Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Ilkley
Hardens guides have spent 15 years compiling reviews of the best Ilkley restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 10 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 Box Tree French restaurant in Ilkley 35-37 Church St - LS29
“You have to like old-style comfort, cuisine and experience” but hitherto there’s been “nowhere better” than Simon and Rena Gueller’s “traditional and cosy” bastion (opened in 1962): “a proper restaurant, doing proper classical food, with proper service and a proper wine list”, which on all accounts has been “on top of its game” of late… so we were all the more flummoxed by Michelin’s decision to remove its star in October 2018! Soon thereafter, chef Kieran Smith parted ways, Simon Gueller said he was returning to the kitchen, and then immediately thereafter that came further news that Gueller had snapped up Samira Effa from Alimentum, when it was announced that the Cambridge restaurant was unexpectedly closing down. Alimentum was known for its cutting edge culinary style, whereas here it’s always been “the absence of dry ice and other fripperies” that folks have loved so much, so whether the contemporary shift such a move presumably entails goes down well remains to be seen. Constants, though, are the “amazingly broad wine list” (“enviable breadth and depth, and if you look hard there are some fair prices in there”), and “one of the most knowledgeable sommeliers around”, Didier da Costa.
2. Bettys Sandwiches, cakes, etc restaurant in Ilkley 32 The Grove - LS29
For “a traditional afternoon tea in a venue with style” (plus “great breakfasts” and “superb” rostis) this much-loved, often oversubscribed institution is “a must if you are in Ilkley”…“long may it stay”. “Compared to Harrogate or York, the parking is much better and queues less long”.
3. Quinta Mediterranean restaurant in Ilkley 10 Wells Rd - LS29
“In a street just off the town-centre”, this Mediterranean venue provides “enjoyable” cooking and “particularly great value in the Portuguese section of the wine list”. “There is perhaps nothing hugely original on the menu, but it’s none the worse for that when the food is well cooked as it is here”.
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