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Spider crab poke

At the right time of year, you’ll find the rocky reefs surrounding Cornwall teeming with spider crab. Plenty of white meat which is sweeter and meatier makes this spider crab dish a firm favorite in Zacry’s.

Spider crab poke is a seasonal dish on the Zacry’s menu. Originally a Hawaiian dish of raw tuna, chef has adapted it to a Cornish dish of spider crab which can be found off Watergate Bay. Here’s the recipe.

Spider crab


Serves four to six people

600g sushi rice
780ml water
100ml rice wine vinegar
50g castor sugar

Crab and vegetable
Spicy mayo (mayonnaise, sriracha hot sauce, sesame oil and a few drops of fish sauce, mixed to taste)
340g of picked white spider crab meat
120g edamame beans
2 avocados peeled and sliced
Pickled ginger
Mouli – peeled and cut into matchsticks
Carrot – peeled and cut into matchsticks
Sugar snaps – sliced length ways
Cucumber – peeled and diced
Spring onions – sliced on an angle
Coriander – washed and picked
Sesame seeds – toasted
Japanese 7 spice


Wash the rice until the water runs clear, then drain.
Add the rice to a pan and cover with the water. Bring to a boil, then cover with a lid. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 12 minutes. Remove from the heat leaving the lid on for a further 12 minutes
Heat the vinegar, add and dissolve the sugar and salt.
With a wooden spoon fold the rice adding the vinegar mix a little at a time
Allow the rice to cool but do not refrigerate it.

Divide the rice between the four bowls and arrange all the ingredients on top of the rice and finish with the spicy mayo, toasted sesame seeds and seven spice.

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Buttervilla strawberries with white chocolate mousse and lemon meringue

When in season Cornish strawberries, especially the heritage variety, are packed with flavour. Complimented with light and creamy white chocolate mousse and classic lemon meringue, really shows them off.



Serves four

Lemon Meringue
100g egg white
200g castor sugar
1 lemon

Caramalised white chocolate mousse
330g White chocolate pistols
670g of double cream
3 leaves of bronze gelatin
180g egg yolk
115g castor sugar


In a clean bowl whisk the egg white and slowly sift in the castor sugar until stiff peaks are achieved.
Preheat the oven to 100 degrees centigrade.
Place a sheet of silicon paper on a baking sheet using a dab of meringue on each corner to secure the sheet to the tray.
Spread the meringue onto the silicon evenly, approximately 2mm thick with a palette knife.
Zest the lemon over the meringue, place in the oven and cook for 45mins/1 hour until crisp.

Allow to cool.

Melt the chocolate in a saucepan over a medium heat until melted, continue to stir until the chocolate thickens and changes colour to a golden brown.
Add 75g of the double cream and stir until completely mixed.
Add the gelatin to cold water until soft. Squeeze out the excess water and dissolve in the chocolate.
Whisk the egg yolks and sugar until pale and fluffy.
Fold through the chocolate mix a third at a time.
Lightly whip the remaining cream and fold through the mix.
Pour into a bowl and place in the fridge.

Split the Buttervilla strawberries in half and place into a bowls, top with a spoonful of the mousse. Break the meringue into shards to place around the mousse and serve.

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Fermented plums and roasted pork belly recipe

This winter warming dish is perfect for entertaining guests and surprisingly simple to make.

Fermented plums and roasted pork belly


Serves four to six people

1kg of ripe plums
250g castor sugar
200ml cyder apple vinegar
200ml water
Pinch Salt
1 star anise
5g mustard seeds

Pork Belly
1.5/ 2kg pork belly
3 carrots
2 onions
1 bottle of white wine
20g rice flour


Halve and de-stone the plums.
Place all the other ingredients into a pan and bring to a boil
Add the plums and simmer until the fruit are soft but not breaking up.
Pour out onto a tray to allow them to cool.

Take the pork belly and score with a sharp knife.
Pat dry with kitchen paper and then rub salt into the skin, then rub with a little veg oil.
Place some peeled and roughly chopped carrots and onions into a roasting tray with a litre of water and place the pork belly on top.
Pop into a preheated oven (220 degrees) for 15 minutes before turning down the heat to 170 degrees. Check on the pork after an hour and add the of wine for making gravy. Cook for a further hour or until you can easily pull away the meat from the side.
Remove from the oven place the pork on a plate to rest.
Add the rice flour to the roasting tray and mash the vegetables.
Add water until you have reach the desired consistency of the gravy and simmer for 10 minutes to cook out the rice flour before straining. Serve with your favourite sides and the pickled plums.

Fermented plums

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Neil Haydocks’ ultimate burger

Burgers are always a firm favourite in the Bay. You will see them on the menu in The Living Space and The Beach Hut. But there is more to a burger than the pattie, we like to pile ours high. Here’s executive chef, Neil Haydock’s ultimate burger.

Neil Haydocks' ultimate burger

Brioche style bun
Beef patties 70/30 meat fat ratio salt and pepper
Grated/sliced pickled beetroot
Heritage beef tomato
Lollo Biondi lettuce
Maple streaky bacon
Remoulade – mayo, tomato ketchup, sriracha hot sauce, diced gherkin
Dill pickle

Assemble. Pile high. Hold with both hands and take a bite.

Watergate Bay Elements Salt Scrub

Fresh scents of rosemary and spearmint. Invigorating sea salt smooths and exfoliates and essential oils leave your skin looking brighter and feeling softer. The Watergate Bay Elements salt scrub will take you straight to Swim Club at Watergate Bay.

Watergate Bay Elements Salt Scrub


Apply the salt scrub straight onto dry skin for best effect, following our four step guide.
1. Scoop the scrub from the pot using clean hands – roughly a heaped tablespoon sized amount will cover the whole body.
2. Apply to dry skin, rubbing in circular motions and focusing on dry patches.
3. Rinse off with water, leaving the essentials oils to soak into skin, no need to use body wash after.
4. Pat dry.

Click here to buy the Watergate Bay Elements salt scrub.
Created with pure essential oils of rosemary, spearmint, lavender and ylang ylang for a naturally exfoliating scrub.

Visit the Watergate Bay Shop to view our range of Watergate Bay Elements products and gift sets.

Things to do in Cornwall this winter

There’s a lot going on at Watergate Bay and beyond in Cornwall during winter. Here’s our round-up of things to see and do over the festive season. Book now for November and December availability from £185/night.

Or stay on The Getaway for two nights with dinner included. Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 November and Wednesday 12 to Friday 14 December.

Extreme Academy

Watergate Bay – Extreme Academy

Learn to surf on one of the country’s premier surfing beaches. Whether it’s your first time, or you’re looking for a refresher, the Extreme Academy’s experienced surf coaches will give you everything you need to get in the water. After, they’ll show you to the hot showers and changing rooms just off the beach, then The Beach Hut for an Extreme Hot Chocolate.

Eden at Christmas

Eden Project – Christmas at Eden

Saturday 24 November to Sunday 30 December
Get your skates on at the Eden Project this Christmas half term. Visit Father Christmas and his elves to enjoy a magical after-dark Christmas experience, all new for 2018, with giant projections, playful light sculptures and live music.

Truro City of Lights, credit Steve Tanner

Photo credit – Steve Tanner

Truro – City of Lights parade and Christmas market

Wednesday 21 November
The City of Lights procession includes music, dance, lanterns made by schools and community groups, and of course, the giant artist made lanterns. Alongside the visual spectacle, City of Lights is a feast of music and dance including samba, brass bands and pipes & drums with market stalls nearby for quirky handmade Christmas gifts and tasty food. The Truro City late night shopping commences every Wednesday from 28 November and here you’ll find more market stalls, sweets and treats and things to do.

Mousehole Harbour Lights

Photo by @kernow_shots on Instagram

Mousehole – Christmas lights

Saturday 15 December to Friday 4 January
A sea monster, ships sailing into the harbour and of course the big Mousehole cat. All of these can be found lit up in Mousehole harbour. Enjoy a mulled wine and festive food as you stroll through the little fishing village that comes alive at Christmas.

Bodmin Railway – Santa by Steam

1 December to 24 December
Take a journey with Bodmin and Wenford railway to visit Santa’s grotto. Enjoy mince pies, seasonal drinks and carols on the platform, before climbing aboard for an hour-long return journey on a beautiful steam-hauled train. During the trip, you’ll visit Santa, with plenty of time for a photo, and gifts for each child.

Miracle Theatre - Aladdin, Princess Pavilion Falmouth

Photo by Kirstin Prisk

Miracle Theatre – Aladdin

Friday 7 December to Saturday 5 January
Following its past sell-out productions, Miracle Theatre is delighted to be back at Princess Pavilion Falmouth with a new and not to be missed Christmas show suitable for all. Every Christmas for the last fifty years the Willoughby-Brown family have gathered at their country seat in Cornwall to eat, drink, laugh and bicker and, with the help of their loyal staff, to provide their own entertainment in the form of a home-made pantomime. This year, they share their unique interpretation of the oriental fairy-tale Aladdin.

Rogue Theatre – Winter Wood

8 December to 30 December
Multi-award winning Rogue Theatre returns to the wilds of Tehidy Woods North Cliffs this December with their enchanting winter celebration; Winter Wood (with all new stories).

Trelissick at Christmas

Trelissick Gardens – Christmas at Trelissick

Selected dates from 30 November
Bring the children for a family experience with Father Christmas, entertaining a gathering with his latest tale. Reindeer fly in for a festive visit in our stable yard this Christmas. Learn how to make a reindeer from green wood with the rangers and enjoy a delicious two course Christmas dinner in the Barn restaurant.

Padstow Festival Fireworks

Padstow – Padstow Christmas Festival

Thursday 6 December to Sunday 9 December
Drawing large crowds, Padstow’s Christmas Festival takes place from Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 December featuring 110 food artisans and producers, plus demos from award-winning chefs. Expect fireworks, live music, carol concerts and a great lantern parade.

Watergate Bay Hotel – Kid’s Zone

Kids’ Zone is open every day with supervised sessions every morning and evening. Children can play in our new outdoor play space or get crafty with winter-themed arty activities throughout the day. As always, Kids’ Zone will have lots of games to play and new friends to make.
Kids Zone supervised sessions
For 3-7 years and 7-12 years every day from 10am and 6.30pm to 10pm – Saturday 21 December to Sunday 6 January.
Book now for November and December availability from £185/night. Or stay on The Getaway for two nights with dinner included.

Meet the team – Christina, food & beverage operations manager

With three restaurants to choose from, food and beverage play a huge role in what makes Watergate Bay. But who is the person behind your plate of Cornish venison and dauphinoise potatoes or your glass of Trevethan’s honey oak Cornish gin, that ensures things run smoothly behind the scenes? Enter Christina, our food and beverage operations manager. We spent some time finding out all about her experience working for Watergate Bay Hotel.

Christina Water gate Bay Hotel Food and Beverage manager

What drew you to Watergate Bay?

I worked for Watergate in 2003 for three years as the Beach Hut manager. I left in 2006 and moved home to Hale with my daughter. I love Watergate Bay, it’s a family run business and I grow with the company. It’s unique and you feel part of something special. I love Cornwall and in Summer 2017 I relocated back and accepted a job as restaurant manager in Zacry’s.

How have you progressed in the company?

I joined in 2017 as a restaurant manager and in May 2018 I was promoted to food and beverage operations manager.

What’s a normal day like for you?

No day is the same, it’s varied and exciting. I enjoy being on the floor with the team and connecting with the guests. Behind the scenes I recruit, train and develop staff.

Christina, Food and Beverage manager

What were you doing before you joined Watergate Bay? Have you always worked in restaurants?

I’ve always worked in food and beverage and before Watergate Bay I worked for Pizza Express as a regional trainer. I helped open new restaurants and trained and developed staff.

What’s your favourite part of your job?

I like to develop and grow people and get the best out of them. I like to drive teams forward to achieve their full potential. I enjoy making guests happy. Perhaps they have stressful jobs or lives and they come to Watergate for a relaxing happy time. It’s important for me to ensure guests are content and enjoy the Watergate Bay experience. My job satisfaction is knowing guests are having a lovely holiday and they leave feeling relaxed and happy with the service.

Can you sum up your job in one sentence?

Keeps me on my toes.

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

Enjoying life, spending time with family and friends, vintage shopping, eating good food with a large glass of gin!

Food and beverage operations manager

If you’re interested in a career at Watergate Bay, take a look at our jobs page.

The Watergate Bay Speed Hillclimb

Proposed date for 2019: Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 September.

The new Watergate Bay Speed Hillclimb, Cornwall’s only motorsport event on a closed public road, took place on the weekend of 15 & 16 September 2018.

Take a look at all the build up and race day action on Twitter and Facebook.

Speed Hillclimb

Competitors will tackle the course one at a time to try to record the fastest time along a section of the B3276, the coast road linking Padstow and Newquay. The stretch of road will be temporarily closed to normal road traffic for the duration of the event.

The start of the course will be at Watergate Bay, one of Cornwall’s most popular tourist destinations. On each day of the event, a maximum of 90 cars will be allowed to participate.

Competitors will race in the direction of Newquay, with the breathtakingly beautiful North Cornwall coastline to their right, and cross the finish line 720 metres further up the hill.

Speed Hillclimb

The landmark event, which is being jointly organised by Truro and District Motor Club, Newquay Auto Club and Plymouth Motor Club, has been made possible by the passing of a new law that allows local motor clubs to apply for permission to temporarily close public roads and suspend the Road Traffic Act in order to host motorsport events.

It’s the first closed-road hillclimb to receive approval from the MSA, which governs four-wheeled motorsport in the United Kingdom, and the third closed-road event in all.

Speed Hillclimb

All profits from the inaugural running of the event will be donated to the Cornwall Air Ambulance and the Cornwall Food Foundation, which includes Jamie Oliver’s apprentice training scheme at Watergate Bay’s Fifteen restaurant.

Spectator fee in for the field is £10 per person.

Speed Hillclimb

A poster advertising the event in previous years.

Speed Hillclimb

To join us at this thrilling event in September, book to stay at Watergate Bay Hotel.

Guest blog – London Girls Surf Club

Founder of London Girls Surf Club, Kylie Griffiths visited us with her husband during her pregnancy before giving birth to baby Harley. Find out what made Watergate Bay Hotel the perfect babymoon break.

babymoon watergate bay beach

Babymoons and adventure breaks were not something I thought was possible to combine until I fell pregnant. Being a lover of all things active it was a bit of a shocker to find that as how my pregnancy progressed I lost the ability to do some of the things I loved, like surfing. As the months went by even simple things such as even walk up a hill became more of a challenge.

A baby moon had never occurred to me as something appealing and to be honest not something I had even heard of, so when a friend suggested I getaway to stop feeling disappointed about the lack of swell in my life, we decided to mix it up and go somewhere with a touch of adventure.

Watergate Bay Hotel seemed like the perfect choice, the ideal hotel for a break where luxury meets activity. You can spend the afternoon riding waves with the Extreme Academy and then sit in the sauna or the hot tub and wind down watching the waves roll in. This was ideal in my elephant like state, as although I couldn’t get in the sea myself and have a surf like usual, I could swim laps of the pool whilst gazing out at the surf and watching my partner shred some waves. I have to say I was slightly jealous!

Babymoon Kylie Griffiths

The interior of the hotel is as if The Ace (one of my all time favourite hotels) had mated with the perfect surf shack and then Watergate was born. We escaped for a two night break earlier this year before our baby girl Harley arrived like a wrecking ball on our already hectic life. It was a much needed break away before the sleepless nights.

babymoon roll top bath

Neither myself or husband are particularly good at winding down, but what Watergate offers is unique. You can truly balance adrenaline with relaxing which in my experience is a rare find. Most communal areas in the hotel offer up a view over the Bay which I loved, so whilst having a drink in the evening, or eating lunch in the day you are always watching the sea, if you want to, and the many activities it offers. Even the bath has a view! We were treated to a room with a roll top bath and there’s nothing quite like reclining in the tub, with a book whilst being able to have a view like a Cornish beach.

relaxing in swim club with a book, kylie griffiths on babymoon

We started our trip with lunch at The Living Space the weather was against us but we still enjoyed the amazing views from the terrace. I tend to find myself getting fidgety if I try to relax, I’m a total workaholic so have never suited lying by a pool or tanning for hours, so relaxing isn’t my middle name. However at Watergate this feeling evaporated and I don’t think I even checked my phone once (well maybe once but not more than that I promise!). In the evenings we headed down to Swim Club, which is like a luxury lounge, with the best selection of board games.

relaxing on a babymoon watergate bay

Whilst my partner sipped beer and I lugged hot chocolate, we had various aggressive rounds of drafts and chess, whilst watching the sun set behind the rolling waves. In the afternoons we made the most of the incredible location and went for some slow strolls across the Bay and explored the surrounding area, then stumbled back into the room for an afternoon nap.

Watergate bay Hotel Steak

ice cream at Watergate Bay Hotel

All in all in Watergate Bay is a pretty unique place and a true gem of a hotel, if you’re looking for somewhere where you can lose yourself with activity in the day, and then wind down in the evening in a beautiful surrounding then this is the place for you.

kylie grifiths relaxing whilst on babymoon

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Fun family dog show – 18 May


Book to stay during the weekend of our dog show.

Watergate Bay loves dogs and dogs love Watergate Bay. That’s why everyone is invited to our fun family dog show in aid of St Francis Home for Animals on Saturday 18 May. Back for it’s third year.

Dog show at Watergate Bay

With 11 different classes including cutest puppy, waggiest tail and best in show, we hope to attract every size, shape and breed of four-legged friends to the sand.

St Francis Home for Animals has been rescuing and rehoming dogs for more than fifty years. Based just up the road from us here at Watergate Bay, they do a brilliant job soley relying on public donations, and with your help they hope to keep rehoming dogs across the UK for many more years to come.

Dog show at Watergate Bay

Dog show at Watergate Bay

Dog show at Watergate Bay


  • Most handsome Dog
  • Loveliest Lady
  • Cutest Puppy (under 12 months)
  • Waggiest Tail
  • Best Child Handler
  • Best Rescue
  • Best condition Golden Oldie (8 years +)
  • Best Pedigree
  • Best Crossbreed
  • Judges Favourite
  • Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show

Each class costs £2 and dogs can be entered on the day.

Family fun dog show – 11am Saturday 18 May on the beach at Watergate Bay. Entry on the day.

Find out more about dog friendly holidays at Watergate Bay here.