Hey guys! One of my favourite pastimes is visiting independent cafes especially for the first time. My go to cafes in Hull have been Nibble and Liquid Jade for a while but me and my family decided to branch out and visit White Rabbit Chocolatiers Hull for the first time towards the end of October. I have visited the Beverley branch pre-covid so I don’t know if this first impressions post is cheating a bit but I only had a hot chocolate while I was there and didn’t get to sample any of the other amazing food that they have. Plus the layout of the cafes are completely different as well. So here are my first impressions of the Hull branch of the White Rabbit Chocolatiers!
I booked a table not wanting to leave anything to chance. As it turned out, it wasnt very busy when we visited but they did reserve us the most coveted table with a view out of the window onto Paragon Arcade. The cafe is laid out with the counter to order at downstairs and a majority of the tables upstairs. They had a reasonable amount of tables that was comparable to other Hull cafes. It might be a bit harder to get seated if you are a bigger party since most of the tables are set up to seat only 4 at most. However I was impressed with how well they had utilised the space to their advantage.
The cafe interior design was obviously based on Alice in wonderland, in particular on the White Rabbit (hence the name). Different coloured diamonds in a symmetrical pattern formed the wallpaper for a feature wall. Comfy cushions were dotted around the tables that matched the wallpaper. They even had little plants on some of the tables which I thought was a really nice touch. A wonderland esque mirror and clock were hanging on the feature wall, completely fitting in with the theme. Several windows created a view out onto Paragon Arcade from above.
Since we had gone around lunch time, we ordered from their lunchtime menu. It was limited with only about 5 sandwich options to choose from but I suspect this is probably because they put more emphasis on hot chocolate and cakes in their cafe. I opted for a Cheddar cheese sandwich with mayo and coleslaw. It was absolutely delicious with the toasted bread crumbling in my mouth alongside the distinctly flavoured cheese that practically melted into the mouth with the mayo. It was well worth the money we paid for it and definitely something that I would love to eat again.
I found it so hard to choose between the cakes because they had so many good choices. I was stood for about 5 minutes debating between the different cakes before I finally selected the chocolate kebab. This featured two pieces of brownie and a marshmallow that were dipped in chocolate and connected with a skewer. It was very sweet and the chocolate melted into the brownie and marshmallow perfectly. After having eaten my sandwich I didn’t manage to finish my cake as well so the staff very kindly put it in a box for me to take home.
Overall, I had a very enjoyable experience at the White Rabbit Chocolatiers. The staff were friendly, the food was delicious and the interior was very aesthetic. I’m already looking forward to my next trip!
Thank you for reading this post! What is your favourite cafe? Let me know in the comments! There’ll be another one out soon but until then bye for now!
Amelia Grace a.k.a Amelia in Hull