27 restaurants in Truro
Restaurants in Truro:
Old Carnon Hill, Truro, TR3 6JT [Map]
Part of the Whitbread family, Table Table restaurants aim to bring great value tasty pub food to an ever increasing eating-out public who like well prepared and genuine food served by friendly staff in relaxing surroundings. If that sounds too much like a dream come true be assured that at Table Table they also walk the talk, and are pleased to have the chance to prove it.
Their well located restaurants are spread across a wide range of decors and styles, and all of them share a determination to provide comfort, warmth and relaxation. Their buffet menus for special occasions are remarkable value
In keeping with modern trends they provide dishes to nibble or share as guests consider the spread of options on a menu that could be described as British with welcome incursions. So as you share long Italian flatbread, and dough balls and dips, or a sharing platter with an imaginative range of finger food starting with garlic and breaded mushrooms, it's time to think about the relative merits of aromatic duck parcels, a prawn cocktail, breaded Camembert or sticky chicken goujons to name but a few.
Many an innocent dish from the past has been hi-jacked in the best possible sense into becoming what is now called a 'pub classic'. Wiltshire cured ham with eggs is served with chunky chips and beef, mushroom and ale pie, or chicken and chips are all familiar with British tables, be they in the dining room or the kitchen. Now they have been added to by chicken fajitas, a sweet red pepper, crème fraiche and fennel tart, a leg of duck slowly cooked and served with a Bramley apple and cider sauce, or chilli con carne with basmati rice, sour cream and guacamole and nachos. So is the humble burger with six enticing toppings.
The point is they, and others, are all here at Table Table, well prepared with quality ingredients, and presented in a way that makes you hungry even if you thought you weren't.
Getting down to the more serious side of the table keep an eye open for the seafood pie, a delightful assembly of things fishy including crayfish, red snapper, prawns and clams. Many of their steaks are 28 days matured, including a 7oz fillet. All steaks are served with watercress, roasted cherry tomatoes, a flat mushroom and chunky chips. A choice from 4 sauces adds the final touch of enjoyment.
Pastas and salads embrace some well known and loved names, but for sheer enjoyment the hot smoked salmon salad takes some beating - flakes of hot smoked salmon mixed with a house salad and soy and ginger sauce. A real winner.
Snacks aplenty cover hot baguettes with the like of grilled pork loin and Bramley apple sauce, sandwiches filled with Cheddar cheese, or prawns and Marie Rose sauce, and jacket potatoes with such temptations as chilli con carne. Add a bowl of chips for only a little extra.
A well travelled wine list offers helpful advice for the uninitiated and there's an impressive choice of draught and bottled beers and lagers. All in all it would appear that Table Table are more than achieving their aims, providing the opportunity for people to eat out enjoyably, with excellent value for money. Long may they continue to do so.
For completely up to date information on menu changes and special offers do make a regular check on their lively Website.
Family, Pub, Traditional
1 Moor View, Foe Street, Grampound, nr Truro, TR2 4RT [Map]
For those of you for whom the pangs (no pun intended) of longing for Chinese food whilst sunning yourselves in glorious Cornwall, are overwhelming, there is but one answer - whatever the distance or other trifling inconveniences, set forth for Grampound, having first carefully reserved yourself a berth, for the reputation is great and the tables few. Here amongst the delights of the English Riviera you can indulge your longings. The food is quite superb by almost any standard and you will probably do best on the a la carte. Furthermore, whatever your darkest feelings about Chinese food and fine wine, forget them for one evening and explore the delights of Mr Lau's wine list. After all the chances are you are on holiday and can afford to leave your prejudices at home, as well as your plastic balance.
Cantonese, Chinese, Szechuan
76-77 Lemon Street, Truro, TR1 2PN [Map]
For some time I made the mistake of thinking that no group of restaurants in the region of 200 locations could hope to maintain the quality for which I was looking.
Then one day I decided to put my prejudices to the test, walked into Oxford ASK Italian! and discovered that I could not have been more mistaken. Their claim to serve freshly prepared quality food in stylish and comfortable surroundings with friendly and efficient service proved to be absolutely spot on.
Since then I have also discovered that a degree of consistency seems to operate throughout their restaurants, and that certainly does take some achieving, implying a degree of management that is enviable. They are perfect places for an impromptu snack, a bit of culinary grazing, or the full works, and families are catered for particularly well.
Their trendy décor usually comprises tiled floors and black furniture with well set tables that sparkle with glass, silver and spotless linen. Ten starters include crostini and bruschetta, followed by a range of salads, pasta and al forno, oven baked pasta, some with chicken.
The pizzas are stone baked in the oven, creating a crisp, authentic and delicious flavour, and they all come topped with mozzarella and tomato. Calzone introduce a touch of opulence with a folded pizza baked in the oven and topped with garlic butter and melted grana padano, whilst inside expect to find chicken or a vegetarian mix.
Amongst the specials may I warmly, in every sense, recommend the polpette al forno, a popular Milanese dish of beef meatballs sautéed in garlic with fire roasted peppers, caramelised onions, chilli and pomodoro sauce, with penne pasta, topped with cheese and oven baked.
An enticing selection of desserts list banoffee pie and tiramisu amongst them, and the coffee tastes like coffee, which may sound banal, but I guess you know what I mean.
Thanks to a well selected wine list speculative drinking can offer handsome dividends, even with prices rarely crossing the £20 barrier.
Pizza & Pasta
Philleigh-in-Roseland, Truro, TR2 5NB [Map]
The Roseland Inn has sat opposite the St Philleigh church since the 16th century, it was formerly a coaching inn on what was the main London to Land's End road which crossed at the River Fal at what is now the King Harry Ferry; with the coaching days long gone, the Roseland Inn is still popular with travellers.
The pub offers a wide selection of freshly cooked food, which uses local and organic ingredients wherever possible. Specialising in serving good food in a warm friendly relaxed atmosphere, in recent years The Roseland has won many culinary awards including Best Catering Pub in the South West and The Daily Mail Best Pub in Cornwall 2002.
They endeavour to source all their food locally to offer the very best and the freshest produce everyday, and we also try to use organic wherever possible.
All food is freshly prepared and for a light lunch you can choose from proper job ham, roast beef and horseradish, or fresh Cornish crab sandwiches, or coronation chicken, smoked salmon, cream cheese and chives, or tomato, mozzarella and basil ciabattas, or ham, cheddar, beef, or stilton ploughmans. They also cater for children.
As well as their daily changing specials board they have a range of popular light bites including grilled goats cheese, served on a bed of rocket and sun blush tomatoes with a balsamic dressing, home-made hummus with olives, side salad and fresh bread or a locally smoked fish platter.
Their main dishes offer locally caught fish like whole baked local megrim sole or grilled fillets of sea bass. Their prime rib eye steak, classic Philleigh shank of lamb and Thai green chicken curry are also firm favourites amongst their many regulars and visitors.
British, Pub, Traditional
1 Boscawen Street, Truro, TR1 2QU [Map]
Pizza Express remains a hugely popular bedrock of casual eating. Its popularity is testimony to the fact that across the country, they have restaurants where you will always be guaranteed a good nosh, with children's tastes being well catered for.
Pizza Express has gone even more Roman, and following the success of that particular example of listening to their public have introduced Romana pizzas, including the scorching Etna and the hearty Siciliana.
These pizzas are now thinner, bigger and crispier, and if that sounds like a marketing line, it is. However, unlike many such lines, this one is true, and their quality is always consistent, though cleverly they have still managed to retain a homemade feel to their pizzas.
As an alternative to pizza, try their pollo pesto - cavatappi pasta with torn chicken breast, mushrooms, red onions and mozzarella in a creamy gruyere, parmesan and pesto sauce and finished with grana padano - or the niçoise salad with mixed leaves, yellowfin tuna, free range egg, green beans, potatoes and tomatoes with olives, anchovies, capers and house dressing.
Many of the big chains have come a long way, and Pizza Express is certainly amongst them. One of the first to be quoted on the Stock Exchange - in 1993 - Pizza Express is not a franchise operation and retains tight control through its own staff.
Their wine list - though short - contains some surprisingly good offerings, especially their intense Australian Chardonnay, and a big, full-bodied Merlot from Cusumano, Sicilia.
Pizza & Pasta
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