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Curry Capital of Britain

In Bradford district you’ll find a wide variety of eating out experiences from some of the best curry houses in the country to Ilkley’s Michelin starred restaurant the Box Tree. There are also plenty of cosy pubs, bars and cafés as well as independent food shops selling the best in local produce.

Of course, no visit to Bradford would be complete without visiting one of Bradford’s famous curry houses. Bradford was named Curry Capital of Britain 2011 and it’s no surprise that people travel far and wide to try a ‘Bradford curry’. You can choose from over 200 restaurants and takeaways serving the best in Kashmiri, Moghul, Balti and Tandoori cooking.

One of Bradford’s most popular Asian restaurants is Prashad who specialise in Indian vegetarian cuisine. Prashad was a finalist on Channel 4’s Gordon Ramsay’s Best Restaurant and Head Chef Minal has secured a lifetime open door policy at Gordon Ramsay Holdings, allowing her to work in the group’s restaurants to fine tune her skills to attain Michelin star status.

Other restaurants to try include the famous Aagrah, Kiplings, Mumtaz and Shimla Spice. There are also several excellent restaurants on Leeds Road including Saffron Desi, Akbar’s and Zouk Tea Bar and Grill.

Although it’s not just all about curry in Bradford, there are lots of other kinds of restaurants to try too. Visit Yorkshire’s only Russian Restaurant or visit Biston Restaurant a Persian restaurant located on the World Mile.

Nearby Ilkley is also a hotspot on the foodie map. Famous for the quality and the quantity of its restaurants, Ilkley offers endless opportunities to enjoy good food. For a spot of indulgence visit the Michelin starred Box Tree, which serves a modern French classical menu. Other popular options include the award-winning Martha & Vincent and the authentic Emporio Italia.

Ilkley also has some great cafés to rest in after a day’s shopping or a hike on Ilkley Moor. Betty’s Café and Tea Rooms is a Yorkshire institution which serves afternoon tea, lunch and evening meals. Enjoy one of Betty’s specialities, a fat rascal, with your cup of tea. Betty’s also has a shop where you can purchase all kinds of delicious treats.


In fact you’ll find all kinds of interesting food shops across


the district. Try the Cheese Place in Haworth for over 50 kinds of artisan cheeses or visit Lishman’s of Ilkley an award- winning butcher. Saltaire is also home to several delicatessens as well as lots of cafés, restaurants and pubs.

Talking of pubs there are lots of cosy inns and bars across the district that serve a variety of wines and local real ales. Saltaire Brewery is open for tours for pre-arranged groups and its popular ales can be found in pubs throughout the district. Look out for the regular beer festivals including the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway’s Beer and Music Weekend.


01 Bettys Café Tea Rooms, Ilkley. 02 New Beehive. 03 Curry Capital Team 2011. 04 Boxtree Restaurant, Ilkley. 05 Lahore Café Bar.


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