Bradford businessman bids for ambitious boutique hotel plan


An ambitious plan to create a new boutique hotel, rooftop bar, nightclub and function venue has been unveiled, in a bid to transform a run-down street in Bradford.

The new proposal is being spearheaded by Bradford entrepreneur Manjinder Sarai, owner of Indian restaurant The 1875, who revealed he is planning to create the city’s "only independent destination brand, venue and boutique hotel".

Sarai will relocate The 1875 from Menston to central Bradford, a plan that had already been agreed as part a council push to bring more eateries into the city centre.

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But in addition, it’s now also been unveiled that in his application to transform the former Gasworks nightspot in Ivegate, a plan for a boutique hotel, a bar on the roof terrace and large function room had also been submitted.

Speaking to The Telegraph and Argus, Sarai said: "The sheer size and scope of the site will lead us to offer accommodation, weddings, conferences, private functions, religious events and a music venue, all with great, award-winning food and drink.

"We are also planning on offering a night-time ‘champagne delivery service’ as the demand from discerning residents grows.”

The proposal has been welcomed by the council, Bradford Breakthrough and the Taste of Bradford, who all agreed it would help to regenerate the area.

Bradford Breakthrough chief executive Colin Philpott said the plan, together with the Sunbridge Wells development which is bringing shops and bars to underground Victorian tunnels, could help to bring new life to Ivegate.

The 1875’s licence application will go before Bradford Council’s licensing committee on September 16.