Watergate Bay reveals plans for new restaurant expansion to meet spike in demand


Watergate Bay Hotel in Watergate Bay, Newquay has revealed plans to build a new restaurant, to meet the increasing and changing demands of visitors.

The hotel, which is owned and operated by the Ashworth family, is bidding to create the new ‘Crab Shack’ eatery and demolish and replace the existing lifeguard station to prove facilities for the RNLI and local life saving club.

The current lifeguard station is said to be in vital need of an upgrade, while the Watergate Surf Life Saving Club currently has no indoor accommodation on the beach.

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The restaurant would also have an ’enabling role’, the owners said, as it would fund the additional facilities for the lifeguards and surf life saving club.

The team at Watergate Bay Hotel submitted a similar proposal to Cornwall Council earlier this year, but withdrew the plans after the Environment Agency expressed concerns.

Speaking to BH, Will Ashworth, owner said: “In its 50 years of family ownership, Watergate Bay Hotel has been transformed into a must visit, year-round coastal destination. It continues to grow and exciting plans to improve facilities for visitors to the beach and our hotel will be going ahead in 2018. The year begins with an extended area of our Swim Club including an outdoor sauna. A new, purposed built building will replace the existing RNLI hut, giving a more robust, permanent home for the lifeguard service and an area for the Watergate Bay Surf Lifesaving Club to call their own. And, a food offering, with the working title of ‘Crab Shack’ opening in 2019, enhancing the overall Watergate Bay experience year-round.”

Speaking to Cornwall Live, a spokesman for Stride Treglown, on behalf of the Watergate Bay Hotel, said: “A new restaurant space for the hotel, providing the commercial aspect necessary for the scheme, and maximising the currently underused bank in this prominent location, creating a new key offer at the hotel.

“Given the competitive nature of the market within which it operates, the hotel needs to upgrade and improve its facilities on a regular basis to meet the increasing and changing demands of visitors.”

RNLI lifeguard supervisor Anton Page said: “Watergate Bay is one of the busiest beaches along the north coast. It seems only fitting that the public who use this destination should be provided with a lifeguard service and facility that supports this.”

A decision on the scheme is due to be made by Cornwall Council planners in due course.

Watergate Bay Hotel was first purchased in 1967 by the Ashworth family and converted the building back into a hotel in 1971. Following a series of developments, Will Ashworth took over in 2004 from his parents and embarked on more developments including opening Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall on site and refurbishing bedrooms.

In 2011, the first phase of The Village, a £8m project to create 20 holiday apartments is opened.


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