Eating out in York, great coffee to beautifully presented food
This post is about a day eating out (& drinking) in York, the occasion was to celebrate a milestone birthday. Yep, I’m 21 again. For this reason some indulgence was on the cards, a lunch was booked at the acclaimed restaurant Skosh as well as going for a few drinks.
I’d put a message out on Twitter to ask for recommendations for food and drink and Skosh, together with the House of Trembling Madness came back as the ones to try from @MashtunandMeow, @FeastAndGlory and @missstephwalker. I added a few more places of my own for a breakfast stop and a treat place for cocktails.
I haven’t been to York for a few years and as we got off the train and took in the historic setting of the medieval walls and the characterful streets, I wondered why I’d left it so long.
Breakfast, Spring Espresso
First stop was Spring Espresso (45 Fossgate), it’s a modern and bright cafe with top-notch Square Mile coffee and a decent range of brunch choices. We were mindful that we had a lunch booking within a couple of hours, therefore we were retrained, just ordering a posh bacon sandwich with vine tomatoes and artisan bread.
The crisp bacon and sweet tomatoes worked a treat and the flat white was beautifully presented and perfectly made, smooth and rich with none of that burnt coffee flavour you get sometimes in chain places.
Cocktails, Cut & Chase
We strolled through the cobbled streets, criss-crossing through the city, deciding to take a refreshment stop at the bar/restaurant Cut and Chase (39 Goodramgate) near York Minster. As was a sunny day, we sat outside to enjoy our cocktails. To reflect the weather I chose a ‘Garden Party’ (£7.50) made with strawberry-infused gin, grand marnier, vanilla syrup, lavender bitters and lemon juice, served with a shot of prosecco. The sugar rim on the glass gave sweetness against the refreshing summery flavours of the cocktail, I was enjoying this birthday indulgence!
We walked onto our lunch spot, Skosh (98 Micklegate) and received a warm welcome at the door as were were guided to our table.
Skosh is small, the decor is light and smart with contrasting grey and yellow. I loved the little touches, the individual style of each piece of crockery, the open kitchen and even the wooden cradle for the cutlery.
I’d looked at Skosh’s menu beforehand to get a gauge of the style of the food, it’s innovative and interesting with a range of small plates from crispy saddleback pork and gooseberry ketchup (£4.50) to baked hake with cauliflower, miso and dukkah (£14).
There’s medley of Asian influences, with consideration for texture and colour so you find yourself presented with dishes that make you pause, take your time, appreciate the flavours and get you talking. On the recommendation of our waiter we ordered 5 plates, including the following and enjoyed a refreshing carafe of rosé (or two) to go with the food.
I did have to Google some dishes, that’s exciting though as I like to try new food and learn more about different cuisines. I did feel spoilt and was happy that I’d made the right choice of destination for my birthday. Service was great, the cauliflower and hake were the standout plates, although I was impressed overall.
There was only the fried chicken which slightly disappointed, it lacked flavour and together with the hollandaise, the whole dish was too rich in my view.
That said we just had room for a sweet and shared a mini doughnut and mango lassi.
Jay Rayner sums up Skosh perfectly in his review, ‘It’s that delight which comes from knowing you are in safe hands; that whatever is delivered here will almost certainly be worth the time and money we are investing in it.’ The Observer, 5 March 2017
One for the road, House of Trembling Madness
Before we headed for the train home, we had a drink in the House of Trembling Madness, which couldn’t be more different to Skosh! Described as a medieval drinking hall, you can admire the fine selection of taxidermy on the stone walls, together with heavy wooden beams ceilings and candlesticks dripping with dried candle wax, which all add to the historical atmosphere of the place.
There’s a decent choice of beer as well as cosy corners to settle into, actually for a Wednesday afternoon it was busy, I can only guess it is rammed on a weekend.
My beer to round off my birthday was chosen for the aptness of name, it was from Bristol’s Arbor Ales and called Respect your Elders!