Newquay takes latest careful steps on road back to normality
Tom Mudsgrove of the Lakeside Cafe. Picture: Paul Williams
19th May 2021
By Warren Wilkins
Newquay is set to welcome an influx of visitors following the latest easing of lockdown restrictions on Monday.
Hotels, hostels, bed-and-breakfasts and campsites re-opened along with indoor hospitality businesses such as pubs, restaurants and cafés.
Indoor entertainment and attractions, including the Lighthouse Cinema and children’s play areas, also re-opened after five months.
Many businesses have used the latest lockdown to spruce up their premises in preparation for the tens of thousands of visitors expected to visit the Newquay area this year to enjoy a staycation.
Businesses see the latest easing of the coronavirus restrictions as an opportunity to get back to normal following months of being shut.
Will Ashworth, the chief executive of the Watergate Bay Hotel, said: “Everyone is very excited to be opening.”
Tom Musgrove, who owns the Lakeside Cafe at Trenance Boating Lake, said: “We are excited to re-open and we are looking forward to welcoming back our customers.
“It has been a tough time for everyone so let’s just have a good summer and hopefully everyone will enjoy the new normal and continue to stay safe.”
Mr Ashworth said: “The team have been busy training and preparing the hotel ready for the first guests to arrive on Monday.
“During our closure we’ve been working hard on projects.
“Seven new beach lofts have been built in the former Fifteen Cornwall building, we’ve redesigned our existing bedrooms, Emily Scott Food is opening on the sea wall, and we’ve created a new beach food offer.”
Richard Taylor, the owner of the Hotel Victoria, Señor Dicks restaurant and Bertie O’Flannigans pub, said: “We are all set at the Hotel Victoria to re-open on Monday and looking forward to our guests seeing all the refurbished room we have been working on since December. We have completed all the street facing rooms and all bar two of the suites on the top floor. Two years ago all the sea-facing rooms were renovated.”
Kelly and Ryan Mather, who own the Kahuna restaurant, said: “We are relieved, excited and nervous all at the same time.
“Getting everything ready has been super exciting. We can't wait to get the team back together.”
A spokesman for Butchers Bistro said: “After months of building, decorating and new equipment being installed we are ready and excited to welcome back our customers.”
The Lighthouse Cinema is hoping lots of people visit as a range of new films are set to be shown on the big screen.
Mark Williams, who runs the cinema, said: “We are very pleased to be reopening after such a long period and look forward to welcoming people back.
“Unlike last year when we re-opened with very few new films, this year we have a range of new films including Peter Rabbit 2, Nomadland and Godzilla vs Kong, and in the coming weeks films such as Cruella and A Quiet Place Part 2.
“We would like to thank everyone who has sent such kind messages over the last 14 months and to all those who have supported us.”
Many tourist attractions opened their doors for the first time in many months on Monday.
Alexis Camelin, operations director of Camel Creek Family Theme Park, said: “While the park has been closed, we’ve used the additional time to make some improvements to the park with the aim of creating specific and well-defined zones for visitors to explore.
“We’ve also launched an app for visitors to plan their day and make it easier to navigate their way around.
“We managed to keep all of our staff employed throughout the pandemic and have been keen to ensure they feel comfortable about returning to work, feeling positive and energetic to welcome back our visitors, for what we hope will be a busy summer in Cornwall.”