The Wells in Ilkley

The Wells Cafe & Bistro | Ilkley

The Wells Cafe & Bistro is a fantastic and understated restaurant in Ilkley. s It was founded by Richard Horne, a passionate chef who’s worked at restaurants like the Box Tree, Monkman’s on the Grove, The Fleece in Addingham and the Devonshire Arms Brasserie. In 2008 Richard decided to embark on his own venture in the form of The Wells Cafe & Bistro – and to great effect.

Since opening, they’ve created a brilliant reputation for their simple yet delicious menu of delicious food which includes everything from roasted pepper, feta and pinenut tart to Herb crusted local trout fillet – warm plum tomato, potato and olive salad. It’s also great value, with an early bird menu available to take advantage of. Their sample menus can be seen below.



Bistro Menu

Early bird – 6pm

2 courses – £14.50 3 courses – £17.50

Children’s portions half price

Late sitting – 8pm

2 courses – £17.50 3 courses – £21.00


Homemade soup of the day – granary bread

Roasted pepper, feta and pinenut tart – cherry tomato and basil dressing

Grilled baby black pudding and chorizo – spring onion and coriander salad

Tempura tiger prawns – sweet chilli dip – cucumber and pink ginger salad


Pan fried 7-8oz ribeye steak, confit shallots – peppercorn sauce (£2.50 supplement)

Lemon and thyme marinated ½ roast poussin

Herb crusted local trout fillet – warm plum tomato, potato and olive salad

Wild mushroom, spinach and stilton crepe – hollandaise sauce

All main courses served with dauphinoise patatoes and sesame, chilli and honey drizzled broccoli


Sticky toffee pudding – butterscotch sauce

Dark chocolate and orange brownie – vanilla ice cream – red berry compote

Strawberry pavlova – homemade lemon curd

Local cheese with apple, chutney and biscuits

Coffee from £1.50

We cater for any specific dietary requirements – please ask

Cafe/Takeaway Menu

Homemade soup of the day-chunky granary bread £3.30

Smoked salmon and scrambled egg on granary toast £6.95

Slow roast field mushrooms – shaved parmesan – granary toast – £5.95

Toasted English muffin with poached free range eggs and Hollandaise with:

Home roast ham £6.25

Buttered spinach £6.25

Smoked salmon £6.95

Homemade vegetarian quiche – mixed salad, coleslaw and chips £7.25

Skin on chunky chips – cheddar cheese, red onion and chorizo £6.75

Large Salads £7.25

Tiger prawn and avocado salad – cherry tomato dressing

Grilled goats cheese, rocket, red onion and plum tomato, pesto dressing

Crisp Caesar salad with roast chicken breast and fresh anchovies

“Wells Ploughman’s” home roasted ham, Wensleydale cheese, plum tomato and apple, homemade chutney, coleslaw, chips and granary bread


Grilled fillet of salmon – tiger prawns – tomato – hollandaise sauce – £10.50

Home roasted ham – 2 free range fried eggs – chips – granary bread – £7.25

Fillet of smoked haddock – wilted spinach – poached egg – hollandaise sauce £10.50

Pan fried 80z ribeye steak – grilled tomato – peppercorn sauce – £13.00

All served with a choice of chips or new potatoes, and mixed salad or seasonal vegetables

Breakfast – not available Saturday after 12 noon

The Wells “Big Breakfast” – 2 slices bacon, 1 Cumberland sausage, 2 free range eggs, plum tomato, mushrooms, baked beans, black pudding, fried bread and toast £7.50

The Wells “English Breakfast” – 2 slices bacon, 1 Cumberland sausage, 2 free range eggs and toast £4.95

Free range eggs on toast, fried, scrambled or poached £3.75

Breakfast sandwiches – bacon or Cumberland sausage £3.25

Add extras at 50p each. Egg, baked beans, tomato or mushrooms

Omelettes – served with mixed salad

Plain £4.75

Add extras at 50p each. Cheese, plum tomatoes, bacon, mushroom, red onions, home roast ham, spring onions.

Add extras at £1 each- smoked salmon, smoked haddock and baby spinach

Buttered jacket Potatoes – all served with mixed salad

1 filling £5.25

2 fillings £5.75

Tuna mayonnaise, cheddar cheese, baked beans, coleslaw, bacon

Tiger prawn Marie Rose £6.50

Sandwiches £5.00 each – served with mixed salad and homemade coleslaw

Melted brie and bacon

Tuna mayonnaise and cucumber

Cheddar cheese and homemade chutney

Home roast ham and wholegrain mustard

Smoked salmon and cream cheese

Add a cup of homemade soup £2.00

Toasties £5.25 – all served with mixed salad and homemade chutney

Cheese and red onion

Cheese and plum tomato

Tuna, cheese and red onion

Ham and cheese

Brie and bacon

Chips £2.00 or cheesy chips – spring onion and mayonnaise £3.50

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