It’s fair to say that Executive Chef Neil Haydock has always been obsessed with food. Growing up in rural Lancashire, his grandfather taught him a love of traditional countryside foods, from game to foraged wild ingredients, and his decision to become a chef was made very early. Throughout his career, Neil has retained this passion for local, seasonal foods; he has always sought small-scale local artisan producers to give his menus a real sense of place.
Neil’s experience includes senior roles at a number of highly regarded restaurants, including the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados, Terence Conran’s Bluebird in London and most recently, as Executive Chef at Fifteen Cornwall. Now controlling Watergate Bay Hotel’s dining room, Living Space and The Beach Hut, Neil is building on Watergate Bay’s reputation as an outstanding food destination, creating diverse, contemporary menus that showcase the very best of Cornwall’s produce while taking inspiration from around the world.
In January 2013 Neil and his team at Watergate Bay were awarded Best Foodie Hotel as voted for by Food Magazine readers.