From fine Thai dining to great value Mexican meals and exotic cuisine from Eastern Europe, you can make a enjoy a global culinary journey without ever leaving Huddersfield. Read more about the top places to eat in the town with the help of our guide. And the great thing is that the vast majority of eateries in Huddersfield’s compact town centre are within easy walking distance of its train station.
Places to eat in Huddersfield
One of the most highly-rated Asian restaurants in this part of the world is Thai Sakon – it's even been described as the best Thai this side of the Bangkok! The restaurant has a loyal army of regular customers who praise its authentic food and friendly service. Among the most popular dishes are green curry and chicken stir fry and sea bass in a mild curry sauce (chi chi pla). Thai Sakon also boasts a startlingly hot tom yum gai soup and offers good value with a wide choice on its early bird menu.
You'll struggle to find a restaurant with a better reputation than Lost Property, which specialises in Russian, Armenian and Eastern European food. Its somewhat unusual range of dishes includes Georgian-style lamb cooked in a clay pot, caucus-style aubergines and marinated chicken served char-grilled together with more familiar options such as rump steak.
If you track down Gringo’s and order their hush puppies as a starter, don’t worry, you won’t be expected to eat a pair of comfortable footwear - they’re actually delicious savoury doughnuts. As well as having a fabulous range of Mexican street food including fajitas, refried beans, pulled pork, nachos and the intriguingly-named swine fries, it's known for its buzzing atmosphere and is a great choice for larger groups and celebrations.
Roughly from the same part of the world is the food on offer at Botafogo Brazilian Grill – a paradise for meat lovers but also a place that has vegetarian options. It takes its name from the beachfront neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro called Botafogo – meaning "set it on fire" – and the idea is that for a fixed price, customers can feast to their heart's (or stomach's) content on a succulent range of meats. Please note, drinks and desserts are extra though.
To round off our selection, why not head North of the town centre towards Brook’s in Brighouse. Conveniently located just two miles from our Huddersfield North hotel, this contemporary restaurant is headed up by Darrell Brook – a Savoy trained chef. The food is on the more expensive end of the scale, but it is well worth trying for any serious foodie.
Places to eat in Huddersfield
Whereas our recommended restaurants are mostly very central, you need to head out of the centre of Huddersfield into the breathtaking Pennines to track down what is arguably the area’s best-known café.
The Bolster Moor Coffee Shop is in Golcar, five miles west of the town centre, and offers glorious views to enjoy while you’re eating and drinking. It’s not difficult to get to but please note it is four miles away even if you’re staying at our closest hotel at Huddersfield West.
And it’s well worth the trek - voted Yorkshire's Best Café by Heart FM listeners, the coffee shop is part of the Bolster Moor Farm Shop, which is famed for its award-winning sausages and pies. And if you're visiting at the right time of year, you might be lucky enough to admire the calves and lambs in the surrounding fields. There’s the usual range of specialist coffees and hot drinks and with a menu offering hot beef sandwiches, bacon butties and all day breakfasts as well as more modest treats such as teacakes, you certainly won’t go hungry.
While Bolster moor is often busy because it’s so popular, you might prefer the oasis of tranquillity that is Om Is Where The Heart Is. Here, you can not only enjoy a tasty feed, but you can also practice the ancient discipline of yoga.
Om's Coffee Bar is open seven days a week serving Grumpy Mule coffee as well as teas, craft beers and wines. And there's food too. Om's philosophy is that they're not vegan, they're not vegetarian, they're not full on carnivore - like yoga, life is about balance! They are committed to serving only fresh food with no additives or preservatives, with menu highlights including cajun eggs benedict, shakshuka (an Arabic dish of tomatoes, peppers and poached eggs), New Orleans jambalaya and Canadian poutine, described as the poshest cheesy chips you’ll ever eat!