Watergate Bay, Cornwall in Pictures
The sunshine this weekend prompted thoughts of a lovely weekend stay in Cornwall recently that I teased you about briefly with mentions of homemade pasta at Fifteen Cornwall and foraging trips, lovely dinners and lunches and a long gorgeous beach. I had a food-filled and very busy weekend, so it will take more than one post to cover it. I’ll start with a photographic summary and then devolve into the details.
Cornwall is a beautiful county with lush green countryside and lengthy coastline, a bit of a trek from London (it’s as far as Scotland), so for my brief weekend visit, it warranted a flight. I was visiting Watergate Bay, a short hop from Newquay airport (5 minutes or so in a taxi), not that you would even notice, as the airplanes that fly in there are on the small side, and don’t make any infernal racket.
I arrived early on Friday evening, and dropped my bags at the apartment that would be my home for the weekend. I was delighted to see that it was a stones throw from the beach, indeed everything is, Watergate Bay is a small cosy seaside village, indeed village may not even be the right word. It has a hotel (The Hotel) which was booked out the weekend I was there, no small feat for March, Fifteen Cornwall, an offshoot of the Jamie Oliver social enterprise started in London and now international, The Beach Hut, a beachside bistro, a couple of surf shops, a surf school, some apartments and a bar. I didn’t spy even a shop. For a Londoner, it was a perfect escape. I had little distraction, save the food and the place itself.
Fifteen Cornwall – what a setting!
Surfers on the beach at Watergate Bay
Someone having fun – if I thought I would get away with it, I would be down there stomping with her.
The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay
Duck Egg with Wild Mushrooms & Watercress on Toast at The Beach Hut
Mussels at The Beach Hut
Hand Dived Scallops with Roast Cauliflower Puree at The Hotel
Spring Farmers’ Market at Fifteen Cornwall
Wild Garlic Pesto
Quackling! Delicious and best product name *ever*.
Deli Farm Charcuterie – this lady makes terrific charcuterie in Cornwall
Origin Coffee Roasters – these guys travel the world sourcing great coffee and roast it in Cornwall
This man grows and makes tea in Cornwall
Dinner at Fifteen, Cornwall