Pub of the week – The Wellington, Hull

The rocketing demand for real ale is creating more and more pubs like the Wellington, and good thing too.

The Wellington is a proper drinker’s pub, everywhere you look there are bottles of beer. They are behind the bar (obviously), they decorate the walls, they fill the glass-fronted wall-long chiller cabinet in the back room. Even the walls are decorated with the clip pumps of the many hundreds of guest beers that have graced the cellar over the past few years.

For the less adventurous there’s…..erm….actually, there isn’t anything for the less adventurous. There is a huge selection of foreign bottled beers and all manner of little-known spirits. Walk in here and ask for a glass of something non-obscure and you will feel like a right plum – quite rightly, too. This is a place where you try new things and delight in the result.

Since 2004 this humble little boozer on a hard to find back street just outside Hull city centre has been run by husband and wife team Richard and Janette Gent. It’s the kind of place that these days you see boarded up on the edge of town centres. Despite needing to attract trade to their not-easily-found pub, they proudly refuse to allow TV, fruit machines, pool tables or other punter-friendly distractions get in the way of the serious business of tasting the huge selection of hand pump ales and ciders they stock.

Last summer they also started brewing their own beers in a back room. They average more than one new, bespoke concoction every month and, as well as selling them in the pub, also enter them at beer festivals all over the country.

Remarkably, as there is no regular food offering they encourage punters to bring their own food in. They also offer superb regular quiz, poker and other theme nights, which create a unique sense of communality amongst the regulars. Walk in in the middle of chilli night, for instance, and the bantering of the assembled, savvy boozers will convince you that you’ve stumbled across something really secret and special.

Dave Lee

 

55 Russell Street, Hull, HU2 9AB

01482 329486

 

Welcome                   4

Drinks selection      5

Atmosphere              4

Food                           2

Prices                          4

 

Accompanying high res j-pegs are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/60126894@N07/sets/72157630540580966/

 

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