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Carnon Inn (Table Table) Old Carnon Hill, Carnon Downs, Truro, Cornwall, TR3 6JT
September 13th, 2009 by Olivier

Carnon Inn (Table Table)
Old Carnon Hill, Carnon Downs, Truro
Cornwall TR3 6JT

Carnon Inn

Carnon Inn (Table Table)

Carnon Inn (Table Table)

Inside

Inside

Good cold Stella beer

Good cold Stella beer

Carnon Inn (part of the Table Table restaurant chain) is a restaurant based in Truro, which is a city conveniently located for visiting most of Cornwall. From outside it looks pretty basic and it is next to Premier Inn hotel. Inside, things are much better with interesting decoration and large tables and decent space between tables.

As starters we ordered the Yakitori skewers (£3.95) and a duck pate (£3.99). We both took the same main course which was the duck and apples (£19.98 for the two) and as desserts we had a tasting plate with Eton mess, lemon tart and strawberry ice cream (£4.99) and another tasting plate with strawberry ice cream, chocolate tart and Belgian waffles (£4.99). The drinks were a bottle of sparkling water 330ml (£1.65) and a pint of Stella (£2.90).

The two starters

The two starters

Yakitori skewers

Yakitori skewers

The yakitori skewers were ok. They really looked like those already made food coming from Sainsbury etc that you just have to heat. They were a little too sweet.

Duck pate

Duck pate

The duck paté was nicely presented and good but far from a foie gras of course. The toasted bread and the chutney were good too.

The main courses

The main courses

Duck and apples

Duck and apples

The ducks and apples were not bad at all. They came very warm and the skin was crispy. They were like duck confits but not too greasy and the apples were a good balance to that dish.

The desserts

The desserts

Tasting plate with Eton mess, lemon tart and strawberry

Tasting plate with Eton mess, lemon tart and strawberry

Tasting plate with strawberry ice cream, chocolate tart and Belgian waffles

Tasting plate with strawberry ice cream, chocolate tart and Belgian waffles

The desserts were generally good. The strawberry ice cream was average, the Eton mess was a little bit too sweet but the chocolate tart and the Belgian waffles were good.

Cost and conclusion: it was just over £42 with no “optional” service charge automatically included to the bill and euphamistically  ”left to the client’s discretion” as restaurants often do in London. Here, there was no service charge at all which is very appreciated. Since the waitress was friendly we of course left a good tip. The food was not fantastic but it was better than in most pubs and the price was fair. Nice relaxing atmosphere too. I would not hesitate to go back there.


2 Responses  
  • CHris Trueman writes:
    January 27th, 2010 at 16:23

    This could be the best Table Table in the country. A fortune was spent on the refurb, yet they never seem to get a decent manager. Some of the staff are friendly, yet a very slovenly attitude and little pride ruins it.
    The food is sometimes very good, yet other times is terrible. There is no consistancy in quality.
    I have dined there at various times, pre lunch, lunch, afternoon and evening, the only reason I go back is, the disabled facilities are good (my brother is disabled) and to get food after 2pm in the Truo/Falmouth area is difficult.
    Many a time I have been there when it is quiet, they have plenty of staff on, food is on the floor and it is dirty.
    As there is no local eaterie in Carnon Downs apart from the Garden Centre, this place should be doing really well with the locals, BUT it isn’t.
    Get a GOOD manager, keep the good staff but motivate them and get rid of the others.

  • Mrs Pond writes:
    March 7th, 2010 at 15:46

    I booked a table for 14 (12 adults and 2 children in high chairs)the previous day, we were told that would be fine and that we’d have to have 2 tables as we were a big party. We arrived at the Table Table in plenty of time only to be told that we weren’t on the list. After a big discussion we were then told that we were on the list but we still couldn’t have a table as they had given our table to someone else. To cut a story short , all we got from the manager was ‘Sorry guys, Im sorry guys’ Not acceptable we had 6 hungry children. We will not be using this Table table again we have never had a problem with the company before, we use them regularly when we go away but this has left us very disappointed .



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