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Rhubarb Bellini

Originating in Venice, a traditional bellini is a mixture of prosecco and peach puree. However, these days there are many variations including the Rhubarb Bellini from Zacry’s.



15ml rhubarb puree
15ml rhubarb chase vodka
100ml Prosecco

Glass: Champagne Flute


Fill the champagne flute with prosecco.

Add the puree and vodka and serve.


Take a look at our other cocktail recipes here.

Cornish asparagus with truffle mayo – Zacry’s

In Zacry’s we make our own mayonnaise daily but this recipe will work well with good quality shop bought mayonnaise to save time, or if you are only cooking for a few guests. The star of the show is always the asparagus.

As a starter this dish can be served with Parma ham, parmesan, rocket or even a fried duck egg. It’s a very flexible dish and makes the most of the short asparagus season.


Serves 4 as a starter or 6 as a side.


150g Cornish asparagus
80g mayonnaise either homemade or a good quality shop bought
Truffle oil or truffle paste
Lemon juice
Salt and pepper
Good quality olive oil


Trim, then blanch the asparagus in boiling salted water for 2 minutes, then refresh into ice water which will stop the cooking straight away and keeping it from discolouring.

Mix the mayonnaise with truffle paste and add a squeeze of lemon, then season to taste.

To serve, grill the asparagus lightly, finish with olive oil and spoon the over the truffle mayonnaise.


BBQ Mackerel with Asian pesto

Whole mackerel works so well on a barbecue. It’s best straight out of the sea and onto the grill. And Asian pesto is the perfect complement, packed with herbs and fresh flavours, singing of summer.

Top tip: If during the cooking the barbecue flares up and the flames start to burn the fish, use a spray bottle containing water on mist and douse the flames.



1 bunch basil
1 bunch coriander
1 bunch mint
200g roasted peanuts or macadamia nuts
2 cloves of garlic
30g castor sugar
100ml toasted sesame oil
Juice of 2 limes
1 medium strength red chilli halved seeds removed and finely chopped
Peanut oil
Fish sauce to taste
4 large mackerel gutted and cleaned


Wash the herbs, dry and pick the leaves from the mint.

Blend the nuts, garlic and sugar. Add the herbs and create a paste before adding the sesame oil, lime juice and chilli.

Pour in the peanut oil until the right consistency is achieved and season with the fish sauce.

Cut the mackerel 3 or 4 times across the fillet on both sides to allow the heat to penetrate the fish and expose more surface area for charring.

Place the mackerel on the grill of the preheated barbecue and cook for 3 /4 minutes on each side.

Remove from the heat and leave for a couple of minutes before spooning over the pesto and serving.

BBQ-at-Watergate-Bay (1)

Zacry’s strawberry cheesecake


Serves 6


100g shortbread biscuits, either home made or good shop bought
Strawberry jelly made to pack instructions and cubed
80g fresh strawberries
Basil leaves for decoration
Balsamic vinegar for dressing

Strawberry gel
200g strawberries
200g caster sugar
2g agar agar

Lemon mascarpone
100g cream cheese
20ml double cream
50g mascarpone
2 lemons zested


Quarter the strawberries and blitz the shortbread in a blender to form a fine crumb.

Strawberry Gel
Boil the strawberries and sugar together until all the sugar has dissolved.
Then, add the agar agar, cook for a further 5 minutes and cool in a tray until set.
Once cool blend until a smooth gel consistency is reached.

Lemon mascarpone
Mix the cream cheese, mascarpone and double cream together with an electric hand whisk and then fold in the lemon zest.

To assemble
Zacry’s strawberry cheesecake is a de-constructed version but you can assemble it however you like.

Place a tablespoon of shortbread into the centre of the plate and scatter with jelly cubes.
On top of the shortbread place a quenelle of lemon mascarpone.
Using a piping bag, pipe the strawberry gel evenly across the dish.
Add a handful of strawberries and garnish with a few basil leaves and balsamic vinegar.

* The photograph shows a line of jelly on the plate rather than jelly cubes.



What’s on in Cornwall during May half term

Cornwall is a hive of activity during half term, with great family friendly attractions and events all over the county plus miles of countryside and beaches to explore.


Love your Zoo at Newquay Zoo – 24 May – 1 June
Celebrate ‘Love Your Zoo’ week at Newquay Zoo with special trails, talks and facepainting, plus a very special guest on the 29th May!

The Pendennis Cup – 26 May
View a fleet of super yachts race along the coast near to Falmouth. The best vantage point to watch the races will be Pendennis Point. The yachts will be moored at Port Pendennis Marina throughout the week for you to get an up close look at.

Once Upon a Time – National Maritime Museum, Falmouth – 28 & 30 May
This is storytelling with a twist! Get creative and make props to bring the enchanting tales to life.
Times: 11:30am, 2pm and 3:30pm

Learn to surf with the Extreme Academy - Throughout the year
Surfing is the most popular wave riding sport on the planet and we have one of the finest surfing beaches in the country at Watergate Bay. Catch your first wave this May!

Zip Wire at Eden Project: Throughout the year
Take an adrenaline-fuelled ride over the Biomes on the SkyWire. At 660m, SkyWire is still the longest zip wire in England and now it’s definitely the fastest. And you can now fly headfirst in our ’superman’ harness.
Booking is advised.

Lanhydrock Cycle Trails – Throughout the year
Head to Lanhydrock Estate and try out the new cycle trails that take you deep into little explored woodland on the estate. With trails suitable for families and beginners, trailers, tagalongs and disability bikes.
Bike and helmet hire available.

Sea dogs – dog friendly beaches in Cornwall

Dogs are welcome at Watergate Bay all year round. There’s no seasonal ban on our two-mile stretch of beach – it’s a permanent sandy playground studded with rock pools. Your canine companions can join you in The Beach Hut and the Living Space, too, for some post ruff and tumble refreshment. In a selection of rooms pampered pooches can even stay overnight, making early morning walkies a doddle.


But if there’s one thing dogs love more than a beach, it’s discovering a new one. Happily, there are several pet-friendly beaches in Cornwall. Here are some of your four-legged friends’ favourites.

Mawgan Porth

Next door to Watergate Bay, with plenty of sand even at high tide. Relatively quiet compared with other beaches on the north coast. Local shops good for a gander, fish and chips, bucket and spade and a ball.

Porthkidney Beach

Two miles from St Ives on the west coast. Huge beach, stretching a mile out to sea at low tide. Rover is free to roam, though he must be kept on a lead when on the footpaths.

Prussia Cove Beach

Off the beaten track, half way between Penzance and Porthleven. Small coves of sand and shingle but no beach at high tide. Park at the top and keep exuberant dogs on leads down the coast path. Romantic spot, famous for being home to a family of smugglers in the 18th century.

Lantic Bay

One for the energetic.  Access is a mile-long walk with a steep cliff descent, but footpaths are well marked and the beach is worth the trek. Good views of Pencarrow Head. East of Fowey and south-facing, it’s a suntrap.


Mother Ivey’s Bay and Harlyn Bay

Mother Ivey’s is a sheltered bay near Padstow. Pretty like its name, thanks to zero facilities and no parking the sandy beach is always quiet. Park at Harlyn Bay and walk 20 minutes west along the coast path. Or just stop at Harlyn, where life guards are in attendance during the summer. Good spot for families.

Holywell Bay Beach

A mile-long, sandy beach around six miles west of Newquay. High dunes are great fun for dogs, while the clean and safe waters make it popular with swimmers and surfers. Disabled access from the car park.

Daymer Bay Beach

A scamp to the north-west of Rock, with fantastic views across the Camel Estuary and to Padstow. Parking available, although the steps down to the beach make access unsuitable for wheelchairs.  Plenty of sand at high tide and a good spot for watching windsurfing.

Gwenver Beach

Just east of Sennen Cove and popular with pooches and surfers. Dogs will make short work of the route up and down, while their walkers will find the long flight of steps a good workout. Swimming on flat days is good, but be mindful of rip tides. Lifeguard service spring to September.

Mexico Towans Beach

Part of a four-mile stretch of beach starting at the mouth of the Hayle Estuary and finishing at Godrevy Lighthouse. Backed by magnificent sand dunes, the water in front of it is great for swimming and surfing. Another gem of a Cornish beach that dogs love.


Zacry’s Boulevardier

A cousin of the Negrini, the Boulevardier substitutes bourbon for gin. Considered widely as an aperitif we suggest you sip on one of these before your main.



15ml Campari
15ml Sweet Vermouth
25ml Cointreau
35ml Knob Creek Bourbon
Orange twist

Glass: Bubble glass


Shake all ingredients over ice in shaker.

Pour over crushed ice into glass.

Garnish with orange twist.


Take a look at our other cocktail recipes here.

10 best restaurants in North Cornwall

”Cornwall’s riding high on the crest of a gastronomic wave with exciting finds to be had all over. From chic hotels to cool beach cafes and award winning seafood restaurants, it’s got it all.”
Trencherman’s Guide 2014

And we couldn’t agree more. Here’s our top 10 North Cornwall favourites, all within a few miles of Watergate Bay Hotel.

1. Zacry’s


Location: Watergate Bay, Cornwall
Chef: Carl Paparone Executive Chef: Neil Haydock
Seats: 130

Named after the square, rocky outcrop at the south end of the beach comes Zacry’s – the new restaurant at Watergate Bay. The style combines Cornish attitude with a classic brasserie, while the food draws on international influences, local inspiration and contemporary American cuisine.

2. Fifteen Cornwall


Location: Watergate Bay, Cornwall
Chef: Andy Appleton
Seats: 120

Juicy steaks, wood-fired veg and chargrilled fish are a highlight at the Italian inspired, beach side restaurant. Stay for breakfast, lunch or dinner, indulge in the tasting menu or relax at the antipasti table, however you choose to dine here one thing remains fact, the food will be delicious.

3. Paul Ainsworth and Number 6


Location: Padstow
Chef: Paul Ainsworth
Seats: 42

If you want to experience Michelin starred cooking in Cornwall head to Number 6. The food is flawless and partnered with an excellent wine list. The restaurant comprises of a series of small rooms over two floors of a Georgian town house, creating an intimate and elegant setting.

4. The Seafood Restaurant


Location: Padstow
Chef: Stephane Delourme
Seats: 130

Having opened in 1975, The Seafood Restaurant is still the main hub of Rick and Jill Stein’s businesses in Padstow. Oysters, langoustines, mussels, turbot and sashimi are all on the menu, which is inspired by Rick’s travels.

5. The Beach Hut


Location: Watergate Bay, Cornwall
Chef: Kern Griffiths Executive Chef: Neil Haydock
Seats: 60

Well known as one of Cornwall’s best beach-side hangouts where you’ll find a classic dining menu including burgers, steaks and shellfish. Large windows open onto the deck overlooking Watergate Bay. Always bustling with activity The Beach Hut is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

6. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw


Location: Rock, Cornwall
Chef: Chris Simpson
Seats: 20

Only open during the evening, Restaurant Nathan Outlaw is intimate and stylish. Fish and seafood are the stars of the menu, which is caught in the local coastal waters. The unique approach to seafood cookery guarantees a truly memorable dining experience.

7. Rick Stein’s Cafe


Location: Padstow
Chef: Jack Stein
Seats: 36

Open daily serving breakfast, light lunches and relaxed dinners from daily changing menus. Simple seafood dishes and imaginative flavours rule here, with influences from Thailand, Morocco and the Med apparent. A great place for families.

8. The Living Space


Location: Watergate Bay Hotel, Cornwall
Chef: Adam Stock Executive Chef: Neil Haydock
Seats: 60

With the best view of Watergate Bay, The Living Space is an integral part of Watergate Bay dining experience. Visit to eat, greet and take in the view. Serving platters, properly filling sandwiches and seasonal salads with Cornish and European flavours.

9. Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen


Location: Port Isaac, Cornwall
Chef: James Lean
Seats: 24

Overlooking the peaceful fishing village of Port Isaac, Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen offers a menu dictated by what’s landed each day. The catch is turned into small, unique dishes, cooked to order and served when ready.

10. St. Petroc’s Bistro


Location: Padstow, Cornwall
Chef: Nick Evans
Seats: 50

Classic bistro dishes, including some of Rick Stein#s favourite Mediterranean dishes, are a central theme at St Petroc’s Bistro. With exposed beams, winding staircases and fireplaces, St Petroc’s Bistro has a welcoming atmosphere which is perfect for dinner and drinks.

Meet the team – Caroline

You’d be missing a trick if during your stay at Watergate Bay Hotel you didn’t visit Swim Club for a treatment, a dip in the pool or to curl up in front on the big windows reading your favourite book. Swim Club is a secluded area designed for both being active and kicking back and our Swim Club manager, Caroline, will help you do just that.


We recently caught up with Caroline, take a read.

How long have you worked at Watergate Bay Hotel?

I’ve been here a total of 7 years. Having moved here with my husband from Oxfordshire I started work in the former Brasserie as a waitress. From there I went onto work on reception. And then worked two days a week alongside the self-employed beauty therapist who worked from the hotel.

As a fully trained therapist this was where I felt at home, beauty therapy is my passion. Two years ago Swim Club was opened and I was made Swim Club Manager and I love it.

Were you involved in the development of Swim Club?

Yes, I worked closely with the development team to create the Swim Club we have today. It was a really interesting process and an amazing experience seeing it all come together.

As Swim Club manager what does your job entail?

My main role is to support the team, make sure things, operationally, run smoothly and ensure guests enjoy their time in Swim Club. On top of this I control and maintain stock levels of our Another Place product range, keep on top of admin, budgets and sort any ad-hoc issues that arise.

At any one time we could have hotel guests, day members or Another Place members in Swim Club so it can be a varied day of interaction. I also run a team of eight therapists and five cafe-bar staff.


What’s your favourite part of your job?

I really enjoy looking after people. Swim Club is a place to take relaxation to the next level, we aim to do as much as we can for our guest to help them feel comfortable.  I also enjoy the times when I can do the treatments, as SC manager I don’t have a lot of free time to do treatments, so it’s great when I can.

We’re a little family in Swim Club, and our guests are an extension of that. It’s a real thrill when we have return guests who remember us and we build a personal relationship with them.

If you were going to have a treatment in Swim Club what would it be?

That’s easy, I’d book a freestyle full works, where you can pick and mix the entire treatment list. I’d start with a Body Scrub using the Another Place body scrub, a full works facial, and a deep tissue massage using Another Place massage oil.


Which is your favourite product from the Another Place collection?

The entire collection is lovely, I was involved in sampling them all and helping decide the final seven. I suppose my favourite from the collection would be the body wash, it’s so fresh and invigorating. In Swim Club we use the range wherever possible.

Can you sum up your job in three words?

Active (but)

When you’re not at work where could we find you?

In Spain! My family have an apartment there, so I’d be there making the most of the sunshine, sangria and tapas. When at home in Cornwall though I am a keen runner and cyclist and enjoy going to the other spas around the county.

Take a look at our current job vacancies.

Electric Beach Festival programme

A lot of you have been asking who is playing on which day and at what times. So here it is! The Electric Beach Festival 2014 programme.


If you haven’t got your tickets yet, don’t fret, there is still time! You can buy them here.

Saturday 7 June

1pm – 3pm: Aldo Vannucci Wonkey Legs & Hong Kong Ping Pong
3.30pm – 4.30pm: Land of the Giants
5pm – 6pm: Running Numbers
6.30pm – 7.30pm: Renegade Brass Band
7.30pm – 8.30pm: Sam and The Womp

8.30pm – 10pm: Grand Master Flash

After Party: Aldo Vannucci & Hong Kong Ping Pong

Sunday 8 June

1pm – 2pm: DJ Samiad
2pm – 3pm: Albert Jones
3.30pm – 4.30pm: The People’s String Foundation
4.45pm – 5pm: O’Neill Surf Film
5pm – 6pm: Lloyd Yates
6.15pm – 7.15pm: DJ Maseo of De La Soul
7.30pm – 8.30pm: Dizraeli and The Small Gods

9pm-10pm: Zion Train

After Party: The Scribes and DJ Maseo of De La Soul