Fifteen London meets Fifteen Cornwall
During July our London counterparts and ‘Fifteen Family’ journeyed down to Cornwall for a few days, to meet our apprentices and do all things Cornish! Here’s an overview of their time with us.
Braving the summer traffic, the London staff and apprentices hopped onto a coach and made the 6 hour journey from London down to Cornwall. They started off in Padstow for a spot of fishing, catching 96 mackerel between them, ready for their evening BBQ. After a few hours on the boat, they headed onwards towards Watergate Bay where they were greeted by our apprentices who had prepared a proper Cornish cream tea on the beach. However there was some dispute over cream or jam first on the scone!
Up and out early the next morning, the London apprentices and staff headed back to Fifteen Cornwall for a delicious brekkie of homemade granola, fruits, yoghurt and bacon rolls with rocket and tomato chutney. Once fuelled up, we all headed out ready for a cliff path walk up to Bre-Pen Farm.
On the way up, Training and Development Chef Karl Jones took some time to point out the types of ‘free food’ available in the hedgerows and along the Cornish coastline. We spotted some samphire and wild garlic; all ingredients which are used in the restaurant including our wild garlic pesto.
We then made our way up the coast path, and admired the stunning views across Watergate Bay, which were particularly amazing due to the beautiful weather, making the water look crystal clear and sand clean and white.
Once at the top we were greeted by Rod and Jill who very kindly had prepared some cool drinks and delicious homemade lemon drizzle and carrot cake, which was very well received after the long climb up the coast path. Cornwall apprentices Jodie and Chris, having already been to Bre-Pen Farm, then gave a talk to the London apprentices on the year of the lamb before Rod gave us a tour of the farm and introduced us to the sheep.
Once finished we all said a big thank you to Rod and Jill and collected some meat from their farm shop to put on our BBQ for lunch. Back on the beach we joined the other apprentices who had set up the gazebo and BBQ feast on the beach. We all tucked in to homemade burgers, marinated chicken, homemade coleslaw, chocolate bananas, mackerel (caught the day before), sausages and of course a succulent shoulder of lamb from Bre Pen Farm – delicious! Even the local lifeguards got in on the action!
After a small pause, the apprentices got kitted out with wetsuits and surf boards ready to catch some waves. After a quick briefing from the Extreme Academy they all got into the water and it was a race to see who could stand up on the board first.
After a busy day, we packed up on the beach and got ready to say goodbye to our London family. It was a brilliant couple of days and such a great opportunity for our apprentices to both meet and get to know one another. The London apprentices are now on their work placements, and graduate later on this year – good luck to all of them.
A massive thank you to everyone who contributed to making the trip so successful and especially Rod and Jill at Bre-Pen for their time and continued support, and to the Extreme Academy for teaching the London guys how to catch their first wave.