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Box Tree
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Ranked #1 of 96 Restaurants in Ilkley
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $42 - $97
Cuisines: European, French, British
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: 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 favourites such as Roast Sea Scallops, Celeriac Puree, White Truffle Oil and one of our impressive signature Souffles 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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“Wow”
Reviewed February 14, 2013 via mobile

Amazing meal - taster menu plus wine. Food was exceptional, atmosphere relaxed (no Michelin stuffiness). Can't wait to go back.

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Andrew P, Manager at Box Tree, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
Great to hear youy enjoyed your experience with us. Look forward to seeing you soon.
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Wrangbrook
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“Excellent. Deserves the Star”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

Some people have said that they can't fault this restaurant. I can. One of the pictures in the reception lounge was slightly out of level.

Everything was excellent. Food and service to the standard that you would expect from a Michelin Starred establishment.

We ate the 6 course Gourmerand (tasting) menu and for me everything was excellent. My partner isn't keen on very rare food so struggled with the smoked salmon and fillet beef courses. I'm not sure if it is right to expect clients to eat steak as the chef dictates at a restaurant of this calibre or whether the client should still have some choice. I'm sure the chef would have come marching out of the kitchen, clever in hand if she had requested when asked for a well done example.

In an earlier review, someone mentioned the soufle, which is what we had and it was outstanding. Armagnac and prune on this occasion. Felt a bit vulnerable driving home after it if I'm honest.

I could go on about each course but it will be different by the time you go, and if not, I don't want to spoil the surprise.

Currently the best restaurant we know of in Yorkshire.

  • Visited February 2013
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Andrew P, Manager at Box Tree, responded to this review, February 12, 2013
Pleased to hear you enjoyed your recent visit. Just a note for your next visit chef would be very happy to cook the beef a little more. Look forward to seeing you soon.

PS. Will make sure the staff straighten the picture frames next time.
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Faultless birthday meal!!”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

Went here last night for my birthday. The food was absolutely fantastic. Every course was out of this world and totally amazing. We spent a wonderful 3 hours here and will be back. It's hard to believe that we are only a 15 min taxi ride away from this fab place. It's going to be firmly on our regular treats list from now on! All we can say is try it and you won't be disappointed.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Gazandjan
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Andrew P, Manager at Box Tree, responded to this review, February 12, 2013
Please to hear you enjoyed your birthday meal. Thank you for you comments and look forward to seeing you in the near future.
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York, United Kingdom
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“A place to return to again and again!”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

As a 'foodie' I love the way food is skillfully and imaginatively served at this restaurant.The service is excellent. Andrew and Didier make a splendid front of house team. From the delicious nibbles with drinks followed by amuse bouche and delicious breads, the starters and mains rarely fail to please. I totally agree with Missjjb-the souffle is a superb sweet ending to a delicious meal.
Could I recommend the Menu du jour which is available Tuesday to Thursday and at £38 is excellent value for a Michelin starred evening meal. Check before you go as to whether you like the menu for this option, as choice is more limited.The Box Tree is one of our favourite restaurants in the area.

  • Visited December 2012
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Andrew P, Manager at Box Tree, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
Many thanks for your comments. Very pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit in December. Look forward to seeing you in the near future.
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Exceptional Food and Service”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

This was my first time dining at the Box Tree and will not be the last. We dined on a Wednesday evening and dined from the A la carte menu.

Our experience was first class from the great reception we received to the service of the meal.

All the staff were first class which resulted in a relaxed and intimate dinner.

The sweetbread starter which I had was wonderful as was my wife's foie gras.

The mains again were excellent and the squb pigeon was a high light.

I recommend the soufflé as a desert.

A special thanks to all the staff in particular the general manger and the very informative sommelier.

A great place for the special occasion.

Andrew

  • Visited January 2013
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Andrew P, Manager at Box Tree, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
Thank you for your comments. Very pleased to hear you enjoyed your first visit and look forward to seeing you soon.
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