New venture for former Fifteen chef

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Engin and Liz Mumcuoglu with Andy Appleton

The former head chef at Fifteen Cornwall has set up a restaurant inside the county’s newest vineyard.

Andy Appleton, who left Fifteen last month after more than ten years, opens his new venture at Trevibban Mill Vineyard & Orchards, just outside Padstow this week.

Appleton’s at the Vineyard will offer an Italian-inspired menu including dishes paired with Trevibban’s organic wines and ciders.

When the eatery opens on March 16, it will make Trevibban the only vineyard in Cornwall with its own restaurant on site.

Appleton said: “When I left Fifteen, I had some really great offers, a lot from London, but I went with my heart and my gut. It just felt right, and still feels right. It’s all here: the venue, the kitchen, the vegetable garden and the wine.”

Trevibban owner, Engin Mumcuoglu, added: “We always had a good working relationship with Fifteen so when we heard Andy was leaving we got straight on the phone. As it turns out, he was chasing us down at the same time — it was meant to be.”