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1884 Wine and Tapas Bar Hull

Come and savour the 1884 culinary experience.

1884 Wine & Tapas Bar
Freedom Quay // Wellington Street West
Marina // Hull // HU1 2BE

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A tapas treat just for Mum

Mum’s the word if you want to spring a surprise with our Mother’s Day menu.

In addition to our main menu, which has been given a few tweaks, we’ll have a special set menu as we open for lunch on Mother’s Day – Sunday 22 March – from midday until 5pm.

Our set lunchtime menu priced at just £25 per person opens with a platter of homemade focaccia, Manchego, chorizo, hummus and olives.

You’ll then be served six more sumptuous dishes including mussels, paella with chorizo and king prawns in a zingy Martini Fiero batter. The cheese and walnut salad with mixed leaves and a mixed herb and garlic dressing is very popular on the main menu and is joined by the skewers of chicken wings and the papas de invierno, triple-cooked baby potatoes with garlic and thyme and a slight kick of red pepper aioli.

If you prefer to choose from the main menu you’ll find we’ve added plaice in a lemon butter with a mixed leaf salad and two hits from the recent Mardi Gras menu with chicken wings marinated in a tabasco butter and served on hanging skewers with Padron peppers plus the crab cakes with sweet chilli, samphire and a mixed leaf salad.

With winter clinging on we’ve also added a couple of crumbles to the dessert menu. There’s a chef’s crumble of the day served with pouring cream and fresh fruit and the vegan-friendly Cranachan, with layers of oat crumble mixed with syrup, whipped cream and fruit berries.

Don’t forget to check our vegetarian and vegan menus and don’t forget that on Mother’s Day there’s a free glass or sangria for Mum!

To book please call us on 01482 216306.


New menus cater for range of dietary requirements

A New Year has brought the launch of a range of exciting new menus as we add to the dining options available for guests who have dietary requirements and preferences.

We have always offered vegetarian dishes on our main menu and have been able to amend the ingredients of many dishes to meet the growing demand for vegan and gluten free food.

Now in addition to our main menu and our set de tapas selection we are offering dedicated gluten free, vegetarian, vegan and pescatarian menus with immediate effect.

We are happy to change other dishes if we can so if you have any questions about our menus please ask our staff or call the restaurant on 01482 216306.


Supporting the best independent suppliers

Once again we’re proud to support independent suppliers – many of them local – at 1884 Wine & Tapas Bar with our new winter menu.

All the magnificent meat comes from Andrew Little Butchers in Hedon and Anna’s Happy Trotters of Howden, from the rump steak and meatballs to the pork belly roulade and the swinging skewers of chicken, chorizo and special recipe sausages.

Seafood specialists Hodgsons are trusted to find us prime prawns, superb salmon and a classic catch of the day. Much of the veg comes from local markets and is sourced for us, along with many exotic ingredients, by Compact Foods of Hull.


Going green every Friday

1884 Wine & Tapas Bar is going green every Friday until further notice.

In response to the popularity of the Green Card offer it will be available on Fridays only, replacing the Set de Tapas option which will still be available for the rest of the week.

The restaurant was inundated with bookings when it first unveiled its green card deal only six months after opening in 2015 and again when it returned as a special during April 2019.

Deborah Spicer, Director of the restaurant, said it has become a Friday favourite since making a return.

She said: “It is a really good deal and after viewing the price and the menu a few people have said it must be mad Friday! But it’s a great way of introducing people to our food and to the tapas style of eating.”

The green card menu offers an initial order of 11 dishes for £30, which can then be followed by additional plates served two at a time until diners decide they’ve had enough and signal a stop by turning their cards from green to red.

Chefs select the menu every week. Meat dishes may include hanging skewers of marinated chicken wings and 1884 sausages or chorizo, paella, pork belly and meatballs. Seafood options include mussels and a special catch of the day, and the vegetarian variety embraces potato scallops with red peppers, green chillies and smoked paprika with pesto aioli, pan-fried chickpeas in a tomato sauce and chestnut mushrooms in a cream sauce with a red onion glaze.

Deborah said: “It demonstrates our unhurried approach to dining – it’s not about all you can eat, it’s about taking as long as you like to savour as many of our dishes as you want while relaxing with views of the Humber Riviera.”

For further details and to book please call us on 01482 216306.


Five out of five with the scores on the doors

We’ve never gone in for plastering our windows with stickers but we thought we’d share the news that once again we’ve achieved the highest mark of five after our Food Standards Agency Inspection.

The fact that we’ve never been awarded lower than a five is very important to us but that track record doesn’t tempt us to take anything for granted. We know the inspectors can turn up any time, unannounced and will carry out a thorough check of our premises and our processes.

The latest visit too around two-and-a-half hours and covered everything from food storage, preparation and cooking to the lighting in the loos and the management of the bins.

We aim to be ready to meet the highest standards because if they’re good enough for the FSA it shows we’re doing everything we can to look after our customers.


Events programme shows we mean business

We’ve presented a packed programme of events already this year as we build on the success of 2018.

Our wine nights and Valentine’s nights were a great success and were followed by another terrific business supper club, a fantastic fund-raising dinner for the Impact Appeal and a sensational event to launch the Viola gin – hand-crafted by Hotham’s distillery, who also made our 1884 Wine & Tapas Bar gin.

All that by the middle of March, and we ended the month with a superb Asado Sunday afternoon as around 100 people chose our restaurant to thank their mums on Mother’s Day.

We’ve also continued our membership of the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce and we’ve renewed our partnership with the Bondholders and look forward to working very closely with them to promote what our great city has to offer.

Going forward, we’re already in discussions about the next wine night and another Monday Night Supper Club and we’re talking to various other organisations about presenting joint events which will bring together the region’s business community.

We can accommodate up to about 60 people for breakfast or dinner, serving the finest food and drink in an intimate environment which lends itself perfectly to serious business discussions and to lighter, fun occasions.

We can host events which are open to the public and we can also look after you for private bookings. We can also bring the 1884 Wine & Tapas Bar service and style to your premises. And if you want to reach a business audience to promote your activities we can help by alerting and inviting our ever-expanding business network.

It’s all part of the service. To find out more about our corporate services please call us on 01482 216306.


Shaking things up with round-the-clock cocktails

Our ever-changing cocktail selection is proving a big hit – and not just with diners!

By popular demand we’re welcoming people into the restaurant to enjoy cocktails regardless of whether they’re joining us for a meal.

You might be out for a stroll around the marina, looking for somewhere to enjoy a quiet drink in stylish surroundings on your way to a function elsewhere, even grabbing the chance to take the weight off your feet with a break from shopping.

One party, dressed as the Pink Ladies, even came in for a couple of glasses each before heading off to the Nuffield gym round the corner for a Grease-themed dance session!

We’ve got the tried and tested cocktail favourites and a few unique mixes of our own, and we’re always happy to shake something up to your own recipes by special request.

Our cocktails are available with lunch and dinner, or to book a your own session with family, friends and colleagues just call us on 01482 216306.


G-inspiration leads to new business partnership

1884 Wine & Tapas Bar has launched its own-brand gin with the help of a qualified teacher who has made the switch from GCSEs!

Instead of preparing students for their English exams Emma Kinton is teaching everything you ever wanted to know about gin – the science, the history and the right mix to make perfect cocktails.

The supplier deal came about when Emma and her partner Simon Pownall met the team from 1884 Wine & Tapas Bar at a HullBID event and secured their first restaurant contract.

They hand-crafted the 1884 Wine & Tapas Bar Gin at Hotham’s Gin School, a former hair salon in Hepworth Arcade, Hull.

Emma said: “We took some samples to 1884 Wine & Tapas Bar and they really liked the cardamom gin so we came up with a branded version just for the restaurant. We have a small set-up so we only do tiny batches but we’ve completed an initial delivery of 25 bottles at 50cl.”

Deborah Spicer, Director at 1884 Wine & Tapas Bar, said: “We use local suppliers as much as we can and we’ve looked into getting our own gin made. It’s proving very popular and I’m confident we’ll be ordering some more and maybe also asking them what else they can come up with.”


Wine & Tapas team put food safety first

1884 Wine & Tapas Bar has been hailed as a class act in the region’s hospitality sector after underlining our commitment to food hygiene.

Although we have shone in a succession of awards schemes we take nothing for granted so we turned the restaurant into a classroom and topped up our training with East Riding College.

Ten of our team completed fully-funded food hygiene and customer service courses offered by the College. Key members of kitchen and front of house staff then progressed to higher level courses to ensure that the restaurant stands out as one of the best in the business. Jaqui Graham from the College delivered Level 3 courses covering food safety, customer service and auditing and the restaurant has now paid to progress to Level 4 Food Safety in Management.

Deborah Spicer, Director of the restaurant, has always achieved the highest score of 5 in the food hygiene ratings but still decided to sharpen the team’s skills after reading of culinary catastrophes across the region, with some outlets scoring zero.

Deborah said: “Jaqui helped our people in terms of greater awareness and confidence around food hygiene and also such issues as dietary requirements and allergies. Hygiene has been very high profile in the media and we take it very seriously. That’s why we did the training and that’s why we have paid to progress to Level 4.”

Jaqui said: “This restaurant is at the top of the industry and is setting a great example. I have been in the sector for 17 years and I have never seen a business embrace training so willingly. A lot of restaurants won’t even come forward to take the funded training but 1884 Wine & Tapas has gone beyond that and is paying for the next level.”