1. Let’s start things off with a little bit of history and culture. In the late 1800’s Horsforth was noted as being England’s largest village, and boasts a written history that stretches as far back as 1086, where it is recorded as Horsford in the Domesday Book. Preserving and celebrating this former-village’s history is the Horsforth Village Museum. This is the perfect place to go to get a feel for your new community.
2. You’ve been looking for houses to rent in Horsforth, and you’ve now secured a deal. What better way to celebrate than to go out for a top-class meal? If you love Indian food, then look no further than the Golden Bengal Tandoori Restaurant. For one thing, it’s unlicensed, which means you can bring your own alcohol with no corkage charge. It’s been run by the same family for 25 years; it wouldn’t have stayed open for a quarter-century if the quality was anything but excellent.
3. Maybe Indian food is not to your tastes. Okay then, how about Italian? Yes, everyone loves Italian. Head over to Da Silvano’s for some authentic Italian cuisine, including a nice range of quality pasta’s, pizzas, and a main menu packed with Italian words you love to say but have no idea what they mean. Saltinbocca alla Romana! I don’t know what it means, but I want to eat it.
4. Well now, if you still aren’t impressed, that’s not a problem, because just a little way down the A6120 toward Rodley you will find The Olive Tree, the only Greek restaurant listed in The Good Food Guide. Opened in 1986 and housed in a regal-looking building, with wooden floors and chandeliers, they’re reputation for serving some of the best Greek food anywhere in the UK is well deserved.
5. And if you’re still not impressed, I’m sorry; I’m doing my best. Maybe you need to loosen up a bit, and the best place to do that is, of course, the pub. The Town Street Tavern is renowned for its pleasant atmosphere, perhaps due to its lack of music, meaning that you don’t have to shout every word of your conversation. Good range of ales from Yorkshire and other northern counties, and also a good selection of continental beers; it’s a great place to unwind.
6. Cask ale enthusiasts may like to take a gander at the Fox and Hounds, a member of the Cask Marque Trust in recognition of its excellence in the service of real ale. How does two main meals for £7.50 sound? The food must be terrible right? Wrong! This is well above-average pub grub. Great food, great drinks, a worthy addition to our list.
7. At the weekend you may be looking for something a bit livelier, something you fear may have to head south toward the city centre for. Not so! Sandbar is an Oliver Award nominated finalist in the category of Best Café Bar for 2009 and 2010. By day, it’s coffee and hot choc; by night, it becomes Horsforth‘s place to be on weekends. With its vibrant, clubby vibe and resident DJ’s, and weekly live bands, Sandbar shows that quiet Horsforth knows how to party when it wants to.
8. Once you’ve indulged in enough booze and gluttony there’s a wonderful place for you to go for a stroll. Hall Park is vast, and includes a children’s play area, a Japanese garden, a cricket ground, a skate park, and a band stand. Ideal for exercising, for having a picnic, or simply laying down in the sun.
9. For the sporty among you, there’s the Horsforth Harriers Running Club, Horsforth Tennis Club, Horsforth Fairweather FC (a Sunday football club), a hockey club, a cricket club, and Otley & District Riding for the Disabled Association. That’ll burn a few calories.
10. …Well, as much as I hate to appear to be repeating myself, I shall risk the scorn and blurt out another purveyor of authentic Italian cuisine; you can’t not love Italian! Caf&eacte; Marinetti is an epic Italian eatery that will leave you so relaxed you may dissolve into the ether, which I can assure you, is a very good thing.
If you are considering looking for houses to rent in Horsforth, I hope you come away feeling better informed on what Horsforth has offer. It’s a nice area with good transport links, and of course, all of the above. All that’s left for you to decide is yay or nay.