Sweet treats and inspiration at The Artisan

Published: Tuesday 25th July 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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We visited The Artisan, a brand new coffee shop down Newland Avenue in Hull.

Based at number 81, you may remember the premises as The English Muse, which changed hands and rebranded last month. Retaining the same inspirational atmosphere but with a newly developed character, The Artisan is a great place to grab a cuppa.

With every inch filled with purposeful textures, patterns and details, you can see that a lot of work has gone into The Artisan. From local art to vintage furniture, and proper teacups to shelves stacked with books, it really is a feast for the eyes.

And then there’s the menu, which presents sandwiches, toasties, soups, scrambled eggs, salads, Yorkshire rarebit, and more besides.

As for drinks, you might find it hard to choose. From the usual offerings of latte and mocha, to chai milkshake, raspberry fizz, cookies and cream hot chocolate and three mint iced tea, you really are spoilt for choice.

The same goes for the range of pastries and desserts. Our group went for a range of cakes, including Victoria sponge, Bakewell slice, vegan Biscoff, and a slice of banana and walnut. Each of these was delicious and went perfectly with a smooth coffee or soothing pot of tea.

The downstairs was pretty full, but we were delighted to find that the beautiful upstairs area was empty. Taking a large table, we took in our elegant and welcoming surroundings, which included comfy bamboo chairs at the windows overlooking the avenue.

The Artisan makes an especially good cuppa due to its roaster being River City Coffee. Based in Hull, RCC supply single origin beans from sustainable farms, and they also train the baristas in the art of getting the most out of each bean.

Another bonus is that The Artisan serves gluten free and vegan options, so those with special requirements are bound to find something delicious to tuck into.

Then of course there’s Afternoon Tea. We unfortunately didn’t have time to sample this, but we spotted a couple leisurely enjoying one as we entered. This is a three-tier stand of finger sandwiches, scones and delicate delights, accompanied by a pot of Yorkshire Tea.

Newland Avenue itself has a great reputation with locals, tourists and students alike. It’s a vibrant and friendly street lined with independent bars, eateries, boutiques and traders, and The Artisan fits wonderfully with this small business vibe.

Emma, the owner of the coffee shop, also makes sure to support the community. She does this by buying from local suppliers and businesses, from the food in the fridges to the flowers on the tables. This really does add to the identity of The Artisan, with customers benefitting from fresh, high quality food and drink.

Whether it’s for a quick cup of tea or the best part of a full day, we strongly recommend a trip to The Artisan. Having received a warm greeting and chosen something delicious from the menu, sink into a chair and watch the world go by, or get lost in one of its many good books. Perfection.

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Published: Tuesday 25th July 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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