Box Tree

“Classy contemporary cooking in traditional building.” - AA Inspector



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An iconic restaurant for almost six decades, Box Tree is going through some changes, but keeping its standards as high as ever. Moving over from Grantley Hall, Australian Brayden Davies is ready to make his mark. A stone-built property on the road through Ilkley, its abundant hanging baskets and pretty garden enhance the cottage-like feel. Pass through a simple white door into the lounge and bar and then through to the low-ceilinged restaurant rooms. It’s classical and luxurious, with upholstered seats and stained-glass windows. The team are suited and formal with impeccable service skills and knowledge as well as a keen eye for hospitality. An “English Breakfast” starter of potato, hen’s egg and black pudding, leads into succulent guinea fowl, Jerusalem artichoke and foie gras with wild garlic shoots. To finish, try the rice pudding with sake gel, or the outstanding cheese board.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
AA Notable Wine List
Box Tree
35–37 Church Street, ILKLEY, West Yorkshire, LS29 9DR


  • Seats: 50
  • Private dining available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Closed: 27–31 December, 1–8 January
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 20
  • Wines over £30: 200
  • 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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