From left, Taphouse Brewpub owners Guy Falkingham and Lee Kirman with developer Wykeland Beal’s Tom Watson outside what will be the latest destination venue in Hull’s Fruit Market.
A contemporary brewpub is set to open in Hull’s urban village with a working brewery, creating 12 jobs
The Taphouse Brewpub will offer an extensive range of bottled and canned beers, quality wines and artisan spirits addition to the ever-changing choice of more than 30 draught real ales, craft lagers and ciders in a high-quality bar.
The venue will stage a series of drinks festivals and also bring an innovative approach to its food offering. During the week the menu will focus on platters while, at the weekend, street food operators will bring their own unique tastes to the venue’s kitchen.
The Taphouse Brewpub will also host a regular entertainment programme featuring music and spoken word performances, with an emphasis on supporting local artists and contributing to the Fruit Market’s unique cultural vibe.
It will also have a dedicated function room which will be available for corporate and social events, product launches, private parties and wedding receptions.
The opening capitalises on the growing popularity of brewpubs that offer discerning drinkers a wide selection of craft beers brewed on the premises in a high-quality environment.
The new business has grown out of one of the waterside community’s pioneering ventures, the Yorkshire Brewing Company micro-brewery, which has been hand-crafting quality beers in Humber Street in the heart of the Fruit Market for more than six years.
Yorkshire Brewing Company owner Guy Falkingham has joined forces with respected local licensee Lee Kirman to develop the Taphouse Brewpub concept and the pair are investing more than £150,000 to turn their exciting vision into reality.
Work is well underway transforming Yorkshire Brewing Company’s premises in Humber Street to create the new venue and breathe new life into yet another of the Fruit Market’s former fruit and veg warehouses.
The Taphouse Brewpub will have a stripped-back industrial look and feel, with original features conserved, revealed and restored, including exposed beams. The venue is due to open in December, creating up to 12 full and part-time jobs.
The concept is inspired by destination brewpubs in major UK cities and abroad such as Howling Hops and The Bohemia in London, The Gas Works Brew Bar in Manchester, and Warpigs brewpub in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Mr Falkingham, who has extensive experience of brewing and festival and events organisation, said: “It’s been a long-held ambition to create a venue like this and I’ve been talking with Lee about it for more than a year. Now it’s all coming together.
“People love being where products they enjoy are made. Our customers will be able to come here and taste the beer that we’ve brewed, while watching the brewers at work, in a relaxed, welcoming environment. It will be an all-round, authentic experience.
“They’ll also have the opportunity to taste beers and other drinks that they don’t usually have access to, because we’ll bring in artisan drinks from far and wide.
“Our brewpub will be a genuine combination of a brewery and a contemporary bar, with an innovative food offering, hospitality and entertainment.”
Mr Kirman co-owns the Minerva pub and Humber Street Distillery Co. gin bar in the Fruit Market with his partner Charlotte Bailey and brings a wealth of experience running licensed premises to the partnership.
He said: “My expertise is on the retail side and Guy’s is in brewing, so we think it works really well to bring the two together. We’re already part of the Fruit Market community, so we know how special it is and we want to create a place that reflects its unique character and complements the other venues in the area.
“We’re also excited by the opportunity to transform this old warehouse into a very special place to visit and enjoy. We’re creating this from scratch and we believe this venue, and its location, will mean there will be nowhere quite like it in the North of England.”
The new venue will have 4,000 sq ft of space, including a mezzanine level, with the floorspace split between the bar and the production area. It will have a welcoming, glazed bi-fold entrance on Humber Street, with the brewery illuminated and on view from Pier Street, making it a feature of the Fruit Market.
The Taphouse Brewpub is the latest new business to be announced as joining the ever-evolving Fruit Market, which has been transformed from a near-derelict area into a flourishing commercial and cultural community.
The regeneration of the area features independent creative businesses, shops, galleries and restaurants, with a high-quality residential development also taking shape.
Mr Falkingham added: “Both of our businesses have been an integral part of the Fruit Market for several years and we’ve grown with the area. We feel privileged to be able to create this venue in such an atmospheric waterfront location. We think it’s the best place in the city and we’re very excited about how the area is moving forward.”
Councillor Daren Hale, Hull City Council’s portfolio holder for economic investment and regeneration, said: “This exciting venture adds to the eclectic mix and vibrant offer of Humber Street.
“The £80m regeneration of the Fruit Market, through the council’s partnership with Wykeland Beal, has revitalised the area. It is a fantastic example of the progress we are making in turning Hull into a world-class visitor destination.”
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