RestaurantsNorth YorkshireYorkYO1
98 Micklegate, York, YO1 6JX

Harden's says

Chef patron Neil Bentinck's adventurous restaurant, situated just beyond York's Micklegate Bar, serves up small plates and snacks of modern British fare with serious Japanese and Middle Eastern influences. The name originates from the Japanese 'sukoshi', meaning “a little” or “small amount”.

survey result

Summary

£63
  £££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Clever small plate dishes with exciting flavour combinations” have established Neil Bentinck’s city-centre destination as one of York’s most popular in recent years. “Some seats are up at a counter watching the chefs at work, whilst the remainder still have the atmosphere of being in a busy kitchen restaurant”. “Getting a table can sometimes feel like trying to get tickets for Glastonbury, but it is really worth it for amazing British-Japanese fusion food that’s so inventive but not too expensive, with new dishes being created all the time”. “Relaxing, with a buzz of warmth and efficiency”: “It leaves you with a deeper love of humanity and a sense of what a great local can give!”. “Looking forward to the knock through to next door” – planning permission was finally granted in early 2023 and work is due to be complete by the end of the year.

Summary

£62
  £££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“It’s worth getting one of the counter tables so you can watch the chefs work” at Neil Bentinck’s “go-to”, small, city-centre destination – one of the top three most commented-on destinations in this decidedly foodie city. “It is a place people rave about and once you have been, you become part of a community where your mind is blown by the flavour combinations that Neil and his team bring together”“amazing, amazing, amazing!". “You could describe it as British-Japanese fusion” (‘Skosh’ is Japanese for ‘small amount’) – “very inventive using local ingredients and exceptional for the price”. “It’s a convivial place with friendly staff” too (“walking in and sitting down for dinner is almost like being at a friend’s house – relax and laugh out loud, like there are no strangers around”). Top Menu Tips – “the ‘egg’ is divine as a pre-starter and the buttermilk chicken is to die for (but the vegetables are also treated with care and respect to make excellent dishes in their own right)”. (In late 2021 an application was put in to expand the restaurant, and Neil hinted in a May 2022 Yorkshire Post article that change is coming some time soon).

Summary

£62
  £££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Next level!” – Neil Bentinck’s funky, small city-centre dining room continues to be one of the highest-performing and most commented-on destinations in this very foodie town. The menu revolves around “eclectic small plates alongside a small but excellently curated wine list” and the cuisine is “brilliantly conceived and superbly executed”.

Summary

£46
   ££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Every time I know that I am going to Skosh I am excited days beforehand as I know that I’m in for a flavour sensation!” – Neil Bentinck’s city-centre four-year-old invites some comparison with local rival Roots (the only York restaurant to generate more reports than here) and the tapas-style dishes his kitchen produces feature “stunning food combinations, brilliantly conceived and executed, with flavours that linger long after the meal ends”. “It’s a small place, and not fancy” but fans feel “it’s lovely like this” thanks to its “modern and fun” approach and “chilled vibe”.

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Owner's description

Skosh started simply, as a word that represented a concept.

It has evolved into a contemporary dining room serving uncomplicated yet refined dishes in a comfortable and informal manner.

At Skosh, we serve our food in the form of snacks and small plates, this allows you to have as little or as much as you want, grazing as you go, or if you prefer, gradually served course by course to give you a complete dining experience.

Chef proprietor Neil Bentinck and his team of local tradesmen reimagined the space of a Grade II listed building, situated just beyond the ‘Micklegate Bar‘, a 12th Century gateway into the Historic city of York. A bespoke dining room with an open plan kitchen was designed to specifically create a unique experience in which to enjoy the eclectic food on offer.

We do look forward to welcoming you soon.

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£9.80 £18.00 £9.00 £4.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £26.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%

Restaurant details

Yes
No dress code
Yes

The chef

Neil Bentinck

Chef/Owner. Hands on leader. Coach. Self-appointed business man.

Skosh Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Skosh Restaurant in YO1, York by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Skosh restaurant.
Craig H
Just one of my favourite places to eat Alw...
Reviewed 7 months, 9 days ago

"Just one of my favourite places to eat Always interesting food at a very good price"

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John H
A 'small plates' restaurant with excellent ...
Reviewed 7 months, 17 days ago

"A 'small plates' restaurant with excellent food and a great atmosphere. Service was good; just attentive enough and dishes brought to the table in good time. Always busy; in fact, since we went it has closed to expand into the vacant unit next door so must be doing very well."

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Terence C
Imaginative selection of small plates for s...
Reviewed 9 months, 3 days ago

"Imaginative selection of small plates for sharing, good drinks selection, friendly service. The only minus point is that the tables are very close together and it's noisy. They have expanded the restaurant since our visit, so we look forward to visiting again (there is a long waiting list for a table, that's how good it is) to see if the ambience is improved "

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98 Micklegate, York, YO1 6JX
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday12 pm‑2 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑2 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
SundayCLOSED

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