the county, here are just a few.
St. Michael’s Mount, April 18 and 20 from 10.30am – 4pm.
Trerice, April 18-21 from 10.30am-4.30pm
Glendurgan Garden, April 18-21 from 10.30am-4pm.

Our new GUL Waterman wetsuits

Hand planing is the latest craze to take hold on the Cornish shores and our guys at the Extreme Academy try and get into the surf with a hand plane as often as possible. Hand planing requires a lot of swimming without a board to offer buoyancy, so it can be quite tiring especially when wearing a standard wetsuit. Recently we received a set of Waterman wetsuits from our friends at GUL to use specifically on our on hand planing lessons, here’ s why they have made such a difference.


Designed specifically for open water swimming the suits enable you to swim more efficiently whilst keeping you buoyant and streamline.

The new Waterman suit has been scientifically created for swimmers in triathlon events. With extra stretch in the arms and chest you can move easier in the water whilst thicker neoprene in the bum and leg areas gives buoyancy. The suit is also single lined so that you don’t get cold early on and then don’t get too hot once you have worked up a sweat. It comes off easily too, which is important in a triathlon race, for our guys it just means they can get changed quicker after a lesson.

Extreme Academy are going to use the suits for hand planing lessons due to the amount of swimming they need to do. They’re perfect for powering through waves.  For customers, standard winter or summer GUL wetsuits will be offered to keep their body temperature up while they are learning.

We took the suits out to break them in… take a look.


There is no elegant way to walk into the water in flippers without looking like some kind of sea creature.


Getting ready for the first wave.


Party wave!



This is Carl’s, ‘ohhhh that’s cold’ face.







We were so busy yesterday eating waffles, we didn’t tell you about International Waffle Day! But then again, everyday at Zacry’s is waffle day and we’re sure you can forgive us when you see just how delicious they are.

For guests of the hotel, breakfast is now served in Zacry’s, our new restaurant, and on the menu are DIY waffles. We’re taking the lead from our American friends and think this is pretty unique in Cornwall. Why not try your waffles with fruit and yoghurt, or the classic maple syrup? Or mix sweet and savoury with bacon, strawberries and maple syrup. We also have waffles on our dinner menu in Zacry’s – we’re serving them up with apple and duck parfait as a starter!

At breakfast we provide everything you need, all you do is put the mix into the iron, set the timer and enjoy.

But for those of you who want to make waffles at home, we’ve written out the recipe here.


250g Flour (plain)
7g Baking powder
20g Caster sugar
5g Salt
475ml Milk
2 Eggs
30ml Vegetable oil


Pre-heat your waffle iron.

Place all your dry ingredients into a bowl.

In a separate bowl mix together the eggs and milk.

Combine the dry ingredients with your egg and milk, and add oil. Beat together until any large lumps have broken up. But be careful not to over beat or else your waffles will be too heavy when cooked.

Pour one serving of the mixture into the middle of the iron, set the time to three minutes, making sure to turn the iron half way through.


Our favourite toppings

Mixed berry compote with natural yoghurt


or, as much maple syrup as you can get away with!


In Season – April


The arrival of spring brings lovely fresh vegetables from spring onions and pea shoots to asparagus and purple sprouting broccoli. Lighter salads and stir fries should be top of your list for meal plans during April.

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

Fruit & Veg
Herbs – rosemary, thyme and sage
Morel mushrooms
Pea shoots
Purple sprouting broccoli
Salad Onions and spring onions
Spring carrots
Spring greens
Wild garlic

Atlantic prawns
Rainbow, river and sea trout
Wild Salmon

Meat & Game
Wood Pigeon
Spring Lamb



Asparagus is considered to be a delicacy of the vegetable world. Only growing for around two months each year, they are a seasonal treat that people look forward to buying in their weekly shop. Our chefs certainly look forward to the arrival of Asparagus season.

You can boil, steam, roast or grill asparagus and serve in salads, stir fries or wrap them in prosciutto.

Top tip: Look for asparagus with tightly furled tips and straight, firm stems.

Perfect match: Head chef at The Living Space, Adam Stock, suggests using your asparagus as an alternative to bread soldiers with a boiled egg or his personal favourite, serving them with a fried egg and parmesan.

Purple sprouting broccoli


This is the colourful cousin of broccoli and can be used in the same way. Boil or steam your broccoli and serve with warm butter or olive oil. Purple sprouting broccoli makes a great side dish, and is featured on the Zacry’s menu.

Top tip: Cook the broccoli fast in a large pan of water so the water continues to boil when you add the florets.



The chosen food of the Fraggles from Fraggle Rock and a great addition to the line up of spring vegetables. They have a fresh, peppery flavour and a crunchy texture. Radishes are extremely easy to grow but you can find them in supermarkets all year round.

Top tip: Prepare radishes just before you use them as they lose their potency when cut.

Perfect match: Keep em’ raw. Slice radishes into a salad or add them to a stir fry.

Atlantic prawns


There are thousands of different varieties of prawn but Atlantic prawns are the most common in the UK. We purchase ours from Wings of St. Mawes already smoked and use them in The Living Space during the warmer months.

Top tip: Fresh prawns, whether cooked or raw, should smell fresh and clean and look moist with whole shells.

Perfect match: Prawns are a great finger food so we suggest serving them with a simple mayonnaise type dip. Or you could add them to a stir fry, curry or risotto. Take a look at our garlic aioli recipe from The Beach Hut.

Spring lamb


Lamb is available all year round but spring is when it’s at its finest. We purchase our lamb from Angus Trotters based near Constantine Bay. We serve lamb throughout Watergate Bay Hotel, from lamb tagine in The Living Space to lamb chump in our new restaurant Zacry’s.

Perfect match: Lamb is a versatile meat that works well on it’s own, with spices or as the centre piece to a spring roast dinner. The obvious herbs to use with lamb are mint and garlic but you can also thyme, rosemary, sage and oregano.

Cosmopolitan cocktail

Manhattan comes to Watergate Bay in the form of a Cosmopolitan cocktail.



35ml Citron Vodka
50ml Cranberry Juice
10ml fresh lime juice
5ml Gomme
Orange peel to garnish.

Glass: Martini


Add 2 scoops of ice to a boston shaker.
Add the vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice and gomme and shake for a round 10 seconds.
Strain over a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with an orange twist.

Find our other cocktail recipes here.