From a Hull patty to a 15p lager in Romania, our tipsters experience the delights of waiting for a train in cafes both ornate and perfunctory. With the odd live band thrown in
The Royal Hotel Hull is known locally as the “Station Hotel, ‘ull” because its rear entrance is within Paragon station. Look out for the statue of Hull notable, Philip Larkin. Its Victorian architecture is outstanding and afternoon tea, with Yorkshire tea loaf, is served in the lounge with its frieze of golden haddock, a reflection of Hull’s fishing heritage. In the restaurant, start with a local speciality, a Hull patty: a deep-fried ball of sage-flavoured mash, and follow with fish pie or fish and chips with local seasoning chip spice, and wash it down with a pint from Wold Top Brewery. The hotel is in the centre of the 2017 Capital of Culture.