We called into the Idle restaurant for lunch on a wet Wednesday afternoon due to my husband having a very rare day off so we came here as a treat.
For a fish and chip restaurant, it is very well appointed and stylishly modern. To be fair though, it isn't cheap and you are paying restaurant prices (nearly £9 for their bog standard fish, chips and mushy peas).
They have recently had a redecoration, which I don't understand because it was lovely the way it was and not in the least bit in need of it. The benches along the windows have been removed and replaced with just tables going along with net curtains for privacy. More than enough light comes in. In fact MORE comes in without the benches there taking up most of the windows, which are floor to ceiling.
The clientele in Websters each time we have visited, has usually been quite elderly as I know they run some sort of over 60s lunch time special, which is great. I personally can't say I've been there when there has been many other young couples like us there, or families. I'm sure they do come in, just that we have rarely seen them as it seems to appeal mostly to much older people. I only highlight this because it's a shame there aren't more families coming in as it's lovely for them and we would reccommend family eating here. The prices may also be an off putting factor though, especially when you can feed the family for less at McDonalds which is 2 seconds away at Five Lane Ends.
The service is always very pleasant and I have never been able to fault it. We were greeted warmly on arrival and given a choice of a couple of tables. Our orders were taken swiftly and courteously and our drinks appeared first with no delay.
The food was excellent. We both had haddock and chips, except my husband had jumbo haddock with curry sauce and I had the standard one with mushy peas. The batter was lovely and the chips were great. I've never had a bad meal here, ever. Hence we keep coming back as a rare treat.
We used to go to the Baildon branch, but as there is virtually nowhere to park there, we opt for Idle as there is always parking available outside.
Its got such a nice, modern and uncrowded feel to it, which I really like. It has never been full or busy whenever we have gone. This for us is great as I don't like heaving restaurants at all and as they provide great food and service, makes this a bit of a hidden gem really.
My family from Merseyside, whenever they visit, always ask to come here to eat as they say it is the best fish and chips they've had and love the style of the restaurant. An endorsement indeed! :)
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