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5.3 /6 Excellent 111 Reviews

The Moody Cow - Apperley Bridge

Apperley Bridge Bar £££ +100
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About The Moody Cow - Apperley Bridge

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Being called a moody cow is not usually a good sign in Yorkshire, but at The Moody Cow in Apperley Bridge, they’re proud to give themselves the name. They put the cow at the centre of their operations, and when we tell you that the centre of their operations is the grill, then you know you’re in for a treat. Steaks and burgers are the stars of the show at their bar and grill restaurant on Apperley Lane on the outskirts of Bradford so bust a gut down to Apperley Bridge and try out the best that their kitchen has to offer. Book a table now and head on over.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:30 - 21:30
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:30 - 21:30
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:30 - 21:30
  • Thursday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:30 - 21:30
  • Friday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:30 - 22:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:30 - 22:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 20:30
The Moody Cow - Apperley Bridge, Apperley Lane, BD10 0NS Bradford

Further Information

Yorkshire is packed with pubs where you can while an afternoon away with a superb meal, a few quality local pints and a welcoming atmosphere to spend your time. The Moody Cow on Apperley Road – directly between Rawdon and Apperley Bridge on the outskirts of Bradford – is the brainchild of James Boshier and Martin Oates, who have been in the hospitality sector for a combined 50 years, and opened the pub in Apperley Bridge in 2013. They offer bar snacks, cask ales and a huge range of steaks for the whole family to avoid.

When we say they serve steaks down at The Moody Cow in Apperley Bridge, we might not be doing them complete justice. They do more than just steaks: they do locally-reared, 28-day air-dried steaks in the form of rump, sirloin, ribeye, fillet or t-bone for individual sizes or bone-in ribeye and chateaubriand to share, as well as a mixed grill that takes in a few of the different size. The meat-lovers of Bradford can also try the baby-back ribs, chicken comes marinated in buttermilk and fried in breadcrumbs, or with garlic and herbs in a Kiev, or even spatchcocked and coated in piri-piri spices. There are vegetarian dishes too, and a few fishy favourites thrown in for good measure. Plenty of reasons, then, to get yourself and your family out to The Moody Cow – reserve your table.


111 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 111 Reviews
Atmosphere: entertaining
Quality/Price: cheap
Noise: quiet
Service: extraordinary
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: no waiting time
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1 review so far 6
15.02.2017 10:45

Lovely welcome, fantastic service, really excellent food, fab selection of drinks including cocktails and a gin menu. We had a really fab evening, thank you.

1 review so far 6
01.02.2017 19:54

Visited at lunchtime with friends, food, service and atmosphere were very good ! Good sized portions ! Enjoyed ourselves very much and will return ! Looked after by very friendly staff !

2 reviews so far 6
26.01.2017 19:57

Excellent restaurant with excellent food. The staff are all very friendly and helpful. Good level of background noise so you can have decent conversations with your diners

1 review so far 6
26.01.2017 11:31

Especially like the free salad bar used as a starter I had brisket all delicious and on a bed of creamy mash Good value menu

1 review so far 6
29.08.2016 08:23

We were greeted and seated quickly and by friendly staff. The place was busy and after initially waiting for drinks we were served very efficiently. All staff were pleasant and sorted us out with drinks and food in a friendly and professional manner throughout our visit. The manager kept an eye on everything and asked if we were being looked after. She made sure everyone was getting good service. The food was cooked the way we asked and was delicious. There was plenty of it. Our friends remarked at the size of their portions but they managed to get through it OK! The atmosphere was relaxed. There was plenty of space to move around even though it was busy. No intrusive music. We will visit again.

1 review so far 4
21.10.2016 11:25

I was really looking forward tot he meal as i have heard excellent things about the food etc The staff were very friendly and welcoming and the 'salad bar' is a really good idea. I like that you can supplement your main meal with salad (which is what i personally prefer) as well as having it as starter if you wish. the only huge issue we had (there were two of us) was the acoustics in the conservatory where we were sat. Just the sound of people talking was extremely loud, so much so i could barely hear what my other half was saying. It was very very noisy and distracting and quite uncomfortable. Fair enough we could have asked to move but i can't think that anyone can possibly enjoy sitting in that area. the noise just bounces around. next time i go i will have to request a table in the main building area.

1 review so far 2
18.09.2016 15:51

I went to this restaurant with my partner and two friends (who actually recommended the restaurant to me) on a Saturday evening. Upon entering the venue there was a smell of burnt cooking. We were shown to our table in a very pleasant manner and the waiter asked for a drinks order in a nice manner whilst giving all four of us separate menus. Unfortunately the menus are quite compact, written in small print and whilst there is a good choice nevertheless because of the poor lighting surrounding the table the menu was relatively hard to read. The table top was nicely laid and presentable but sticky to the touch. My starter was plentiful and nice to the taste however I do not expect to have fish bones still present within a clam chowder etc. My partner's starter was plentiful, and adequate to the taste. Unfortunately I found my main course, whilst of a large and generous portion lacking in both taste and quality of cooking. I ordered steak medium and it came medium rare, I ordered Garlic Butter which I expect to be in a solid form on the steak not liquid in a small serving bowl/jug. I also expect there to be at least a hint of garlic taste the liquid appeared to have no taste at all. I also expect to have what I call at least one vegetable served with the steak and chips. I was simply given one tomato and one flat top mushroom. Overall I found the experience very poor and very expensive for the price.

1 review so far 6
01.09.2016 10:40

The atmosphere was fantastic, just the right blend of background music and a buzz from the other diners, our table was set at the back of the restaurant in the conservatory which when the sun went down and the lights were dimmed became the perfect backdrop to the outstanding food. The overall cost was a pleasant surprise for the quality ingredients on the menu.

1 review so far 6
27.08.2016 16:46

Wow! no room for desert. We had baby back ribs, The Pit burger and buttermilk Cajun chicken. There were 4 of us and a baby. Service was exceptional. Would definitely go back again and again. Salad bar so nice and the baby enjoyed the water melon and fresh tomatoes, she is 10 months now and can eat well with just two teeth.

1 review so far 6
16.01.2017 16:29

Following our 1st visit celebrating our sons 40th birthday we decided to celebrate my wife's 70th birthday. Superb in every way Made really welcome ,Great staff and well looked after throughout the evening, not forgetting the Chef and the team who presented Lovely food. Everyone really enjoyed it and the young ones cleared their plates. Thank you for a wonderful evening

1 review so far 6
24.07.2016 19:24

We eat at the MC occasionally and decided to take visiting friends there for a mid-afternoon Sunday meal. Between us we munched through calamari, nachos, Sunday Lunch, Chicken Kiev and various steaks, complemented by the offerings of the salad bar. No room for desserts! They were extremely impressed by the quality, value, service and surroundings - just like us!

1 review so far 6
29.07.2016 22:25

Heard a lot about the moody cow and had passed it often, we went on our anniversary and we were so presently surprised from the moment we walked in the friendly service amazing food. No rushed , Portions were ample with out being too big. The food was to die for. We will be going again. Thank you

1 review so far 4
27.11.2016 06:36

Both food and service were excellent, only complaint was the seating I ended up sat with my back to the main door and each time this was opened a cold blast of air blew in my direction "very uncomfortable " it was mentioned to the staff who did say we could have been moved........ overall a lovely place and will be visiting again just avoiding table 5 on a cold night !!!

2 reviews so far 5
01.09.2016 11:35

It was lovely. I started with the prawn cocktail [delicious] my husband had trio of beef [fab] we both had ribeye [fantastic] then being greedy we finished with sticky toffee pud for me and chocolate brownie for him both were to die for. All in all we had a BIG FANTASTIC MEAL & a wonderful evening

1 review so far 6
06.08.2016 08:27

Excellent service and great food! We had a main and desert. The portion sizes are huge so glad we didn't get a starter too. It was a tad pricey for drinks but not excessively so. The staff were very attentive and friendly. Will definitely go again.

1 review so far 2
26.07.2016 21:30

Although our first trip to The Moody Cow had been nice, our second visit was disappointing. Seated in the conservatory, we were told our table was ready, but the staff were still cleaning and tidying up from a private party before. As the meal went on, there were also flies buzzing around as the doors were left open. The starters were nice and good portion size, but of our four main meals, three were overcooked and the meal seemed overpriced for the quality. The staff seemed a little stretched even though the restaurant was not full, and one of our waitresses nearly spilled a dish over one of the group. We also had to wait a while to get the bill, and even longer to pay it. Such a shame after a positive first visit.

3 reviews so far 6
13.10.2016 10:12

This is a fab place! Best steaks ever and the staff are great. Been back several times and will definitely be back soon. The rib eye was the best I've had xx and if we have enough room left the puds are good too!!

1 review so far 4
04.11.2016 22:08

The food was fantastic, really tasty and good portion sizes for the price. The waiting staff were OK, we waited a while for drinks when we were first sat at the table, and when we asked if there were any nuts in the desert on the specials board, the waitress didn't really understand what we were asking, but luckily brought another member of staff over.

1 review so far 5
02.08.2016 20:45

Great meal. Had mixed grill and shared with my daughter, this meal was definitely big enough for two to three people, all meats were cooked well and tasted good. Hubby and other 2 kids had the burgers and they went down a treat. Dessert was ace too, recommend sticky toffee pudding 😋

1 review so far 5
01.09.2016 10:21

The service was very good & the presentation lovely - the place itself very contemporary but with a warm welcome. We ordered Sunday lunch & everything was great & the port was cooked to perfection. Unfortunately, the beef was on the tough side which was the only thing that let it down.

1 review so far 6
08.08.2016 18:55

Staff were very pleasant, food was very nice, the meat melted in your mouth and we didn't have a long wait. Five of us visited early on a Sunday eve. So glad I had booked a table as the place was buzzing.

1 review so far 2
29.10.2016 11:39

Myself and my partner booked a table. The staff were very welcoming. We both ordered a starter and main course, with a bottle of wine. The starter was very good. My partner asked for his steak well done and I asked for mine medium rare. When after quite a long wait the main course came. My steak was medium and hardly pink. My partners steak was still rare. We sent my partners steak back and after another 15 minutes it returned. The peppercorn sauce had been washed off and it seemed like the steak has just been warmed up again in a microwave. It was still pink. I think the chef needs to know how to cook the steaks! As it is a steakhouse.

1 review so far 4
04.12.2016 13:12

Location and venue look great, the table we were give had a smell coming across from what only we could describe was the Toilets. The service could do with a little polish, they forgot some of the drinks and sides we ordered. The food itself was amazing .. fully enjoyed it all, food itself means you'd recommend this place and come back!

1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 21:35

Great day. We were greated with a smile, given excellent service, and seated with a smile. We were given time to choose our meal and drinks without being rushed. The meal was great, fantastic food and amazing service. Recommend to all.

1 review so far 6
10.10.2016 15:36

The food was beautiful and the staff were wonderful. It was really lovely to have people serving, who were genuinely interested in making sure we had everything we needed. I have already recommended it to friends who have not visited before.

1 review so far 6
15.01.2017 07:56

We really enjoyed our experience at Moody Cow. The atmosphere and attentive staff all added to the evening. I had the lovely butter chicken and my husband had sirloin steak. Both meals were lovely and we will visit again.

1 review so far 6
19.09.2016 10:35

My friends and I have eaten at the moody cow on quite a few occasion. The service is very good as is the food. It's as a lovely atmosphere which is relaxing, also clean and tidy surroundings.

1 review so far 6
11.01.2017 07:55

Great food, lovely staff, good service - and the lunch time deal made it do-able for me to take me family for my son's birthday. Otherwise it would have been a special treat for his 18th!! :)

1 review so far 6
18.08.2016 16:37

We give the Moody Cow top marks for a lovely relaxing and pleasant experience. We had the 3 course meal where there was a fab choice of food. The staff were fantastic. Thank you :-):-)

1 review so far 6
11.12.2016 19:36

Service was superb, food was perfectly cooked, atmosphere just right an ideal experience, staff were very attentive without being too much. Not too expensive and well worth the money for what you got. Thank You

1 review so far 5
12.10.2016 20:37

Eaten here for lunch and the Service to be speedy professional and staff were equally polite. The food was fantastic clearly use good meat sources and everything I had was fantastic. Would we eat here again ? Most definitely

1 review so far 5
13.12.2016 15:50

Lovely space, we were a group of 8 and were seated in our own "booth" which felt private but not crowded. The staff were attentive without being overbearing. Great quality food, we didn't need the salad bar, being lunchtime.

1 review so far 5
15.10.2016 07:39

We ate here following my son's graduation. He wanted a steak so he decided to get the 32oz rib eye!!! The food was amazing, lovely decor in the restaurant and very attentive staff. Will definitely be going back again.

1 review so far 6
26.07.2016 21:13

Good range of choice even if you're not a meat eater. Excellent food & service. If you're a meat eater you'll love the food. Huge portions didn't have room for a pudding.

1 review so far 6
02.10.2016 18:48

The food was lovely and there was a great choice. The Sunday lunch of slow cooked brisket was melt in the mouth and great value The staff looked after us well.

1 review so far 6
24.09.2016 13:32

No faults at all with the food or service. All 5 of us loved our meals, we had no complaints. The food was full of flavour and cooked very well.

1 review so far 6
21.09.2016 18:12

The food was lovely and the staff were very helpful and really looked after us. We had a baby with us and the staff were great taking photos for us.

1 review so far 5
12.10.2016 20:48

Visited early Sunday evening hoping for a late Sunday lunch type meal as mentioned on their website. However this wasn't the menu we were given. Still, the food was lovely and great service. Will definitely return

1 review so far 5
29.10.2016 07:39

First time back in a few years after a poor experience. How things have changed. The food was excellent, steak cooked to perfection, service and atmosphere good too. We won't leave it so long next time.

1 review so far 6
08.01.2017 10:56

Jodie always has a warm welcome for all diners as have her staff team. Lovely decor and great atmosphere plus delicious food makes Moody Cow a favourite choice .

1 review so far 6
06.08.2016 21:54

Great experience as always staff are excellent and quality of food is always as expected. Starters are a fair portion size themselves and the mains are to die for.

1 review so far 6
22.08.2016 16:06

Great welcome & excellent T Bone Steak, Wii certainly return, Left there absolutely full. Cannot recommend too highly. Excellent service too. Nothing too much trouble & very friendly staff

1 review so far 6
23.08.2016 08:34

Excellent service and food cooked to perfection.Staff were attentive but without being obtrusive.i can definitely recommend the fillet steak, can't remember when I last ate such a tasty steak.

1 review so far 6
31.12.2016 10:02

We had great food and great service, the whole family, from grandparents to a one year old, had a fantastic time! Would definitely recommend for a great night out.

1 review so far 6
17.12.2016 22:45

Fab food, great staff, easy parking and lovely surroundings, would highly recommend as a destination restaurant to eat. Ribs are absolute knock out, loads of seafood options as well.

1 review so far 6
07.01.2017 08:44

Lovely surroundings, very welcoming friendly staff and amazingly good food, what more can you ask for when on a special night out with family. Will definitely return and recommend

1 review so far 5
21.10.2016 07:56

Excellent food in a vary friendly environment. Some of the dishes were expensive, especially the steaks but there were cheaper options. There was also free salad which was a bonus. Would definitely come again

1 review so far 5
05.10.2016 20:35

Great food, great wine! My boyfriend and I had the chateaubriand. It was medium cooked very well and it was delicious. Only minor critique would be a lack of choice at the salad bar.

1 review so far 6
04.09.2016 08:00

Very friendly staff, brilliant service & fantastic food. Every staff member seems to have a brilliant attitude, this place is a pleasure to go to. Very highly recommended.

1 review so far 6
12.10.2016 20:50

We visited the Moody Cow for my dads birthday as it's his favourite place. We had amazing fish and meat dishes. 5* Service and 5* Food. Excellent evening.