Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in West Yorkshire
Hardens guides have spent 29 years compiling reviews of the best West Yorkshire restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 363 restaurants in West Yorkshire and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing West Yorkshire restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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Sandwiches, cakes, etc restaurant in Ilkley
32 The Grove - LS29
This “bright and welcoming” branch of the legendary Yorkshire tearoom empire, which has just celebrated its centenary, has a real sense of style. Breakfast is almost as popular as afternoon tea, and “to have their full English with Swiss rosti (a nod to Swiss founder Frederick Belmont) is a very special treat”.
. Kendells Bistro
French restaurant in Leeds
St Peters Square - LS9
“Intimate… delightfully eclectic” – there’s no shortage of plaudits for this “romantic” fixture, where there’s “no menu but all the choices are on a giant blackboard”. The overall effect is “just like dining in France…confit of duck, French onion soup, boeuf bourguignon etc.”, and the early-evening menu is “amazing value for money” too.
. The Moorcock Inn
British, Modern restaurant in Sowerby Bridge
Moorbottom Lane - HX6
“It exploded onto the food scene last year garnering two broadsheet reviews in quick succession… serving cod collar with XO sauce, fire-roasted razor clams with wild garlic – what were they thinking? This is Calderdale for god’s sake!” And Alisdair Brooke-Taylor and Aimee Turford are still absolutely smashing it at this converted moorland pub, ably delivering “mind-blowing meals” from a “surprising menu using exciting local ingredients”. “You would expect to pay three times as much in London, and would still feel you had got a bargain!”
. Engine Social Dining
International restaurant in Sowerby Bridge
72 Wharf Street - HX6
Wil Akroyd and Mark Kemp’s minimally converted pub in this Calderdale mill town opened in late 2018 and has taken the local area by storm: “a young team working hard in an open kitchen, loving what they are doing and smashing it, and the front of house are the same”. “Outstanding Spanish tapas” attract the most mention but the menu is much wider than this, with “a huge range of vegetarian and vegan options”: “fire-roasted cauliflower with pomegranate, pine nuts and sesame/coriander dressing is something of a signature dish and other influences come from all round the world but don’t jar at all – (Sobrasada/pulled pork gyoza anyone?)”.
Italian restaurant in Leeds
115 & 107 Otley Road - LS6
The Dammone family’s Headingley fixture (est 1976) is “a Leeds institution that maintains its standards and is still evolving”, having moved beyond offering first-rate pasta and pizza to add a next-door café/salumeria serving bolder ‘alter ego’ tasting menus on Fri and Sat nights.
. Buon Apps
Italian restaurant in Otley
Wharfebank Business Centre, Ilkley Rd - LS21
“A family-run Italian restaurant, with authentic food” – at a “beautiful location on a weir of the River Wharfe” – Alessandro and Elena Sofia’s converted paper mill wins consistently good ratings after 16 years in business. “Sitting by the water on a sunny summer day could not be bettered” – and it helps that “the owners are always there”.
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