Last week, Arthur (plus Mummy and Daddy!) visited the new Friends Of Ham Bar and Charcuterie in Ilkley - based in the old Ilkley Gazette offices.
Normally I like to give a new establishment a few weeks to settle in before giving it a try, but we were tempted over by a lovely young man insisting that we try a sample of "cheese with serious notes of caramel" (it really was like a mouthful of mini cheesecake) and after that we were so close to the entrance, we couldn't help but give the place a try!
There were a couple of steps up but this was easy to negotiate with the pushchair regardless. The inside had a very continental feel with long shared tables - I was a little worried we weren't going to fit in but a member of staff (lady) greeted us as soon as we came in, explained the ethos of the place and immediately went to see if there were any tables out of view that we could squeeze onto. We were offered the option of help carrying the pushchair down the stairs or leaving the pushchair by the door. Whilst waiting for a table to become available we sat ourselves by the door at the end of a shared table - the member of staff who was helping us kept her word and came to tell us straight away when there was a space, but by this point we were so comfy (and Arthurwears was happily staring at and attempting to get attention from other diners across the table) that we decided to stay put!
Our order was taken by a young man who checked regularly that we were ok and asked if we needed anything.
I ordered a decaf latte and an Affogato dessert (bourbon vanilla ice cream topped with an Espresso) which were presented beautifully and tasted great.
Daddy ordered a Kirkstall pale ale and here are his thoughts:
I usually go for Saltaire, Ilkley or Wharfedale brewery beers when out in Ilkley but thought I'd give Kirkstall Pale a go as I've never tried their brews before. It was good. Full of flavour and lovely hoppy-ness but still a pale ale. At 4.0% it is not a session beer but a perfect for a Saturday afternoon pint. Great glass too. Always like drinking out of a heavy pint glasses, it makes it feel like you are getting your monies worth!
To find out more about FOH and view their menus take a look here.