Considering everything you need to know about food in Hull can be summed up in two glorious words – pattie butty! – there is an increasing number of great places to eat.

While many head to Princes Ave and Newland Ave for the newer and more adventurous establishments, there are also some long-standing, classic eateries to be found in the town centre.

Having spent plenty of time sampling the eclectic delights of the city, local food and drink writer Dave Lee picks out five of the best restaurants in Hull.

Dock-Street1884 Dock Street Kitchen

The largest and most impressive restaurant in the city, 1884 serves modern British food in a former warehouse overlooking the marina. It has the feel of an opulent New York steak house and, indeed, specialises in steak as well shellfish, local fish and game.

Its dedication to creating well-designed dishes utilising mainly local produce helped 1884 win the White Rose for Yorkshire Restaurant of the Year in 2013.

Dock Street, HU1 1TB  (01482 222260, www.1884dockstreetkitchen.co.uk)

Henry Yeast & SonHenry-Yeast

From the outside this looks like an unassuming off-license, but step inside and you find a little European-style bistro affair.

There’s a bar at one end, a kitchen at the other and two rows of plain tables running along either wall. Its got bare floorboards, bare brick walls and appears equally stripped of pretention and fuss. It’s reminiscent of the backstreets bars found in Bergen or Bruges and boasts a huge selection of hand-pulled and bottled continental beers.

Food-wise, it changes all the time. Moules and frites are always on the menu but most people like to select from the specials board, which always features something intriguing. Be warned though: the food-savvy residents of the Avenues love this place, so book early.

No.6 Newland Avenue, HU5 3AF  (01482 493557, henryyeast.com)

RootsRoots

As a lad, the owner of Hull’s only Caribbean restaurant, Alonzo Goulbourne, used to cook Jamaican food with his dad. And he brought all he learned to bear when he opened Roots on Newland Ave. It’s become a proper labour of love.

The restaurant is decorated like a beach shack and specialities include succulent ribs, a delicious curry goat and a lethal cocktail known as a Dark & Stormy made with very heady, specially imported rum.

206 Newland Avenue, HU5 2ND  (01482 440000, Facebook)

Marrakech Avenue

Formerly a takeaway, this Moroccan restaurant on Princes Ave is Hull’s own slice of North Africa.Marrakesh-Avenue

They serve everything you would expect – tagines, flatbreads, olives, hummus and so on – in rooms decorated to convince you that you’re in a Bedouin tent.

The owner, Mohammed, is authentic Moroccan and his wife, Heather, is pure Hull; together they keep the atmosphere convivial and the food consistently delicious and good value.

58 Princes Avenue, HU5 3QG  (01482 343746, www.marrakech-ave.co.uk)

Ceruttis

CeruttisPeople commonly assume that because Hull was a fishing port then there is a strong tradition of fish restaurants in the city. This has never been the case.

Because fish was the city’s main commodity, most of it went straight out of town as soon as it was landed. Fish restaurants have therefore always been thin on the ground.

The best and oldest of the few there are is Ceruttis. It’s been trading at their Pierhead location for 40 years and, while the al a carte menu may be a little pricey, there’s no denying the quality of the dishes. There is an Italian/Mediterranean leaning to the cuisine, but with classic and modern English dishes too.

10 Nelson Street, HU1 1XE  (01482 328501, www.ceruttis.co.uk)

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