First look inside the cool new 'Scandi chic' coffee and beer bar opening in Hull city centre

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 4 Jan 2019

A stylish new coffee shop in the heart of one of Hull’s most exciting developments is all set to open its doors to the public.

Brew, which will form part of the ambitious K2 development, is the brainchild of Tom Sowerby – the man behind the successful Boardroom café in Newland Avenue.

The 33-year-old was determined to expand on his current venture by introducing a new café bar which will stay open until 11pm and serve artisan coffee and loose leaf tea as well as delicious local craft beers.

Mr Sowerby has transformed an empty premises on the corner of Albion Street and Bond Street into a modern and contemporary open space with extensive work carried out in the past few months ahead of the grand opening on Friday, January 4.

(Image: Pete Harbour)

The businessman said: “Lots of building work has been going on with the inside completely remodelled and opened up.

“It was offices before so it was all spread out and was very basic but we have stripped it back to create a chilled out, Scandi chic look so it’s quite warm, cosy, relaxed and open inside.

“It looks better than I ever could have imagined and I’m so happy with the finished result.”

Since plans were announced to develop Hull’s K2 building, a number of businesses have opened up ventures in the block with dozens of apartments set to be built inside.

Tom talks about the opening of Brew in Hull city centre

In all, the £130m scheme will see a new ice arena, retail units, up to 257 homes and a multi-storey car park built, and although Mr Sowerby says the area is still “up and coming,” he believes his café is the perfect fit for the new city centre development.

He is aiming to capitalise on workers passing through the city centre in the day and during the morning coffee rush before opening up to a new crowd at night.

Mr Sowerby said: “During the week we will be open all day so I’m currently thinking 9am, maybe even earlier than that, to serve up morning coffees for people working around here and then we’ll be open until 11pm at night.

“We are licensed to stay open until midnight but we will see how it goes. I expect to see it change throughout the day from coffees to more work drinks in the evening.”

(Image: Pete Harbour)

Mr Sowerby does not yet plan to serve food but he thinks that after his business has been open for a month he will be able to dish out tasty treats from the kitchen.

He has hired five new members of staff to kick-start the venture which he is currently putting the finishing touches to and he says his café will support other businesses in Hull.

(Image: Pete Harbour)

“The drinks that we are serving is one of our biggest selling points because we will have a huge selection of craft beers and we will work with local companies, bars and cafés.

“We are doing what we can to the best levels possible. We have got freshly ground coffee, loose leaf teas, craft beers and we are just making sure everything is the best quality it can be.

“It’s been exciting, a bit terrifying and a lot of work has gone into this place but hopefully people will like it.”

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