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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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A Yorkshire stalwart, now in its fifth decade

AA Inspector

At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

A name to conjure with since first opening as a restaurant in the 1960s, this traditional stone building, one of the oldest in Ilkley, is recognisable by its jolly hanging baskets and flower-filled front garden (it won ‘Ilkley in Bloom’ in 2017). Inside it’s equally traditional – no pale contemporary tones here – it’s all antiques, curly light fittings and ornately-framed paintings, giving a richly luxurious feel. Simon Gueller’s classically-inspired food, though, is bang on and firmly up to date, with refined dishes showing an elegant grasp of modern French style. Dinner might begin with a delicious amuse bouche of spiced parsnip velouté with salted apple, followed by a starter of east coast mackerel, Whitby crab, and heritage beetroot, or butter-roasted cauliflower, hazelnut, winter truffle, cauliflower and coconut purée. Main course fillet of turbot comes with leek fondue, silky parmesan pommes mousseline, crosnes and jus noisette. Dishes are beautifully presented and flavours clear and uncluttered. At dessert, look out for the seasonal soufflés – prune and Armagnac is a warming winter version, accompanied with crème anglaise.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 27–31 December, 1–8 January
  • Days closed: Monday to Tuesday
  • Closed for lunch: Wednesday to Thursday
  • Closed for dinner: Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2 (Sunday 3)
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Simon Gueller, Samira Effa

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern, Classic International
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 20
  • Wines over £30: 200
  • Wines by the glass: 9

Price guide

  • 3-course lunch from: £45
  • Tasting menu from: £85
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 50
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 20
  • Off-site parking available: NCP, Ilkley town car park

Getting here

On A65 from Leeds through Ilkley, main lights approximately 200 yards on left.

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