The newly-published 2014 Michelin guide has announced West Yorkshire’s only Michelin-starred restaurant has kept its top rating.
The Box Tree in Ilkley is one of five Yorkshire restaurants to be named among the prized recipients of the highly prestigious Michelin star.
Yorkshire’s talent in the fine dining arena has now been officially recognised – as the county now boasts more Michelin Star restaurants than any other in England, outside of London.
Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “It’s fantastic for our county to once again be recognised as a national leader in fine dining and indeed quality food across the board.
“We’ve known how good the food is here in Yorkshire for a long time, so it’s nice to have the Michelin Guide acknowledge that too.”
Yorkshire’s other Michelin-starred restaurants are The Pipe and Glass Inn in South Dalton, The Yorke Arms in Ramsgill-in-Nidderdale, The Black Swan at Oldstead and The Old Vicarage, Sheffield.
The Michelin star awarded to The Box Tree restaurant means owners, husband and wife team Simon and Rena Gueller are celebrating their 1oth year of Michelin-starred dining.
Mr Gueller, who has personally held a Michelin star for 14 years, said: “We work just as hard every year to ensure that our standards are maintained in all that we do. It’s been a great year for the restaurant and for our fantastic team, headed up by general manager Andrew Pratt and chef Lawrence Yates, who continue to raise the bar and ensure we provide excellence in everything we do.”
He said he was looking forward to the next 10 years of awarding winning fine dining.