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The Moody Cow - Apperley Bridge

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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.

CHEF'S CHOICE

268 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 268 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Noise: quiet
Service: extraordinary
Atmosphere: excellent
Quality/Price: cheap
Waiting Time: no waiting time
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1 review so far 6
21.06.2017 15:04

Staff always polite, jolly and very friendly. Food as always during my visits have been extremely well presented and tasted as good as it looks.

2 reviews so far 6
21.06.2017 10:13

Amazing food and staff. Always enjoy Moody Cow and look forward to the steaks for myself and fajitas for my partner. Can't wait to come back

2 reviews so far 6
19.06.2017 06:18

This place has Amazing food. Drinks not too good. Everything I asked for, they didn't have. Lovely friendly staff. Nice little booths to sit in. We Will definitely be returning here.

1 review so far 6
18.06.2017 15:15

What a gorgeous place. When we arrived on Father's Day with our 2 youngest children we received a really warm welcome. The food was amazing and the service exceptional, particularly given it was Father's Day and they were really busy. Would highly recommend to anyone! We will certainly be going back!

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 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 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 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.

2 reviews 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 3
29.03.2017 16:40

A really great pub and great food. The only disappointment, which did affect my dining experience was that when offered chunky chips, normal fries or sweet potato fries, I asked for normal. Sweet potato fries came and when I explained I was 'told' by the waiter that I had ordered sweet - I said I hadn't yet he again told me that I had. I explained that I don't like sweet potato so would not have ordered them and he took them away and another member of staff delivered the normal fries. He did not check in with us during our meal and we had to seek out his attention to order another drink. Although this soured my experience I would return.

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 6
06.04.2017 10:51

Live in Coventry but parents live nearby so visiting and took them out for the 2nd time to The Moody Cow. The food was amazing, lots of it, and excellent service as was the first time hence the 2nd visit. Would highly recommend and I will definitely be there again when next in Bradford :-)

1 review so far 6
03.02.2017 22:07

The food was excellent, as was the service and atmosphere. I'm a vegetarian and found I was spoilt for choice. My husband had the fillet steak, which was perfectly cooked and cut like butter! The desserts are also to die for. We would definitely eat here again and recommend it to friends and family.

1 review so far 5
28.02.2017 22:32

Food was absolutely excellent and very reasonably priced. I am 9 months pregnant so I asked the waitress if they did mock tails she recommended a few but also suggested she could make a fruity one which was delicious. Restaurant was quiet but the staff kept busy cleaning stocking shelves wiping tables etc. Pleasant atmosphere. I would recommend this restaurant.

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 !!!

3 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
18.04.2017 06:47

We all really enjoyed all the food, particularly the chateax-brien (?) - the whole rack of ribs were the softest, juiciest we had ever had the pleasure of devouring...! Really pleasant & attentive staff too! All in all, it was a really good experience - thanks.

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 6
23.05.2017 21:53

Excellent service and great food. It wasn't busy but still had a pleasant atmosphere. A bit more expensive than we would normally spend for a mid week treat but good value for money on a special occasion. It was our first visit but we'll be back.

1 review so far 6
19.02.2017 18:48

Delicious food and excellent service. Staff attentive but did not hover....a good thing. Will definitely return for Sunday lunch. Salad bar starter is a great idea too. Liked the idea of being able to book on line and get an immediate confirmation of our booking. Thanks

1 review so far 4
13.05.2017 22:19

had to wait 20 minutes to be seated, seemed they forgot about us at the bar, had to eventually ask when our table would be ready, miraculously it was ready as soon as I asked. Food was at a good standard but can't say it was outstanding although the steaks that were coming out the kitchen looked incredible so would possibly try again and try the steaks. Overall good.

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.

2 reviews so far 6
13.03.2017 16:55

This place has never failed to deliver,great food,great staff,atmosphere. I had the beef brisket for my main course which was cooked to perfection as were the beautiful assortment of vegetables(cauliflower cheese to die for). I would highly recommend the moody cow to anyone feeling hungry

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 6
28.05.2017 22:18

Excellent service, great food and atmosphere. Staff helpful and willing to do that extra that makes you feel valued. Coped well even when a bulb blew and deposited glass in our ready to serve meal - replacements came quickly and the staff remained unflusteted.

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 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
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 6
14.06.2017 09:52

I booked a table for me and my girlfriend as I had literally just proposed befire we went. The staff were fantastic and gave us complimentary prosecco and looked after us perfectly. Thankyou for making our special night that bit more special.

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 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 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.

2 reviews so far 6
12.04.2017 22:06

As always it was a pleasure eating here. The calamari is the best ever and the steaks are cooked exactly as you order them. Really great place. Staff friendly and well informed. Nice vibe and nice clientelle. Highly recommended.

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 5
01.05.2017 16:44

Nice, relatively contemporary but still very homely setting and good quality pub food. A lovely place for a weekend lunch with family. Staff friendly and willing to help (they did a very convincing non-alcoholic version of a well known cocktail for our 9 year old daughter!)

1 review so far 6
02.11.2016 21:56

Lovely atmosphere the food was excellent our party of five all chose a different dish each dish was beautifully cooked and delicious . The service was spot on well done , can't wait for the next visit :)

1 review so far 6
11.04.2017 20:55

A wonderful evening. We went to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Friendly, attentive staff and really good food. Excellent atmosphere. My wife has certain food intolerances but they worked around these perfectly. Will definitely be going again. Highly recommended.

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!! :)