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Box Tree Restaurant

4.7
4.7
1308 Reviews
£41 and over
Modern European
Please note we now only offer a tasting menu for dinner reservations.

This small renowned restaurant in the heart of Ilkley was founded in 1962. It was the first 2 Michelin Starred restaurant outside of London and for over 60 years has continued to be at the forefront of northern Gastronomy.

The modern British menu and extensive wine cellar offer food lovers an unforgettable experience. The kitchens commitment to the best, freshest ingredients, with an emphasis on locally sourced, fresh ingredients from farmers and local suppliers.

The 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.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Modern European
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed, Thu 18:00–20:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–13:30 Fri, Sat 18:00–20:30 Sun 12:00–15:00
  • Phone number
    01943 608484
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Kieran Smith
  • Catering
    Yorkshire's Premier Outside Caterer<br />For any outside catering events please get in touch with the restaurant on 01943 608484 or alternatively via email on info@theboxtree.co.uk
  • Private party facilities
    We accept private parties from 10 up to 45 guests and can offer exclusive hire and provide bespoke packages to suit your requirements helping to make your special day a memorable one.The private dining room not only boasts the comfort and luxury you would expect at the Box Tree but also offers you complete privacy and confidentiality.
  • Private party contact
    Andrew Pratt: 01943 608484
  • Area
    Ilkley
  • Parking Details
    Parking is available in the main town car park situated just behind the restaurant. It is £1 from 6.00pm onwards.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,308 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Yorkshire

    Great for fine wines

  • West Yorkshire

    Great for fine wines

  • West Yorkshire

    Romantic

  • West Yorkshire

    Good for special occasions

1,308 Reviews
  1. CiDS

    Edinburgh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent tasting menu under new Head Chef Brayden Davies, with a good balance of tradition and innovation. Enjoyed the paired wines, and there was the usual charming service from Chris and team. Looking forward to returning already

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  2. CharlotteS

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Myself and my husband had a fantastic time visiting the Box Tree. We were made to feel very welcome by all of the staff who all gave outstanding customer service. Every single member of staff were friendly, welcoming and attended to our every need. We could not fault the service or food. Thank you very much to all.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing service, good and overall experience. Was made to feel special from start to finish. We told the waiter it was my husbands 41st birthday and 10mins later he was presented with birthday card, personalised with his name and 41st inside! I mean how incredible! It’s touches like this that make the experience even more memorable. Will definitely be returning.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional fine dining experience! Highly recommended! Food was stunning and the staff were polite and knowledgeable, looking forward to our next visit!

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  5. grahamP

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We both had a really good evening, food service and atmosphere excellent

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  6. NickS

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ignore those who say it isn’t what it was in years gone by - all 4 of us were blown away by the set lunch menu. The total amount of food was perfect and the variety of tastes and textures superb. The menu is much more contemporary now, exactly what we want. The service was faultless and not at all intrusive. We can’t wait to go back. Don’t hesitate.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing, incredible service, food outstanding too.

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  8. SLN21

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful meal. Beautiful food. Waiting staff very attentive and well informed. Well priced. Would recommend to anyone

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was exceptional- hats off to the chef, he was simply wonderful

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  10. dominique

    Newcastle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was as good as the waiters and the chef cook were attentive to make sure that the meal was taylored to our intolerance and our requests. Cosy and full of character the restaurant is truly full of charms. The full experience was above our expertation, and we hope to have the opponutiny to come back.

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  11. MarkD

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As aways the Boxtree never disappoints. The service and food are exceptional. We went for Sunday Lunch. The atmosphere is a little more relaxed with music playing mudic ftom 50s to 80s at a level that isn't intrusive. However one bizarre carol came on!! Although it is fine dining, it is also very welcoming and not over formal at lunchtime. As you'd expect, you pay a little more for the exceptional service. One minor drawback, being disabled and having the toilets upstairs was a challenge, but this is a very minor concern for most people.

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  12. CRAIGT

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great menu, and wine pairing. Service was exemplary from the minute we arrived!

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  13. SarahA

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Gorgeous food and lovely restaurant. Staff were helpful and friendly.

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  14. PatriciaB

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Attentive staff anticipate your every need. The food was, as always, excellent and the surroundings very comfortable. Look forward to visiting again.

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  15. TonyA

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was overall good but very variable. Souffle, velouté, lemon meringue were all excellent. Some of the other dishes were average at best. In particular the fish was over cooked. Worst however was the timing, we waited about 30 minutes between courses and eventually (despite delaying the taxi by 30 minutes) 3 of us had to leave halfway through dessert. We mentioned this to the staff but at no point was an apology offered nor did a senior staff person turn up to resolve. We have been to the Box Tree on and off over 30 years and this was by far the worst experience. The wines were good though :)

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was a dining experience as usual!! Great food, lovely staff, great start to festivities !!!

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  17. AnthonyH

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful way to spend Christmas Eve, high quality food, great ambience. Welcoming and attentive staff. Highly recommended

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  18. HelenL

    Jersey

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stunning food in a beautiful setting, nothing too much trouble and catered for a gluten free diner with no fuss.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    The tasting menu has become ridiculously small . We had one scallop as a course and the “main “ course was a tiny piece of beef and one tiny potato . I have been going to the Box tree for nearly 20 years and I’m thinking I won’t go again . Dress code and ambience not what it used to be . Time to get a grip

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  20. SallyS

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed a really special evening returning to the Box Tree. Everything was just right. Bravo.

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  21. FionaS

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is like eating art. A fantastic eating experience.

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  22. ChrisW

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As before the food was sublime, staff were very attentive and I'd go back when I'm next in Yorkshire

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  23. WouldbeFoodie2

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    As always the food all looked exquisite and tasted just as good. Service impeccable. A wonderful treat every time.

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  24. Jabby

    Shropshire

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food still as superb as previous times. Sommelier very knowledgeable and friendly. A Thursday night so a little quiet.

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  25. JuliaK

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely olde worlde environment, excellent service and exquisite food.

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  26. TracyS

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing Sunday lunch. Fantastic quality and great service.

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  27. DaveM

    Yorkshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience, food, service, wines etc everything is always great.

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  28. JohnBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service as always. It’s always a special treat to be at the Box Tree

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  29. Paulj

    Yorkshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very enjoyable lunch. Food and service excellent as ever.

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  30. Damian

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great taster menu. Very well executed. The team are professional, but friendly and personable and service was perfect. They helped explain items on the menu and discussed wine choices. Despite the "fine dining" label, not snooty or stuck up - it was a perfect dining experience. And that souffle was pure heaven. Quite possibly the best I have ever had!

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  31. Lynne

    Yorkshire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Another fabulous few hours spent at the Box Tree. Food service second to none. Attention to detail excellent. Will be visiting again very soon. Thank you

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    On every visit to the Box Tree there seems to be some small culinary innovation, this time it was the sage and onion stuffing butter; delicious. The attention to detail in every aspect of the meal and wine is greatly appreciated.

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  33. JasonC

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic evening , food and wine pairing were excellent and a great atmosphere you would struggle to find better !

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  34. GrahamW

    Yorkshire

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful lunch. Attentive staff and great food. Always feel going to the Box Tree is a special occasion and this time it marked a great start to the festive season. Slightly limited choice on the fixed menu but fortunately on this occasion some of our favourities were on offer.

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  35. ColinW

    Devon

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really disappointed. No wow factor, very ordinary food. Lacking in quality and finesse. Good staff and service but won’t return. A shame with its past reputation but nowhere near Michelin standard

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  36. JulieM

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Small menu for lunch, we didn't have the tasting menu, but excellent all round. Well presented food full of flavour. Staff were very attentive, 5* service all round.

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  37. TomW

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an amazing Sunday lunch. The quality of the food was outstanding from an imaginative scallops starter to perfectly cooke roast beef and delicious apple crumble soufflé. Staff were super friendly and professional.

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  38. GillR

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My friend and I have December birthdays and our celebration meal is our lunch at the BoxTree. It is a very special dining experience, the food is always delicious and in just the right quantity. The staff are well trained , knowledgeable , yet friendly . Just perfect, as always.

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  39. craigg

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service lovely staff Just one thing let the meal down it was my wife found a bone in the fish which then put here off finishing her meal and such a small piece of fish shouldn’t really be coming out with bones in it for a restaurant of this standard

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  40. TomH

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really enjoyable Sunday lunch, for our friends birthday. Nice touch with a birthday card on the table for her. Food outstanding. Only disappointing thing and surprising aspect was, when we were leaving our coats were 'thrown' on the window sill and other guests coats hung over chairs in the waiting area. Not what we would expect from this kind of establishment.

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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

FAQs

Box Tree Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 1308 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Box Tree Restaurant

35 - 37 Church Street, Ilkley, Ilkley, West Yorkshire LS29 9DR

Additional information

  • Area
    Ilkley
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed, Thu 18:00–20:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–13:30 Fri, Sat 18:00–20:30 Sun 12:00–15:00
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Modern European
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Parking is available in the main town car park situated just behind the restaurant. It is £1 from 6.00pm onwards.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Kieran Smith
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    01943 608484
  • Catering
    Yorkshire's Premier Outside Caterer<br />For any outside catering events please get in touch with the restaurant on 01943 608484 or alternatively via email on info@theboxtree.co.uk
  • Private party facilities
    We accept private parties from 10 up to 45 guests and can offer exclusive hire and provide bespoke packages to suit your requirements helping to make your special day a memorable one.The private dining room not only boasts the comfort and luxury you would expect at the Box Tree but also offers you complete privacy and confidentiality.
  • Private party contact
    Andrew Pratt: 01943 608484
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