The Cow and Calf was clearly once a thriving traditional moorland pub and hotel, with a commanding position high on Ilkley Moor. What a shame then, that it has come to what it is now, a cheap-and-cheerful lodge chain whose idea must be to offer a low standard of accommodation, service and cleanliness in return for budget pricing. I realise that there is a place in the market for this type of offering, but a building such as this demands much more.
Anyhow, I made a brief stop-over on a business outing as it was in an ideal location. The check-in was efficient and I was soon hauling my bag up two long, steep flights of stairs to the second floor. My room was light, airy, very cold and without windows except for two skylights which bring in light but leave you sitting with no view to the outside. The bathroom was clean and functional and overall once the heating got going I can say that the room matched the budget price.
I ate dinner in the restaurant.
Breakfast was a somewhat D.I.Y affair and was unremarkable except that in the cold light of the morning I could now see what was not apparent in the half-light of the evening before. It was dirty. Everywhere. From wine glasses with lipstick and drying stains hanging waiting to be used to a build up of thick grime around a poker set next to the fire-hearth, where cleaners have repeatedly cleaned the red quarry tiles around it, but have never thought to simply move the set and clean under/around. That shouts of a general malaise and tells me that it the front of house looks like that I can only begin to wonder about the parts which are not on show (kitchen..?)
Their payment procedure is a little unusual as I had to make 3 card transactions for 1 stay, when normally I would leave a tab open and settle accommodation, dinner and breakfast in one transaction - maybe they like paying bank charges?
Overall, I can't say that I can review this as any more than 2 - Poor. It has the potential to be much much better than this!
Do they really need a Christmas display in the customer area in early August???
- 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