The culinary delights of Skipton are in many ways as rich and diverse as its history. There are a great many restaurants, pubs, cafes and diners which serve dishes ranging from gourmet French cuisine to traditional British fish and chips. With this in mind, we’re launching our “Skipton Press guide to eating in Skipton.” The first article in the series will cover three of Skipton’s top-rated eateries according to the world’s most popular travel website, Tripadvisor.
French, British, European
Ranking on Trip Advisor – 6th
Le Caveau is a staff favourite here at The Skipton Press. With a diverse menu and locally sourced ingredients, Le Caveau has an inviting ambience and an equally inviting wine menu. Interestingly, the restaurant’s building was a prison for Craven District criminals in the 16th century! Thankfully, prison food is but a distant memory and we can recommend it very highly.
Head Chef and owner Mark Byron’s passion for food is evident in the restaurant’s dishes – and with a very reasonably priced set menu and excellent à la carte offering, Le Caveau is as ideal for a candlelit dinner for two as it is for a party of up to thirty diners!
User Review –
“The restaurant provides French-style cuisine. It’s set underground in an old cellar, which, with its vaulted ceilings, gives it a unique atmosphere. The menu is extensive and offers a wide selection of meat and fish dishes. On our visit, we were spoilt for choice and I could have returned each night for a week before I had exhausted everything that took my fancy. The food was beautifully cooked and presented. The wine selection was also good and the ones we selected were a pleasure to drink and they complemented the meal. The service was perfect as was the attention to detail. Our evening was more than a meal – it was a dining experience. – 5 Stars!”
Oakley’s Grill & Pizzeria
Italian, Pizza, British, Grill
Ranking on Trip Advisor – 5th
Set over three floors, this family-run restaurant was founded in 2009 by Jamie Oakley and his father in law, John Cox. Jamie has an impressive culinary résumé, having worked under two Michelin star chefs: Yves Thuries in his South-France Le Grand Ecuyer restaurant, and celebrity chef Anton Mossiman at Mossiman’s in London.
With an impressively large menu, catering for all tastes, Oakley’s is guaranteed to have something for you!
The pizzas are delicious and reasonably priced, and the salads are scrumptious. We recommend the Seabass & King Prawns, which, although on the pricier side, are well worth the money!
User Review –
“Hubby had the Cajun crispy prawns for starter and I had the hot cheese and spinach dipping pot – it was gorgeous!! Kiddies both had garlic bread with cheese. For mains the children had a ham and pineapple pizza and a mini cheeseburger (it was huge!!!). I had the sticky duck salad and Mark had a calzone; he won’t be able to eat for a week after that one! The kids managed to have dessert but we couldn’t move after it!
The kids’ £1 meal even came with entertainment! With a pot of crayons and Lego, we didn’t hear from them until it was time to go – when they didn’t want to leave!
The waiting staff couldn’t do enough for us despite being so busy.
Will defo still be recommending and returning! – 5 Stars”
Fish & Chips
Ranking on Trip Advisor – 4th
Famous for its traditional fish and chips, Bizzie Lizzie’s is nothing short of a Skipton institution! Like many others, we at The Skipton Press have fond childhood memories of eating their delicious fish and chips by the canal.
Founded in 1986, their first restaurant can be found a stone’s throw from the town centre on the picturesque banks of the canal. The restaurant takes its name from founder Jean Ritson’s middle name of “Lizzie” and the later half was chosen as that’s exactly what the owners wanted it to be… “Busy”! Luckily for us, that’s exactly what it always has been – and, now celebrating its thirtieth birthday this year, the family-run restaurant has gone from strength to strength!
Over the years they’ve received a number of accolades, including the top award at the National Fish & Chips Awards in 1999. For three generations, people have travelled far and wide to taste their award-winning food. In 2002, they were proud to become the first fish & chip restaurant in the country to obtain an Investors in People Accreditation.
Needless to say, Bizzie Lizzie’s serves delicious fish and chips and comes highly recommended. Throughout almost 30 years in business, it has become part of the Skipton landscape and has brightened up many a day with their delicious fish dishes.
User Review –
“The cod was cooked beautifully and the batter was crispy and gave off that beautiful crackling sound when you stab it with the fork! Mushy peas were delightful and the chips were on the same level. – 5 Stars”