The Hotel at Watergate Bay, TR8

Hotel @ Watergate Bay 219x300 The Hotel at Watergate Bay, TR8With two miles of beautiful beach to play on and the awesome Xtreme Academy sports centre to provide the toys, Watergate Bay is commonly known as the ultimate adrenalin junkie’s paradise in Cornwall.  From a spot of surfing on the famously choppy waves or the somewhat scarier looking traction-kiting on the smooth sands, this place has it all.

The Hotel brings beach life right up to date by offering all of the facilities for an adventure filled trip as well as truly relaxing, barefoot comfort, for those who wish to stay out of the path of danger.  The use of fresh, coastal colours and the stunning oceanside location set the tone for the stay.  Simple, uncluttered and spacious rooms take a similarly laid-back approach with subtle vintage furniture, cosy beds, all of the mod-cons you could need and stunning sea views for a relaxing stay.

Just by reception is an area dubbed ‘The Living Space’, which really is just that.  Big comfy couches, large windows allowing rays of energising natural light to shine through and the hypnotic view of the crashing waves combine to create a simple yet alluring pleasure.  Throw in an easy going café menu and cocktails later on in the day and you won’t want to leave.  Of course, if relaxation really is your thing, a quick dip in the pool followed by one of their great value massages should do the trick.

The Brasserie @ The Hotel

Those who want to make more of a meal of things (so to speak) can pop across the hotel to The Brasserie, where a more formal dining experience awaits.  Décor maintains the easy-going approach, but proper tables and chairs replace the lazy couches and the food takes a more serious approach.

As you would hope of a restaurant with so many great ingredients on its doorstep, The Brasserie provides a menu of quality local produce, cooked with minimal fuss to highlight the flavours.  Naturally, the eclectic menu features plenty of beautifully cooked seafood dishes, including such as Pan roasted brill with aubergine caponata & cavolo nero and Fillet of sea bass, Jerusalem artichoke risotto & crispy pancetta.  However, even less traditional dishes such as an Oriental style Crispy duck salad is expertly put together and you can’t go wrong with a spot of local Roasted Cornish lamb with green beans and salsa verde.  With 3-courses coming in at a reasonable £35 and a good wine list to choose from, The Brasserie is a great choice for a quality meal without blowing the budget.

The Brasserie Rating:
Food: 4/5
Venue: 3/5
Value: 3/5

Cuisine Type: Modern European
Dinner for two (excluding drinks): Three courses for £35/head
Wine: £6.50

Hotel rooms start at around £160 during mid-season

The Hotel @ Watergate Bay
On The Beach
Watergate Bay
Cornwall, TR8 4AA
Tel: +44 (0) 1637 860543
www.watergatebay.co.uk/thehotel.htm