Best places to eat in Hull

Hull is the UK City of Culture in 2017 which makes it a must-visit destination. From fine dining to excellent fish & chips, there’s plenty to discover.

Best places to eat in Hull

Explore all the foodie delights that Hull has to offer with our list of the finest restaurants and bars in the city. Whether you're looking for something special or a quick bite to eat, Hull has gourmet grub to suit all tastes. 

Pipe and Glass
Special occasions

Pipe and Glass

Chef-patron James Mackenzie has taken a moribund village boozer and – using the best local ingredients and an imaginative approach to British classics – transformed it into a Michelin-starred pub. Dishes include braised crispy lamb shoulder, green lentil dhal, cardamom carrot & samphire bhaji, and fillet of English beef, ox tongue fritter, watercress Waldorf salad, pickled red onion, Béarnaise sauce & chips. Mains from £11.50.

1884 Dock Street Kitchen
Special occasions

This has the feel of a NY steakhouse – big-boy steaks with no-nonsense chips. It also has a theatrical bent, so while the deliberately minimalist menu will leave you wondering how the nettle is utilised in their East Yorkshire rabbit terrine, Scotch quail egg, pickled baby vegetables, tarragon mayonnaise & nettle, the waiting staff will deliver the answer with a practised flourish. Mains from £17; steaks from £29.

Butler Whites
Special occasions

This is one of the key openings in the newly revived Fruit Market and offers good posh grub for less. The food is classic British with hints of the Med, but by the time you visit, the experimental chefs could just as easily have moved on to Japanese fusion. Recommended are quail Scotch eggs with pickled beets & prune jam, or chargrilled tender octopus with marinated black bean salad & avocado salsa. Mains from £15.

Thieving Harry’s
Casual dining, cheap eats, child friendly

Thieving Harry's

Located in a cleverly converted former shipping merchant’s office in the Fruit Market, there’s a short menu of burgers, grilled cheese sandwiches, a couple of salads and some breakfast offerings. It’s all mighty tasty and available with great coffee or intriguing beers. Probably the coolest place to eat in the city, with the best views over the marina. Burgers from £7.50.

Ambiente
Special occasions, cheap eats

Ambiente
The fourth in a Yorkshire mini-chain, Ambiente offers traditional and imaginative tapas alongside a sensational wine and sherry cellar. It also has a Josper oven, which adds a smokily charred touch to dishes like bistec de arrachera (dry rubbed skirt of beef with BBQ roasted onions & chimichurri). A good place for a long lunch with lots of little dishes and sampler flights of sherry. Tapas from £1.95.

Whites
Special occasion

Whites
With just a handful of seats and no menu, chef-patron John Robinson offers by far the best tasting menu within a 40-mile radius. There is a choice of a four- or nine-course menu, and you don’t know what you’re eating until it is explained in intricate detail when it arrives at the table. The spectacular food encompasses all cuisines and is exquisite and complex. Do the nine-course taster for just £50 per head.

No 6 Kitchenette
Casual dining, cheap eats

No 6 Kitchenette

Despite the familiar bare bricks, basic tables, sharing boards and imported beers, this place has the distinct advantage of not only serving little dishes (like baked Capricorn cheese with pesto crouton), but also some of the best pizzas in town. Pizzas from £7.50.

Gusto da Gianni
Casual dining, cheap eats, child friendly

The city’s best Italian features the usual classics, but the specials board is where the place really shines. The cuisine leans toward the north of Italy – where chef Gianpaul Rodol trained – and the fish is particularly good. If it’s available, have the pan-fried cod cheeks on braised lentils with a caper & parsley sauce. Nothing is complex here, but it’s all wonderful. Mains from £8.95.  

Roots
Casual dining, cheap eats

Roots

Hull’s first Caribbean restaurant is also the best place to get ribs. It offers a mean curry goat and spicy pasties as well – drink Dark & Stormy with them. It’s usually busy with a younger crowd attracted to the cocktails, so be prepared to feel a little crushed, but if you sit back and enjoy the music, you soon get into the atmosphere. Mains from £7.50.

Kardomah94
Casual dining, cheap eats, child friendly

Local businessman and cultural enthusiast Malcolm Scott has turned an empty city-centre office block into an artistic haven, with rehearsal spaces, a theatre-cum-music venue and restaurant. The food is extraordinary: vast thin-crust pizzas, voluminous salads, and generous meat and cheese sharing boards. Pizzas from £9.50.
 

Five foodie places to try 

The Hull Pie

The Hull Pie

Matt Cunnah’s little marvels have swiftly become nationally renowned award-winners. Try slow-roast lamb & mint or caramelised beer & beef brisket.

Dixons Bakery

Spend 33p in this beautiful, unchanged time capsule at 436 Hessle Road and you’ll get a local favourite: hot bread cake, straight from the oven, spread with margarine.

Dope Burger

The city’s best burger is served from a scruffy-looking unit next to the train station. You need to try the black & blue burger (featuring steak and treacle) with sweet potato fries.

Bob Carver's

Fish & chips is the original Hull street food and local legend Bob, found on Chapel Street, is the best-known practitioner. Locals add chip spice to everything – it’s a Hull invention found on the counter of every single chippy.

The Fish & Chip Kitchen

The fish & chip kitchen

The best place to sample Hull’s greatest pattie butty – battered, mashed tatty and sage served in a bread cake, Hullensians will testify to it being the tastiest food on the planet.

Is there anywhere we've missed? Leave a comment below...

All recommendations have been reviewed and approved as of the 18 October 2017 and will be checked and updated annually. If you think there is any incorrect or out of date information in this guide please e-mail us at goodfoodwebsite@bbc.com.

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Byowe
5th Nov, 2017
Carvers doesn’t rate for fish and chips. Much better fish and chips at one of the pubs in the old town: Lion & Key, or Minerva. No mention of Old House, which is one of the best places to eat in Hull. Abiente has declined steadily over the year, and has some quality issues recently. Don’t try the bread with dipping oil, more like cooking oil than olive oil. Thieving Harry’s seems to be resting on its fame, quite expensive, runs out of stuff quite early, always packed so service can be slow. Food at Head of Steam is decent ‘street food’ style stuff. Try Nibble for cafe food near Humber Street.
nineacre
24th Feb, 2017
Hmmm....The listings of the Pipe and Glass, and Whites, are both a good journey out of town, but still a good shout. Also I would never recommend Bob Carvers. All Hullensians have their own favourite, but I know none that rate Carvers, but wherever you pick, if you want to do it properly, ignore the chip spice, stick to the Haddock or try a patty butty. And if none of the above appeal, then try Hitchcock's, a vegetarian in the old town where the first person to book an evening chooses the cuisine for that night. Cerutti's, an old school fish restaurant on the pier head. Furley and Co, for craft beer, including a local brewery doing interesting things called Atom, and a more than decent pub lunch. Or pick up some great chocolates and deserts from Cocoa on Humber St (or Trinity Market), or some locally roasted coffee curtesy of The Blending Room, from Caffinated also in Trinity Market.
tinferno1991
12th Feb, 2017
I wouldn't call Dope Burger the best Burger in Hull. It's good. But there are far better options available. Thieving Harry's for me has the best burger. Simple, classic and incredibly juicy. Boathouse and Sleepers on Newland Ave both also come above Dope Burger for me. Dope Burgers are good if you want greasy over filled messy burgers. But decent burgers try the other 3.
HullFaithful
12th Feb, 2017
I love this list, it lot does highlight some of Hulls food highlights! The big mistake for me is listing Thieving Harrys as child friendly - the atmosphere might be welcoming for families, but the food isn't. Nothing on the menu for my preschoolers, they were quick to offer to make something. I was stuck for ideas and asked for a simple ham sandwich - doorstop dry I buttered bread, doorstop ham & a pickle.... did not go down well. I think Theiving Harrys has been chosen because it's trendy. Try Larkins and Sleepers on Newland Ave for a better version of everything, including menu for big kids and children.
Mlough
11th Feb, 2017
Dave Lee should look at his map. South Dalton, home of several dozen villagers and a baronetsy as well as the Pie and Glass is not in Hull. In fact it's nearer to Beverley and Driffield in East Yorkshire than it is to Hull. Having said that James has indeed transformed the place and offers a range of cuisine to delight the taste buds. It's now so popular it's pretty well booked up at weekends for sometimes weeks in advance. We ate there last week and it was brilliant. The service is top notch with friendly but discreet staff. You will not have to worry about piling on the pounds though - just weigh your wallet after the event!!
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