BRADFORD’S Rooftop Cafe is a tranquil city centre spot, with a terrace overlooking the Cathedral gardens.

And owner James Heslegrave has paid tribute to neighbouring Bradford Cathedral and Kala Sangam arts centre for input with new safety regulations.

“We’re over the moon to be open again, thanks to our neighbours at Bradford Cathedral and our trading partners Kala Sangam who have gone over and above to get our small business up and running with access through the arts centre and out of the Cathedral gates,” said James. “We’ve been awarded the Good To Go award from Visit England and we have all Covid-19 safety procedures and PPE in place to protect customers and work on a one-way system in and out of the cafe.”

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James with freshly made cakes that are popular at the café

The cafe, occupying the third floor of St Peter’s House, was closed during lockdown but ran a takeaway and delivery service and continues to supply takeaways on request.

Since opening in 2017, it has used local produce sourced from suppliers around the district. Menus change on a seasonal basis and the food is prepared fresh daily. Whether meeting for coffee and cake or a light lunch, there’s a fresh al fresco feel to dining, with views of the Cathedral grounds and historic Little Germany from the glass mezzanine or the two stylish rooftop terraces.

The menu includes breakfast, lunch and snacks, with hot and cold sandwiches, quesadilla, bagels, homemade tortilla nachos, naan flatbread, American pancakes and omelettes, with fresh cakes and artisan coffee also served.

“We have been trading since October 2017 and are going from strength to strength,” said James.

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Artisan coffee is served

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With Kala Sangam’s vibrant arts venue, comprising a gallery and theatre, occupying the lower floor, the Rooftop Cafe offers its own creative vibe. Local artwork is on display and images of Bradford city centre by local photographer Rod Ford adorn the walls. “We try to support local artists and craft designers, displaying their work in glass cabinets, and all are for sale,” said James.

He added: “We all need to support all businesses in Bradford and try and increase the use of small and large independents to make it a more inviting and diverse place to visit, and for everyone to enjoy what the city can offer.

“We employ a team of five staff, but when events and functions are booked we can have up to 12 staff. Our future plans are to hopefully open a second site in either Bradford or Halifax.”

* The Rooftop Cafe, St Peter’s House, Forster Square, Bradford. Tel. Phone: 07921 791322 or visit