Box Tree Restaurant

4.9
873 reviews
£41 and over
Modern European
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 873 People Are Saying
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Bigpaws
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I’ve been visiting the box tree now for 25 years . It’s always a pleasure to return . Always welcomed like old friends . The service is excellent , but the food as stepped up a gear in the last year . Didier the sommelier always gives excellent advice . Not cheap but quality never is . Well worthy of a Michelin star

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Coll
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food & ambience. A very special restaurant - excellent in every way.

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Rideawhiteswan
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Sunday lunch what a treat ! Three courses of amazing food perfectly presented . The roast beef was absolutely delicious . Lovely wobbly soufflé . Take me baasck!

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AndrewW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have frequented the Box Tree for many years and always enjoyed the special treat that always awaits you. This time was no exception, from the warmth of the welcome to the exceptional service and quality of the food. Each course is a masterpiece and a credit to the skill and dedication of Simon and his team.
All this in the background of COVID-19. Well done Box Tree, looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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DeanH
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and top class service. We ran out of time to have the cheese course so the restaurant made us a pack up cheese course which was plentiful and as lovely as the rest of the meal.

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VictorB
Shropshire
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Visited many years ago, and still as good. Don't understand why they lost the star rating,it's still deserved.
Even though there was a mistake problem in the kitchen and a course off the tasting menu was missed(only a palate cleanser) they quickly apologised and reduced our bill.
A full reseteraunt but all very covid secure. Travelled from Shropshire.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing all round amazing

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LindsayR
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent evening with their set tasting menu. Inspirational cooking from a chef that really knows his stuff, and produced some lovely combinations. Lovely staff who really made us feel welcome. We shared the wine flight which was enough for two with one of us driving, and the four wines were introduced by a most knowledgeable sommelier. The 7 courses left us feeling pleasantly, but not overly full.

This was our first visit but will not be our last! Thoroughly recommend for a special occasion.

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Mike
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm not usually a fan of "taster menus", but this was excellent in terms of mix of dishes and quantity.

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RicardoT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food with excellent service. Highly recommended.

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Mowgli
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, the food was incredible. It was everything we hoped it would be and we can't wait to come back.

Thank you for making the evening so enjoyable for my Mum's birthday.

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ThomasB
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Would definitely visit again

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TimP
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall, a first rate Sunday lunch. The wine was excellent and surprisingly reasonably priced - not what you tend to expect.

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RosH
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The Box Tree never disappoints. Good, discreet service and always good food. We had the wine recommended with each course and each one was excellent. We had a set menu and enjoyed all the courses.

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PhilipS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always first class food and service. Really important to support and keep on coming back to make sure this magnificent place stays open through the pandemic.

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DonnaD
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful lunch can’t recommend The Box Tree enough it’s always fantastic x

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AlastairS
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really excellent value considering the standard of food being served, very enjoyable evening. Not too over the top as can be the Case with ‘ Michelin Star’ Tasting menus sometimes!

I’m aware the restaurant no longer has the star but I think it’s every bit as good and not so pretentious

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Damo
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had the most amazing Sunday roast after a walk on Ilkley moor. Made to feel welcome the moment we walked in..... Food was excellent and up there with the very best roasts I’ve had to date. The service was very friendly and respectful in the current climate and I look forwards to going back for my mothers birthday.

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johnc
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

refurbished in a rather more modern style to meet the times. The full table cloths have gone, but no complaints . ITS STILL THE BOX TREE and it was busy for Sunday lunch. we will go again.

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GrahamW
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service and excellent food. As always at Box Tree a special event rather than just an enjoyable meal

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Jodanjo
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Sunday lunch, food was really delicious. Would definitely recommend the Box Tree!

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SamanthaW
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience and amazing food. Very special place

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LouP
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Everything was efficient and welcoming. Lunch menu was very tasty.

MR
MatthewR
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service at the box tree was absolutely outstanding. All the courses were excellent flavour combinations and the service staff were both knowledgeable and friendly
Our only negative on the experience was that we were seated in a small area with 4 table- 3 tables of 2 and us. 2 of these tables were a party but due to regulations on separate table and they were quite noisy and talking loudly over the tables to each other

However it didn’t spoil our enjoyment of the food and drink, and we would definitely come back !

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RoseS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect evening as always. Great, personable service, delicious food and a lovely atmosphere. This is our third visit in a matter of months (sixth overall) and we look forward to the next!

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JanetC
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This lunch was for a friend's "special birthday". It did not disappoint. The food was excellent: each course small but the total lunch more than enough for any appetite and though I cannot fault anything on the menu the mango soufflé & raspberry sauce stood out as heavenly. The "pomme Anna" was so delicious - I could have eaten more of it. Service was very assiduous, friendly and altogether impeccable.
Clearly most people could not afford to eat out at this price routinely but the meal was so special it seemed well worth the cost. I would certainly go again for a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3rd visit, lovely as ever, consistently good food, excellent front of house, top marks!!!

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GarryB
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s the second time I’ve visiting the box tree for dinner and it didn’t disappoint once again the service and food were first class all the way .... wine selection was excellent too .... if your wanting to experience a night you’ll never forget either with friends or your partner I’d highly recommend it as a restaurant to choose ..... I’m trying to get a slot to try the Sunday lunch with friends ,so hopefully that’ll be as great as tonight was .
A massive thanks goes to all the members of staff for working through what are difficult times for everyone and making our evening so memorable

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was very impressed with the food, service and overall experience, would highly recommend!

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SAbdelRahman
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as always. The staff always go the extra distance to make sure you have a great experience. We had the tasting menu. It is worth the money for those special occasions. Highly recommended.

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Adam
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal in difficult circumstances given it was one of the first nights of the 10pm curfew.
Wonderful staff, friendly atmosphere and very well managed to ensure everyone felt both comfortable and safe.

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SimonH
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly service and a lovely atmosphere

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MartinH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely inventive food selections served with style. Will definitely be returning but may need to save up first!

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PJ77
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb service, stunning food. Welcoming and warm atmosphere. Would highly recommend the experience.

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Juju
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent evening. A friendly welcome followed by seating at a lovely table Next to a roaring fire. The menu was delicious and served with just the right gaps between courses. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful.

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IanC
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked in for Sunday lunch for two.
Guided straight to the table.
Drinks order taken, made to feel relaxed and ready to enjoy the meal.
Food excellent, as you would expect.
Cooked to perfection.
Pleased that we were not clock watching with parking, as we were there for three hours
Great first time out since lockdown had started.

MB
MartynB
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with outstanding service. I would recommend this restaurant.

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Jeffers
London
14 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have waited a long time to go back to The Boxtree. Food was excellent, service was great and really friendly/welcoming. Total for 3 with drinks was £375, not cheap but worth it.

For pre drinks/post dinner drinks try the Gin Bar around the corner.

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JulietH
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal and fantastic service - I’ll definitely be coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service made us feel welcome and celebrating our special occasion there.

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Box Tree Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 873 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.