Alexander's Off Piste Pop Up Restaurant - Yorkshire's best Alpine experience
What I loved about it:
I loved everything about it! The atmosphere, the décor, the cosy sheepskin rugs and blankets, the alfresco experience, the cocktails, the food… where do I stop?!
Value for money (out of 10):
The only pop-up Alpine restaurant around!
I was invited to try Alexander’s off piste Alpine experience and was so so glad I did. What a treat.
Located in Skipton, North Yorkshire, the gateway to the Dales, Alexander’s sits pride of place at the top of the High Street in the prime location around lots of other bars and restaurants. It’s beautiful golden front over looks the Holy Trinity Church and is a very welcoming entrance into the building. Celebrating its fifth birthday Alexander’s is the place to go if you are wanting a meal for a special occasion, cocktails with the girls or a lush date night.
The off piste alpine experience is a pop up restaurant out the back of Alexander’s on the terraced patio area over looking the canal. A truly picturesque spot.
This Alpine lodge style chalet can be booked for 4+ people midweek or 6 + on weekends at £52 pp which includes welcome drink and a 6 course tasting menu. You can sit in either the chalets or on the terrace. These 2 areas are serviced by a chef who will cook the food in front on you making this a real foodie experience.
The terraces are stunningly decorated with twinkly lights everywhere, Christmas trees adorning the walkways, an instagrammable photo wall, plus lots of skis and sledge décor to really add to the snowy feels. Heaters are placed all around so even though you are dining outside you are very toasty and uncover so no chance of getting wet!
Now let’s talk food and drink!
Included in the package is a warm mulled wine or cider, the perfect start to this alpine experience and really getting you in the festive mood. Nothing quite says Christmas is coming than a warm alcoholic drink!
There is also a specially designed cocktail menu to sit alongside this experience that can be enjoyed at any time even in the main Alexander’s restaurant if you were just visiting for a few drinks. These 4 festive cocktails are;
The Ambassador (Gin, Frangelico & Baileys)
Sidesleigh (Le Grand Josiene, Crème de Cacao, syrup, lemon)
Merry Maraschino (Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, soda & Prosecco)
Rum Toddy (Raisin infused Goslings Dark Rum, lime, sugar, hot water)
I can highly recommend the Merry Maraschino as fizz ones are my go to cocktail of choice, but the cherry liquor just compliments the Prosecco perfectly.
Check out my Instagram for a special FREE cocktail offer too if you are quick!! (Available until 2nd December, conditions apply)
Now the main event, the food…
This 6 course menu cooked especially for you by one of the chefs on the chef station next to you is a wonderfully crafted menu to give you the full alpine experience.
Starting with a roast parsnip soup ‘cappucine’ in a vintage teacup with charred sourdough and a bag of warm chestnuts the evening gets off to a great start. Sat in front of the roaring fire photo with the warmth from the heaters above you, peeling those warm chestnuts relaxes you into the evening.
The next course is a wonderful seafood platter of cured smoked fish and seafood, pickles and flat breads. Consisting of mussels, cockles, prawns, herring, mackerel, smoked salmon and caviar this platter is an utter delight.
Up next is flame grilled frankfurter on sauerkraut and mustard aioli. That mustard aioli is to die for and the combination of the sauerkraut With the sausage is unreal. My first time having sauerkraut and I can’t believe I’ve missed out on this for so long!
One of my favourite course was next which was braised short rib Mac ‘n’ cheese. Wow wow wow, the best Mac n cheese I have ever tasted. I had to restrain myself or I would have eaten everyone’s portion!
The final savoury course which incidentally was quite sweet was NOT a pizza! This Tarte Flambee, otherwise known as an Alpine pizza is the Swiss version of a pizza. Made with a dough base, smothered in cream cheese, sprinkled confit onions, bacon chunks and Gruyère cheese and then flambéed in the pizza oven, this was a little piece of heaven.
Finally, if that wasn’t quite enough a sweet treats platter arrived with a chocolate and cognac fondue. To dip was marshmallows, honeycomb, and a selection of fruit. The perfect end to a wonderful evening.#
Shout out to Ben who cooked us up an absolute feast, Hugh our drinks server who made sure we were never empty and the lovely company of Olivia and Lizzy.
There is still availability left to enjoy this Alpine experience in the run up to Christmas so make sure you book yours now!
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