The 10 best spots in Leeds for a classic pub lunch

The best spots in Leeds for lunch
The best spots in Leeds for lunch
Have your say

There’s nothing more satisfying than a classic pub lunch, and Leeds is brimming with inviting eateries where you can sit back, relax and tuck in.

The Cross Keys

It was the only pub in Leeds to feature in Michelin Guide’s Eating Out in Pubs in 2017, so you can expect nothing short of excellence at The Cross Keys.

Twinkling fairy lights, exposed brick walls, roaring fires and snug alcoves combine to give the interior a warm, welcoming feel.

Their seasonal menu features all the classics - from Yorkshire ham and chips, to sausage and mash, there’s something for every taste.

Visit: 107 Water Lane, LS11 5WD

The West End House

Located just outside of the city centre in Kirkstall, The West End House prides itself on its high quality, locally sourced food and reasonable prices.

The menu has a variety of choice, including fish dishes, grilled meats, burgers and hot dogs, and other classics. They even offer a great selection of vegetarian dishes, so nobody has to miss out.

Visit: 26 Abbey Road, LS5 3HS

Crowd of Favours

Serving a broad selection of beers, spirits and wines, this laid-back pub is a popular drinking spot, but its tasty food menu is well worth checking out.

Juicy burgers, hot dogs, hot sandwiches, salads and wraps sit alongside larger main dishes.

Give one of their 12 inch hot dogs a try, made with locally sourced pork sausage and served with seasoned fries.

Visit: Harper Street, LS2 7EA

The Mustard Pot

Nestled in the heart of Chapel Allerton, The Mustard Pot is an idyllic spot to grab a quiet lunch, away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

You’ll find a tempting array of light lunch options (including a range of salads, soup and hot and cold sandwiches) alongside their more filling signature classics.

Try the ale battered haddock and chips, paired with one of their Cask Marque ales.

Visit: 20 Stainbeck Lane, LS7 3QY

The White Swan

Tucked away next to the City Varieties, The White Swan is a popular haunt among theatre-goers, but it’s a great little gastropub that is worth keeping on your radar at all times.

Their menu features a healthy selection of light lunchtime bites, including hot sandwiches, wraps and a delicious Yorkshire ploughmans, alongside a range of other main dishes and homemade burgers.

Visit: 5 Swan Street, LS1 6LG

The Reliance

Serving seasonal dishes from their open plan kitchen, this charming bar offers a relaxed spot to unwind with a drink and great food.

The food is little more varied than you might find at a more traditional pub, with wood pigeon, cured pork collar and smoked herring on the menu.

That being said, you’ll also be offered haddock and chips, bacon and eggs, and fish finger butties as well, along with their own home-cured charcuterie boards.

Visit: 76-78 North Street, LS2 7PN

Town Hall Tavern

Focusing on home cooked Yorkshire fare, this cosy city centre pub celebrates the very best of the British classics.

As well as all the firm favourites (including Yorkshire beef pie, thick cut Wensleydale gammon and succulents steaks) be sure to try their tasty cheese boards, served with fruit tea loaf, fudge wafer biscuits, grapes, celery and homemade pear chutney.

Visit: 17 Westgate, LS1 2RA

The Adelphi

It may be known for its diverse selection of craft beers, artisan wines and spirits, but The Adelphi kitchen is just as noteworthy as its bar.

Their pub menu offers plenty of choice, including burgers, pies, sirloin steak and sausage and mash, and they also serve a range of toasted sandwiches if you’d prefer something lighter.

The beer-battered cod goujons served in a grain bun with fries are a highlight.

Visit: 3-5 Hunslet Road, LS10 1JQ

The Roundhay Fox

Tucked away close to Roundhay Park, this charming country pub is a little off the beaten track, but its scenic location makes it a great spot to grab a bite to eat.

Expect to find all the staple classics on the menu, including steaks, burgers, stone-baked pizzas, pies and fish and chips, along with an impressive array of desserts for after.

And when you’ve eaten, you can always make a day of it with a visit to nearby Tropical World, or enjoy a stroll by the lake.

Visit: Princes Avenue, Roundhay, LS8 2EP

The Victoria Hotel

If you’re seeking a traditional pub experience (from charming décor to delicious food) you can’t go wrong with a trip to The Victoria Hotel.

The main menu features all the British classics, including this season’s special beef, amber ale and mushroom pie.

Since they’re also a speciality sausage and chop house, there’s also a dedicated menu with all the best sausages and tastiest chops listed.

Visit: 28 Great George Street, LS1 3DL