The Punch Hotel Hull

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CIC regularly works with community pub company, Hawthorn, and was appointed to help the tenants of The Punch Hotel, Hull. As an iconic, Grade II listed building, situated within the heart of the City of Hull, the tenant was looking to refurbish both the interior and exterior of the pub during the lockdown in early 2021, ready for its reopening in May. The tenants were keen to bring the heritage of the pub to life, while embracing a stylish botanical look, linking to the city’s seafaring history. The timeframe was set at three weeks to complete all work.


Location: The Punch Hotel, Hull

Client: Hawthorn Pub Co

Timescale: 3 weeks

Value: £140k



  • To refurbish both the interior and exterior of the pub before reopening after the lockdown
  • To create a botanical look in keeping with the history of the pub


  • Project was completed in just two weeks, a week ahead of schedule
  • Locals have welcomed the new look of the pub
  • Collaboration with local contractors


CIC set about refurbishing the interior of the property, replacing fixtures and fittings, and installing a new commercial kitchen. All timber floors were sanded, repaired and re-sealed, and new tiles were fitted by the bar area. While redecorating the toilets, CIC also installed panels and a Victorian style door to separate them from the main bar area. Embracing the building’s former Edwardian glory, and creating the sought-after botanical look, CIC redecorated the interior of the pub in the style of an elegant gin palace, resplendent of the era. Dark fixtures and fittings and faux plants completed the look. CIC also managed all exterior works to restore the entire outside seating area which now features a mural of the old docks. The exterior of The Punch Hotel was also cleaned and restored. With the ability to seat up to 100 people, the back gardens of the pub were rarely used so CIC painted an exterior wall, removed vegetation, fully overhauled, and cleaned the guttering and repaired and painted all exterior timber. Wherever possible, CIC use local contractors when working on site and called upon the services of a Hull company to repair and restore a stained-glass window in the pub.


Howard and his team have helped transform a fantastic Edwardian pub back to its former gin palace glory. The help his team has given us with design choices and their execution in delivery has been excellent, and I would recommend them without hesitation.

Chris Forrest Tenant of The Punch Hotel