Sunday, 31 May 2015

The Crescent Inn, Ilkley

I always associate Ilkley with windswept moors, tearooms and blue-rinsed old ladies so when we were invited, by friends from Leeds, to meet up for a walk and a few beers I could envisage the former but not the afters.

My good lady selected a yomp around Romalds Moor which took in the Twelve Apostles and the highest point on the moor. On the way back down our thoughts turned to beer. Our friends had had the good fortune to miss a train back to Leeds once and had called in to a pub right in the middle of town, The Crescent Inn.
By the time I got to the pub, right by the lights where Leeds Road meets Brook Street there was a pint of Saltaire Blonde waiting for me on the table outside. Very nice! This whetted both my appetite and my curiosity so we ventured inside.
For six o'clock on a Saturday evening there was a good crowd in, some watching the cup final and others just drinking. Despite the loveliness of the Saltaire Blonde I thought that I had better check out what else was on offer. There were beers from Ilkley Brewery ( of course), North Riding Brewery, Leeds Brewery and Abbeydale Brewery to name just four plus a brew made especially for the pub.

The one that caught my eye (and made me think of FIFA) was Corruption Ale from Abbeydale so I tried a pint. From first sip to the dregs it was wonderful. I knew that something good must come from Sheffield occasionally. Now I was in a quandary. To order food or get more corruption? Problem solved - I did both. Once I have satisfied myself that a pub serves decent ale I am happy to try the food. I liked the menu at once - burgers, pies and an interesting veggie tart. Proper pub food for those that want it, yes please. I settled for pie du jour which was advertised as chicken but turned out to be a very nice beef and mushroom.
The pie was substantial and delicious. The accompanying veg were slightly garlicky which made them equally so. Did I mention the gravy? Fabulous!  My mate opted for a Crescent Burger which was vast whilst the girls went for the Moroccan Tart, the veggie option.

We all agreed that the food was as good as it looked. I then did a Sep Blatter and got as much Corruption down me as I could. When the third pint tastes as good as the first you know that you are onto a good thing.
Until our visit to the Crescent I had never really thought of Ilkley as a drinker's town. Well after my experience that Saturday I now have to re-adjust my opinion. The Crescent is a nice place to eat, drink and relax. The staff were great and all looked happy to be working there which is always a good sign. I recommend this pub and we will certainly be  going back for another session.



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