Wine bars were quite the thing in the 70s and 80s and then they seemed to melt away, to be replaced by tapas bars. Happily, the arrival of Cave du Cochon is the real deal, a trad wine bar revisited, the young relation of the French-inspired restaurant Cochon Aveugle, a few doors up on Fossgate.
In an era where bars seem to set more store by an arms race of gin brands and leave the wine to off the peg suppliers, Cave du Cochon has a strong list of 60 mainly old world wines, 30 by the glass, many of them organic and well informed staff to advise.
Then there is the food, largely simple porky dishes chalked up on a board: pork crackling; black pudding Scotch egg; terrine; various Iberico hams; a charcuterie plate; gravadlax; radishes with aioli; a cheese plate and even a retro cheese fondue. There are usually a couple of sweet tarts, too, and everything we’ve guzzled so far has been pretty good. At the back is a tiny hidden garden perfect for with a bottle of chilled white wine on a summer afternoon. We’re a bit smitten.
19 Walmgate, York YO1 9TXTel 01904 633669
Review by Jill, 30 November 2016blog comments powered by Disqus