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Box Tree Restaurant

4.7
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788 reviews
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£41 and over
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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 788 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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PaulW
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must visit if you’re after fine dining quality with a relaxed and respectful service proposition, thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

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COLINC
Yorkshire
11 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite expensive but everything you would expect from a high class restaurant. Food and wine superb. Staff equally superb.

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nickk
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb service and terrific food of many varieties

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Carolyn
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent for a special occasion. Lovely food and a very pleasant atmosphere with staff attending well but not obtrusive. Beautifully presented food, and quantities just right.

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DanM
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was fantastic very attentive. Food was out of this world shame I didn't get the deserve I wanted as they had run out put the alternative was still amazing.

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AndreaB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and the service where great but the restaurant was cold and lacked atmosphere.

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StevenB
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Restaurant decor very dated
I had scallops for starters with a £9 supplement . There was one scallop !
Great service but have had better meals at far better value

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BevL
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

My husband and I are no strangers to Michelin star restaurants and the culinary experience at The Box Tree is exceptional.

We would recommend The Box Tree to some of our friends. However, for some the stuffy surroundings would outweigh the brilliant cuisine.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant meal at The Box Tree, fabulous service, felt very relaxed and enjoyed every moment.

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colins
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Offering good food and excellent service. Food lacks being something special though. Prices are Michelin star but food isn't.

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DarrenF
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not a cheap experience, but worth every penny. Great food, exceptional service and great attention to detail

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samw
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Ive written to the owners complaining but they dont care. Its a rip off in terms of value and it is amazing it keeps its stars because its not even the best restaurant in Ilkley, pieres is much better. I wont be going back or using your services again, sorry but anyone that ignore a complaint with no retort isnt worthy of anything.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant ambiance was daily relaxed for this type of place. The staff could not have been nicer, and were attentive throughout the evening. The food quality was exceptional and presented beautifully.

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AdamC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For us, this is a special occasion restaurant, because it is special. Amazing food, great cooking, superior service - this restaurant is another level. Just fantastic in all aspects!

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PhilipS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding
The food the service the ambience. The details and the extra touches of the chef coming out to introduce himself and shave the truffle on our main course.
Very well done and we shall be returning soon.

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LeeN
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, would definitely recommend this to anyone!

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YorksN
Yorkshire
6 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Sunday lunch. Superb rare roast beef. Wonderful and friendly attentive staff.

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Tavole
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a dining experience, everyone is well looked after, the food is delicious & the staff always attentive. looking forward to returning next year!

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ALANF
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regular diners at the Box Tree and as always, this visit maintained the wonderful ambience, service and food. Walking through the front door always feels like you are walking into another world with its refined, warm atmosphere. The top quality service is instant and flows seamlessly through the pre dinner drinks with food and wine menu perusing accompanied by canapes and into the meal itself. A new twist with a chef serving and explaining the detail of the starters was interesting and it's always good to meet one of the kitchen team that prepare what's put in front of you. The meal was up to the absolute top standards we have come to expect- cooked to perfection, bursting with natural flavours and I would love to know the secret if their accompanying reductions - simply stunning. I know there's been some comment about the restaurant not having a Michelin star this year; well there's absolutely nothing about the venue, service or food quality that would give any hint at that. We have eaten in one, two and three star Michelin starred restaurants and for us, the Box Tree has always been, and remains, the best and the benchmark we always use for our dining experiences. Thank you for another amazing experience.

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TomS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and a lovely place the staff where great specially Lenny he really made our night and they went above and beyond for our one year anniversary

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AnnY
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, food and atmosphere, definitely worth a visit.

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MicS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, an excellent dining experience at The Box Tree, great service, amazing food (Menu Gourmand) and great wine matchings (Chile, Kent, Greece and France).

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GillR
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a really special occasion to dine at the Box Tree, the staff are so well trained and professional , the Christmas decorations in impeccable taste, standard of food superb and atmosphere warm and friendly. Loved it!

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VictorL
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, presentation, service, experience and atmosphere. Cannot praise the Box Tree enough.

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ElizabethA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a delicious Sunday lunch to celebrate my son's 21st Birthday. Everything about our experience was memorable, from the amuse bouches to the roast with the best beef ever and perfectly cooked selection of vegetables.
The welcome and service we received from the young team was warm and genuine and made it a really special occasion (including a Birthday card for my son). They were an absolute credit to the restaurant especially the young man who recommended our wine and drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all round

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vipCarolineB
Yorkshire
8 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration for my parents...
Food was gorgeous and the atmosphere was great.
The staff were very attentive.
Great place to celebrate!

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JasonN
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The portion size is not what it was when I was last there four years ago. Although flavours and presentation was excellent this was a little disappointing.
One scallop on celeriac mash was a nice mouthful. Likewise the fillet of beef was two mouthfuls. The desert of apricot soufflé was larger.

Still nice though, but not the restaurant it once was

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JayneN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A place to go when you want to treat yourself and your family. The food has exquisite flavours and afterwards you do not feel too full up but just right.

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KatieS
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I have wanted to try the box tree for a long time. I just left a bit disappointed.

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AdamC
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A week or two after our last visit to the Box Tree the Michelin guide came out with the omission of said restaurant. To say we were shocked was a understatement, the meals we had back then were superb. Fast forward to this years guide and We were disappointed that they hadn’t regained their star so we though we’d better go back a check why? After last nights meal we can only assume that the inspectors didn’t go or Mr Gueller refused the star.

The meal my wife and I had last night was the best one and most memorable yet from the Box Tree. We were sat there mouth open as to why they don’t warrant recognition for the fine food that they produced for us. A starter of veal sweetbreds for me and a vichyssoise for my wife were sublime. The sweetbreds just melted and the corn relish that it was served with just cut the richness to perfection. We both had beef for main, it was cooked perfectly and tasted like the beefiest beef I’ve ever had and the pomme mousseline, well I could have happily bathed in it! And dessert, it had to be apricot soufflé and it was to die for, end of.

Service was absolutely fantastic, charming and friendly without being overbearing. Hats off to everybody at The Box Tree for making our evening a total delight. I’m considering throwing my Michelin guide in the bin because after last night I was left thinking what do they want.

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Bluediamond211Mollymoo2
London
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a birthday treat for my friend as she had never been to the box tree before she was very impressed with the ambience, fantastic service and very well presented food she has said that she will be going back again

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was exceptional and felt like a really special treat.

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Laceylady1
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cannot recommend highly enough for a special occasion. If we get the opportunity we’ll be back

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CarltonL
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We promised ourselves some thirty years ago to have a meal here but never got round to it till now and we are glad we didn’t miss out. It was an excellent experience, not stuffy or pretentious, just right for a relaxed meal with excellent food. The staff were professional and relaxed which made for a relaxed experience. The portion sizes were just right and the staff talked knowledgeably about the ingredients in our choices. Our one small suggestion for improvement would be to include more choice of wine by the glass. We will return.

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TonyW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A wonderful dining experience, from start to finish. It's a 'special treat' restaurant, and my wife and I were celebrating a wedding anniversary. The standard of service is exemplary, friendly and efficient without any stuffiness. A very relaxing evening, our wine choices were assisted by the Sommelier, Monsieur Didier with courtesy, and aplomb, perfectly matching our food choices. Reasonably priced too! Then the food.... An imaginative menu, beautifully prepared and presented food, flavoursome, very enjoyable. We can't wait return for another 'celebration'.

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RuthM
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food and wonderful warm service.... loved the wine matching

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LeonardP
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We have been driving past the Box Tree for more than 40 years and always promised ourselves to go there one day. Well, for our 46th anniversary we finally made it! It was everything we were hoping for. the food was excellent, the surroundings were perfect and the service was outstanding. The staff were friendly and helpful without being over casual. We will return soon and quite often. We have decided to take our family there for our next event. Absolutely great!

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SuzannahS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Box Tree Experience can only be likened to stepping into another world...as soon as you walk through the door you are treated to exceptional service from a professional but friendly team. The ambience is utterly gorgeous and the food and service is like no other. Exceptional can describe it but to experience it is utterly wonderful.

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JJay
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The restaurant has a lovely ambiance and we were welcomed as though we were old friends. The food was absolutely fabulous and beautifully presented; the portion size just right. The service was very good and the sommelier was very knowledgeable and helpful. All the staff were very polite and friendly. I will definitely go again.

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