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. They’ve recently installed a pizza oven and are now doing sourdough pizzas – not any old pizzas – flamiche, pissalldiere, tartiflette and ‘Swino’ with wild boar. There are farmhouse cheeses from the estimable Courtyard Dairy, charcuteries and small snacks. Be sure to order their bread and cultured butter, be sure to order the black pudding macaron (pictured), eat in or out, all these are on their click and collect service
Note they open Friday 5pm-11pm and Saturday and Sunday 12noon-11pm