Appleton's Bar & Restaurant RELOCATION!

by Appleton's in Fowey, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 10th December 2019 we successfully raised £21,176 with 229 supporters in 28 days

We are crowdfunding to help us raise the funds needed for us to kit out our new restaurant in Fowey.

by Appleton's in Fowey, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We'll be able to purchase some more specialist kitchen equipment from the very beginning rather than only buying the basics to start off and waiting to establish ourselves before justifying more spend and buying them later. We'd also like to be to take on a few apprentices from the local college but without spare money in the kitty we wouldn't be to justify it as we'd obviously have to pay them a salary from the start of their employment. 

Who are we?


Image credit: Holes in the World Studio

We are Andy and Lyndsey Appleton, and little sausage dog Gnocchi (of course!) of Appleton's Restaurant. Andy is a self taught chef, working all over the world with his last employed role, before we started the restaurant, being Head Chef at Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Cornwall. I've had a chequered varied career path but I met Andy at Fifteen where I looked after the Apprentice training programme and the charity that owned the restaurant.

This is Appleton's PRESENT, Whats Appleton's PAST? Whats the FUTURE? 

We started the restaurant in 2016, in a vineyard on the way to Padstow. We have learnt so much; we have been reassured, humbled and surprised by the regular custom, our consistently great feedback and the growth and expansion we have managed quite organically in the past 3 1/2 years. However, we decided we need to be in a busier location, one with passing trade and footfall, and so have decided to move to a new venue in Fowey which has such incredible potential and we are so excited about the future for us there.

Image credit: Adam Sargent

We took a massive leap of faith when we opened originally, both of us having a lot of experience in hospitality but this being the first time we had run our own business... and what an eye opening, soul searching, challenging experience it has been!

We started as just the two of us, Andy cooking and me doing everything else, within a year we had taken on a couple of members of staff and that staff number growing again this last year. We've always been quite a small team and each member of our team is and has been incredible, but we have at times been stretched and there's never been any room for any staff sickness or incapacity - I broke my wrist within months of our first opening and quickly learnt no-one else was going to carry the plates to the tables so had to learn how to carry with one arm!

We've had to restrict our offer at times in terms of our opening hours or our capacity to take any more reservations on busy days, simply a decision to maintain an exceptional standard of food and service and all round experience that people, we hope, have become used to and expect from us.

Appleton's legendary brunch.
Image credit: Adam Sargent

We don't want to restrict ourselves and our team, or our future as Appleton's. We want to grow to the next step again so we can take on more staff again; we can do more; we can open more; we can make the menu bigger and continue to expand on what we have already established.

Hence this new further leap we are embarking on! 

The new venue has the potential to be a real busy little hub of a restaurant (and bar) for locals, aswell as visitors to Fowey, and even further afield Cornwall in general. It's a amazing building which has been in the very centre of Fowey for centuries and has seen many uses over its lifetime. In the past year, it has been sympathetically and very beautifully restored to its most incredible state yet, and whilst its history is long, impressive and interesting, we want to be the new history of the walls.

It is an empty shell at the moment and we will be responsible for fitting it out, which is a costly exercise to say the least. We have a lot of stuff we can bring with us, but whichever way we look at our list of what we need and however many times we write it all down, we are still falling quite short on what we require to make it as incredible as it can be. We are asking for your help, wherever and whatever you can, to help us raise some more funds towards making it not only possible but truly incredible.

Image credits: Simon Burt


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Written into the bricks and mortar

We're going to be painting the walls of our new place in the paint colour 'mortar' in the New Year. By supporting us you will receive a thank you postcard with a pic of the wall before we paint it with your name signed and where you are, as a reminder to how you helped get us to where we are! and even under the paint job you will always be there!

£15 or more

Negroni Bauble

Let Christmas Be - Gin! (well Gin, vermouth and Bitter that is!) with these lovely refillable baubles filled with Negroni... just put it out of the children's reach on the tree and drink it yourself before Santa comes down your chimney on the 24th... or maybe actually leave one out for Santa with his mince pie... choose between Negroni and Negroni Rosa or don't choose and have both, or maybe a tree filled with them?

£20 or more

Waiters friend

Never be stuck with a delicious bottle of wine that you cant drink with one of our Appleton's branded waiters friend corkscrews - one of life's essential items!

£30 or more


Keep cool facing the heat in the kitchen wearing one of our Appleton's branded aprons

£35 or more

Sneak peek week

For the last week of February, we're letting you in for a special preview night for cocktails and canapés. You'll get a personal invitation in the post and a snoop around the new pad before anyone else.

£40 or more

The most beautiful Negronis in the world

A set of 1 of each of our limited edition ready mixed, ready to drink Negroni and Negroni Rosa

£40 or more

Branded brunch club tee

Show your allegiance to the waffle by wearing an Appleton's branded 'Brunch Club' Tee

£80 or more

Lunch for two with wine

A two course set lunch with a glass of Appleton's house wine for two people.

£150 or more

10 of 20 claimed

Pasta Masterclass

Spend a couple of hours making pasta from scratch with Andy and his team, then sit down as a group and enjoy a bowl or two of what you made washed down with a glass of Appleton's house wine, a Peroni or a soft drink. Take home the pasta you make as well as a new found wealth of pasta making knowledge of course! We have two dates for a group total of 10 people available - Sunday 23rd February and Saturday 29th February

£160 or more

Dinner for two with wine

A three course dinner each with a bottle of Appleton's house wine.

£300 or more

5 of 10 claimed

Buy a bar stool

Technically this could be 'your' spot at the bar - with your name inscribed onto a plaque on the seat, and you will receive a gift voucher which entitles you to 52 drinks - equivalent to a drink a week, every week for a year! you will be an Appleton's regular.

£300 or more

3 of 20 claimed

Brunch subscription

Make Appleton's brunch your religion. For one Sunday a month, every month for a year, you will receive one course plus a hot drink or juice (for one person).

£1,800 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Private Dining

Slip upstairs to our super sleek private dining room on the mezzanine level. Your feast with friends will include a six-course supper for twelve of your nearest and dearest, plus wine pairing with each course.

£5,000 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Book the restaurant

Got a special occasion coming up? Looking to treat the team? Hire the whole restaurant for up to 50 guests for the evening, nibble on delicious canapés and fizz all night (T's & C's; subject to availability, not during schools holidays or weekends)

£100 or more

5 of 5 claimed

name YOUR table

Imagine looking online and seeing you cant make a reservation as we are fully booked... Now - Imagine looking online seeing we are fully booked but knowing you can call up and ask for 'your table'. Pledge to put your name on a table (little brass plaque attached to table to be precise) and know you can call us up to make a reservation which providing we are open we will be able to accommodate and you will sit at your table, always.

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