Everybody, no matter who you are, loves food. It can unite us, educate us, and is ultimately something that we all need to stay alive and kicking. Where would Hull be without its incredible selection of cafes, food markets and restaurants? After scouring through the city for the greatest places to grab a bite to eat, I have managed to narrow down my findings to ten of the best eateries in our region. So, in no particular order, let me get your stomach rumbling and your hunger cravings kicking in…
Located on the end of Hull’s most gorgeous attribute, Humber Street, Thieving Harry’s is an independent café and restaurant that serves delectable lunches and deserts throughout the day, alongside sublime coffee made by their incredible baristas. This is the perfect hotspot for breakfast, as there is nothing quite their dish of French toast with maple syrup and bacon – it is heaven on a plate! Even if you are only stopping by for a sandwich, you can enjoy exceptional marina views from the café after a busy shopping spree.
If you are a botanical lover like me, a visit to the Zoo Café located down Newland Avenue is like plant heaven! This vegan and vegetarian friendly café serves the most amazing meals from quiches to veggie burgers, and the staff are always incredibly friendly and welcoming. It is a little unknown gem that is hidden away down a side street amongst a treasure chest of cafes and bars situated in the same area, and makes for a perfect place to surprise someone with in dabbling in a bit of Yorkshire dating.
The White Hart
Everybody loves a good pub meal; situated down Alfred Gelder Street is one of the most divine and unique watering holes of the city, with an inviting interior and excellent food and drink. Perhaps the most iconic element of this establishment is that it puts a modern twist on the old, historical interior, and that is why you will find me here on a weekend tucking down on some of their incredible meals.
The Brain Jar
If you are a massive fan of cocktails and pizza, The Brain Jar will be your new favourite restaurant! I can still remember when it first opened and foodies went insane for the new eatery and bar, with an extensive menu of drinks and exceptional food alike. Ever heard of a chubbie? The Brain Jar invented their own type of dough ball to be accompanied by soup or baked eggs, and it is something you simply must try! Located opposite the Trinity Market, it is an indie paradise and a brilliant addition to the city.
Furley & Co.
Something you must know upon visiting Furley & Co – the staff are extremely nice! Whether you are after a light bite or a juicy burger, this bar and eatery situated on the marina’s edge is always flooding with customers, day and night. Why not accompany your halloumi burger with a craft beer? Well, this bar certainly has a hefty selection to choose from! After a shopping trip around Princes Quay, it is a brilliant place to put your feet up and indulge in a plate of their loaded chips.
The Lucky Duck
With the closure of bars and restaurants in the current lockdown, take out food has become the new normal, and The Lucky Duck take out café is something you do not want to miss out on! Located in the West Hull area in Welton, it welcomes cyclists, walkers, and anyone in need of a sausage roll and some ice cream to brighten up their day. It promises the most delicious, sweet treats such as rocky road, carrot cake muffins, cookie dough slices, and of course chocolate brownies. You might even come home with a rubber duck if you’re lucky!
Calling all vegans! Located just outside of Hull in Cottingham is a fantastic vegan and gluten free friendly café by the name of Blondes, serving sweet delights and savoury bites to cure your hunger pangs. With a colourful and vibrant interior, you will be spoilt for choice upon visiting this wonderful food haven.
Offering a wonderful bistro dining experience, Butler Whites promises unforgettable food and a sophisticated evening dining. With a menu that ranges from Asian seafood to Yorkshire classics, there is something to satisfy every customers’ taste buds. Perhaps the most magical part of a visit here is the décor which stays true to its fruit merchant roots whilst being decorated in a stunning and modern style. Go on – treat yourself, and perhaps a date too if you’re indulging in some post-lockdown match dating!
Take a walk near the C4Di offices and you might just uncover a beautiful surprise: Nibble. Tucked away near the business offices of the Humber Street area, this rustic eatery is a hotspot for workers and businesspeople on their lunch break, grabbing a sweet treat or a sandwich. After spending many of my days off here for a snack, I cannot recommend the vegan breakfast enough – it is simply to die for.
Nowhere in Hull can beat Trinity Market for their selection of food. Independence shines through as businesses come together in this giant market hall to excite customers and leave them feeling on top of the world with the deserts, dishes, and drinks they have to offer. A personal favourite of mine is The Falafia, which makes phenomenal wraps stuffed with falafel and whatever else takes your fancy, the staff are super smiley too! I urge you to head down to Trinity Market to marvel in the magic of what it has to offer.