With our cover story exploring the wonderful world of pop ups, it seems appropriate that the subject of this month’s restaurant review started life in a converted shipping container. Created by the team behind the ever-popular Hub St Ives, Hubbox has grown from its humble origins into a successful chain, with several locations popping up across the south west, including city stops in Plymouth, Exeter, a beach shack at Pentewan Sands, and a Bristol restaurant on the way.
Today, however, we find ourselves in Truro, headed towards a converted Wesleyan chapel (transformation appears to be a recurring theme with Hubbox). Stepping inside, the styling is completely at odds with the austere granite façade – an affectionate yet playful tribute to all things Americana. Nods to 1950s diners are brought up to date with New York warehouse chic, accentuated by vintage industrial lighting, free-hanging Edison bulbs, and rust-glazed chairs, all enclosed by rustic wood and corrugated iron cladding. Large signs and illustrations hanging from the rafters in bold primary colours invoke classic pop art, while sections of shipping containers pay homage to Hubbox’s origins.