1875 Joseph Rank (1854-1943), the founder of the company, was a third generation miller, who started in the business with an inheritance from his father that enabled him to rent a small flour mill in Hull.

He lost money at first and had to take a co-tenancy at West's Holderness Corn Mill which was driven by a steam engine, and which had 2 pairs of rolls as well as the conventional millstones. He was soon able to recoup his losses and set enough money aside to expand his business. At this time competition from American and Hungarian flour was an issue for English millers. Rank explored new milling methods to improve his competitive position against these foreign imports.

As mentioned The Cornmill Hotel was first built and used back in 1838 as an engine-house for an adjoining Holderness Corn Mill which has since been demolished. The mill closed, and the building was converted to a hotel.

After closing in 2007 it was fully refurbished and we brought the building back to life as a hotel and Italian Restaurant.

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  • Great location to get in and around Hull City Centre, very clean rooms within a quirky old building but with a modern refurbishment fell in keeping with the building character. The restaurant on the ground floor is so convenient and the food is beautiful. The nice outside covered heated sitting areas are well organised and the staff was very friendly.
    Stephen Crosby
  • Stayed for 2 nights in March 2019, from checking in, the service was excellent throughout and great value for money. Room was really modern and had a big shower room. Did not try the italian on site, but are coming back soon, so will be trying it then.

  • First time visiting the Italian restaurant attached to the Cornmill Hotel. Very, very impressed with the well presented setting and polite, friendly staff. Food was delicious & fresh. Very generous portion sizes and very competitive price. Free parking too. Looking forward to a return visit with my hubby very soon!

    Leanne C
  • Stayed here for 2 nights as we were visiting family. Room was clean, 24hr check in was really convenient and it was close to town. Plenty of parking too. Great value for money we thought. Will definitely stay here again when next in the area

  • Stayed at the hotel for a week, as I was working locally. The room I had was a double, very clean and comfortable with an en-suite. Even with a staff shortage the staff who were there were very professional, making sure the stay was comfortable as possible. Would stay again.

    Graham V