A Fish Lover’s Guide to Kingston upon Hull

There is nothing quite like the fresh sea air to put the colour back in your cheeks as well as whet your appetite for some fresh seafood. Located on the Humber estuary, just 25 miles inland from the North Sea, Hull enjoys a prime watery location and is a particular haven for fish lovers. It’s little wonder that up until the 1970s, the city’s economy has been based on seafaring. If you’re feeling fishy, you’ve definitely come to the right place.

Experienced fishermen and pleasure anglers alike can’t beat an afternoon trying to land a big catch at the Risby Park Fisheries, a mere 10 minutes drive from Hull. The picturesque surroundings and well-stocked ponds make for an excellent day out course fishing. Don’t forget to bring your muscles as recent match catches have come in upwards of 100lbs! Tench, carp, roach, perch and bream are all found here in healthy abundance. When it comes to terrestrial wildlife, ambitious, early rising fishermen may also even catch a glimpse of the now rare wild deer.

However, if baiting lines and telling fish stories isn’t your style, and instead you’d prefer the fish freshly prepared on your plate, look no further than Ceruttis. With a lovely location on Hull’s old pier, diners are afforded gorgeous views over the River Humber as they sample the seafood delicacies of this fine family run restaurant. With monthly specials like Deep Fried Monkfish and Banana with a chilli dipping sauce, Ceruttis is the perfect destination for adventurous seafood connoisseurs in Hull.

That said, when it comes to seafood, sometimes you just can’t beat a good old-fashioned fish and chip shop. If you’re looking to indulge in this very British comfort food, pop into Sue Downs Traditional Fish & Chip Shop. The clue is in the name and this top chippy has been awarded the Seafish Friers Quality Award for its seriously tasty, first class fish.

As delicious as a fried filet of plaice may be, you don’t always have to take a fish out of water to enjoy it. True admirers of underwater wildlife mustn’t leave Hull without a visit to The Deep. Billed as the worlds only ‘Submarium,’ this spectacular aquarium houses over 3,500 fish, including some breathtaking rays and substantial sharks. The Deep is dedicated to increasing the enjoyment of the world’s oceans, and as such is a must see for landlubbers of all ages.

And if you’re looking for a convenient place to stay during a trip to Hull, consider the Holiday Inn Hull Marina hotel for a central, great value accommodation option.

Photo by btpalmer on Flickr.

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