Beach Hut Cafe, Watergate Bay.

We had arrived in Cornwall for a weeks holiday late on Friday night watching the sky become clearer and clearer showcasing a blood red moon, good omens for the week ahead?
We awoke on Sat morning to a gloriously sunny day and despite a chilly breeze we had a late breakfast in Padstow or should this place now be called PadStein? A foodie heaven nowadays with not only Rick Steins various establishments but highly acclaimed newcomers like Six now making the headlines. However for us a week on holiday in the UK means a week that is as much a holiday for The Lad (Chester our old dog) so we can only pick places that allow him to come too, Cornwall is great in this respect as I think it is probably the most dog friendly place in the UK.
So with the sun beaming we decided that a trip to Watergate Bay to watch the sunset was in order, unfortunately Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen does not take dogs but underneath it is a recommended Cafe Bar called The Beach Hut where the views are breathtaking. A huge beach, incoming tide with waves making the sea appear as if it is made of milk AND the sun setting slowly, pretty perfect. The informality of the place is deceptive as the bar is well stocked, service attentive and food pretty good. We were hungry so went for three courses, fish soup which comes with croutons on the side as well as grated cheese and a spicy mayo for me, grilled prawns with garlic mayo for D both were very tasty perfectly cooked. For mains I had mussels in Thai green sauce with D opting for the veggie option of Falafel burger. The mussels were fab but the burger didn’t quite work as a burger but the individual ingredients worked very well.

We shared a marmalade sponge whilst the sun set the sea on fire. A cheeky cheap Rose went perfectly. For a basic lunch or dinner the specials fresh each day are displayed on the board.. we would definitely recommend this place and not only for the views.


Which brings us on nicely to our second visit two days later, D had calamari to start and I went for a small nibble of anchovies these were followed by a Cornish bratwurst Po Boy plus pulled pork (not as big as you would think, just right) and a main of the grilled prawns for D. To finish D had a hot chocolate with the full marshmallow/jazzies extravaganza and I had a cognac. The sun put on a show again!


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