Alexander's Skipton - Valentine's Menu
Graham Clark, Features Writer
Opened at the end of last summer, Alexander's in Skipton aims to bring an elegant dining experience to the town. Situated at the top end of the High Street by the church and castle, they do not appear to have much competition in terms of the type of dining they offer.
Admittedly there are two fairly new pizza restaurants opposite Alexander's, which are both excellent in what they do, but Alexander's seems to be aiming to appeal to a more sophisticated diner.
The main Dinner menu is definitely not bland with meat dishes including Harissa Spiced Yorkshire Lamb Rump, Treacle Beef and Potted Duck with Hazelnuts and Pink Peppercorns. Fish dishes include Sesame Crusted Sea Bass, Maple Seared Salmon and Whitby Crab Salad.
From 9-18 February Alexander's are launching a special Valentine's Menu which costs £36.00 each for 3 courses.
There is a bar area which you go through to enter the restaurant: first impressions though didn't seem to reflect the type of clientele they are trying to appeal to, as we encountered 4 men dressed casual style wearing hoodies who looked like they would probably be more at home drinking at one of the pubs down the High street: they eventually drunk up and left without eating.
Once inside the main restaurant the vibe and atmosphere picked up immensely. I thought it was nice to have a separate dining area away from the bar and someone has had the good sense to shield the walkway and door to the outside patio area, so you do not get any cold draughts when eating.
The lighting was just right, a relaxing ambience with the music being not too jazzy (why do most high end restaurants these days think it is ok to have abstract jazz as background music?) From what I heard it seemed to range from Simply Red to Koop.
The meal started off with an Amuse Bouche, which consisted of baked potato, cheddar cheese, homemade HP sauce mixed with Yorkshire Rhubarb. A good start which included a single pink rose being brought to the table.
My starter of Goats Cheese Croustade with confit tomato & basil pesto was hot, tasty and a good quality Goats cheese.
My partner went for the King Prawn Risotto with sweet potato & spring onions, which was plentiful, although the risotto might have been overcooked for some people.
My main of Beetroot & Hazelnut Ravioli served with lemon buerre blanc, broad beans and sherry picked shallots was wholesome but very rich.
My partner chose the Steamed Halibut served with Chinese greens, sesame prawn dumplings & palm sugar, which for her was disappointing: the plate it was served on was swimming in the dressing which made the vegetables soggy along with the bottom of the halibut.
To be fair the waitress did offer to re-order the dish but my partner hates waste so declined the offer.
Things improved with the desserts - my partner decided upon the Dark Chocolate Tart served with pistachio ice cream & cocoa tuile. The Chocolate Tart had a crusty light feel and the chocolate itself was intense and robust. The ice cream though lacked a strong taste.
My Lemon & Lime Posset served with cinnamon doughnuts complimented each other, although I found the doughnuts a little under cooked in the middle.
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We both found this to be top quality with a tangy Harrogate Blue, a subtle Brie, a not too mature but highly satisfying Montgomery Cheddar and a runny French Epoisses cheese, which was unique, in that outside France I have never been served this cheese in a restaurant.
I could recommend that a good Stinking Bishop cheese from the UK would also compliment the Cheese slate, though as the name suggests, could be a little too strong for many!
The open kitchen is a good way of seeing your food prepared. The service was first class (this was not just with us but I noticed everyone received a good service) and they never tried to over sell like in some restaurants.
Tap water was offered instead of branded bottled water, and it came with ice and lemon, ingredients many seem to not include these days.
Our fellow diners seemed to be couples and mixed parties eating off the main menu or Valentine's menu.
The food is fancy and they try hard to create a fine dining experience which it is - when they get it right.
Alexander's, 4-6 High Street, Skipton, BD23 1JZ
Telephone: 01756 228030
Alexander's Skipton - Valentine's Menu, 10th February 2018, 10:19 AM