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Below Ilkley Moor, in a quiet residential area, this former Victorian hotel is now a smart pub-with-rooms with dog-friendly boutique bedrooms. A large and popular bar and eating area, with a series of snugs, has a contemporary country style and offers above-average pub classics.


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OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

In the small, largely residential, community of Ben Rhydding, to the east of Ilkley, the inn is on a quiet residential road that leads up to Ilkley Moor. A handful of shops is a couple of minutes' walk, the railway station five minutes' while Ilkley town centre is a mile-and-a-half away, or one stop on the train. The famous Ilkley Moor, with the striking Cow and Calf rocks - beloved of novice rock-climbers - is a brisk 20-minute uphill walk, and five minutes by car.

By car: around 1 hour 45 minutes from Sheffield, 3 hours from Birmingham and 5 hours from London.

By train: around 4 hours from London (via Leeds) and 2 hours from Doncaster. The hotel is a 4 minute walk from Ben Rhydding station. Book trains to Ben Rhydding station.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

The solid Victorian building with big bay windows and a central tower was built when Ilkley was a flourishing spa town. Interiors have a modern country-inn look with stripped-wood and tartan-carpeted floors, mismatched chairs, log burners in stone fireplaces and brightly patterned upholstered chairs. An eclectic mix of advertising posters, local artwork, mirrors and vintage tea caddies decorate walls and shelves.

THE FACILITIES

The open-plan ground floor wraps around the bar with semi-separate areas for drinking, eating and relaxing, all with large windows. A large terrace, with tables and chairs, faces south; a great spot to recover after a walk on the moors. Equally welcome is the homemade cake on the bar.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Dog-friendly
  • Walking tours
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

Rooms are a curious but cosy mix of painted wood furniture, large headboards and pelmet curtains with the odd bit of rustic tongue-and-groove panelling, or a feature wallpaper. Colours are either warm and heathery or bold and rich. Some have a terrace, others a bath in the room. Most bathrooms are compact and shower-only.

Room types: Club room, Luxury Room, Executive Suite, Grand room

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

This is well-above-average pub cooking with freshly prepared dishes such as pork fillet tenderloin with black pudding mash, and roast cod in a lemon butter sauce, as well as classics including gammon steak, burger, and fish and chips. The bar has a couple of guest Yorkshire ales as well as beers from Lancashire-based Robinsons Brewery which owns the inn.

Restaurant: breakfasts and seasonal pub food. Open Mon-Sat 12-11pm and Sun 12-9pm. Mains from £13.

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