Chilli Champ Carl Clarke Cornish Grill at Redhook, lunch

Menu from the second, monthly, Cornish Grill pop-up lunch at Redhook to sample Cornish produce, with ingredients supplied by Cornwall in your kitchen, food by Chilli Champ Carl Clarke (also of Hix) and selected wine matching:

Grey Goose aperitif – Ruby Red Royale (Grey Goose vodka, Ruby Red grapefruit juice, elderflower) Grey Goose Bloody Mary buffet (DIY your favourite or bartender’s best)

The Beginning

Sunday pub snacks

Smoked treacle bread, Cornish salt, whipped butter

Smoked Looe scallops, fresh curds, nasturtium shoots, crispy onions, lime & lavender vinegar

 A to Z Riesling 2007, Oregon 

The Middle

Cornish game wild fallow deer, rose hip, rape & ramson

Shin & raspberry stout pudding

Yorkshire pudding, ‘Pitt Cue Co.’ smoked dripping roasties, Keveral Farm roots & east London honey

Delicato Zinfandel 2009, California

The End


Valdivieso Eclat Botrytis Semillon 2007 Lontue, Chile

Fifteen, Watergate Bay, Cornwall, Review

View out to sea at Fifteen, Cornwall

Although a subsidiary of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Foundation, the Fifteen restaurant in Cornwall is actually owned by the Cornwall Foundation of Promise. This means that while the restaurant is influenced by Oliver’s passion for fresh produce and Italian cuisine, it should have its own identity. Given Oliver’s influence, we expected simple rustic food with a tonne of good quality olive oil and fresh salads.

Fifteen Cornwall, has been blessed with a stunning view that its counterparts could only dream of. We sat on the balcony – front row seats to the keen surfers’ twilight wave-riding, framed by the setting sun shimmering over the bashing waves. Below, dog walkers pat along the beach before it’s engulfed by the incoming tide.

The food on offer was set out on a tasting menu but with room for choice and optional matching wine alongside. Before we got down to the choosing, our waitress explained what the different ingredients were, where they were sourced and how they were cooked. For seasoned diners, this was a little over explained although for the less gastronomically experienced, it proves to be a good insight.

To start was the obligatory nibble of bread with olive oil but also Puglian olives and courgette flowers. As we opted to skip the insalata, the first set of mains to arrive were the raviolo of Lee Carter’s lobster and aged carnaroli risotto. While the fairly small portions were nice, they didn’t do too much to impress. That said, the raviolo seemed more ‘cheffy’ than the usual Oliver style.

What arrived next was the pan fried fillet of John dory and hand dived Cornish scallops. The scallops, though perfectly cooked, didn’t excite our taste buds. At least not like the panzanella which came with the John dory – the perfect tart side to the fish and the hot weather. We certainly wouldn’t object to another portion of those.

An Amedei chocolate cake and the Amalfi lemon tart made a rewarding finish to the meal, whether shared or savoured individually.

It’s interesting to see the fine amalgamation of Cornish and Italian ingredients together on a plate. Though the delicious food wasn’t extraordinary, the quality of the ingredients and the care in preparation was certainly impressive. Added to that mix is the fabulous view and excellent and knowledgeable service. The tasting menu makes it hard to have a simple meal but we would definitely go back when there’s good weather and buoyant appetites.

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(First seen on Blue Tomato)

Fifteen, Watergate Bay, Cornwall, dinner

Tasting menu from a dinner to review Fifteen, Watergate Bay, Cornwall, where wine and courses are optional:

Bread baked daily by Da Bara’s Bakery and Puglian mammoth olives

To get you started…

Fiori di zucchini fritti

Ruggeri Prosecco ‘Giustino B’, 2009, Valdobbiadene, Italy


Insalata of Deli Farm coppa, juicy Sicilian melon, mint and Buttervilla’s funky leaves

Domaine de Vaufuget Vouvray, 2009, Loire Valley, France


Mozzarella di bufala, smashed peas and broad beans with pea shoots and aged balsamic

Fred Loimer ‘Lenz’ Riesling, 2010, Kamptal, Austria


Raviolo of Lee Carter’s Lobster, Amalfi lemon sauce, bronze fennel and bottarga di muggine

Martin Codax Albariño, 2010, Rías Baixas, Spain


Aged carnaroli risotto of prosecco poached Italian flat white peaches, Newlina’s basil and pecorino di vino

Proprietà Sperino Erbaluce di Caluso, 2008, Piedmont, Italy


Pan fried fillet of John dory, panzanella salad and basil oil

Terenzuola Vermetino ‘Colli di Luni’, 2010, Liguria, Italy


Hand dived Cornish scallops, vedure mista grigliata and chilli and mint dressing

Pieropan Soave ‘La Rocca’, 2008, Veneto, Italy


Rotolo di patate e spinaci con peperonata

Tenuta di Capezzana ‘Barco Reale di Carmignano’, 2007, Tuscany, Italy


Char grilled fillet of aged Angus beef with borlotti beans, braised Italian greens and horseradish

Le Soula Rouge, 2006, Côtes Catalanes, SW France

Dolci e Formaggi…

Amedei No. 9 chocolate and hazelnut layer cake with crème fraiche, chocolate sauce and praline

Cantine Leonardo Vin Santo ‘Bianco del l’Empolese’, 2005, Tuscany, Italy


Amalfi lemon mascarpone tart with mixed Cornish summer berries and Rodda’s gooey clotted cream

Château Laville, 2006, Sauternes, France


Formaggi: Keen’s, Cornish blue and Dorstone, date and walnut bread and Fifteen’s fruit chutney

Fairview Sweet Red, 2008, Paarl, South Africa

Caffé e Cioccolatini

Origin’s amazing in season espresso blend coffee roasted in Cornwall with chocolate truffles