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New Hull restaurant offers authentic taste of Italy with stunning waterfront views

Bert's owner Ellie Mewburn with General Manager Andy Chase and Wykeland Group’s Asset Manager John Gouldthorp
Bert's owner Ellie Mewburn with General Manager Andy Chase and Wykeland Group’s Asset Manager John Gouldthorp

A new restaurant has opened in Hull’s waterfront quarter offering a deliciously authentic taste of Italy with some of the city’s best views.

Bert’s Pizza and Gelato enjoys a prime riverside spot in the Fruit Market area, meaning diners enjoy stunning views overlooking Hull’s Stage @TheDock amphitheatre and iconic aquarium, The Deep.

Bert’s Pizza and Gelato is the second Italian restaurant to be opened by the family owners of successful East Yorkshire venue, Bert’s Pizzeria, and is the latest business to open at the flagship @TheDock site developed and owned by regeneration company Wykeland Group.

The Fruit Market area took centre stage during Hull’s year as UK City of Culture 2017 and is being transformed by a major urban regeneration project.

The Bert’s team knew the location on Hull’s own “riviera” was perfect as soon as they set foot inside No. 1 @TheDock.

Ellie Mewburn, owner of the new Bert’s Pizza and Gelato and the established Bert’s Pizzeria in Brandesburton, said: “As soon as we walked in, we said ‘this is Bert’s’. The floor-to-ceiling windows are very similar to those at our Brandesburton restaurant, which also has a view over an expanse of water. It’s us.

“The Fruit Market feels like the up-and-coming area in Hull right now. It’s the place to go for a dining experience and a great night out, and it’s where we and our staff like to have nights out when we’re in Hull.

“There’s a large community of professionals working in nearby offices, upcoming residential developments in the area and excellent footfall from visitors to The Deep and other nearby family attractions, as well as a thriving night-time economy.”

In keeping with the family feel, both Bert’s restaurants are named after Ellie’s grandfather, Bert Mewburn, and the opening of the 3,100 sq ft Fruit Market venue has created 24 new full and part-time jobs.

The restaurant has 80 covers inside with tables seating a further 32 customers outside for al fresco dining looking on to the open-air theatre and waterfront.

Bert’s Pizza and Gelato is open seven days a week from 10am until late. Coffee, gelato and cake will be served from 10am, and the full menu from noon.

Customers can expect top-quality ingredients, a simple menu and great value for money.

Tasty options include Antipasti, an Italian meats selection with roasted peppers, fresh mozzarella and homemade bread; Bruschetta Classica, tomatoes, red onion and pesto; Rocket and Parmesan Salad; Roasted Chicken Salad; a range of freshly baked focaccia sandwiches; and a selection of authentic artisan pizzas including a Light Bite Pizza which is under 600 calories.

For the sweet tooth, Gelato flavours include Tiramisu; Salted Caramel, Fig and Honey; Rhubarb Ginger; Bakewell Tart; and classics such as Vanilla; Belgium Chocolate; and Strawberry Cheesecake.

A range of waffles, sundaes, sorbets and milkshakes are also available. A good selection of hot drinks, wines, beers and soft drinks accompany the menu.

Prices for a 10in rustic artisan pizza range from just £5.95 to £8.95 and prices for delicious handmade gelato start at £2.10.

Bert’s is the latest in an ongoing wave of investment in the Fruit Market, where Wykeland is part of the Wykeland Beal joint venture with housebuilder Beal Homes delivering the £80m regeneration of the waterside district, working in partnership with Hull City Council.

John Gouldthorp, Asset Manager for Wykeland Group, said: “We’re sure Bert’s will be hugely popular, both with workers in and around @TheDock and the ever-increasing numbers of visitors to the Fruit Market.

“Just a few years ago this waterfront location was derelict and neglected. Now it’s a bustling hive of commercial activity, culture and leisure and a key part of the Fruit Market – the region’s fastest-evolving visitor destination. It’s a prime example of successful regeneration.”