A good brasserie-style restaurant, with an intimate atmosphere. The menu offered by chef/proprietor is adventurous and he deservedly has built a loyal local following - by delivering good food without pretension.
Expect the likes of 'Crispy Duck Leg on a Sweet Potato and Wild Rice Fritter - sweet and sour dressing'; 'Crab Cake on an Asparagus Purée with Lemon Vinaigrette' and Warm Salad of Squash Gnocchi, Roasted Plum Tomatoes, Avocado and Rocket Salad with a Deep-Fried Poached Egg' among the evening starters.
Perhaps 'Fillet of Cod with a Sun-Dried Tomato and Gruyere Crust on a Warm Salad of Asparagus, Lobster and Mango - with Truffle Oil'; 'Breast of Gressingham Duck filled with Caramelised Apples, Chestnuts and Bacon with Celeriac Purée' and 'Fillet of Beef with Savoy Cabbage, Oxtail Ravioli and a Red Wine Sauce' among the mains.
If you have room, finish with 'Warm Chocolate and Cherry Shortcake with Vanilla Ice Cream'; 'Calvados Rice Pudding Brulée with Poached Fruits and Cinnamon Shortbread' or local farmhouse cheeses.
At lunchtime, a slightly less elaborate menu is offered.
Friendly, efficient service.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Tues-Sat 11.30-14.00; set L £15.95; mains £8 to £10
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 18.00-22.00; set D (between 18.00 -19.30) £16.95 (2 courses); mains £12 to £19
- Seats: 82
- Wine: a concise, but well-chosen, list offers excellent value, and kicks off at around £15
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Ilkley Rail
- Directions: opposite the parish church - see the map at the top of this page
- Parking: the church car park (if no event is on), or Ilkley car park 2 minutes walk away
- Closed: all Sun & Mon, most Bank Holidays
- Air conditioned