Old School Bar & Kitchen

4.1
193 reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub

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Sunday Lunch
Old School Bar and Kitchen is an award-winning contemporary Gastro Pub. Awarded Cornish Gastro Pub of the Year 2014 and Ranked in the UK’s Top 50 Gastro Pubs for 2015 This family-run business is focused on providing friendly service in a wonderful setting whilst serving innovative, high quality food created from locally sourced produce to ensure the freshest of flavours.

The kitchen team at our Gastro Pub in Mount Hawke, Cornwall near Truro have created a varied menu offering a delicious and imaginative take on some of the traditional favourites. All of our ingredients are sourced from local suppliers
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brettH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Closed down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

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Lauren1998
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience at the Old school bar and kitchen! Staff were very helpful and friendly and the food was divine! Great selection of drinks and delicious hot chocolate!

Will definitely be visiting again! Highly recommend.

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BronwynU
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Lovely food, but shame about the temperature of room, needed to be a lot warmer had to keep coat on.

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LucilleR
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

An all round very good Sunday Lunch .
Good atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff and excellent carvers with generous portions of beautifully cooked meat and lovely hot fresh veg selection, which can often be a let down with carvery style. Will certainly go again

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DannyPW
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We enjoyed a mixture of creative food and traditional fare - all of which was excellent. A good wine menu with it. The atmosphere is casual - a bar downstairs and some tables upstairs. We were just into the autumn/winter season, and so the choice was slightly more limited than the busier summer season - but still plenty of great things to try. We spent a relaxed couple of hours or so and would happily recommend if you enjoy a mix of creative/traditional food. We felt the prices were good value for the food we enjoyed. Its a little off the beaten track but worth the effort, in our opinion.

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VAR48
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very very quick service, we arrived a little early and were seated very quick. Starters and Mains were served and cleared within half an hour! Good if you were wanting a quick bite to eat, if out for a relaxed evening may have felt a little rushed. Mains could have been a little hotter and it was only warm, however the food tasted good!
Great service and food tasted excellent. Would have been nice to be seated in the restaurant as the bar area was very loud, especially as we were after a relaxing dinner out, understandably though if they weren’t too busy would have made sense not to have opened the restaurant.
Will probably return in the future, just hope the mains will be hotter!
Thank you!

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SarahC
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Highly recommended. Great setting too.

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PhilP
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Nice atmosphere, nice staff, food indifferent I’m afraid.

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KeeleyM
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We really enjoyed our time at OSBK. We will definitely return to try the wider menu :)

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nickh
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

we ate here after playing golf in cornwall whilst staying in mount hawke and seeing the signs to the old school. The evening was really enjoyable and included chats with staff and owner, all of whom gave us every consideration. It felt like a happy place to work...as well as to eat. We wish it every success and would suggest that anyone who makes the effort will be rewarded. The local environment is in itself part of the experience. nick

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JulietJ
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Not its usual standard on Sunday. Had roast which we were the last they were dishing up as running out. Food not very hot and red cabbage very vinegary that was not very palatable

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vipGrahameM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This restaurant should be full - all the time. They try really hard to make your dining experience as good as possible. They are not paying me to say this - I just dined there twice within the space of a few days. Yes, I can and do eat at more expensive places than the Old School but very often I am left unhappy about the value for money. That is not the case with the Old School. Give them a try.

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Amitsav
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place.

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AndrewW
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Before we arrived, we were telephoned to be informed that there were no roast dinner meals available, as they had sold out. When we arrived, we were also told that several other items across the menu were not available. They had apparently run out of all sorts of ingredients. The restaurant was quiet yet no one bothered to check that out meal was satisfactory, or that items we had ordered, had not arrived. We were billed for these until we asked them to be removed. A disappointing evening out, with weak service, a poor menu choice and no atmosphere whatsoever. The food that we did get, was bland and not of the standard their website promotes. Give this one a miss.

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MarionG
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had a lovely lunch which we enjoyed. We chose roast Sunday lunch. I was however disappointed that despite giving 24 hours notice about my severe red wine allergy I had to go without gravy. No substitute was offered. Given that ample warning had been provided I feel that a little stock could have been held back. There is also Bisto when needed!!.

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SeanK
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was very nice but plate was cold and the food was only warm

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JulietJ
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very accomadation as had a wheelchair for eldery person made more room so we were not crammed in .
As elderly person allowed mum to have a small roast beef as she would not been able to eat a standard meal and would have been a waste of food and would have been there all night as mum is a slow eater!!
also problems with the friers last sunday and 3 of us had ordered the pulled pork and we were able to have the roast potatoes with it which was lovely felt like a roast dinner as we were expecting the carvery as advertised on web site but could not fault the food we had and the service provided.
Hoping to come again on 16/09/18

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TonyM
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience2

Old School Bar & Kitchen Review
A return visit to this restaurant and pub for me. 15 minutes from Truro and an easy short drive from the A30 (Scorrier exit) with free parking. It's a fair drive from where I live (30+ mins) but worth it. Enjoyed a drink in the airy outdoor bench seating area while having a look over the menu. Nice beers & lagers (Skinners Lushington, Bath Ales Gem & Dartmoor Brewery Jail Ale), wine selection looked decent too. Easy choice of the main dish being a Sunday, but no options of meat/carvery as I believe they used to serve. Beef only as the 12-4 pm Sunday roast but a a good few other mains and specials were on offer. Part of our group chose battered haddock and chips and the waitress warned us of a longer than usual wait due to some fryer issues. I didn't think the wait was very long though. Really generous portions and I was glad I hadn't had a starter. I have to say I found the roast mains were not served hot enough. Apparently they had been on the warmer but they really hadn't kept their heat well at all.
Everything tasted great all the same and we didn't want to send our dishes back to be heated as was offered as we were enjoying the food. I tried the fish and chips, and the haddock tasted nice and fresh. Did I say the portions were big already?!
Drinks were quickly served and water provided.
Amply fed we declined the desserts but the ones I saw come out looked good. Overall a pleasant experience and as the coast is really close a great place for a meal before heading there.

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viprocknroller
Hampshire
56 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were the only ones eating at lunchtime, there were a few people having a drink outside when we arrived.
The music was quite loud when we arrived but was turned down to a better level for talking without us having to ask.
We were disappointed that they didn't have their special lunchtime offer on so we chose from the normal menu. There was a problem in the kitchen delaying our meals so they gave us some complimentary olives and bread which was nice.
The food was very good, particularly the fish in the catch of the day item.

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ElizabethJ
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, excellent service. Would highly recommend

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CamillaB
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Web were visiting the area and came here based on reviews. The building and setting is lovely. The food was nice we had a burger and the veg Thai green curry. The waitresses were all nice but the service was incredibly slow. We waited 20 minutes for our drinks and an hour for our food. It was busy which is why it might have been slow but with that came a lot of noise and children running about which didn’t help. I would come again and try a different dish and hope it was a quieter evening

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ElenaM
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food in a very nice environment. 100% recomendable and very afordable.

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RachelH
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The restaurant was very nice, staff were friendly and attentive the food was enjoyable. Only disappointment was the fish special which was a very small portion of fish

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Been coming here for 3 years. Sadly the quality this time round has certainly fallen. The food was disappointing. They need to up their game!

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OpenTable Diner
London
10 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were on holiday in Cornwall , enjoyed the setting and the pasta dish from the specials with crab was delicious .

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RyanG
Cornwall
4 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed our meal. Staff friendly and polite. Only criticism thought starters and desserts where on the pricey side for what they were.

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Cornwall2018
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Ordered the duck starter, 3 cured slices arrived. They were so tough that your teeth couldn't bite them so we're inedible. We told the waitress who informed us that the duck was fresh and that's the way it was, and sorry we didn't like it. I had the steal and ale pie for main, no sauce, meat was dry with little or no favouring. Chips were nice.
We decided against pudding. Ham hock was nice to start, alot of bread to bulk it out. Burger was average. Over priced and average.
Shame, but at least the company was nice!

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MrSP
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Other members of the group enjoyed it, Myself not so much Orderd a pint of coke and got half a pint, orderd a cheese burger and had a burger with no cheese I sent it back all the chef did was grate some cheese on top of it and not bother to melt it.

Will not be rushing back

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RebeccaB
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good veggie options and great portion sizes. Very impressed and I will be back

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ZZZS
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Disappointing. Burger very dry, not served with any relishes or sauces. Sundae was just an enormous lump of clotted cream with a couple of token bits of brownie and ice cream. Serving staff were clueless. Seasonal temps? Can’t understand why this place has all the awards. Pint was ok.

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SharonandRicky
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We stayed within walking distance of the Old School bar and Kitchen on a recent holiday to Cornwall.
The Proprietor was very welcoming and friendly. She gave us lots of tourist guidance and information about the local area.
We will definitely visit again on future holidays to Cornwall.

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Andreaj
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Catch of the day was £25 it consisted of four new potatoes, two pieces of broccoli and a 5cm square of fish. It was nicely cooked but for twentyfive quid........come on! Oh and it was cold.

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Suzanne
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Unfortunately I can’t give a true review. We had a table booked at 1.45pm. Bought s drink went into the restaurant to be told that they had run out of the Sunday roast. They only had one meat on offer. The special was belly pork but as they had no veg left could not offer this as an alternative. We then paid for our drinks and left. Ended up going back to our hotel in St Ives after a 80 min round trip.

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Sophie
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fabulous Sunday afternoon. Friendly team, super food. The tian of crab was superb and the Dexter beef was tender and flavoursome. A small error with our order was rectified to our complete satisfaction. We'll be back!

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NigelM
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal in a very pleasant location. Strongly recommended.

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Joanne
London
6 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Dissappointing 40th Birthday meal. Service slow. Duck starter extremely poor, couldn’t cut into the duck and even the dog wouldn’t touch it. Steaks all served with wrong sides, waitress asked us to swap all steaks ourselves and redistributethe muddled up sides. Mums main came 10 minutes after ours despite chasing waitress up 3 times, she even went on to take a drinks order on way back to kitchen. Did get a free glass of Birthday fizz so not all bad. That said wouldn’t return or recommend.

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ChristineR
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit. Very well looked after and thoroughly enjoyed the location and friendly atmosphere.

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KirstyS
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food but veggies basic on Sunday lunch always great staff nice location quaint in fact

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TerryL
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We were disappointed with the service, we waited and waited for someone to take our order for drinks, and it was about an hour's wait for our starters to arrive, and that was after I had to find someone to serve us. The food was good, but the evening was ruined by unacceptable service, and I had advised before booking that it was a special occasion, sadly it was the worst service we would have expected.

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RichW
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We were visiting the area and booked Sunday lunch. The usual Sunday carvery was replaced with a ‘lighter’ menu which looked good. Nevertheless, we went with roast beef which we enjoyed. We will be back!

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Old School Bar & Kitchen is rated 4.1 stars by 193 OpenTable diners.