Muddy Eats: Hubbox, Truro
I’ve had my beady little eye on Hubbox in Truro since they were nominated best casual dining in the Muddy Awards. Sadly, and now I’ve seen for myself, maybe unjustly so, they didn’t make the finals (hey competition was really stiff). I thought I’d try them out with a view to include them in a child friendly places to eat type feature, but was so impressed I think they deserve their own shout out…
Those of you who live or work in Truro will no doubt be familiar with them, but for thems that don’t (moi!) bit of backstory for you: so Hubbox 1.0 was born in a container on the Lemon Quay in Truro. The pop-up was so popular they moved (container n all) into an old Chapel on Kenwyn Street. Et voila, Hubbox 1.1. More room, outside dining options and delicious decor: quirky, retro, urban and naive, and that’s just how we roll at Muddy HQ. Its a carnival of colour, light and object ‘dart with obvious Americana influences, pop art and mid century flavours.
You don’t book, you just wait for a table – great for me as I’m usually far too disorganised to phone ahead anyway.
The menu is really simple: American street food. But this is no mediocre burger joint. Home made burgers, fresh local ingredients (Muddy Award winner Baker Tom supplies their bread) and gourmet hotdogs. My chicken burger was a whole juicy chick breast in breadcrumbs, not some rehashed gak. The fish burger is Cornish mackerel fillet. This is not just one big meat feast though, veggie friends are offered more than cheese on cheese (try the falafel Betsy burger, the Bella or ‘I am Vegan’). All the sides you could shake a stick at, oh and both a ‘dirty’ option (I dare you to ask them to make you dirty) where you can add guilty extras or a ‘pimp’ option to super size your meal.
The service was impeccable. The staff were attentive, immaculate and sunny! All cheerful and positive. No grunting or too cool for school attitudes here.
What else can I tell you? A children’s menu (of, course, nearly forgot why I came!) Small versions of the adult options, very reasonable at £5.50 – and 50p of that is donated to a local children’s charity.
Ooh and cocktails! With a late licence at the weekend, they’ve collaborated with local DJ’s and hosted pop up events.
THE MUDDY VERDICT:
There are now five Hubbox restaurants across the South West (try their beach camp at Pentewan Sands) and have even crossed the border into neighbouring Devon (Exeter and Plymouth). Its going to be my mission to try them all for you (I know, I’m all heart). With quality local ingredients, if you can resist the dirty/ pimp options, this is nearly guilt free fast food and somewhere I’d be happy to take the sproglets for a treat.
£££: Wow. Amazing value for money. Lunch for two was less than £20.
Good for: Alfresco dining. Families, couples, teens, parties. Fans of riotous decor. Refueling shoppers. Relaxed eating. Take aways! Late dining. Vegans, vegetarians, gluten free diets. Last food orders at taken at 9pm. Access is good too – there’s a lift to the first floor.
Not for: Those looking for calming neutrals. Haute cuisine. Fans of edible flower garnish and hipster menus: no marmite and toothpaste burgers to see here.
Hubbox, 116 Kenwyn Street, Truro TR1 3DJ T:01872 Weekdays – Sun – Thurs 11.30am-10pm Weekends – Fri and Sat 11:30am-2am