When the weather starts to get colder, swap rooftop bars and outdoor terraces for somewhere a little cosier.
Leeds and its outskirts are home to plenty of snug, traditional pubs where visitors can look forward to roaring open fires, charming décor and delicious British dishes on the menu.
The Cross Keys
With its high wooden beams, exposed brick walls, warming fire and cosy alcoves, this beautifully decorated inn will make anyone feel right at home.
The Cross Keys is the only Leeds pub to feature in the Michelin Guide’s Eating Out in Pubs guide for 2017, so you can be sure the food will be just as good as the atmosphere.
Visit: 107 Water Lane, LS11 5WD – the-crosskeys.com
The New Inn
Sitting in a picturesque rural location close to Hetchell Crags, this rustic country pub is a popular haunt among walkers and climbers, offering a warm welcome where you can relax and refuel.
The menu boasts a fine selection of seasonal food, including all the favourite pub classics, as well as a great variety of cask ales, wines, spirits and craft beers to complement your meal.
Visit: Wetherby Road, Scarcroft, LS14 3AT – vintageinn.co.uk
Crowd of Favours
Tucked away close to Leeds Markets, Crowd of Favours is a great place to unwind and enjoy a bite to eat.
The exposed brick walls and wooden décor add a distinctly cosy feel to the place, and the menu is varied and satisfying.
Make sure to try their unique 12 inch hot dogs if you’re feeling particularly peckish.
Visit: Harper Street, LS2 7EA – crowdoffavours.co.uk
The Chequers Inn
Nestled in the pretty village of Ledsham (just a short drive from the centre of Leeds), this historic pub prides itself on offering a true taste of Yorkshire, with its locally sourced menu and selection of regional ales.
From gammon steak with egg and chips, to steak and mushroom pie, there are plenty of comforting dishes to choose from, and on cold evenings you can tuck in against the backdrop of the roaring open fire.
Visit: South Milford, Park Lane, LS25 5LP – thechequersinn.com
Whether you want just a light lunch or a hearty meal, there’s something on the menu at The Dexter to suit every appetite.
Afterwards, sit by their fireplace and enjoy something from the pub’s impressive hand-picked range of cask ales and fine wines.
Visit: Wigton Lane, LS17 8RZ – emberinns.co.uk
Offering a welcome change of scenery from the city centre is this attractive Edwardian pub, sitting in the pretty wooded grounds near Roundhay Park.
With open fires, a tasty seasonal menu, and plenty of secluded nooks and crannies to relax in, White House is the perfect place for enjoying a lazy afternoon of indulgence.
Visit: 55 Wetherby Road, LS8 2JU – chefandbrewer.com
Fox & Grapes
This popular country pub on the city’s outskirts is well known for its warm welcome and appetising menu of British favourites.
Expect everything from home comforts like hunter’s chicken and roast lamb shank, to filling burgers, pies and flavoursome grills.
If you’ve got room to spare or just a sweet tooth, their dessert menu alone is worth popping in for.
Visit: York Road, LS15 4NJ – classicinns.co.uk
The Crown Inn
Located in Monk Fryston, this charming coaching inn is a little off the beaten track, but its peaceful setting is worth the journey.
The Crown Inn’s recently refurbished kitchen is now cooking up a brand new menu of traditional pub food and modern British dishes.
With a children’s play area and live sports screenings, there’s enough here to keep the whole family entertained.
Visit: 75 Main Street, Monk Fryston, LS25 5DU – thecrownmonkfryston.com