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5.3 /6 Excellent 370 Reviews

The Moody Cow - Apperley Bridge

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

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Please also be advised that booking options are limited, so should you find booking is unavailable, please contact the restaurant directly.

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.


370 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 370 Reviews
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Quality/Price: cheap
Atmosphere: excellent
Noise: quiet
Food: heavenly
Service: extraordinary
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1 review so far 6
15.10.2017 18:41

Nice atmosphere the food was good in fact the steak I had was very good and the service was good but could do with better parking

1 review so far 6
13.10.2017 22:24

The food was truly amazing, one of the best steaks I’ve eaten and the staff were amiable, professional and polite. Excellent experience and will definitely go again.

1 review so far 6
08.10.2017 10:07

Great food with friendly and attentive staff. The burgers are superb, full of flavour. The prices are good as you get decent portion sizes. Well worth a visit

1 review so far 6
04.10.2017 18:49

Lovely atmosphere and helpful staff. Food was excellent and very fresh and homemade. Portions were very generous and staff offered to wrap my left over meat to take home which was great

1 review so far 5
31.03.2017 13:41

Staff great, food better than most (it was a quiet night so don't quote me for a busy night) and the portion size is Ok. I had the belly pork starter and was disappointed over the portion size, 2x 4cm cubes of perfectly cooked belly pork with a shrimp on top of each and one spare, could have been a little..... more. Everyone else's starter were more generous so there is no real complaint, I guess I just love crispy belly pork (explains my fat belly, you are what you eat after all). Main courses were all perfectly cooked, the meat on my baby ribs fell off the bone as I lifted them from the plate. All the steaks were cooked to perfection with portions so perfect neither my lady, mother or sister actually finished. The deserts.... sorry I can't comment on those as no one had one. From the list there was nothing inspiring or original and I would have loved to try the cheese board but as my lady is on a diet before her holiday so am I. All the male readers will know the look I got and with my head hung in shame I will surrender my man card as I collapsed under that look and said "No thank you", sorry guys. So.... I didn't waste my time or money going there, now it's your turn to decide.

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 6
27.05.2017 21:14

Lovely friendly staff today which made us feel welcome on this our first visit. Really delicious food and especially desert. We had sticky toffee pudding which was perfect, chocolate orange cheesecake and lime and passion fruit cheescake, all were fabulous. We stayed quite awhile as we wanted to talk and we were put under no pressure to leave, just offered drinks now and then. We didn't need it today but I noticed there was air conditioning in the conservatory, would have been a big bonus if we'd been ther yesterday. We will be back, it was exactly what we wanted😀😄. Oh and the twenty somethings commented on the good music being played too.

1 review so far 6
21.04.2017 20:19

This was my first visit to The Moody Cow - Apperley Bridge. The lady that greeted us was very friendly. The food was outstanding. I have recommended the restaurant to all my friends and will be visiting again very soon. The only negative was the volume of the music. I found it slightly too loud.

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 5
11.06.2017 17:51

Lovely meal again. A different menu to that which we were expecting as it is our second visit in a few weeks and hadn't checked the menu before we went! My husband's steak was cooked as requested and the ribs we ordered were fabulous. My son's only complaint was that he could have eaten more as they were so good. There was a mix up in the description of the dessert on the specials board - we expected a traditional Eton Mess and received something more like a strawberry mousse with 2 large meringue pieces on top. However, when we queried it, it was removed from the bill immediately, even though we didn't request or even suggest this. We will certainly be back.

1 review so far 6
17.02.2017 22:21

We have dined at the Moody Cow several times and have always enjoyed the experience. The staff make you feel welcome, and the bar seems to stock a good range of beers wines and spirits. The main reason we go is of course the food, and we have never had anything to complain of where that's concerned. its always good quality and very well prepared. There is a help yourself salad bar which you can revisit as many times as you like. Nice decor, clean and easy going, with attentive staff, what more could you want.

1 review so far 5
19.09.2017 09:33

I had booked for lunch at 12.30 but my guest was running late. I rang them and they said would keep the booking for me. We were a half hour late and got a lovely welcome..We had the 2 course lunch menu at £10..Not a lot of choice but something for everyone.. I had the steak option and my guest had the fish and chips...both were lovely. I've had the lunch menu before but was disappointed that the cheese board wasn't an option this time but had a delicious apple tarte tatin and my guest had the ice cream sundae...Staff were very attentive where needed.Will definitely be going again.

1 review so far 4
28.08.2017 18:21

Friendly staff who tried to please. A nice circular booth table, ideal for 6 all able to chat to each other. One steak order was incorrect so it was sent back and replaced. The second attempt didn't look at all like the ordered rump and was v chewy. My daughter didn't want a fuss so we donated bits from ours. We were asked how the meal was and we mentioned the inedible steak which was knocked off the bill without a fuss, so that was a suitable response given the situation. Others enjoyed their steak or chicken and found the portions both starter and main quite hearty. Not sure we would go back. Had a better experience at the Ilkley Moody Cow but we would consider it if location was important.

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
05.08.2017 23:39

Our meals were very good...well cooked & well presented & served with a smile from lovely friendly waiting staff... We were seated in the conservatory which was initially fairly quiet & very comfortable but soon became extremely noisy as more diners arrived so we were unable to hear each other or the waitress which did spoil the evening a little...such a shame We will definitely return but would avoid the conservatory....thanks again...

1 review so far 5
06.01.2017 09:23

The food was absolutely delightful and the steak was cooked to perfection. The staff were very pleasant and the service was excellent. We will definitely be booking again. The only reason I have rated it at 5 instead of six was because we would have preferred to have had the fillet steak but they had run out so we had the sirloin instead (which was beautiful). However we did go on the 2nd January and they were probably low on supplies after Xmas and New year.

1 review so far 5
02.09.2017 21:11

The decor of the restaurant was lovely and the service was excellent. The food was amazing! I went with my husband who as a chef himself is usually very critical of anywhere we eat but he loved it. The only negative was our table location was right near the door and the table was too close to the walkway into the restaurant meaning my husband chair was knocked several times through our meal as it was a busy Saturday night.

1 review so far 1
23.02.2017 09:46

Moody Cow, we will classify this restaurant as a very expensive Pub, this restaurant used to be our favourite, one of the top of our list, since yesterday this restaurant has lost is class, unprofessional, We made a reservation over 3 weeks ago we wish we had not . No welcome when we arrived, nobody at the bar, we had to wait not far the 10 minutes before somebody asked us if we had reserved !! and do you want a drink !!, While we were waiting one of the staff was arguing on the phone with somebody , which does appear, did not turn up,. After we had been invited to our table , my husband ask for a bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape, one of the staff, who appeared, to be in charged, came with a bottle of wine from Chile !!!, my husband told her I did not ask for that wine, her answer was did you check the wine list, our answer was not because we used to come to the restaurant and always we had Chateauneuf du Pape, so after checking the wine list it was obvious the Chateuneuf du pape was not on the list anymore, so we chose another wine. We ordered our food which was Chateaubriand, the lady asked us what we would like with the meat, so we asked what the choices were. She told us Chips, you take it or not the price is the same, so we decided to have salad, and she told us the Buffet of Salad was there. After waiting for 45 minutes for the food to arrive,we had already had the time to drink our wine, and the bottle was nearly empty, the girl asked us if we wanted another bottle !!, the answer was no, not because of driving and drinking (we had a taxi) but the attitude wad not correct. This Restaurant has lost a lot of its class. We were looking forward to the night, but after this experience we will not be coming back to this Restaurant,. Generally my Husband and I dining out a minimum of 3 times a Month, again this coming Saturday we are going with some friends, and we will have a lot to talk about Moody Cow. Regards Mrs M.R. Tanghe

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
31.07.2017 13:05

First time visiting the Moody Cow for a birthday celebration. The setting is lovely and a great ambience. Nice menu with lots to tempt. Our party of 5 all selected different starters & mains so we could sample the range- excellent. Nice wine list too. The service was very good and staff attentive and polite. I'd definitely recommend and will visit again.