The Christmas season is in full swing with plenty of office parties completed (and a few sore heads as a result), mince pies consumed and maybe even the odd Christmas present already unwrapped.
Christmas is a fantastic time to unwind, recharge and find time to spend time with friends and family. Hull has a host of places to meet up over Christmas whether it’s for a few drinks, some food or a winter-warming cupppa.
Here’s a list of just a few places you can visit in Hull this Christmas –
Posterngate, Old Town
Hull’s stunning old town is an incredible time to visit at any point in the year – but it’s magical at Christmas. Still sits on one of Hull’s most historic cobbled streets, and step inside and you will find one of the city’s most tastefully and elegantly presented spaces thanks to the eye of owners Luke and Lucy. The coffee is sourced from the finest roasters in Europe (which you can also purchase and take home with you) and if you are peckish, there is a fantastic selection of homemade and locally sourced light bites and treats.
Still is also the perfect place to grab a cocktail or glass of organic wine on an evening, and it’s worth keeping an eye on their social channels to get the latest info on special events and collaborations.
Everyone loves a breakfast and you will struggle to find a better one than at Marla’s – with plenty of options for meat-eaters, vegetarians and vegans. The sandwich selection is sublime and on an evening the menu transforms into a delicious list of small plates (basically whatever the meal/time of day, Marla’s has got you covered). Like Still, Marla’s also stocks a wide-range of organic and natural wines.
If your taste buds are feeling a bit exotic, Newland Avenue is a great place to venture. The bustling street, not far from the city’s University, is home to cuisines from all over the world and right in the heart of it sits Malai Thai, an authentic Thai family-run restaurant with a cosy, traditional atmosphere.
The menu is lifted straight from the streets of Bangkok with authentic street food including Tom Yum soup, Gaeng Massaman curry and Pad Thai noodles.
Old Town Pub Crawl
Plenty of people will be taking up the opportunity to let their hair down and get a bit merry this Christmas and if it’s just a few drinks you are after, why not take a walk around Hull’s magnificent and historic old town – home to some of the oldest pubs in the city. Lion and Key, Ye Olde White Harte and Head of Steam are just a handful of pubs well worth a visit, and if you are looking for a cocktail to finish the night off, The Brain Jar on Trinity House Lane has the biggest selection in the city.
And if you want to take a refreshing stroll around the Old Town but don’t want alcohol to be at the centre of it, plenty of bars have singed up to Hull’s Low Ale Trail which means they offer low and/or non-alcoholic drinks.
Trinity Square, Old Town
Sticking in the city centre, Hearth is Hull’s home to open fire cooking. The restaurant/bakery is a great place to visit for breakfast, lunch or on an evening, were you can gaze out and admire the stunning Hull Minster.
The bakery produces some of the tastiest grab-and-go treats in the city and, if you simply can’t choose from the extensive menu, the tasting menu is the perfect way to treat someone special over the Christmas period.
Home on Beverley Road offers seasonal menus and a lovely and warm, cosy atmosphere. The cafe also hosts gigs and special events, so make sure you follow them on social media to stay up to date. Home’s Sunday roast dinners are undoubtedly up there with the best in the city – and the perfect winter-warmer if you need one in the new year.
Humber Street, Hull Marina
It would be wrong to not mention Hull’s stunning Marina on this list. Humber Street is home to plenty of fantastic bars and restaurants and this includes Thieving Harry’s, whose history on the marina dates back to the days when Humber Street was largely still home to rows of derelict warehouses. Nowadays, the street is one of the most vibrant in the city, with Hull Marina acting as the perfect backdrop.
No matter what time of day or appetite, Thieving Harry’s is a great spot to relax, eat some great food, and enjoy some of the best views in the city.