27 of the Best Places to Eat Out in Truro | Restaurants, Cafes & Pubs

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  • The Wig & Pen

    The Wig & Pen - Truro

    The Wig & Pen gets its name from the nearby County Court. The Grade 2-listed building has been an inn for much of its life, and has recently reopened following a change of hands and a thorough refurbishment.

    Like a lot of city centre places, it's both a dining gastropub and a bar. Relax outside with a bellini after work/shopping in town, or enjoy a sumptuous Sunday lunch in front of the fire. The food is modern British, and makes the most of the fantastic local larder. Try the Wig... read more...

  • Sam's in the City

    Sams in the City

    Sam now has restaurants all over Cornwall, and his city venue has become a real favourite. Come here for seafood served in a busy, modern setting, or pop upstairs for the calmer and more sophisticated cocktail bar.

    The diverse menu features burgers, moules, nachos and salads,with plenty of Sam's signature seafood dishes . If you like fish, try the Thai curry or the house bouillabaisse. The family-friendly restaurant also has a good kids' menu.

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  • The Plume of Feathers

    The Plume of Feathers - Mitchell

    Head out of town to the village of Mitchell, home to dining pun The Plume of Feathers. This former coaching inn dates back to the 16th century, and still has a welcoming old-world feel. Choose from the cosy bar with its log fire, the airy conservatory, and The Plume's pretty gardens.

    Chef Andrew Dudley creates modern British menus using fresh Cornish ingredients. Look out for favourite local suppliers like Baker Tom's Bread, Callestick Farm ice cream and Fish For Thought seafood. The... read more...

  • Penrose Kitchen

    Penrose Kitchen
    Toby Lowe

    Situated in tranquil water gardens just outside town, Penrose Kitchen is a world away from Truro's busy streets. The food is local and seasonal, and in some instances, even homegrown. 

    What sort of cuisine can you expect at Penrose Kitchen? Chef Ben Harmer's pedigree includes the Savoy and La Gavroche, so there's a light and refined touch to the menu at Penrose. Look out for the fresh seafood dishes or try some locally reared meat.

    The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner... read more...

  • Bodega18

    Bodega18 - Tapas

    Bodega 18 on Old Bridge Street is everything you want a tapas place to be: friendly, lively, and packed with an amazing choice of dishes. The food is authentically Spanish, drawing on family recipes as well as everyone's tapas favourites (yes, they do serve patatas bravas).

    Look out for the daily specials, and if you've any room left, don't miss the puddings. Combine the delicious dishes with the excellent wine list, and this really is a great place for an evening out. They're also... read more...

  • Hub Box

    Hubbox Truro - interior

    Legendary Cornish chain Hub Box began in St Ives and is gradually moving up across the South West (and beyond). Its Truro location is a busy and popular restaurant housed in a former chapel. Take a seat under a stained glass window, or head for one of the lively outdoor spaces.

    The food is along the lines of burgers, barbecue and dirty fries, with sides of slaw and burnt end beans. The pitchers of coolers are perfect on a hot day (with the option of a dash of gin to liven things up),... read more...

  • The Cornish Vegan

    The Cornish Vegan - Truro

    Most of Truro's restaurants have pretty good veggie and vegan options these days; however (at the time of writing!) The Cornish Vegan is the city's only 100% vegan restaurant. Owners Rob and Graham (like the restaurant, Cornish vegans) have a passion for travel, and this shows in the choice of lively world foods on offer.

    The dishes may be global, but the food is local. The chefs make the most of Cornwall's great larder to choose fresh, seasonal ingredients. The menu ranges from spicy... read more...

  • The Heron Inn

    Heron Inn - Malpas

    This riverside gastropub is a popular spot for lunch or dinner. Park in Truro, then enjoy the tree-fringed walk alongside the river to pretty little Malpas.

    The award-winning Heron Inn serves local and seasonal food, and chef/owner Nick Hemming has a real passion for seafood. Look out for the daily specials, and try to come here for one of their hearty Sunday roasts.

    Book a table inside for a cosy old pub feel, or try to get a spot on their terrace on a sunny day. The heated... read more...

  • Duke Street Sandwich Deli

    Duke Street Sandwich Deli

    Set on the corner of St Mary's and Duke Street this little cafe is the best spot in town for paninis, sandwiches and salad boxes. There's a great choice of fillings to eat in or takeaway.

    The Deli is the ideal place to grab a window seat and watch the world go by. There is also an outside area which makes a great option in the summer.

  • Tabb's

    Tabbs Truro

    Tabb's moved to Truro from Portreath around 15 years ago, bringing with it the skills of chef patron Nigel Tabb. The food is elegantly modern European, and this being Cornwall, the fish dishes really stand out.

    With its fine dining feel and intimate atmosphere, the Kenwyn Street restaurant  is a good choice for a romantic meal. It can also take bookings for pre-theatre dining by arrangement. If you can, try to catch Sunday lunch at Tabb's, served twice a month: you will definitely... read more...

  • Cafe Uneeka

    Cafe Uneeka - Truro

    This welcoming and lively cafe is upstairs in Uneeka, in bustling Boscawen Street. The dining room is airy and modern, with all the lovely decorative touches you'd expect from its lifestyle store location.

    The food is locally sourced, and dishes are freshly made on the premises. Choose from sharing plates, sandwiches and salads, and remember to look at the daily specials board. Although not 100% veggie, this is one of the best spots in Truro for an imaginative vegetarian or vegan... read more...

  • Mannings

    Mannings Restaurant - Truro

    Chic Mannings is an elegant restaurant, bar and hotel in the centre of Truro. The food is modern British and Mediterranean, with a focus on seasonal ingredients. 

    Close to the Hall for Cornwall, Mannings is an excellent place for pre-theatre dinner or drinks (take a look at their cocktail menu). Just make sure that you book well in advance. It's also a popular place for a coffee in the morning - although if you want to sample their breakfast, you'll need to be a resident.

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  • The Old Grammar School

    The Old Grammar School - Truro
    The Old Grammar School

    You sit on benches at scrubbed wooden tables - but that's where the resemblance to actual school ends. The Old Grammar School (TOGS) near Truro Cathedral, serves up a relaxed atmosphere, creative cocktails, and some of the best tapas in town.

    Pop in for a relaxed lunch of Mediterranean-inspired food while you're in town, or come back later for evening school, and enjoy their pitcher-perfect Mojitos. TOGS also... read more...

  • 108 Coffee House

    108 Coffee House

    There's nothing like a well-cooked brunch to start the day, and 108 Coffee House in Kenwyn Street serves up one of the best around. They're open from 8 until 4, serving breakfast, brunch and lunch as well as keeping the coffees coming all day.

    108's emphasis is on local ingredients. The baristas make impeccable Cornish Origin coffees, while your tea leaves were grown in nearby Tregothnan Estate. From the milk to the pastries, most of their food suppliers are proudly Cornish.

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  • Hooked!

    Hooked - Bar Restaurant - Truro

    Thanks to its open-plan kitchen, you have the fun of watching your fish being cooked in this popular restaurant and bar. Hooked! on Tabernacle Street serves locally landed seafood along with wines from Old Chapel Cellars and a selection of local beers and ciders.

    Try their speciality, Goan fish curry, or upgrade your usual nachos with their Mylor crab version. There's a Good choice of fish, meat and veggie tapas, or stick to something more traditional with classic fish and chips (... read more...

  • The Alverton

    Alverton Restaurant - Truro

    If you enjoy both modern and traditional dining, come to The Alverton for a contemporary take on classic food. Their Sunday lunches are a sophisticated version of this much-loved ritual, while their elegant afternoon teas are a must.

    You don't need to be staying at The Alverton to tuck into their generous brunches (although the rooms in this country house style hotel are lovely). Take lunch on the sunny terrace, or book a table in the AA rosette-awarded restaurant, which overlooks the... read more...

  • The Rising Sun

    The Rising Sun - Truro

    This welcoming little place on Mitchell Hill is both a dining pub and a good spot for a drink or two. It's such a cosy and inviting place, that it's hard to believe that the 200 year old building was a deserted shell until just a few years ago when Tom and Katie took it on.

    Today, the Truro pub serves modern British food, specialising in local ingredients. Tuck into hearty dishes like loin of beef or pan-fried pigeon, or look out for the special catch of the day, typically served with... read more...

  • The Thomas Daniell

    Thomas Daniell - Truro

    Truro has seen a real resurgence of good gastropubs recently, and The Thomas Daniell on Infirmary Hill has become a popular spot. Having suddenly closed early in 2020, The Thomas Daniell was relaunched by James and Jamie in October that year, with a mission to create a food-led pub serving home-cooked dishes.

    There's a wide choice on the menu, from Thai mussels to pan-fried duck breast. If you want something lighter for lunch, go for tacos or their chargrilled flat flatbreads. Sweet... read more...

  • The Arts Café

    Truro Art Cafe

    The Arts Cafe (next door to the Royal Cornwall Museum) is one of Truro's most unusual venues. This lively cafe is in the Truro Arts Company building, sharing the impressive space with the art shop and studios.

    The cafe is open for hot drinks and cakes from 9 until 4:30, and serves meals between 11 and 3:30 (3 on a Sunday). Choose from lunchtime favourites like soup, quiche and sandwiches, all freshly made using local ingredients. You can also enjoy a chilled glass of white or a beer... read more...

  • Cathedral Restaurant

    Truro Cathedral cafe

    Now here's an unusual location for breakfast or lunch: Truro Cathedral. The visitor cafe is in a modern annexe, reached through the cathedral, and is one of Truro's more surprising spots for a good old fry up in the morning.

    The lunches are traditional and hearty: think fish pie, cottage pie or vegetable soup. You can also choose a lighter option like a sandwich or a bacon roll.

    The restaurant is open only until 2:30pm, so come early if you fancy afternoon tea (their cream teas... read more...

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