Inside Hull's newest pub Fretwells - and you may recognise the owner

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 8 Feb 2019

A Hull couple who already own two of the city’s most popular bars have taken on a third.

Chrissy Fleming is a familiar face behind the bar in The Lion and Key , as well as WM Hawkes in Hull’s Old Town.

Now, Ms Fleming has become the new owner of the third venue Fretwells, located between their other two - working alongside her partner Alan Murphy.

They have moved into the old Fretwell’s Printers shop on the corner of Scale Lane and High Street – bringing a cosy “traditional-style pub” and bar games to the heart of the Old Town.

Describing where they hope it will fit in to the area’s already popular nightlife, Chrissy Fleming, the pub’s new owner, said: “I think this place slots in really nicely in the area because there are a lot of places doing real ales and things like that, so it’s quite a cosy, traditional style pub. It’s what we like really.

Pictured is owner Chrissy Fleming (Image: Peter Harbour)

“We’ve only opened a third of the space at the minute so we’re looking to open a couple more rooms in the back with some games, maybe a pinball machine, a pool table maybe.”

The pair took on what was then Durty Nelly's a decade ago after it went bankrupt and have since also taken on the running of Hawkes.

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 After developing the two pubs, they decided that the continuing improvement of Humber Street was the spark to take on number three – a building that has undergone a great deal of transition in recent times.

Mr Murphy, who will operate as a director of the new venue, said: “It’s good for us just to see there’s something more permanent in it. Every few months you look at this building and there’s a sign outside saying ‘for sale’.

“Hopefully we can see more stuff going towards the marina. We’ve got busier since the marina has got better. What Wykeland has done up there has really benefited what we do here. It’s really meant an increase to our trade. We’ve seen footfall get much better here since they developed the marina.

“In 18 months we’ve seen a big difference in footfall because we’ve seen people are coming.

“People have gravitated off down to Humber Street and we’ve seen a big difference around here.

“The Old Town in general has really come alive.”

The couple, neither of who are from Hull, met working in a bar in Germany before Alan followed Chrissy across the North Sea to the city where she chose to study.  Nineteen years later, they are continuing to make Hull their home.

Fretwell’s doors open between 6pm and 11pm, seven days per week, but plans are already in place to open in afternoons too.

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