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Exclusive Richard Allen Pop Up Dining Event at The Box Tree


Jan 8, 2017

Rockliffe Hall’s award-winning chef, Richard Allen, will be heading to the Michelin-starred Box Tree in Ilkley for a one-off special pop up event on Wednesday 25th January 2017.

The exclusive event will showcase six delicious courses created by Richard and The Box Tree’s owner-chef, Simon Gueller.

Rockliffe Hall’s Chief Executive, Eamonn Elliott, has been a huge fan of Simon’s cooking for many years and was keen for the two exceptional chefs to team up for this special culinary event.

Tickets for the event are £75 per person and will include a glass of Champagne and canapés on arrival, followed by the special six course Gourmand menu. For an additional £35 per person guests can also indulge in a sommelier selected wine flight of four matched wines.

To book email info@theboxtree.co.uk or call 01943 608484.

Richard Allen says: “I’m very much looking forward to cooking at this special event at The Box Tree. It’s a fabulous restaurant and Simon is a brilliant, well respected chef within the industry and amongst foodies. We’ve got some excellent dishes lined up for our guests, they’re in for a real treat.”

Simon Gueller says: “We’re all really looking forward to the evening, it should be a lot of fun working together and exciting to see both our cooking styles.”

The Menu 

Canapés and Champagne on arrival
Simon Gueller’s Amuse Bouche
Richard Allen’s Roast Breast of Pigeon, Chick Pea Dahl, Broccoli, Fig and Ginger Jam
Simon Gueller’s Steamed Turbot, Noilly Prat, Leeks and Truffles
Richard Allen’s Rabbit Loin, Spring Roll of the Leg, Onion, Sauté Liver, Chick Weed
Richard Allen’s Lemongrass Cream, Mango Bubble
Simon Gueller’s Agen Prune and Armagnac Soufflé, Vanilla Beans


As chef/proprietor of three Michelin starred restaurants, the most recent being The Box Tree in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, Simon has achieved a highly respected reputation for delivering innovate and exceptional standards of cuisine.

Simon’s passion and highly driven temperament to deliver high quality food originates from the early stages of his career. At just 24 years old, Simon first became a Head Chef / proprietor of Millers in Harrogate.

In 1995 he then moved on to open Rascasse in Leeds city centre which went on to gain its 1st Michelin star within a year, hosting over 100 covers Rascasse became the largest starred restaurant outside London and its success helped to change the dining scene in Leeds. In addition he went on to open the eponymous restaurant in the business quarter of Leeds, a smaller, more intimate fine dining establishment where Simon earned a star for the second time.

In 2004, Simon and his front-of-house wife Rena took over The Box Tree in Ilkley. The couple managed to revive the once highly established reputation and just 5 months after opening in 2005 recaptured the restaurant’s Michelin star, an award it’s held onto ever since. The couple take great pride in providing a high standard fine dining experience whilst retaining the unique essence and originality of The Box Tree.

When Simon is out of the kitchen you will probably find him out on his bike. With a real love for cycling, Simon has recently completed all 21 stages of the Tour de France cycling alongside the likes of Lance Armstrong and Geoff Thomas raising money for Cure Leukaemia. 


Richard Allen is the executive chef of The Orangery restaurant at Rockliffe Hall, a five AA red star hotel, golf and spa resort set in the picturesque village of Hurworth on Tees on the County Durham and North Yorkshire border.

Richard is one of the UK’s most celebrated chefs and has two of the highest industry accolades to his name – the Cateys’ Head Chef of the Year and the Craft Guild of Chefs’ Restaurant Chef of the Year. Richard is also one of the only chefs to have been named as one of Debrett’s People of Today.

Before joining Rockliffe Hall, Richard was executive chef of the Tassili restaurant at the 5* Grand Jersey Hotel where he held 3AA rosettes for eight years and earned a Michelin star in 2011. Richard has also worked with well-known names such as Martin Blunos, Cheong Liew and Michel Roux Junior.

Richard’s passion is for premium ingredients that look good, taste good and are good for you. This passion is demonstrated across his acclaimed a la carte and tasting menus, showcasing varying textures, temperatures and tastes.

For more details or booking information, contact www.rockliffehall.com or call 01325 729999.

By Emily