Exciting new plans revealed for The Crown pub site in Holderness Road

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 8 Jun 2018

A new wine and tapas bar is coming to east Hull with exciting plans revealed to try and turn Holderness Road into the next Princes Avenue.

Steve Ashton, who purchased The Crown in Holderness Road last year, before converting part of the building into the new base for Hull Angling Centre, wants to launch Mile House Café Bar in the same premises within the next couple of months.

The 37-year-old, who was “born and bred in east Hull,” believes the new restaurant will add to the ongoing regeneration of the area and he has an ambitious vision for Holderness Road as a whole.

Steve hopes to create a relaxed and laid-back vibe in the new bar

Mr Ashton said: “A lot of money has been spent on Holderness Road and redeveloping the area. This place has already got the right planning permission because it was already a pub and now it’s just a case of applying for the licence.

“This area is changing and getting better by the day but people need to get on board and try and develop the area, and we are working with Hull City Council to try and achieve that going forward.

“In the long term we want to develop more bars along here and make it into the new Princes Avenue.”

3D drawings showing artists’ impressions of what the new bar will look like have been released by Mr Ashton who wants to create a “chilled, laid-back” vibe.

An artist's impression of what the new tapas bar will look like in Holderness Road

The name is derived from the original name of The Crown before its sad demise, with the premises thought to be a mile from the city centre, according to Mr Ashton.

He has had a successful seven months running Hull Angling Centre in the building but is now keen to add to his portfolio with this latest scheme.

“Mile House was the original name of The Crown in 1931 because it was a mile from town so we’ve gone for a name with a bit of heritage and local history.

“It’s going to be casual, chilled and laid back with cushioned seating, no rush and a good, friendly vibe.

“If you go down Holderness Road it’s just drinking houses and there are some places that do food but this is something different with a different atmosphere.”

Steve Ashton (right) has big ambitions for Holderness Road

Mr Ashton hopes to create ten new jobs at the bar initially with plans to open at the end of July.

The entrepreneur, who owns Ashton Property Company, was keen to purchase The Crown – a pub he dubbed “the best in Yorkshire” - and bring the building back to life after it became derelict.

The place had been ransacked by vandals but Mr Ashton managed to turn it into the new home for a state-of-the-art angling centre and he is proud of what he has managed to bring to Holderness Road in just a short space of time.

He said: “I’m a local lad and I’ve already managed to turn this building around from being derelict and empty for three years into a business which is doing well with more plans for the future.

“I had that many customers coming to me saying they used to go into the pub all the time and that it was the best around but I knew that pubs of that size are not capable of running anymore.

“I want to split the building into three so we’ve got the angling centre, the tapas bar and we always want to do something with the car park.

“People seem to be really excited by the prospect of a tapas bar and I think in general, this is an exciting time for Holderness Road.”

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