Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Ilkley
Hardens guides have spent 32 years compiling reviews of the best Ilkley restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 65 restaurants in Ilkley and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Ilkley restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. The Angel British, Modern restaurant in Hetton
“A stark – and welcome – makeover from the Angel in its previous very traditional guise” has helped Michael Wignall put his stamp on this famous northern inn: often cited as the UK’s original country gastropub, which he purchased in 2018. “Having enjoyed Michael Wignall's cooking at his former outpost, The Latymer, we were interested to see how it might translate to North Yorkshire: very well, we thought, with no lack of sophistication and ambition, but losing any of the possible pretension expected in a Surrey hotel”. “Thank heavens! He’s a great chef who does not insist you eat what he chooses, but who offers a choice of dishes, all of which tempt and intrigue”: “really exceptional food”. If you stay over, “the breakfast is a joyous surprise” too.
2. Bettys Sandwiches, cakes, etc restaurant in Ilkley 32 The Grove - LS29
“Afternoon tea IS Bettys!". This old-fashioned tearoom is “always worth the queue” for its epic teas and fine spreads of pastries and sarnies. It’s also “a great place to meet over a very good breakfast. Coffee, understandably, is excellent!”
3. Host British, Modern restaurant in Ilkley 58-60 The Grove - LS29
2022 Review: A “very good value, high-quality place in Ilkley” where Joel Monkman’s large and small plates of British seasonal fare continue to win plaudits three years after its founding; also on the menu, lunchtime BBQ Buns and hearty Sunday roasts.
4. The Box Tree French restaurant in Ilkley 35-37 Church St - LS29
“Well worth the trek while on a trip ‘up North’”, noted a Wimbledon-based reporter on this esteemed and “always enjoyable” foodie destination. Set in one of the town’s oldest buildings, it first became a restaurant in 1962 and was cradle to the talents of the young Marco Pierre White prior to its last 19 years of ownership by chef Simon Gueller and his wife Rena. There’s a three-course menu at lunch – dinner is 6 courses plus canapés, amuse-bouche and bread – and fans say the kitchen “absolutely nails it”.
5. The Burlington at The Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa British, Traditional restaurant in Skipton Bolton Abbey - BD23
The Duke of Devonshire’s Bolton Abbey estate in Yorkshire provides a “stunning setting” for this “traditional, French-inspired” dining room, within a well-known luxury hotel. Ratings are very good all-round for Chris O’Callaghan’s cuisine, which is bolstered by an “open-plan wine cellar the staff will be happy to show you round” (look out for some famous vintages). Top Tip – “one of Yorkshire’s top afternoon teas”.
6. The Brasserie at The Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa British, Modern restaurant in Bolton Abbey
2022 Review: The “good brasserie food” in this more relaxed – and considerably more affordable – option than the formal Burlington restaurant at the “splendid Devonshire Arms Hotel” on the Bolton Abbey estate, makes for a “great experience in a great location”.
7. Buon Apps Italian restaurant in Otley Hartley House, 50 Mill Way - LS21
“With its attentive staff and lovely setting by the river”, Alessandro & Sofia Elena Tocca’s “wonderful Italian restaurant” draws an appreciative crowd and is “a favourite of many locals”. One of Wharfedale’s most consistent performers for two decades, it has blossomed since moving into an old weir-side mill five years ago.
8. Salts Diner International restaurant in Saltaire Salts Mill, Victoria Road - BD18
2021 Review: “Hockneys in view” as you dine are the most famous attraction of this noisy but atmospheric venue: a large, post-industrial space in the UNESCO-listed Salts Mill complex, open from breakfast on for a coffee or fuller meal (Saltburger, Caesar salad, etc).
9. Waterside Bistro British, Modern restaurant in Shipley Unit B, 7 Wharf Street - BD17
“Very good cooking at these prices” is the attraction at this “brilliant” venue, on the Leeds & Liverpool canal, which occupies part of an old Victorian warehouse. Chef-partner Paul Huddleston has an impressive CV and fans say “a visit is a must when in the area”.
10. Aagrah Indian restaurant in Shipley 4 Saltaire Rd - BD18
Mohammed Sabir was still working as a bus driver in Shipley when he launched his Kashmiri curry business as a mobile takeaway from his Commer van, the ‘Spice Box’ in 1976. The next year he opened his first bricks-and-mortar restaurant Aagrah, which still wins consistently solid marks for its food and has nine branches across Yorkshire.
11. Bistrot Pierre restaurant in Ilkley The Crescent, Brook Street - LS29
“Always reliable for tasty and reasonably priced French food”, this handy venue is one of twenty remaining branches of a national chain launched 29 years ago (six more closed down in 2020).
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