Looking for the perfect restaurant in Skipton? Food is a big part of The Skipton Press. In fact, we have an entire section of the site dedicated to it here. That’s why it’s with mouthwatering pleasure that we bring you our “Best Restaurants In Skipton.”
The Top Rated Restaurants in Skipton
The restaurants found in this round-up are the top-rated in Skipton and some of our favourite places to spend an evening. Once you read about the passionate folks behind them and the attention to detail that they put into their food, it’s easy to see why they’re so unanimously loved!
A supermarket with a passion for local, high-quality ingredients; an 18th century Arms; and a traditional French restaurant with a contemporary twist. They’re about as eclectic as they come! Whatever your taste, you’ll never be disappointed with the restaurants in Skipton.
If Sunday lunch is what you’re looking for, read our article about where to get the best Sunday Lunch in Skipton.
Alternatively, if you’d like a few drinks after your meal out, read our four brilliant bars in Skipton.
So without further ado, here are the best restaurants in Skipton (In no particular order… they’re all brilliant in their own right!)
1 | Le Caveau
French, British, European
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!
Customer 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!”
2 | Oakley’s Grill & Pizzeria
Italian, Pizza, British, Grill
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!
Customer 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”
3 | Bizzie Lizzie’s
Fish & Chips
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.
Customer 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. If you’re sampling some of the restaurants in Skipton, don’t miss Bizzie Lizzies! – 5 Stars”
4 | The Tempest Arms Restaurant
Bar, British, Pub
The Tempest has been serving great food for many years!
The present owners are Martin and Veronica, who’ve been running the restaurant for twenty years on behalf of the individual Inns group. In 2011, The Tempest Arms won the coveted Good Pubs Guide UK Inn of the year!
The menu centres around traditional pub food but with a twist thrown in here and there. Their portions are generous and they try and use locally sourced ingredients wherever they can.
With a great reputation and popular dishes such as “lamb thingy-me-bob”, slow-cooked belly pork, Stilton mushrooms, seafood pancakes and many more, The Tempest ticks all the boxes!
And with roaring log fires and cosy corners to make your own, it’s an ideal stopping point for locals far and wide.
Customer Review –
“We were only staying in Yorkshire for two nights (business trip) and this place was recommended to us by the receptionist at our hotel (she was a local, so always a good start).
Welcome – Brilliant; Service – Excellent; General ‘Feel’ and Ambience – Superb; Price – Amazing; Food – Oh My God!
My wife had the roast, which was massive, with a huge Yorkshire pud, which was perfect. I had the Elslack plough with baked pork pie, homemade Scotch egg, rare roast beef, home-roast ham, Lancashire cheese, chutney, pickled onions, mixed salad and chunks of crusty breads and butter, then I had the pudding.
10/10, enough said – 5 stars”
Visited October 2016
5 | Keelham Farm Shop
Café , British, Local
Well, where do you start when it comes to describing Keelham Farm Shop? It’s a unique place with a real sense of community at its heart. Naturally, we love it! The shop and the residing restaurant are the brainchild of siblings Victoria and James Robertshaw, who took inspiration from their family’s rich heritage of butchery and farming and have created a unique experience for locals and visitors alike.
Despite being just over a year old, they’ve grown fantastic relationships with local growers and merchants. They stock the produce and meat of over 400 local suppliers, whilst actively keeping waste to a minimum. If all businesses had the same values as The Keelham Farm shop the world would undoubtedly be a much healthier, caring and well-fed place! An alternative offering amongst the restaurants in Skipton.
The restaurant puts local produce at the centre of all its dishes, and all the ingredients can be bought in the shop. It serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon meals, showing off its abundance of beautifully fresh food. It simply is a must-visit!
“I’ve eaten at a lot of restaurants in Skipton. After friends recommended Keelham’s we arranged to meet our daughter for brunch. We arrived after 11.30 (we’re not early risers!) so waited until 12.00 for the lunch menu. The food was great, all sourced locally – great sausages and pies! The smoked haddock with asparagus was delicious! Then we spent about an hour in the shop – amazing fruit ‘n’ veg and local produce, including meats, bread and beers! There is a particularly impressive grains and rice dispenser in the middle of the shop. Did I mention the tractor display? You must visit if you are in the Skipton area! – 5 Stars”
Visited October 2016
6 | Le Bistro des Amis
Opened in 2010, Le Bistro des Amis was brought to Skipton by French-born chef Luc Dagazon. Dagazon has an impressive CV, including a stint at the award-winning Salvo’s in Leeds. As the highest-rated of all the restaurants in Skipton it truly is not to be missed.
Bistro caters for all, with coffee and pastries in the morning, a great lunchtime menu that goes into an early evening Menu Du Jour, or a three-course evening meal. As well as an extensive menu suitable for a romantic or group booking, there is a Les Petits Amis menu for children, making Bistro a restaurant for all the family.
Like the other two on the list, Bistro champions locally sourced ingredients. The food is delicious, the atmosphere friendly and the staff very attentive. If you’ve not visited Le Bistro des Amis then be sure to book a table soon!
“On visiting Skipton this Restaurant was recommended to us by local residents and they certainly didn’t let me down. The setting and décor were perfect for a evening meal, the service very good and the food superb. With an extensive wine list and generous portions it all combined for a memorable evening – 5 Stars”
Visited October 2016
7 | Wine by Slow Food Kitchen
Wine by Slow Food Kitchen is new to Skipton after the owners moved their restaurant from Keighley. It’s isn’t highly ranked on TripAdvisor as it hasn’t been open long, however, it’s already got people talking! Having run their business successfully, the owners felt it was time to move towns and bring their popular creations to the people of Skipton. Using only locally sourced produce, they change their menu of European-inspired main dishes quite often. They also serve a great selection of ‘sharing boards’ which comprise mouth-watering combinations of local meats, cheeses and veg.
“We have eaten here twice now and on both occasions, it has been exceptional in every way. The food is really delicious with a wonderfully international selection of dishes and plenty of choices for vegetarians. There is an interesting wine list and both our choices have gone down very well. The atmosphere in this small restaurant which is set in a quiet side street just off the main thoroughfare is cosy and welcoming. The delightful hosts could not be more charming and friendly. Prices are very reasonable. We honestly cannot find any fault with this most welcome newcomer to Skipton.”
Visited May 2018
8 | Musafir
Musafir (previously called Balti King) is on Keighley Road, near the Rendezvous Hotel. This spacious restaurant and bar serves some authentic and fragrant Indian cuisine and is one of Skipton’s most popular curry spots! Expect a warm and friendly greeting from the staff and excellent attentive service throughout your visit. The guys at Musafir are known for their wonderful hospitality as well as their delicious food.
“First visit for a takeaway after being recommended by a friend, we’re local but never tried them before and we were very impressed. Greeted warmly by all staff on arrival. We only had a Bhuna and a fish Thali, but boy was it good, especially the Thali, each little dish quite different, cooked to perfection, and really really tasty, in fact, we agreed best we’ve had in a long time. And reasonably priced. So looking forward to a return visit in the very near future!”
Visited May 2018
9 | Two Sisters Bar and Kitchen
A relaxed and friendly restaurant with a simple menu of good quality food and a great selection of drinks behind the bar. Two Sisters Bar and Kitchen is one of Skipton’s newer restaurants and is located on Mill Bridge. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and dogs are welcome throughout the day. They even have doggy treats behind the bar! Start with Baked Camembert with Onion Marmalade and Garlic Crostini before stretching your chops round one of their juicy homemade burgers.
“Another fantastic weekend spent in the Two Sisters! Such a firm favourite now, we had a fabulous night on Saturday partying the night away – great bunch of people in, amazing atmosphere and perfect way to spend a Saturday. Back in on Sunday for a birthday celebration with family and friends, food fantastic, service great and cannot recommend highly enough on all fronts. Every aspect is just spot on, everything combined to deliver a great experience whether that’s popping in for a coffee, sampling the delights from the menu or propping up the bar with a glass of wine!”
Visited March 2018
10 | Alexanders Bar and Kitchen
Alexander’s is a relatively new addition to the Skipton culinary landscape. Making a big impression for their unique style, Alexanders has an air of class which it carries through to its service, food and drinks offering. Their Head Chef is passionate and cooks up what are fast becoming some of Skipton’s favourite dishes. And if all that wasn’t enough, their roof terrace offers a spectacular surrounding for al fresco dining, which is somewhat unique to the area. They have an eclectic menu with dishes inspired by many different influences, and they even host special events such as their Grand Tour Supper Club, which invites guests to explore various cuisines from across the globe.
“Saw Alexander’s on Trip Advisor so thought we’d try it. I loved the look of the terrace overlooking the river. When we arrived we were pleasantly surprised. We loved it. It was cold so could not sit outside which was a disappointment but the interior is very smart. The food didn’t disappoint either. The service was excellent and quick. We were so surprised to see a place like this in Skipton. It is more like a venue you would find in Leeds. We will definitely be back.”
Visited February 2018
11 | The Angel At Hetton
No list of restaurants in Skipton would be complete without a mention of The Angel Inn at Hetton. Headed up by the immensely passionate foodie come wine enthusiast Pascal Watkins, and with one of the brightest Head Chefs in the region, the food at The Angel is, to describe it simply, delicious. The fact that they are the holders of two coveted AA Rosettes speaks volumes about the passion for food and service which Pascal and his team hold. If you’re looking for something special, The Angel should be at the top of your list. In terms of menu, you can expect to find a myriad of British classics, including, Starter: Assiette of Guinea – £9.50. Main – Harissa Roasted Monkfish – £22.00.
Perhaps leaning toward the more expensive end of the spectrum, The Angel is perfect for a special occasion or romantic treat…
“We returned to the Angel after a two year gap not sure what to expect from some reviews on this site.. We found the Angel on top form. Great cooking, top level beer and wine, lovely relaxed atmosphere, great room and Pascal orchestrating it all as only he can. Friends joined us on two nights and they loved it too. Good to see it mentioned in the Telegraphs list of the top 30 pubs for a relaxed break. But it is so much more than a pub. It is The Angel and it is a great place to stay.”