“Classy contemporary cooking in traditional building” - AA Inspector
ILKLEY, WEST YORKSHIRE
Our Inspector's view
An iconic restaurant for six decades, The Box Tree continues to thrive under head chef Kieran Smith. A stone-built property on the road through Ilkley, the abundant hanging baskets and pretty garden enhance the cottage-like feel. Linen tablecloths and impeccable service add a touch of luxury and the modern food is underpinned by classical techniques. Dinner might begin with croquette of chicken, leek and ham hock, with celeriac, truffle, and cep sauce. Next up, go for Yorkshire lamb rump and braised shoulder, with broccoli purée, smoked almond and pomme dauphinoise. If you've still got room, then finish with rhubarb and custard choux bun.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 50
- Private dining available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 1
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: 27–31 December, 1–8 January
- Wines under £30: 20
- Wines over £30: 200
- Wines by the glass: 9
- Cuisine style: Modern, Classic International
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
Discover West Yorkshire
Everybody knows that Yorkshire has some special landscapes. The Dales and the Moors first spring to mind, but what about West Yorkshire? That’s Leeds and Bradford isn’t it? Back-to-back houses and blackened mills… Certainly if you had stood on any of the hills surrounding Hebden Bridge a hundred years ago, and gazed down into the valley, all you would have seen was the pall of smoke issuing from the chimneys of 33 textile mills. But thankfully, life changes very quickly in West Yorkshire. The textile trade went into terminal decline, the mills shut down forever and in a single generation Hebden Bridge became a place that people want to visit.
The surrounding countryside offers walking every bit as good as the more celebrated Yorkshire Dales; within minutes you can be tramping across the moors. And this close proximity of town and country is repeated all across West Yorkshire. There’s such diversity in the area that you can find yourself in quite unfamiliar surroundings, even close to places you may know very well. Take time to explore this rich county and you will be thrilled at what you find to shatter old myths and preconceptions.
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