Fifteen Cornwall, near Newquay is a Jamie Oliver-inspired restaurant that differs from other restaurants because it provides opportunities for challenged young people in Cornwall. It offers, among other things, a college training programme for disadvantaged youths in the county. So aside from offering great food and a sensational view from the restaurant which is situated right on the beach front, Fifteen Cornwall also has a clear social goal.
When we visited the restaurant on a gloriously sunny day we expected to enjoy Italian cuisine á la Jamie Oliver; simple, pure and delicious. We were not disappointed.
The service was simply outstanding. Our waitress was extremely knowledgeable about the food on offer and was able to explain the extensive anti pasti menu with ease. We opted for the aranchini (£6) and courgette flowers stuffed with ricotta (£4). The aranchini, which changes day to day and our version with gorgonzola, was quite frankly the best we have ever had. We also had the buffalo mozzarella salad (£14), which is not so much a salad but more a large and velvety smooth piece of mozzarella with a grilled peach on top. This is the kind of simplicity we love because it lets the food speak for itself.
Pasta options include malfadine with short rib ragu and horse radish gemolata and Potato gnocchi ‘alla’ Norma’ with goats curd and basil (both £14), both excellent. For dessert we recommend the amedei chocolate tart with raspberries and praline (£8). Also, be sure to try their homemade lemonade.