Watergate Bay Hotel

Designing and dishing up relaxation at Zacry’s

Watergate Bay Hotel wanted to enhance its culinary credentials with a branded dining destination to attract non-resident diners as well as guests. Our design had to serve multiple purposes, from hosting high-traffic self-service breakfasts with children and pets, to accommodating evening meals for couples, groups and even wedding parties.

Classic brasserie with Cornish attitude

Materials and zoning guide customers through dining experiences that change depending on time of day. Social dining spaces are choreographed to create the perfect blend between the enjoyment of great food and great company. The layout and flow guide waiting staff to move freely from the dining to kitchen areas, creating visual theatre for diners. We positioned the sommelier centre stage to host evening meals and opened up the kitchen to give chefs visibility. Retail-style visual merchandising supports personalised service and promotes local foods.

Chef’s table feel

In order to perform its many tasks seamlessly, the new food brand, Zacry’s had to feel linked, but also subtly divided. We designed a main dining room with zinc-topped refectory-style tables through the heart of the space; an open kitchen area with leather-clad family booth seating; and a bright orangery-style terraced extension with floor-to-ceiling windows.

Each space is linked by a chevron floor: practical black and white stone tiles in the kitchen and solid oak in the main dining room. Panelling unites the space, while feature lighting creates focus and intimacy: oversized domes in the refectory, delicate brass fittings in the orangery, and box pendants over the kitchen area’s booths. We designed a signature lighting system ‘Zacry’s glow’ to enhance special features such as the glazed ‘curtain wall’ that provides sea views throughout.

Results

The refined experience and targeted menu at Zacry’s resulted in a 275% increase in non-resident diners

Visual theatre for diners

Our bespoke designed furniture provides a flexible contrast of practicality and luxe. The experience design is a successful collection of options for every kind of group or party, from a round table set in a quiet curtained-off space to a private club-style dining room by the wine cellar wall.