I've been in a few pubs around Hull but only when visiting family. And they were mostly shit holes and/or not away friendly, walking into the Silvercod (will be walking past it pre and post game though ) with a "not from 'ull" accent isn't recommended, anyway, where's the best/closest pub pre match?
Where To Drink?
Tim Jones a visiting Aston Villa supporter informs me; 'The Brickmakers pub virtually opposite the stadium car park entrance is now open to away fans. Good atmosphere, friendly Hull fans, Big screen Sky Sports and a burger van outside'. Whilst Villa fan Neil Tate adds; 'There is the nearby Walton Street Social Club that lets in away supporters. Although it costs £1 to go in, it has good cheap beer, is of a good size and offers a separate area for sale of food such as burgers and chips etc.. There were plenty of fellow Villa fans in there during our recent visit. Turn right out of the main car park entrance and it is down the road on the left hand side.'
There are a number of other pubs within a few minutes walk of the stadium, but these are all designated as being for home supporters only. Most Hull fans still seem to be heading for pubs situated around Boothferry Park. These are best avoided by away fans particularly the Silver Cod pub. Otherwise you can head for the nearby City Centre, where there are plenty of pubs to be found. Sam Carroll suggests the 'Linnet & Lark' on Princes Avenue. As Sam says; 'It has lots of TVs showing Sky Sports, making it perfect to watch the early or late kick off games. It is a 15 minute walk away from the stadium, going across the pedestrian footbridge over the railway line. Also there are a number of other bars dotted along Princes Avenue, which should be okay for away fans to drink in. These include PAVE, which has a great selection of beers from all around the world and quality food. Look out for their "matchday special" pint, pie, peas and mash for just £6. There is ample parking in the streets off the avenue. Closer to the stadium around a 15 minute walk up Walton Street, is the Avenues pub on Chanterlands Avenue, that welcomes both home and away supporters.'
Robert Walker adds; 'If you are walking to the stadium from the City Centre there are several pubs on Spring Bank, including the Editorial and the Tap and Spile. Or there is the Admiral of the Humber (a Wetherspoons outlet) on Anlaby Road near Hull Paragon Railway Station'. This Wetherspoons pub is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Andy Beill adds; 'I'd recommend The Punch Hotel pub. It is situated in the town centre next to the Princes Quay shopping centre, so not far from the train station. It does great homemade food'.
Otherwise alcohol, Carling & Marstons are served within the stadium at £3.20 per pint. However for some high profile matches, the club do not provide alcohol to away supporters.
I know Hull well. If I were you I'd drink on Princes Avenue before and after the match. There is a stretch of bars at the bottom end of Princes Ave that are frequented by Hull fans but will be totally trouble free and busy, but not so busy that it is impossible to get a pint and if the weather is good you can drink outside. You can park further up Princes Ave away from the bars and restaurants or just off it (Marlborough Ave, Westbourne Ave) for free.
Pave Bar is the best for real ale and foreign lagers, Linnet and Lark and Old Zoological are the only pubs with Sky Sports. There are a number of others that all OK (Garbutts, Dukes, Lounge off the top of my head). All but Linnet Serve decent pub food. There is also a chippy and Kebab shop.
From the bottom end of Princes ave it is about a ten minute walk down Derringham Street across the railway foot bridge and to the ground (just follow the crowds). The away end is 100 yards to your right as you file down stairs off the walkway.
I wouldn't drink anywhere near the ground as the pubs on Anlaby Rd, Walton Street are pretty shit and I would guess home fans only. Especially the Silver Cod, which you seem to have sussed out already!! There are plenty of good pubs in the City Centre but they tend to be in the Old Town which is a good 10-15 min walk from the train station and going away from the ground. All the pubs around the train station are pretty rubbish. The Wetherspoons near the train station is called the Admiral of the Humber but I've no idea what it is like on matchdays. It is a 15 minute walk to the ground from there or the railway station down Anlaby Road / Argyle Street and across the railway footbridge again.
Like I say I know Hull well so any further questions please don't hesitate.
My brother lives just round the corner from the silver cod . So will be parking on his street. Getting there early and spending some time with my nephew first, then move onto pubs. Looks like we'll walk/bus into town then make our way to pubd closer then ground.
Last edited by Hand ShAndy!; 17-04-12 at 11:38.
I went to Walton Street Social a couple years back - Away fans and home fans mixed ok, although the venue was nothing special. 5-10 minute walk to the ground depending how fast you walk.