Probably the most interesting and exciting new drinking hole to open its doors in East Yorkshire for quite some time, Furley & Co finally started trading in early trading December and has proven an instant and very welcome hit.
Taking up three floors of a former shipping office (hence the name) bang in the middle of the city’s shopping district, Furleys has the unenviable task of trying to tempt in drinkers long since used to taking their business to the Avenues area of the city. This they’ve done by offering real ale and ciders in a stripped-back, no-nonsense environment.
The pub is a joint venture between the brains behind the popular Chequers micropub in Beverley and one of the original partners of the hugely-successful Kerb Edge mobile burger company. And it shows.
There are a variety of hand-pulls and cask ales selected from the region and the best of the rest of the U.K. and rotated so often the chalkboard menu has scorch marks. There is also a stack of proper cider boxes and plenty of bottled continental beers in the fridge.
As well as the exemplary drink menu there are pork products, hot dishes of the day and hearty sandwiches. Soon there will be continental meats and cheeses and (once the upstairs floors are fully complete) a more extensive menu aimed at serious diners is planned.
Decent, independent real ale pubs have been creeping back into the heart of Hull for a while, but there has not been anything on the scale of Furleys until now.
Furley & Co, 18-20 Princes Dock Street, Hull HU1 1XE.
DRINKS SELECTION 4/5