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The Black Hat, Ilkley

Church Street
LS29 9DR
Phone: 01943607214
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Will Larter left this review about The Black Hat

A pub that I have been past many times, stuck in the traffic on my way through Ilkley, but finally got to visit this summer. Their pandemic measures were a little over the top, I thought, with a member of staff at a table in front of the bar to take track & trace particulars, then redirect the customer to another table to the left, where another staff member takes your order and payment. This is then transmitted (presumably by computer) to a member of staff behind the counter, who then appears at your assigned table bearing, in my case, a pint of Timothy Taylor Landlord. I imagine that later on a Saturday it would start to get busier, justifying this cautious approach, but at the time of my lunchtime visit there were not many people in. The beer was in very good condition, and I had a second pint, even though it was £4.10 a pint (gasp!). (The only other real ale on was Sharps Doom Bar.) Not my sort of pub, as it is clearly aimed at a much younger clientele than my age group, but it was pleasant enough at a quiet period, and the good quality beer dragged it up to an average score.

Date of visit: 18th July 2020

On 23rd August 2020 - rating: 5
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Black Hat

A large pub with an L shaped room, the bar area is central as you enter and had a choice of four ales on pump. The left hand side area of the pub was set up for dining and had that gastro pub ambience about and the menu was high end also. The pub was busy on our early Saturday eve visit, with a mixed age group. A good few local hipsters had managed to show their faces in here, to give the pub a trendy vibe from their presence, compared to others in the locality. I went for the Ilkley Pale, which was a good pint, but the prices in here were steep.

On 23rd November 2016 - rating: 7
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Black Hat

The Black Hat is a decent sized pub that is on a very busy road.
Once inside there is a large single L shaped room with the bar facing,the room is bare boarded,the seating is normal tables and chairs,there is also a small raised area to the front left,dont dare to sit down on the left side like i did if you are not dining,you will soon be asked to move to the right side,this area extends to the rear,the seating here is bench type and normal tables and chairs.
There were four real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Leeds Pale which was a decent drink,the other beers were Saltaire Blonde,Taylor Landlord and Charles Wells Poppy,i wish the service at the bar was as quick as i was asked to leave my seat on the left dining side.
The pub was very busy with younger upmarket types,both drinking and having meals.
This pub is ok for a quick drink,the beer was decent, service slow.

Pub visited 7/11/2015

On 7th November 2015 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Old Boots
Ilkley, 0.24 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Ben Rhydding, 1.36 miles, 26 min walk (show)
Burley-in-Wharfedale, 3.63 miles, 1 hr 9 min walk (show)
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23rd Aug 2020, 21:12
Review submitted by Will Larter amended by Will Larter
23rd Aug 2020, 21:10
Review submitted by Will Larter

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