This Old Town bar is closing down - but it's for a good reason

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 13 Jun 2018

An Old Town bar has closed its doors and is set to be transformed into a modern craft house and eatery.

Trinity in Hull’s Trinity House Lane is located between Bob Carver's and The Bonny Boat, and had its final fling last Bank Holiday Weekend before builders set to work completely transforming the interior, with owners keen to bring it into keeping with the rest of the blossoming area.

Brothers Robert and Tony “Chico” Jackson renovated the former Skeltons bakery 12 years ago to bring a weekend music destination to Hull revellers, but now have their sights set on a craft beer and sharing platter venue.

“We’re currently stripping everything out and going back to the core of the building, creating a modern, industrial look,” said Robert, who owns several other Old Town businesses including Star Of The West and Burlington Tavern.

“We’re going to be open six days a week bringing a street food vibe and a wide range of craft beers and ales, so people can come in for breakfast, lunch and dinner for sharing platters, or for al fresco drinking and dining in the summer months.

“We’ve seen places such as Head Of Steam and The Brain Jar open up and we realised we hadn’t evolved from Trinity since we opened 12 years ago, and now it’s time we brought it into keeping with the rest of the area.”

The name of the new bar is yet to be revealed, with the only clue being a nod to a nearby pub that closed in the 1870s where the new bar was sourced. The brothers are also on the cusp of announcing the firm who will be providing food at the new venue.

Chico Jackson, a former Hull FC player, said: “We’re about to announce a well-known caterer who will be coming in to do all of the food, and this will be the only place customers will be able to get their food in a bar.

Trinity Bar in Hull's Old Town (Image: Richard Addison)

“We’re not becoming a restaurant, but we want to provide a relaxed environment where people can come in for sharing platters and street food nibbles as well as a wide variety of drinks.

“We’re hoping customers will see us as a destination for pre and post-theatre drinks, and become part of the trail that includes the rest of Old Town and the marina.

“We’re not going to be just a club, we're not competing with ATIK, and it’s not all about the music, but the new bar will be a place for people to meet up and have fun but also feel safe. We don’t want groups of friends or women to feel like they can’t have a good time.”

The new bar is set to open next month, with building work expected to take five to six weeks to complete after a complete overhaul of the interior. The frontage will also be changed, bringing in the character of the surrounding historic buildings.

Trinity Bar in Hull's Old Town

“We saw one of our busiest nights ever on the weekend we closed, and it shows how popular the Old Town is becoming,” said Robert. “The Avenues are getting quieter and people are heading into this part of town because of what is on offer.

“We realised we had a prime location to work with and we knew the time was right to change our concept bring the bar up to date with other businesses. We’ve had this change on the card for about two years.

READ MORE: Another Hull city centre shop is closing

“We will be working with what the customers want. We will be serving food until 9pm to begin with but if people are wanting to eat later then we can adapt to that.

“Our licence means we can stay open until 3am, but we won’t be staying open that late if it’s not what people want. It’s all about the customer needs and we will be working to satisfy them when we open.”

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