Rattle Owl, York
I do like the Rattle Owl, a comfortable 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. We’ve complained long and often about countless small plates and multi, multi-course tasting menus, so a menu of three courses: starter, main course and pudding, is more than welcome. It’s almost radical these days.
A starter of whipped Yorkshire blue cheese with fig, black olives and walnuts was terrific, so was plaice in a lemon crust with a mussel and white wine sauce followed by coffee panna cotta accompanied by a wonderful little doughnut and cinnamon ice cream. Praise be for three well balanced courses, beautifully presented, decent portions, no messing.
The décor is pleasantly rustic 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.