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Tabb’s Restaurant

85 Kenwyn Street, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 3BZ
Tabb's Restaurant, Truro

Truro’s tiny treasure

During the 15 years in which Tabb’s Restaurant has fed locals and the tourists who flock to Cornwall’s capital, the little restaurant has built a reputation as one of the city’s most treasured gastronomic gems. Those in-the-know make a booking well in advance for a table in the diminutive dining spot, not wanting to leave the opportunity of a guaranteed good dinner to chance.

Chef owner Nigel Tabb is a one-man-band and creates everything from scratch each day. From freshly baked bread to chocolate truffles, it’s all been crafted with care and attention to detail.

Despite the small size of this restaurant the cooking punches above its weight, and the result is a menu that showcases the region’s most delicious and authentic produce. Seasonal dishes such as seared beef fillet with braised shin, parsnip mash and red wine jus are expertly executed and smartly presented.

While Nigel weaves his magic in the kitchen, partner Debbie Thorn conjures a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in the dining room. Thanks to the attention paid to diners’ gastronomic pleasure, this intimate feasting spot is the antithesis of a chain-restaurant experience and more like having a private chef cook you dinner.

A substantial wine list accompanies the edibles and incorporates all corners of the globe. Kick off dinner in style with the exquisite Ruinart Blanc de Blanc Brut Champagne.

Trencherman’s tip: Tabb’s doesn’t do lunch but Nigel opens on two Sundays a month for a very special roast.

Sample menu

Starter: Pepper and chorizo pilaf, poached egg, tomato cream, polenta crout

Main: Confit leg of Cornish duck, seared white cabbage, snow peas, duck reduction

Dessert: Baked lime and Earl Grey cheesecake, banana sorbet, orange sauce

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Chef(s): Nigel Tabb
3 course dinner from: £27.50
Seats: 28
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