On the plate – guest blog

Kym Grimshaw from On The Plate Blog makes a weekend break with friends at Watergate Bay.

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Heaven is Portobello parmesan chips

Some weeks ago now, myself, Mona, Jess and Fritha packed ourselves into a little jeep and headed for Watergate Bay.

My first food encounter set the bar high for the rest of the weekend, Portobello parmesan chips in The Living Space. I was famished by this point and burned my tongue trying to scoff them down! I’m glad I savoured them long enough to enjoy their crispy fried breadcrumb coating and the mushrooms were cooked to perfection. Portobello mushroom chips devoured, glass of red in hand and looking out of the window at the breathtaking sea view. I got the feeling it was going to be hard to leave here.

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Beach Hut event night

On that first Friday evening we spruced ourselves up a bit and walked down to The Beach Hut to be spoiled with courses of tapas. We were greeted by Bloody Mary’s, live acoustic music and a roaring fire on the beach before moving inside to take a seat at long communal tables. The friendly chatter of locals almost louder than the band! After the day of travelling I was relieved by the relaxed atmosphere, all in good company too. I lost count of the tapas courses but each one kept me on my toes, I kept my eye on the kitchen door trying to get a look at what was coming next! From fresh tuna poke,to spicy scallops, I enjoyed everything that night before falling into a food induced coma back at the room.

Zacry’s breakfast…

It’s Saturday morning by this point, we met down in Zacrys for some truly exciting breakfast offerings. By night, Zacrys transforms into something else, but more on that later! All of the breakfast choices are great, all fresh and quality far superior to any other breakfast buffet I’ve encountered. The crux of it all are their waffle machines. DIY breakfast! The waffle batter is prepared by the chefs for you, you pour, sandwich the maker together and set the timer for three minutes. Perfect waffles done! I don’t know why these waffles are better and more exciting than the ones I could make at home, but they are. Everyone else seemed just as enthused, even if there’s a queue for the waffle machine, I promise it will always be worth it!

From one indulgence to the next, if we weren’t eating (and taking photos of our food), we could be found by the swimming pool that looks out onto the sea, enjoying a massage in the treatment rooms and braving the British weather in a mad dash to the hot tub outside.

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…and Zacry’s dinner

During the evening at Zacrys, the waffle machines are no longer in sight and the restaurant transforms to cater for fine dining. The menu is very much inspired by seasonal ingredients and the produce available locally. Plenty of seafood options, but by no means limited to just that. I ooooooh-ed and mmmmm-ed over the chicken liver parfait, with rhubarb chutney and toasted brioche. For main, an ode to what wonderful British modern food can be – English venison, dauphinoise potatoes, black cabbage, king oyster mushroom and Jerusalem artichoke puree. I’d fast for thirty days if I could just eat that meal again right now!

Needless to say, we were sad to say goodbye to Watergate Bay on the Sunday. One thing that became apparent during my stay is everyone had their own Watergate Bay stories to tell. I’ve never been so inundated with lovely comments and messages from sharing my time there on Instagram. I’ll remember the food, the happy dogs I met, the waffle machine at breakfast and that sea view. I hope not to leave it too long until my next visit, Watergate Bay is just too special not to return.

Kym Grimshaw @kymgrimshaw
On The Plate blog

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