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Chocolate and Pecan Pie

Pecan pie is a classic American dish, thought to have originated in Alabama. Although our neighbours across the pond tend to eat pecan pie for special events like Thanksgiving and Christmas, we in The Living Space have it on the menu as often as possible. And now you can make it at home whenever you want.


Serves 12


Chocolate base
250g 60% dark chocolate
200g unsalted butter
400g caster sugar
80g plain flour
80g cocoa powder
10g baking powder
4 eggs
1 egg yolk

Pecan topping
4 eggs
140g dark brown sugar
80g golden syrup
80g maple syrup
70g unsalted butter
40g ground almonds
300g pecan nuts


Chocolate base

Melt the chocolate and butter over a low heat in thick bottom saucepan.

In a clean bowl whisk the eggs and sugar together until light and fluffy.

Sift together all the remaining dry ingredients in a separate bowl.

Once cooled, mix the chocolate and butter with the eggs and sugar and finally fold in the dry ingredients.

Carefully pour into a 22cm loose bottom tin.

Bake at 170oC for about 35 minutes. The centre should be slightly wobbly and then will sink as it cools out of the oven.


Pecan topping

Mix together the eggs and sugar in a bowl and melt both syrups and butter over a low heat in a thick bottom saucepan.

Once cooled, add the eggs and sugar to the syrup and butter and fold in the almonds and pecans.

Pour the mix on top of the cooled chocolate mixture and bake at 160oC for a further 40 minutes, or until set.

Leave to cool and a cut into 12 small portions.

This pie is very dense and rich so serve with something lighter like crème fraiche or malted milk ice-cream.


Electric Beach Festival 2014

O’Neill presents Electric Beach Festival in association with Ion Cameras.

On Saturday 7 June and Sunday 8 June 2014, Electric Beach Festival returns to Watergate Bay with two days of great music on the beach. Hurry, there are still a few Early Bird tickets left online.


Check out this years line up…

Grand Master Flash


Headlining Electric Beach 2014 is the legendary Grand Master Flash, one of hip hops greatest pioneers. Setting standards in DJ-ing and creating hip hop history with well know tunes like The Message and White Lines, Grand Master Flash is an unmissable act.

Sam and the Womp


Sam and the Womp are a three piece group from the UK, best known for their summer 2012 No.1 single ‘Bom Bom‘. Mixing traditional elements of Balkan music with modern electronic and dance elements they’ll be bringing the ‘electric’ to Electric Beach Festival.

Zion Train


Back by popular demand, Zion Train. After playing Electric Beach 2013, Zion Train said it was their favourite festival of the year so they had to be on this years lineup. Returning with their energetic yet peaceful dub, reggae, dance vibes the entire beach will be on board the train of Zion.

Lloyd Yates


Since picking up a guitar aged 15, Lloyd Yates has been making music ever since. The self-taught musician is often likened to the likes of Ben Howard, Passenger and Bon Iver due to his distinctive singer-songwriter style.

And more…


The People’s String Foundation
Evocative, languid and mellow music of The People’s String Foundation scale the heights of jazz and hip-hop simultaneously.

Maseo (De la Soul)
Producer, DJ, MC Maseo  originates from the legendary group De La Soul and will be taking to the decks of Electric Beach Festival 2014.

Running Numbers
Combining live music with computer based elements, Running Numbers draw upon hip-hop, dubstep and drum n’ bass to create a big, energetic sound.


Dizraeku and the Small Gods
This seven piece band from England unashamedly play heartfelt reinventions of hip hop with a melodic, folk undertone.

Hong Kong Ping Pong
Playing an eclectic mix of dub step to hip hop, Djs Morphosis and Fat Harry have spent years perfecting their sound and becoming known as one of the most fun groups in the South West.

The Scribes
The Scribes are a new wave, four piece group who’s unique talents have combined to create a sound quite unlike any other.

More acts will be announced soon but hopefully that’s piqued your interest enough to buy a ticket online.


Gin Martini

Shaken or stirred?



25ml Noilly Prat
50ml Sipsmith Gin

Garnish with lemon or olive.

Glass: Martini glass


Add 2 scoops of ice into a boston shaker.
Add Noilly Prat and stir ensuring you lift the ice to make sure it’s coated.
Add 50ml Sipsmith gin and stir for 30 seconds.
Strain into a chilled Martini glass and garnish with a lemon twist or olive.

Find our other cocktail recipes here.

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.

Image courtesy of on Flickr

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.