Popular Avenues bar ‘re-vamped’ and back in hands of original owners

A popular Hull restaurant and bar which received a string of bad reviews before lockdown has re-opened back open in the hands of its original owners.

Garbutts was owned by business partners Adrian Black and Andrew Westerdale back in 2006, and it was one of the most popular bars on the thriving Princes Avenue, however after it was sold in 2016, it struggled to attract the same crowds.

Adrian and wife Victoria, who also own the successful Piper bar, in Newland Avenue, have now bought it back again, and have restored it to its former glory.

Victoria, who runs it, said: “We bought it back just as we went into lockdown, so we totally transformed it and literally changed everything inside it. It’s had all new kitchen, toilets, decor, everything. We’ve re-vamped the front and back outdoor areas and it looks amazing.

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The Avenues bar has had a massive transformation and is now contemporary and stylish - inside and out
The Avenues bar has had a massive transformation and is now contemporary and stylish – inside and out

“It used to be quite dark and dingy and now it’s bright and colourful.

“We’ve also brought back some of our menu classics, such as skewers and burgers, which we were really well known for, with the help of great new chefs.”

The bar has hired 15 members of staff, including a few familiar faces from the old staffing team, and Victoria said customers who might have been put off in the past need to come and give it another chance.

“When we had the restaurant and bar it was always absolutely heaving, and then it changed hands and got quite a lot of bad reviews. So we want people to know that the original owners and management are back, and we want people to come back and see us and give us a try.

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The outdoor area of Garbutts has also had a make-over
The outdoor area of Garbutts has also had a make-over

The Avenues suffered a bit before lockdown as many people were going to the marina, but actually I can really see that’s changing again now.

“Lots of places have now re-opened and the Avenues are thriving again with places to eat and drink, and people are coming back, it’s been really good.”

The bar is open every day, serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, and Victoria said whereas it used to be a standing-room-only bar, it’s now becoming somewhere people are going for a relaxed meal.



Garbutts has had a total transformation under the new owners
Garbutts has had a total transformation under the new owners

“We used to be mostly people coming for a drink, but now people are coming for meals or spending the afternoon sitting having a few drinks. We’ve got a great cocktail menu with lots of gins, and so we’re seeing a more relaxed, chilled vibe.

“It’s great to see the life coming back into the place, it’s been tough for the industry, but this is some happy news.”