The Esplanade Hotel Magazine | Issue 02_2019
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- Issue two! (In Cornish)
Welcome to the second edition of the story of life by the beach with The Esplanade.
Throughout the pages of Wave, you’ll find our summer activity schedule, tuck into one of
our favourite dishes as we head into the kitchen with head chef Jay who tells us all about
how to prepare the perfect family roast. Discover how to get back into the water after
becoming a Mum with local professional surfer Corinne Evans Jones, learn all about our
edible landscape with tips from Cornwall foraging company Fat Hen and find out what’s on
locally during the year by the beach.
We’re all about family holidays, fresh-air, timeless activities and making memories with
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12 Edible Landscape - With Fat Hen, Wild Cookery School
20 Land or Sea? - Our guide to Cornish adventures
26 Talking Art - With Becky Bettesworth
34 Rattler - A Cornish staple
38 Wellness & Selfcare as a Mum - With Gaia Skincare
44 Cornish Phrase Book - Getting to know our own dialect
48 How To Keep Surfing as a Mum - With Corinne Evans Jones
54 Taking a Look Back - Newquay, old and new
62 Ahh, the Sunday Lunch - Our perfect recipe
64 Staycation with Toby & Roo - An insider’s guide
72 Keeping busy in Cornwall - Our what’s on guide
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T H E
WORDS + PHOTOS
CAROLINE DAVEY | FATHEN.ORG
With one of the largest natural habitats in the
world on our doorstep in the form of a sandy
playground we know that there’s a whole world
of undiscovered life out there. Some call us rockpooling
experts but when it comes to knowing
how to take the discoveries and turning into
dishes, we hold our hands up as that’s not our
forté. So we reached out to a local foraging
company Fat Hen to learn all about what it
takes to bring the nature of the seaside into the
kitchen and onto our plates. Join us as we take
the journey into foraging, or how we like to call it
discovering our edible landscape…
Fat Hen is a wild food cookery school, a culinary
exploration of our edible landscape and a
communion between people, food and nature.
Established in 2007 by Caroline Davey, which
has become an evolving project, with its central
aim of breaking down the barriers between the
kitchen, the outdoors and the dining table. Not
afraid of recognition, Fat Hen has been chosen as
one of the top ten best foraging courses in the UK
by Countryfile Magazine and has been chosen by
the Telegraph as one of 10 incredible holidays
that offer a true taste of a destination. The
National Cookery School Guide has also chosen
Fat Hen in its top 50 cookery schools in the UK.
Caroline works alongside talented chefs to
create fabulous dishes showcasing ingredients
sourced from the wild. Foraging for wild food is
a journey of gaining knowledge and discovering
nature and your place in it. It can be meditative,
bountiful and incredibly satisfying.
Seaweed foraging and cookery courses have
become popular in the past few years with
Fat Hen as we have an incredible resource of
seaweeds in Cornwall but unfortunately not
much of a culture of eating it. We have many
species (over 600 in this country) with almost all
species being edible. There are some Deepwater
species that you can’t eat but all those growing
on the seashore and still attached to the rocks
are edible. We commonly use approximately 10-
15 seaweeds regularly in our cooking at Fat Hen
and we look at how other cultures use seaweeds
and adopt and adapt recipes to suit our Cornish
seaweeds. Many of our dishes are influenced by
Asian style recipes but we also look to Wales for
laver bread inspiration and macrobiotic cookery
for wholesome and healthy recipes. We use
our seaweeds in different ways depending on
the species of seaweed. There are many health
benefits to be gained by including seaweeds in
Here’s Caroline’s top tips for starting your
1. Start foraging in your own back yard! You don’t
have to travel miles to forage; you’ll find edible
plants on your street, in your garden and in your
local park. Take some time to plan your route and
where you think the best species may be living.
2. Begin with species that are easy to identify and
that you’re familiar with like elderflowers, nettles
& blackberries. Research before heading out
by looking at imagery and then once you have
created some great things to eat, you can build
up the confidence to move onto slightly more
3. Get your hands on a wild flower identification
guide and keep it in your bag or car so that
wherever you go you can start to identify plants.
The hardest part of foraging is plant identification
and it takes lots of practice and repetition to get
it right, so having a little insider knowledge is a
4. Have fun! Organise your foraging trips with
friends and family as it’s such a good activity for
all round physical and mental health. Foraging
together and preparing a meal from your
finds will leave you with a profound sense of
community, achievement and well-being.
www.fathen.org | @fathenforager
Sesame crusted tofu with
noodles, seaweed and sea beet
Recipe by Caroline Davey, Fat Hen
- Large handful of laver seaweed
- 200ml rice wine vinegar
- 200ml water
- Large handful of sea beet
- 250g plain tofu
- 4 tbsp shoyu
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 garlic cloves, grated
- 2 tbsp three cornered leek, sliced
- Thumb size piece of ginger root, grated
- Red chilli, deseeded and chopped
- 50g cornflour
- 3 tbsps white sesame seeds
- 1 tsp chilli flakes
- Sunflower oil for shallow frying
-1 packet of udon noodles
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp mirin
- 1 tbsp sweet white miso
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
1. Place the laver seaweed into a bowl with rice
wine vinegar and water and leave to pickle for an
hour or two.
2. Slice the tofu horizontally, then cut diagonally
into 8 triangles. Place the tofu in a shallow dish.
3. Mix together the marinade and pour over the
tofu. Leave the tofu to marinade for at least an hour,
turn the tofu half way through so that it marinated
4. Make the dressing by mixing all the dressing ingredients
together in a bowl and whisk to combine
5. Mix together the tofu crust ingredients. Take the
tofu pieces one at a time and dip into the mix so
that the crust sticks to all sides. Shallow fry the tofu,
until crisp. Set aside.
6. Strain the marinade and keep to pour over the
noodles with the dressing.
7. Whilst the tofu is cooking bring 2 large pans of
water to the boil. Salt the water and add the sea
beet to one and the noodles to the other. Cook for a
few minutes until both are soft.
8. Strain the noodles; add a drizzle of sesame oil to
stop the noodles sticking. Mix through the noodles.
9. Pour the miso dressing onto the noodles and mix
together until all the noodles are coated. Strain the
laver seaweed from the pickling liquid and add to
the noodles. Mix to combine.
10. Place some noodles & seaweed into a bowl.
Place some of the cooked seabeet on top of the
noodles. Lie the tofu pieces across the sea beet.
Pour over the remains of the marinade. Serve.
PLACES TO EXPLORE
Come rain or shine, the lowest part of the country is home to
an abundance of adventure waiting to be explored, coupled
with timeless memories ready to be made. Home to 100’s of
experiences, both on land and on sea, Cornwall has got it all
for adventurous families, couples and friends all looking to get
hooked onto their next piece of adventure.
Discover land and sea adventures in Cornwall with our
hand-picked experiences in and around the ruggedly beautiful
Cornish coast that’ll keep you occupied during your visit.
CORNISH HERITAGE SAFARI TOURS
Discover the magic of history with a guided tour designed around
various aspects of Cornwall’s rich heritage, encompassing romantic
legends and history, all situated in Cornwall’s beautiful scenery.
Choose from King Arthur, Bodmin Moor, The Far West or Poldark tour,
all unique in location and history.
The Camel Trail, a converted discussed railway
track, passes through some of Cornwall’s most
beautiful countryside, and it’s completely free
to use! Walk, cycle or run one of three routes
including Cornwall’s foodie capital, Padstow to
the quaint Cornish town of Wadebridge and take
in the stunning Cornish countryside views whilst
The famous Cornish visitor destination that is
the Eden Project is nestled in a huge crater. The
massive Biomes house the largest rainforest
in captivity, stunning plants, exhibitions
and stories which serve as a backdrop to
the striking contemporary gardens, summer
concerts and exciting year-round family events.
If you’re in Cornwall, this is a must and not one
to be missed!
VINEYARD TOUR AND WINE TASTING
A picturesque location nestled in the Cornish countryside, be led by a
Camel Valley wine maker who’ll guide you through the vineyard year
and winery process, answering any tippling questions that you may
have along the way. Afterwards, there will be a fun wine tasting session,
beginning with their most famous wine, Cornwall Brut, opportunities
to purchase award-winning wines and moments to sit and relax with
a tipple in hand whilst gazing out to some most impeccable country
FERRY, ISLES OF SCILLY
Hop onto the Scillonian Ferry, take the 2hr, 45 minute
crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s and soak up the unique
perspective of some of Cornwall’s most iconic coastline.
There are comfy, reclining seats as well as an on-board café,
Western Rocks Coffee Co, serving hot and cold drinks and
snacks to make the trip that little bit more enjoyable. Dogs are
also welcome, so you can take the whole family on a sea-side
adventure to explore the beautiful Isles of Scilly.
Feeling adventurous? Coasteering takes you into an alien
environment, one minute you can be traversing across barnaclecovered
ledges, and the next you find yourself diving into the sea
to cross water-filled zawns. The adrenaline-filled adventure will
take you from secluded beaches to smugglers’ coves and secret
caves inhabited by stunning sea life. It is definitely one of the
coolest ways to explore the gorgeous Cornish coastline! Make
sure you go visit our friends at Quiksilver Surf School!
Discover a whole new world as the best things to be seen
in the water are close to the surface rather than at depth.
Just swim out from one of the easily accessible, fantastic
shore diving sites and you can immediately see the vibrant
colours and abundant marine life that Cornish waters have
Nothing beats the view of the Cornish coastline from the
water and Cornish Rock Tors’ guided sea kayaking trips
are the best way to experience that. Paddling out of Port
Gaverne on the North Coast of Cornwall, paddle to remote
coves and beaches, spot wildlife and explore the beautiful,
unspoiled scenery away from the crowds…
Perched on the North coast,
we’re the perfect spot for new
Cornish adventures exploring
the many quaint towns
Cornwall has to offer as well
as discovering the rugged
coastline that outlines our
stunning coastal county. The
Esplanade Hotel is your base
for unforgettable holidays in
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With Becky Bettesworth
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Inspired by her love of the old 1930’s railway/travel posters, we’re getting to
know the creative Becky Bettesworth a little better as she tells us all about
how her career as an artist started and how she got to where she is today.
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Were you good at art as a child?
I loved art as a child and drew all the time. I used
to love comics, Snoopy and Garfield and try and
copy them. I’d look at the front and back of the
cereal box and copy and draw over breakfast.
I’d draw at school and home, doodling and
sketching. I am dyslexic so I found every other
lesson hard except for art. I always loved art and
at primary school it was what people connected
me with and was part of who I am and what I
was good at. I knew I wanted to grow up to be
Did you always intend to make art
Yes absolutely although I do remember my Dad
advising me to think about getting a proper job
as he knew it was a hard road ahead to make it as
an artist. I’ve always known it’s what I wanted to
do and have had self-belief, determination and
tenacity which is needed through challenging
times where self-doubt and criticism can knock
you down as you grow, evolve and develop as an
artist. It certainly doesn’t happen overnight and
it is a journey which you have to be patient with
and enjoy the ride!
Where did you train?
I did art as GCSE and A Level and then did an
art foundation course at Chester which I loved
which led me to a degree at Bath.
What was your career after you graduated?
After my three years in Bath I knew I wanted to
go to London and was offered some unpaid
work experience with an advertising company,
where after a month they offered me a full-time
job as an art director, helping to come up with
conceptual ideas for campaigns and seeing
them through to final fruition.
Working with Cadbury’s, Guinness and Coca
Cola, which was an awesome fun experience
which consisted of long long hours where the
client would fundamentally have the final say
over the creativity.
When did you decide on a
At this point me and my future husband decided
to take an adventure to New Zealand, which
proved to be one of the best decisions in our
lives! We applied for a one year working visa
and loved loved loved our time out there. It is
here that I met lots of other artists and saw lots
of different art and thought “I could do that”!
When did you move to Devon and
So when we came back Matt joined the family
business of chartered surveyors, Bettesworths
in Torquay and I started my career as an artist.
Building up a portfolio of work and approaching
galleries and publishing companies. I
experimented in different styles, doing life
drawing classes and working with pencil, pastel
and acrylics. I took part in exhibitions and was
asked to exhibit with a London gallery and The
Affordable Art Fair in London.
I then became a full time Mum and had three
wonderful children Heidi, Bertie and Tom so the
paints had to be put away for some time as I
enjoyed being a full time mum of three....
Describe your family and life in Devon.
Our life in Devon consists of making the most of
where we live and outdoor living. We love surfing,
paddle boarding and cycling and BBQs on the
beach are always great too, taking Squiggle our
golden retriever puppy with us along the way.
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How much time do you spend each day
I spend as much time as possible, but family
and business administration tend to make this
tricky. My ideal day is to have no interruptions
and create non-stop. Sometimes I can work
until 2am in the morning when I’m in the ‘zone’.
My day always starts with either a morning yoga
class, run along the coastal path or walk with
Do you have a studio?
Yes I do have a studio which is in my home, which
is lovely. I create in one room which is light and
airy and then I have another room which is my
mini warehouse / distribution / packing room,
where all the orders from my website and shops
How would you describe your work and its
My work is reminiscent of the 1930s travel poster
art but done in a modern contemporary way,
with the use of soft Pastel colours. I have always
loved this art and the nostalgic feel of that
wonderful bygone era.
What sort of things do you paint now?
Having established a range of seaside
destination posters I am keen to continue with
this but I am also creating some Limited Edition
pieces, adding to my Special Collection Range
and taking on more commissions.
And what inspires you about South Devon?
I am inspired by South Devon because this
is where we are lucky to live. However I am
inspired by the beauty of the whole of the West
Country, both coastline and countryside. We are
very blessed to live in the United Kingdom and
have such beautiful unspoilt coastlines.
Which mediums do you work in?
I work doing pencil sketches, painting and I also
create my artwork drawing on the computer, so
it is a real mix of old and new.
Where is your work sold?
My work is sold on my website www.
beckybettesworth.co.uk and I supply to boutique
shops and galleries across the country. I even
supply to a large store in Bermuda.
You also supply the National Trust. Could
you tell us a bit about that.
This is where it all started for me, when I had an
exhibition at Greenway, Agatha Christie’s former
home which is now a National Trust property.
I thought if I could create some pictures of
Greenway in this style it would be very fitting of
such a stunning building in what is an exquisite
location. At that time the NT asked if they could
stock my artwork and I guess that is how it all
What are you working on now?
I am working on growing my Limited Edition
Collection whilst also adding to my Seaside
Collection Range. I have a number of
commissions booked this year. I continue to
have my artwork on fabulous chocolate bars
created by Kernow Cornish chocolate company,
greetings cards by Glebe Cottage and Tea Towels,
Coasters, Pot Stands and Magnets by Proctor
and Clark. A really fun aspect that has just
launched is my artwork on three skirts produced
by a vintage boutique in London called Revival
My artwork is available in two sizes of Calendar
and also an A5 British Coastlines Diary in
partnership with Carousel Calendars. The
2020 versions of these will be on sale through
my website in a wide range of UK retail outlets
beckybettesworth.co.uk | @beckybettesworth
A CORNISH STAPLE.
Daydreams, adventures, passion and invention;
this is the story of how the locals favourite cyder
is where it is today as we discover how Healeys
Farm in Cornwall has taken the cyder market by
Kay and David launched Healeys Cyder Farm
in 1986 after previously running an off-licence
in Mevagissey and a small-holding near St
Austell. There was no water or electricity when
they moved in with Sam and Joe, their two
very young sons, and the 150-year-old property
was in a dreadful state. Undeterred with a
dream to pursue, they set about planting
orchards, renovating buildings and creating a
visitor attraction that has since provided huge
entertainment for millions of people for almost
three decades. They’ve also turned their fruit
into world-beating drinks, jams and juices,
built Cornwall’s first distillery in 300 years and
produce England’s oldest whiskey.
On a hot sunny day on a beach in Cornwall,
two thirsty brothers created the idea of Rattler
Cornish Cloudy Cyder. Sam and Joe Healey grew
up on the farm which is now Healeys Cornish
Cyder Farm a few miles outside of Newquay.
Their family produced a range of traditional
Cornish cyders made from the apples grown
in their own Cornish orchards at Penhallow.
Rattler was different to other ciders available in
pubs and bars across Cornwall, with fans loving
it’s biting refreshment. With a loyal Cornish
following, Rattler has grown over the decade,
now with new flavours including pear, berry,
strawberry & lime and a seasonal mulled.
Every drop of Rattler is still made at Healeys
Cornish Cyder Farm. The cyder making process
and history can be enjoyed on a tour of the
farm which welcomes over 400,000 visitors a
year. A new visitor centre opened in 2015 with
an impressive barrel-like entrance which once
inside can be climbed to see the production
halls. The farm offers a fun day out for the whole
family with vintage tractor rides down to the
orchards, free sampling of the entire Healeys
food and drink range the farm shop, and meeting
of friendly farm animals. A day out at Healeys
wouldn’t be complete without a homemade
Cornish cream tea featuring jams made in the
farm kitchens. Or a home cooked meal in The
Old Bottlery Restaurant, with the menu featuring
ingredients made at the farm. Of course, all can
be enjoyed with a pint of Cornish cyder straight
from the farm.
There’s free entry into the farm, free parking and
dogs are welcome on a lead. Charges apply for
tours and tractor rides.
healeyscyder.co.uk | @healeyscyderfarm
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CARE AS A MUM.
Your own wellness as a mother is so important. If
you are happy and well, your family is also happy
and well. Whether you are a working mum or stay-athome,
the job is a big one.
Taking time for self-care is essential, whether that’s
in body, mind or spirit and ensuring a moment to
switch off and completely focus on you is important.
Once the little ones are in bed, at school or simply
amusing themselves, take some time to remember
who you are as a person and dig deep for inner calm.
A favourite and accessible athome
routine for most is a
long soak in the bath. There is
nothing quite like a bath time
ritual, where you relax and soak
away all the stresses of the
day. For centuries, water and
baths have been used for their
calming effect on the mind and
body, with countless proven
health benefits, from easing
aching muscles to hydrating
and cleansing your skin.
There are several key elements to getting your bathing
time perfect, like getting the right temperature (the
ideal bath should be only a few degrees above
natural body temp of 37 degrees) and creating the
right atmosphere, whether that’s dimming the lights,
lighting a candle, playing your favourite playlist or
podcast or warming your fluffy bath towels ready for
Whatever your favourite bath time accompaniments
are, whether it’s a good book or a glass of wine, no
bath is complete without luxurious, nurturing bath
“Taking time for self-care
is essential, whether
that’s in body, mind or
spirit and ensuring a
moment to switch off and
completely focus on you
products to immerse yourself in. From bath salts,
to bubble baths, oils, bombs and more, there is a
plethora of options for making the most out of your
bath time. The most beneficial is of course, the Bath
Salt, known for containing nutrients and minerals to
keep your skin, muscles, bones and mind healthy.
Soothing tired muscles, cleansing skin and making
you feel relaxed and at ease.
Gaia Skincare’s Balancing Bath Salts are a luxurious,
cleansing and detoxifying salt with a blend of purifying
sea salt, cleansing Epsom
salts and restoring Himalayan
salt. The fragrance is simply
beautiful; an invigorating and
refreshing mix of Rose Geranium,
Ylang Ylang, Frankincense &
Palmarosa. The smell of the
bath alone lifts spirits instantly.
The feeling the salts gives the
bath is pure heaven, the soft,
silky water really does soften
and nourish the skin. Not only
this, the salts are detoxifying,
have an antiseptic and antiinflammatory
(thanks to the
lemon and mandarin) effect.
To add some extra luxury to bath time, nourish and
feed your skin with a calming body oil. Gaia Skincare
have a range of bath and body oils in awakening,
calming and balancing blends…one for every
For more wellness tips and natural skincare products
head to www.gaiaskincare.co.uk
to our new loyalty club, card and App.
We’re so pleased to announce that we’ve updated our loyalty club terms,
meaning the more you spend, the more you get!
Our Loyalty Club is free to join and available to guests who have booked
How it works
Receive points for every £1 spent during a stay with us. Once you have built
up your points, you’ll be able to discover redeemable gift experiences to
enjoy during your next stay to use for yourself or give as a gift to friends,
family or colleagues.
Head to reception to grab a loyalty card or register at
Cornish is a Celtic language spoken mainly in
Cornwall (Kernow). It is a member of the Brythonic
or British branch of the Celtic languages, along
with Welsh and Breton and has some mutual
intelligibility with Breton, and much less with
There are an estimated 3,000 speakers of Cornish,
2,000 of whom claim fluency, according to a survey
commissioned by the Cornish
Language Strategy project in
2008. In the 2011 UK census 600
people in England and Wales
declared Cornish as their main
language: 500 in Cornwall, and
the rest elsewhere.
Cornish started to diverge from
Welsh towards the end of the
7th century AD and the earliest
known examples of written
Cornish date from the end of
the 9th century AD. These were
in the form of glosses scribbled in the margins of a
Latin text - Smaragdus’ Commentary on Donatus.
They were originally thought to be in Old Breton,
but Prof. J. Loth showed in 1907 that they were in
fact Old Cornish. Old Breton and Old Cornish were
very similar and are easily confused.
Old Cornish was used from about 800-1250 AD and
traces of it also survive in some place names in
eastern Cornwall. The Cornish used between 1250
and 1550 is known as Middle or Medieval Cornish
and quite a lot of literature from this period still
survives, including religious plays, poems and
sermons. Literature in Late or Modern Cornish, the
type of Cornish used between 1550 and the 19th
century, includes folk tales, poems, songs, and
translations from the Bible.
Some families are now bringing up their children
with Cornish as their first
language. Cornish names are
popular for children, pets,
houses and boats. People are
writing and performing songs
and poetry in Cornish, and the
language is taught in some
schools and at the University of
There are a number of
magazines solely in Cornish:
An Gannas, An Gowser and An
Garrick. BBC Radio Cornwall
have regular news broadcasts in Cornish, and
sometimes have other programmes and features
for learners and enthusiasts. Local newspapers,
such as the Western Morning News, often have
articles in Cornish, and such newspapers as The
Packet, The West Briton and The Cornishman also
support the language. The first ever feature film
entirely in Cornish, Hwerow Hweg (Bitter Sweet)
was released in 2002, and a number of other films
in Cornish have been made since then.
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- Good Morning
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HOW TO KEEP SURFING
AS A MUM
Corinne Evans Jones
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Local professional surfer, lifestyle model and
now Mum Corinne Evans Jones talks to us about
her journey from having the freedom to take to
the waves whenever she fancied, to having a new
love of her life enter the world as she started a
family. She’s had to adapt to a life as a mother
and sharing her time between her family and
the waves. Discover Corinne’s tips on how she
manages to keep her love story with the surf
alive, alongside being a Mum to her beautiful
Last year, on August 30th, I became a mother, and
like all new mums I entered a new chapter of my
life. A chapter that meant I was no longer number
one and the priorities and commitments I had
before giving birth had to change. I would be
lying if I said it hadn’t been a major adjustment
for me both mentally and physically, especially
after spending nearly 10 years of my life as a
professional free surfer. Travelling the world,
surfing every day - if the waves allowed.
Now I surf at weekends, soon to be some
evenings or the odd occasion my husband has
a day off in the week, but it’s not a patch on the
amount I used to surf.
Corinne, Ben +Albee
For the first couple of months, I didn’t even think
about surfing, I didn’t feel ready to surf, I felt
weak and overwhelmed by the major life change
and exercising wasn’t top of my life of priorities.
However, when I reached three months, I started
to feel a little more like myself and ready to get
back on my board. I still didn’t feel particularly
fit and strong but I felt ready to give surfing a go.
“It’s all about having
balance, and not
forgetting who you
used to be before
you had kids.“
It’s not easy juggling being a mum, especially
when work, seeing your friends, spending time
with your partner, family, attending baby groups,
let alone trying to fit surfing into the mix. It’s
hard work and something that requires a lot
of adjustment but recently I have realised that
parents become amazing at learning how to
juggle multiple things. Life may need a lot more
organisation, pre-planning and motivation but
once the dust has settled over those first couple
of months, life starts to gain some normality and
most start to find the time to surf. I certainly did,
all be it every now and again, I still found the
time and now try and make the time to surf.
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I am going to share some of the things I do and
try to do to keep my water time up. By no means
do I surf as much as I did pre-motherhood but
it’s enough to keep me happy and isn’t that the
main reason why we all surf?
Watch the swell
First up keep your eyes on the swell charts.
When the surf looks good, try to arrange some
childcare in advance.
Take it in turns
If your other half surfs or if you’re solo parenting
get another friend with kids to help out. The
idea is that one of you surfs first, while the
other looks after the child/children, then when
their surf time comes, it’s time to switch around
and the other person surfs. For example my
husband likes to surf at low, where as I am
happier with mid tide, so we tend to share the
surf that way.
only once a month, that’s better than no surfing
for a month in my eyes. So try not to put too
much pressure on yourself. Your life is meant to
change but you’re also not meant to stop doing
the things you love. So find the time, make the
time and enjoy the things your did pre-baby.
In my opinion; the more mothers in particular
do this, the happier we become as mothers. I
have found, it’s all about having balance, and
not forgetting who you used to be before you
Join a club
Join a surf club that hit the waves once a week
or if there isn’t one in your area, make one!
Giving yourself that regular, weekly surf time
will ensure you get in whatever the conditions.
Find the right location that is child friendly with
waves on the doorstep and book a holiday or
weekend get away. This way you can surf as
much or as little as you want and your children
can enjoy the beach, while you enjoy the surf.
One thing I have learned to do since having my
son, is to remove the pressure I used to put on
myself to surf all the time. I now enjoy the waves
when I can and that’s enough for me. If I can surf
once a week that’s been the dream week, if it’s
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Taking a moment to reflect
on how Newquay has and
hasn’t changed throughout
Photos - Cornish Memory
Esplanade Road, South Fistral
Fistral Beach is in Fistral Bay and in Cornish this is “Porth an Vystel”,
meaning cove of the foul water and in 1813 the “Fistral” was recorded
as “Fistal”, coming from the Cornish bystel meaning of foul water.
Trenance means the farm in the valley – it’s a common
Cornish place-name found in at least eight parishes in
In 1439, the Bishop of Exeter granted permission for the building of a stone
quay in the manor of Towan Blystra.
The suspension bridge linking Towan Island and the
mainland, the island is also called ‘Jago’s Island’.
The Newquay Steam Laundry and Baths Company on Towan Beach
was opened in 1895 and was the first steam laundry. Water was
available for the works from a mine behind the buildings in the cliff.
The end of the week marks a day that has no
schedule, no routine and no structure; a complete
day of rest for most. When we think of Sundays,
we associate no alarm, mid-morning breakfast,
time with the family and a hearty Sunday Lunch
before a lazy afternoon to recharge before the
busy week ahead.
At the centre of the day comes almost a
celebration. A time to get around the table with
friends and family, to share the past weeks
events or looking to the days ahead and what
they will bring, all whilst tucking into a deliciously
Ahh, the Sunday Lunch. With many variations,
connotations and presentations it all comes
down to the flavoursome tastes on the plate.
Whether that’s sumptuous beef served with all
the trimmings to dig into or a light salad with
“help yourselves” extras, there’s something
special about congregating around a table and
feasting on Sundays together.
Here at the Esplanade we serve a slow-braised
Brisket of Beef. We braise our Brisket of Beef
with fresh thyme, rosemary, cloves of garlic &
red wine and season with some Maldon salt &
cracked black pepper – we then cover and cook
for 3 hours at 150’c.
Once our beef is cooked, we lift the brisket out of
the braising tray, we are now left with beef stock
- this is what we are going to use for the gravy.
Firstly, to make the foundations for our gravy, I
like to place a large pan on the stove, once hot
I then add a splash of veg oil and add freshly
chopped Mirepoix (carrots, onions, celery). Once
this has a golden brown glaze we are ready to
add flour that will thicken the mixture. We then
add all the brisket stock, bring to the boil and
reduce until it reaches my preferred consistency.
The most important part of cooking roast
potatoes is to ensure you place the cut potatoes
into a pan of cold water and salt, this is the best
time to season! Once the potatoes have boiled,
lift them out of the water and place them on to a
flat baking tray – avoid stacking them to achieve
the best possible results. Once on the baking
tray, coat the potatoes with a little duck fat (but
not too much) then add thyme, rosemary, garlic,
and cracked black pepper – roast at 170’c for 25-
30 minutes for the perfect golden-brown finish.
Sunday Lunch served from 12pm
With that in mind, we’ve headed to the kitchen
with Head Chef Jay as he lets us in on his secrets
on a few elements of preparing and delivering
the perfect family Sunday Lunch.
Brisket of Beef
Peeled & Cut
Equal Amounts of:
A STAYCATION WITH
WORDS + PHOTOS
Harriet Shearsmith | @tobyandroo
Cornwall is a true bucket-list destination for
families within the UK and no matter what
the weather or time of year it’s a winning
choice for the whole family. With the ability
to get from the tube to the beach within
an hour in the air, why wouldn’t you take
advantage of having the golden sands of
famous beaches between your toes within
We invited Harriet and her family from
TobyandRoo to experience a UK staycation
at our beach-side family hotel and from
the moment they stepped in the door, they
released that we are Newquay’s ultimate
The last time I was in Cornwall seems like a
bajillon years ago (that’s a real word, ok?).
It was for the eclipse all those years ago –
just me and my mum for a week and what
a week it was, we loved it. When Esplanade
Hotel in Newquay asked me if we would like
to come down to review their hotel I was
over the moon, it was perfect as a few days
before we were heading down to Devon
to visit Crealy for a few days which meant
that we were only a couple of hours away
as opposed to the usual 7 hrs it would take
the main surfing beach in Cornwall we were
told, with the hotel boasting the Quiksilver
shop and surf school attached giving them
access to professional instructors, instant
surfing gear and all your beachy needs.
I’ll come back to this in a minute, but the
other thing that struck us in the hotel lobby
was the chest of buckets and spades for
children to grab before they went down
to the beach, meaning that if you (ahem,
like me) forgot your bucket and spade and
beach toys, you need not fear – the hotel
had you covered. Fistral Beach isn’t just
an iconic surfing place, it’s also amazing
for rock pooling, something that the kids
absolutely loved. They caught loads of
shrimp, watched (and tried to catch) mini
fish that were swimming around the pools
– much to my horror – and just enjoyed
getting their toes wet. The hotel gifted us
towels which was so appreciated, it meant
that we could enjoy a good paddle on the
beach without worrying about having to
drag our soaking wet towels back home in
the cases. They are available on request,
so don’t forget to ask for yours before you
head down to the beach.
Anyway, we arrived in Newquay at 6pm and
from the moment we arrived we were so
impressed with this hotel. I can’t express
how amazing the whole place was for
children, it was like every little touch that
could be thought of had been. The very first
thing that took our breath away was the
glorious views from the hotel lobby. The
lobby faces straight on to the Fistral Beach –
Once we got up to our room, we discovered
that the magic didn’t stop there, the children
had personalised spades and buckets, hot
chocolate sachets were ready and waiting
in five mugs (usually there are only mugs
for the adults) and a build-my-bear bag
on the kid’s bed. There was a personalised
bottle of gin on our bed with a full itinerary
of complimentary sessions that the hotel
offered for children in the afternoons, from
crafting sessions like doughnut decorating
to build-my-bear and more. The kids were
over the moon and couldn’t wait to get on
to the beach – so naturally we obliged with
a little walk down but the sea was already
in, so we headed down for a little sit on the
stairs to watch the sea for 5 minutes before
coming up to see what the restaurant had
We were both really pleased with breakfasts
and would 100% recommend getting
breakfast as part of your booking, from
tasty full English to pastries and toast with
every imaginable cereal for the kids which
was fantastic. The children had really nice
meals on the evening too and we noticed
that the menu had a story on the back so
that we could take a bedtime story up with
us – which is super handy when you don’t
bring away any books with you. I loved that
there was an ice cream station, but the kids
were just too tired, so we bundled them
out of the restaurant only to notice that the
hotel offers complementary cookies and
milk on an evening so that you can take
them into your room and get off to bed!
Another perfect touch for the children, one
amongst so many.
The bedrooms are large and spacious,
basic but clean and comfy décor and our
room even had a deck to sit out and watch
“The very first
thing that took
our breath away
was the glorious
views from the
the sunset over the sea – it was beautiful.
I noticed the following morning that the
bathroom had two different types of wash
– shampoo, conditioner and body wash/
lotion from ESPA which smelt amazing, and
then one for children, which is amazing as
Toby’s sensitive skin often suffers with over
scented or harsh soaps in hotels.
After breakfast (which was lovely) we went
for a play on the hotel’s football court
through the bar (this doubles as a tennis
court) and there is a little play house and
pretty seating area for the children to
enjoy. The hotel also has a little soft play
area that was fantastic for the cooler days,
late evenings and rainy days. As if that was
enough, there is also an indoor swimming
pool which Adam took Reuben to for a
late-night swim. The pool was open from
early morning until 10.30pm which made
it perfect for older kids to have that one
to one time if they wanted it after the little
ones went to bed.
Once we had a play it was time for us to
head down to the beach for some rock
pooling, a light lunch over at the beachside
bar directly opposite the hotel and then our
surfing lesson with Quiksilver Surf School
Laurence from Quiksilver Surf School
Newquay, the hotel’s very own surf school
and shop, was absolutely amazing. He not
only managed to get Reuben to get stood
up on the wave in the sea, but also got Edith
and Toby riding the waves – though Toby
really wasn’t a fan and Edith only rode 2-3
waves, he still kept us all safe and taught
the kids some really valuable lessons – as
for Reuben, I genuinely think Laurence has
created a surfer there. Adam had a fantastic
time, he really enjoyed the little chance he
got to get out and try riding the waves and
we all feel really inspired to try surfing again!
Once we dried off, we went to a build-mybear
session and doughnut decorating
hosted by the hotel, which the kids
absolutely loved! Once we went over to
decorate doughnuts, we realised that there
was a fab play area with DVD’s and games
for the kids to play, table tennis and more.
It was fab!
Every member of staff at the hotel was
effortlessly friendly and their goal really
was to make the hotel as family friendly
as possible. We adored our stay with The
Esplanade Hotel and we can’t wait to come
back down to Cornwall again and stay with
the hotel – it was perfect for children and
I honestly can’t sing it’s praises enough.
From friendly, personalised service to every
possible thing thought of for the children.
The Esplanade Hotel is Newquay’s ultimate
Harriet’s top tip when visiting The Esplanade
Hotel “100% make sure you book a surfing
20th July - 31st August 2019
ARTS & CRAFTS 3pm | Cocktail making 5pm
MOVIE TIME! WITH POPCORN 8pm
PETANQUE 3pm | Pizza making 5pm | WII GAMES 8pm
BOUNCY BALL MAKING 3pm | Esplanade rocks 5pm
MOVIE TIME! WITH POPCORN 8pm | Live entertainment 8.30pm
MAKE, BAKE AND DECORATE! 3pm | Balloon games 5pm
HARRY KAZAAM THE MAGICIAN 8pm
T-SHIRT DECORATING 3pm | Cookie decorating 5pm | LIVE ENTERTAINMENT 8.30pm
ARTS & CRAFTS 3pm | Table tennis tournament 5pm | BINGO 8pm
DOUGHNUT DECORATING 3pm | Skittles 5pm
MOVIE TIME! WITH POPCORN 8pm | Live entertainment 8.30pm
S S . E S P L A N A D E
*Activities subject to change
OUR WHAT’S ON GUIDE
FOR THE YEAR AHEAD.
PHOTO - ANDREW WHITTON / BOARDMASTERS
Romeo & Juliet at the Minack
- 22nd, 23rd, 25th & 26th July 2019
Award winning Moving Stories Theatre Company is thrilled to
return to the Minack Theatre following over a decade of sell
out successes (‘Hamlet’, ‘West Side Story’, ‘Twelfth Night’, ‘The
Tempest’, ‘A Winter’s Tale’) with Shakespeare’s best loved,
timeless tale of love and hate.
Port Eliot Festival
- 25th to 28th July 2019
Described as a literary festival, but with the feel of a garden
party. Attracts mix of celebs, art lovers, foodies, party animals
and book worms.
- 26th to 28th July 2019
Exciting independent music festival, described as the greatest
house party in a field, consistently showcasing the vanguard
of new bands and artists in the UK and beyond.
Charlestown Regatta Week
- 27th July to 2nd August 2019
A week of fun events for all the family including includes
events such as the fun triathlon, raft races, donkey derby, live
music and colourful carnival.
Ibiza Club Classics Lusy Glazy Beach
- 28th July 2019
Fusing the raw power and soul of an orchestra with the heavy
bass and beats of a DJ, party-goers can expect to hear a
mixture of pit string sections against scratch skills and double
bass against synth bass, creating classic Ibiza party tracks like
they’ve never heard before
Boardmasters Surf, Skate & Music Festival
- 7th to 11th August 2019
Surf, skate & music festival situated across two
legendary locations featuring the best in action sports
including surfing and a laid back music festival.
- 9th to 18th August 2019
Falmouth Week has grown into the largest sailing
regatta in the south west with more than 450 yachts
racing over eight days, and a lively programme of
AT THE ESPLANADE!
Heritage Open Days
- 7th to 10th September 2019
Free access to historic properties not usually open to the
public or which normally charge for admission.
The Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival
- 13th to 15th September 2019
The Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival returns to the
beautiful grounds of Healey’s Cyder Farm with The Zutons
and Reef confirmed as headliners.
Newquay Fish Festival
- 13th to 15th September 2019
One of Cornwall’s celebrated seafood and crafts weekends
gives Newquay an opportunity to showcase one of its hidden
gems, ‘the fishing harbour’ with a dazzling menu of delicious
dishes cooked on the quay by local Chefs!
Watergate Bay Speed Hillclimb
- 14th to 15th September 2019
Nestled on the stunning and highly popular North Cornwall
coast between Newquay and Padstow, after making history
in 2018, the two-day closed road speed hillclimb will return in
2019, bigger and better than before.
City of Lights
- 20th November 2019
Nothing heralds the start of the festive season quite like the
City of Lights, Truro’s midwinter lantern festival. Come and see
a dazzling procession of willow-stick-and-tissue lanterns.
Movies by Moonlight
- 4th & 5th October 2019
The Minack transforms into the ultimate outdoor cinema.
Enjoy two cinematic classics, Hitchcock’s Rebecca on Friday
and Spielberg’s Jaws on Saturday, with stunning views of the
Cornish coastline and Atlantic ocean as your backdrop.
Falmouth Oyster Festival
- 10th to 13th October 2019
The annual festivities celebrate the start of the oyster
dredging season, the native Fal Oyster and the diversity of
Cornish seafood, with four days of feasting, cooking demos,
live music, food and craft stalls.
A Minack Christmas Concert
- 15th December 2019
Start your Christmas with us as Pendeen Silver Band serves
up a festive feast of your favourite Christmas tunes.
Mousehole Christmas Lights
- From 14th December 2019
Villages all over Cornwall drape homes and streets in lights
for Christmas but none does it better than Mousehole, west
of Penzance, which attracts big crowds.
STAY AT THE ESPLANADE
Family Surf Break 2019
Have fun whilst learning something new! Our
family surf breaks are the perfect pick for awesome
summer adventures in the sea, complete with
accommodation, breakfast and all you’ll need for
a surf lesson on the world-famous Fistral Beach in
- Two-night break
- Full English breakfast each morning
- Surf lesson with the Quiksilver Surf School Newquay
- Board and wetsuit hire whilst on your lessons
- Full use of the facilities
Summer Breaks 2019
Summer stays for the whole family with the
beach-side Esplanade Hotel in Cornwall!
The Esplanade Hotel in Newquay is more than just
a place to sleep - it’s a place where you can enjoy
quality family holidays on the Cornwall coast,
splashing about in the heated indoor pool and dining
together in our informal family friendly restaurant,
Cove. The Esplanade Hotel is a special place where
the whole family can kick back and relax together –
a stylish home from home.
Make full use of our facilities!
- Indoor pool
- Soft play
- Pirate ship
- Onsite surf school
STAY AT THE ESPLANADE
February Half Term 2020
October Half Term 2019
Get away from it all and enjoy a family-friendly
October half term holiday in Cornwall. We have an
action-packed schedule of family-friendly activities
planned (all free!) and you can make full use of our
facilities, including the indoor pool, soft play and
pirate ship play area during your stay.
Our wonderful beach-front location, also means it’s
just perfect for wrapping up warm and heading out
rockpooling or if the wind’s right, a spot of kite flying!
October Half-Term Family Holidays:
- 2 nights bed and breakfast – £270 per family
- 3 nights bed and breakfast – £375 per family
- 4 nights bed and breakfast – £460 per family
Have a blast in Cornwall with our FREE family
activities and make full use of our facilities including
the indoor pool, soft play and pirate ship play area
whilst you’re here. Explore our seaside location, bop
along at the kid’s disco and grab a surfboard for
awesome fun in the waves at Fistral Beach!
February Half-Term Family Holidays:
- 2 nights bed and breakfast – £250 per family
- 3 nights bed and breakfast – £345 per family
- 4 nights bed and breakfast – £420 per family
- 2 nights dinner, bed and breakfast – £330 per family
- 3 nights dinner, bed and breakfast – £465 per family
- 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast – £580 per family
- 2 nights dinner, bed and breakfast – £350 per family
- 3 nights dinner, bed and breakfast – £495 per family
- 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast – £620 per family
STAY AT THE ESPLANADE
Christmas Breaks 2019
Christmas is a time for laughter and festive cheer and at The Esplanade Hotel it really is no different! This
year we are pulling out all the stops to create a festive coastal wonderland and with accommodation,
food, drinks, entertainment and ocean views, included in our Christmas Break package- why go
Think stormy sea-watching, bracing coastal walks, festive fun and games, live music, delicious seasonal
dining with all the trimmings, and lots of Christmas spirit. Christmas at The Esplanade offers something
for everyone... what are you waiting for, come and join us for a Christmas to remember, on the Cornish
Enjoy a three-night stay from £890 per couple
Enjoy a four-night stay from £1100 per couple
STAY AT THE ESPLANADE
After the excitement of Christmas, take some time
to chill out on the Cornish coast and let us look after
you, whilst you enjoy...
- Stunning sea views and coastal location
- Delicious shore-side dining
- Indoor pool, jacuzzi and sauna
- Stylish and comfortable rooms
- Luxury spa treatments*
Enjoy a two-night stay from £320 per couple
*additional charges and must be pre-booked at
New Year 2019
Join us for a three-night indulgent break with
family and friends as we're spoiling you with
cosy accommodation, festive food and exciting
entertainment to see in the New Year in style.
Your break includes
- Three-night break
- Hearty Cornish breakfast
- Evening meals
- New Year's Eve party with live entertainment
- Full use of the facilities
- 10% off spa treatments at Fistral Spa
Enjoy a two-night stay from £520 per couple
Enjoy a three-night stay from £780 per couple
A NIGHT AT THE CASINO
AT THE ESPLANADE HOTEL
Fancy celebrating Christmas in
style at our Casino Royale Party?
The celebrations with a drinks reception in the Pebbles Bar then take a seat
in our Cove Restaurant and enjoy a festive three-course meal.
Try your luck and take a spin on the casino tables then dance the night
away with a DJ set and get snap happy at our mirror photo booth!
Classic cocktails throughout the evening, so you just need to decide
if yours will be shaken or stirred…
MAKE A NIGHT OF IT
and stay over from £69 per
double room including full
breakfast and use of facilities!
Friday 6th December
Friday 13th December
Friday 20th December
Saturday 7th December
Saturday 14th December
Saturday 21st December
To book call 01637 873333 or email
Please ask for single occupancy rates | Deposit required to secure party night and accommodation | Cocktails are additional.
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