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LIFES 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 and brand new Sideshore development. When it was decided to give Exmouth’s seafront a total regeneration, even moving the beachside road to accommodate a new development that encompasses a world class watersports centre, it was always envisaged that the best local food and drink should also be a key element. With Michelin-star chef Michael Caines already just up the road at his luxurious and acclaimed Lympstone Manor, it was a perfect opportunity for one of the best-known chefs in the UK to be join in and be part of the fun.

Mickeys Beach 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

Claire Horne

General Manager

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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Claire Horne

Although Claire was born in Kent, she would always say she is a Devon girl at heart and, having deep family roots in the West Country she always knew this would be where she would call home.

Having started her training in the hospitality industry with Forte in the early nineties she progressed very quickly to chef de rang, and this is what started her love for great food and great wine! Claire has travelled the world within the industry, from ski resorts to head stewardess on some of the most renowned Super Yachts before heading to New Zealand where she lived in Auckland for 4 years running a successful restaurant business. 

Upon returning to Devon Claire took on the role as Events Manager and subsequently Owner/Director of the multi award winning, outside catering company Dartmoor Kitchen. One of the proudest moments for Claire and her team was being awarded the National Wedding Caterer of the Year at the Wedding Industry Awards, the highest accolade for any catering company.

Claire has long held a passion for hospitality and steadfast in her principles of outstanding customer service, incredible attention to detail, and of course amazing food!

Claire was exciting upon hearing about Michaels new project in Exmouth and honored to be appointed Restaurant General Manager and the driving force of the Mickeys Beach Bar and Restaurant team.

When not running around a busy restaurant Claire can be found paddle boarding in the local area, running, walking her dog Charlie and cheering on the Exeter Chiefs, with a Guinness from the East Stand!

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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