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Alexander’s Bar and Kitchen – Skipton

Imagine my delight after watching the renovation of this lovely building on High Street in Skipton for many months being invited for drinks and canapés. The centre of Skipton has been buzzing for a long while about the expensive renovation of this interesting building which has seen many uses over recent years and beyond. I remember this building as Goldies outdoor shop, then the Russian Tea Rooms and more latterly Forage before its closure for many months.

The rumours about the cost of the work have been flying around in Skipton more than the ‘Porky Light’ saga shocked and shook the nations Slimming World followers and with a figure of £2.2 million being the last figure I heard I couldn’t resist the temptation to take a peek!


The frontage is truly beautiful and opulent and emits a rich warm glow as dark settles in. My first thoughts were impressive and as you enter ‘The Parlour’ it continues to please with the quality of the fit out which is exceptionally good. You only have to look at the thickness of doors to see they have only used the best in materials, it really is a fine construction. From Edwardian to Contemporary it delights your eyes, feels comfortable but spacious with a smart but relaxed vibe which is enabled by the attentive staff who are still settling in and finding their confidence

The building itself is really like a tardis. It is unbelievably large inside. As you walk deeper into the building you pass the open kitchen area that is a focal point before you walk into the bar area and this is only enhanced by the beautiful Terrace with comfortable seating, subtle lighting, umbrellas and fire pits.
Back inside, the stage area has the capability to take you even further on your journey as the large display screens are capable of altering the ambience and environment you relax in.

So I can hear you asking what’s the food like? Well, we tried 3 plates. We sampled the Treacle roasted beef – this was a lovely juicy chargrilled steak cut into chunks on a bed of roasted onion puree and delicious. For a small plate I thought it was a generous serving.
The second plate we tried was Lamb shawarma – served with smoked aubergine and yoghurt it was finely sliced lamb , lovely, moist and tender and very little fat on the lamb. The last plate – the least Slimming World friendly was the Pork Belly Bites with a sweet and sour glaze. You can easily trim the fat off though to enjoy a tasty protein bite and they were very nice.
Having taken our fill of these delicious plates we were delighted to be presented with the ‘Around the Clock’ Gelato tasting platter with a wonderful selection of Gelato finely decorated with fresh flowers, caramelised almonds etc. All my syns went to the wall at this stage! The Gelato platter is a truly delicious way to end your tasting experience at Alexander’s Bar and Kitchen
They have an online menu from which you can make your choice from before you go should you wish to.
The drinks choice is good but they could do with expanding their Cider selection and the only plain Cider on the drinks menu was out of stock. This is hopefully just a teething problem and all part of the snagging that should not be apparent as time passes.
The prices were high – but in line with the quality and ambience. They have set the bar high and the prices reflect that. But if you want a truly different experience than the norm in Skipton then Alexander’s Bar and Kitchenis the place.

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Filippo Berio Crostini’s – Quick Canapés or Nibbles?

I was delighted to get to review the Filippo Berio Crostini range and really get to know the the taste, flavours and crunch. I decided to sample them using them as canapés. One thing we have very little of is time when having friends round for drinks and or meals. The last thing we need is spending ages making canapés so mine were ready in a flash! I purchased some whipped creamed cheese, some chorizo crisps and bruschetta topping. I also used some capers I already had in for decoration Honestly they were ready in five minutes. So how did I find the crostini? Well the flavours are lovely. Not too subtle but not overpowering either – a perfect balance. They are sliced thinly, are really nice and crunchy and well packaged. Do I have a favourite? I can honestly say I don't – they all lend themselves to different topping and are perfect in their own right – or to be honest on their own as a tasty little nibble! 
You can find more details here Filippo Berio Crostini Range