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4-6 HIGH STREET SKIPTON

A LONG HISTORY & A MIXED FORTUNE.

Our Story

Alexander’s Bar & Kitchen offers an entirely new concept that’s yours to share. We’re proud to have developed a relaxed, social fine-dining experience with international small plates, sharing boards & a vibrant bar scene. Our aim has been to create a space inspired by the very best of European culture, where you’re encouraged to linger for hours on end ‘grazing’, & enjoy a full day to night experience. Our Grade II listed building at the top Skipton High Street has so much to offer – the longer you stay the more you’ll discover, & the more you discover the longer you’ll stay.

 

Alexander's Story

Following in the footsteps of their aristocratic Grand Tour forebears, many Victorian & Edwardian Gentleman & Ladies made their way across the world. Alexander was one of many budding explorers. Captivated by exotic flavours, aromas & visual feasts, Alexander the intrepid explorer began sending home new recipes & ingredients along with plant specimens, flowers & even wildlife.

Inspired by his Edwardian Grand Tour we have curated a menu of exotic delights, authentic ingredients & exciting tastes. Whether you’re a sharer or a lone buck (Edwardian slang for smartly dressed or handsome individual), our unique concept small plate, my plate & our plate means there’s something for everyone.

We hope Alexander’s will create lifelong memories for our guests all year round. We aim to ignite your senses with luxurious tastes in elegant surroundings. Most of all, we hope to welcome you to the Alexander’s experience.

A long history & a mixed fortune

Our lovely (& very handsome!) building has, like all great buildings, had a rich & eclectic history. Here’s just a short snapshot of how 4-6 High Street has transformed over the years, & how its’ various forms & uses has added to Alexander’s’ undeniable character…

1606 – 1721

4-6 High Street, known as 'Tomlinson's Tenement', was a burgage house (to you & I, that’s a rented house), laith & garth. Francis Tomlinson rented the property from Skipton Castle before Gilbert Johnson of the King’s Head Inn, Kettlewell acquired a 21 year lease for a rent of £14 per year (plus a couple of bags of coal)!

Doctor's

Practice

1867 – 1886

The building became practice & home to Dr William Wylie of Settle. This began a long history of medical professionals using 4-6 High Street as a base for their practices & their families. In 1878 Dr Wylie sold up to an Irishman, Dr Forsythe Wilson & moved to London. Dr Wilson’s partner, Dr Russell later took over the practice in 1886. Unconfirmed reports of Doctor Who having a short tenancy should be taken with a pinch of salt.

1960 – 2011

During this time the building enjoyed a stint as ‘Dinsdales’ - leather goods, prints & babywear were their speciality before being taken over by David Goldie, since which time is has been affectionately known to everyone in Skipton as ‘Goldies’. During its 35 year history ‘Goldies’ sold children's clothes & school wear, men’s formal hire & finally country & outdoor clothing. A firm favourite on the High Street for so many years; look out for our ‘nod to Goldie’ in our menu.

Russian Tea Room

The Forage

2012 – 2015

In 2012 the building was transformed into The Russian Tea Room; a café & gift emporium. In 2014 the building was repurposed to become Forage Restaurant, a well-loved café, deli & shop which took seasonal ingredients from local producers to create ‘tasty food with real heart’. Lovely Forage sold home-made preserves, takeaway meals & giftware until 2015 when the property was again put up for sale.

2016 – Today

4-6 The High Street was purchased by The PEEL Entertainment Group in 2016 & through an 18 month restoration project has been lovingly brought back to her former glory. In the summer of 2017, Alexander’s Bar & Kitchen was born. It’s been yours to share ever since.