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LIFE'S A MICKEYS BEACH

We are more than a restaurant and bar, Mickeys Beach is a state of mind. Michael Caines dreamed of creating somewhere special where we could all rediscover the social joy of dining by the sea in beautiful, informal surroundings, enjoying fabulous and fun food or maybe just settling in for just a drink or a cocktail and some delicious nibbles.

Mickeys Beach is a central part of Exmouth’s exciting Sideshore development. Our informal family-friendly and dog-friendly bar is the perfect spot for a light bite, romantic meal, or a celebratory occasion with family and friends. Or come and join us upstairs at Mickeys Beach Restaurant where the atmosphere is just as fun and informal and where the views are even better. Mickeys Beach also reveals Michael’s playful and even wicked side. This is the place where you can let your hair down, party and have fun. While Michael’s acclaimed cuisine at Lympstone Manor wins awards and rave reviews, the food at Mickeys Beach may be less formal in style and service but it is by no means any less delicious and appealing. Everything that Michael puts his name to is quality, whether it’s a Mickeys Beach burger, a midnight pizza, or the freshest fish straight from the Exmouth docks, cooked expertly over charcoal.

The Team

Sacha Cummings

General Manager

Alex Gibbs

Haed Chef

a sense of place

Mickeys Beach is located directly on Exmouth beach seafront, looking down the coast to Torbay, Berry Head and the English Channel. The beauty and grandeur of its location inspires Michael’s menus. As with the food in all the properties in the Michael Caines Collection, this is an opportunity to celebrate the local. We work with local suppliers across Devon to ensure that both sea and land are respected, nourished, and celebrated.

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Sacha

New Bar and Restaurant Manager Sacha returns to her home after working in several roles both in the U.K and abroad.

Born in Exeter, Sacha went to Exeter College and then East Devon College where she studied hospitality followed by travel and tourism.

After training, she quickly became an assistant manager at food service company Compass Group before moving to Norway where she lived for 15 years building up a wealth of experience.

She began her time in Norway as a bar tender before moving into a manager role at a sports bar. She said, ‘I took over a sports bar. Running a football pub where I didn’t speak the language when I went over was an interesting experience. A lot of the customers were surprised that an English woman was running the place, but I know my football, so they soon became interested that I knew so much!’

Sacha’s role expanded when a nightclub opened next door to the bar and she became general manager for the venue which catered for up to 1000 guests. She managed up to 40 staff and had door staff training.

Sacha returned to the U.K seven years ago and has since worked in Jury’s Inn, Cafe Rouge and most recently Côte Brasserie in Cheltenham.

 

She is looking forward to taking on the new role of Bar and Restaurant Manager at Mickeys Beach. ‘I am a people’s person and I come alive when I’m on the floor. I want our guests here at Mickeys to remember us and the great time they have here. I’m excited to be here for the location: it’s beautiful in all weathers. To be working for Michael Caines is an honour – I’ve always admired him, and as a local myself, it’s great to come full circle and feel like I’ve come home.

Alex Gibbs

A Devon lad who’s been practising his trade for Twenty plus years now, with a huge passion for good tasting fresh food and pushing the next generation of chefs.

Alex’s first love for food came from the days spent watching his mum cooking all sorts of treats in the kitchen at home while he was still only big enough to help with licking out the bowl, fast forward a few years when Alex started school with food technology being his strongest subject. Winning cooking competitions locally through the Scout group which fired his enthusiasm to go on and do bigger and better.

After leaving school Alex joined Exeter Catering College before realising it wasn’t for him so, became an apprentice with the Horn Of Plenty and Carved Angel group, this was his first real life experience of a fast paced kitchen using all fresh produce making everything from scratch. Move forward a few years and he was running a large section within Hotel Barcelona. He then took on his first senior role with the Rendezvous Wine Bar, then moving on to Southernhay house as Head Chef, then onto the Galley a local seafood restaurant. Alex moved onto working with Michael Caines MBE as Senior Sous before working his way up to Executive Head Chef of the Royal Clarence Hotel after four years of blood, sweat and tears it was unfortunately devastated by fire in late 2016.

Alex decided to take some time out from running kitchens and briefly went into food development and temporary contracts. He was part of the the opening teams of Paschoe House Hotel, Custom House Plymouth and The Ivy Exeter.

Now being back in the Michael Caines stable, firstly heading up the Central Production Kitchen for the collection over the last twelve months and now moving across to head the brigade at Mickeys Beach Bar & Restaurant, Alex has the hunger back to help push the success of Mickeys Beach and establish it as the place to be for a great casual dining experience with the best views of the Exe Estuary, Torbay & Lyme Bay.

exmouth

Exmouth, a seaside resort and fishing port located on the east side of the Exe estuary, has been a popular tourist destination since the 18th century. The South West Coast Path passes by our door, leading to the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In recent years, Exmouth has become a world centre for kite surfing as well as for other watersports activities. Exmouth has also gained a reputation as a destination for food lovers, especially since the opening in 2017 of Michelin-star Lympstone Manor, Michael’s flagship, which overlooks the Exe estuary at the Exeter end of town. Exmouth lies 11 miles south of Exeter, capital of Devon, and is easily accessible by car, train and bus.

devon

Devon is one of the most popular destinations in the UK, famous for its coastal resorts, its mild climate, stunning and award-winning beaches, and major cities and cultural centres such as Exeter and Plymouth. The rough and wild beauty of Dartmoor and Exmoor contrasts the softer, green and verdant agricultural country that is the source of such wonderful things to eat and drink. For those who love outdoor activities, Devon is a centre for watersports, hiking, cycling and climbing. History and heritage are everpresent. Devon has become the country’s ultimate foodie destination, and why not? With Michael Caines as the long-standing champion for Devon’s outstanding produce from both sea and land, our talented chefs are able to transform this bounty in creative ways to truly give you the taste of Devon on a plate.

Jurassic Coast

Exmouth is the gateway to the World Heritage Jurassic Coast,  inscribed by UNESCO for the outstanding universal value of its rocks, fossils and landforms that provide a living record of 185 million years of the earth’s history.  No other place on earth so fully reveals our world’s geology in such vivid and graphic fashion. The UNESCO citation states, “The property also contains a range of outstanding examples of coastal geomorphological features, landforms and processes, and is renowned for its contribution to earth science investigations for over 300 years, helping to foster major contributions to many aspects of geology, paleontology and geomorphology. This coast is considered by geologists and geomorphologists to be one of the most significant teaching and research sites in the world”. It is also simply one of the most beautiful places to explore and discover on foot, starting from Exmouth’s Geoneedle high on the cliff overlooking Exmouth beach.

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