Skosh comes to York

Skosh comes to York

Skosh (noun) – from the Japanese word Sukoshi, meaning a small amount or a little

Skosh, the new independent restaurant from York native and creative chef Neil Bentinck, will officially open its doors at 98 Micklegate this Spring.

Two years in the making, Skosh will offer a grazing style menu of contemporary and internationally influenced dishes served from an open kitchen, providing York with a dining experience that is casual, personable, intriguing and exciting.


Neil Bentinck embarked on a journey to open his first restaurant a little over two years ago with one fundamental idea – to create a space that he himself would enjoy dining in. Great tasting, interesting and creative food served in a modest and modern environment with an unfussy drinks list and friendly, informed service.

This independent restaurant is not about reinventing the wheel, but rather bringing together all the best aspects of the emerging casual fine dining culture.

The urban, modern dining room with an open kitchen is a reflection of Neil’s cooking which is contemporary, fun and honest; food best enjoyed in a comfortable and engaging environment. Snacks, small plates and sharing platters offer informality and variety. Signature dishes, such as SFC (Skosh Fried Chicken), baked hake with dukkah, and goats curd marshmallow, show a refined but playful style of contemporary cooking.

Who is Neil?

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Neil was the head chef at award-winning fine dining restaurant Van Zeller in Harrogate, before working alongside Sophie Mitchell in Knightsbridge, as well as starring as guest chef in  sell-out popups at East London-based urban holding Stepney City Farm. Back up North, Neil took on several rewarding contracts with Michelin-starred restaurants, including Northcote and The Star Inn.

Neil’s boyish enthusiasm for food, as well as his eclectic cooking style, can be largely credited to his late father’s Indian heritage. Born and raised in India, Neil’s dad Mike moved to England in the early 70s. An avid gastronome, Mike was always cooking traditional Indian dishes alongside Jackie, Neil’s mum, and her more classic British recipes. The memories of these familiar smells, spices and flavours of home have heavily impacted on Neil’s career and style of cooking.

Neil’s CV reflects his ambitious and inquisitive nature. He has honed his skills in some of Yorkshires’ finest culinary institutions – The Sun Inn (Colton), Blue Bicycle (Fossgate), Churchill Hotel (Bootham) and the Michelin-starred Pipe and Glass (South Dalton) – while interspersing these lessons with trips and work abroad in Australia, Thailand, America, New Zealand and Japan.

Skosh is the natural culmination of family influences, worldwide travels and professional growth.




Phone: 07761 402299
Twitter: @skoshyork
Instagram: SKOSHYORK


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