An excellent restaurant, with a cottagey atmosphere. It was originally a farmhouse, built in the early 18th century, but has been a restaurant since 1962. A series of tastefully-furnished small dining rooms have open fires during winter months.
Depending on the season, expect the likes of 'Roasted Langoustines in a Niçoise style' 'Terrine of Chicken, Ham and Foie Gras with Apricot and Orange Chutney'; 'Salad of Yorkshire Blue Cheese with Hazelnut Vinaigrette' or 'Asparagus with Maltaise Sauce' among the starters; 'Lamb with Shallot Purée', 'Roast Rump of Veal with Fondant Potato'; 'Tranche of Calf's Liver, Glazed Vegetables, Pommes Purée & Red Wine Sauce' or 'Monkfish with Cassoulet' among the mains.
Desserts - such as a 'Valrhona Chocolate Tart'; 'Lemon Tartlet with Citrus Fruits & Blackberry Sorbet' and 'Red Wine Jelly with Summer Fruits & Strawberry Soup' - are of a very high standard, and hard to resist for those with a sweet tooth.
The set lunch menu is particularly good value for cooking of this standard.
Professional but friendly service. No mobile phones.
- Food Style: Modern French
- Lunch: Fri-Sun, 12.00-14.00; set L £25 (3 courses); set L Sun £32.50 (3 courses)
- Dinner: Tues-Sat, 7.00-21.30; set D from £35 (4 courses); Menu Gourmande £65 (6 courses)
- Seats: 50
- Wine: An excellent wine list, offers some prestigious bottles , but a few around the £25 mark
- Children's portions: No, and no children under 10 at dinner
- Wheelchair access: Yes (but not lavatory)
- Nearest station: Ilkley
- Directions: See the top of the page - or find this restaurant on the A65, east of Skipton
- Parking: NCP
- Closed: L Mon-Thurs; D Sun & Mon
- Air conditioned