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Christmas Day Lunch in Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

If you've never eaten out for Christmas Day before, 2016 is the perfect time to do it...

Christmas Day Dinner

Leave the washing up to someone else this year and head out for a memorable Christmas dinner in Leeds.

Christmas dinner usually involves sweating over the stoves and trying to make sure the turkey, roast potatoes and vegetables are all cooked on time. But why not leave all of that kerfuffle to someone else this year? Go on, give yourself a festive treat and let one of Leeds’ finest restaurants look after lunch, so you can just sit back and enjoy the day – just remember they’ll book up fast.


Browns Sunday Lunch Leeds

Browns always offers a touch of elegance, and you can add that to your Christmas Day this year, by visiting for lunch. The Leeds restaurant is offering five courses for £64.95 per head, starting with the likes of spiced parsnip and apple soup or pork, pancetta and apple terrine. That’s followed by a choice of roast turkey, supreme of turbot, rack of lamb or chestnut, cranberry and brie Wellington, with a warm apple tart or traditional Christmas pudding to finish. Top it all off with cheeseboards, chocolate truffles, mini mince pies and a brew. Got kids? They’ll have their own special menu to pick from for just £29.95.

Browns, The Light, 70-72 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8EQ.

Kendells Bistro

Kendells Bistro, Leeds

Why not go French for Christmas dinner in Leeds this year? One of the city’s finest restaurants, Kendells Bistro, is going all out from midday on Christmas Day, with an enticing four course meal. There’ll be the likes of Creme du Barry (cauliflower soup) and Parfait du Canard (duck liver pate) before mains which include Dindonneau Roti (turkey breast), Loup de Mer (seabass) or Cote du Boeuf (rib of beef). That’s followed by dessert with homemade Christmas pudding and Creme Brûlée on the menu, before topping it off with mince pies and coffee – not bad for £75 per person.

Kendells Bistro, 3 St Peter’s Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 8AH.

Miller and Carter

Steak at Miller and Carter, Leeds

Offering five courses for £59.95, Miller and Carter are going all out for Christmas Day dinner. Head into Leeds city centre for the likes of warm smoked beef salad, caramelised shallot tart and champagne sorbet to get you in the swing of things before choosing between roast turkey, 30 day aged steak with scallops, grilled halibut fillet or a cranberry and parsnip nut roast. For dessert, there’s a golden berry brandy snap, a trio of chocolate, Christmas pudding or a cheese board for dessert followed by coffee with luxury chocolate truffles.

Miller and Carter, 56-58 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL.

Bibis Italianissimo

Bibis Italianissimo, Leeds

Enjoy a bit of glitz with your Christmas lunch in Leeds down at Bibis Italianissimo, where they’re putting on a special five course menu for £70 per person. Kick it off with goat’s cheese pannacotta or seared tuna loin, before a prosecco and lemon sorbet. Mains include roast turkey, Angus sirloin beef, duck breast or red deer, while they also have special menus for vegetarians and children. If you’ve still got space, the dessert list includes traditional Christmas pudding and chocolate sponge pudding. There’ll also be tea and coffee afterwards with lucani pastries for a Christmas Day done in style.

Bibis Italianissimo, Criterion Place, Sovereign Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AG.

Brasserie Blanc

Brassiere Blanc Leeds

Christmas day lunch concocted by one of the world’s leading chefs sound appealing? Raymond Blanc’s well loved Brasserie Blanc in Leeds will be opening its doors for five courses for £79.50. You’ll be greeted with Buck’s Fizz before tackling a Jerusalem artichoke soup and choosing between crab ristotto, poached mussels and roasted scallop or roasted fennel, grilled blood orange and roquette salad. For mains, there’s roast turkey breast, Cornish beef fillet or caramelised French onion and roast mushroom tart, while desserts include Christmas mincemeat tart or chocolate and almond tart. Follow it up with a cheeseboard and a brew – going out for dinner this Christmas Day might just be the best decision you’ve made.

Brasserie Blanc, Victoria Mill, Sovereign Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BJ.

Bem Brasil

Bem Brasil Leeds

If you want something a little bit different for Christmas dinner, head for lunch at Bem Brasil. The Leeds restaurant is open from 12pm until 6pm for a special, festive rodizio for £44.95. It’s the usual offering, with an extensive range of beef, chicken, lamb and pork cut on to your plate at your demand by their ‘passadores’. In true Christmas style, they’ll also be adding a roast turkey option so you can keep with tradition a little. The salad buffet bar will be open, and offering up all the festive trimmings – and you’ll you also get some free bubbly and a chocolate fountain to devour.

Bem Brasil, 6 Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RW.

Fire Lake at Radisson Blu

Firelake Restaurant at Radisson Blu

The Fire Lake restaurant at the Radisson Blu in The Light might not immediately come to mind, but they’re welcoming any and all for Christmas lunch. The Leeds hotel has two sessions, from 12pm until 3pm, or from 3.30pm until 6pm – whichever you choose, you can indulge in a 5 course menu that includes British ham, honey and parsley terrine to start, with mains of turkey, salmon or butternut squash and sauteed wild mushroom risotto, followed by Christmas pudding, clementine orange tart or Yorkshire cheese. It’s £75 a person, and well worth it for what will be a very special dinner out.

Radisson Blu, The Light, 13 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL.

The Adelphi

Adelphi Roast Dinner Leeds

For £45 per person, you’ll be able to indulge in the cosy surroundings of The Adelphi on Christmas Day, with their five course meal. Starters at the Leeds pub include chicken liver patfait, truffle mushroom soup and pig and fig terrine, with a champagne sorbet to cleanse your palate. As you’d expect, they have the traditional Christmas dinner nailed down with roast turkey and all the trimmings, or you can break the mould with West Country beef, fillet steak, mushroom Wellington or pan fried halibut. Dessert includes a traditional Christmas pudding alongside lemon tart and chocolate and orange torte before the mince pies and stollen bites come out with a well earned cuppa.

The Adelphi, 3-5 Hunslet Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JQ.

The Deer Park

The Deer Park

One of the best family friendly pubs in Leeds, The Deer Park is a no brainer for Christmas dinner. In its cosy surroundings in Roundhay, you’ll get a tasty 4 course meal with all the trimmings for £69.95 per person and all dishes are available in children’s portions. The menu includes a choice of starters, such as seared scallops and crispy pork belly and goat’s cheese, pistachio & pear terrine. For the main event, you can choose from roast turkey, pan-fried halibut steak, beef or mushroom, spinach and brie wellington, and wild venison. Finish with the likes of apple tarte tatin or a traditional Christmas pudding before teas, coffees and handmade chocolates.

The Deer Park, 68 Street Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2DQ.

Woodlands Hotel

Woodlands Hotel

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The stunning surroundings of The Woodlands Hotel will make a special place for your Christmas Day lunch in Leeds this year. It’s £80 per person, but they have an impressive menu to back that up. Starters include truffle infused French onion soup or a roast beetroot and goat’s cheese salad, before you tuck into your main, which could be the traditional roast turkey, haunch of venison, pan fried seabass or nut roast. Finish the meal off by clearing off a cheeseboard and a choice of christmas pudding or chocolate and Bailey’s pavé, with tea, coffee and mince pies to complete a memorable day.

Woodlands Hotel, 79 Gelderd Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS27 7LY.

Oulton Hall

Oulton Hall at Christmas

Oulton Hall is the perfect place to indulge in Christmas Day lunch in Leeds, with a delicious feed followed by a bracing walk around their stunning grounds. The 18th century mansion will welcome guests at 12.30pm with a glass of bubbly, before sitting down to a Christmas buffet which features turkey, beef, ham and a vegetarian option. It’s £79 per person, £35 for kids aged 5-12 and £10 for under 4s. The little ones will have their day made with a special visit from Santa too.

Oulton Hall, Rothwell Lane, Oulton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 8HN.

The Fox and Hounds

Christmas dinner

If you’re looking for a Christmas dinner in Horsforth, The Fox and Hounds has a great value offering. For £39.99 a person, or half that for children, you can tuck into starters like melon and champagne sorbet or peppered mushrooms. For the main course, there’s a choice of turkey, duck, beef or seabass with green beans, Chantenay carrots, sprouts and red cabbage. Dessert includes traditional Christmas pudding or a Belgian chocolate brownie and you get coffee and chocolate to finish it off.

The Fox and Hounds, Tinshill Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 7BT.

Weetwood Hall

Sunday lunch at Weetwood Hall, Leeds

Surrounded by 9 acres of lush gardens, the 17th century Westwood Hall makes for a really special Christmas dinner in Leeds. They have two sittings at 12.30 and 4.30, both at £68 per person, £34 for kids aged 5-12 or £8.50 for this under 5. There will be canopies on arrival with roast butternut squash soup or asparagus spears to start. Next comes sliced roast turkey with cranberry and leek stuffing, pigs in blankets and port wine jus – or, if you’d prefer, Yorkshire lamb, pan-fried halibut or spaghetti with wild mushroom cream. Dessert includes Christmas plum pudding or white chocolate cheesecake and there’ll be coffee and mince pies too.

Weetwood Hall, Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 5PS.

Village Hotel

Village Hotel

The Village Hotel North and South is the perfect spot for Christmas Day lunch in Leeds, if you’re in and around Headingley. It’s £50 per person or £25 for kids over 4 and lasts from 12pm until 4pm. There’s spiced parsnip soup or crayfish and grapefruit cocktail to start, followed by prosciutto wrapped turkey breast with all the trimmings or beef wellington, rosemary roast rump of lamb, loin of monkfish and pumpkin cannelloni. Finish it off with a trio of mini chocolate desserts or panettone bread and butter pudding, with coffee and mini pies for everyone.

Village Hotel, 186 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 5PR. Village Hotel South, Capitol Boulevard, Tingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS27 0TS.

Crowne Plaza

Crowne Plaza

If you’re looking something a little more central for your Christmas dinner in Leeds, Crowne Plaza will be serving up lunch from 12.30pm until 3.30pm. It’s £50 per person and children eat for half the price. There’s smoked salmon, chicken liver parfait or a beetroot and goat’s cheese salad to start. The main course offers up roast turkey crown with sage and onion stuffing, pigs in blankets, roast rosemary potatoes and winter vegetables, or you could plump for something different, like sirloin of beef, pesto and herb crusted salmon fillet and butternut squash risotto. Desserts include raspberry eton mess cheesecake or profiteroles and it’s completed with coffee and mince pies.

Crowne Plaza, Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4DL.

Cosmopolitan Hotel

Golden Lion hotel, Cosmopolitan Hotel, Leeds

From 12pm until 5pm, Cosmopolitan in Leeds city centre are doing their own Christmas Day lunch. It’s £54.95 per person or £22.50 for kids aged 4-11, while those under 3 go free. Kick off proceedings with white onion and thyme soup, king prawn tempura or warm goat’s cheese and leek tart. Mango sorbet is up next before your mains, which includes roast sirloin of beef, half roast duck, monkfish tails, aubergine, mature cheese and chestnut loaf and of course, traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings. Dessert sees Christmas pudding, Yorkshire cheeses or a brandy and dark chocolate pot served, and there’s coffee and petit fours to end.

Cosmopolitan Hotel, Lower Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AE.

The Beehive

The Beehive, Thorner

Out in the picturesque Leeds suburb of Thorner, give your Christmas dinner a country feel at The Beehive. They have a single sitting at 1pm and it’s £60 per person, or £30 for children aged 10 to 14, with under 10s priced at just £16. First up, starters include sweet potato and butternut squash soup or duck, chestnut and wild mushroom terrine. Lemon sorbet arrives before the main courses which offers up roast turkey, venison haunch steak, roast monkfish, crusted lamb or puy lentil, leek, mushroom and chestnut pie. For dessert, there’ll be Christmas pudding, classic lemon tart or a port and stilton plate, while coffee and homemade mince pies to finish.

The Beehive, Main Street, Thorner, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS14 3DE.

Roundhay Fox

The Roundhay Fox

The Roundhay Fox is renowned for its cracking Sunday dinners so Christmas Day dinner at the Leeds favourite should be just as good. There are three courses for £52.95, with starters offering up Santa Claus melon, mushroom soup and cherry-glazed smoked duck. For your main, pick from hand-carved turkey, beef wellington, nut roast, seabass fillet and lamb rump, while dessert sees a choice of Bailey’s creme brûlée, hazelnut iced parfait and a trio of chocolate.

Roundhay Fox, Princes Avenue, Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2EP.

Bella Italia

Agnello Tagliatelle at Bella Italia, Leeds

Here’s something a little different for your Christmas Day lunch in Leeds. Bella Italia on Briggate have five courses for £44.95. Pick from brushcetta, smoked salmon and beef and pea risotto balls to start. They have turkey on the menu, with cranberry and apricot stuffing, roast veg, pigs in blankets and a Chianti thyme jus. Or you could go for something a little more Italian with venison and beef tortelli, cod and prawn tagliatelle or slow-cooked beef stew. Finish off with vanilla cheesecake, burnt caramel pannacotta or chocolate orange fondant, before coffee, biscuits and limoncello. Saluti to that.

Bella Italia, 145 Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BR.

The Brown Cow

Roast turkey

Whitkirk’s The Brown Cow will be welcoming folk for their Christmas Day dinner in Leeds this year. It’s £40 for adults or £20 for children and there’s plenty of choice. Start off with roast pepper and red tomato soup or peppered mushrooms, before choosing between turkey, beef, duck or seabass for the main course, with a vegetarian option of beetroot chutney and goat’s cheese tart. Dessert offers up Christmas pudding or lemon meringue cheesecake before coffee and chocolates.

The Brown Cow, Selby Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 7AY.

Lawnswood Arms

Lawnswood Arms

If a no-frills Christmas day dinner in Leeds is what you’re looking for, The Lawnswood Arms should do the job. It’s four courses for £44.95 for adults, with a separate three course menu for kids at just £9.99. Starters include brie and cranberry parcels, a chicken trio or smoked salmon and prawn platter. For the main course pick from turkey and honey-roast ham, four bird roast, beef short rib on the bone, salmon duo with prawns or mushroom, spinach and truffle oil tart. Dessert offers treats like millionaire’s brownie, winterberry meringue roulade and chocolate and orange profiteroles, before coffee and mince pies.

Lawnswood Arms, Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 7PH.

The Fox and Grapes

The Fox and Grapes

Out on York Road, The Fox and Grapes is a well loved country pub out near Bramham Park. They’re open on Christmas day for those looking to go out for their lunch with five courses for £54.99 or three courses for £19.99 for kids. Choose from smoked applewood souffle, potted pork, chicken liver and wild mushroom pate or tomato and Jersey cream soup to start, before a Champagne sorbet. The main course is a choice between roast turkey with all the trimmings, salmon, fillet steak or cheese, clotted cream and leek tart, and dessert is a battle of Christmas fruit pudding, baked vanilla cheesecake, chocolate and a salted caramel bar or a cheese plate.

The Fox and Grapes, York Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 4NJ.

The Square and Compass

The Square and Compass, North Rigton

Not too far away from Almcliffe Crag, The Square and Compass is a proper country pub with bags of character which makes it a lovely venue for your Christmas Day dinner in Leeds. It’s priced at £75 per person. Starters include carrot and ginger soup, mussels or porcini mushroom risotto. For your main pick from roast turkey, pan fried halibut, roasted haunch of venison or a butternut squash, cranberry and ricotta parcel, all of which are served with sprouts, piccolo parsnips, honey-glazed Chantenay carrots and roast spuds. The dessert menu has Christmas pudding, pear and plum frangipane tart, a Yorkshire cheeseboard or bread and butter pudding.

The Square and Compass, Rigton Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 0DJ.

The Dexter


Slap bang in the middle of Shadwell and Alwoodley, The Dexter will provide a no-frills Christmas Day lunch in Leeds this year. They offer up four courses for £39.99, or £20 for children, with starters including roast tomato and red pepper soup or a seafood medley. For mains, there’s a choice of roast turkey breast with chestnut and cranberry stuffing, breast of duck, beef sirloin, beetroot chutney and goat’s cheese tart or seabass fillet. Finish off your meal with Belgian chocolate brownie or a cheese platter, with coffee and chocolate truffles to send you off.

The Dexter, Wigton Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 8RZ.



Credit: Adrian Houston

The luxurious Malmaison are swinging open their doors for Christmas Day Dinner this year. For £79 per person, including those all important Christmas crackers, you get to kick off your festive meal with starters like Jerusalem artichoke, chestnut and truffle soup or heritage beetroot salad. That’s followed by a choice of roast local free range turkey breast, roast black Angus fillet, char-grilled tuna steak or sweet potato gnocchi, all of which come with duck fat roast potatoes, honey roasted carrots, parsnips and buttered Brussels sprouts. Top it all of with Christmas pudding, chocolate truffle torte, vanilla panna cotta or cheese and crackers, with coffee and chocolate truffles before you depart

Malmaison, 1 Swinegate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AG.