Emily Scott Food first appeared in the Bay as a pop-up restaurant in the iconic Fifteen Cornwall building in July 2020– a great spot to meet family and friends for delicious fresh food in a lively but safe and spacious environment, looking out across the beach.
Emily will now become a permanent fixture at the Bay, taking over the space previously home to Watchful Mary. We asked Emily to introduce herself ahead of her summer pop-up and share the ethos behind her food, to give a taste of the ‘hyper-local’ treats you can expect in her new home at Watergate Bay.
I’m delighted to be in residency with my team at Watergate Bay this summer, as a pop-up restaurant in a truly unique location, looking out over the beautiful golden sands of the Bay.
These are, of course, uncertain times, and life for many of us has not been easy lately. But I’m of the belief that many of the lifestyle changes of recent months also carry the potential for positive change. We’ve been forced into a slower, more gentle way of living. We’ve been stripping things back and keeping things simple.
When I recently held the keys for this amazing venue in my hands for the first time, I was struck by a tangible sense of hope – that as we all emerge from lockdown, we will hold a fresh appreciation of our world and what it has to offer. Perhaps we will become more connected to each other in real life, enjoying our days in a whole new way. The restaurant is the perfect chance to do that.
For me, returning to the seaside for this special one-off opportunity, the future suddenly appears full of colour, new energy and excitement. I love experiencing each season as it unfolds. And I suddenly feel lucky to be able to breathe in the summer, a time that reveals so many wonderful ingredients with which to fill my kitchen and be inspired to cook.
My ethos is always to seek quality local suppliers, and to really get to know the story behind the food, the providence of how it finds its way to the table. I’ve always been passionate about these connections between food, place and storytelling. I find them infectious, intriguing and comforting all at the same time.
My own story began with warm memories of a childhood in Provence with my grandfather, Papa, collecting strawberries from the fields to the hum of crickets in the hot sun. It then slowly winds its way through Cornish country lanes to its beautiful golden sandy beaches. I translate this experience through locally-sourced ingredients into delicious, rustic dishes that are so deceptively simple you can even recreate them at home. I hope we inspire you to try.
Seafood fresh from Cornish waters.
Peas, broad beans, fennel and courgettes with their delicate flowers.
Mozzarella – the cheese that sings summertime to me.
Risottos, crab salad with mayonnaise, sourdough bread.
Delicious seasonal salads full of fantastic herbs, kitchen garden leaves and sweet ripe tomatoes.
Beautiful sweet English strawberries, raspberries, currants, gooseberries.
All the beautiful stone fruits, such as apricots and peaches.
Plus pies, galettes and tarts and vanilla-seeded panna cotta with that perfect wobble…
Wine is a collision of history, geography and passion, and at Emily Scott we understand that a great wine list tells a captivating story, about how the grapes made it to the glass. That’s just as important to me as sourcing the best kitchen ingredients.
I hope you’ll meet your friends and family at Emily Scott Food and let us cook for you. No faff, no fuss. Just relaxed seasonal food, a shared love of being together around the table, and a summertime we’ll never forget – for all the right reasons.
Emily Scott Food is a cashless restaurant. Card only.
Dress code: relaxed.
At Emily Scott Food, the safety of customers and staff is paramount. We will be implementing social distancing throughout the restaurant at all times to ensure everyone’s comfort and safety.