The Admiral of the Humber, Grosvenor House, 1 Anlaby Road, Hull, HU1 2NT.
This is a J D Wetherspoon pub in the centre of Kingston-upon-Hull.
1 Anlaby Road, Hull, North Humberside HU1 2NT, UK
The pub was visited at lunchtime during the week and was very busy. A table was available, but it wasn't clean at the time. I assume that, due to the number of customers, staff had not had the time to clean it. The menu on the table was also a bit dirty and sticky.
Ordering food is done at the bar. After selecting a table, you make a note of the table number, and then pace your order at the bar. Service at the bar was quick and, after ordering, I then returned to my table to wait for the ordered food. The order took about eight minutes after placing it, which was good time considering the overall level of custom, with the location being probably more than 90% full. Your cutlery is brought with the food, wrapped in a napkin. Although it wasn't actually dirty, the cutlery was a bit smeared and could have been cleaner.
The main course was a gourmet beef burger, which is a 6 oz 100% British beef burger, served in a bun. It's topped with Danish bacon and two blue cheeses, Stilton and Shropshire Blue, spring onion sauce and onion rings in beer batter. Additional toppings were sliced tomato, sliced red onion and lettuce. Sides served with it were chips and a small tub of tomato relish, and the meal includes a drink, which could be chosen from a wide range including soft drinks, bottled and draft beers, wine and spirits. The drink chosen was a draught Coke.
The draught Coke was as good as can be expected. Draught is substantially inferior to bottled or canned. The burger had been cooked properly and not overcooked, a frequent problem. The chips were cooked, but were also not overdone, and the salad was fresh. The blue cheese in the cheese sauce was not that strong, but if it had been it probably wouldn't have been liked by many customers.
After finishing the main course, the bar was visited again to order a dessert. Unfortunately, due to not being served in turn, this took longer than the first visit. The main course dishes were cleared away whilst at the bar.
The dessert was a Belgian waffle with two scoops of ice cream and chocolate sauce, although fruits of the forest sauce was an option. There was plenty of chocolate sauce, and the ice cream was still frozen, not melted.
The dessert was enjoyable, and the waffle had not been overdone, as a similar desert in other venues had sometimes been burnt.
Whilst the food at The Admiral of the Humber was not gourmet cooking, even though the burger was called a gourmet burger, it was a reasonably priced enjoyable meal, with the cost of the entire meal coming to £8.24. The courses were delivered to the table very quickly considering the number of people in the location. The place was not actually dirty, but overall cleanliness was a bit sub-standard.
A disadvantage of the venue is that it's not waiter service, so you have to go to the bar whenever you want to order something. This means if you have to go to the bar when dining alone, either you need to leave something at the table, or possibly find someone else at the table when you come back. This is more of a problem in peak times.
This place provides decent food at a decent price, and a good place to do when shopping in time. Whilst not exceptional, it is a step up from sandwich bars and fast food places.