Le Caveau Restaurant
Hidden beneath the cobbled streets of historic Skipton, Le Caveau transforms a 16th-century castle dungeon into an exclusive town centre dining experience. There’s little evidence of the prison it once used to be – now you’ll find vaulted ceilings, beams and exposed stonework. The atmospheric arches, coupled with the sterling service, make this a special spot for a bistro meal.
As we browsed the menu in the cosy lounge area, the knowledgeable hostess was able to recommend wine pairings to match any menu choice. We eventually settled on delightful starters of king scallops and a dish of succulent wood pigeon atop a bed of risotto, and the gorgeous slow-roasted oxtail and Yorkshire duck breast for our main courses. Mark, the owner and head chef, champions local produce and clearly knows how to do the quality of his ingredients justice. Most meat is sourced from surrounding farms, and the fish is purchased at the market just down the road. Alongside the concise but original menu, a specials board ensures there’s plenty of variety, including game, fresh seafood and vegetarian options, and something to suit everyone’s budget. Le Caveau may be a small and almost secretive location for such a fine restaurant, but then again you do have to dig for diamonds.