Ceruttis bids a fond farewell to Hull after 45 years of fine food

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 11 Apr 2019

Hull's most famous fish restaurant is closing after 45 years in business - but its owners have revealed exciting plans for their brand.

Ceruttis, on Hull Marina, has been at the forefront of the city's restaurant scene for almost five decades, serving fresh fish in upmarket surroundings.

But sibling team Tony and Tina Cerutti have decided the time is right to hang up their hats to focus on Cerutti 2 in Beverley while also expanding their outside catering services.

The tables in the Nelson Street eatery in Hull will be set for the last time tomorrow (Friday, April 12).

Tina and Tony Cerutti.

Over the years, the family-run restaurant has been frequented by tens of thousands of people including international royalty and famous faces, who returned time and time again for the extensive range of fish delicacies.

Tony said: “We’ve had a remarkable 45 years on Nelson Street and we’ve seen all sorts of exciting milestones during our time, from the opening of the Humber Bridge to the regeneration of Humber Street and we’re extremely proud to be considered an important part of Hull’s history.

“It wasn’t an easy decision to close our Hull restaurant. Our late mother and father were instrumental in its launch back in 1974, having made a name for themselves prior to that at The George and Dragon in Aldbrough where they started out in 1958 and as a family we will always have fond memories.

"We have hosted everyone from the Duchess of York, the King of Tonga through to John Cleese and Mickey Dolenz.

“However, we are very excited to announce that we will be focusing our efforts on further developing the outside catering side of the business, which has really taken off in recent years and sees us catering for weddings, birthday parties, corporate dinners and all manner of occasions.

Ceruttis in Hull. 

“Most recently we catered for the preview of the new Hull Trains fleet of trains and we’ve been privileged to be part of some fantastic events and special occasions.

"We’re keen to start developing new menu ideas and take on more of this type of work, which is something we’ve been wanting to do for a while and now we finally can.”

The property originally belonged to British Rail when Tony and his father Joe took it over. At the time Hull was the fourth biggest fishing port in Europe and the docks were thriving. 

The premises will be put on the open market in the coming months and will remain a base for the catering side of the business until it is sold, but Tina and Tony are confident that now is the best time to make the move as their Hull base now sits in the heart of a thriving regeneration area thanks to the rejuvenation of Humber Street.

Currently Tony runs the Hull restaurant and Tina runs the Beverley base, but from next week the pair will work together.

Cerutti 2 in Beverley.

Tina said: “It’s all hands on deck at the moment looking after the restaurant, the deli and the outside catering business, so to have Tony on board means we will have the time and resources to really focus on developing some fresh ideas on the outside catering side of things.

“Tony and I are excited to work together again so closely and excited for the future. The next generation of the Cerutti family is rapidly growing, with five mini Ceruttis and Dominic, Tony’s youngest, so invested in the business, who knows what is to come.

“Yes, it’s the end of an era for the Hull restaurant but more importantly it’s the start of something new and exciting for Ceruttis, and certainly for Tony and I perhaps a little ‘me time’ too.”

Tony and Tina would like to thank all the customers over the last 45 years for their support. 

Tina added: “We have had so many happy times in Hull, which will never be forgotten. As Bob Hope said, ‘thanks for the memories’ and we hope to see all of our customers over at our Beverley restaurant.”

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