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Summary

“The Box Tree is class, and exudes it from its every pore!”; Simon and Rena Gueller’s “special and quirky” institution is “that very rare thing these days: a posh restaurant (jackets for men, tablecloths for tables, sculpted butter, eau de toilette in the gents, etc.) serving classic food in the French tradition... might one call it the Gavroche of the North?” Results are generally “faultless” – from Lawrence Yates’s “meticulously prepared”, “classic-style cuisine”, to the “amazing and extensive wine list (you could spend some serious money getting into very rare wine here)”, and the “wonderfully relaxed yet civilised ambience”.

£79
Exceptional
Very Good
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“A must-visit institution that’s well worth its place amongst the country’s finest establishments”. Under Simon and Rena Gueller’s 10-year tenure this traditional icon (established in 1962) has “gone from strength to strength”, not least as regards head chef Laurence Yates’s “very accomplished” cuisine.

£77
Exceptional
Exceptional
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

This landmark fine dining destination (since 1962) can seem “a little stuffy” by contemporary standards, but the “faultless” food offered by new head chef Laurence Yates is decidedly “21st century”; “not cheap… but then for a restaurant with this heritage, producing food of this quality, it shouldn’t be!”

£68
Exceptional
Exceptional
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

Simon Gueller is currently chef at this cottage-y bastion of provincial fine dining (est 1962), which most reporters deem a “gem”, with “consistent” standards harking “back to the good old days”; no denying, though, that the occasional refusenik finds the style too “unadventurous” for comfort.

£73
Very Good
Very Good
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Owner's description

An iconic restaurant set in a charming sandstone cottage, with a plush, antique-furnished lounge and two luxurious dining rooms; it celebrated 50 years in 2012. Cooking is refined and skilful, with a classical French base, and dishes are light and delicate. Only the best ingredients are used.

Restaurant details

Highchair, Portions,
No
Yes
9.30 pm
No jeans

The chef

SIMON GUELLER


 


AS HEAD CHEF OF THREE MICHELIN STARRED RESTAURANTS, THE MOST RECENT BEING THE BOX TREE IN ILKLEY, WEST YORKSHIRE, SIMON HAS ACHIEVED A HIGHLY RESPECTED REPUTATION FOR DELIVERING INNOVATE AND EXCEPTIONAL STANDARDS OF CUISINE.


 


Simon’s passion and highly driven temperament to deliver high quality food originates from the early stages of his career. At just 24 years old, Simon first became a Head Chef / proprietor of Millers in Harrogate.


 


In 1995 he then moved on to open Rascasse in Leeds city centre which went on to gain its 1st Michelin star within a year, hosting over 100 covers Rascasse became the largest starred restaurant outside London and its success helped to change the dining scene in Leeds. In addition the pair went on to open the eponymous restaurant in the business quarter of Leeds, a smaller, more intimate fine dining establishment where Simon earned a star for the second time.


 


In 2004, Simon and his front-of-house wife Rena took over at The Box Tree in Ilkley. The couple managed to revive the once highly established reputation and in 2005 recapture the restaurant’s Michelin star, an award it’s held onto ever since. The couple take great pride in providing a high standard fine dining experience whilst retaining the unique essence and originality of The Box Tree.


 


When Simon is out of the kitchen you will probably find him out on his bike. With a real love for cycling, Simon has recently completed all 21 stages of the Tour de France cycling alongside the likes of Lance Armstrong and Geoff Thomas raising money for Cure Leukaemia.

The Box Tree Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Box Tree Restaurant in LS29, Ilkley by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Box Tree restaurant.
Terence C
Almost forgot the wine to go with the desse...
Reviewed 8 months, 19 days ago

"Almost forgot the wine to go with the dessert ... food excellent, wine choices great"

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35-37 Church St, Ilkley, LS29 9DR
Opening hours

closed Mon; D only Tue-Thu, L only Sun
Last orders: 9.30 pm

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