From modest tearoom to one of the first four British restaurants to hold two Michelin stars, in the 1970s the Box Tree was famed for its food and became a northern mecca for celebrities.
But the accolades were lost, then regained, then lost, and the Box Tree’s reputation floundered until Simon and Rena took over the lease in 2004, gaining a Michelin star a few months later. Three AA rosettes and a top food rating from Harden’s followed.
Gueller’s exemplary menus exude confidence, though by no means arrogance, and the Box Tree is duly recognised for dishes noted for their lightness of touch, as well as a well regarded wine list, served in plush and elegant surroundings.
Though most dishes are French-inspired the restaurant’s loyalty to local produce implies that the British gastronomic renaissance is thriving here. The Box Tree is, resolutely, about good taste, which you’ll find both in-house and on the plate.
In 2012, the restaurant celebrated its 50th year – a feat for any establishment - and with Simon and Rena at the helm, that desirable second star seems tangible.