Steak 1884 is the luxury dining restaurant Hull needed

Steak 1884 has opened in Humber Street, and it is the epitome of classical chic serving fantastic meat.

Mirroring a Manhattan steakhouse, the marbled tables are complemented with leather bar stools and art deco mirrors, and you feel effortlessly cool just being inside the place.

We visited on a Wednesday evening, and there were only a handful of other diners, but once the word gets out about the exceptional cooking at Steak 1884, there will no doubt be a waiting list to book your table.

With a gin and tonic in hand, as well as homemade breads, we began deciding on our dishes for the evening.


Starters on the a la carte menu include confit chicken wings with Isle of Mull scallop, truffle chicken broth and mushroom (£11), orange and passionfruit cured salmon with coconut sorbet and a sesame cracker (£9.50), charred pear with blue cheese mousse, pickled walnut and watercress (£8.50) or soup of the day (£6.50).

We went for the baked British oysters and the tartar of Angus fillet with smoked bone marrow mayonnaise and quail egg (£10.50).

The oysters were baked Kilpatrick-style in the shell upon a bed of fresh samphire, and were covered in a rich, creamy sauce topped with bacon and Worcestershire sauce.

The oysters were beautifully soft and the sauce did not overpower their fragrant taste, and the Angus fillet tartar looked to die for.

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Judging by how quickly the plate was cleared, I am certain it was a hit with my dining partner.

Next was on to our main course.

There are fish and vegetarian grills available, such as fish of the day, cauliflower steaks (£10) and grilled butternut squash (£10), as well as a spatchcock of the day, but the main point of Steak 1884 is, indeed, the steak.

The steaks are cut into variable weights, depending on how best the chef believes they will cook, with all available cuts displayed on a blackboard.

Once your chosen cut of steak has been picked out, it is crossed off the board with a satisfying swipe.

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There are two breeds of beef available, Hereford (grass-fed) or Dexter (beer-fed), with cuts such as sirloin, fillet, ribeye, chateaubriand, cote de boeuf, porterhouse and tomahawk available in both.

There is a handy size guide available, so you can see what size of steak you are actually ordering, and the prices are based per 100g.

For example, a sirloin of Hereford costs £7.50 per 100g, with an 8oz steak weighing roughly 227g.

After choosing your steak, it is next on to the sauce with a selection including blue cheese, bordelaise, Diane, and shallot and garlic glaze, as well as butters such as Café de Paris or garlic and chive.

I chose a ribeye cut of Dexter beef that was just over 8oz, with a side of Bearnaise sauce.


My friend opted for a just-under 10oz fillet of Hereford beef with green peppercorn sauce.

The sides are rather on the large side, so we shared triple-cooked beef dripping chips and garlic and sesame broccoli.

We managed to control ourselves as we could well have over-ordered with other choices such as horseradish mash, creamed truffle mushrooms, baked cheddar and nutmeg spinach, smoked roast bone barrow, onions rings, and heritage tomato and onion salad.

The steaks were absolutely stunning, arriving crisp and clean on a plate with a simple garnish of watercress.

The ribeye cut like butter, as did the fillet, and the outer edges maintained a seared, charcoal hint.


The béarnaise was lusciously thick and filled with tarragon, beautiful when dipping a chip in, but I couldn’t get enough of the garlic and sesame broccoli.

Al dente and bursting with flavour, it is something I will be trying to replicate at home.

The green peppercorn sauce was still runny enough to be poured over the Hereford fillet, but was packed with peppercorns giving off a slight heat.

We were on the verge of over-stuffing ourselves by the time we had cleared our plates, but our dessert stomachs wanted in on the Steak 1884 action, too.

We perused the pudding menu consisting of apple and plum crumble with spiced crème anglaise (£7.50), dark chocolate and orange brownie with vanilla ice cream and espresso (£8), baked vanilla cheesecake with caramel ice cream and blackberries (£8) or a selection of British cheeses (£7.50).


It didn’t take long for us to choose, and we tried to go for something light, so the buttermilk panna cotta with roast fig, almond and rosemary praline (£6.50), and the lemon and raspberry meringue pie with lemon sorbet and fresh raspberries (£7) were ordered.

The panna cotta arrived with a pleasing wobble, and the roasted figs were delicious, but the star of the desserts was the lemon meringue pie.

The panna cotta was good, but the pie was tart yet sweet and lusciously filled with lemon curd, and the meringue on top had been given a toasted marshmallow flavour thanks to the use of a blow-torch.

Steak 1884 is the perfect place for a night of celebration or a romantic meal with a partner, and you pay for the quality of the food and the service, but there is a lunch menu and Sunday lunch menu with prices that make the venue still accessible for those on a tighter budget.

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The Sunday lunch menu costs £20 for two courses, and consists of starters such as ham hock terrine and smoke mackerel pate, alongside mains like roast beef, roasted loin of pork with crackling and grilled fish.

There is also the option for the ultimate Sunday roast for a minimum of two people, and for £35 per person guests will receive 32-day aged beer-fed Dexter cote de boeuf with beef-dripping roast potatoes, vegetables, Yorkshire puddings, cauliflower cheese and red wine gravy.

Steak 1884

  • 60 Humber Street
  • Call 01482 326090


Humber Fish Co. is the addition to Humber Street Hull needed

With Hull being a marginally coastal city, and with an incredibly rich history steeped in the fishing industry, I have always been shocked by the lack of fish restaurants in the city.

Ceruttis has been a staple of the restaurant scene for years providing fresh produce, but other than that the only designated seafood restaurant was Bait in Princes Avenue, which closed suddenly several months ago.

So imagine my happiness when Humber Fish Co opened its doors last weekend.


Promising the freshest of fish and seafood, the former owners of Stanley’s Brasserie have invested £100,000 into the refurbishment of a former warehouse in Humber Street, and I couldn’t wait to try it out.

It opened on Thursday, July 12, so we wasted no time in booking a table for three on the following Saturday.

We had booked for 7.30pm, and it was fabulous to see the sun shining and the bars and restaurants in the street bustling with customers – a great renaissance for the area.

When we arrived at the Humber Fish Co we noticed it was almost full, except for one table on the borders of the opened glass doors, bathed in sunlight.


We arrived bang on 7.30pm, but were asked to wait at the bar while our table became available. I wasn’t best pleased we were being made to wait because the previous customers had been late, especially when there was a perfectly suitable and vacant table right in our eye line.

After 20 minutes, we still hadn’t been seated, and I had asked several times if we could sit on the vacant table, to which I was told someone else had booked it.

Eventually, just before 8pm, I asked the question again and the staff agreed, and we moved to the table.

We were provided with the menus, and got to choosing what we wanted.


The starters all cost around £8, and included garlic prawns, prawn cocktail, shellfish soup, Loch fine oysters and more, and the mains all included fresh fish and seafood including lobster, dressed crab, seafood stew and fish and chips, as well as cold sharing platters.

All of the fish produce is bought directly from Filey every morning, and despite the menu running low on ingredients, I actually prefer restaurants running out of fresh products because it means they aren’t freezing anything.

We were told there was no lobster, dressed crab, crevettes, sea bass or halibut left, which dwindled our options somewhat, but we weren’t going to be ordering The Skipper’s Haul platter for £90 anyway – the dish consists of  Hull Dry Gin-cured salmon, oysters, native mussels, crevettes, shell on prawns, smoked mackerel pate, poached salmon and cockles.


Eventually, we chose the prawn cocktail £8, sautéed king prawns £8 and salt and pepper squid £7.

Just before the starters arrived, we received a complementary bottle of prosecco for the table, to appease our previous wait.

The food arrived promptly and we were more than pleased with what was placed in front of us.

The prawn cocktail contained plenty of large, juicy prawns, as well as a shell-on king prawn, and was accompanied with homemade bread and marie-rose sauce. It was delicious.

The salt and pepper squid was succulent and soft, and not at all greasy like you would sometimes expect with calamari-style dishes. They were definitely some of the best we had eaten in Hull.


The sautéed king prawns arrived in a copper pan and were covered in aromatic, fried slices of garlic with a wedge of delicious garlic bread.

Again, the prawns were juicy and perfectly cooked, and they were devoured in no time.

For mains, we chose the seafood stew £19, whole lemon Dover sole £20 and the large fish and chips – and they weren’t kidding when they called it a “whale” portion.

Costing £15, two fried fillets of fish arrived with beef dripping, hand cut chips, as well as a large pot of mushy peas – there was also a deal on meaning you got a free pint with the dish.

The peas had to be sent back as they arrived stone cold, but the staff were obliging and returned in no time with a piping hot portion.


The fish was beautifully cooked, and the chips were delicious – superb with lashings of salt and vinegar. I was told some of the well-known chippies in the area had been beaten on taste.

The seafood stew was mammoth, containing mussels, prawns, lobster claws, hake, salmon and plenty of other meaty fish, all in a reduced tomato sauce that was full of flavour.

It was accompanied with more of the gorgeous garlic bread, unlike any I have had before, but the portion sizes got the better of me and I’m ashamed to admit I had to leave half of the bread. Scandalous on my behalf.


The Dover sole was cooked to perfection, and was gleaming in fresh shrimp butter and lemon juice. This was accompanied by beef dripping chips and a large wedge of lemon, and I must say it all tasted divine.

We couldn’t eat another thing, so desserts were off the cards, but we sat for a while with the prosecco people-watching and basking in the sunset. It was a brilliant way to spend a Saturday night.

Hopefully, any service wobbles will have been fixed by now, as I appreciate we visited early on in the restaurant’s opening, but I would urge all of you to visit this pescetarian paradise some truly fabulous seafood.

Humber Fish Co will be open Tuesday to Sunday, from 11.30am to 11pm. For more information on Humber Fish Co, visit or follow @Fishywishy_ on Twitter.


The Acorn Inn was a fantastic homage to Thomas Hardy – with incredible food

“Ladies know what to guard against, because they read novels that tell them of these tricks…”

In case you were wondering, the above is a quote from one of the greatest novels of all time – Tess Of The D’Urbervilles.

Written by Thomas Hardy (no, not that one) in 1891, it follows Tess Durbeyfield as she is sent on a quest to seek a fortune from her aristocratic ancestors, the d’Urbevilles, with some sexual morals, murder and a job as a milkmaid thrown in for good measure.

Imagine my excitement then, when I arrived at The Acorn, only to find it was Hardy’s local while he was creating this 19th century masterpiece, and is even mentioned in the novel.


This 16th century coaching inn is everything you could want in a quaint weekend away, with its leaning walls, rustic adornments and wisteria weaving its way around the stone work.

Located in the rural village of Evershot, in Dorset, a visit to The Acorn, known as The Sow & Acorn in the Hardy novel, is like stepping back in time, but with the added modern twist of fantastic food and bedrooms.

We arrived just after breakfast so we dropped our bags of and went to see the sights of Dorchester and Monkey World.

If the weather had been better we could have opted to walk through a park with wild, roaming deer, but the drizzling rain helped make up our minds on what option to take.


We arrived back at the hotel just before 5pm, where we were shown to the most delightful of rooms, complete with four-poster bed and window seat overlooking the cute cottages in the village.

It truly was beautiful, so we set about getting ourselves ready for our dinner in the pub’s restaurant.

The pub has ten en-suite bedrooms, which are all pet-friendly, with dogs also allowed in the bar area, which has flagstone floors, old beams, low ceilings and a roaring fire to truly make you feel comfortable.

We arrived for dinner at 8pm and the restaurant was already almost full, so we decided to whet our appetites with a Dorset gin & tonic while perusing the menu.


We were told the specials starter of scallops were quickly running out, and would we like any saving, but there such a beautiful choice on the menu we allowed them to be served to other diners.

We were brought a selection of some of the tastiest bread we had ever eaten, fresh from the bakery opposite, and we had to stop ourselves asking for seconds.

To start, I ordered the twice-baked crab and Cornish Yarg soufflé on pickled samphire, with a saffron and dill veloute and cheese straws (£8.50). My partner chose the open lasagne of confit rabbit, leeks and wild mushrooms with cheese crisps and rosemary jus (£8.25).

We indulged in the beautiful starters and couldn’t believe how much flavour was in them.

The soufflé was light yet densely packed with flavour, and the open lasagne was rich and absolutely to die for.


As we waited for our mains, we took in the surroundings and were delighted to be in such a beautiful pub with a great atmosphere.

All the diners were deep in conversation and enjoying themselves, and the staff were impeccably polite – they couldn’t do enough for us.

For our main course, I chose the 10oz rump of Dorset ruby beef with roasted cherry tomatoes, crispy shallots, triple-cooked chips and béarnaise sauce (£24), and he went for the trio of pork, which included braised cheek, slow-roasted belly and smoked bacon-wrapped loin, with sage-creamed potatoes, bramley apple sauce and a Madeira reduction (£19).

I must have been served the whole side of a cow, and to say I usually order a rib-eye cut, the rump was melt in the mouth and perfectly cooked to my rare liking.


The triple-cooked chips dipped in the flavoursome béarnaise were out of this world, and I was eagerly helped with my portion by the boyfriend.

The pork dish was also sublime, and I was allowed to eat the crispy crackling which was a real highlight.

We were stunned by the quality of the meat and the execution of the accompaniments, and couldn’t believe the portion sizes.

By this time we were well and truly stuffed, and decided to have our puddings back in the room so we could put our pyjamas on – much more room for food that way.

Without any hesitation, the staff obliged and brought us a baked vanilla cheesecake with candied orange, marmalade and finished with cranberries, and a medley of ice creams including vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, salted caramel and honeycomb.

I wish I could tell you what the puddings were like, but as I was in the bathroom getting ready the boyfriend had taken it upon himself to eat it all for the both of us.


I was told they were both amazing.

We had such a comfortable stay at The Acorn we slept in over breakfast, with a wake-up call at 11am notifying us of our laziness.

Thankfully, the staff had left out several continental options for breakfast, as we apologised profusely for the lateness.

It was such a splendidly comfortable stay, though, so they only had themselves to blame.

The Acorn

Summer Lodge Country House eased away the stresses of daily life

The last time I headed to Dorset I was 18 months old and with my grandma and grandad on a long weekend away.

I’ve always been told how beautiful it was, but had never thought to make a return – mainly due to the lengthy car journey.

But I’m so glad I did, with the boyfriend and me heading down to Evershot last month for a much-needed getaway.

The drive is about five hours, but soon enough we had found our way to the secluded village of Evershot and the Summer Lodge Country House.


This 5-star country house hotel is a tranquil idyll, allowing you to forget the outside world and any cares.

We arrived at 5pm, just as the summer sun was beginning to cool, and it was the perfect time to see other couples and groups friends lounging on the sprawling lawns with gin & tonics and glasses of fix. It was bliss.

Our room overlooked the gardens, with fields for as far as the eye could see containing horses and ponies, and the only outside noise coming from people laughing on the outdoor terraces.

Traditionally yet exquisitely decorated, our bedroom was delightfully comfortable, and we soon freshened ourselves up for a meal in the hotel restaurant.


We arrived for dinner at 7.30pm, slightly earlier than planned, in order to enjoy an aperitif – gin & tonic, naturally –  while perusing the menu in the lounge area.

We even had a sommelier on hand to help us choose a bottle for the table, and it’s a luxury I could do with more often.

The restaurant was full but with a cosy, intimate ambience, and we were soon brought a basket of beautiful, homemade breads.

The meal was outstanding, with starters including roasted quail with hazelnut puree and crab tortellini with a silken veloute, and mains of roasted lamb and spring chicken with pea risotto.


Dessert saw him go for the cheesecake – quelle surprise – but I hadn’t taken my eyes off the cheese trolley all night, and I could tell there was a perfectly ripe brie with my name on it.

The beauty of Summer Lodge is that after dinner we were able to walk it off around the gardens, breathing in the midsummer air and relishing in the lack of traffic noise or light pollution.

It was heavenly, and also dog friendly, meaning I got my fill of stroking plenty of pooches while walking through the grounds.

After a fantastic night’s sleep with no noise from any roads or headlights shining through the window, breakfast was held in the summer conservatory, and saw a display of cured meats, cheeses, smoke salmon, Dorset granola and so much more.


For cooked breakfast, I opted for the eggs benedict, which were perfectly light, while the boyfriend tucked into a hearty full English with locally sourced produce.

We didn’t want to leave, and made sure we stayed until the exact moment of check-out in order to soak in the sunshine and more glorious views, as well as a peak around the local bakery opposite.

With a spa as well, I can’t wait to return to Summer House Country Lodge to ease the stresses of everyday life.


Summer Lodge Country House

Why stumbling upon Monkey World made my holiday

It was while on a romantic week away down in Dorset, on a winding lost route to Weymouth that we stumbled upon one of my now favourite places in the world.

We had made it to Dorchester, only to find it looked a bit boring, so set out on a route to find somewhere more exciting.

Suddenly, a road sign with a monkey popped up, so I knew exactly where we were supposed to be going.


We ended up at Monkey World, and as a keen talker to the animals, I was jumping with joy to find it was still open for another few hours when we arrived at 3pm.

Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre assists governments around the world to stop the smuggling of primates from the wild, with the animals in the centre those that have suffered abuse or neglect and been rehabilitated into natural family groups.

I already knew the visit was going to be emotional, but I didn’t think I’d be living having been handed celery by a baby orangutan or flirted with by a capuchin.


The centre is set over 65 acres, with five different species of gibbon, the largest group of chimpanzees living outside Africa, three groups of Orangutans and 11 species of monkeys and prosimians such as capuchins, marmosets, tamarins, lemurs, macaques and even woolly monkeys.

As we made our way around we stumbled upon the first group of chimpanzees, who were excitedly throwing poo at each other while one was casually sat with the newspaper in the corner.

We had talks from keepers about monkeys used in labs, coming face to face with those who had lived their lives in tiny cages.


I witnessed chimps pretend to roll cigarettes, because it is so engrained in their behaviour, as well as baby orangutans reaching out their arms to me and capuchin monkeys flirting in their own little signals with my boyfriend.

We met the older members of the ape world, who were in their own retirement groups, while baby monkeys set out on a brighter life than when they had been bundled into sacks and transported across continents to be someone’s pet.

Entry to Monkey World is a mere £12 for adults, a steal for the educational value of seeing these beautiful animals.


If you want to save these creatures, and teach your children the kindness the world needs, then please pay a visit to Monkey World.

Monkey World

Why The Rubens at The Palace will make you feel like royalty

If you’re planning on indulging yourself with a weekend away to the capital, then you had better treat yourself with a beautifully unique hotel.

Luckily, we found The Rubens at the Palace, and immediately felt as royal as its historic inhabitants.

The hotel itself forms part of the grounds and stables of a much earlier house on the same site, which was owned in 1703 by John Sheffield, who was made Duke of Buckingham by Queen Anne.


Since then, the site of the hotel has housed palace staff, a dress-maker extraordinaire, and was taken over by General Sikorski’s Free State Polish Army during the Second World War.

As you can imagine, the hotel is as vibrant as its history, with exquisite décor and food, transporting guests to the lavish lifestyles of bygone debutantes and duchesses.

Our room was daubed in red materials, with an incredibly comfortable regal bed – we even had a portrait of Princess Anne looking down at us.

Our window overlooked The Royal Mews, allowing us to watch the queen’s horses practice their routines as we woke up. It was magical.


There are several eating options at the hotel, such as The English Grill with its a la carte British inspired menu, and The Bbar and Restaurant, but we opted for The Curry Room.

Thank goodness we did, as I had the pleasure of eating the best curry of my life.

Located below The English Grill, The Curry Room has an incredibly intimate ambience with down-lighting and spectacular ornaments, and we wined and dined on dishes such as homemade lamb samosas, traditional beef vindaloo and chicken and prawn curry.

The food was unlike any Indian cuisine I had eaten before, showing off the truly authentic taste us Brits so often miss out on.


The price was extremely reasonable, also, with three courses including poppadums, and a selection of desserts to choose from, for just over £30 per head – the pistachio kulfi was dreamlike.

Before we knew it, it was breakfast time in The English Grill, where we set ourselves up for the day with a resplendent continental spread alongside a Full English and eggs benedict.

I felt like a princess at The Rubens, and anyone looking for a magical weekend away needs to pay it a visit.

Yo! Tuk Tuk in Beverley is my new favourite restaurant

I’ve found my new favourite restaurant.

It’s not a Michelin-starred palace, and it’s not a big name chain that has monopolised on the UK, either – it’s an Indian street food eatery inside the popular and historic WindMill pub in Beverley.


Yo! Tuk Tuk opened in March, and has already seen reservations stacking up for people to taste this simply stunning food.


Nestled inside the Windmill Pub in Beverley’s Lairgate, which itself is more than 300 years old, Yo! Tuk Tuk is the brainchild of Aminul Choudhury, who instead of opening up his own venue and risk the financial battles so many face in the early stages, has teamed up with the Windmill to take on an unused space in the pub.

We walked through the pub to the back room at about 7.30pm on a Friday evening, and it’s a good job we booked in advance.
There are only about seven tables in the main eating area, with a couple more spilling out into the pub, and all of them had been snapped up with reserved signs.

The tables are all reclaimed from the pub, with mix and matched chairs creating a true rustic feel – not once did I feel I was inside a typical British curry house.

There was no gaudy lighting, no questionable wallpaper and no essay-length menus with too much to choose from.

Instead, the menus are wrapped around cardboard so they stand up in front of you, with ten choices of starter, and then a couple of choices of mains under each subheading, which are all the different states of flavour around India.

There is also a vegan section, honouring the often strict vegetarian rules in Hinduism, and it offers Tiffin box menus for people wanting several smaller courses.

We were brought a cone of homemade Bombay mix each while choosing, and we knew straight away the night was going to be a taste sensation – Bombay mix with red onions, lime juice, coriander and chilli.

We chose a selection of starters to share, which included:

  • Poppadums and homemade pickles include smooth mango chutney, yoghurt raita and tamarind.
  • Punjabi pyramid samosas, filled with spices, peas and potato.
  • Goats cheese and mozzarella parcels with filo pastry and chaat masala
  • Sweet chilli chicken infused with mustard, curry leaf and chilli with tomato relish
  • Fish and leek bhaji with lemon zest, lemon and cashew nut butter.

The starters were truly stunning and bursting with flavour, with the star of the show being the chicken dish. It was deliciously moist and there was no grease or ghee to be seen.

The dishes were served on metal plates, adorned with banana leaves, and we couldn’t help but state how tasty everything was in between mouthfuls of food and sips of sauvignon blanc.

We were so excited for the main course after the explosion of spice and flavour from the main course, and during the break we were offered little copper cups filled with homemade mango lassi as a palate cleanser.
Two of us opted for the Bengal burner chicken (£9.95), which comes with a warning that it’s not for the faint-hearted, and I went for the gunpowder staff curry of the day (£9.95), which was tender and moist pieces of chicken infused with curry leaves and kaffir lime leaves, alongside chickpeas and minced lamb.


When they said the Bengal burner wasn’t for the faint-hearted, they truly meant it. My fellow diners are big chilli eaters, able to eat vindaloos without a care in the world, and this dish had their noses running and brows sweating.

That didn’t take away from the taste and execution of the curry, though, as I was told it was “truly stunning”, and the best curry they had ever had in a restaurant.

The mains came with literal half pint glasses of perfumed rice, and a miniature shopping basket of homemade Indian breads, and we ordered a side of root vegetable stir-fry.
Again, there was no grease to be seen on any of the plates, and though we were full, we didn’t fill stuffed with ghee and carbs.


The amazing atmosphere in Yo! Tuk Tuk means that you don’t feel pressured into sticking to your own table and own conversations if you don’t want to.

We got talking to the people on our neighbouring tables about their food and what they had ordered, and they all agreed how sublime the food was, and we even got talking with a member of staff and learnt all about his upbringing in rural Chennai.

Finally, three puddings arrived for us to try, and they were just as superb as everything else.
It was akin to a steamed sponge, but instead was made with rice noodles, with homemade vanilla ice cream that tasted like beautiful egg custard melting over the top.

We were truly spoilt at Yo! Tuk Tuk, and you can sense Aminul’s experience working in such places as The Cinnamon Club and in Dubai in the food, but the laidback feel of it all really sets off the restaurant perfectly.
We didn’t leave until almost 11pm because we were having so much fun, and we can’t wait to go back again or try one of their takeaways.

What you need to know about Yo! Tuk Tuk