Mouthwatering tapas at The Brief

Published: Tuesday 12th January 2016 by Rich Sutherland

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In the mood for home cooked food with a continental twist, we recently visited The Brief for a satisfying lunch. This small and inviting cafe bar is situated along the quiet cobbles of Manor Street, which turns off Alfred Gelder Street and merges into The Land of Green Ginger (home to the smallest window in England). A family-run business hidden in plain sight, The Brief is a fantastic place to visit when you want to experience delicious culinary offerings that range from herby to spicy, with plenty of cheesy, meaty and veggie combos thrown in.

The friendly team welcomed us with a smile, presenting their full menu and pointing out that they specialise in tapas, which immediately took our fancy. Choosing from a good selection of dishes, we went for bread and oil, anchovies, mozzarella and tomato, halloumi, and patatas bravas, taking advantage of the very reasonable 5 for £10 offer. After a day of walking around Hull’s beautiful Old Town, soaking up the heritage, visiting a few museums and listening to the bells of Holy Trinity Church, we’d worked up quite an appetite, so added to this order were nachos with salsa, jalapeños, sour cream and cheese, plus a bowl of delicious butternut squash soup. Considering that other people had arrived before us, we were delighted by how quickly the kitchen whipped up our meal, which was perfectly fresh and bursting with flavour in every bite and spoonful. Thanks to their fully licensed bar, we also enjoyed a beer during the meal, followed by a coffee afterwards.

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As soon as you enter The Brief, you’ll notice that the surroundings are charming, colourful and cosy, with a scattering of wooden furniture complemented by soft seating along the walls. The candles and local features really add to the ambience: a combination of relaxed, upbeat and comfortably social. Due to its location, The Brief is highly accessible yet manages to avoid hustle and bustle, making it a great place to chill out whatever the occasion.

We just popped in and plonked ourselves down, but if you’re planning on visiting with a few people or at a typically busy time of day it might be worth booking a table on 01482 217721. You can also follow The Brief on Facebook, giving you a greater feel for their menus, special offers and small business character (not to mention awesome hot chocolates).

Published: Tuesday 12th January 2016 by Rich Sutherland

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