It’s been almost a month since Alexander’s Bar and Restaurant opened. Last week I was invited along for ‘a taste of ‘. It wasn’t what I expected.
The (impressive) website said ‘European inspired’… and my self-talk went something like “European…Skipton… ok then!”
I LOVE that “Wow” was the first thing we said once through the doors.
I LOVE it when a place does that to you!
The above view is the back of the property (from the road-bridge across the canal), the entrance is round the front directly opposite the castle.
A tiled parlour is a welcoming entrance to this Grade II listed building. On arrival you’re greeted by a friendly face asking if you’re looking for drinks or have a reservation. With booths and stools, this is a bar area by night and serves morning coffee and pastries from 8am. A gelato bar is in the pipeline… (they’re big on gelato here).
Twelve meters of pewter bar runs along the walk-way from front of house to the back, attention to detail is what makes this environment so appealing – (or should I say a-peel-ing as the owners are PEEL Entertainment Group providing entertainment for many cruise ships round the world, hence the amazing screens!
The transition from the Edwardian front, to the modern feel at the back is effortless. Colonial palm prints and gold pineapples (chosen long before they began trending) take you away some place, as does the food!
We have small plates (think tapas) and it’s seriously good food (halloumi fries?! Genius!). The chef wearing a flat cap (they all have flat caps on here!) sits at our table and chats with us. We talk about the food but also about the challenges faced in opening and staffing a place like this given its location. He isn’t about ‘the sell’ or trying to impress us and neither is our host, both are genuine, honest and open – I like that.
Outdoors is a ‘not so’ Secret Garden. I’m a huge fan of al-fresco and this is a quality experience! Landscaped terrace with patio heaters, huge umbrellas and glass awnings mean our unpredictable British weather isn’t a problem for diners. The lower level overlooks the canal which is rather lovely and very Yorkshirey.
Whilst sat eating, my friend Sarah and I are talking about the people we’ll bring here and all the occasions this place will suit. We had a great first experience, and I for one think it’s a beautiful addition to Yorkshire.
You can visit Alexanders website here – (it’s worth it just to see the fancy moving palm leaves part and the day/night pics!)