Inside Old Town's new Crown and Cushion bar - and look who's running the kitchen!

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 7 Aug 2018

The excited owners behind the newest bar in Hull’s Old Town have revealed its new look after a whopping £150,000 transformation.

The Crown and Cushion in Trinity House Lane is set to officially open on August 25 after an eight-week makeover with Hull Pie founder Matt Cunnah running the kitchen.

Take a look inside Old Town's newest bar - The Crown and Cushion

Brothers Robert and Tony “Chico” Jackson are the masterminds behind the new venture after shutting Trinity bar in May to make way for the new enterprise.

The pair have been piecing together the project for the past 18 months and they are now ready to introduce the public to a new venue with a name etched in history.

The bar has undergone a £150,000 transformation (Image: Jerome Ellerby)

Robert said: “I looked in the history books for Old Town and found a public house called the Crown and Cushion that was down Land of Green Ginger.

“It was there for 100 years and shut in 1927 so we decided to reinstate that name.

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“We will serve craft beers, traditional smooths, as well as all your nice gins and whiskies and we’ve opened up the building inside.

“We’ve brought a lot of furniture back to life, including a bar that used to be in a bar in the Old Town and we want to create somewhere that people can feel warm in and enjoy.

Left to right: Chico Jackson, Matt Cunnah and Robert Jackson (Image: Jerome Ellerby)

“We want to give Old Town somewhere a bit different but also somewhere that complements The Brain Jarand Atom around the corner.”

As well as a long curving bar which will stock plenty of different types of ales, the Crown and Cushion hopes to attract punters with top quality food served up by Mr Cunnah.

The entrepreneur, who was forced to close both Hull Pie stores earlier this year after a drop in trade, started the business in Trinity House Lane and Robert says getting him on board was crucial to their goals for the pub.

He said: “We’ve known Matt from when we ran Trinity and we’ve built up a relationship with him. We approached him about the prospect of serving food and he agreed to run the kitchen.

The bar is promising a 'street food vibe' (Image: Jerome Ellerby)

“He’ll do Sunday roasts with a twist among other things and the quality of the menu will be really good. Matt’s food will be a critical point of how we operate. We didn’t want to just be a drinkers’ venue.”

The bar, located between Bob Carver’s and The Bonny Boat, was home to Trinity for 12 years before builders ripped out much of the interior to make way for the Crown and Cushion.

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The brothers decided a new pub with a “street food vibe” was necessary to move forward and Robert says initial reviews of the transformation have been very positive.

“People can’t comprehend that this is the same building as Trinity,” he said. “The director of 1884 said we’ve really got it right and I can’t believe what has been done in eight weeks.

The premises used to be home to Trinity bar before it shut in May (Image: Jerome Ellerby)

“We have invested and we want people to enjoy what has been created. It has got its own personality and we are keen for people to make their own judgements on the place.

“Instead of it being a simple bar where people have a few shots people can come in, sit down, relax and enjoy themselves.

“During the week there will be a focus on the food element and we’ve got 40 covers with Matt doing the music to suit the mood inside the restaurant.

“Then, on the weekend, we will still be doing the food up until about 8pm before putting on music from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

“There is more to Hull than Humber Street and the Old Town recently really is going to a different level.

“We want as many people as possible to come in and just give us a go. We’re sure they won’t be disappointed.”

As part of the makeover, which received some money from the Old Town development fund, eight new members of staff are set to be hired.

The bar will be open on weekends prior to the launch serving drinks only before the full official opening on August 25.

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