Historical Hull, East Yorkshire’s city by the sea, has been a cultural hotspot for years. Acclaimed poet Philip Larkin made the city his home, while accolades like UK City of Culture 2017 strengthen its cultural status. Events like ‘Yum! Festival of Food & Drink’ and a stellar dining scene have also helped put Hull on the map. Here’s our guide to Hull’s best restaurants for local flavour, global cuisine and gourmet fare.
Located in a beautifully restored building overlooking the charming Hull Marina, 1884 Dock Street Kitchen has a modern British menu featuring quality seasonal ingredients sourced from local purveyors. The venue features a classy but comfortable interior full of luxurious furnishings, dark woods and industrial elements modelled on the restaurants of New York City’s meat-packing district. Changing menus concocted by local chef and owner James Allcock offer dishes like grilled North Sea cod with wild garlic risotto, Yorkshire chorizo and almonds.
Located in the heart of Hull’s Old Town nest to Hull Marina, Bar 82 effortlessly combines fine dining and late bar ambience. This results in an elegant and chic establishment that is a must-visit destination for diners and social drinkers. A stylish yet comfortable lounge sets the perfect scene in which to enjoy quality bar food like Moroccan chicken and chickpea soup and gourmet ciabatta pizza breads like beef bresola with melted Colton Bassett stilton and tomato chutney. A scenic terrace area is ideal for enjoying cocktails like Grey Goose cosmopolitans and passion fruit mojitos on warm summer evenings.
Possibly the most spectacular dining experience in the whole of Hull, Two Rivers is located in the heart of one of the city’s most popular attractions, The Deep. It boasts a dining room surrounded by the glass walls of the aquarium, with exotic fish swimming past diners as they eat. Two Rivers’ seasonal menus boast fare as original as its setting with distinctly Mediterranean dishes given a Yorkshire twist with local ingredients and flavours. Standout dishes include the Yorkshire fettle cheese, melon and minted bean salad drizzled with lemon balsamic dressing and the Grimsby smoked cod loin with braised cabbage, bacon, caramelised onion and a beetroot and fennel puree.
Given Hull’s location on the North Sea, it would be a shame not to try a restaurant that showcases the bounty of local fisherman. Bait Fish & Grill, a modern British restaurant specialising in seafood and located on lively Princes Avenue, fits the bill perfectly. Chefs Sean and Andy create a la carte and fixed price menus using as much locally caught seafood as possible. Alongside theses are daily local seafood specials with dishes that include the Lindisfarne oyster appetiser with chopped shallots, sherry vinegar, lemon and tabasco and the beer battered haddock main served with chunky chips, minted peas and tartar sauce. An impressive wine list is also available.
A modern beer bar and restaurant located on Hull’s vibrant Newland Avenue, Henry Yeast & Son is an ideal dining destination for foodies who like to pair their fare with specially selected beers from across the globe. Exposed redbrick, white tiled walls and muted colours complete Henry Yeast & Son’s stylish, modern interior. The menu features French inspired dishes crafted from local produce with options like the king prawn thermidor starter, topped with gruyere cheese and served with crusty bread, and the rare-cooked Gressingham duck breast with a cherry compote, port sauce and dauphinoise potatoes. The beer menu includes varieties from Yorkshire, Belgium, Holland and beyond.
The name says it all, though unlike your bog-standard meat encased in pastry, pies at The Hull Pie are delicious, gourmet and one of the local area’s most praised foodstuffs. Owner Matt was first inspired to set up shop after a BBQ pulled pork pie made for friends while working as a chef in Canada received rave reviews. Today, three outlets are dotted across Hull, including its flagship joint on Trinity Lane, each selling pies filled with tasty concoctions like caramelised beer and brisket or Jamaican jerk chicken and roasted pepper alongside a range of gourmet sausage rolls and carvery sandwiches.
Le Crêpier Papin, as its name might suggest, is a charming and intimate French bistro and crêperie. It specialises in sweet and savoury pancake dishes alongside a number of salads, burgers and other entrée dishes. Operated by owner Joe Papin, who ensures every guest receives a warm welcome as soon as they enter the bistro, Le Crêpier Papin has a relaxed and casual ambience and a good selection of beers, spirits and French wines. Try the fraise et chocolat blanc crêpe filled with strawberries, raspberry coulis and white chocolate sauce, or one of Le Crêpier Papin’s savoury galette pancakes, such as the champignon à l’ail with mushrooms, onion, fresh garlic and spinach.
A stylish and contemporary Italian restaurant with its own luxury champagne bar, Lucca Bar & Kitchen is is quickly becoming one of the go-to destinations for fine-dining and authentic Italian fare. Guests are invited to relax in its upstairs champagne bar with a glass of bubbly and can also choose from a range of other libations including an impressive selection of wine and cocktails. Lucca Bar & Kitchen’s chic, inviting dining room makes the perfect location in which to enjoy dishes like pancetta wrapped scallops with sweetcorn puree and Marsala cream.
For something a little different when dining out in Hull, the mix of Malayan and Indonesian cuisine cooked up at Taman Ria Tropicana is sure to please the palates of adventurous diners. Chef Vince Lee concentrates specifically on masakan melayu, which refers to the ethnic traditional dishes of Southeast Asia. His passion and skill for the cuisine is clear in dishes such as mee soto, a traditional Malayan clear soup, and ayam masak madu, or fried chicken with a light honey and soya sauce. Taman Ria Tropicana’s interior, designed by the chef’s wife and daughter, blends contemporary design with a touch of the Orient, completing the authentic dining experience.
Tapasya is widely regarded as the finest Indian restaurant in Hull and a clear firm favourite with local food critics. The venue has been praised for its beautiful presentation of dishes and award-winning chef KK Anand’s creative interpretation of Indian street food. Chef Anand, who has worked in restaurants and events across the globe, focuses on locally produced ingredients whenever possible. He incorporates these with exotic flavours to create dishes like tandoor-grilled salmon infused with honey, mustard, dill and paneer cheese simmered in a tomato gravy flavoured with fenugreek