Box Tree Restaurant

4.9
978 reviews
£41 and over
Modern European
Please note we now only offer a tasting menu for dinner reservations.

This small renowned restaurant has been a part of Ilkley since the early sixties. Now owned by husband and wife team Simon and Rena Gueller, the Box Tree continues to aim to be the best.

The modern French classical menu and extensive wine cellar offer food lovers an unforgettable experience. Simon's commitment to the best, freshest ingredients, with an emphasis on locally sourced, fresh ingredients from farmers and other suppliers, will entice food lovers with favorites such as Roast Sea Scallops, Celeriac Puree, White Truffle Oil and one of our impressive signature Soufflés

Box Tree represents a combination between 21st century efficiency and exquisite good taste. Whilst the kitchen boasts the latest equipment, the restaurant features a collection of art and antiques which define the style and luxury for which the Box Tree is famed.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 978 People Are Saying
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BiscuitTin
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasting menu was excellent. Would definitely go again.

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AshleyM
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service alongside the reputable food. Overall we loved the experience and I’m in the good books for choosing it.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for a chilled Sunday lunch.

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AdamT
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very friendly staff who were attentive and very nice food

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terryc
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply outstanding as always.

Food flavours and presentation are Michelin standard

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AudreyB
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect ambience to enjoy a superb meal . Great staff and ,service . Heartily recommend .

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KathrynS
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience1

We had the tasting menu with accompanying wine. The food was excellent, however we felt it was all a bit rushed. We had barely finished one course (and not finished the wine) when the next course and wine arrived. We felt there was too much wine for the food and ended up quite drunk by the end which we didn’t want!
The whole place needs updating from a point of view of decor.
All that said, it was an experience and the food was excellent.

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Pedlinpenguin
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch, fantastic staff, faultless .
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Wilmart
London
7 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good deserves to get its Michelin star back soon

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shirl
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience4

It is some time since we last visited the Box Tree before Friday but the quality of service and food is as we remember it, excellent. However, whilst we enjoyed the menu we were a little dismayed at the new system of only offering a set menu. We had hoped to bring our Goddaughter for a 50th birthday meal but she does not share our catholic taste in food and would not have found the set menu to her taste. I could only recommend the Box Tree with the proviso that you get what you get!

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BevE
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Gorgeous vegetarian food paired with lovely wines.

JT
JeremyT
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb in all respects. Well deserved reputation for excellence and a delight to chat to the owner and hear a little of their amazing journey to Michelin Stardom. I though the desserts were nothing short of sensational and I’m not a reviewer given to such turns of phrase. Get it on your bucket list!

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RichardG
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed our experience. Good was fantastic and service really great.

KD
KDAS40
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Nouvelle cuisine now a little dated, perhaps. Canape: exceptional-crisp filo with colourful, tasty filling ; Marmite butter and solid soda bread-novel but added little to the meal other than a topic of conversation; starter-a mini-kaleidoscope of micro-dots, shavings and cubes, hardly worth all the effort taken to produce it; Confit of duck-melted in the mouth but was essentially under-seasoned and tasteless; cassoulet of Morteau sausage i.e. three white beans with no evidence of sausage but pureed potatoes with miniature, crisp slivers of something were excellent perhaps they were the sausage. The sable was superb despite Italian meringue elements lacking any external crunch. The gentlemen serving were charming, attentive, knowledgeable and a credit to the establishment. The patisserie chef was demonstrably very skilled and produced delicious confections.
Overall an enjoyable experience.

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SarahP
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I haven’t been to the Box Tree for a while but I will definitely be returning. The staff were amazing (fitting us in when I’d booked the wrong date!) and very attentive and the food was absolutely fantastic. Everything cooked to perfection. We went for the Sunday lunch and I thought it was great value. Will definitely be returning. Thank you!

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Mike
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious and the staff were very friendly

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OpenTable Diner
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday lunch. Lovely experience and great food

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HEATHERL
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect faultless food and service would highly recommend
Thank you

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WendyB
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went for lunch on a Saturday. Delicious three course meal, good value for the very high standard of food.

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IlkleyTim
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be back at one of our favourite restaurants! A few changes due to COVID but excellent food and service as always. It also felt a little more modern than pre-lockdown.

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SuzanneO
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food beautifully presented in a lovely ambiance. The staff were lovely and could not have been more hospitable

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DoreenM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second visit to this lovely little restaurant & we weren’t disappointed

The tasting menu was excellent and our grateful thanks to Sommelier Didier whose knowledge of wines is endless!

Also thanks to Emma who looked after us, her friendly & helpful attitude make our dining experience super

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Took my partner to the Box Tree for his birthday, where we enjoyed the tasting menu. Amazing food and excellent service. Staff were very knowledgeable about the food and wine pairings.
Would definitely recommend.

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RichardA
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and service apart from the sommelier who would not accept that my wife wanted the white wine colder. He was rather blunt and rude.

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REVIN
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We went for Sunday Lunch, & enjoyed 3 courses of delicious, superb quality food, beautifully presented. Service was what we would expect from The Box Tree - attentive but unobtrusive.
The only thing that slightly spoiled the experience was the attire of people at a nearby table. One woman had brought a change of shoes & whilst she wore the smart, but presumably uncomfortable-to-walk-in pair, her Converse style pumps, blue with white plastic trim, were strewn in the corner next to her, making the place look untidy - out of sight to her party, but glaringly obvious to me.
Similarly, a male member of the same party was wearing flip-flops. While I understand that dress codes have been relaxed, I'm wondering if perhaps things have relaxed a little too much & even an establishment such as this will end up losing it's 'special' sense of occasion and will instead have the same feel as any of the many, at best mediocre, high street chains serving chicken & various fast foods.

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MandyS
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delicious lunch served in a quiet calm atmosphere by waiters who struck the perfect balance between friendliness and formality. What’s not to like?

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DavidA
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Top notch food , not over complicated, great combination of flavours

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Tommo1954
London
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

WE had a very nice afternoon @ The Box Tree.
only issue was the staff rushing us to our table.
we had arrived a little early after driving from Halifax.
as we were hoping to have a drink before going to our table.
whether it was due to COVID restrictions we don't know.
once seated we had a fabulous afternoon,
service very good, food great.
be back to sample the evening menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the first moment we stepped through the door you were

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and good sized portions. Soufflé better than London Michelin starred restaurants. Would highly recommend.

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KarenM
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing evening for me and my husband, from walking in to walking out the service was absolutely first class along with the outstanding food.
We will definitely visit again.

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Lovelygirl
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had taken some time for us to come together as a group of 4. With that in mind, we had lots of special reasons for this celebration meal and we were delighted all round. Super experience and can highly recommend the wine pairings with the taster menu.

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vippauld
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Faultless service excellent food & wine pairing. Wonderful experience

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Hils31
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food which looked stunning and tasted even better. Service was efficient, unobtrusive and friendly. The wine package gave us some of the nicest wines we have ever tasted, especially the dessert wine which was perfect with the amazing raspberry souffle.

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GeoffH
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food great place staff fantastic have booked to go back

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JaneW
London
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As delightful as I remembered. Good quality was of the highest and service was excellent. All courses were cooked to perfection.

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MaggieH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful, place, excellent service and the food was as food as any Michelin star restaurant I've eaten in

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HENRYK
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food & great service.
Simple menu beautifully presented food and extensive wine list

AP
AndyP
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an absolutely fabulous evening . The food was amazing, the wine pairing was perfect we can’t wait to return .

JW
JohnW
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, staff were friendly, good wine pairings Ambience was just right, relaxing and comfortable.

FAQs

Box Tree Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 978 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.