Food and Drink in West Yorkshire

Polly Checkland Harding

This guide to the best food and drink in West Yorkshire begins with New York-style pizza in Hebden Bridge and a Victorian craft beer cafe in Halifax. Not a bad way to start an online tour of some of the top bars and restaurants in the county: this list also includes a smokehouse in Wakefield that’s perfected the flavours of the American grill and a brewery voted the second best in the world in Huddersfield. There’s no shortage of big-hitters here, from grilled cheese masters to top teppanyaki and expert Abyssinian cuisine. Read on to discover more.

  • 1. Woody’s Pizza

    Woody's Pizza
    Woodys Pizza

    Woody’s Pizza, 27 Crown Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EH - Visit now

    Woody’s Pizza offer artisan NY style 12″ & 14” dough, skin on fries, killer garlic breads, locally made donuts, ice-cream and more.

  • 2. The Victorian Craft Beer Cafe

    The Victorian Craft Beer Cafe
    The Victorian Craft Beer Cafe

    The Victorian Craft Beer Cafe, 18-22 Powell St, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1LN - Visit now

    The Victorian Craft Beer Cafe is a beautifully independent pub that stocks beer from some of the most progressive breweries in the UK.

  • 3. Qubana

    Qubana
    Image © Andy Matheson. andmath@hotmail.co.uk

    Qubana, 1-3 Wood Street, Wakefield, WF1 2EL - Visit now

    Located in a former bank, Qubana is a tapas and grill restaurant blending the Latin flair of Cuba with the flavours of Spain.

  • 4. The Bionic Chef

    Bionic Chef

    The Bionic Chef, Barncliffe Mills, Near Bank, Shelley, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD8 8LU - Visit now

    Serving up some of the tastiest breakfasts and brunches in Huddersfield, The Bionic Chef is for anyone who likes their mornings served with serious flavour.

  • 5. Grilled Cheese Booth

    Grilled Cheese Booth
    Grilled Cheese Booth

    Grilled Cheese Booth, Crown Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EH - Visit now

    Grilled Cheese Booth offer an ever-changing selection of locally-sourced grilled cheese sandwiches, soups, breads, meats and cheeses.

  • 6. Smokehouse BBQ & Grill

    Courtesy of Smokehouse

    Smokehouse BBQ & Grill, 18 Wood Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 2ED - Visit now

    Smokehouse is a modern American restaurant in Wakefield boasting trademark BBQ dishes and its own top-secret spice and herb mix.

  • 7. Hokkaido

    Hokkaido

    Hokkaido, 113 - 115 Kirkgate, Wakefield, WF1 1JG - Visit now

    An entertaining teppanyaki dining experience, Hokkaido is a family-run restaurant with a chef’s wine selection and locally sourced produce.

  • 8. Magic Rock Brewery

    Magic Rock Tap

    Magic Rock Brewery, Willow Park Business Centre, Willow Lane,, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 5EB - Visit now

    Voted the second best new brewery in the world in 2012, Magic Rock Brewery in Huddersfield was inspired by local brewing traditions.

  • 9. Halifax Borough Market

    Halifax Borough market
    Bruce Fitzgerald

    Halifax Borough Market, 31-32 Market Stall,, Halifax, HX1 1DZ - Visit now

    Halifax Borough Market was opened by the Duke and Duchess of York in 1896 and has been at the heart of Halifax life ever since.

  • 10. Vocation & Co

    Vocation & Co
    Vocation & Co

    Vocation & Co, 10 New Rd, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8AD - Visit now

    Vocation & Co is a much loved independent bar and kitchen from local Hebden Bridge brewery offering a selection of cask and keg beers.

  • 11. Marmalade on the Square

    Marmalade on the Square
    Courtesy of Marmalade on the Square

    Marmalade on the Square, 21 Bull Ring, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 1HB - Visit now

    Situated in Wakefield, Marmalade on the Square is a homely tea room selling award-winning preserves alongside gifts and vintage homeware.

  • 12. Thai Sakon Restaurant

    Thai Sakon

    Thai Sakon Restaurant, 5 SAINT JOHN'S ROAD,, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 5AY - Visit now

    A hidden gem in the heart of Huddersfield town centre, Thai Sakon provides authentic Thai cuisine in a relaxed and friendly environment.

  • 13. Coffeevolution

    Coffeevolution

    Coffeevolution, 8 Church St,, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 1DD - Visit now

    Hailed as the first independent, speciality coffee shop in the heart of Huddersfield, Coffeevolution is a hangout for locals of all ages.

  • 14. Drink?

    Drink?
    Drink?

    Drink?, 15 Market Street, Hebden, HX7 6EU - Visit now

    Drink? is an indie bottle shop offering a wide selection of craft beer, spirits and natural wine with a new bar out-back.

  • 15. Meandering Bear

    Meandering Bear
    Meandering Bear

    Meandering Bear, 21-23 Union Street, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1PR - Visit now

    Owned by the folks who run the award-winning Grayston Unity, the Meandering Bear is a great little independent bar and eatery in Halifax.

  • 16. Corarima

    Corarima

    Corarima, 10 Cross Street, Wakefield, WF1 3BW - Visit now

    Corarima is a gluten-free, vegetarian restaurant specialising in authentic Abyssinia cuisine, lovingly prepared by Ethiopian and Eritrean chefs.

  • 17. Rustico

    Rustico

    Rustico, 29 Northgate, Wakefield, WF1 3BJ - Visit now

    Offering simple, authentic an delicious Italian food, Rustico has been serving in Wakefield city centre for over 11 years.

  • 18. Om Is Where The Heart Is

    OM IS WHERE THE HEART IS

    Om Is Where The Heart Is, 23A Carr Lane, Slaithwaite, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD7 5AG - Visit now

    Promoting health and balance in body and mind, Om Is Where The Heart Is is a brunch house, neighbourhood bar and yoga studio all rolled into one.

  • 19. The Fox and Goose

    The Fox and Goose
    Fox and Goose

    The Fox and Goose, 7 Heptonstall Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6AZ - Visit now

    The Fox and Goose is a co-operative, community run pub with local popularity that was Calderdale Pub of the Year 2019.

  • 20. Estábulo Rodizio Bar and Grill

    Estabulo Rodizio Bar & Grill
    Image courtesy of Estábulo Rodizio Bar and Grill.

    Estábulo Rodizio Bar and Grill, 1 Burgage Square, Merchant Gate, Wakefield, WF1 2TS - Visit now

    The popular Estábulo Rodizio Bar and Grill offers a traditional method of cooking, and an all-you-can-eat style of service.

  • 21. Create Café

    Create Café
    Wakefield Council

    Create Café, Wakefield One, Burton Street,, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 2EB - Visit now

    A welcoming local café serving high-quality, freshly-prepared food, Create provides opportunities for people in the wider community too.

  • 22. Pride & Provenance

    Pride & Provenance
    Pride & Provenance

    Pride & Provenance, Piece Mill, 25 to 27 Horton St, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1QE - Visit now

    Sitting right in the heart of Halifax, close to the South Gate of The Piece Hall, sits Pride & Provenance a superb cafe and wine bar.

  • 23. The Priory Wakefield

    The Priory Wakefield
    Courtesy of The Priory Wakefield

    The Priory Wakefield, 1 Back Lane, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 2TJ - Visit now

    In a central Wakefield location, The Priory serves the finest wines, cocktails and spirits, as well as bottomless afternoon tea and mixology masterclasses.

  • 24. Taste Buds at the Station

    Taste Buds at the Station
    Taste Buds @ The Station

    Taste Buds at the Station, Unit 1, Monk Street, Wakefield Kirkgate Station, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 4EL - Visit now

    With a signature blend of coffee and delicious fresh food, Taste Buds at the Station is an independent cafe at Wakefield Kirkgate Station.

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