Not to overload my blog with monthly features, but here's another one! To celebrate Hull being UK City of Culture this year I thought I'd do a little series on my favourite places in Hull - independent shops, cafes and the like because the independent ones are what really makes a place aren't they? Don't get me wrong, I love a good Costa, but there's nothing like a place with unique personality and a personal touch. Plus it feels pretty darn good to give local businesses a bit of support and love in a year that I'm sure is going to be an insanely busy one for them!
A place I knew I had to include because it does the best coffee I've ever had (in italics because that's how much I mean it) is Thieving Harry's. The coffee is just the right strength for me, the milk is so creamy, the temperature is just right and it's basically everything that the coffee snob and ex barista in me wants in a coffee. The cafe itself is in the most beautiful old warehouse by the marina on a cute cobbled street and the interior has kept the warehouse vibe with heaps of quirky features, while emanating cute cosy cafe at the same time. Dreamy.
I'd just like to point out that the pictures in this post weren't taken all on one visit - I'm not that greedy I promise (although I probably could eat all of this if given the chance because it's all so delicious). Let's start with breakfast. I don't actually have a picture of my all time favourite breakfast from here, probably because I guzzle it down as soon as it comes before I've had a chance to take one, but it's their homemade honey baked granola, which is served with greek yogurt, berries and a berry compote and I genuinely think I could probably live off just that and not get bored of it. What I love about their breakfast menu is that it's served until 3.45pm so you can literally be the latest riser ever and still get there in time for breakfast/brunch. Anyway, what I do have a picture of breakfast-wise is their eggs on toast with chorizo and tomatoes. They do a variety of eggs on toast (yes avo lovers, they've got one for you too) but I think this is my favourite even if I do leave feeling like I need to eat nothing but kale for a month because I've got chorizo fat oozing out of pores (too good to resist though).
Now let's talk about lunch. It's funny because the lunch menu isn't the biggest, but I'm still always in a dilemma trying to choose between things to have. My favourite thing to get is the soup of the day with half a grilled cheese (usually the avo one because I really am that basic). The soups are ridiculously tasty - posh soup at its best I'd say and I don't know how they make it, but there must be some ingredient in it that makes even the most boring sounding flavour soup the tastiest thing you've ever eaten. Also the soups are perfect for dipping chips in - is that a gross thing to do? Then there's the grilled cheese, which I need to find a different word but 'tasty' to describe because I feel like I've used that a zillion times already, but yeah...they're bloomin' tasty.
I'm yet to visit in the evening, but that's 100% on my to do list as I know they're open late on weekends for drinks and food ands it would be the best place to just chill and drink with friends in. So basically if you like amazing coffee, great food and a unique and beautiful setting this is the cafe for you and one of the many reasons you should visit Hull (or just go to the cafe if you already live here...)
What's the best coffee you've ever had?