Having seen all the work going on recently in Skipton Town Hall I was intrigued to know why a restaurant chain such as Wildwood would want to lay its roots down in Skipton and wanted to delve further. The Wildwood casual dining restaurant chain is owned by the restaurant group Tasty PLC who also own the Dim T brand
The Town Hall next door to the new restaurant was originally built in 1862 on the site of the former vicarage of the Holy Trinity Church. The building Wildwood now occupies was originally a commercial building attached to the Town Hall. Wildwood enjoy bring beautiful buildings back to life, respecting the local history and environment and retaining many original features. They have sympathetically retained the internal connection to the Town Hall with attractive large glass windows and a second entrance.
The Wildwood chain consists of an impressive portfolio of restaurants around the country, some of which boast their own cinemas which can be privately hired for a very reasonable rate . The Skipton based pizza, pasta and grill restaurant doesn’t have its own cinema unlike some but does consist of party space, outside seating and free wi-fi . Opening hours are 11.30-11pm Mon to Sat and 11.30-10.30 Sunday. Light, bright and spacious with plenty of tables across three rooms Wildwood brings something different to the centre of Skipton. It’s a great venue for informal business meetings, lunch or dinner with friends and family at very reasonable prices. Whether it be snacks, cocktails or celebrations Wildwood is a great central venue for all and includes disabled access.
So enough of the background, what’s it actually like? Is the food any good? Is the service up to scratch? Does it enhance the already huge selection of eateries in Skipton with stiff competition directly across the road ?
Ok first impressions. We were shown to a table firmly tucked against the wall behind a door. Not liking to feel confined I asked if they had another table. We were 20 mins early and were very kindly offered another table in the adjoining room which we chose. After being seated we waited about five minutes before our order was taken. I couldn’t resist the Passionfruit Bellini and Ken ordered a cider. We placed our order for food having previously studied the menu choosing Garlic and Mozzarella Bread followed by Baked mushrooms with melted Gorgonzola cheese, spinach, walnuts and toasted sourdough, and Garlic tiger prawns with garlic butter, chilli, lemon juice and coriander on toasted sourdough for starters
Amazing! If we closed our eyes we could imagine enjoying the same experience on a warm summer evening in one of the Mediterranean countries underneath a grape pergola. The starters were rustic, yet contemporary, very fresh, delicious and hot. If you wanted to order just one thing from the starter menu ( and you were having a night off the diet plan) then the very attractive looking Garlic and Mozzarella bread with caramelised onions for £4.50 is superb!
After finishing our starters we were intrigued to discover if the mains would be of the same high quality. Our main courses didn’t come immediately, We were left a reasonable amount of time to digest our starters before enjoying more delicious food which was exactly the same, delicious, hot, rustic, consistent quality throughout! We were delighted.
My Crispy Baked sea bass fillets with spinach, pesto, green beans, peas, onions, courgettes and cherry tomatoes was served with piping hot gratinated potatoes not too heavy on the cream or cheese and was superb!
Ken was over the moon with his choice of main – A beautifully cooked quality piece of chargrilled sirloin steak just how he likes it, served with crispy French fries, rocket and peppercorn sauce. He couldn’t stop saying how good it was
The portion sizes are ample, just right and extremely good value for money. We had very little room left but decided to share a dessert and coffee to get the full experience and opted for a Banoffee Sundae – consisting of Bananas, toffee sauce, vanilla ice cream, fresh cream and digestive biscuits- of course with two spoons – accompanied by two Americanos. Again, delicious but I was full – two words from me ‘I’m full’ and the sundae disappeared from the centre of the table into Ken’s hands where promptly he demolished the lot!
With the Festive season fastly approaching an impressive Christmas menu has just been published, for just £19.95 you can enjoy a 3 course meal or for just £24.95 add an extra course of nibbles and Prosecco! Early Bird discounts are also available. This is a fantastic place for your Christmas office lunch or dinner!
To sum up, Wildwood has its identity firmly established as a good quality, relaxed, friendly eatery, well occupied even on a deserted Sunday evening in Skipton. It’s great value for money and we will definitely be going back again! Welcome to Skipton Wildwood!
You can reserve a table at any of their restaurants easily here