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A Weekend at Watergate Bay Cornwall, in Pictures

Watergate Bay, Cornwall in Pictures

View of the SUnset from Fifteen, Cornwall

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!

Watergate Bay, Cornwall

Dinner at Fifteen, Cornwall

Surfers on the beach at Watergate Bay

Watergate Bay, Cornwall

Someone having fun – if I thought I would get away with it, I would be down there stomping with her.

Watergate Bay, Cornwall

The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay

The Beach Hut - Watergate Bay - Cornwall

The Beach Hut - Watergate Bay - Cornwall

Duck Egg with Wild Mushrooms & Watercress on Toast at The Beach Hut

The Beach Hut - Watergate Bay - Cornwall

Mussels at The Beach Hut

The Beach Hut - Watergate Bay - Cornwall

Hand Dived Scallops with Roast Cauliflower Puree at The Hotel

Dinner at The Hotel, Watergate Bay

Spring Farmers’ Market at Fifteen Cornwall

Wild Garlic Pesto

Farmer's Market at Watergate Bay - Cornwall

Quackling! Delicious and best product name *ever*.

Farmer's Market at Watergate Bay - Cornwall

Deli Farm Charcuterie – this lady makes terrific charcuterie in Cornwall

Farmer's Market at Watergate Bay - Cornwall

Origin Coffee Roasters – these guys travel the world sourcing great coffee and roast it in Cornwall

Farmer's Market at Watergate Bay - Cornwall

This man grows and makes tea in Cornwall

Farmer's Market at Watergate Bay - Cornwall

Dinner at Fifteen, Cornwall

Dinner at Fifteen, Cornwall

Dinner at Fifteen, Cornwall



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  1. All looks and sounds delicious, the pictures really are worth a thousand words and more. By the way, Tregothnan the tea people also make the most delicious honey on their estate, which goes down a treat spread on toast with a cup of their tea!

    Thanks for sharing your lovely trip with us: it felt like going on a mini-holiday at my desk!

    • Thanks Hugh! It was a wonderful weekend. I was so impressed by their commitment to sustainability and boosting local enterprise.

      Thanks for your comment! I am so pleased you liked it.

  2. Wowzers… looks amazing. I’m dying for a trip to Cornwall. We used to go every year when I was a nipper. Such fond memories.

  3. Helen says

    I am very envious, I had many a happy childhood holiday in Cornwall and have been back the last two summers.

    If you go to the Lizard village there is a crab wholesaler that sells dressed crab to passers by for £3.50 Рa total bargain!

  4. niamh- really beautiful photos. you must have had a gorgeous time. i would love some of those quacklings- since i have never tried the real stuff (dont eat pork!). x shayma

  5. What a lovely getaway, it is a beautiful location, I especially liked the lead photo of the sunset, so evocative… spring is finally here!

  6. Your pictures are brilliant, especially the food! I have been to cornwall many times but never experienced food like that there. I wouldn’t say I am particularly adventurous eater either, but I’ll definitley try to swing by the place next time I’m down there!

Over to you! Your comments - I would love to hear from you :)