Wharf Street, Shipley, BD17 7DW
As the name suggests, this venue enjoys a beautiful waterside location next to the canal and has relaxing views across the water. Consistent food and excellent service is high on the agenda here, as the dedicated staff aim to make guests’ visits memorable for all the right reasons. It’s no surprise that the Waterside recently won Best Restaurant in Bradford at the British Restaurant Awards, as well as being a Good Food award winner in 2019 and 2020. Innovative, high-quality dishes arrive from the kitchen, where head chef and co-owner Paul brings his experience of working in Michelin-starred kitchens to Shipley. It therefore comes as no surprise that the menus keep up with the seasons and feature tip-top produce. Keen to cater for everyone, the chef provides vegan and vegetarian options too. See his talent demonstrated in starters such as whipped Yorkshire goat’s curd, beetroot purée and walnut dressing, and the comforting Yorkshire Brie and chive hash brown with homemade baked beans. The high standard continues in the main dishes – take the roasted halibut accompanied by celeriac purée, sautéed potatoes, crab lollipop and fish velouté, or choose the renowned Yorkshire 72-day-aged steak in Himalayan salt. A delicious dark chocolate and raspberry tart paired with raspberry sorbet provides a spectacular finish to a meal, as does the cheeseboard. To drink, why not opt for a Yorkshire white wine from Laurel Vines? The dining room can be hired for private functions and there’s a self-contained, covered courtyard that’s ideal for al fresco dining.