Our guide to the best restaurants in Truro
Truro is home to the annual Great Cornish Food Festival, a three-day extravaganza that takes place each September. So, it’s no surprise that Cornwall’s only city has some outstanding restaurants you’ll want to try.
What’s to love: Set in a very stylish city hotel, the Mannings restaurant cuts through the cute, cosy seaside theme to offer a very modern, contemporary setting in Cornwall. There are no cream teas here; instead, you’ll find an Asian influence throughout the menu, which includes Malaysian chicken satay and Vietnamese baguettes, alongside steak and fish dishes.
Cuisine: Asian, British
Price: Lunches around £10; dinner main courses start at £12
Opening times: Monday to Saturday open from 11am – 9.30pm; 6.30pm – 9.30pm on Sunday
Address: Lemon Street, Truro, TR1 2QB
Contact: 01872 247900; http://www.manningshotels.co.uk/restaurant/
What’s to love: The American street food diner inspired by the eateries of New York first started life as a pop-up restaurant, serving food from a 30-foot shipping container. Now, the very trendy Hubbox has settled into a permanent venue in a converted chapel. Here, you can dine on heavenly gourmet Cornish beef burgers, hot dogs and beef brisket, all cooked in their very own smoker. And it’s not just great food; Hubbox also serves craft beer and cracking cocktails.
Price: Most main courses are around £7.50
Opening times: Sunday to Thursday 11.30am – 10pm; Friday and Saturday 11.30am – 2am (last food orders at 9pm)
Address: 116 Kenwyn Street, Truro, TR1 3DJ
Contact: 01872 240700; http://hubbox.co.uk/
What’s to love: It claims to be one of the top seafood restaurants in Cornwall and Hooked has dazzling online reviews to back it up. Plus, it has been awarded a Rosette in recognition of its addictive, mouth-watering delights. Diners can enjoy rock oysters or choose their own lobster from the tank. With its central location, it makes it a great place for a pre-theatre bite to eat.
Cuisine : Seafood
Price: Main courses around £12; a small lobster costs £28.95
Opening times: Monday to Saturday, 12pm – 2.30pm and 5.30pm – 9pm
Address: Tabernacle Street, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 2EJ
Contact: 01872 274700; http://www.hookedcornwall.com/hooked-in-the-city/
What’s to love: Named after the cat about town in TS Eliot’s poem, newly reopened Bustopher Jones aims to be just as stylish as its namesake. The restaurant provides a haven from Truro’s bustling city. It’s a place where you can relax in the garden, enjoy your favourite tipple at the wine bar or have a romantic meal in the restaurant. Its menu is filled with traditional dishes with a twist, using the freshest local ingredients.
Cuisine: Contemporary British
Price: Main courses from £13.50
Opening times: Monday to Saturday from midday ‘til late
Address: 62 Lemon Street, Truro, TR1 2PN
Contact: 01972 430000; http://bustopher-jones.co.uk/
Swell is the new name for Truro’s well-known restaurant, Salt. It has a brand new modern, contemporary look and an open kitchen so you can watch as your food is lovingly prepared. Swell provides hearty portions of British classics and Mediterranean favourites at very reasonable prices, so after a day of sightseeing with the family you can indulge guilt-free.
Cuisine: British, Mediterranean
Prices: Most main courses are around £10
Opening times: Sunday and Monday 12pm-3pm, Tuesday to Saturday 12pm-9pm
Address: 114 Kenwyn Street, Truro, TR1 3DJ
Contact: 01872 858050; http://www.swellbarandkitchen.com/
The best of the rest
- The Old Grammar School – Lunch, tapas, cocktails
- Bone China – 1940s and 50s cocktail bar, offering high tea and tapas
- Sams in the City – Seafood and burgers within trendy music memorabilia decor
- Trennick Mill – Fine dining by Boscawen Park
- Gravy Boesti – Modern flavours and precision presentation
If you’d like to find out what other tantalising treats Cornwall has to offer, read our other guides:
- 5 of the best restaurants in Padstow
- 5 of the best restaurants in Newquay
- 5 of the best restaurant in St Ives
- 5 of the best restaurants in Falmouth