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.

  • 1. The Sparrow

    The Sparrow
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    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.

  • 2. The Peacock

    The Peacock, Bradford.
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    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.

  • 3. Mumtaz

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    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.

  • 4. Sweet Centre Restaurant

    Sweet Centre Restaurant
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    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.

  • 5. Classic Persian Restaurant

    Classic Persian Restaurant
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    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.

  • 6. Mamma Mia

    Mamma Mia
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    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.

  • 7. Restaurant 1914

    Restaurant 1914
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    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.

  • 8. Plenty at The Square

    Plenty at The Square
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    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.

  • 9. Cona Restaurant

    Cona Restaurant
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    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.

  • 10. Bab Tooma Syrian Restaurant

    Bab Tooma Syrian Restaurant
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    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.

  • 11. Saltaire Brewery

    Saltaire Brewery
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    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.

  • 12. 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.

  • 13. La Casita Tapas Bar

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    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.

  • 14. The Box Tree Restaurant

    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.

  • 15. Dandelion Cafe

    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.

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