THE T&A got a first look at a brand new bar in Bradford city centre just before it officially opened yesterday.

Crafted Bradford, in North Parade, welcomed punters through the door officially for the first time on Friday, at 5pm.

It followed a soft launch the evening before when selected guests were invited to take a sneak-peek at the new bar and kitchen.

The bar, which takes the place of The Beer House after it left a few years ago, has had a fresh lick of paint and looks as if it has belonged in Bradford all along.

On tap, you'll find a variety of ales: from old-time favourites like, Saltaire Blonde, to something a bit more humorous, such as Grumpy John's Cider.

This isn't just about beer though.

The bar's mixologist was hard at work experimenting with cocktail concoctions as early as the start of August .

If it's food you're after, there's plenty on offer here too.

All options are served up on rustic, but clean wooden platters.

This includes, scrumptious slices of cake, burgers and nachos, among other things.

This is a bar that epitomises the perfect blend of modernity and comfort - nothing is too out there, but it makes you feel like you're in a place that's cool.

It's cosy too, thanks in part to big leather benches at some of the tables.

The arrival of Crafted Bradford is welcome news for North Parade, given a number of bars have left the area in recent years.

The top-of-town street was once a thriving hub of activity, including a yearly festival which has seen numbers dwindle over time.

But, this plucky part of the city keeps on fighting and Crafted Bradford joins a cluster of popular bars that are well visited still and continue to fly the flag for the top-of-town.

This includes the likes of long-standing and customer-favourite, The Record Café, as well as Rumshackalack.

The opening of a new bar has also been welcomed by Bradford CAMRA.

Branch Chair, Peter Down, said: "It's fantastic to hear that a new bar has opened up.

"We understand, from our point of view, they're doing real ale as well, which is good to see.

"It's strange times at the moment so we wish them every success.

"A lot of things in Bradford are opening back up now, so I hope they do really well."