The Box Tree


Play your part in shaping our menu in this exciting new culinary event, where we roll back the clock and let you help choose the dishes.

We are inviting all our wonderful customers to take a trip down memory lane and send us suggestions of your most memorable dishes crafted by Simon Gueller, during the last 30 years.

Simon will be rolling back the years for his ‘Greatest Hits’ menu throughout October and November every Wednesday and Thursday evening as well as Friday and Saturday lunch times


This has all the ingredients of a fun retrospective look at some of his signature dishes and Simon and the team are incredibly excited to hear about the dishes that customers remember – and the great memories they conjure up.

Menu suggestions can include anything that you have enjoyed at one of Simon's restaurants Millers, Rascasse, Guellers and, of course, The Box Tree.

It’s easy to tell us. Simply send your requests and memories to

We can’t guarantee we can recreate every one of them, but we will do our best to showcase a wide variety. We may also use some of your comments in our publications and social media.

We look forward to hearing from you!



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Our Heritage

The Box Tree is one of the oldest buildings in Ilkley. Originally a Yorkshire stone farmhouse dating from 1720, home to a generation of gentleman farmers from Denton, the house subsequently bought by businessman, Septimus Wray – the owner of the Bridge House Gardens. This period saw the property developed for business and it was in the late nineteenth century that box trees were first planted in the front garden and thus became known as Box Tree House. During later years the Box Tree became both an antique shop and a tearoom, before the potential for a fine restaurant in Ilkley was recognised.

Opened in 1962 by Malcolm Reid and Colin Long, the Box Tree quickly became the North’s most successful restaurant, with two Michelin stars to its name. Without exception, the Box Tree featured in every good food guide as renowned chefs Michael Truelove, Edward Denny and the more contemporary Marco Pierre White each made their mark on the menus and the history of the restaurant. More currently Simon and Rena Gueller have worked hard to reposition this restaurant and are themselves forging ahead in the story of the Box Tree.

The box tree is an Award-Winning restaurant

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.


Recognition & Rewards

  • 2005 - 2018

    One Star Michelin

  • 2017 - 2018

    Three AA rosettes

  • 2015 - 2016

    AA Notable Wine list

  • 2016

    Oliver Awards – best fine dining

  • 2013

    Top 50 Good Food Guide

  • 2007

    County Restaurant of the year Good Food Guide

  • 2006

    Egon Ronay 2 Star

  • 2018

    Good Food Guide 6/10

  • 2017 - 2018

    AA notable wine list

  • 2015 - 2016

    Three AA Rosettes


    Good Food Guide 6/10

    2015 - 2016

    Oliver awards best fine dining & outstanding contribution


    Yorkshire Life Restaurant of the year


    Egon Ronay 2 Star