Hull – Chilli Devil’s Real Ale and Chilli Bar

I’m really not sure that I’ve ever visited a pub, or indeed restaurant, that specialises in craft beer and chillis. But I think that this is a great idea, and I strongly approve. This pub is in the Good Beer Guide and, as the advertising on their window suggests, it’s also the smallest pub in Hull, so I wanted to get there early when I knew that I could get a seat.

I didn’t have any problems getting a seat and I was the only customer for the entirety of my visit. Still, friendly staff member and there’s a nice vibe to the place, although I’m sure it’s all a bit more charming in terms of the atmosphere later on in the day.

They weren’t selling any chilli dishes when I was there, although I knew that before I went in as they chalk up the options on a board outside (and they actually chalk up the options above the bar, and I’ve just noticed they do have one up here, which I missed at the time). If there was definitely a chilli available, I might well have been tempted though. Although, the pub doesn’t accept credit or debit cards, which is a marginally surprising decision as I’ve seen very few pubs stick rigidly to this. To be fair, they make this clear outside and inside, so no-one would be surprised. And it made no difference to me, since I was always intending to pay with cash.

Now, this was very lovely indeed, the Tonkoko Milk Stout. Very rich, creamy, coconuty and the strong flavours which I like. I was very tempted to get another half pint of it, but I had more pubs to visit in the city, but it’s one of the best beers I’ve had in a while.

All in all, a really charming little pub, and another deserved entrant into the Good Beer Guide. The local CAMRA group really haven’t let me down this week.