Best places to eat in Hull

Hull is a city bursting with creative restaurants, bars and fabulous food markets. From fine dining to top-notch fish and chips, there’s plenty to discover.

Best places to eat in Hull

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Explore all the foodie delights that Hull has to offer, with our list of the city's finest restaurants and bars. Whether you're looking for something special or simply wanting 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 30-day-aged steak with ox tongue fritter, hollandaise and chips, roast guinea fowl with Jerusalem artichoke and pancetta, and rump of Yorkshire lamb with barley, eber and broad bean risotto. Mains from £14.50.

Butler Whites
Special occasions

Situated in the city's historic Fruit Market, this 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 is the charred asparagus with crispy duck egg or the Tuscan mussels with wine, garlic and herbs. Mains from £14.

Thieving Harry’s
Casual dining, cheap eats, kid-friendly

Thieving Harry's

Located in a cleverly converted former shipping merchant’s office in the Fruit Market, Thieving Harry's offers a short menu of burgers, sandwiches and 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 £8.

Special occasions, cheap eats

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. This is a good spot for a long lunch with lots of little dishes and sampler flights of sherry. Tapas from £4.50.

Special occasion

With just a handful of seats and no menu, Whites offers by far the best tasting menu within a 40-mile radius. Chef-patron John Robinson offers up a four- or nine-course tasting menu that changes daily, and you won’t know what you’re eating until it's delivered to the table. The spectacular food encompasses all cuisines and is exquisite and complex. Four-course menu (Tues-Thurs), £30; nine-course menu (Tues-Sat), £57.50.

No.6 Henry Yeast & Son
Casual dining, cheap eats

No 6 Kitchenette

Alongside the sharing boards and imported beers, No.6 Kitchenette serves tasty lighter bites – such as baked goat's cheese served with a port-and-cherry compote and homemade rosemary focaccia – plus some of the best pizzas in town.

Gusto da Gianni
Casual dining, cheap eats, kid-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 Redolfi trained – and the fish is particularly good. Nothing is complex here, but it’s all wonderful. Mains from £10.95.  

Roots Rum Shack & Kitchen
Casual dining, cheap eats


Hull’s first Caribbean restaurant is also the best place to get ribs. It also offers a mean curry goat and spicy pasties, best washed down with a 'dark & stormy' cocktail. The place is 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 £7.95.

Casual dining, cheap eats, kid-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.

Foodie places to try 

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.

Fish and chips

The original Hull street food, there are plenty of fish and chip shops to try around the city. Locals add chip spice to everything – it’s a Hull invention found on the counter of every single chippy.

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Huong Nguyen's picture
Huong Nguyen
15th Feb, 2020
I’d agree with other comments, the independent pubs in Hull old town are fantastic (The Lion&key is my absolute favourite, their fish and chips is the best I’ve had, the specials are always based on what’s in the market, and it’s a gorgeous pub). The Crown&cushion - the pub is okay, but is one of the few places you can get Hull Pies after their pie takeaways closed a couple years ago. Zoo (a cafe on Newland Avenue) has delicious food (all vegetarian or vegan but it’s just a great place, I’d recommend it for everyone). Personally I don’t think Roots is that good, obnoxiously loud music and food is average. A new place is Marla’s, their bacon eggs and halloumi sarnie with curry ketchup is so rich and perfectly cooked. I’d also agree that the chocolatiers in Hull are very good, Cocoa (now only in Trinity market) has multitudes of chocolate patisserie that’s totally worth their calories. The white rabbit has made chocolates for years in Beverley and they opened their second shop in Hull - I love their chocolate-covered coffee beans. Best coffee has to be from The two ginger coffeehouse in Paragon Arcade, they serve delicious coffee, rich and smooth. When I came to Hull nearly 5 years ago, I wouldn’t have described it as having great food. But the eateries in town has changed significantly and the quality offered, especially on essential British cuisine, is amazing. I in fact miss the lovely pubs and independent eateries Hull offers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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