Papas Fish and Chips: The worlds largest fish and chip restaurant.
Papas originates from Margate in Kent and has restaurants across the UK but its first Hull area restaurant opened on July 29, 2015 and it is claimed to be the worlds largest fish and chip restaurant. So I was there on opening day and it certainly impressive with over 400 seats over 3 levels. However opening day and it was only lunchtime and the staff were struggling with the demand of opening day pressures.
At 13.00 all 400 seats were full and I had to wait for 10 minutes for a seat - my order was taken reasonably quickly but waiting time for food was 30 minutes.
The staff are young and friendly but were finding their first day difficult - this will hopefully sort itself out shortly. The restaurant is built with great imagination over three floors that overlap each other and offer great views from the upper floors. The kitchens are open to view and you can see the chefs at work.
The menu is of course mainly fish and chip related but other things such as burgers are available. There is a good wine list and a number of lagers and beers on sale.
There is also a small fish and chips museum based on a 1960s chip shop.
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Favorite Dish: I had soup, fish / chips /peas and apple pie for just under £10 so good value. Nice food , served hot and freshly cooked.
J's Fish Bar and Restaurant: Traditional fish and chips in city cenre
Despite Hull buidling its reputation on fish some years ago there are very few traditional Yorkshire fish and chip restaurants in the city centre. However the best one in the city centre is this one - J's in Prospect Street.
The decor is traditional Yorkshire fish and chip restaurant and the photos on the walls reflect Hulls long gone fishing industry. If I had to nominate a waitress for service and efficiency it would be the young lady who served me (and I have eaten in restaurants recently that cost four times the cost of J's) who was so friendly and helpful.
The restaurant is very clean and a pleasant place to eat and only serves fish related items. I had the large Norwegian haddock with chips and peas accompanied by tea and bread and butter for £9.95. The food was served quickly and was freshly made and hot.
The downside was the tea - it really should be in a tea pot and not a teabag in a cup. Also the take away food bar was at the end of the restaurant that meant people calling for take away food had to pass through the diners tables. However the waitress told me the restaurant is closing soon for a refit and the take away area will move. Update 22/7/15 - tea now comes in a tea pot and ambience much improved with new seating and new staf uniforms.
Favorite Dish: The haddock (cod also available) was well cooked and in large white flakes as it should be , in a light batter. The chips were light and cooked to perfection.
Pie: London comes to Hull
A pie and mash shop in Hull. A small shop in the old town with a take away counter downstairs and a small seating area upsides.
A good mix of pies - the most popular seem to sell out - and beautiful mashed potatoes. Also stews, sandwiches , sausage rolls etc.
Good value - a meal costs less than £5.00.
Short opening hours - Monday to Saturday 11.00 to 16.00.
CLOSED JULY 2015 AS IT MOVES TO NEW PREMISES.
Wok So Ever: Chinese in Cottingham
We have eaten here several times recently and it never fails to disappoint - it is always busy and you must book to get a table at the weekends. There are also Chinese people eating here and that must be seen as recommendation. A modern restaurant with a bar area slightly separated from the actual restaurant in a passageway and then when you are taken to the restaurant you find a large dining room with a cloak room and open plan kitchen where you can see the food prepared. The toilets are clean and the staff who are all Chinese (apart from the lady in the bar) are all helpful if sometimes a little difficult to understand. The lady who is the head waiter has been here for some years and is a perfect hostess - always helpful and keen to help.
There is little ambience - this a high turnover restaurant and appeals mainly to groups but there are also smaller tables. A downside is the recent introduction of a singer on Saturday nights - if you want a quiet place to eat this is not for you.
Revisited 25/4/15 - a singer has thankfully gone and the menu vastly extended. There is now an all you can eat menu for £12.95 per person and this is exceptionally good value.
Favorite Dish: We always choose the banquet for two priced at under £20 per head but very worth the cost. Its pretty standard Chinese fayre but cooked and presented well. The staff will substitute dishes if for example there are dishes in the banquet you do not like. Desserts very limited too but this is standard in Chinese restaurants I think.
New in 2013 is an extensive Sushi menu and I must try this in 2014. As yet sushi has not made an appearance in the Hull area and this is a first I think here.
Pascos: Italian in nearby Cottingham
A modern building in a parade of shops that does not inspire but well worth visiting for the standard and quality of food.
A medium size restaurant that has a beautiful tiled wooden floor with a small bar in the right hand corner. The tables are a good size but mainly pushed in to long rows for the many groups of people that choose to eat here. Consequently noise levels are high and if you want a quiet night out this is not the place to be.
The staff are mainly Italian who speak heavily accented English and they are sometimes difficult to understand but this is a minor point.
Clean restrooms and a lively scene in the restaurant.
Ate here again April 2015 - staff are now all English apart from the head waiter who is Italian - wonderful service and equally wonderful food from a vastly expanded menu.
Favorite Dish: Sea food starter and salad to start with and this was beautifully presented. My main was a Calzone pizza that had the nicest and lightest base I have ever tasted and it was so huge I could not finish it.
Maureen had salmon in a light sauce with potatoes and fresh vegetables. We did not have desserts but the coffee was nice as was the English tea.
We were part of a large group but starters are under £5 and a main is generally under £10.
The Lounge Southella: Suburban delight
This converted car show room is a trendy restaurant / bar / coffee shop in an upmarket Hull suburb. It is popular for morning coffee, lunches, afternoon teas and in the evenings meals and drinks.
The decor is modern with dark walls and large pictures of icons such as Marilyn Monroe and James Dean. There is music in the evenings which is mainly 70s or 80s and loud but conservation is still possible. There is no day time music.
The staff all wear black and are young and occasonally they seem phased if the restaurant is busy or a request for something not quite standard is made.
The toilets are very clean and the entire restaurant is of a very good standard.
Favorite Dish: There is something for everyone here - from sandwiches, pasta dishes, soups, salads, fish and seafood and tapas both hot and cold.
Service was reasonably quick and I had chicken and sun blushed tomatoes. Maureen had beef stroganoff. The portions were of a good size and desserts were cheesecake and an ice cream special.
The Hull Pie: Pies, Pies, Glorious Pies!
On arrival in Hull, I was seized with a desire for a pie. After a quick internet search revealed the existence of The Hull Pie there was no need for further discussion about where we would be having lunch the next day.
There a two permanent Hull Pie shops in Hull, and a small hut outside St Stephen's Shopping Centre. We went to the original one, situated in a Georgian House in Trinity House Lane in the old town,which first opened in 2011.
Downstairs is a shop selling pies to take away. Upstairs is a seating area where customers can enjoy their pies in comfort. The menu also includes soups and daily specials, but we naturally opted for pies, with side orders of mash and peas. I chose chicken, ham and leek, whilst my husband plumped for a more exotic-sounding jerk chicken.
Favorite Dish: You just have to try a pie...
They do sweet treats such as cakes and brownies too, if you have room.
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Heaven: I'm in Heaven
Wandering through Hull in search of somewhere for a light breakfast of a coffee and croissant, preferably not one of the big chains, we came across this cafe, which fitted the bill perfectly. What's more, they were doing a special offer of a free danish pastry with any hot drink before 10.30 a.m!
The service is friendly, and there is plenty of seating. I hope they will give the branch of Costa next door a run for their money.
One large Americano, a hot chocolate and two danish pasties cost £5.20. Needless to say, we went back again the next day.
Favorite Dish: Chocoholics should relish the choice of speciality hot chocolates on offer. I'm strictly a black coffee or 'proper' tea drinker, but I did enjoy my 'fruits of the forest' danish.
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The Thai House: Good Thai restaurant
One of only a few Thai restaurants in Hull and the only one I have visited. We visited as part of a large group on a Sunday evening but service from just two waitresses was fast and efficient.
The decor is black with gold edging and ornation and the tables well seperated from each other, Seats are comfortable.
The toilet areas are clean and the restaurant has a very good standard to it.
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Favorite Dish: We had the seafood starters and main courses that were prawn based. There was a choice of several types of rice and the food was well presented and of a good quality.
Florins: Good for lunch on Princes Avenue
Florins is open from 11.00 everyday and closes at 23.00 or 00.00 on Fridays and Saturdays. It has opened in an old bank building and is therefore quite spacious - the bar seems quite some distance from the main floor area.
Grey is the overall colour and tables are a mix of comfortable bench seats around one wall and a mix of traditional tables and chairs. Downstairs is used all of the time and the upstairs restaurant is open only on Friday and Saturday nights.
The staff are young, friendly and efficient and eager to help. Perhaps its my age but they could do to dress a little better in an establishment of such a good standard.
The toilets were very clean and overall this is a very much recommended restaurant.
Favorite Dish: I had a large piece of Swiss gammon that came in a delicious mushroom sauce with fries and peas. Beautifully presented and good value at £7.95.
Henry Yeast and Son: French / Belgian cuisine and lots of beer
I would be very easy to walk past this small restaurant. Just a door and a window filled with beer bottles. Inside is the a wonderful bar made of carved panels and full of the amazing number of beers this restaurant sells from across the world.
The restaurant is consequently long and thin and has very much the feel of a restaurant in Belgium. The staff are friendly and informative and fully understand the detail from the menu.
The toilets are clean but in need of some TLC - however do not let this put you off visiting here.
The kitchen is at the end of the restaurant and appears cramped but the food that is made here is of the finest quality and presented so well.
Favorite Dish: Starters were calamari served with a tangy tartar sauce and king prawn thermidor cooked in a traditional sauce, topped with gruyere and baked and served with crusty bread.
Mains were Gressingham duck breast served pink, with a cherry compote & port sauce. Also Chicken & Pistachio which is chicken breast stuffed with a pistachio pesto and wrapped in a streaky bacon served .
Both were served with dauphinoise potatoes. We also had seasonal vegetables which were crisp and tasty and one portion was sufficient for two people.
We were too full for desserts but had coffee and tea. With wine and soft drinks the bill was about £25 per person.
We ate here on 15/06/2014. Recommended.
Go Dutch Pancake House: Dutch cuisine
A welcome addition to Hulls growing café / restaurant stock and judging by the high numbers of customers eating here on a wet Tuesday afternoon other people feel the same way too.
Bright and modern with seating on two levels (no lift) and with friendly and attentive staff I know I will become a regular visitor here.
The toilets were modern and clean too.
The menu is varied with a vast range of pancakes - both sweet and savoury and there are Dutch beers on offer too.
Unfortunately food was taking a long time from the point of ordering to it coming to the table and I had to wait over 30 minutes. In fairness to the staff , including the manger, kept apologising for the wait and offered 10% off a next visit.
Favorite Dish: I had the Dutch savoury pancake. Bacon, onions , potatoes and oregano. Very filling and I could not finish the meal.
About £11 including one drink.
The Minerva: On the pier
The Minerva is what you would expect from a water front pub and is steeped in maritime history.
It also has the smallest pub room in England. You can spot local celebs here occasionally and also the occasional Hull City player.
I have not yet eaten here but have been in many times for drinks. This is possibly Hulls most atmospheric pub.
Favorite Dish: I have yet to eat here so a review will follow.
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Bait: Hulls best fish restauramt
Why some of Hulls best restaurants are outside the city centre baffles me - any city centre would be pleased to have a restaurant with the quality of food and service Bait can offer but here it is - on a suburban shopping street about a mile from the city centre.
Its not a large restaurant and intimate describes it well but on a busy Sunday night it was mainly couples but there was one large family group in.
Décor is plain but the restaurant has a clean and modern feel to it. Service by two waiters was efficient and professional and the background music good but not over powering.
This is high quality eating that is not cheap and a starter is over £7 with a main averaging close to £20. Portions are huge and the meat and fish is of the best cuts or pieces.
Possibly Hulls best restaurant.
Favorite Dish: My starter was smoked Haddock tart with creamed Leeks and a poached egg. Maureen had home cure salmon with tempura prawns with honey and mustard dressing - the salmon was a bit thick and rubbery and disappointing.
For mains - I had pan fried calf liver with pomme puree, buttered spinach, white onion puree and braised baby onions. Maureen had roast rump of lamb with creamed potato and bean cassoule.
Beautifully cooked and presented dishes and to reiterate above , excellent standards of fare.
Wings International: All you can eat central Chinese
Its a Monday lunchtime and the queue to get in is taking 15 minutes to move down from street level to the basement restaurant. That explains how popular this new 2014 restaurant is - less than £5 for all you can eat (more in the evenings) and as you enter the huge cavernous eating area it really is amazing. This used to be an Argos store and this was presumably the storage area - in the centre the help your self dishes - many, many and varied. Along one wall a counter with chefs making food for you as you ask.
The staff are busy and friendly - a mix of Chinese and English staff. The restaurant is clean and décor basic but all people want is to eat as much as possible for a few pounds and they are not looking at the décor.
Recommended - the best all you can eat buffet in Hull.
Favorite Dish: Typical Chinese all you can eat buffet food but there also Italian, British, Indian and Japanese dishes. It is well presented and was hot - it was constantly been replenished and never had the chance to stand for long.
The restaurant also has Hulls first moving sushi line.
The pancakes made by the chefs are good and the range of desserts imaginative - most Chinese restaurants fail here but not Wings.