Finding good places to eat in Hull can be tricky, but we’d heard good things about James Allcock’s dockside warehouse but we were a bit taken aback by the ‘dictator chic’ interior. Here was dark panelling, wing chairs, purple poufs, chandeliers, a lot of brass and a back-lit cupboard with show-off bottles of £500+ champagne.
It took some time to get a beer and a non-alcoholic cocktail. Even as we ordered the bargain three course £22 market menu including a glass of Taittinger fizz and for an extra £8 two glasses of matching wines, our doubts persisted. The 100+ double dining room was less glitzy, though its newness felt a bit soulless. Yet in spite of the misgivings it turned out to be very good indeed.
Great value, good food, terrific service. Bread and butter good, amuse bouche OK, fish cake starter excellent, small but loaded with fish. A main of wild garlic risotto was fine, but what really pepped it up were the girolle mushrooms and little crisp croquettes of Lowna dairy goat’s cheese. The Barnsley chop was perfectly cooked, topped with Lowna Dairy goat’s cheese again but it worked surprisingly well. No spuds but a copper pan brimming with chanteney carrots.
To finish, a melon sorbet which may or may not have been own-made and a dollop of something orange and chocolatey. The weakest dish for being rather rich and cloying. But all told, it was fabulous value.
Presumably the market menu is the loss leader because the a la carte is fairly pricey: £8.50 for starters and averaging £22 for mains, rib eye steak £28, but it’s certainly pleasing people in Hull, being well filled on a Wednesday night.
Service in this rambling restaurant was outstanding. Staff actually looked out for us, topped up water regularly, knew about the food and the wine, brought the bill when asked and arrived promptly with the card machine. A charming wine waitress talked us through the wines and an amiable Finnish waiter knew everything about the food and the wine and was even at the door holding it open as we left. Don’t see that very often. Eating out in Hull is now on our radar.
Humber Dock Street, Marina, Hull HU1 1TBTel 01482 222260
Review by Jill, 10 June 2014blog comments powered by Disqus