The Admiral of the Humber
Reviewed By: eGDC Ltd on October 1, 2013
The Admiral of the Humber is a J D Wetherspoons pub in Hull city centre. The location has decent food at a decent price, and costs a bit more than a fast food restaurant would.
The Admiral of the Humber, Grosvenor House, 1 Anlaby Road, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU1 2NT.
8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Breakfast Menu
12:00 PM – 11:00 PM Main Menu
- Reasonable Prices
- Decent Quality
The Admiral of the Humber is on Anlaby Road in Hull. The pub was visited on a Tuesday lunch time and was moderately busy, although there were still plenty of tables free.
It does not have table service, so to order food you must first select a table and then go to the bar to order and pay for it. Should you wish to order any additional items, you must return to the bar and order them there again. Once the food has been ordered, it is brought to your table when ready.
There are a number of offers throughout the week: Steak Club, Curry Club, Fish Friday and Sunday Club. These are on different days of the week and are fairly self explanatory. Each gives the opportunity to get a deal on certain items, as well as some additional offers.
The Steak Club is on a Tuesday and this was the menu ordered from. There is a reduced price on a number of meals: steaks, mixed grills, spare ribs, gammon and chicken dishes. Combos and sauces can be added to the main dish for an additional cost. Each dish includes a drink, which can be chosen from a range of lagers, wine, spirits, soft drinks and hot drinks.
Cutlery, wrapped in a napkin, is brought to the table with the ordered food, and individual condiments are available from jars on a table. The food itself was brought to the table about eight minutes after ordering it.
The dish ordered was the 8oz Sirloin Steak, and the included drink ordered was a draught Pepsi. The steak was ordered rare and came with chips, peas, half a grilled tomato and a grilled flat mushroom. The portion of chips seemed a little on the small side, but there were plenty of peas. All the vegetables had been cooked fine. The range of condiments did not include French mustard; this had apparently been discontinued for the time being, but was being brought back.
The steak was 35 days matured British or Irish beef – most places are careful to state that after the recent beef fuss – and was very nice. It had been cooked perfectly, and had plenty of flavour, was tender and wasn’t fatty.
The draught Pepsi was as good as can be expected from a draught drink.
One offer with the Steak Club is that any of the desserts from the main menu can be ordered for £2.10, no matter which is chosen, and their normal full price varies from £2.70 to £3.70. Ordering the dessert required a second visit to the bar. This could have been ordered at the same time as the main course if desired though.
The dessert ordered was Pancakes with Ice Cream and Maple Flavour Syrup. This could also have been ordered with strawberry & blueberry compote, rather than the syrup. The dish consisted of four warm pancakes, these were small ones, more like Scotch pancakes, or drop scones, as they were small and comparatively thick. They were served with two scoops of vanilla ice cream and a jug of the maple flavour syrup.
The dessert was nice, but not exceptional. The pancakes themselves were probably, and tasted as if, they had been pre-made and then warmed through. The ice cream was an average vanilla, and there was a decent amount of the syrup.
The total cost of the meal came to £9.59, which is quite a reasonable price for the quality and quantity of food. One disadvantage when dining alone is the lack of table service, as this means you have to go to the bar to order more food or drinks, leaving the table. Which runs the risk of either losing your table, albeit briefly, or losing possessions left there.
The dishes were not cleared away very quickly; those for the main course were not cleared away until the dessert was brought out, but an apology was made for this, and the dessert plate hadn’t been cleared before the pub was left.
The overall cost and quality of the food is decent enough. It is not spectacular dining, but certainly better food than a fast food restaurant. 3/5.