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Back in 1962, Malcolm Reid and Colin Long converted what was a local teashop into one of the country’s most idiosyncratic restaurants. Fast-forward more than 40 years, and current hosts Simon and
Rena Gueller have cemented its reputation as a Michelin-starred icon of the North Country dining scene. Some of the old eccentricities have been ironed out, but the retro interior still pays homage
to striped wallpaper and paisley upholstery. By contrast, the kitchen is bang in tune with the times, delivering a clever, refined and many-layered take on modern Franco-European cuisine in the
shape of, say, seared hand-dived scallops with pumpkin purée and wild mushroom ragoût or a feast of organic pork comprising fillet, confit belly and boudin noir with creamed cabbage and morels.
Desserts also hit the high notes – perhaps a feuilletine of Yorkshire rhubarb with basil pannacotta. A pedigree wine list adds even more lustre to proceedings.
If you find yourself on the hunt for fine food up north you could do a lot worse than arranging to visit The Box Tree. This old West Yorkshire farmhouse in Ilkley was where Marco Pierre White started out and he has now returned to contribute to the finest dining experience for miles around and which holds a coveted Michelin star.The building has been well restored to give a relaxed and cosy ambience, and you can sink into the comfy armchairs whilst enjoying an aperitif and looking through the tempting menu...
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