I’m from Halifax, so Yorkshire born and bred, but even now I’m still getting to see and know more about the area.
I think it’s only when you live or work somewhere that you really get to understand the quirks of a place. For example, I’ve just recently learned that, outside of London, Bradford has the most head offices for blue chip companies in the UK - you learn something every day as they say.
Away from work, Yorkshire is a great place in which to relax and socialise. My partner and I go shopping in Leeds, which is only about 20 minutes away from Bradford or just a short trip on the train, or we’ll head out for drinks or something to eat.
I’m beyond clubbing these days, but we’ll sometimes visit a few local pubs, such as The Golden Fleece and The Shant in Halifax, before heading in to Halifax for the evening. Or sometimes we’ll visit the gorgeous Shibden Valley and enjoy a pint at the picturesque Shibden Mill Inn. It’s especially lovely here when it’s sunny as you can sit outside in the gardens and enjoy the peace and quiet.
You can’t come to Bradford without having a curry - after all it’s the current Curry Capital of Britain, having won the title a record 3 times in a row. My partner and I both love curries – proper traditional curries - so places like Aagrah and Akbar's, both great restaurants in Bradford, are perfect for a night out. And then there’s Prashad, finalists on Ramsay’s Best Restaurant in 2010 (and with Gordon Ramsay recommending it you know it must be something special) if you’re looking for absolutely fantastic vegetarian curries.
You can't come to Bradford without having a curry - after all it's the current Curry Capital of Britain.
Bradford is also a great family destination. Lots of people know about its industrial heritage and history (and Yorkshire is full of history!) and we’re keeping in touch with that, but at the same time the city offers more new reasons for people to come and visit.
The centre of Bradford has undergone a lot of transformation and refurbishment and that’s still continuing. Centenary Square brought a whole new look with it. It’s a public space featuring a large pool in which you can paddle and play in the fountains. Surrounding it there are shops, cafés and bars, along with large screens that show live events such as tennis and football. Bradford is really changing.
Yorkshire is also the perfect place all sports fans. I play a lot of golf myself – Yorkshire as a golf destination is unbelievable. There are courses such as Moortown, Lindirck and Ganton, all of which have all hosted the Ryder Cup. And then there’s rugby league - a true Northern sport – come down to my side, the Leeds Rhinos, and you can even treat yourself to a curry pie at half time!
I can’t see me moving away from Yorkshire. It’s all about the people. There’s nobody as friendly as Yorkshire people. I just wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
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