Drinking

The Old Grammar School

Cocktails in teapots and homemade tapas to tuck in to – The Old Grammar School in Truro serves up a lip-smacking taste of retro refreshment in a laid back atmosphere.

Old School Refreshment...

 

  • Located on the cobbled streets within the shadow of Truro cathedral
  • Seated on benches at the long, wooden, scrubbed-top tables we sipped on our Mojitos as we examined the specials
  • It's hard to pick out highlights when everything was a hit.

If you appreciate your drinks served speakeasy style, their lovingly crafted cocktails in enamel teapots with glass mugs will be right up your street. A far cry from the bootleg liquor of the 1930s, The Old Grammar School prides itself on the art of cocktail mixing, and rightly so. The fresh, minty Mojitos were the perfect kick-start for a summer evening.

The emphasis here is on taking time to savour flavours, using fresh ingredients and getting the mix just right. They operate a policy of no stag or hen dos, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy, safe in the knowledge that the shot-downing, ‘Jaggerbombing’ brigade will be kept at bay, allowing you to soak up the atmosphere and settle in for an old school cocktail session.

Located on the cobbled streets within the shadow of Truro cathedral, The Old Grammar School is central for Truro’s shops, making it an ideal lunchtime stop-off on a day out. With an evening menu too, it’s also a great choice to share food with friends before the lights go down and it transforms into one of Truro’s coolest nightspots, with live music and DJs. TOG has played host to some serious musical talent, including the likes of Jelly Jazz and Ben Howard.

On this particular evening we were headed for the Hall for Cornwall where we had tickets to see comedian Reginald D Hunter, so we came for pre-show drinks and food. It was a blissfully sunny summer evening so all the outside seats had been snapped up (they don’t take evening bookings for less than eight people), but with the evening light streaming through the windows, the American diner meets Cornish cool interior was just as appealing as the sunny outside courtyard.

Seated on benches at the long, wooden, scrubbed-top tables we sipped on our Mojitos as we examined the specials, chalked up on blackboards, where the likes of roast veg, homemade pesto and grilled goats cheese jostled for attention with homemade meatballs.

Settling on four or five dishes between three of us was a tough choice with so many big hitters to choose between and the menu changes more or less weekly so there’s always something new to try. Having whittled it down to a selection of four or five, which was just the right amount for a pre-show feed, our tapas arrived on a wooden board with nice rustic touches like the hand cut chips in an earthenware pot.

It's hard to pick out highlights when everything was a hit. If pushed, I'd say my personal favourite was the squid; just the right combination of crunchy batter and chewy – but not rubbery – squid with a tasty homemade aioli on the side. Then again, the meatballs in a tomato sauce topped with a delicious layer of melted cheese were tasty enough to have us all fighting over the last one. With friendly staff, a laid back vibe, great food and an impressive cocktail menu, we’ll definitely be back for more – I’ve heard good things about the Apple Crumble Martini…

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