Inside Humber Fish Co - Hull's new seafood restaurant

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 10 Jul 2018

Hull Live has been given a sneak peek into Hull Marina’s newest restaurant - and the menu sounds fantastic.

The latest fish and seafood restaurant to join Hull's bustling dining scene celebrating the city’s rich maritime heritage is about to open just a stone’s throw from the waterfront.

Humber Fish Co is promising to be a seafood-lover’s paradise in a themed restaurant festooned with nautical artefacts.

The restaurant will open in Humber Street in the heart of the Fruit Market on Thursday, July 12, and has created 16 full and part-time jobs.

It offers relaxed informal dining on locally-sourced fish and seafood, with comfortable leather seating, marble-topped tables and reclaimed driftwood adorning the walls.

Humber Fish Co. is being launched by local restaurateurs James and Paula Stockdale, who ran the successful Stanley’s Bourbon Craft in Paragon Square in Hull city centre until they sold the business last year.

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The couple have invested £100,000 in their new venture, aiming to create an experience and environment to rival the best seafood restaurants in London and other major cities.

Chef Mr Stockdale, who has almost 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, said: “The Fruit Market is a fantastic blend of the old and new, with high-quality new businesses breathing fresh life into the old buildings in and around Humber Street.

"We’re also bringing something very new to the Fruit Market and Hull as a whole, while paying tribute to the city’s seafaring past.”

The new venue has been inspired by the acclaimed Wright Brothers restaurant in London’s Borough Market, which has been hailed as a “seafood mecca”.

Owners James and Paula Stockdale with Wykeland Beal’s Tom Watson at the new Humber Fish Co. restaurant, the latest venue opening in Hull’s Fruit Market waterfront quarter

Mr Stockdale said: “We want to bring to Hull the quality of food and surroundings you get at Wright Brothers and other leading seafood restaurants around the country, without it being pretentious or stuffy.

“People will be able to come in and feel really comfortable and chilled out, to enjoy a great meal and a few drinks in a place with a lovely look and feel. It will be the sort of place you can come to for a casual meal or an occasion.

“The menu ranges from simple fish and chips to lobster and amazing seafood platters so, if you love seafood, you’ll love it. But there’s also a few non-seafood options, so no-one will be left out.”

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Humber Fish Co will feature chilled seafood and fish displays, with customers dining at marble-topped tables or around the counter surrounding the open kitchen.

It will also offer al fresco dining on Humber Street or in a private “Fishermen’s Cove” courtyard at the rear of the restaurant.

The 1,350 sq ft restaurant has 50 covers inside and 36 outside, with waiter service throughout.

The stylish interior of Humber Fish Co., Hull’s first on-trend, dedicated fish and seafood restaurant

Diners can feast on starters including sautéed king prawns, salt and pepper squid and shellfish soup, while seafood options include Loch Fyne oysters, dressed brown crab and giant crevettes.

Seafood platters include “The Shipmate” for two people, with Hull Dry Gin-cured salmon, oysters, native mussels, crevettes, shell on prawns, smoked mackerel pate, poached salmon and cockles.

For a special occasion, two or three people can enjoy “The Skipper’s Haul” featuring whole lobster, dressed crab, oysters, native mussels, cockles, crevettes, shell on prawns, Hull Dry Gin-cured salmon, smoked mackerel and poached salmon.

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The restaurant’s “Humber Mains” feature more fishy delights, including baked seabass fillet; lobster and king prawn mac, with sharp Cheddar and Gruyere cheeses and lemon twist; and soft-shell chilli crab stack.

There will also be a limited range of non-fish and seafood choices, including 8oz fillet steak, wrapped in pancetta; free range chicken supreme; and crusted ratatouille; as well as a specials board.

The drinks menu will, naturally, be largely made up of high-quality white wines, with a smaller selection of rosé and red wines. There will be an extensive range of spirits, including bourbons and Hull Dry Gin, distilled just a few yards away at the Humber Street Distillery bar, as well as cocktails and draft and bottled beers.

The décor of Humber Fish Co features nautical artefacts, including an antique diving helmet, life belts and lights salvaged from a Japanese trawler.

An ongoing wave of investment has seen the waterside quarter become a vibrant new community, featuring independent, creative businesses, restaurants, bars, galleries and shops.

Work is also under way on a high-quality development of mews-style homes, with the first residents due to move in by the end of the year.

Mrs Stockdale said: “We’re really excited to be part of the Fruit Market. It’s a stunning, unique place, with so much going on and new ventures opening all the time.

“We’ve got friends who have businesses in the area and they all love it here. There’s a great community spirit and everyone supports each other.

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“Our location couldn’t be better, especially for a seafood restaurant, with the marina just yards away, and it’s great to see the new homes going up – we’d love the new residents to be among our regular customers.”

The restaurant’s maritime decor features an upturned “clinker” fishing boat – dubbed “Marie Rose” – containing replica Hull trawler lights.

There are also lights salvaged from a Japanese trawler, a ship’s wheel, an antique diving helmet, lobster pots and buoys, while one wall has a mural of a scene from Hull’s Alexandra Dock in 1950 when the fishing industry was in its prime.

Humber Fish Co is is the latest former fruit and veg warehouse to be converted into an exciting new business as part of the £80m regeneration of the Fruit Market

Humber Fish Co. is the latest former fruit and veg warehouse to be converted into an exciting new business as part of the £80m regeneration of the Fruit Market, which is being driven forward by Wykeland Beal, the joint venture formed by commercial developer Wykeland Group and housebuilder Beal Homes, working in partnership with Hull City Council.

Tom Watson, development surveyor for Wykeland, speaking on behalf of Wykeland Beal, said: “It’s great to see another independent business launching in the Fruit Market and adding to its appeal as a unique destination.

“Humber Fish Co. maintains the high quality threshold that the Fruit Market is known for and is a very welcome addition to the area.”

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.

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