Old School Manners

And so the time has come that I’ve finally recruited a babysitter. Which means the time has come to once again experience life after 7pm. And after stumbling across the very cool Old Grammar School on a daytime trip to Truro (Cornwall’s sole city), I knew exactly where I’d be headed on my first evening trip out in many a moon.

You see, by day The Old Grammar School is all about coffee, cake and Med-style lunches. The sort of place that, if I was child-free, I’d hang out and use the free wi-fi while tapping my foot to chilled background tunes. But by night, the ambience changes key. The tunes are more upbeat. Tables are filled with groups of well-heeled city types. Cocktails are shaken and stirred. And, though this wants to be a bar and not a restaurant, the food can’t help but steal the show: neat little dishes of British tapas from belly pork and sliders, to hot dogs and hand-cut chips.

The menu’s scribbled on a chalkboard (slightly annoying if it’s crowded and you’re short sighted), table trimmings include retro chrome clocks telling the time of your reservation, and retro film-style posters detail house cocktails. Fine wines and ales flow from the busy bar, and there’s also lashings of homemade ginger beer if you want to avoid a hangover. The music alone is worth coming in for – decent playlists are audible above the general din of punters, and on some evenings there’s acoustic sessions bringing in the likes of Martin Harley and Stringer Bessant of Reef fame.


The Old Grammar School, 19 St. Marys Street, Truro, TR1 2AF
www.theoldgrammarschool.com, 01872 278559
Open daily 10am till late, except Sundays


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