The Ship Inn in Hodgson Street has been around for 200 years
Tucked away down a side street in an industrial area of Hull lies a pub with 200 years of history.
You could be forgiven for taking a glance and assuming it is one of many drinking establishments to fall by the wayside over the years. Landlords in pubs off the beaten track have been struggling long before the double whammy of the Covid pandemic and cost of living crisis.
Rising costs and taxes, cheap alcohol in supermarkets and social changes, which mean a pint after work is no longer the habit of working people, have ensured years of struggle. But the Ship Inn in Hodgson Street is enjoying a new lease of life thanks to the passion and dedication of owners Dean Kirk and Neil Brearley.
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“I have been in the pub trade for nearly 20 years and ran pubs like the Oberon and the Land of Green Ginger, but I have been out of the trade for a few years,” explained Dean, who previously worked at The Ship decades ago. “I wanted to serve real ales and keep this as a traditional pub.
“It was 34 years ago I was a barman here and now I own the pub with Neil. There have been a lot of rumours it would be knocked down and turned into a garage. But the Ship is still here.”