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The Crescent Inn, Ilkley, West Yorkshire
In the heart of the spa town of Ilkley, between the famous moors and the river, this eye-catching building combines a boutique hotel, a French bistrot and a modern pub. The grand Victorian building, with its handsome curved frontage - hence the name - has been given a modern makeover that still retains its classic good looks. On one side, a long, rustic style bar with stripped-wood floor and open fire welcomes with Yorkshire real ales and classic pub food while on the other side a buzzy Parisian-style bistrot of globe chandeliers and panelled walls serves up French classics and a lively atmosphere.
Bedrooms and suites on the floors above have a neat, contemporary style in cool colours and with the occasional piece of French Provencal furniture; cosy rather than lavish although the suites - with full-size kitchens - are ideal for families.
Take the circular riverside walk from the New Bridge over the suspension bridge - diverting into Middleton Woods if bluebell season - pass the Art Deco lido and come back across the handsome stone Old Bridge.
In the heart of Ilkley, well placed for exploring the moors and strolling to the River Wharfe.
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 2 minute walk from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Perfect for couples and travellers who want a buzzy base - there's also a large convivial bar - that's in the heart of the town. Both the restaurant and the bar are well-used by locals so it feels immediately warm, friendly and relaxed.
Service & Facilities
The bar has a toasty open fire; a lovely spot to warm up after a blowy walk on the fabled Ilkley Moor.
- Free Wi-Fi
The front-facing rooms have the best views over the town while the suites are decadently large, cool and minimalist, and with full-size kitchens. We loved the photography: famous Yorkshire people - Barry Dryer, Alan Titchmarsh - up the staircase, and the moody black-and-white local landscapes in each bedroom.
King, Super King, Superior, Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, feather and down pillows and duvets, TV, tea and coffee facilities, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Breakfast is table-served and both prepared and cooked to order from the semi-open kitchen; granola and yogurt, or croissants, could be followed by hot dishes including fricassée de champignons, omelette, sausage brioche or the full English.
Bistro Pierre: seasonal, French-style cooking. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner
The Crescent: fairly-priced wine list and local real ales