Tucked away on brook street in Ilkley you’ll find this relaxed bar and restaurant serving up gooey burgers and sticky wings…

At The Yard, they mix a passion for delicious and outrageous with handmade, locally sourced burgers and chicken. The new Burgers and Birds concept is quite simply unctuous and really quite naughty.

The Yard in Ilkley is tucked away in Brook Street, with the entrance in the cobbled courtyard of Crescent Court. This quaint restaurant is very relaxed and the smell of their delicious food when you enter makes your tummy growl with anticipation.

Having never been to The Yard before, we were looking forward to checking everything out, especially their brand new Burgers and Birds menu which we had been told so much about. It had been a while since we last ate out and had burgers and there is something very satisfying about finding a place that makes their own burgers and cooks them to perfection, it always amazes me the amount over overcooked burgers I am served. This was not to be the case here however.

We were shown to our table and our waitress introduced herself, all of the staff here are fun and genuinely excited to tell you about the new menu and what they recommend. We ordered our drinks and decided to take her up on their recommendations. I ordered ‘Pig Daddy Sweet’ – sticky barn ripped pork, cheese and bacon salsa, served on 2 patties in a toasted brioche bun with baby gem and burgers and birds sauce, with a side of sweet potato fries and green onions.

My dining partner chose ‘Please Me Cheese Me’ – double bacon, cheese and house relish served on 2 patties in a toasted brioche bun with baby gem and burgers and birds sauce, with a side of firecracker fries with chipotle salt.

They were generous portions (thank goodness we didn’t order starters), and cooked to perfection. Each burger oozed out their ingredients they were so packed full of dripping deliciousness, it was absolutely impossible to fit the burgers into our mouths without cutting them up, although we, and many other diners gave it a good try before conceding defeat and eating them more politely.

We were determined to eat the lot and it might have taken a while but we polished it all off! Thank you for the recommendations on what to order, we couldn’t have chosen better. This is a great concept and will be a sure fire winner. It’s got the atmosphere, great knowledgeable, friendly staff and the best burgers we have eaten in ages.

After a while we were offered puddings and decided to share the chocolate brownie with vanilla ice-cream, always a winner and the perfect way to finish off.

Throw into the mix an excellent range of craft beers and cocktails, great wine list, games room with pool table and beer pong and some of the regions finest DJs/Musicians you have the perfect recipe for a great time…. whether it be a lazy Sunday afternoon with friends or a wild weekend till the early hours! Better visit soon as once word spreads this place will be packed every night of the week.

Recommended by Angela Riches, June 2017

30a Brook Street, Ilkley LS29 8DE

Tel: 01943 609606