FIRST LOOK: Watergate Bay gets guests supping by the sea at new coastal bar

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Cornwall boutique hotel, Watergate Bay, has unveiled a new bar which has been built on the sea wall at the site.

Watchful Mary is targeting guests looking for a ‘sangria on the shoreline’, with the new bar’s name inspired by the hotel’s co-founder Mary Ashworth’s sighting of the rare ‘green flash’ of light at sunset.

The new space, built on a 100m2 patch of rock between the cliff edge and the sea wall, will offer drinks and small plates, adding to the facilities at Watergate Bay Hotel.

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The ground floor of the sea wall building will provide a new base for the RNLI lifeguard service and a new home for the Watergate Bay Surf Lifesaving Club, with Watchful Mary’s bar and decking on the top floor.

Managing director, Ben Harper: “It’s exciting to bring our vision of a drinks-led bar in such a unique location to life. Glass in hand, Watchful Mary is pretty much the closest you’ll get to the sunset without getting your feet wet. The team has been inspired by Mary’s story to create something special.

“We’ve kept things simple, partnering with the best local and international producers to create a stripped-back offering full of surprises,” continues Harper. “It’s all about showcasing originality and quality, infused with a Watchful Mary perspective.”

Watergate Bay is now in its 52th year of family ownership; the business boasts average occupancy levels of 92% and turns over £11m with a work force of 250 employees.

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