York has cemented its place as one of the North’s best foodie cities with an awesome showing in the new UK Restaurants Top 100.
The city has three restaurants in the latest list, just released as part of the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards.
And the city even has the Restaurateur of the Year!
Well done too to Skipton resturant The Angel at Hetton, which is number two in the list.
Here are the full York accolades.
Skosh – number 18
95 Micklegate, York
“Chef-patron Neil Bentinck sends out a procession of small plates that deftly mix influences from Britain, Europe and Asia, especially Japan,” say the National Restaurant Awards judges.
“It’s an ambitious approach that has been gleefully embraced by locals and visitors, after rave reviews from national critics, helping to turn Micklegate into a food and drink hotspot in the walled city.”
It opened in 2006 in a refurbished Grade II listed building in a “a pared-back space where the exuberance of the food takes centre stage. The people of York couldn’t be happier.”
Le Cochon Aveugle – number 41
37 Walmgate, York
“There’s no menu online at Le Cochon Aveugle. In fact there’s no peeking at the menu when you get there either because there isn’t one,” say the judges.
“Instead, chef-patron Josh Overington serves a four- or eight-course ‘blind’ tasting menu (Cochon Aveugle is French for ‘blind pig’) with guests discovering what they are eating when the dishes arrive.
“It’s a brave and slightly mischievous idea, which adds drama to the dining experience and allows the restaurant to adapt dishes to the seasons and which ingredients look good on a particular day.”
Roots – number 51
68 Marygate, York
It is run by Tommy Banks, whose Black Swan at Oldstead is at number 10 in the list – and Roots is that restaurant’s “city slicker” sister, say the judges.
Earlier this year, Roots became the first restaurant in the city to be awarded a Michelin star.
“Roots has switched from a la carte when it first opened to a tasting menu format that brings to the fore ingredients from each of the growing seasons.
“The 11-course £95 menu might feature the likes of raw beef, horseradish and charcoal; and monkfish with smoked butter and pickled mussel – but whatever the season you can guarantee plate after plate of clever, refined cooking that feels fresh and inventive and with flavours turned up to 11.”
Restaurateur Of The Year
The Black Swan at Oldstead
“Tommy Banks has had a very busy lockdown, pivoting from running two successful restaurants as well as farm to creating one of the biggest success stories in the restaurant meal kit sector,” say the judges.
He created home delivery meal kits with the Made In Oldstead brand, and made regular food deliveries to NHS staff at the height of the pandemic.
“In addition to all this, Banks’ restaurant group was recognised by Michelin earlier this year, with his York-based Roots picking up a Michelin star, the first in the city to do so, and his flagship fine dining restaurant The Black Swan at Oldstead winning a new green star, recognising its sustainability credentials.”