I have walked past the Cooks Endeavor bar and restaurant for years and the bland dark facade has never tempted me to walk beyond the permemantly closed door which is also due to the restricted opening times.
After a drink in William Hawkes opposite my wife and I intended on going for a nice meal somewhere which is largely impossible in Hull City centre. We saw what looked to be a menu taped to the window of the Cooks Endeavour and walked accross the street to have a look. It seemed expensive but did offer what looked to be "fine dining" meals so we thought we would take a chance.
The bar was empty when we walked in at about 8pm and a temp waitress sat bored behind the bar but the view through an open kitchen door suggested a well maintained and modern looking kitchen so we continued.
After asking if we could dine we where led upstairs to the small but intimate dining room were the waitress had to go back and find the key to the room only to be accompanied back upstairs with the Australian chef who shoulder charged the door as it was not locked but simply stuck.
Candled were lit and we were given the menu which had a small selection but offered good meals with what looked to be quality produce.
The mood of the room was very 18th century with old photographs of Whitby telling a silent story of a distant past when Whitby and it's residents toiled against raging seas and tougher times.
The wait was about 25 minutes but the food when it came was very nicely presented and showed that the chef through every effort into what he wanted to portraty as fine dining. The food itself very nearly matched its premise but just lacked that final push that would have seen it grace menus in the true quality restaurants that this unasuming establishments would dearly love to be.
However, that is not to say that this rough diamond does not rank among the better restaurants this city has to offer and the chef, albeit a colonial cousin shows his passion on every plate we recieved. Why he chose Hull to work in I don't know but if he is willing to commit this sort of cuisine to this city then I think the people of Hull who want a little bit more than an ASK pizza or a Curry from Beverley road would do a lot worse than vist Cooks Endeavour.
I for one will put it firmly at the top of my list of place to eat when I want to escape the humdrum of processed establishments and the multi mix environments as "family pubs"
I would say that they need to advertise better but as far as I am concerned, if I get the same peace and quite of the intimate comfortable surroundings then it's just fine that they carry on as they are.
Well done Marty (Chef)
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