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46-48 Westgate, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD1 2QR
Whilst this used to be a good all round discount shop, it now seems to be concentrating on several ranges; ornaments, children, cards and stationery.
The card section is very good, and quite cheap, as is the stationery. It’s children’s section is very good for vests, babygros and odd items, such as bath thermometers and plastic plates.
Where peek-a-boo really excel are ornaments. They have a large range of ornaments ranging from a pound to over £10.
Worst thing about this shop is the very heavy door.
65 Sunbridge Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD1 2NJ
Huge department store that sells clothes, perfumes, housewares, furniture and bedding.
My main gripe with TJ Hughes is that I find it confusing, it’s hard finding what you want and could be better organised. But on the other hand, there is a lot of choice in here and plenty of bargains to be had. Just be careful if you are buying clothes that the item size matches the hanger. It doesn’t always.
Pushchair and wheelchair users have a choice of lifts, there is one at either end of the store. There are also escalators in the middle. The staff here are friendly and competent, and the queues aren’t too terrible.
Definitely worth a look.
Valley Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD1 4AG
Decent store for bargains. Worth the walk from the town centre into Forster Square.
It sells most things that you would expect to find in any department store and quite a few things that may surprise you. It has ranges of toys, toiletries, homewares and baby care items. It also does some clothes - mainly nightwear.
It has a food aisle, which is mainly biscuits and sweets, and an alcohol section. Which is worth looking at, the wine here is very cheap.
The bad thing about this store is the tills. Never enough staff and you have to wait ages to be served. Also, the wide till for disabled access is also the only till that serves alcohol, purfume and cigarettes.
266 Harrogate Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD2 3RH
This excellently named shop sits between St.Lukes Church and Vets For Pets, if not for the arresting display of guitars in the window, I doubt most people would know it was there.
As you would expect, it sells guitars. Guitars, picks, straps, amps, gig bags, cases, strings etc etc. If you have or want a guitar, then this is the place you need to come for all the accessories you need.
It’s a very quiet shop, and indeed, when I went in, the front door was locked, despite the the shop being open, so be prepared to knock. The guy inside was helpful and willing to chat and advise this complete guitar newbie. Awesome.
95 Fagley Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD2 3LS
Lovely little fish and chip shop that now stays open most of the day. It’s the aroma that entices you in, but like a canine owned by Pavlov, soon just the sight of its distinctive (and copywrite-defying) Homer Simpson board will have you salivating.
Inside there isn’t much room to queue, and you can’t really get a pushchair inside. It feels full once there is more than a couople of people waiting but I’ve never heard a complaint.
The food here is good. The fish are of a good size, and he’ll do children’s portions on request. The prices are what you would expect, and cheaper than some. In addiction to the usual fish, chips, fishcakes and sausages, they also offer the heart-busting deep fried Mars Bar. A Scottish import that I’m told tastes much nicer than it sounds. Think I’ll stick to fish and chips with scraps on the top, thanks.
151 Harrogate Road, Eccleshill, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD2 3ES
Bright and clean fish and chip shop in a good location. The parking isn’t abysmal and it’s easy to find. There is a step up into the shop so pushchair and wheelchair users be warned. When you get in, there’s a decent amount of room to queue.
They sell fish and chips, and other things you would expect a chippy to sell. Their prices are on the high side of reasonable but the quality is good. They also have a vending machine with pop in it.
12 Sunbridge Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD1 2AA
Looking in the window displays gives you a very good idea of what this shop sells; paraphanalia for smoking, and decorative weapons. An odd combination perhaps but I can sort of see the connection.
What Barkers is really good for is cheap tobacco. You can buy 50 grams of their own tobacco here for less than £7, a sizeable saving on the same amount of Golden Virginia. The problem with this tobacco is that it used to be rather coarse and not great, the good news is that they have changed suppliers or formula and it is now far more similar to Amber Leaf. Barkers also sell less commonly available tobbaco varieties and do a good deal on papers and tips, especially menthol tips.
Park Cottages, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS8 2ER
Fabulous place to take children for an afternoon out. I can’t reccomend it highly enough.
We parked in the carpark next to Roundhay Park and walked up to Tropical World, it’s about a five minute walk with small people.
The queue wasn’t too bad on our way in but we were lucky, it was horrendous on the way back out. The problem with the queue is that it is through the gift shop, making gifts hard to pay for.
The butterfly house is very hot, take a bottle of water with you and be prepared to carry coats and jumpers if you have gone in winter. Children will be awed at the sight of all the butterflies, there are also wild birds flying free and a big lizard that we spotted on a pipe about three feet above our heads.
They have a wide range of fish and insects in various aquariums and viviariums. Lizards, small mammals, rodents and even small monkeys live here. And meercats, probably one of the best attractions and children really do find these creatures fascinating.
The only problem I have with Tropical world is that the toilets are halfway around, which wasn’t fun to get back to with a child who was desperate. But aside from that, the place is exellent.
In summer you can combine the trip with a walk around the gardens and the nearby Roundhay park.
42-44 Darley Street, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD1 3HN
Overly expensive sportswear and school uniform shop. The school uniforms are upstairs and there is no disabled/ pushchair access but even if you struggle up the stairs it is barely worth it. The prices are higher than the quality would suggest and the range of clothes isn’t fantastic either. You would be far better off buying uniform elsewhere.
50 Valley Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD1 4AA
Despite not being bothered about brand names - as long as I can tell what the product is, I don’t mind if the name is unfamiliar - I’m not keen on shopping here. Partly because it’s hard to find what items I want, there doesn’tn seem to be any rhyme or reason to the layout of the store.
The prices are quite cheap and the quality doesn’t seem to have suffered for the cheaper prices. They also seem to get a lot of stock that is obviously end of line or out of season, ie camping items in November.
What I really hate about aldi is their insistance that you have to pack your trolley after it has been checked through and paid for, I was told off for packing it at the checkout evebn though I was packing it as fast as if I was just tossing the items into the trolley.