Now, I don’t normally do a lot of restaurant reviews, mainly because I don’t feel qualified to critique someone else’s food. We’ve all seen Masterchef – William Sitwell I ain’t. But, when we were in Cornwall a couple of weeks ago, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall was opposite our hotel and we thought “why not?”
Perched in the cliff slide of Watergate Bay with panoramic views of the beach, Fifteen Cornwall is fun, relaxed and full of light. Although it’s not quite as quirky as the celebrity chef’s Italian franchise, his creative stamp is all over – from the graffitied walls to cafe-style tables. We opted for the tasting menu (when in Rome!), and it was unbelievably fast. But incredible! Seven light and delicious dishes that made me completely let go of my inhibitions, including my fear of scallops after a particularly bad experience involving a seagull and a night spent on the bathroom floor (another time). Thankfully, Fifteen Cornwall was nothing but delicious – from the crispy pig’s ears and quail’s egg (it’s not as gross as it sounds, it’s just like crackling) to the mozzarella di bufala with blood orange and funky leaves. And to finish it off? It had to be the amedei chocolate torte, yoghurt gelato and hazelnut praline followed by a walk on the beach.
So, with the food covered, I can’t not mention the stunning view. It’s no accident that Fifteen Cornwall has been built in a cliff overlooking the beach of Watergate Bay. With sand stretching out for miles and the sparkling clear sea just visible when the tide is out, it’s a sight to behold. We were lucky enough to visit Fifteen Cornwall on a beautifully sunny evening but I can imagine the view would be no less spectacular no matter what the weather was.