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Box Tree Menu circa 1964

If you are interested in what was the height of sophisticated dining in one of Britain’s top restaurants of the 1960’s, this is a menu from the famous Box Tree Cottage restaurant in Ilkley.  There is no year on the menu, but the month was 23rd February and the price 32/6.

Artichoke vinaigrette and taramasalata were the height of chic. Fried scampi a 60’s treat. Desserts are remarkably straightforward even mundane. Maybe the strawberries tasted better in those days. They should do at five bob extra.

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Fresh grapefruit and avocado cocktail
Hot creamed shrimps
Quiche Lorraine of smoked salmon
Fresh artichoke vinaigrette
Mussels a la mariniere
Prawn Cocktail
Chilled Pear Nectar

Cream Crecy

Supreme of chicken chasseur
Boned out breast of chicken cooked with piquant sauce of sliced mushrooms, tomatoes, coriander and sherry
Contra fillet of prime baby Aberdeen Angus
Roast haunch of Highland venison in red wine
Poached new season Tay salmon with Champagne sauce
Caneton Montmorency – Duck with black cherry and port wine sauce
Le Scampi Fritti – Fried Dublin Bay prawns with sauce Gribiche

Fresh strawberries and cream 5/-
Crème brulee
Fresh fruit salad with syllabub
Apricot mousse
Sherry Trifle
Lemon sorbet
Petit pot au chocolate with Curacao