You don’t have to be a student to enjoy lunch at Middleton Hall

Published: Friday 25th August 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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Middleton Hall is the building that directly faces the Cottingham Road entrance of the University of Hull.

Originally built in 1967, it was designed in a modernist style and was eventually given listed status. However, with the rest of the campus receiving multimillion-pound investment, from the redevelopment of the Brynmor Jones Library, Staff House and Student Central, to the construction of luxury accommodation and a multi-storey car park, it was decided that Middleton Hall needed a revamp.

The £9.5 million refurbishment project was completed last October, and since then the building has hosted all kinds of events for the Hull UK City of Culture 2017 programme. The result is a world-class cultural venue.

Inside, its 400-seater concert hall, rehearsal room, studio and ambisonic room have been modernised in terms of both aesthetics and functionality. Meanwhile, the cafe is infinitely better than its previous offering.

As you enter the building’s main entrance, simply walk up the few steps and turn left. You’ll then find yourself in a bright, airy and tastefully colourful eating space. With large windows overlooking the university’s main thoroughfare, this new space is always filled with natural light.

The food and drink on offer has good variety, with a chiller filled with cold beverages and another with pre-packed sandwiches and salads. Next to this is a heated unit in which pies, pasties and sausage rolls quietly beckon anyone with a rumbling tummy.

We went for a ham and cheese quiche with mixed leaves and peppers. Though pre-packed, it was very fresh and full of flavour, plus the portion was just right for a satisfying lunchtime meal.

This was accompanied by a flat white coffee and a flapjack. This is where doubt started to settle in, as we’ve had some subpar flapjacks recently, so we’re delighted to report that the university’s version is just the right combination of moist and chewy. Plus you can really taste the raisins, which isn’t always the case in some fruit flapjacks.

Also on our table was a slice of lemon drizzle cake, which was soft, crumbly and with a delightful zest. Washed down with a coffee, it proved a lovely afternoon treat.

Whilst the Middleton Hall cafe is perfect for chilling out and enjoying a bite, with beautiful brick buildings covered in ivy adding to the view, it’s also great for meetings.

With plenty of space, a variety of tables and seating, power sockets and guest Wi-Fi achieving up to 50mps, it’s ideal for anything from a face-to-face to a larger powwow.

There’s also a creative area that can be used by the public as well as students. Sporting a vibrant red decor and screens that can be connected to laptops, this is a rather impressive little area and a hidden gem.

With many other parts of the University of Hull being open to the public, including multiple eateries, the art gallery in the library, Sanctuary Bar in Student Central and even a Waterstones branch, we highly recommend popping down for a visit.

 

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Published: Friday 25th August 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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