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Before the Rains, by Dinah Jefferies

Our recommended summer read from Penguin

Our friends at Penguin Books have given us a sneak peak at the latest book from Dianh Jefferies – Before the Rains, and we think its a great summer read. birthday.

In celebration of it’s release on 18 May we’re giving all our hotel guests staying that night a copy for them to take home. The 18 May is a special day for us as it is also Fifteen Cornwall’s Birthday.

Dinah Jefferies

Before the Rains, by Dinah Jefferies

1930, Rajputana, India. Since her husband’s death, 28-year-old photojournalist Eliza’s only companion has been her camera. When the British Government send her to an Indian princely state to photograph the royal family, she’s determined to make a name for herself.

But when Eliza arrives at the palace she meets Jay, the Prince’s handsome, brooding brother. While Eliza awakens Jay to the poverty of his people, he awakens her to the injustices of British rule. Soon Jay and Eliza find they have more in common than they think. But their families – and society – think otherwise. Eventually they will have to make a choice between doing what’s expected, or following their hearts. . .

Available in Viking paperback from all good bookshops on 18th May 2017 priced £7.99 and as an ebook.

Dinah Jefferies was born in Malaysia and moved to England at the age of nine. Her idyllic childhood always held a special place in her imagination, and when she began writing novels in her 60s, she was able to return there – first in her fiction and then on annual research trips for each new novel. Dinah Jefferies is the author of four novels, The Separation, The Tea Planter’s Wife – a Number One Sunday Times bestseller, The Silk Merchant’s Daughter and Before the Rains. She lives in Gloucestershire.

London Mothers Club – guest blog

Kerrie-Anne from London Mothers Club stayed at the Bay with her daughter, Ivy. Between food, massages, kids club and windy beach walks, read about their experience of an early Spring stay.

London Mothers Club Watergate Bay

Hello, I am Kerrie-Anne! Mum to little Ivy, a pilates teacher and founder of London Mothers Club. We live in SW London with our cat Pie. London Mothers Club is an edit of COOL places, products and people I discover with a focus on motherhood and family life.

Where: Watergate Bay Hotel, Watergate Bay, Cornwall.

The vibe: Laid-back beach hangout.

We loved: Watergate Bay is the ideal place for you to relax while the kids are entertained.

Now don’t get us wrong, we love to go on holidays for family-time (they have that covered too!) but it is also nice to have a little break while the kids are being looked after. Watergate Bay provides a supervised kids’ club from 10-12 in the day and then 6-10pm at night. There are also iPads which you can use as baby monitors if you want to leave the little ones sleeping while you eat at one of the hotel restaurants.

London Mothers Club Watergate Bay

It’s really awesome that you don’t have to venture too far as there’s a great food options, a lovely beach, surfing, great walks, a treatment rooms, pool and kids’ club all within reach. In terms of food options, we loved The Living Space – a cool food hangout overlooking the beach. Opt for the mackerel salad and make sure you check out the extensive gin menu!

We have to also give a mention to the fab bedrooms: cool decor, comfy beds, a roll-top bath, and a view of the Bay from our bed!

Oh and last but not least, Swim Club is pretty zen and I enjoyed a great massage there while my husband and Ivy hung out in the amazing pool (which looks onto the beach!).

London Mothers Club Watergate Bay

We ate: Mackerel salad with a green juice in The Living Space. Steak, fries and brocolli in Zacry’s – this was so nice and totally filling! Moules in The Beach Hut. Lots and lots of wine and gin…. for the adults (obvs!).

Waffles, fruit, bacon, sausages, coffee for breakfast. Lots of excellent food choices.

London Mothers Club Watergate Bay

The kids loved: The kids’ club. plenty of drawing, games, role play, an outside climbing frame, cooking and movies.

Ivy didn’t want to leave! The food: there’s a separate kids’ supper sitting at 5-6pm daily and Ivy loved eating with the other kids she met at kids’ club.

Another hit was the sandy beach. It was a little chilly when we went but next time we will definitely have a go at surfing.

London Mothers Club Watergate Bay

Go with: Your family for half-term.

How much? As with all hotels it really depends when you go.

And… Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen is just next door and worth a visit.

Find out what’s available for the whole family at Watergate Bay.

Taste of the Bay – guest blog

Rebecca McMillan and Karl Maguire are a couple who own and run Wildflower Illustration Co, a small stationery studio in Cheltenham. They fell in love with Watergate Bay when they visited with Rebecca’s parents. Earlier this year they returned for ‘Taste of the Bay’.

Rebecca Kathryn Taste of the Bay

As a couple who have travelled the world for a whole year together, you might think we would be a little more adventurous than to plan to visit the same hotel four times in two years – but we think that says more about Watergate Bay Hotel than it does about us.

Rebecca Kathryn Taste of the Bay

There really is something special about this place, that leaves you day-dreaming about it long after you’ve left. Perhaps it’s the fact that the crashing waves and ever-changing sky are almost always in view, whether it’s from the dreamily decorated bedrooms, the glass-walled indoor swimming pool or the impeccably decorated ‘Living Space’. Or maybe it’s the reliability, the comfort that can be found in returning somewhere you have been, and loved before. The knowledge that the food will be delicious, your sleeps will be deep and you’ll leave with lightly freckled skin and salty hair.

Rebecca Kathryn Taste of the Bay

So this time, we decided to stay for ‘Taste of the Bay’ – a three night/four day package with three meals at the restaurants in the Bay. Since our last visit, we have welcomed Martha, a springer spaniel cross whippet (we call her our ‘sprippet’!) – so it was really nice to stay in such a dog friendly hotel. The moment we would sit down in The Living Space we were greeted with a bottle of water and glasses for us – and a bowl for Martha.

Rebecca Kathryn Taste of the Bay

Zacrys

Our first evening meal was in Zacrys. We were also visiting with my parents and their two labradors, so we all met for a long walk on the beach in the late afternoon to catch up and tire the dogs out after their car journey. Karl and I chose to have the red onion pakora, vegetable methi and red lentil dahl. We both really enjoyed it- it was full of flavour but not too spicy.

For desert I had the lemon cheesecake and Karl had the chocolate fondant. Naturally I ended up trying both and they were equally delicious! We all really enjoyed the meal, and the atmosphere was very relaxed. We discussed how nice it is to eat really outstanding food somewhere which doesn’t feel in the least bit ‘stuffy’.

Rebecca Kathryn Taste of the Bay

The Beach Hut

Our lunch at the Beach Hut was absolutely wonderful. We managed to pick the most glorious day, so we had an incredible view across the bay and the cloudless blue sky. Dogs are allowed inside, so Martha sat under the table and busied herself with trying to catch the attention of a nearby labrador. Karl went for the quinoa & vegetable burger and fries and I had a huge plate of incredible nachos.

After ice-cream for desert (the weather was so hot we couldn’t really have had anything else) we were so full we could have happily snoozed all afternoon. Martha obviously had other ideas though, so we worked up the motivation to stroll on the beach and soak up the sun.

Rebecca Kathryn Taste of the Bay

Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall

Our final meal together was at Jamie’s Fifteen. I remembered a really fantastic meal here from the year before, so was already looking forward to it, but this time it genuinely surpassed all our expectations. We opted for the five-course tasting menu and I really recommend this if you’re like me and always agonise over food choices. With five courses and coffee, we were able to try a bit of everything. We all started with the Burrata with picked rhubarb and pistachio, apart from my Dad who opted for the oysters. The Burrata was absolutely delicious – soft, melt-in-the-mouth and paired perfectly with the sweet tang of the pickled rhubarb.

I followed it with a broad bean, mint and almond risotto, and then had the crispy hen’s egg with polenta, broccoli and almond gremolata. All the portion sizes were spot-on and I was very happily full but not uncomfortably so. The final course for all of us was the chocolate torte, yoghurt gelato and praline, which was as delicious as it sounds.

Rebecca Kathryn Taste of the Bay

As an added bonus, Rebecca sent us a print of the painting below.

“The painting is one I did from a sketch when I was sitting in the Living Space outdoor area and completed at home using a photograph as reference.”

Thank you to Rebecca and Karl from wildflowerstories.com for their guest blog.

Rebecca McMillan Painting London Mothers Club Watergate Bay

If you want to stay for two nights and experience all three restaurants for yourself, find out more about Taste of the Bay

Tarquin’s gin masterclass

On Wednesday 17 May, to celebrate their 11th birthday, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall have created special pre-dinner cocktail masterclass exclusively to Watergate Bay Hotel guests.

Booking is essential as spaces are limited.

Tarquin's Gin

A gin expert from local distillers, Tarquin’s Gin, will be proping up the Fifteen bar to take you through a gin cocktail demonstration creating classic cocktails as well combining more modern flavours and garnishes.

Tarquin's gin and tonic

Bursting with fresh citrus notes; piney juniper, sherbety coriander and sweet liquorice on the palette; and floral violets on the finish – Tarquin’s Cornish Dry Gin is a celebration of all thing craft and Cornish. Combined with Fifteen Cornwall’s homemade cordials and tonics, you’ll have the change to create, and sip, something special.

Tarquin's gin and tonic

Wednesday 17 May

6pm – 7.15pm at the Fifteen Cornwall bar
£25 per person

Please call our reservation team to book your place at the bar 01637 860543
Limited availability.

To book to stay at Watergate Bay Hotel take a look at our two-night break on 17 & 18 May with dinner in ZAcry’s and Fifteen Cornwall, from £238 per person – find out more

Tarquin’s Gin

Southwestern Distillery is an independent, family run company handcrafting high-end spirits, in tiny batches, on the coast of north Cornwall. Using as traditional methods as possible, Tarquin still heats his 150 litre copper pot still with a direct naked flame (his trusty paella burner ring) and seals the top of the still with bread dough. Each batch produces only 220 bottles per run, which are all filled, labeled, waxed, stamped and signed all by hand.

Blueberry and lavender shrub cocktail

With Aspall Cyder joining us for polo, we’ve worked with them to create shrubs using their cyder apple vinegar. Available as cocktails or alcohol free, shrub drinks make the ultimate thirst quenchers.

The Blueberry and lavender shrub cocktail, one of our favourite creations, will be served at Polo On The Beach and in The Living Space. Keep reading for the full recipe.

Blueberry and lavender shrub cocktail

What’s a shrub?

A shrub is a fruit syrup, preserved with vinegar and mixed with water or alcohol to make a tangy, refreshing drink.

Serves one

Ingredients

Lavender syrup
1 tbsp dried lavender
100g caster sugar
100ml water

Blueberry shrub
300g blueberries
100g caster sugar
200ml cyder vinegar

Cocktail
25ml lavender syrup
35ml blueberry shrub
35ml Brochmans gin
50ml Fever Tree Mediterranean tonic

Method

To make the lavender syrup add the dried lavender, sugar and water to a saucepan bring to the boil and boil slowly for a couple of minutes. Thoroughly cool.

To make the blueberry shrub crush the blueberries with the caster sugar and leave for four days. Add the cyder vinegar after wards.

To create the cocktail add the lavender syrup, blueberry shrub and gin to a cocktail shake and shake with ice. Strain into a glass and top with tonic.

Taste it for yourself at Polo on the Beach 19-21 May, or in the Living Space (coming soon).

Legend of the Bay 2017

Back for a third year on 1&2 April 2017, ‘Legend’ brings together the UK’s best stand-up paddle boarders (SUP) and kitesurfers for one big weekend of high-adrenaline watersports.

Legend is a unique collaboration between the British Stand Up Paddleboard Association (BSUPA) and the British Kitesports Association (BKSA).

Legend of the Bay 2017 Kite Surfing
Competitors can enter either individual competitions in their favoured sport – a wave jam kitesurf event, or a SUP surf competition – or they can challenge for the coveted title of ‘Legend of the Bay’, which will be awarded to the competitor with the highest combined score from both disciplines.

Legend of the Bay
Photograph © Bob Berry.

Legend of the Bay
Photograph © Bob Berry.

After a weekend of perfect conditions, the results are in:

LEGEND OF THE BAY
Paul Stibbings

Legend of the Bay
Photograph © Bob Berry.

Kitesurfing
1st Lee ‘Pasty’ Harvey
2nd Paul Stibbings
3rd Sean Facey/ Ben Clarke

Kite Surfing at Legend of the Bay
Photograph © Bob Berry.

SUP Surf Men
1st Marico Dias
2nd Sean Facey
3rd Dave Ewer/Blue Ewer

SUP at Legend of the Bay
Photograph © Bob Berry.

SUP Surf Women
1st Tina Beresford
2nd Holly Bassett

Women's SUP at Legend of the Bay
Photograph © Bob Berry.

Some highlights of the event:

Legend of the Bay 2017 Kite Surfing

Legend of the Bay
Photograph © Bob Berry.

Legend of the Bay 2017 SUP

Legend of the Bay
Photograph © Bob Berry.

Legend of the Bay 2017 Kite Surfing

Legend of the Bay 2017 SUP

Legend of the Bay 2017 Kite Surfing

Legend of the Bay 2017 SUP

Legend of the Bay 2017 SUP

Legend of the Bay 2017 SUP

Legend of the Bay 2017 Kite Surfing

Legend of the Bay 2017 Kite Surfing

Legend of the Bay 2017 Kite Surfing

Legend of the Bay 2017 Kite Surfing

For more information take a look at the BSUPA website or contact BSUPA Events Director Richard Marsh on [email protected] or www.webcollect.org.uk/wcws to enter the event.

Find out what happened last year.

Legend opens this year’s packed calendar of events at Watergate Bay.

The OriGin cocktail

Whats not to love about this cocktail? Origin coffee and Tarquins gin, both Cornish favourites mixed together in this winter drink from The Living Space. The cold brew coffee gives it a refreshing taste with with a subtle hit from the gin and and elder flower. Best enjoyed with friends.

oriGIN1

Serves one

Ingredients

50ml Tarquins Gin
50ml Sandos cold brew
17.5ml elderflower cordial
1/2 fresh lime juice
Handful of fresh mint
Orange peel

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Method

Shake all ingredients over ice into a large goblet glass
Garnish with mint and orange peel
Sip and enjoy

Top tip!

Cold brew doesn’t have the sometimes harsh bitter flavour of coffee. Make your own cold brew by soaking ground Origin coffee beans overnight in cold water.

The OriGin cold brew coffee cocktail is now being served in The Living Space at Watergate Bay Hotel.

Living Space pomegranate and cranberry mojito

The sweet and tangy flavours of pomegranate and cranberry aren’t for everyone. But we doubt anyone can resist the contents of this bejewelled Living Space cocktail.

Pomegranate and cranberry mojiito, from Living Space

Serves one

Ingredients

50ml Appleton White Rum
½ teaspoon pomegranate seeds
3 wedges of lime
10 mint leaves
1 teaspoon of cranberry sauce
35ml cranberry juice
Splash of grenadine
Splash of soda
Garnish with fresh cranberries and pomegranate seeds

Pomegranate and cranberry mojiito, from Living Space
Pomegranate and cranberry mojiito, from Living Space

Method

Muddle the mint, lime & pomegranate seeds, add rum, cranberry sauce and grenadine, stir. Add crushed ice, drizzle cranberry juice and stir. Garnish with cranberries and pomegrate seeds and a sprig of mint.

The cranberry and pomegranate mojito is now being served the Living Space at Watergate Bay.

Malted lemon pancakes

There’s nothing wrong with the old classic. But if you want to build on from sugar and lemon, why not give our malted lemon pancakes with lemon curd and blueberries a go?

Malted Lemon Blueberry Pancakes Recipe Watergate Bay Hotel

Malted Lemon Blueberry Pancakes Recipe Watergate Bay Hotel

Indulgent pancakes that you can easily make at home for Shrove Tuesday.

Ingredients

2 eggs
100g caster sugar
200g self raising flour
1 tbsp Ovaltine malted drink
Zest of 1 lemon
Milk for consistency
Knob of butter for greasing
Good quality lemon curd
Blueberries

Method

In a large bowl crack the 2 eggs and beat together, then whisk in the caster sugar for at least a minute.

Add the sifted flour, Ovaltine and lemon zest and whisk until smooth.

The mix will be quite thick and sticking to the whisk, start to add milk a little at a time keeping the mix smooth until it’s the consistency of thick cream.

Heat a non stick frying pan and grease with a little butter.

Take a ladle of the mix and pour into the pan, keep the heat moderate and wait for bubbles and pits to appear on the surface before turning, leave for 30 seconds before taking out of the pan and serving.

Stack high and serve with lemon curd and blueberries.

Malted Lemon Blueberry Pancakes Recipe Watergate Bay Hotel

Serving suggestions

Some other options to try;

– Berries and clotted cream
– Dry cured streaky bacon, maple syrup and bananas
– Salted caramel sauce and vanilla crème fraiche

Winter mule cocktail

The only thing familiar about Zacry’s winter mule cocktail is the ginger beer. Instead we add our favourite seasonal ingredients, sloe gin and sherry, for added spice.

The Winter Mule, from Zacry's

Serves one

Ingredients

Sipsmiths sloe gin 35ml – cinnamon infused if possible
Pedro Ximénez 35ml
One lime juiced
Ginger beer to top up

Method

Add all of the ingredients to a glass and mix gently together.

The winter mule is currently being served in Zacry’s at Watergate Bay.