It’s the UK City of Culture 2017, so we headed to the Humber to see what the pubs of Hull have in store.
We get out and about a fair bit in our jobs, so will always endeavour to bag you some ideas.
Our February issue took us to Hull where we visited as many pubs as possible to nab you a few ideas and see how the trade is kicking off its year as the City of Culture.
If you’re clever enough to receive a copy of our magazine then you’ll have read the full feature already, so here’s a video to bring it to life.
If you’ve not got round to subscribing yet then you can read the full feature in all its glory here, or get the gist of it below.
Youtube thumbnail: Made In Hull - Queen Victoria Square (c) James Mulkeen
The George Hotel, Land of Green Ginger
Nestled in the street with perhaps the best name ever (fact) The George is one of the oldest hostelries in the city and boasts England’s smallest window. To make the most of its advantages landlord Alan Barnes joined forces with other local licensees to create and fund the promotion of an Ale Trail, which brings in punters from far and wide.
Licensee Alan Barnes said: “I’m hoping to get some funding from the City of Culture pot to create a small museum in our courtyard, which I hope will encourage tourists not just to come and take photos but stay and have a drink as well.”
Ye Olde White Harte, Silver Street
The so-called “plotting room” upstairs in this Georgian pub is allegedly where the Civil War started in 1642. There’s also a mystery skull that was found in the walls, which the pub makes the most of at Christmas boasting a black Christmas tree decorated with mini skulls.
Licensee Mike Woollas said: “We’ve got a lot of unused space upstairs, which I am hoping to open up this year, turning it into a craft beer and gin bar.”
Head of Steam, Trinity Square
A Make your own Bloody Mary board, complete with a slice of bacon, proves popular with weekend punters. Otherwise, we’d recommend ordering the “fully loaded fat chips” with fries cunningly cut to create a scoop for all the lovely toppings.
General manager Craig McPhail said: “Hull’s first street food van, Kerb Edge, rent the kitchen from us and they do really great food with a local twist.”
The Mission, Posterngate
This historic building opened its doors in 1926 and the impressive stained glass windows in the “church” remain a feature. Coffee and a carvery draw in a family-friendly crowd during the day and at night the huge space turns into a nightclub.
Bar person Nicola Meaks said: “We’ve got links with the local council so that visitors on official tours come in for a coffee or some lunch. It boosts business and the pub’s profile.”
Furley & Co, Princes Dock Street
This venue has turned its smoking area into “Eel Yard,” (a nod to the fact that, back in the day, that’s where the eel catch would be stored until sold). Original décor characterises indoors as well, with key kegs turned into light features. Freakshakes bring in the hoards.
Manager Dee Laud said: “For the City of Culture celebrations we are offering a different dish each week to highlight another culture. A Greek salad went well and we’ve plans for more exotic dishes such as peanut butter chicken, as well.”
The Minerva, Nelson Street
Gin’s become the thing at this 1800s pub built on land reclaimed from the Humber. The team hold an annual gin festival and have just invested in a “gin caravan” to take its offer of 40 gins to more events and private parties this year.
Assistant manager, Sophie Parkinson said: “Our gin flights go down a storm. For £5.95 customers get a half measure of three gins of their choice, three perfectly matched garnishes and a bottle of Fever Tree tonic.”
Pave, Princes Avenue
A section of wall in this sizable venue is dedicated to local artists, who can display their works to punters. The artist is changed every two months and all art is available to buy.
Manager Rich Stockdale said: “It’s a great talking point and there’s lots of demand to be featured. It fits in with our philosophy of being a local, independent business.”
80 Days Bierhaus, Princes Avenue
As the name suggests it’s world beer all round at this neighbourhood micropub. Quirky décor maintains the theme, featuring a model hot air balloon, beer memorabilia and a festive wreath made of beer bottle caps.
Manager Aiden Crow said: “We give as much attention to our soft drinks as our beers and spirits. We serve Fritz-Cola, a German craft soda brand, which is really popular.”
The People’s Republic, Newland Avenue
Launched last year by local guitarist, Dave Rotheray, of Beautiful South fame, this bar features a crisp, beer, album and a whisky of the month, all nominated by customers – January’s favourites included Searching for Sugar Man (album) and Golden Wonder Haggis crisps.
Founder Dave Rotheray said: "People get a free shot if they recognise the album of the month is being played. It's just a way for the staff to have a bit of fun and banter with the customers really - and it reminds us all how empty life would be without music and crisps."
For even more ideas, why not check out our visit to Leicester here.