Myself and my partner have visited the Cow and Calf on numerous occasions either just for a drive out or as a reward after a walk on the moors over the road.
We decided to take advantage of one of the early booking offers and stay overnight for my birthday, we had also obtained a 20% discount voucher for the restaurant from a previous visit so, all in all, we got excellent value.
The food was, as always, excellent, it has no airs and graces but is just very good quality, way above average, very imaginitive pub food served and presented in a very professional manner.
Our room was small but spotlessly clean and served the purpose of a one night stay very well with all the usual amenities that you would expect within a hotel room. Although given the size of the room, with only roof mounted Velux windows offering no view of anything but upwards, I would imagine you could get a bit stir crazy on a longer stay but that just applies to the room we had, there may be other superior, better appointed, rooms available.
The one slight grumble was the breakfast, it was advertised as a "complimentary continental breakfast" and it is just that - literally. Coffee, fruit juice, cereal, yoghurt, croissants and bread to make your own toast, all self service, that's it, no hot alternative on offer at all. The whole thing was just a tad disappointing, everything had been left out and turned over by previous guests and just looked a little bit "left over."
But, all in all, we went for the evening meal and the night away from home so it ticked all the boxes on that score, I just feel with a little more effort on the breakfasts it could be classed as a true hotel stay of outstanding value rather than the token gesture it came across as but, in fairness, it wouldn't stop me from doing it again.
- 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