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The Whittington & Cat

Commercial Street, Hull, North Yorkshire, HU1 2SA, United Kingdom

Phone number +441482327786 Email Website

A little history of The Whittington & Cat. This historical building which as a rich history located on the old docklands of Hull and was damaged in both world wars. It was purchased derelict back in 2007 by ourselves and then respectfully restored and transformed into the guest house and bar it is today. Built in the 1830s, the original name of the tavern was The Whittington Inn, with suggestions there was a pub on the site previously. We’ve always been told it was called The Whittington because of Dick Whittington and his cat. Rumor has it that he apparently visited the site, therefore that’s a suggestion where the name came from. Dick Whittington and his cat is the English folklore surrounding the real–life Richard Whittington, a wealthy merchant and late Lord Mayor of London. The story goes he visited areas renting out his cat to cull the rising rat populations, and while sadly there is little evidence to suggest he did own a cat, there is real possibility he visited Hull though. As a merchant, he most likely would have visited Hull’s ports, and the pub is situated close to the marina where he may have traded.


  • Check in: 5:00 PM till 8:30 PM
  • Early check-in available on request
  • Check out: 10:30 AM
  • Child Policy: No preference
  • Smoking Policy: No smoking
  • Pets: No pets
  • Parties Allowed: Parties not allowed

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