Cave du Cochon, York
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 Walmgate.
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. Being French they call them hors d’oeuvres rather than the ubiquitous tapas and they are terrific. Be sure to order bread and cultured butter, be sure to order the black pudding macaron and the smoked oyster, oh and the buttermilk chicken and the burratina and the slipsole. For goodness sake everything is good. There’s even a retro cheese fondue the cheese for this and the cheeseboards come from the notable Courtyard Dairy. We’re a bit smitten.