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Horsforth – What’s Special About This Area?

21st April 2020

Horsforth once featured in The Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide in 2017!

Whether you want to join a sports club, go out for a meal/drink, visit the museum, have a pamper at a salon or just have a relaxing coffee and cake, Horsforth provides it all.

Horsforth Hall Park is a main focal point of the town.  This is a large community park which is open all year round.  There is a children’s playground, a skate park, a Japanese Garden to explore and also the facilities to play bowls – something for all.  The park also offers live entertainment in the summer months ranging from food and drink festivals to family fun days.  The cricket pitch in the middle of the park is the home of Horsforth CC.

There are various restaurants offering a variety of cuisines.  The Brownlee Arms on Long Row offers traditional pub classics. Town Street is home to Il Forno, a popular family run establishment which specialises in freshly baked pizzas from a wood fired oven.  Another Italian further down is Napoli nel Cuore, with Pizza Express further down from there.  If tapas is your thing, then head to La Casita, next door to Pizza Express.  Konak Meze opened up in 2019 offering Turkish cuisine, and then at the bottom of Town Street opposite The Green is Moghul Indian restaurant.  Next door to that inside The Old Kings Arms is Thai Quarter.

New Road Side is also home to Banyan, owned by Arc Inspirations, as well as The Agora (serving Greek dishes) and Istanbul Grill (serving Turkish cuisine) further up the road. Horsforth really does have it all!

Horsforth is no slump when it comes to pubs either, it even has its own version of the Otley run pub-crawl – ‘The Horsforth Mile’.  One of the oldest on the route is The Queens Arms, a traditional 17th Century pub, with a cosy games room out the back where you can watch sport and play pool.  The Town Street Tavern is also a popular choice if you like craft beer and real ales – they also do great homemade food.

Pooky and Grumps on New Road Side is a renowned deli in the area.  Up Town Street, Truly Scrummy is a great place for a light lunch or a slice of homemade cake.  The Greenhouse is also a popular choice, offering a plant based menu.

Horsforth is a sought after area for families given the schools in the area.  There are 8 primary schools (including one independent school) with 3 rated ‘outstanding’ in their last Ofsted reports.  Horsforth School is the illustrious secondary school.

If you are into sport and fitness then you won’t be disappointed.  Trinity Fitness at Leeds Trinity University on Brownberrie Lane is open to all and offers a fitness suite, sports halls, squash courts, and 3G Astro Turf Pitch. You can also join a range of sports clubs including cricket, rugby, netball and football.  Horsforth Harriers is the best club to join if you are in to running, with something for all abilities.  If you prefer watching sport rather than playing, head down to Horsforth Park on a weekend to support Horsforth CC in match.

The area also has its own museum. Aiming to reflect the heritage of Horsforth through exhibitions it portrays all aspects of life in and around Horsforth over the cetruries.

Horsforth is an easily accessibly place having its own train station situated on the Leeds / Harrogate / York Line makes it a great place for commuters.
Horsforth to Leeds = 15Minutes
Horsforth to Harrogate = 22 Minutes
Horsforth to York = 1 Hour

First Bus have several buses running through Horsforth too. Route include 33, 33a, 50, 50a & 97.

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