Places to get your fright on

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It’s about to get spooky again in Hull and East Yorkshire with Halloween just around the corner. So check out a whole host of ghostly goings on and evil events below for the perfect frightening fun.

Furley and Co

halloweenThis child friendly bar/restaurant is offering lots of treats (or tricks) from their ‘toxic waste’ freakshake to mulled eyeball cider. There is certainly something exciting for everyone to get their fangs stuck into. Make sure you keep an eye out for their zombie team too.

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Spiders Nightclub Halloween Party

spidersThis is the one occasion where your scary dance moves are acceptable. Join us on Saturday 29th for a wicked night of dancing and laughter with entrance costing £6 for guests. That means its time to get dressed up and dance the night away to all your favourites.

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Halloween Menu at Millhouse Skidby

foodFor £34 per person you can try a range of freaky creations including sea creature monster balls and dead by chocolate cheesecake. Famously known for their high quality food and service, this seems like the perfect opportunity to try something new.

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Bar 82 Halloween Party

barIt’s time for another party at Bar 82. So find those wild fancy dress outfits as you could be in with the chance of winning a prize for the best dressed. This event is taking place on Saturday 29th with a £4 ticket entry, so be prepared for smoking cocktails, dancing and a whole lot of Halloween fever.

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4 Reasons to Try Hull’s Latest American Grill

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So before we start, I must confess something… “Hi I’m Dave, and I’m a burger-holic!”.

I’m confessing this now so you know that I’m not exactly estranged with the juicy meat sandwich so, when you’re reading this article, you know where I’m coming from. Now there are two-ways you can think of this; you can think that I’m easily going to say this place is great, but in reality, I’m more of a burger “connoisseur” which actually helps when it comes to reviewing places like this one.

So last night, we were invited to what they called a ‘soft-launch’ (a preview night for invited guests only, basically) of the latest edition to Hull’s big fat American Grill scene, the NYC Bar & Grill in St Stephen’s. NYC are a regional group with all 4 of their restaurants in Yorkshire. I’ll give you my 4 big reasons why you need to try this out.

1. It looks authentic

Before walking into the restaurant, it’s easy to be impressed with the outside, but it’s on the inside where the interior deco gets you set for the American experience without being too over-the-top. New York street signs and hand-drawn graphics adorn the flooring while classic back-lit signs light up the walls with a promise of the quality of food you’re about to experience. It’s actually the most authentic restaurant I can remember going to in a shopping centre. Most big retail centres around the country contain the usual national chains, but this is a great edition to the ever growing line-up at St Stephens and the city centre.

2. Service was exceptional

With it being the soft-launch, I naturally expected the service to be great – opening night, no hang ups, wanting to impress – but I quickly realised that this was a test-run for them with later finding out that almost all the staff only had 2 days training to prepare for the night.

However, the service was exceptional from our server, Francesca, as well as the whole team who were friendly and looked like they were enjoying their first big day on the job. We really put them to the test with our menu choices too, customising to death as we wanted to try out absolutely everything possible, and when it came not a single item was wrong, forgotten about, delayed or cold.

Our host for the night, Sam, absolutely knew the food like the back of his hand. He’s been working at NYC only 2 months (training in Sheffield while the Hull restaurant was being put together), yet knew every detail after my brother Dan asked him about the size of the onion pieces in the coleslaw! I was expecting a “I’ll just go ask the chef” moment but instead he answered confidently and reeled off every single ingredient in their ‘slaw. Very impressive and it made me realise how much he must love the restaurant he works for.

As the evening went on and the restaurant quietened down, more and more of their staff came over to say hello and just talk to us in general. A nice touch to use their less-busy time talking to their customers, rather than just hanging around and talking to themselves.

3. The food was incredible

So the reason we were there – the food. And it was simply incredible! Remember, it’s obvious that from my ‘slender’ figure that I’m no stranger to a burger – so I’m pretty well positioned (well, mostly wedged-in!) to comment on whether this was great food or not. And it was.

I went with Sam’s recommendation of Dog Bites to start, and Dan went with the Maple Hickory Chicken Skewers. The bites were the perfect combo of frankfurter sausage meat, cheese and BBQ sauce with the added luxury of being wrapped in sweet-cured bacon. Dan’s chicken was tender and full of flavour.

For the mains, I went for the big daddy of them all – the Fat Cow – which was two beef patties that clearly benefited from the fresh preparation that day, topped with 24-hour marinated pulled pork which was soft and full of flavour. Dan went for the Mexican Chicken Burger which comes with Nachos, Guacamole, Sour Cream, Jalapenos & Salsa all on the burger itself. He loved it! Like his Skewers, the chicken was tasty and tender. He liked the fact that rather than one big thick chicken breast, it was thinner slices, so it was easier to taste all the flavours in one bite.

I also had the Maple Hickory Ribs – meat wise, amazing, but I prefer the sauce with a bit more kick, and Maple Hickory just isn’t that. They had a JD alternative which might have been a better choice, in hindsight. I had a side of Jack (Cheese) & Bacon Fries which were tasty, but Dan’s Sweet Potato Fries were the better choice – sweet enough where they taste like you expect but not too sweet where you get sick of the taste. Corn Dogs are a must! I had them once in the USA and these tasted just how I remembered them. Dan’s the connoisseur of Coleslaw (has to have it with everything!) and his bucket of it was creamy and fresh. In his words, like his burger, it was “perfect!”.

Although we were stuffed, there’s always room for dessert. So we shared a Nutella Milkshake and a Chocolate Gooey Boston Brownie. The Milkshake came first where they brought out what I can only describe as a mountain of cream on top of a foot-high frosted metal cup full of blended ice cream milkshake with genuine Nutella flavour – just the right taste. Then came the brownie, as described. Warm, crunchy on the outside, soft and gooey on the inside. The perfect way to finish it off.

4. Price ain’t bad either

Prices were modest and portions generous. Many burger meals cost less than a tenner, starters and desserts around a fiver. Very reasonable. If you want to customise for a couple of quid extra, you can too. Drinks were well-priced too with our bottomless drinks costing just £2.70 each. At the end, we were given a ‘Nando’s style’ loyalty card with free stuff after so many visits which you keep building up to a free main meal.

To sum it up…

So if you love the new American scene coming over to the UK, this is definitely for you. If it’s the authentic brilliance of a local independent that operates with the professionalism of a national chain, then NYC Bar & Grill is for you. It’s officially open from today on the 2nd floor of St Stephen’s. I’ll be back there as soon as I can but for now… who’s got the cure for a ‘ham-gover’?

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Another 4 ‘Must Try’ Coffee Shops in Hull & East Yorkshire

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With coffee culture booming and tea showing strong signs of being able to give the bean a serious run for its money, it’s safe to say that the following coffee shops in Hull and East Yorkshire can certainly fill your craves. Thanks to your suggestions from Facebook, we’ve put together this quick list below.

urbanUrban 44

Urban 44 is ideal for indulging in a quick coffee and a slice of cake before work or for relaxing in whilst watching the world go by. For all those fitness fanatics, Urban 44 even offer protein shakes to help cater for all, so this gem is definitely worth a try.

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thievThieving Harry’s

From lattes to flat whites, this next favourite has coffee making down to a fine art. Their coffee is provided by The Blending Room, Hull’s only specialist micro roaster and along with their extensively trained baristas, you know you’re in safe hands. So sit back, relax and look out to some of the best views in Hull that Thieving Harry’s has to offer.

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museThe English Muse

The English Muse is a unique coffee lounge on Newland Avenue that offers mouth watering coffee as well as showcasing and selling the creative work from local artists. Now is the perfect time to try this gem, as they have just brought back their old Autumn favourite; The Caramel Apple Spice. It’s steamed apple juice with cinnamon syrup, topped with whipped cream and salted caramel sauce the perfect remedy for winter.

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caffCaffeinated

Caffeinated has recently moved location to the back entrance on Lowgate. Recognised for their famous coffee around Hull, this favourite provides a welcoming and friendly atmosphere to go with it. So we will certainly be seeing you there.

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4 Reasons to See Little Shop of Horrors This Week

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Last night was the opening night of Little Shop of Horrors at one of our favourite theatres, The Spa Bridlington. We had the opportunity to see this worldwide hit musical for the first time, and it didn’t disappoint.

The show tells the story of a poor and little-bit-nerdy florist assistant called Seymour, who’s in love with fellow assistant, Audrey. Set in Skid Row, New York in the 1950s, the florist is almost closing for business when Seymour’s interest in exotic plants saves the day. His new plant, which he names Audrey Two, feeds on human blood. In a sadistic, almost Sweeney Todd-esque way, the storyline unfolds and tragedies occur which gets Seymour into deeper trouble. So why bother taking the trip to see it this week at The Spa Bridlington? Here’s 3 reasons why you should…

1. It’s everything you want from a musical… and more.

I must admit, I knew that this musical was pretty well received the world over, but for some reason I didn’t expect what I actually got.

“Charming, kooky and hilarious” it was billed before hand, and I genuinely don’t think I could sum it up better myself. It is funny, and the story-line of Seymour getting the girl, was charming throughout the show.

Kooky? Without question. It’s completely frantic but in a good way. You don’t get lost trying to follow the story, but the energy this show has gives keeps you locked in all the way. Add into that, the great musical numbers from Alan Menkin and Howard Ashman, and you really have got your complete musical.

2. It’s (probably) the best musical to come to our region this year

OK, before you think I’m over-hyping this, I’ll put this into context. I’m not saying it’s the best musical ever… but it is very good. And with Hull New Theatre closed for refurbishment, we’re lacking great musicals in Hull & East Yorkshire this year. There have been a couple, including American Idiot and 9-to-5, but as good as they were, they probably weren’t the well-rounded story that this is. So I’d recommend that you pop-up to Brid and experience this while it’s here this week.

3. Rhydian actually makes the show

Sometimes, shows get promoted around their main star and there’s no question that Rhydian is probably the biggest name on the cast list. However, that doesn’t always mean they’re the best part of the show. In this case however, you can easily see that it was worth the punt from the shows producers.

As believable as Sam Lupton was as Seymour, and Stephanie Clift was as Audrey, Rhydian (and all his many played characters throughout the show) was funny, engaging and his voice was the best on stage – and that’s a bold claim as the vocal performances from all were fantastic.

4. The Spa is the perfect place to watch it

We’ve worked with The Spa since launching Hull What’s On in 2014, and we love it! Since it’s refurb 10 years ago, The Spa has retained it’s historical feel but with great modern touches. Seats are comfortable with plenty of leg room, toilets and open areas are modern and there’s a great bar too. And with ‘unrestricted-view’ seats from £20 adults and £16 kids, I think it’s a bargain (let’s be honest, this show in the West End is at least twice the price!). I’d recommend jumping in the Grand Circle for the Saturday evening show while you can still get tickets.

The show runs until Saturday 15th October 2016 at The Spa Bridlington.

Read more: Full Cast Announced for Little Shop of Horros

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X Factor Star Joins Hull City Hall Pantomime

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X Factor star Samantha Atkinson is joining the cast of Mother Goose in this year’s pantomime at Hull City Hall.

The singer will play the Queen of Gooseland in the traditional family show which opens on Wednesday, December 21.

The part will give Samantha the opportunity to show off the voice that got her all the way to Los Angeles to perform in front of Sharon Osbourne and Robbie Williams at the judges’ houses stage of the TV talent competition. Samantha controversially lost out on a place in the X Factor’s live shows to rap artist Honey G, despite more than 11,000 people signing a petition to get Samantha reinstated.

“I am so excited,” said Samantha, 32. “I have always wanted to be in a pantomime and what better place to do it than in my home city and in the fantastic City Hall.”

Samantha is the latest addition to Mother Goose, which is being billed as ‘one Hull of a pantomime’ thanks to its numerous city connections.

Hull girl and Emmerdale actress Gemma Oaten will star in the show, along with Hull singer and actress Lisa Kelsey. Lisa has performed internationally both as a soloist and in various shows, including several pantomimes in the area in recent years and a tour of her ‘Angel of Music’ tribute to Sarah Brightman.

Joining Lisa, Gemma and Samantha is comedian and magician Martin Daniels as well as a cast and crew of talent picked from Hull to bring audiences a festive treat this Christmas.

Mother Goose opens at Hull City Hall on Wednesday, December 21 until Thursday, December 29. See the event listing here.

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4 New Places to Eat in Hull & East Yorkshire this Autumn

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There’s always somewhere new to try in Hull. In fact, there have been so many new openings recently, that you might have missed a few. But fear not, because we have rounded up 4 of our favourite new restaurants ready for you to explore.

italyThe Mad Italian

If you have the urge for some Italian goodness at breakfast, lunch or dinner, The Mad Italian has you covered. Located on Newland Ave, this Italian combines a restaurant, wine bar and ice cream parlour together to create the perfect experience for any food lover. With 90% of their ingredients from Italy this seems like a worthwhile trip out.

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grillShashLick Grill

Arguably labelled as “Hull’s healthiest takeaway” this new favourite has been cooking up a storm of meaty Asian dishes for the hungry people of Hull to devour. If you haven’t tried it yet and you’re a meat lover, then you simply have to go and give it a try.

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bullJardelle

Don’t expect just the usual Tapas dishes at Jardelle – they do things a little differently here. The food served will be mainly Turkish meze so be prepared for wonderful flavours and spices. This new gem will be opening on the 14th October, providing a relaxed and chilled atmosphere in the town of Beverley.

 

butlerButler Whites

The first restaurant in Hull’s Fruit Market has officially opened. Butler Whites, is an ideal spot for eating out, because it will cater to just about everyone. The rustic restaurant is perfect for the entire family offering a range of food from steak to pizza, so it’s fair to say all the bases are definitely covered.

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Hull: The Place to Visit in 2017

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With 2017 not far away, a new short film has been released showcasing the best of Hull.

Hull’s cultural offering is about to get a huge boost during 2017 as a whole host of events have already been announced to start the year with a bang. This video shows off the wonderful streets of the city centre, working in footage from the recent Freedom Festival and much more.

Created by First Hull Trains, the video tours the city streets to atmospherically showcase the very best of our attractions, shopping and events in less than three minutes. Look closely enough, and you might just spot yourself in the video too!

Thanks to First Hull Trains for sending this through.

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