The Old House offers traditional surroundings and modern cuisine

Published: Wednesday 9th August 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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As its name suggests, The Old House on Scale Lane has been around for some time. However, recent years have seen some changes.

It’s the first pub operated by the award-winning Shoot the Bull, which started out as a street food van and has been applauded by The Guardian.

The dedicated team brings gourmet food to Hull’s Old Town, following its “gastro pop-up” format that has seen it travel across the UK.

Entering from the cobbled street, you’re immediately welcomed by ancient wood, traditional furniture and a very friendly atmosphere. The Shoot the Bull team members really are lovely, offering a warm welcome to every visitor.

Looking through the menu, a problem arose – it’s very hard to choose! Whilst the lunch menu includes the likes of local beer battered fish and a lobster club sandwich, the street food menu is equally as appealing.

Being famous for its street food, you’ll find everything from lip-smacking truffled beef bites to deep-fried devilled whitebait on offer. Then there’s the grilled halloumi and watermelon flatbread, gin sling chicken wings, and goats’ cheese bon bons.

Meanwhile, the à la carte menu presents 36-hour slow cooked pork belly, locally shot venison, orzo pasta risotto, and many other mouthwatering delights. (Again, making a decision may take a while.)

In the end I went for Shoot the Bull’s classic burger. It comes in a toasted bun with crispy fries and is utterly delicious.

Shoot the Bull really know how to flip a burger. The meat was juicy and tender, with a beautifully deep colour and perfect texture. Its surrounding bun was soft and crispy, really adding to the flavour.

The Old House is also great if you fancy a tipple, as you’ll find over 20 gins and 40 craft beers behind its charming bar. I chose Piñata by North Brewing Co, which was a very satisfying pint.

This area of the Old Town is full of history and fascinating facts. For example, The Old House gets its name from being Hull’s oldest domestic building, dating back to the 1400s. Over the centuries it has been a private home, a tobacconists, a confectioners, a tailor’s shop, a teashop, a curry house and a fish restaurant.

The Old House is in very good company, as The Lion and Key, Wm. Hawkes and Walters are just a stone’s throw from its doors. Then there’s Ye Olde Black Boy, The Sailmakers, Ye Olde White Harte and many other great pubs and bars within very easy walking distance.

This area is also home to the Scale Lane swing bridge and the Museums Quarter, so why not soak up a little culture after filling your belly with good grub?

You can find The Old House at 5 Scale Lane, open noon-11pm on Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday, and noon-midnight Friday-Saturday (closed Monday).

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Published: Wednesday 9th August 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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