September marked our 5th Wedding Anniversary… yes where did the time go!? We thought it was worthy of a bigger celebration this year so we decided to go away for the weekend. On our list of places to visit was Watergate Bay in beautiful Cornwall, it is a place I have been wanting to visit for a long time but not had an excuse to book it up, this one seemed perfect! We booked a standard room with Dinner, B&B, it can be quite pricey but we were celebrating so thought we would treat ourselves.
The drive to Cornwall took us just over an hour and a half, I always forget how close to Cornwall we are, we got stuck in a little bit of traffic but weren’t in any real hurry so didn’t mind.
Watergate Bay is located on the North Coast of Cornwall just a few miles from Newquay and is the perfect location for surfers and walkers or sunbathers (however we do live in England!). To quote their website “It’s a place that’s about the balance in life – being active, getting among the elements, eating and drinking well, chilling out and getting cosy. Most of all, it’s about having a good time” and oh how very true this is! It perfectly sums up the hotel and it’s relaxed atmosphere, as soon as you walk in the door the deep purple carpets are scattered in sandy foot print marks from all the guests visiting the beach down below.
Upon arriving at the hotel we backed into a space in the small car park at the front of the hotel, as usual we were too early for check in so went to explore the area and grab some lunch, despite being early you are still able to use all of the facilities the hotel has to offer. We chose to eat in The Living Space for lunch, it’s a beautiful room with windows most of the way round, opening out to a stunning view of the beach below. It was busy because we’d arrived at peak lunch time but we managed to find a seat and admire the view. We both ordered BBQ Brisket Ciabatta’s with a side of fries (the fries were amazing!), Dave had a local cider and I went for a White Peach Bellini (well we were celebrating)! The food was delicious and we were soon feeling very stuffed!
Once we paid our bill we headed back outside to go and explore the area. Next to the Hotel is Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant and The Beach Hut, we didn’t have time to pop into these restaurants but that’s an excuse to go back! We made our way past these and up a small foot path that takes you on a cliff top walk, I think if we had walked far enough we could have ended up in Newquay but it was so windy we deiced against it, we did however walk a little way along and manage to get some lovely pictures.
We soon got fed up of being battered by the wind and made our way back to the hotel to check in – hoorah! We arrived at reception and were greeted by very friendly staff, the lady that helped us gave us our key cards and told us how to find our room, she assured us it was a lovely room and we hoped she wasn’t wrong! We swiped the key card and pushed open the door… we were not disappointed, the room was beautifully decorated AND we had a sea view, yay! The hotel is partnered with Joules
so all of the staff uniform is Joules and features in the room too, my favourite was the navy striped mugs 😀 Our room was beautifully decorated in white washed furniture and blues and greys.
The wind that day was really strong and despite being inside with all the doors shut we could hear the ferociousness of the sea, we pulled back the net curtain and opened the door to sit out on the balcony and watch the waves crashing on the shore and admire our view – navy stripy mugs in hand full of tea, heaven!
You could never get bored of the view but after a little while we decided not to waste our afternoon so grabbed our swimming things and went down to make use of the 25m infinity pool. This again had the most amazing view of the sea and really is a must while you are there. After a few lengths we dried off and went in search of a drink, there are a few places to choose from but we decided to stay close to where we were and went into the Ocean Room, it was somewhere one of the staff told us to go when we checked in, again we were not disappointed, I know I keep going on about the view but it really is stunning. We ordered a beer and a cocktail and let the day drift on while watching the wind whip up the sea and the last of the surfers pack up for the day.
The afternoon soon drifted on and it was time for dinner. We had booked into Zacry’s one of the other restaurants on site, three course of deliciousness. They serve food that combines Cornish attitude with a classic brasserie, I believe they have also won several awards and I am not surprised the food was delicious.
The menu is very seasonal and changes daily so every day is different. We were seated by the window and wished a Happy Anniversary shortly followed by a complimentary glass of Prosecco each which was a lovely little touch.
We studied the menu for a little while, it was so hard to choose! In the end I went for a Crab Salad and Dave went for Parfait (I forget which kind) for starters and for mains we both pushed the boat out and had Lobster, something we have never tried before.
The starters were lovely and light and just the right amount, leaving room for our mains, our lobster arrived with green beans and triple cooked chips, I won’t lie I was a little afraid I wouldn’t like it but I was being brave and trying new things. It all came out looking lovely and we both tucked in neither of us saying much just enjoying our food.
It was soon time to move on to pudding, my favourite. I went for the Ice Cream and Sorbet and Dave went for the ‘alternative’ Cheesecake, both were amazing, my favourite being Strawberry Prosecco Sorbet!!! Absolute heaven.
We were both absolutely stuffed once we had finished. The food was amazing and I can’t wait to go back again to try something different. The staff were brilliant too.
We left the restaurant and went across to The Living Space, we had a note pushed under our door after we had been swimming to say that a wedding was at the hotel that day and they had arranged to have a fireworks display that we could all watch from the hotel. This was amazing, however the weather was horrendous with driving, sideways rain! Despite this the fireworks were still to go ahead. They were brilliant and a lovely extra touch, especially as we were celebrating our wedding too.
The next morning we woke to the sound of loud wind outside and crashing waves, the curtains were thick blackout curtains so I expected to pull them back to reveal awful weather, but to our surprise the sun was shining and it had turned out to be a lovely morning!
We went down to enjoy our breakfast, which again was amazing, waffles with all the trimmings, a real treat, before going out to walk the beach and heading home (chores were calling us – boo).
We walked up the beach, admiring the crazy Kite Surfers and discovering lots of hidden caves in the cliffs, it’s a lovely beach and seems to get very busy, they even have beach polo once a year which I bet would be good fun to watch.
After we’d walked the beach and woken ourselves up we went back up to our room to grab our bags and check out, albeit with a heavy heart. I absolutely loved our stay here and really cannot recommend it enough if you are stuck for a mini break idea, the staff really cannot do enough for you and I CANNOT wait to come back.
See you soon Watergate Bay x