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“Lovely decor, comfy bed and friendly staff”
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The Wheatley Arms
Ranked #2 of 9 Ilkley B&B and Inns
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“Lovely decor, comfy bed and friendly staff”
Reviewed September 14, 2009

We spent 2 nights here on our way to York. Wasn't quite what I had imagined as surrounded by houses (quiet though) and I thought it would be more rural having come from their sister Inn - The Tempest at Skipton.

All very new decor and quality fabrics, fluffy towels and robes. We had an executive room, not very large but cozy. Good sized bathroom, strange square sided bath with matching drench shower and tap fittings. These were were great for the bath but the same high tap was used on the sink so you couldn't lean over it completely! The super king bed was very comfortable and everything clean and fresh, I like the L'Occitane smellies and the Bah T'at mugs (I wanted to buy a mug - £10 but sold out!)

We ate there both nights and enjoyed our meals. Drinks reasonable price - tasty Black Sheep and Peroni on tap. Quite a popular place to eat considering midweek - friendly, helpful staff, it would benefit from more atmosphere but I'm sure that will come as it 'beds in' a bit more.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 31, 2009

whatever you do avoid
having spent hundres of thousands if not more on renovation thats the good news!
went with family to visit sister up from london - all very nice if not a little 'twee'

had dinner in main restuarant 10 minutes for service, 20 minutes for drinks to arrive...
wines poor selection and overpriced 'plonk'
food excessively overpriced and poor quality
Two of our party have intollerances well noted at time of order however half the kitchen listened half didnt
they even removed black pudding from all the warm salads ordered even though only 1 person intollerant to wheat - true black pudding is made with barley/oats not wheat. when mentioned some did arrive, held out as the 'local special' but not what you buy over their counter!
Crab cakes look at taste processed not fresh made
Cray fish tails best of a terrible bunch
Main course no better - only recommendation fish and chips with (tinned) mushy peas ( although a family of 4 could eat in at brians for the price of this) and chips average at best again suspect bought in part cooked
rare rump steak cooked medium
duck confit - swimming in grease
belly pork inedible rind, no crackle
sea bass ok
but none of the portions 'generous' as claimed
side orders cooked in butter when assured absolutely not - great for lactose intollerance
service ok
complaint to manaegement resulted in removal of two mains and two starters

still left with the feeling overpriced, overrated, not fresh, and you are definitely paying for the renovation

on no account could you recomend - try a proper pub with homemade food, not only will be better but significantly cheaper

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 29, 2009

i said i would revisit and i did, 3 weeks later. WOW what a transformation they saw the teething problems and sorted them. Being a bit of a foodie with a sweet tooth i like to vet out new places. Orders are now taking at the table making the ordering experience more enjoable. The food was even better even with the same menu , but the sweets appear to change almost daily. Just so you can see what delightful sweets are available i have posted some photos on here. you also can see various photos on their web site, and face book wheatley arms page. THE PASTRY CHEF MUST BE AMAZING DONT YOU THINK.

Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
1 Thank primy
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Reviewed July 28, 2009

Stayed here for 3 nights and i can't recommend it enough. One of the best places i have stayed in England for a long time .
Recently refurbed to very high standards , the room was very well designed if the bathroom was slightly small
The Bar/restaurant was full every night and served great food and beer ,and the staff are very friendly

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled on business
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Property: The Wheatley Arms
Address: Wheatley Lane | Ben Rhydding, Ilkley LS29 8PP, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > West Yorkshire > Ilkley
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Ilkley
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Number of rooms: 12
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