Alexander’s Grand Cafe, Bar & Terrace offers an entirely new concept that is yours to share. We’re proud to have developed a relaxed, social fine-dining experience with day to evening dining including Prix Fixe and A La Carte menus and a vibrant bar scene. Our aim has been to create a space inspired by the very best of European culture, where you can linger for hours on end and enjoy a full day to night experience – both inside and outside on our year-round heated terraces.
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, and the more you discover the longer you’ll stay.
Following in the footsteps of their aristocratic Grand Tour forebears, many Victorian and Edwardian ladies and gentleman made their way across the world. Alexander was one of many budding explorers. Captivated by exotic flavours, aromas and visual feasts, Alexander the intrepid explorer began sending home new recipes and ingredients along with plant specimens, flowers and even wildlife.
Inspired by his Edwardian Grand Tour we have curated a menu of exotic delights, authentic ingredients and exciting tastes. Whether you’re a sharer or a lone buck (Edwardian slang for smartly dressed or handsome individual), our unique brunch, lunch, snacklette, kids’ and evening menus means there is something for everyone.
We hope Alexander’s will create lifelong memories for 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.
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…
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)!
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.
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.
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.
4-6 The High Street was purchased by The Peel Entertainment Group and following an 18 month restoration project has been lovingly brought back to its former glory. In the summer of 2017, Alexander’s Bar & Kitchen was born following a grand opening and it’s been yours to share ever since.
We were delighted to be named Stray FM’s ‘Best New Business’ in its Best of Skipton and Beyond Awards.
To critical acclaim we developed our very own festive entertainment concept, Off Piste which has been a hit ever since, offering guests a unique Après Ski fine dining experience in our very own Alpine ski lodge!
This month marked the launch of our legendary Gin & Jazz evening and featured piano duo Laurie Covell and Chris Bland. The monthly evening has gone from strength to strength attracting some of the coolest names and acts on the UK Jazz scene including Boisdale Music Awards nominee, Tom Seals.
Celebrating our first birthday in first class style we hosted Skipton’s first ever Tropical White Party! Capturing the sights and sounds of the Balearics (courtesy of international super club DJ, Luke Pompey and top tenor saxophonist, Spencer Moran) and taking over the entire restaurant, Terrace and Secret Garden – this was a party like no other.
The incredible Off Piste makes an early return due to popular demand and our signature beer, Goldie’s is launched. Brewed especially by Skipton’s Beer Monkey Brew Co, Goldie’s is not only a delicious, golden, hoppy pilsner lager but also a fitting acknowledgment to 4-6 High Street’s previous and legendary incumbent, David Goldie. For 35 years ‘Goldie’s’ sold children's clothes, school wear, men’s formal hire and country and outdoor clothing to generations of Craven people.
Staff and regulars were delighted to see Alexander’s acknowledged in a feature piece by The Sunday Times which likened our ‘Grand Café’ style to the iconic Wolseley in London!
Heralded the arrival of Paul Cunliffe, our new Executive Head Chef. Paul has enjoyed a varied career at some of the region’s most celebrated establishments, including several years as head chef at Harvey Nichols restaurant in Leeds and Andrew Pern’s Star Inn group. Paul also achieved the prestigious Michelin Bib Gourmand during his time as chef patron at The Dunsforth.
Alexander’s joins the inaugural Hinterlands Film Festival exclusively hosting two film experience events featuring award winning films by international film producer, Piers Tempest.
We just couldn’t resist hosting our second – now annual – Tropical White Party!