Where to dine outdoors this winter | Sparkling Bradford

Winter has set in across Bradford, and while it may be freezing, there are some beautiful places to dine out throughout the district that are worth braving the weather for. Relax and unwind under the fairy lights, pick a comfy spot with plenty of cushions, and enjoy a delicious meal al fresco!

Put on some thermals and make a booking at one of these fantastic restaurants:

The Stansfield Arms – Apperley Bridge

The Stansfield Arms is a fantastic gastro pub serving seasonal delights and everyone’s favourite British pub classics, conveniently located near Apperley Bridge station.  The outdoor decking includes marquees, one of which is being transformed into a heated lodge for the winter, as well as comfortable seats, heaters, and blankets to help deal with the brisk temperature of winter.

The Waterside – Shipley

The Waterside Restaurant and Bar in Shipley offers outdoor seating with a beautiful view out onto the Leeds-Liverpool canal, allowing you to enjoy your meal while watching the barges and ducks float by. Reservations are essential for an al fresco dining experience under the heated marquees. Taster menus and dessert platters from the chef’s selection are recommended, and make fantastic use of seasonal ingredients.


Copper & Moss in Shipley offers both indoor and outdoor dining throughout the day. If you dine al fresco there are warm blankets available to wrap up in and keep winter at bay! You can choose from their fantastic and varied menu which ranges from British classics for breakfast and lunch to Thai food in the evening.

  • Copper & Moss, Victoria Mill, Salts Mill Road, Shipley, BD17 7EF
  • Website: copperandmoss.co.uk
  • Phone: 01274 587243

The Potting shed – Bingley

The Potting Shed Bar and Gardens in Bingley offers a brilliant al fresco solution: your very own colourful shed! There’s no need to leave your cosy dining experience to brave the weather with completely waited service. The menu features a delicious assortment of pub staples, wraps, and pizza to keep you warm and satisfied.

  • The Potting Shed Bar & Gardens, 94 Main St, Bingley BD16 2JH
  • Website: pottingshedbar.com
  • Phone: 01274 512635

Piccolino – Ilkley

Piccolino, a wonderful Italian restaurant in Ilkley, is located just off Leeds Road and offers the perfect al fresco dining experience up on the roof garden, which features a fully retractable roof so you can dine in the fresh air rain or shine! Try the new autumn/winter menu, which is full of flavour and made with high-quality seasonal ingredients. There are also vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, so there is something for everyone.

Broadley’s Bistro – Ilkley

Broadley’s Bistro and Wine Bar in Ilkley, located in The Moors Shopping Centre, and serves up plenty of tasty classic dishes, including a full roast dinner on Sundays. Outdoor dining can be reserved seven days a week, and outdoor heaters will keep you warm all winter long. You might even hear live music coming from inside if you come on the perfect day!

  • Broadley’s, The Moors Shopping Centre, S Hawksworth St, Ilkley LS29 9LB
  • Menu: broadleysbistro.co.uk
  • Phone: 01943 602220

Ticket Office Bar – Ilkley

The Ticket Office and the End Of The Line kitchen, located within Ilkley’s historic station, offers a fantastic chance to grab a tasty bite to eat Wednesday through to Sunday. The menu is full of tasty fare, and unique experiences like cocktail mixing classes if you want to liven up your night out! Year-round outdoor dining is available in large huts, as well as covered seating areas with heaters to keep the cold at bay.

  • Ticket Office Bar,11, Station Plaza Station Rd, Ilkley LS29 8HF
  • Website: ticketofficebar.co.uk
  • Phone: 01943 674455

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While restrictions have been eased, please remember to follow the latest COVID-19 guidelines in order to enjoy these activities in a safe and responsible manner.