The Box Tree


We have the perfect Christmas gift waiting for you.

Do you know someone who would love to be a chef?

The 'chef for a day' voucher enables you to spend a day in the life of a chef and be put through your paces and see how a multi award winning restaurant kitchen works , then return in the evening and taste the fruits of your labour dining in the restaurant.

Prefer not to do the work?

Why not purchase a gourmand gift voucher, a delicious 6 courses tasting menu accompanied with our sommeliers favourites.

Also available are monetary value gift vouchers £25, £50 & £100

For those last minute stocking fillers our vouchers are also instantly downloadable

It soon will be Christmas party season

We have two private dining rooms seating from 14 to 22 the perfect venue for hosting your Christmas get-together with menu prices starting from £38



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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