Rattle Owl, York
We do like the Rattle Owl, a gorgeous and welcoming restaurant in the former Blakehead Bookshop on Micklegate. Clarissa O’Callaghan took her time to open her restaurant due in part to archaeologists finding Roman remains in the basement. It was a baptism of fire for this former lawyer with no hospitality experience, but now Rattle Owl has found its feet.
That’s no small thanks to chef Tom Heywood who is endlessly creative without going too bonkers. From the traditional three courses, they’ve moved on to a six-course tasting menu and if that makes you wince fear not, this is both manageable and fabulous.
It’s a surprise menu, but you might get oysters, veal tartare, braised duck leg, coffee panna cotta oh all sorts all locally sourced and suppliers credited.
The décor is delightful with light oak furniture, exposed brick and soft lighting, smart without being stuffy. The staff are lovely.
As for Micklegate, with Skosh, Partisan and Rattle Owl leading the way, it’s getting better all the time.