Truro’s tiny treasure
During the 16 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 covers all corners of the globe. Kick off dinner in style with the exquisite Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne.
Trencherman’s tip: Tabb’s doesn’t do lunch, but Nigel opens two Sundays a month for a very special roast.