Considering everything you need to know about food in Hull can be summed up in two glorious words – pattie butty! – there is an increasing number of great places to eat.
While many head to Princes Ave and Newland Ave for the newer and more adventurous establishments, there are also some long-standing, classic eateries to be found in the town centre.
Having spent plenty of time sampling the eclectic delights of the city, local food and drink writer Dave Lee picks out 10 of the best restaurants in Hull…
1884 Dock Street Kitchen
The largest and most impressive restaurant in the city, 1884 serves modern British food in a former warehouse overlooking the marina. It has the feel of an opulent New York steak house and, indeed, specialises in steak as well shellfish, local fish and game.
Its dedication to creating well-designed dishes utilising mainly local produce helped 1884 win the White Rose for Yorkshire Restaurant of the Year in 2013.
Dock Street, HU1 1TB (01482 222260, www.1884dockstreetkitchen.co.uk)
Henry Yeast & Son
From the outside this looks like an unassuming off-license, but step inside and you find a little European-style bistro affair.
There’s a bar at one end, a kitchen at the other and two rows of plain tables running along either wall. Its got bare floorboards, bare brick walls and appears equally stripped of pretention and fuss. It’s reminiscent of the backstreets bars found in Bergen or Bruges and boasts a huge selection of hand-pulled and bottled continental beers.
Food-wise, it changes all the time. Moules and frites are always on the menu but most people like to select from the specials board, which always features something intriguing. Be warned though: the food-savvy residents of the Avenues love this place, so book early.
No.6 Newland Avenue, HU5 3AF (01482 493557, henryyeast.com)
As a lad, the owner of Hull’s only Caribbean restaurant, Alonzo Goulbourne, used to cook Jamaican food with his dad. And he brought all he learned to bear when he opened Roots on Newland Ave. It’s become a proper labour of love.
The restaurant is decorated like a beach shack and specialities include succulent ribs, a delicious curry goat and a lethal cocktail known as a Dark & Stormy made with very heady, specially imported rum.
206 Newland Avenue, HU5 2ND (01482 440000, Facebook)
One of the most popular eateries on Princes Ave, Fudge feels very much like walking into a Sex and the City DVD boxset. It’s all pastel colours, fairy lights, big print settees, glass cabinets filled with ‘wicked’ cake and love heart-decorated chalk boards proffering cheeky cocktails.
You wouldn’t be surprised to see Samantha, Miranda, the other one and thingy sat in a caffeine-hued corner swapping saucy tales or discussing the finer points of colonic irrigation.
The menu is difficult to pin to a specific geography; there is a hint of Mediterranean, a touch of the Far East, some American deep south, un poquito de Mexico and a smattering of trad English. All of it is great, though. Fudge has also expanded into the building next door to offer a bakery and deli.
93-95 Princes Ave, HU5 3QP (01482 441019, www.fudgefood.com)
Formerly a takeaway, this Moroccan restaurant on Princes Ave is Hull’s own slice of North Africa.
They serve everything you would expect – tagines, flatbreads, olives, hummus and so on – in rooms decorated to convince you that you’re in a Bedouin tent.
The owner, Mohammed, is authentic Moroccan and his wife, Heather, is pure Hull; together they keep the atmosphere convivial and the food consistently delicious and good value.
58 Princes Avenue, HU5 3QG (01482 343746, www.marrakech-ave.co.uk)
Most would understandably label Tapasya a ‘posh curry house’ but, in fact, it serves imaginative, delicious dishes which just happen to be Indian in style.
You can find a sit down Indian meal on virtually every main street in Hull, but this is the only place within a 50-mile radius where diners can get an idea of what the well-to-do of Mumbai might eat.
If you’re ever been to Chutney Mary in Chelsea, it’s like that – but on Hull’s slightly less fashionable Beverley Road instead.
580-582 Beverley High Road, HU6 7LH (01482 242606, www.tapasya.org.uk)
Paolos – The Old Custom House
It’s a funny one is Paulos (or Custom House – the names are confusingly interchangeable). It’s been there as long as anyone can remember, but the only people that seem to frequent the place are the solicitors working in the nearby offices and courts.
While they may bring in the daytime trade, it’s well worth a visit to this family-run Italian of an evening.
There are all the usual Italian dishes with the emphasis on fish and shellfish, and the specials board also regularly features more exotic options such as snails.
Market Place, Lowgate, HU1 1RT (01482 210377, www.customhousehull.co.uk)
Easily the best pizzas in town. The owners of Da Gianni keep everything they serve very basic, as all good Italians should, and there is something on the menu to suit everyone, but the thin, crispy, delicious pizzas are the thing that keep most people going back.
Despite being located right in the middle of Princes Ave, with dozens of other places to eat to be found within a couple of hundred yards, Da Gianni is chock-a-block every single night.
That speaks volumes.
48 Princes Ave, HU5 3QG (01482 343908, www.dagianni.co.uk)
While you could legitimately argue that what Thai House serves is a fairly westernised version of Thai cuisine, there can be no argument about the quality, taste and service.
From the house specialities, Pet Yhang (crispy roast duck with crispy spinach and veg) and GaengHang Lae (a northern Thai pork curry) are recommended.
One of the few restaurants on Princes Ave to pre-date the nineties Avenues renaissance, Thai House just keeps rolling on.
51 Princes Ave, HU5 3QY, (01482 473473)
People commonly assume that because Hull was a fishing port then there is a strong tradition of fish restaurants in the city. This has never been the case.
Because fish was the city’s main commodity, most of it went straight out of town as soon as it was landed. Fish restaurants have therefore always been thin on the ground.
The best and oldest of the few there are is Ceruttis. It’s been trading at their Pierhead location for 40 years and, while the al a carte menu may be a little pricey, there’s no denying the quality of the dishes. There is an Italian/Mediterranean leaning to the cuisine, but with classic and modern English dishes too.
10 Nelson Street, HU1 1XE (01482 328501, www.ceruttis.co.uk)
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