I bumped into Josh Overington of Le Cochon Aveugle and Cave du Cochon on the Saturday morning before lockdown. It was a beautiful early spring day which ordinarily would have been full of promise save for the unprecedented closure of restaurants and pubs the evening before. It felt like falling into an abyss. I asked him what he planned to do and understandably he had no clue, none of us did at that time. But he quietly stepped back, gave it some thought and then just cracked on with his phenomenally successful dine at home experiences which we loved. Then, as things began to settle down again, he launched a pizza concept at the wine bar. Our first two pizzas – ordered on his very first night – were delivered quickly and piping hot and we were blown away by the quality of his salty sourdough base and by his funky choice of generous toppings. In particular, the ‘Garlic No 2’ featuring tomato, mozzarella, wild garlic kimchi and chilli (literally on fire) and the ‘Pissaladière’ which is the most authentic interpretation of the French classic I’ve tasted outside of Nice.
Pretty much everyone we know raves about the ‘White and Green’ and rightly so, it’s amazing. Our favourite table in the bar’s pretty courtyard garden is the third table from the back, a perfect vantage point from which to watch the chefs at work and the comings and goings of guests. The service is always exemplary as you would expect from a chef and team of this calibre.
Serving New York style pizzas, snacks, cheese and charcuterie, fine wines and beers on Thursday from 5pm until 9pm, Friday from 5pm until 11pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12pm. Booking recommended. Outside seating available.
Josh and Victoria Overington
19 Walmgate, York YO1 9TX
© Kiki Burton 10th August 2020