Food and Drink in Bradford

Polly Checkland Harding

Bradford, including Saltaire and Ilkley nearby, is home to a collection of places to eat and drink that includes a two Michelin starred restaurant, a creative vegetarian restaurant and picklery, as well as one of the front runners in the microbrewery revolution in the North, Saltaire Brewery. The city of Bradford is particularly well known for its excellent Indian curry houses, and we’ve included several here, alongside hidden Middle Eastern gem Classic Persian Restaurant and Halal steak restaurant Cona. Read on for a wide range of cuisines, and places to eat and drink ranging from refined restaurants to casual cafes.

Our top picks

The Sparrow

The Sparrow, 32 North Parade, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 3HZ - Visit now

The first independent quirky bar on Bradford‘s North Parade, The Sparrow is now a popular place to visit for a few pints and a platter.

The Sparrow
Courtesy of The Sparrow

The Peacock

The Peacock, 25 North Parade, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 3JL - Visit now

An Indian-themed bar serving real ale and Indian street food in the heart of Bradford, also on the North Parade.

The Peacock, Bradford.
Image courtesy of The Peacock, Bradford.

Mumtaz

Mumtaz, Great Horton Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD7 3HS - Visit now

Kashmiri restaurant Mumtaz stands proudly at the top of Bradford’s Great Horton Road, where the original Mumtaz shop was founded in 1979.

Mumtaz
Courtesy of Mumtaz Restaurant

Sweet Centre Restaurant

Sweet Centre Restaurant, 110-114 Lumb Lane, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD8 7RS - Visit now

Sweet Centre opened in 1964 and is well known for its Indian and Pakistani sweets and breakfasts.

Sweet Centre Restaurant
Courtesy of Sweet Centre Restaurant

Classic Persian Restaurant

Classic Persian Restaurant, 368 Little Horton Lane, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD5 0NB - Visit now

This hidden gem on Bradford’s Little Horton Street serves up classic Iranian/Persian cuisine.

Classic Persian Restaurant
Courtesy of Classic Persian

Mamma Mia

Mamma Mia, 3 Upper Piccadilly, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 3PE - Visit now

Mamma Mia is a family-run restaurant that has been preparing and serving authentic Italian food in Bradford for over 30 years.

Mamma Mia
Courtesy of Mamma Mia

Restaurant 1914

Restaurant 1914, The Alhambra Theatre, Morley Street, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD7 1AJ - Visit now

Based in the Alhambra Theatre, Restaurant 1914 serves a seasonal menu and offers fantastic views over City Park.

Restaurant 1914
Courtesy of Bradford Theatres

Plenty at The Square

Plenty at The Square, South Square Centre, Thornton, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD13 3LD - Visit now

Plenty at The Square is an imaginative vegetarian/vegan cafe and picklery in Thornton village, Bradford, serving award winning coffee and proper tea.

Plenty at The Square
Courtesy of Plenty at the Square

Cona Restaurant

Cona Restaurant, 20 East Parade, Little Germany, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 5HD - Visit now

This stylish and modern Halal steak restaurant in Bradford specialises in high-quality cuts of beef.

Cona Restaurant
Courtesy of Cona Restaurant

Bab Tooma Syrian Restaurant

Bab Tooma Syrian Restaurant, 1312 Leeds Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD3 8LF - Visit now

Bab Tooma serves authentic Middle Eastern and Syrian food. The restaurant is a local favourite for kebabs and grilled meats.

Bab Tooma Syrian Restaurant
Courtesy of Bab Tooma Restaurant

Saltaire Brewery

Saltaire Brewery, County Works, Dockfield Road, Saltaire, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD17 7AR - Visit now

Having started as one of pioneers in the northern micro brewery revolution, Saltaire Brewery and Taproom are a must visit for beer lovers.

Saltaire Brewery
Courtesy of Saltaire Brewery

Rajshahi

Rajshahi, 49 Thorp Garth, Bradford, BD10 9LD - Visit now

Rajshahi in Bradford has been serving up authentic Indian food, packed with soul and flavour, for decades, winning over people’s hearts and bellies.

Rajshahi

La Casita Tapas Bar

La Casita Tapas Bar, The Victorian Arcade
, Ilkley , West Yorkshire, LS29 9DY - Visit now

Find small and perfectly formed plates that give you an authentic flavour of Spain at La Casita in Ilkley.

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The Box Tree Restaurant

The Box Tree Restaurant, 35-37 Church St, Ilkley, LS29 9DR - Visit now

The Box Tree in Ilkley has been a vital step in many top chefs careers, and with two Michelin stars to its name you can expect a meal to remember.

The Box Tree Restaurant

Dandelion Cafe

Dandelion Cafe, Holding Space, John St, Saltaire, Shipley, BD18 3HU - Visit now

Enjoy delicious vegan eats, made with fresh local produce and a passion for dishes that make you feel healthy and happy at the Dandelion Cafe in Saltaire.

Dandelion Cafe

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Restaurant
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Ilkley
Restaurant
The Box Tree Restaurant

The Box Tree has been a vital step in many top chef’s careers, and with two Michelin stars to its name you can expect a meal to remember.

Ilkley
Restaurant
La Casita Tapas Bar

Find small and perfectly formed plates that give you an authentic flavour of Spain at La Casita in Ilkley.

Bradford
Restaurant
Rajshahi

Rajshahi has been serving up authentic Indian food, packed with soul and flavour, for decades, winning over the hearts and bellies of the locals.

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Saltaire Brewery
Saltaire
Restaurant
Saltaire Brewery

Having started as one of pioneers in the northern micro brewery revolution, Saltaire Brewery’s taproom is a must visit for beer enthusiasts.

Mamma Mia
Bradford
Restaurant
Mamma Mia

Mamma Mia is a family-run restaurant that has been preparing and serving authentic Italian food in Bradford for over 30 years.

Cona Restaurant
Bradford
Restaurant
Cona Restaurant

Stylish and modern Halal steak restaurant that specialises in high-quality cuts of beef.

Restaurant 1914
Bradford
Restaurant
Restaurant 1914

Based in the Alhambra Theatre, this luxurious restaurant serves a seasonal menu and offers fantastic views over City Park.

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