York boasts more than its fair share of British history, but in recent years it has also become a haven for food fans. As you soak in the sights of York, either through Shambles Market or past Micklegate bar, you'll likely walk past Skosh, housed in its own Grade II-listed building. Skosh has built a real cult following thanks to chef Neil Bentinck's international small plates - Bentinck's globe-trotting style takes inspiration from Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas, and he blends these influences into a smart menu full of bold, colourful dishes.
The restaurant is bright and welcoming, with a large, busy open kitchen at the back that is always full of life. The menu at Skosh is designed to be super flexible, so guests can order and eat everything together, or enjoy dishes at a more relaxed pace. Dishes are split into vegetable, fish, meat and raw, with a handful of snacks and desserts also on offer. Snacks include the likes of wild garlic flatbread with Yorkshire pecorino fresco, and Whitby crab puris with mango and tamarind, before moving onto dishes like salt-aged beef rump tartare with cauliflower, preserved chilli and furikake, duck egg and potato congee, and chargrilled galician octopus with pear and black bean from the rest of the menu.
Afters include some more savoury cheese-based options (gorgonzola dolce cheesecake with fig chutney ice cream) as well as classic sweets (pineapple cremeux with Madagascan vanilla, chilli and passion fruit).
The wine list is compact, with wines divided into different flavour profiles to make it easy to find what you're looking for, as well as an emphasis on locally-brewed ales and lagers.