Romantic Dinner Date at The Deep Aquarium in Hull, East Yorkshire

I visited Hull for the first time last week for Valentine’s. During the planning stage, I came across the Two Rivers Restaurant at The Deep Aquarium. I don’t think me and Tom could have passed up on the opportunity to dine with fish swimming past us while having a 3-course meal!

The Deep Aquarium & Two Rivers Restaurant, Hull. Marine fish tank. Review by The Confessions of an Online Shopaholic

The Deep Aquarium & Two Rivers Restaurant, Hull review by Jennifer Lam (The Confessions of an Online Shopaholic)

Why The Deep?

I thought it was about time I visited Hull, as it was named the UK’s City of Culture in 2017. I had searched up aquariums around the UK two year’s ago, and came across The Deep. It has since been on my list of aquariums to visit, purely because of its Two Rivers Restaurant!

Jennifer Lam with boyfriend Tom Kirkby at the Two Rivers Restaurant in Hull

The Deep Aquarium & Two Rivers Restaurant, Hull. Review by The Confessions of an Online Shopaholic

I travelled almost 3 hours on the train to get to Hull, but I wasn’t disappointed! The architecture of the aquarium building is just as stunning as the interior. We visited on Valentine’s Day as our little date. It probably wasn’t the best day to pick considering it was the school holidays as well. It was extremely busy, but we already factored this in.

Despite how busy it was and the massive queue we waited in before getting it, it was very spacious inside. I got to see my favourites, which are jellyfish, turtles, clownfish and axolotls. So, I left a happy bunny! I even got to see Leaf Cutter Ants in action! I’ve only ever seen them on TV and videos, but it was so interesting seeing them in person!

The Deep Aquarium & Two Rivers Restaurant, Hull. Marine aquarium. Review by Jennifer Lam from The Confessions of an Online Shopaholic

Axolotls at The Deep Aquarium & Two Rivers Restaurant, Hull. Review by Jennifer Lam

Jellyfish tank at The Deep Aquarium & Two Rivers Restaurant, Hull. Review by The Confessions of an Online Shopaholic

Turtles at The Deep Aquarium & Two Rivers Restaurant, Hull. Review by Jennifer Lam

How Was The Two Rivers Restaurant?

The Two Rivers Restaurant was one of the most romantic and intimate dates that me and Tom have been on. We’ve dined in various Michelin restaurants, in fancy hotels, etc. But, nothing compared to this! We were so fortunate to get such a good seat. I’m one of those people who gets really anxious when I’m placed in a restaurant where I can’t look up or else I’ll lock eyes with some stranger. If I feel uncomfortable with the seating in a restaurant, it instantly ruins the entire meal for me. It’s the most irrational thing, but I can’t help it.

Jellyfish tank at The Deep Aquarium & Two Rivers Restaurant, Hull. Review by Jennifer Lam from The Confessions of an Online Shopaholic

Feeding time at The Deep Aquarium & Two Rivers Restaurant, Hull. Review by The Confessions of an Online Shopaholic

However, on this occasion I was seated on the far left of the massive fish tank and there were massive spacings between us and other surrounding couples. I just felt so relaxed and at ease. It was so pleasant, because during natural breaks in conversations, you could look up and admire the beautiful fish swimming by. We were also placed in the jellyfish room, which is quieter and has a more romantic setting.

The waitress was so lovely and massive credits to her for being so attentive. We were allowed to walk around parts of the aquarium while waiting for our food. We had a 3-course meal, which included a Strawberry Bellini, which is one of my favourites!

“If you want dinner date in an aquarium on a budget rather than flying to Dubai, the Two Rivers is for you!”

Two Rivers Restaurant meal review by Jennifer Lam from The Confessions of an Online Shopaholic

Jennifer Lam dining at the Two Rivers Restaurant, Hull with her boyfriend Tom Kirkby

Would I Recommend This Aquarium?

Not throwing shade at Sea Life, because I love the chain. But, The Deep definitely blew it out of the water. It’s a place I would love to take my future children, because it’s so interactive. There’s so much to see, and you can spend a good 1 hour to 1 hour and a half here.

Tickets are very reasonably priced too! It was £12.50 each for a student ticket, adult tickets are £13.50 and child (3-15) is £11.50. If you book online in advance, it is slightly cheaper. The journey from my hotel (I stayed at Doubletree Hilton) was fairly reasonable too, at £4.50 one-way.

Dessert at The Deep Aquarium & Two Rivers Restaurant, Hull

Jennifer Lam with her boyfriend Tom Kirkby at the Two Rivers Restaurant in Hull

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13 Comments

  1. February 23, 2018 / 10:06 pm

    Beautiful pictures. The restaurant looks beautiful and romantic. ????

  2. February 23, 2018 / 10:24 pm

    We have been saying for years we would like to go for a day out with the kids to The Deep as Have heard so many great things about it! I had no idea they had a restaurant but it looks AMAZING!!! Looks like you had a fantastic time and your photos are stunning. Thanks for sharing ????

    Melanie | http://www.frasersfunhouse.com

    • February 24, 2018 / 12:36 am

      I would highly recommend it, they’d absolutely love it! Because I went during the school holidays, there were so many children running around, but I think a majority of their faces showed how happy they were! There’s a kids play area near the cafe as well, which I thought was a very nice touch. Thank you so much Melanie and for taking the time to read it! ????

    • February 25, 2018 / 12:58 pm

      Thank you so much! That’s so kind of you and it was definitely a beautiful aquarium! Thank you for taking the time to read it and watch my video, it means a lot! ❤️

      • February 25, 2018 / 1:57 pm

        My pleasure! ❤

  3. sharnahsblog
    February 26, 2018 / 5:08 pm

    can’t believe how cheap this is! I thought it would be a lot more expensive. you look so lovely too! I’m glad you had a great time and I can’t wait to watch the vid! xx

    • February 26, 2018 / 8:34 pm

      I thought that when I went there and you can even return there with your ticket at a future date as well! Thank you so much ☺️ Hope you enjoy the video and thank you for taking the time to read the post as well!xx

  4. March 9, 2018 / 7:42 pm

    Visiting the aquarium is always fun! Love how you two spent your Valentine’s Day date out there :). I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed your time at the restaurant and it’s a big bonus that you got to see sealife next to you!

    exquisitely.me

    • March 10, 2018 / 11:40 am

      I definitely agree, you can’t go wrong with an aquarium date haha! Yes absolutely, it was a beautiful evening ☺️ Thank you for taking the time to read about my little trip there! ????

  5. March 10, 2018 / 4:02 pm

    I love this! I think it’s so cute that you spent Valentine’s Day by the aquarium. Loving the pictures by the way!

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