Stayed here for a weekend break with friends. Having eaten here on many occasions when the food has been very good I was looking forward to a good weekend away with friends. The member of the bar staff(there didn't seem to be anyone concerned particularly with the residents!) who checked us in was extremely helpful and polite-after that I think we were actually an inconvenience. The rooms seemed to be a mixed bag-our room had a window with a view of the Cow and Calf rocks-if you stood on a neatly placed box, and no bath-or complimentary toiletries-only shower gel in a container attached to the wall!-our friends room was larger-with a bath, which was scratched and marked-when we asked a member of staff why there was a difference in the rooms he remarked "that's just the way it is!"
The welcome in the restaurant was in a similar vein- a member of staff actually asked how long we would be before we ordered food( we had reserved a table)because we had been there quite a long time and they would need the table-the restaurant was not full all night!!!!-if only we had known we would have driven down into Ilkley-,water glasses had to b sent back because they were marked and dirty and the food was awful-one pie was hard, one pie was half empty and the risotto was almost non existent!
Breakfast staff were much friendlier ,but there were glasses left from the night before both outside in the garden and in the restaurant! I wouldn't recommend anyone to stay here as there were too many faults-and it appeared nobody to care!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cow and Calf in Ilkley is a country pub & restaurant oozing rural charm and rustic character. Our 13 bedroom Innkeeper's Lodge continues The Cow and Calf's tradition of welcoming travellers. It's our local charm that attracts historians and ramblers, as well as diners and drinkers from Ilkley and nearby Burley in Wharfedale, Denton and Askwith. We also welcome business and leisure travellers to enjoy some of the best bedrooms and accommodation in Ilkley. Our picturesque surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for savouring the hearty, seasonal pub-food on our menu, and the carefully nurtured cask ales and fine wines gracing our bar.Book a table online and enjoy a spot by our roaring log-fire. Or make the best of the British summertime by eating alfresco in our pretty beer garden. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Innkeeper's Lodge Ilkley Yorkshire