Bradford’s new Indian bar and eatery is celebrating its “rebirth” in the city centre while marking some major events in the eastern calendar.

The 1875, which serves authentic Indian street food, opened recently on the city’s historic Ivegate.
The venue will mark Tibetan and Chinese New Years with a special party on Thursday (Feb 11) to welcome its city centre neighbours and guests from the Bradford business community.
Guests will be arriving from 5pm and will be treated to some traditional Indian music from Vijay Venkat, Musician in Residence at Kala Sangham, Bradford’s South Asian Arts Centre in Little Germany. Vijay is an accomplished musician and singer, playing the flute, violin and many other classical Asian instruments. His appearance at 1875 marks an emerging partnership between the new bar and the highly acclaimed arts centre.
A welcome speech will be given by chef Matthew Benson-Smith, who has worked with 1875 owner Manjinder Sarai at prestigious food festivals across the UK.
The award-winning 1875 restaurant was previously based in Menston and has moved to Bradford as part of the ongoing City Centre renaissance. The move is being hailed as the first step in the revival of Ivegate. The historic street is widely anticipated as the next area of Bradford to experience an upturn, mirroring the successful regeneration of North Parade and the surrounding Independent Quarter.
Mr Sarai said: “We’re delighted to have relocated to Bradford centre at a time of rebirth for the city. The coming week is a most important one in the Asian calendar, with Tibetan and Chinese New Year festivities going on. New Year is, itself, a time of rebirth, so we thought it would be the perfect occasion to celebrate our own relaunch with all our friends in Bradford, new and old. We hope it’s going to be a very special night for everyone.

“The name 1875 refers to the period when Queen Victoria became the Empress of India during the British Raj. Then, only the elite of the British army officers were served the finest Indian food – but nowadays these wonderful flavours can be enjoyed by everyone. We are excited to be bringing genuine traditional Indian cuisine to the historic heart of Bradford.”
The venue is housed in what was once the Unicorn pub and then the Gasworks rock club. The building has stood empty for a number of years and an extensive refurbishment has been carried out to turn the premises into The 1875 bar which now serves tapas-style street food complemented with a range of world beers, wines and spirits.
The 1875 aims to create a lunchtime and after-work gathering place for local workers, as well as providing a different kind of food offer to the increasing numbers of shoppers and visitors now coming into town. The venue also boasts a large space which can house up to 1,000 people or 400 seated diners and will be available for weddings, parties and other events.
Mr Sarai said he had a number of ideas to expand the venture in the near future, but was keen to liaise with Bradfordians about what they would like to see in the area and to work closely with other businesses towards thManjinder Sarai THE 1875 (2) e revival of Ivegate as a destination.
For inquiries about the event or the new venue contact: 01274 962400

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