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More than 10 years ago, Nigel Tabb bought up the old Royal Standard pub in Truro and transformed into an agreeably civilised neighbourhood restaurant – the kind of place where the pace in the smart lilac-hued dining room is unhurried and the classy cooking rarely fails to impress. Nigel satisfies local appetites by putting the emphasis on fine local materials and raiding the Mediterranean for ideas. Glazed goats’ cheese arrives with beetroot stir-fry, pickled cucumber and horseradish dressing, while pot-roast belly pork with tomatoes, olives, red wine and chorizo gets an exotic kick from harissa couscous and chilli oil. Desserts such as dark chocolate marquise with peanut-butter ice cream are equally appealing. At lunchtime you can plump for the conventional set menu or go down the global tapas route – think hake fricassee or tempura-style courgettes. Service is always “second to none”, confirms a regular.

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££££ - £30 - £49
Modern European
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Location for Tabb's Restaurant

85 Kenwyn Street, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 3BZ

01872 262110


Opening Times

Tues-Fri 12N-2pm Tues-Sat 5.30-9pm

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4 Reviews 

Brian T

21 March 2018  
Decidely old school, this family run operation still cuts the mustard. Watch out for set menus to keep the cost under control.

Brian T

29 May 2017  
Nigel Tabb is an accomplished chef. He produces beautiful food with excellent flavour combinations in his somewhat out of the way establishment. The service is excellent. The wine list is really good for a relatively small restaurant and there is a good range of wines by the glass. The decor suits the building and makes for the intimate atmosphere that you want for a top dining experience. Overall it is excellent value.

Brian T

Great lunch while planning dinner!
18 April 2013  
I just had lunch at Nigel Tabb's restaurant in Truro. I dropped in to plan a celebration dinner for my wife's birthday next week and ended up staying for lunch! After a cappuccino of mushroom soup with truffle oil accompanied by fresh homemade bread, I had the mussels in Thai broth followed by the slow cooked neck of lamb. It being lunchtime I had a local beer rather than choosing from the excellent wine list. The ingredients are all locally sourced and clearly of the highest quality as the flavours really shine through. I finished with a cup of coffee and a chat with Nigel about the menu for our celebration meal, which, I am sure, will be a meal to remember. Tabb's is the destination restaurant when visiting Truro!
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Teresa S

13 February 2013  
I visited Tabbs with two of my friends on 8th Feb. We had a wonderful meal of Wood Pidgeon,Pork, Goats Cheese and all cooked to the most delicious standards, the service is always second to none at Tabbs with attention paid to every detail in a relaxed friendly atmosphere, I can't wait till I visit again, thank you.
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