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Innkeeper's Lodge Ilkley
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Ilkley
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“Quiet place with great views.”
Reviewed January 18, 2012

I booked this hotel on a deal and wondered what to expect when reading some of the reviews on here! The hotel is situated in an elevated position above Ilkley on the Moor. We found the reception welcoming and were allocated a double room at the front of the hotel with stunning views over the Cow & Calf rocks! The room was cosy and clean, perfect for a quiet weekend escaping it all! Breakfast was continental buffet which we found was fresh and very good. My only reservation would be the normal prices if not on a deal, they seemed expensive up to some other Inn Keepers lodges and I am not sure the location warrants the difference!

  • Stayed March 2011
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Reviewed January 12, 2012

The hotel is aesthetically pleasing, warm and comfortable inside
The room is a little basic but everything I need is available to me including wi-fi to stay in contact with the outside world. The location is remote and picturesque
The food and service are great
I will come again

  • Stayed January 2012
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 3, 2012

Our one night stay at the Cow and Calf was not as bad as most of the negative reviews we read before we booked said it would be!

Fearing the worst, we were encouraged to continue with our booking by friends who had stayed regularly. As has been said, the scenic position is good and its proximity to Leeds (the reason for our stay) is also worth the visit.

I think what must be borne in mind is that this place is part of a chain and the accommodation and the food reflects this - it is not an individually run b&b or gastro pub with rooms - it's a big place with 13 bedrooms and the capability to feed the 5000. Remember this and judge accordingly.

Our original room was clean but cold and we were moved with no problem to a warmer but attic room - the ones with the skylights. Again clean, no problems, but the rooms are dated and probably in need of some refurbishment to judge them by what's around at the top end - but it's unlikely to happen anytime soon surely in this current climate.

Downstairs, all the staff we met were exceptionally pleasant considering they were at the end of Christmas and New Year bank holiday stints when it had been packed we understand. We ate late-ish in the day but our food although pub grub and delivered probably by a frozen food company was served promptly, with pleasant service, and of a good cooked standard at reasonable cost compared to 'down South'.

Breakfast - absolutely adequate but no 'full English' if that's what was expected. Cereal, croissant, toast, fresh fruit, good coffee and again very pleasant service with a fire blazing.

So, give it a try but don't expect 4 or 5 star luxury - it's not priced as that and we can't agree with all the negatives. On a cold, howling January night, we were welcomed, fed and rested with no problem save the change of room.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 2, 2011

Glad I didn't read all the negative reviews before booking the Cow and Calf. We have stayed there before, so knew approximately what to expect and were not disappointed at all this time.
I think we are fairly discerning, and whilst the breakfast wasn't quite as good as before (no bacon and eggs), the fish and chips we ate in the bar were scrumptious and the portions huge.

Our room was clean, warm and comfortable. We had a skylight window this time round, so missed the view, but since we only used it for sleeping that was not a problem.

Location is excellent - right on the famous moors and within a short drive of the town centre.

I would thoroughly recommend the hotel - for this area the price is excellent, and we will definitely return.

Room Tip: Ask for first floor if you want a view, second for peaceful sleep (floorboards creak a bit and sound...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 11, 2011

I used to love this place, they have changed the menu a little and increased the prices a tad.

In the last 3 months I have been to this place 4 times and seriously the food and service is getting worse.

Example:-

The chicken fillet started previously came with a rich plum type sauce which was delicious, now it comes with mayo!!! They have increased the price by 75p and the amount received was shocking for around £5.75.... I mean imagine half the size of a cooked fish finger, it's terrible!!

The last time I went was on a sunday with friends as we wanted a Sunday roast, after being told we would have to wait an hour for a table we were they had run out of everything that was on the roast menu !!!! 

I ordered the lamb and when it came it had been positioned in a way that the burnt bottom could not be seen, the waitress could not understand why the chef let this go out..

It's gone from awesome to average

  • Stayed October 2011
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Reviewed October 11, 2011

The staff here need to recognise that customers pay their wages. Total disinterest in us even down to acknowledgements - none whatsoever - ignored the whole two days. They even managed to look irritated checking us in!

Room tiny and grubby. Needs a good clean at least. Shower only just usable.

Breakfast ok. All self service.

Would not stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2011
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 27, 2011

The Cow & Calf is set on the outskirts of Ilkley on the moor. The views are amazing and in the evening you are joined in the car park by some friendly sheep. If you want to go walking in the moors this is a really good base.

Had an evening meal here which was very good - restaurant seems very popular so worth booking. Breakfast was also very nice - continental.

I was on the top floor so didn't have a window but rather a skylight. This meant absolutely no view of anything but the sky so be prepared. The skylight was over the bed and the torrential rain was rather loud and woke me a couple of times. I quite liked it as reminded me of childhood holidays in a caravan but you might not be so keen.

Room had basic needs and decor of average standard if a little tired. The power in the shower was not that great as on top floor but enough to get wet and stay warm.

Would stay there again if working in Ilkley but would try and get a room with a view. For those of you less mobile, there is no lift so getting to the top floor with a case, laptop bag and handbag leaves you pretty weary.

Very friendly staff and enjoyed my stay.

Room Tip: Try and avoid the rooms with skylights as you will miss the views.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
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Property: Innkeeper's Lodge Ilkley
Address: The Cow and Calf | Hangingstone Road, Ilkley LS29 8BT, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > West Yorkshire > Ilkley
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Ilkley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Innkeeper's Lodge Ilkley 3*
Number of rooms: 13
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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