At the National Media Museum in Bradford all the exhibitions are free, and aside from the permanent photography, cinematography and television exhibitions (all family-friendly and interactive), there is now the world's first gallery devoted to the impact of the internet and digital age on our daily lives. There is always a range of films showing, as well as the mind-bending IMAX screen. This Easter there are various family activities on offer, including the chance to create animations and 'movie mash-ups'. There is a great shop, and a good cafe/restaurant; but this is Bradford, so it would be a shame to miss the chance to visit one of the fabulous curry shops just yards from the museum.
Bombay Stores in Bradford is an Asian department store and a legendary local institution. Head there for all things bling and Bollywood; it has a big sari fabric department glittering with all the colours of the rainbow, rails of shimmering salwar kamiz and myraid other Asian style outfits, shoe departments with gorgeous sequined creations and curled-toe slippers, a jewelry department filled with elaborate gold and elegant silver designs, and loads more. Most fun bit is the Indian method of payment. Choose the item, an assistant gives you a little slip in a basket, you dutifully take the slip to the payment counter then pay and receive your item carefully wrapped. In this store it's easier to believe that you are in downtown Chennai than in the UK! Love it.
This family run, vegetarian Indian restaurant on the backstreets of Bradford has exceptional food - flavours I had never tasted before in my life. The staff are friendly and accommodating and have not let their recent stint on Gordon's Best Restaurant go to their heads. They also do take outs and a deli.
Quite close to the university. The Kashmir is not the most attractive of curry houses. However they do serve an excellent curry at a price that even a student can afford. You have a choice of two doors. One to the slightly more presentable ground floor, the other to the larger and more basic basement restaurant.
There may be better Indian restaurants in Bradford, but when it comes to quality, quantity and value for money this place is hard to beat.
25-27 Morley St, Bradford, West Yorkshire
+44(0)1274 726 513
Google map: bit.ly/f4ATy7
The New Beehive in Bradford is not so new. Built in 1901 this unique gaslit pub has its own atmosphere being one of the few pubs in Britain to be listed on Camra's National Inventory of Outstanding Character Interiors.
The pub has regular jazz, comedy and poetry evenings and sells good quality real ale.
Atmospheric setting for a great scene from Billy Liar and nearby highly enjoyable setting for The Railway Children, Yanks and Pink Floyd's Another Brick In The Wall, with regular steam trains to the picturesque village of Haworth, home of the Bronte sisters and Wuthering Heights.
Also Bradford is home of the National Film and Photographic Museum.
Bradford is on the M62 and has two train stations connecting to Leeds and the very scenic Settle-Carlisle line.
I have eaten at a lot of Indian restaurants, but this is the best. It has won lots of awards and you can tell why. There are only two kitchens I will eat from - one is my mum's, and the other is Zouks.
1310- 1312 Leeds Road
The Kashmir is, in my opinion, Bradford's best curry house.
Downstairs it's a basic curry cafe - everything you expect from that genre, formica topped tables, no cutlery, food served in school dinner type bowls - upstairs it's a normal curry house. I have never seen anyone eating upstairs!
The food is freshly cooked, tasty and filling. Only a wimp uses cutlery!
Nearest station is Forster Square. The Kashmir is just up the hill from the IMAX cinema.
It's the best curry house in the world! I once travelled all the way from Nottingham on National Express (nearly three hours) just to have lunch there!
Since they don't serve alcohol, the sort of people who go there are nice and civilised and you don't get a yobbish after-pub crowd. The biggest test is that the majority of people eating there are Asian, which I always take as a good sign. Their curries are traditional, freshly cooked Kashmiri cuisine and busting with flavour. The quality of the meat is exceptional, it's not a case of bad meat drowning in a curry sauce. The service is also excellent. Visit them! Please! It's truthfully the only thing I mss about England!
386-400 Great Horton Rd,
Prashad serves a mix of tasty Dosa and Gujarati cooking, delicious chaat and roadside snacks. Mrs Patel - the chief cook - has been named Yorkshire Forward Chef of the Year 2004 & 2006 and South Indian Chef of the Year in 2005 & 2006. Don't let the fact it being vegetarian put you off - I always take my friends and they are always gobsmacked with how great the food is!
86 Horton Grange Road, Bradford, BD7 2DW; tel: 01274 575 893;
A vast, shambolic natural stadium. Or is it natural? It's an enormous hole in the ground, anyway, the scale of which can't possibly be appreciated from the outside. It's where Bradford so-called "Bulls" play. (Yuk! that's Bradford Northern to anyone with a sense of history).
Despite recent reductions in capcity and demolition of the terracing at one end, I can't recommend a visit to this unique place too highly. It was once (before the legislation which followed the disastrous fire at Valley Parade) officially rated as the biggest stadium in England and held a crowd of 107,000 in 1954, which was more than Wembley could take.
If you have no interest in rugby league, never mind - this place is worth seeing anyway. I doubt if any professional sport is played in a more gloriously eccentic stadium anywhere in Europe.
As you enter, look between your feet and you'll observe there's a pitch down there somewhere. The vast expanse of concrete terracing reaches only half way up the hill. Ascending it from the bottom, you may find the graffiti I came across a few years ago still legible on one of the crush barriers about a third of the way up. "Chris Bonnington gave up here" it says.
The New National Media Museum, with its Experience TV gallery - a fantastic exhibition for all things tellytastic from DR Who to HD and beyond. You can see what TV was like when your Gran first watched on her very old set through to how the same image now appears in HD.
From the outside it looks very nice and same can be said for the inside. It can be a little cold for my liking. The service is excellent and very professional. The meat somosas are very tasty and same can be said about the seekh kebabs which are brought out sizzling with fried onions.
The mint sauce is excellent with the starters and the main course. The other half didn't like the aloo tikkas. She found them abit tasteless.
Can't comment on any of the vegetable range as we didn't try any. They also do sweets and the prices are very reasonable.
You can also try Anam's which is up the road. They also do a buffet. It is a bit too pricy although the service is very good. They do excellent starters and dessert. The main meals are not quite the same. They taste as if no one has put any effort in them. (I'm asian so I know what I'm talkin about)
You can also try Mumtaz, which is further up the road. This is very nice from inside but the service is terrible and you have to wait quite a bit to get seated.
205 Great Horton Road
01274 579 374
211 Great Horton Road
286-300 Great Horton Road,
This restaurant has been on the scene for a very long time. From a humble beginning, it has now become an upmarket restaurant. We feel their food is the nearest one finds to the middle-class homes of India and Pakistan.
Their Masala Fish is historic and a variety of lamb and chicken dishes, bunah/dry or with vegetables like lady's fingers or karela/bitter gourd are memorable. Their clientele used to be mainly Europeans but now Asian families are frequently seen dinning there. That's the ultimate test of a good curry restaurant outside the subcontinent.
Great Horton Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD7 3HS
Tel: 01274 571861
Proper Gujarati food. Vegetarian only, but full of all those lovely deep fried goodies from the streets of Surat and Mumbai. Authentic flavours, friendly staff, bags of atmosphere. If you're lucky the chef will come and tell you about the dishes, if she's not off winning prizes and awards!
86 Horton Grange Road, Bradford, BD7 2DW; tel: 01274 575 893;
Brilliant for kids and it'll be even better in two weeks' time when the new 'Experience TV' opens. Old favourites like the chance to read the news in a simulated studio or travel on a flying carpet while watching yourself on TV are back - but the carpet's a hoverboard and the sets include Walking With Dinosuars.
Round the day off with a curry.
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