Fifteen Cornwall, Newquay
Overlooking the beach at Watergate Bay on the north coast of Cornwall, Jamie Oliver’s pioneering social enterprise restaurant Fifteen Cornwall has been committed to making a difference to young people’s lives since 2006, four years after his first Fifteen London restaurant opened and the accompanying TV show aired.
All the profits from Fifteen Cornwall go to its registered charity, Cornwall Food Foundation, which manages the awardwinning apprentice programme. These funds help young people in Cornwall, who are in need of a second chance, to become the chefs of the future. Around 80% of graduates from the programme are still in the industry today and 90% still in employment.
Fifteen Cornwall head chef Adam Banks says that as well as producing the chefs of the future, it’s about helping young people in Cornwall to become as confident as possible with themselves so that they can move forward with their lives.
“I love being able to work alongside the apprentices and you do learn as much from them as you aim to teach. Yes, there’s part of it which is passing on your knowledge, but, actually, for a lot of these young people it’s about either building or rebuilding their confidence.
“The kitchen is the ideal place to do this because there’s discipline and rules. It’s fantastic to watch them on their journeys and an absolute honour to be a part of it.”
Matthew Thompson, the Chief Executive of Fifteen Cornwall and The Cornwall Food Foundation, says: “We’ve taken on almost 200 trainees into our kitchen, more than half of whom are still working as chefs. We know our training programme has a transformational effect on young people who need a second chance to make a success of their lives.” fifteencornwall.co.uk
Hooked on the Rocks, Falmouth
Perched proudly on Swanpool Beach, Falmouth’s Hooked on the Rocks hogs an enviable location. Offering sensationally Cornish seafood, from lobster and crab to oysters, it offers a relaxed, inspirational dining experience (don’t miss the signature seafood platter). What we love most about Hooked on the Rocks is its versatility. Whether you’re in search of morning coffee in the sunshine, a long and lazy al fresco lunch or an end-of-the-day blowout it works. Our favourite dish? The Cajun spiced monkfish and prawn skewers. hookedontherocksfalmouth.com
The Hidden Hut, Porthcurnick Beach
A small rustic outdoor beach cafe located just outside Portscatho, on the Roseland Peninsula, The Hidden Hut is a welcoming, friendly place run by local couple, Simon Stallard and Jemma Glass, and their team.
It’s a great place to eat and unwind in a beach atmosphere (you can take your four- legged friend along too) and is the epitome of outdoor living, offering pop-up feast nights in the summer months. Similar in style to a catered picnic, you bring along your own plates, cutlery and alcoholic drinks and enjoy a meal made by Simon and his team. If you’re in Cornwall, these are unmissable! hiddenhut.co.uk
The Breaks, Newquay
Set on Tolcarne Beach this busy beach bar and kitchen, with its luxurious veranda seating and soft sofas, is perfect for a pre-surf breakfast whilst watching the crashing Atlantic sea a stone’s throw away. Tucked in a cove, below a dramatic run of cliffs, you can’t get much closer to the waves than you can here. A real saltwater experience in a Caribbean-esque location, order a local Tarquins gin and tonic and a bowl of West Country bouillabaisse with Baker Tom’s bread and… relax. thebreakstolcarnebeach.co.uk
Sandbar, Praa Sands
A hybrid of Mediterranean-influenced food and Cornish culinary creations, SandBar at Praa Sands serves up stone-baked pizzas, gourmet burgers and pot-roast chicken and chorizo alongside seafood favourites such as crab, crayfish and spinach linguine, dressed Cornish crab salad and crab bisque.
To add to the venue’s pulling power there’s a seriously good schedule of live music, and a rota of themed food events, from Monday’s fish and chips evenings to Friday’s steak nights and Sunday’s ‘Roasts on the Coast’. sandbarpraasands.co.uk
The Fish House, Newquay
Overlooking the waves on Fistral beach, the kitchen at The Fish House is headed up by surfer chef Paul Harwood. Having spent a decade under the tutelage of Rick Stein he’s now put his skills to good use in his own restaurant, serving elegant, rustic dishes that are influenced by his surf trips around the globe.
Ingredients may be local and seasonal dishes but there’s a strong Asian influence; don’t miss the Indian fish curries and Malaysian-style local crab. What better way to finish a day on the beach than by watching the sunset while eating the bounty of the waves below it? thefishhousefistral.com