I had been invited to attend a retirement lunch at this Truro establishment. Never having visited before, I was intrigued to see how something described as a ‘Wine Bar and Restaurant’ delivered. First impressions were excellent - very friendly bar and waiting staff were on hand to meet and greet. The choice of gins was excellent and they had the latest offering from the Trevethan distillery in Saltash available, which was mixed and served to perfection - very impressive indeed.
The retirement party had been given a room on the first floor which was lovely - attractive, light and airy, with plenty of space to socialise and move around.
I found the lunch menu a bit strange but was pleased to see a good range of options for a gluten free diet. I selected the squid in a GF batter coating, the broccoli with garlic and chilli and the skinny fries.
Maybe because we were quite a large group, the food wasn’t of the high standard I had been anticipating. It was ok and the flavours were good, but I was disappointed with some of the things: I had envisaged tenderstem broccoli spears (especially given the price of this dish) but it was just a few florets cut off a broccoli crown with a few bits of red chilli. The mark up on that dish must have been massive!! The squid was also quite a small portion and not a range of pieces of squid, just uniform shapes. The fries, though, were very good indeed.
Coffees at the end of the meal were also very nice and served with homemade biscuits (but not GF so I couldn’t eat - but others seemed happy with).
I imagine Bustopher Jones would be a really great place for a drinks session but perhaps needs to think a little bit more about ‘value for money’ with a lunchtime menu. I enjoyed the most amazing three course lunchtime meal in Exeter last week for less than what I paid today for one course.
I would return to sample an evening meal if I was back in Truro again and would definitely go back for a drink at the bar.
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