I had heard good things from a lot of local people about The Fleece in Otley so my last Saturday lunchtime my girlfriend and I decided to see what the fuss was all about. As seen as we walked through the door we felt welcome. The dark wood interior and nice furniture gave it a lovely cosy atmosphere, even though it was already quite busy. I was impressed by the number of traditional hand pull beers that they had on offer, whilst my girlfriend was more than happy with the selection of wines they had. We were greeted by the landlord who was very friendly and showed us to a spare table and tool our drinks menu whilst we perused the food menu. The pint of Wharfebank bitter that I had was fantastic and my girlfriend liked her Shiraz. After being tempted by the mouth watering menu, and the plates of food that were going by to other tables, we both settled on the fish and chips and boy were we not disappointed! We waited a little while for food, but we were told that each portion was freshly prepared rather than waiting around. When the waitress bought the plates over, we were looking forward to tucking in! The portions were very generous, which i was happy with because I was already eyeing up my girlfriends plate as well as mine!
The batter was light and crispy and the fish itself had beautiful soft almost creamy flesh. The chips were some of the best we've ever had. Forget Heston, these were fantastic. Crispy yet soft n fluffy inside.
The staff were quick to get us tomato ketchup that we requested and a second drink without any bother. I managed to finish my plate but it was took much for my girlfriend. You certainly get what you pay for here! The plates were cleared away quickly after we finished, which I liked because I don't like plates lying around on the table.
Overall we really enjoyed The Fleece. The staff were attentive and polite, the food was great and while slightly more expensive than other places, as the old adage says, you do get what you pay for. The atmosphere was lovely and we'll definitely go again. Really recommend this place. Go!