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Reviewing the new menu at Princes Quay’s true American bar & BBQ

It was a year ago that we first visited the newly opened BrewDog, partnered with Red’s True BBQ. Situated on the Princes Dock Street side of Princes Quay with a terrace overlooking the water, the venue boasted amazing food and drinks as well as shuffleboard, arcade machines, board games, and books, all in a rugged but comfy environment.

It’s always a pleasure to see businesses in Hull evolve, especially eateries, so when we received an invitation to check out the brand-new menu we were straight back at their doorstep! The restaurant still emanates its signature energy, retaining the balance between a laid-back hangout and a trendy eatery. The shuffleboard and a new arcade cabinet beckoned, but we were there for the food.

Red’s greatest assets are the huge smokers in the kitchen, which allow them to create authentic low and slow American BBQ dishes inspired by the founders’ tour of America so long ago. Adding to the dining experience, the staff are more than happy to offer free tasters of any drink from Brewdog’s board too, taking the risk factor out of trying a new drink to go along with the food.

We dug into a generous spread laid out for us, starting with the ‘Nacho Average’; a burger that, true to its name, is loaded with nacho fragments, nacho cheese sauce, Red’s in-house chilli, smoked bacon, and American cheese.

We had 2 other burgers too: the first, ‘Red’s Buffalo Bird,’ a meticulously assembled beast boasting a double stack of crispy chicken and a hash brown, accented with American cheese, shredded lettuce, pico de Gallo, buffalo sauce, and white onion. And the second, perfect for our plant-based friends: ‘The Plant-Powered Patriot’, which successfully mimics the comfort and indulgence of its meaty counterparts, featuring a Redefine Meat patty, plant-based bacon, and vegan cheddar among its ingredients.

For those dining in groups, ‘The Red’s Feast V2.0’ presents a perfect option. Served in a (very clean) American dustbin lid, the feast includes burgers, hotdogs, chicken tenders, wings, onion rings, slaw, chilli nachos, and fries – a cornucopia of Red’s signature dishes. Smaller and more affordable than the original, it’s designed for 2-4 people; a lot more approachable while still anything but modest. We loved it.

Their hotdogs are top notch too – we dug into a chilli dog, a frankfurter adorned with homemade beef chilli, pico de Gallo, and crispy onions, which was absolutely divine. And Red’s isn’t all massive burgers and trays piled high, they offer lighter choices too – we tried their Chicken and Bacon Caesar Salad, rich in smoky and creamy flavours.

Brewdog have gone all out on their dessert menu this time too. A playful interlude was offered through a game of rock-paper-scissors against our server, winning us a free dessert for the table! We chose the ‘Death by Chocolate’, a multi-layered chocolate fudge cake paired with chocolate ice cream, all drenched in chocolate sauce and adorned with chocolate M&M’s – decadent doesn’t even begin to describe it.

The Donut Cookie Burger was a star too, featuring Red’s glazed doughnuts as ‘buns’ containing a warm chocolate cookie ‘patty’, vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, and honeycomb sprinkles. The Oreo & Donut Shakes offered whimsical yet decadent finishing touches.

We had a great time again at BrewDog & Reds, and the new menu has bumped it even higher on our list of places for a great night out. Give it a try, and let us know what you think!

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