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Wells Cafe & Bistro

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7 Wells Road, Ilkley LS29 9JB, England
10:00 - 15:00
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Sun 10:00 - 15:00
Tue - Fri 10:30 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 18:00 - 23:00
Sat 10:00 - 14:30
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've been coming here for years before Richard took over. I'm a massive foodie and have very high standards. I love this little gem and if it wasn't so far away now I would go far more regularly. It's also excellent value and the service is very attentive. They always accommodate you if you make a special request. I have... More 

Thank Rubies191014
Leeds, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having visited so many excellent cafe's and restaurants across Europe that are pet friendly, it's so refreshing to see that the UK, and Yorkshire in particular, are at long last realising that dogs are part of the family. People want to be able to have a day out with there pets, including being able to eat with them in quality... More 

Thank 44magnumopus
Ilkley, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely friendly ambience. Perfect cuisine whether for breakfast or for lunch. Attentive service. We always feel welcome and very comfortable in this small and excellent bistro. Thank you and well done!

Thank madame-bijou
Bradford, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A group of 24 family and friends had Sunday Lunch here on the occasion of my wife reaching a special birthday milestone and we couldn't have had a better time. The owner Richard was excellent in helping to plan and discuss the menu, drinks, timings and all other aspects of the day. We felt reassured by his professionalism and this... More 

Thank 1961GaryC
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

Here for an early dinner at a bargain price price of £14.50 for 2 courses. We had venison "pie" with a rosti topping of carrot & potato, Christmas pudding with mince pie ice cream to follow. Good service even though there was a large party of 14 in this small restaurant when we were there. Short menu with small range... More 

Thank Ian B
Glossop, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Had lunch today at Wells Cafe and Bistro. It was lovely. The quality of the food for the price was fantastic. We're so glad we took the trouble to seek out a place away from the Main Street in Ilkley. It was a gem of a find.

Thank HeatherWilson7
Ilkley, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Group of 16 of us. How they do such good food with so little people cooking is amazing. I had nice duck terrine to start with, followed by 21 day aged steak, which was beautiful. Cheese and biscuits to finish, with a very nice blue brie type. Cuvee Jean Paul is the house red, and a very drinkable Rhone Red... More 

Thank David C
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

This tiny restaurant is an absolute joy and the good people of Ilkley are so lucky to have it. We have been twice previously..or us it 3? Anyway first time for lunch including new granddaughter Nancy who they made every effort to accommodate. The menu ranges from up market toasties to steak at lunch time. The starting French onion and... More 

Thank andrew m
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Food was excellent and service good overall. On 8pm sitting the starter and main courses came too quickly with no rest between and, the proprietor/chef said his farewells around 9pm, leaving the diners in the care of a junior member of staff and giving the impression the evening was winding down.

Ilkley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We have visited this cafe at lunchtime often after enjoying the excellant local walks. So we tried a evening early bird and we were not disappointed with an excellant three courses for £17.50. We were dismayed to see that another group had a dog under their table which we regard as unacceptable in a restuarant and had we known earlier... More 

Thank Brian B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 - 15:00
10:30 - 14:30
10:30 - 14:30
10:30 - 14:30
10:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 Wells Road, Ilkley LS29 9JB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  West Yorkshire  >  Ilkley
  • Phone Number: 01943-60-17-93

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?