Bar Manager – Watchful Mary

Owned by one family for two generations, Watergate Bay Hotel is as popular for the warmth of its hospitality as it is for its gorgeous location. The hotel today is a collection of fresh, contemporary spaces designed to connect you with the rugged coastline outside.

Following 15 years of unprecedented growth and success, the business has developed significantly and includes:

  • The Hotel: 71 rooms, 2 restaurants and a Swim Club
  • An eco-village: 15 self-catering apartments
  • Beach Hut: an 80 cover beach side restaurant
  • The Extreme Academy: Surf school
  • Retail: a beach side shop and take away outlet
  • Office space: for c. 40 people
  • 3 car parks

Having achieved this growth, a bold 2030 vision and strategic plan has been launched focussing on further growth within and beyond Watergate Bay.

The ‘Sea Wall’ Project

The brand new building stands on a 100m2 patch of rock between the cliff edge and the sea wall, which was built in the 1950s to protect the hotel from the ravages of high tides and winter storms. The two-floor building will provide a new base for the RNLI lifeguard service and a new surf lifesaving club.

The top floor will be our new bar; Watchful Mary.

Opening in early summer 2019, Watchful Mary is a new continental-style bar for the Bay set on the sea wall.

Shaped by stories of co-founder Mary Ashworth’s sightings of the sunset’s rare Green Flash (a ray of green light that, if conditions are right, can apparently be glimpsed as the sun dips below the horizon), Watchful Mary is a bar for the whole Bay to enjoy. With unbroken views to the horizon, might just be lucky enough to glimpse the Green Flash from Watchful Mary.

From views to flavours to vibe, there’ll be nowhere else in the Bay like it. Think laidback drinking and grazing, with the music stepping up as the sun goes down.

Our people

Watchful Mary hinges on people. Bringing individuals together, sharing stories, knowledge and insight, we will create the perfect backdrop and context for people to connect.

The role

We’re looking for a leader to make their mark; breathing life into the Watchful Mary story, and ensuring it’s lived by each of our team members and experienced by every drinker who walks through the door.


Recruit, train and lead the bar team to deliver the Watchful Mary vision in every aspect of what we do.

Inspire your team, driving and shaping their performance, behaviours and attitudes.

Work with the Hotel Executive Chef and F&B Manager to plan, deliver and push for a better visitor experience.

Know your stuff, and then some. When it comes to food, drink and hospitality, there’s nothing you don’t know; whether it’s how to mix a Martinez or how many shots are in a flat white.

Work with the hotel marketing, brand and event teams to create and deliver campaigns and events that drive footfall, revenues and build the Watchful brand.

Play a key role in the launch of the bar and brand, planned for May 2019.

Take responsibility for the commercial/financial performance of the bar. Drive revenues, GPs and control costs to make sure budgets are on track.

Be up to speed with relevant data and reporting practices, to ensure performance is continually monitored.

With the support of internal teams, ensure everyone is on board and upskilled with health and safety, fire, food safety, brand, security and HR standards and policies.

Beyond this, you’ll need strength in vision and character, so you can put your stamp on this unique opportunity. You’ll also be ambitious; this is a role that’s expected to grow. We’re hoping to extend the Watchful brand to other sites throughout Cornwall, which will see your role evolve to include multi-site management and great potential for your career.

Why you should choose Watergate Bay

  • Watergate Bay Hotel is a relaxed professional place to work in a beautiful location right on the beach
  • Excellent career prospects in an ever expanding organisation.
  • Special rates for you and your friends & family to stay at Watergate Bay Hotel
  • Staff discounts on treatments in Swim Club
  • Discounts for you and your friends & family at Zacry’s, The Beach Hut, Living Space, Fifteen Cornwall
  • Staff discounts at Shop on the Beach and other partner businesses
  • Free surf lessons and free use of surfboards and wetsuits from the Extreme Academy
  • Social events throughout the year

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Job title
Bar manager – Watchful Mary

Watergate Bay



Job type

Closing date
18 February 2019