You will find The Tickled Trout Inn situated in the pretty village of Bilton in Ainsty, near Wetherby. It was a rather damp autumn evening, but the warm welcome we received, along with the inviting open fires and lovely atmosphere, lifted our spirits immediately.
Bilton in Ainsty village appears in the Domesday book of 1086. The Trickled Trout was built in the 17th century and the Mainey family bought the Inn in 2019. After a full refurbishment, reopening the fires, the stone flag floors and the old beams, and creating five boutique bedrooms for guests, it’s really delightful. We had a warm welcome from Anthony, offering us a cheeky drink and inviting us to be seated next to the dazzling fire. Relaxing in the armchairs and just taking it all in is magical. We thought we’d better take a look at the menus, which included the Autumn Menu, the Specials of the Day, the Vegan, and not forgetting, the Little Fish Menu.
After much deliberation, our decisions were made: John decided on the Asian-style Crisp Belly Pork, served on a bed of Asian vegetables, sweet soy and fresh lime sauce (£9.95) while I opted for the Crisp Tempura King Prawns with an Asian salad and sweet chili (£10.95). For the mains, John decided on the Seafood Linguine, which includes shellfish bisque, mussels and king prawns (£23.95) and for myself I choose the Duck Leg Confit (£23.95), accompanied by plum sauce, pak choi and sesame rosti. We also added a few sides of new potatoes and buttered greens (£3.95 each). The inn is open-plan, but with smaller areas making it a bit more romantic, which is always good for me. Before the starters arrived, we were offered the most fantastic homemade bread, a herb focaccia and date and cinnamon loaf with homemade sage butter. It hit the spot and we had far too much. The starters were both delicious and yes, I did try them both!
We had a short break before the mains arrived, but when they did arrive, we just had to tuck in straight away. The Linguine was served with a delicious bisque sauce (they even brought John extra, just in case he needed more) and my duck just fell off the bone. Just about managing to finish the mains, we couldn’t manage a dessert, however they looked delicious. For me it would have been the Tickled Trout Hazelnut Chocolate Bar, but if that’s not for you, there is plenty to choose from. If wine is your tipple the choice is vast with something for everyone. The hosts are happy to help with any questions and choices, steering me in the direction of the Aumerade-style Provence Rosé.
The evening was coming to a close, but we did manage a lovely Yorkshire cuppa along with some very tasty tiffin, which was a great extra touch. Anthony took us on a quick tour of the grounds. There is a covered outdoor area with heaters and blankets along with the sparkly lights, but the wow factor for us was the Moroccan Bedouin tents, which can seat up to 14 guests on one table. The tents have a wood burner keeping things cosy; great for a friends or family get together.
The Tickled Trout is also open for Lunch. There really is something for everyone! For a real treat you can stay at the inn, in one of the beautiful rooms and make a really special break (starting at £135 per night B&B). John and I had such a lovely evening. Thank you to the chef, and the hosts, Mike, Anthony and Sam, for looking after us.
The Tickled Trout Inn
Bilton-in-Ainsty, Wetherby YO26 7NN.
Tel. 01423 359006