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Artisan food hall gets go-ahead
Artisan food hall gets go-ahead
31 January, 2020

After submitting a planning application in 2019, Hammonds of Hull owners are delighted to have their application for an epic ‘European-style’ food hall with the very best of British local produce & culinary expertise, accepted by Hull City Council.

The owners have expressed their excitement and are ambitious in their hopes that the development can be a catalyst for Hull City Centre regeneration, kickstarting the night-time economy of the local area. 

The application from Hammonds of Hull, alongside Artisan Food Hall Hull Limited, proposed a unique dining experience with communal tables and food market stalls. Boutique food and beverage offerings will sit in what was once the ground floor of the popular department store and will spill into the surrounding streets to give a real European experience. 

Since submitting the application, both the landlords and the developers are committed to supporting the food hall with a 52-week, year-round event and promotional calendar that will take place during the day, on evenings and weekends – with both adult and family-friendly entertainment on offer. 

Eann Smith of Artisan Food Hall Limited said: “We’re really excited to get the project up and running and we’re keen to speak to local businesses about potential opportunities. We’re bringing something completely different to the area and in doing so hope to drive more visitors into the city, increase footfall and put Hull on the map as a tourist and leisure destination.”

The ground floor Artisan Food Hall market is set to open its doors in September 2020 and the proposed hours of operation are Monday-Saturday 7am-11pm and Sunday 7am-10pm.

A spokesperson, on behalf of the landlords said: “We’re thrilled that the planning application has been accepted and we’d like to thank Hull City Council for giving us the opportunity to drive regeneration in the area. We’ve got big plans for the building and we’re confident that we will make it bigger and better than ever.

The Artisan will not simply be a dining experience but also a fresh food shopping experience. It’s the mix of the two that is really unique and we hope it will provide the local community a destination to eat, shop and enjoy – and the plans for the basement are just as exciting.” 

Paul White, Agency Director at Hull-based commercial property specialists Garness Jones, says enquiries about space across the four floors of HoH have been ‘phenomenal’ since outline plans were first revealed last September.

Now, with the food hall being approved by Hull City Council, Mr White says he is confident negotiations over the rest of the development will progress well.

“It’s a significant step forward for the development as a whole, as we are now in a position where all key planning issues have been resolved and it is a case of making what is a tremendous space fit for purpose for those who want to be involved,” said Mr White.

Trading initially as H.W. Hammond & Company, then as Binns and finally House of Fraser, there has been a department store on the site since 1916. The current building on site dates from 1952, after the previous building was affected by bombing during World War 2 and rebuilt. The top (fourth) floor is a 1960s addition. The building is a locally listed building, of a reinforced concrete construction, faced with Portland stone.

To find out more about the building’s redevelopment or to enquire about leasing opportunities please visit:

Twitter: @HammondsOfHull 

LinkedIn: Hammonds of Hull

To find out more about Artisan Food Hall visit: or contact Eann on 07837 220270.