This cool new tapas bar has opened in the city centre - and the food looks amazing

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 15 Jan 2018

A well-known Hull city centre restaurant has reopened as a tapas restaurant and cocktail bar.

Family team Kerrie Athorn, Katie Athorn and Julian Brice have opened Bévo’s tapas restaurant in the former building of Stanley’s Brasserie in Paragon Square.

The manager says the biggest difference for customers will be the change of food, although changes have been made to the kitchen and decor ahead of the opening at the end of 2017.

The team also run the Waggoners pub in Wawne and say the new restaurant is “totally different” but will have the same family focus.

Meatballs, with garlic ciabatta and creamy mushrooms

Manager Katie Athorn said: “Our menu is totally different to anything that was here before, and to what we do at the pub.

“We are a very family-oriented business and that’s certainly important to us. We want offer people decent value – we have a lunchtime offer we are doing for four tapas and two drinks for £20.

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“We’ve been open for a couple of months now, and before Christmas it was really busy, but now it’s January and it is naturally a bit quieter.

“We’ve had really good feedback so far, so are happy with how everything has been going. We keep looking to develop and add things to the menu.”

Katie Athorn and Julian Brice

Losing the recognisable Stanley’s name, which was a bourbon bar prior to the change in ownership, the restaurant has been renamed after chef Julian Brice’s father.

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He said: “A lot of people ask about where the name comes from. It’s named after my father. He was called Bernd Wolfgang but everyone shortened it by mixing the two names to get Bewo, but pronounced with a V.

“It was what everyone called him, including us. It was never Papa or dad, always Bevo. He has helped all with our businesses so I just wanted to do this as a way of saying thank you.

Bévo’s tapas restaurant, Paragon Square

“We’ve been running the pub for about 11 years and I’d had the idea to open up a tapas restaurant for a while. We are experienced in the industry – me and Kerrie have been doing it for 32 years - and Katie’s been doing it since she left school so we are confident it will work well.”

He says the food will include a wide variety of dishes, often based on what meat or fish looks good when he goes to markets.

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“The menu and food is quite self-explanatory really," he said. "We have big variety of tapas, and will often just go to the market and see what looks good and cook with that, fresh,” Mr Brice said.

Peri peri chicken skewers with dipping sauce

“A lot of customers are people who will be going to events, like the theatre, and a pre-theatre menu is something are looking to introduce.

“It’s quite quick food for people to have, a relaxed bite and a drink. Some people have come in for the bar but then had a dish or two alongside when they get peckish.

“Most of the changes have been in the kitchen, but generally we haven’t had to change too much. Inside we have changed the interior a bit and changed the furniture, but it was in a good state when we got it.”

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