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Box Tree

35-37 Church Street, ILKLEY, LS29 9DR

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The Box Tree has been a culinary leader since it opened its doors in 1962, nowadays in the capable hands of chef-proprietor Simon Gueller and wife Rena. It occupies a refurbished 300-year-old building, with an elegant interior defined by art and antiques, rich fabrics and deeply comfortable furniture, while service is correct but unstuffy. Simon handles his top-quality ingredients sensitively and intelligently, his modern French style underscored by the classical repertoire and techniques. An amuse-bouche - perhaps Wensleydale cheese foam with pickled onion - and other incidentals are indicators of his serious approach, to be followed by glazed veal sweetbreads with caramelised onion and a Madeira and truffle jus, or tartare of mackerel with pickled cucumber, radish and lemon dressing. There's no chasing wild combinations for the sake of originality. Dishes make an impact with their uncluttered mixtures of flavours and textures, seen in daube of local grass-fed beef with no more than a portion of wild mushrooms and red wine sauce, and loin of venison with braised red cabbage, roasted parsnips, apple and blackcurrant. A fish option may be a perfectly timed tranche of wild turbot complemented by servings of truffled white beans and cauliflower with garlic sauce. Good culinary judgement is applied to desserts too: dark chocolate ganache and salted caramel, for instance, with a novel but effective sorbet of cucumber and lime, or light and fluffy prune and Armagnac soufflé with rum ice cream.

Further information

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

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British, French
Chef: S Gueller, L Yates
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

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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