Pub Of The Week: The Whalebone, Hull

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Hull city centre is home to several museums illustrating how people used to live; there’s a street life museum, a maritime museum and one in a trawler on the river.

However, if visitors want to see how Hullensians lived over the past couple of centuries, they should head for The Whalebone.

Built sometime around 1800, the pub is probably the city’s last remaining example of a docker’s pub; it has traditionally been frequented by them and most of the clientele seem to be former fishermen. The pub makes no excuses, takes no prisoners and stands as a monument to the drinking culture of the working men of the city.

The walls are covered in pictures of old Hull pubs and memorabilia from sporting events and can usually boast a handful of equally fascinating regulars waiting to debate the finer points of both topics.

It has been rebuilt, refitted, closed and re-opened over the years but for the past decade has been curated by landlord Alex Craig. When the house next door became available, CAMRA stalwart Alex bought that and turned it into the Whalebone brewery. He now brews two house ales – Diana and Neck Oil – which he sells for a quite incredible £1.60 a pint. Be warned, though, it won’t be to everyone’s taste.Dave Lee

The Whalebone, 165 Wincolmlee, Hull. 01482 226648.

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