Box Tree

“A Yorkshire stalwart, now in its fifth decade” - AA Inspector



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The Box Tree has been a name to conjure with since it first opened in the 1960s, and this traditional stone building, one of the oldest in Ilkley, is recognisable by its jolly hanging baskets and flower-filled front garden. The lounges and dining rooms have undergone an update, but it still has an air of luxury. Simon Gueller’s classically-inspired food is bang on and firmly up to date, with refined dishes showing an elegant grasp of modern style. Dinner might begin with a delicious amuse bouche of mushroom velouté with parmesan and tarragon, followed by a starter of scallop with fennel, cucumber and capers in a fine bisque. Main course leg and breast of duck is accompanied by turnip, alliums, honey and soy. Dishes are beautifully presented and flavours clear and uncluttered. At dessert, look out for the seasonal soufflés – spring might bring a rhubarb version, with rhubarb compôte and vanilla ice cream.

Awards, Accolades & welcome Schemes

3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
Box Tree
35–37 Church Street, ILKLEY, LS29 9DR
Phone : 01943 608484


  • Seats: 50
  • Private dining available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening Times
  • Days Closed: Monday to Tuesday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2 (Sunday 3)
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 20
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 9
  • Cuisine style: Modern, Classic International
  • Vegetarian menu

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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