You might not think about Bradford as a dreamy day out, but this local city has more than enough sights, flavours and thrills to fill a Saturday or Sunday come rain or shine. You might think Manchester’s Curry Mile the spice capital of the North, but that’s because you’ve never been to Bradford. The city oozes delicious aromas, and the choice is extraordinary. One of our favourite spots is Prashad, the Michelin- and Good Food Guide-rated Gujarati and South Indian specialist with a family-friendly vibe and crazy colour scheme. Choose a dosa for a meal to remember. Kashmiri curry house Mumtaz is a national brand – you’ll find their ready meals in gourmet stores like Booths – but it all started in 1979 in Bradford and there’s a massive, wedding party-ready venue right here to explore, complete with a supermarket takeaway in the polished entrance hall. After lunch take a stroll through the city centre, one of the northern leading lights in Brutalist architecture. Take in the idealistic ramps and sweeping concrete walkways that run around the world-class National Media Museum. Look out for the Kirkgate Centre and High Point (pictured) too. Bradford is easily accessible by train – check out the Northern Rail timetable – and car. You can even cycle in around four hours.

Image: Sanderson Weatherall

Ruth Allan
Published on:
Tue 1 Apr 2014