Ahead of their exciting charity rugby match against the British Asian Rugby Association in Leeds this Saturday (28 May), the Italian rugby league team showed their love for Bradford and chose to enjoy a delicious meal at Jinnah Bradford.

The team are in town to compete for the White Ribbon Trophy, a charity league game in aid of the White Ribbon Campaign and the British Asian Rugby Association.

Jinnah food
Some of Jinnah’s tasty treats

For more than 25 years Jinnah has been a staple all across Yorkshire, with restaurants in Harrogate, Malton, Selby, Ilkley, York and more. Their lavish Bradford restaurant on Leeds road opened in 2015, providing perfect surroundings to match the sumptuous food served up every day.

Named after the founder of Pakistan, Jinnah certainly does serve food fit for royalty, ensuring the no-doubt hungry rugby team enjoyed eating their fill and gearing up for their big match.

With a unique fusion of traditional Kashmiri Indian cuisine, mixed with a host of continental and sub continental favourites, Jinnah serves dishes from all around the world including those inspired by Lebanese, British and Italian cuisine. Whether the Italian team are craving some home comforts with a tasty pizza made from authentic Italian dough, a tasty curry or biriyani dish to spice up their evening, or something more adventurous with a delicacy such as Karahi Magaz (spicy lamb brains), Jinnah provides dishes to suit all tastes.

Saleem Akhtar, director at Jinnah Bradford, commented: “Having previously sponsored many rugby teams in York and Bradford such as the York Knights, I have always been a big rugby fan. We are excited to welcome these ‘Italian stallions’ to Bradford and to Jinnah!

“My thanks go out to Ikram Butt who has organised this visit, and to Bradford Council and the other sponsors for making it possible.”

Jinnah has even more Italian influence than may first be noticeable to the eye as well – the tiles on the floor themselves were imported from Italy!WRT poster

Last year’s White Ribbon Trophy match was held in Rome, where the BARA team, coached by Garry Schofield and founder Ikram Butt, lost out to a last-minute 22-20 defeat. The West Yorkshire players and party were treated to a VIP experience of Rome by their Italian hosts, including a trip to the Vatican to meet the Pope.

No doubt they will be keen to repay the favour this year by showing their opponents all the best establishments and sights of Leeds and Bradford, and what better place to begin than one of Bradford’s most loved and respected restaurants.

Rugby league fans in Yorkshire can catch the match at 3pm on Saturday 28 May at South Leeds Stadium.

Food fans in Yorkshire, however, can find their favourites any day of the week right on their doorstep with the delicious fine dining available at Jinnah.