I went to Hull's gaming pub - and did not want to leave

Just on the outskirts of Hull City Centre is a corner pub with an unsuspecting 200-year history.

Spring Bank Tavern dates back to 1825, albeit operating under a different name. The then Pineapple only lasted for around ten years before rebranding to the name which everybody knows today.

Although there was a time that Spring Bank Tavern looked to be lost to time, having been closed for well over a decade throughout the 2010s, the bar had a new lease of life when it reopened its doors in 2021. Taken over by two former workers from Hull Royal Infirmary, the place has undergone a huge change - becoming a dedicated gaming bar and hosting plenty of events throughout the week.

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Just based on the exterior of the place, you can tell that there is history in the bricks. The corner entrance has a huge black sign above the door, although the golden writing looks to have worn away over the decades - only adding to the historic feeling of the place.

With a free pool table, even before stepping foot into the premises, I could hear the sound of a break. The front room's walls were decorated with coasters and a blackboard that has been signed with plenty of names; presumably a wall of fame for recent pool winners.

As I went to the bar, the barman was telling a few of the punters the rules of cornhole, the bean bag throwing game. Their house lager was called The Good Sh*t, without the asterisk, although I stuck with half of a Staropramen.

The second room was armed with games and plenty of seats on a platformed stage. If anybody has visited Spiders, imagine that, but as a pub.

I took a look at the games collection, spotting a few fan favourites such as FIFA and Skyrim. But the next seat along really took my interest.

The so called "Emulation Station" had more than 1,000 games across a range of consoles; NES, PlayStation and Sega Mega Drive to name just a few. I was delighted to find out that Pokémon Leaf Green was included, and I loaded up for nostalgia's sake. For those wondering, I chose Charmander.

Even though the doors had only just opened, plenty of people were coming and going. QR codes are scattered around the place to allow customers to request songs and there were some expected metal-y tunes playing given the vibe of the place.

Completely invested in my save, as much as I wanted to I could not stay all evening. Although I was a bit early for Spring Bank Tavern's weekly Thursday open mic, the place has other events throughout the week. Monday is Dungeons and Dragons night, Wednesday is Jackbox Party Games and Sunday is a Film Night.

The fact I can sit in a corner and play a ten-year-old Game Boy Advance game while nursing a drink will always sit well with me. And with £3.50 cocktails advertised, lots of events and so many games to take you back to your childhood, it's well worth a visit.