Harden's survey result
A “great concept, expertly executed” – Josh & Victoria Overington’s “superb” venture provides some of “the best high-end dining in York”. “Josh is rightly lauded for his food” – “unique, experimental, fun, complicated, very intelligent” – and the format is that you get what you are given (which changes between days, and even between tables on the same sitting) from a four-course or eight-course menu. To accompany, there is an “exciting”, “fairly priced wine list with huge number of wines by the glass” presided over by Vicky. “It’s limited by its small space, but they try hard” and the whole experience is “ungimmicky” and shows “remarkable attention to detail”.
“Sit back, relax and trust that you will eat a stupendously exciting meal” at Josh Overington’s simple-looking, small venture – “a quirky outfit”, whose “blind tasting menu” (you are served whatever the chefs decide to feed you) creates a sense of “pure theatre”. “The food is full of surprises” and married with “some extraordinary wine pairings overseen by sommelier partner Vicky Roberts, from an entirely French wine list with something like 80-100 bins, and including some really unusual regions”. “Staff are superb and it’s entertaining to see them hard a work in the kitchen which is separated from the diners by a low wall”. (They also run Cave du Cochon a few doors down – a natural wine bar, serving small plates, cheeses and charcuterie).
Ex-Waterside Inn chef, Josh Overington’s “tiny” (seven-table) venture, a follow-up to the Blind Swine, is “excellent on all levels”. “The most important thing you have to do is trust” – “there’s no menu”, so you just choose “six or nine courses of whatever the kitchen is preparing that day” – and “you will get the most extraordinary meal”. It’s a “bloody bargain”, too!
Ex-Waterside Inn chef Josh Overington's follow-up to the Blind Swine is a “tiny (seven table) restaurant” serving some of York’s best food; the fixed six-course tasting menu, which changes every two weeks, is in fact “not so much a meal as a performance”, with “touches of brilliance”.
37 Walmgate, York, YO1 9TX
|Wednesday||6 pm-11:30 pm|
|Thursday||6 pm-11:30 pm|
|Friday||6 pm-11:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-11:30 pm|