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Box Tree

35-37 Church Street, ILKLEY, LS29 9DR

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In a property dating from 1720, the Box Tree has been on the restaurant scene since the early 1960s. The elegant interior has a timeless look, with deep sofas, dining chairs covered in rich fabrics, pictures in gold frames on the walls and antiques dotted around. Formally dressed staff, professional but unstuffy, keep the wheels turning. Simon Gueller's menus have their roots in the classical French repertory and combine traditional and contemporary ideas. Daube of beef in braising jus is a textbook example, accompanied by pommes purée, baby onions, mushrooms and lardons. There might also be a sea-fresh tranche of halibut topped with grated black truffle served with parsley and parsnip purées and salt-baked vegetables, all distinct flavours having an impact on the palate, with crispy smoked pancetta adding a further textural contrast. Among starters is a neat, even slice of galantine of chicken, duck and ham, bursting with flavour, cut by fig chutney served with wafer-thin toasted sourdough, and ham hock beignets with foie gras juxtaposed by smoked eel and apple purée. Puddings, too, showcase high technical skill: a signature blackcurrant soufflé, light and fluffy, with clotted cream ice cream, for instance. Canapés and breads are of the highest order, as are the petits fours with coffee.

Further information

Tel: 01943 608484
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Days closed: Mon-Tue
Dates closed: 27-31 Dec, 1-7 Jan
Sunday lunch available.
Days closed for lunch: Wed-Thu
Days closed for dinner: Sun

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern, Traditional French
Chef: Simon Gueller, Mark Owens
Number of seats: 50
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 1
Vegetarian meals available.
Children's portions.
No children under 10 yrs D.


Restaurant price guide

3 Course lunch from: £32.50
3 Course dinner from: £45.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.



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On A65 from Leeds through Ilkley, main lights approx 200yds on left
Nearest station: Ilkley

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