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HUBBOX: Full Blown Cornish Americana

HUBBOX: Full Blown Cornish Americana


The new HUBBOX outpost at Pentewan Sands appears quite suddenly like a mirage on a rainy day in August, it’s red neon lettering and rumours of ‘the best burgers in Britain” promising the perfect antidote to another wet Cornish holiday.

The best burger claim comes from HUBBOX’s many online fans. Since opening in a  converted shipping container in Truro a couple of years ago, HUBBOX, with its sleek modern American style, highest quality ingredients, craft ales, gargantuan burgers and unusual locations, has captured the imagination of both tourists and locals.

Alongside the new diner at Pentewan (it quickly outgrew the shipping container), there is an offshoot in Exeter and one coming soon in Plymouth.

Pentewan Sands, a gorgeous stretch of beach, also comprises a holiday park and in high season, the plethora of brightly coloured tents and rows of white trailers, can make this setting feel less than picturesque.

HUBBOX has its back turned to the campsite, however, and its front facing out onto a spectacular sea view and reminds us why it’s worth visiting even in August.

Inside, a brightly lit, American diner, with scrubbed wooden tables and quirky signs hanging from the ceiling – “Warning: budgie smugglers operate in this area”.

There’s artisan cider and craft ales on tap, milkshakes, burgers of every conurbation and hot dogs.

Let’s begin by saying I’m not a burger lover but I’ve taken the precaution of bringing a table groaning with teens who are fanatical about them.

Between us we order the Hello Me (grilled halloumi), the chicken burger and the Big Kahuna (a heartstopping double burger for the fearless only). We also order fries with each portion and milkshakes (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry or salted caramel) which come in vast stainless steel containers.

It takes a while to come and when it does the portions are so unbelievably American in size that for a moment our table is silenced.

The burgers come in sweet brioche rolls, each one – chicken, beef or grilled halloumi perfectly cooked and with a wedge of salad, tomato, relish – and the fries are actually perfect. The only problem really is that none of us, not even the boasting Kahuna eating boys, can make a significant dent on it. 

HUBBOX hit the spot perfectly on a slightly dreary Tuesday. We’ll be back and next time we’ll share.

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