So why didn’t Carluccios work in Ilkley? We have a theory but don’t want to talk ill of the dead. In its place on The Grove is Host, the brainchild of a young Monkman. Anyone who liked good grub in Yorkshire in the last three decades will have eaten Chris Monkman’s food in one location or another, and now his son Joel has stepped up to the stove. He’s got history in Ilkley: his grandparents Ken and Jenny opened a deli restaurant and private dining company on Brook Street way back in 1964. It’s blindingly clear that the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree; they’re one talented family.
Read my full review for the Yorkshire Post here