Investment of £100,000 by James and Paula Stockdale has created 16 full and part-time jobs in a new fish restaurant in Hull’s Fruit Market.
Due to open next week, the Humber Fish Co is a new venture for the couple who ran Stanley’s Bourbon Craft in Paragon Square in Hull city centre until they sold the business last year.
Chef Mr Stockdale, who has almost 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, said: “With Hull’s maritime heritage it’s really surprising no one has opened a trendy fish and seafood restaurant that reflects all that history. We’re putting that right.
“We’re also really close to the Humber, from where Hull’s fishing fleet used to set sail, so the location is perfect.
“The Fruit Market is a fantastic blend of the old and new, with high-quality new businesses breathing fresh life into the old buildings in and around Humber Street. We’re also bringing something very new to the Fruit Market and Hull as a whole, while paying tribute to the city’s seafaring past.”
The new venue has been inspired by the acclaimed Wright Brothers restaurant in London’s Borough Market, which has been hailed as a “seafood mecca”.
Wright Brothers was founded by brothers-in-law Ben Wright and Robin Hancock, whose love of oysters led them to open the original Wright Brothers Oyster & Porter House restaurant in Borough Market. The pair have since launched a series of Wright Brothers eateries in some of the capital’s trendiest areas, including Soho and Spitalfields.
Mr Stockdale said: “We want to bring to Hull the quality of food and surroundings you get at Wright Brothers and other leading seafood restaurants around the country, without it being pretentious or stuffy.
“People will be able to come in and feel really comfortable and chilled out, to enjoy a great meal and a few drinks in a place with a lovely look and feel. It will be the sort of place you can come to for a casual meal or an occasion.
“The menu ranges from simple fish and chips to lobster and amazing seafood platters so, if you love seafood, you’ll love it. But there’s also a few non-seafood options, so no-one will be left out.”
The couple say they’re excited to be part of the remarkable rejuvenation of the Fruit Market, which was the centre of Hull’s wholesale fruit and veg trade for decades and has now been reinvented as the city’s first urban village.
An ongoing wave of investment has seen the waterside quarter become a vibrant new community, featuring independent, creative businesses, restaurants, bars, galleries and shops. Work is also under way on a high-quality development of mews-style homes, with the first residents due to move in by the end of the year.
Mrs Stockdale said: “We’re really excited to be part of the Fruit Market. It’s a stunning, unique place, with so much going on and new ventures opening all the time.
Humber Fish Co. is the latest former fruit and veg warehouse to be converted into an exciting new business as part of the £80m regeneration of the Fruit Market, which is being driven forward by Wykeland Beal, the joint venture formed by commercial developer Wykeland Group and housebuilder Beal Homes, working in partnership with Hull City Council.
Tom Watson, Development Surveyor for Wykeland, said: “It’s great to see another independent business launching in the Fruit Market and adding to its appeal as a unique destination.
“Humber Fish Co. maintains the high-quality threshold that the Fruit Market is known for, and is a very welcome addition to the area.”