Truro restaurants: 10 of the best places to eat

PUBLISHED: 16:20 13 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:20 13 March 2018

Photo by STIL on Unsplash

Photo by STIL on Unsplash


Cornwall’s capital is full of great restaurants, cafes and pubs perfect for brunch, lunch and supper. We’ve taken the difficulty out of choosing where to go with our round-up of the best places to go for food in Truro

1. Hooked! Restaurant & Bar

Tabernacle Street

Home to some of the tastiest seafood derived from Cornish waters, Hooked! is a modern diner with exquisite food, a trendy décor and a laidback atmosphere. After a day’s hard work trawling the bustling streets of Truro, this seafood eatery is the perfect place to grab a fishy bite to eat.

If you’re popping in for a pre-theatre treat, take advantage of the pre-theatre set-price menu. Enjoy a delicious three-course meal and still be out in time to see your favourite play or musical at the Hall for Cornwall.

2. Bone China

Castle Street

Bone China is perfect for social eaters who love to share food. Located just a stone’s throw from the city centre, this vintage cocktail and tapas bar is renowned for its menu of small plate dishes ideal for sharing or devouring on your own. We like the sound of the beef and chilli meatballs, marinated sticky chicken wings and mussels mariniere.

We can’t talk about Bone China without mentioning the 1940s vintage décor complete with quirky illustrated wallpapers and impressive cocktail list. The restaurant is also famous in Truro for its Mojito and Prosecco tasting boards. Cheers to that!

3. Hubbox

Kenwyn Street

From humble beginnings as a pop-up restaurant in a 30ft shipping container, Hubbox has grown into a burger empire with a number of successful restaurants around the south west of England. Truro’s own is located in the grade II listed Wesleyan Chapel and offers tasty street food, craft beers, cocktails and laidback Cornish vibes.

At Cornwall Life we love a burger and Hubbox has to be up there with some of the best in the West. The burgers here are made from 21 day dry-aged beef from Philip Warren of Launceston and served on brioche buns. We love the ‘Dirty South’ with Cornish blue cheese, onions and mushrooms, served with a side of pulled pork fries and washed down with a caramel malt milkshake or a Hub cocktail.

4. Mannings Bar & Restaurant

Lemon Street

Mannings is a hot-spot for theatre-goers to fill up on a tasty supper before the show, but we think the food served here is the true show-stopper. The restaurant is part of the hotel but open to all and it prides itself on a relaxed dining atmosphere and a spot of side-street glamour – we find it hard to disagree.

Ambiences aside, let’s talk about the food. Mannings has an ‘All Day Menu’ (a mixture of casual and formal dining with Bento boxes, sandwiches, burgers, curries and steaks etc) and an ‘Early Evening Menu’ which offers two courses for £18.00 or three for £23.50. All produce is locally sourced where possible and cooked in-house.

5. Truro Lounge

Princes Street

Truro Lounge is our favourite hangout for a spot of lunching and brunching with a number of Instagrammable dishes on the menu (think triple-stacked pancakes, breakfast bowls and plenty of avocados). The restaurant-cum-bar also serves up a great burger menu and a selection of tapas dishes; £3.75 each or three for £9.95.

We love a bargain and Truro Lounge has a number of offers running throughout the week. Take advantage of ‘Breakfast Club’ on Mondays to Fridays when Lounge and Veggie Breakfasts are £7.75 with coffee and tea included.

6. Penrose Kitchen

Just outside Truro in Shortlanesend

Penrose Kitchen serves guests the very best of countryside fine dining with local and home grown produce dominating the menu. Penrose Kitchen’s award-winning head chef Ben Harmer is dedicated to wasting as little as possible and his menu nods to ‘nose to tail’ dining creatively including lesser used cuts and imperfectly perfect ingredients.

Penrose Kitchen is the sort of place you want to take your mum for lunch, your partner for a romantic evening and your friends for a Sunday roast. There’s a cosy log burner, comfy sofas and a fantastic dog friendly sun terrace offer plenty of space to relax, whatever the weather.

7. The Rising Sun

Mitchell Hill

Picture this… After a day well spent shopping in Truro, you take a short walk to The Rising Sun where you find an inviting snug with a toasty log burner. You recline in a huge leather armchair with a pint of Betty Stogs in hand and Fido snoozing at your feet, whilst you flick through the menu. Sounds ideal right?

The restaurant at The Rising Sun is not to be missed. The a’la carte menu is brimming with comforting mains and local produce. We’ve tried the rump of Cornish lamb with dauphine potatoes and can confirm it was delicious. The pub is also renowned for its Sunday lunch. We recommend booking ahead to avoid missing out.

8. The Cornish Vegan

Kenwyn Street

Set up by couple Dawn and Paul, The Cornish Vegan is a café/restaurant inspired by a lack of decent vegan places to eat in the area. Despite the name, this cosy café is designed to entice and excite both vegans and non-vegans alike and the menu does not disappoint.

Options include ‘The Cornish Vegan Buddha Bowl’; lentil, mushroom and walnut burgers; lasagnes, curries and stews. Also worth shouting about is the delicious vegan cream tea served with two scones, jam and coconut cream. Yum!

9. Chorley’s

Old Bridge Street

For a dining experience with a South African twist, head to Chorley’s. The restaurant is based on Chorley’s sauce: a popular condiment and marinade that originates from South Africa and is now produced in Cornwall.

The menu is designed to complement Chorley’s sauce so expect meaty mains and succulent sharing platters such as the full racks of ribs, rotisserie chicken, bunny chow and one of the biggest burger menus in the Duchy. The restaurant also does takeaway.

10. The Old Grammar School

St Mary’s Street

Tucked away in St Mary’s Street at the foot of the cathedral you’ll find the Old Grammar School known to locals as the ‘OGS’. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy post-work tapas, weekend cocktails, or a long lunch (served 12-3pm), this place seems to fit the bill for many occasions.

The menu is predominantly made up with hearty dinners, burgers, small plates and light lunches so there’s plenty on offer to sate the appetite of the whole family. The interiors are rustic, the staff are friendly without being intrusive and there’s a terrace for cocktails in the summer. What more can you want?

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