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Downright Cosy Pubs in Leeds

· James Tweddle · Food and Drink

When the temperature drops, hide away in these pubs.

The Midnight Bell

From vintage chic bars to proper pubs, here’s where to go when it’s cold outside…

There are few greater pleasures than holing up in a cosy pub on a cold day, so we’ve put together a list of old school drinking dens where you can hide away from the winter gloom. With roaring fires, hearty food and a mind-boggling selection of real ales, they have everything you need to find your happy place on the most miserable days.

Crowd of Favours

Crowd of Favours

When the temperature plummets in winter, all the windows at Crowd of Favours steam up creating a cosy hideaway. Step through the door, and you’ll find a laid-back watering hole full of exposed brickwork and vintage furniture. Grab a crisp pint of ale at the polished wooden bar upstairs and sink into an armchair, or lounge on a sofa downstairs with something from their tasty food menu.

Crowd of Favours, Harper Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EA.

The Rockingham Arms

The Rockingham Arms

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The Rockingham Arms has all the trappings of a truly cosy Leeds pub. Deep leather sofas, two roaring fires and a well-stocked bar await you here – and when the weather outside is miserable, you’ll find there’s nowhere better to be. You can sup craft beer, wine or spirits, all paired with their famous haddock and chips, followed by a bowl of hot sticky toffee pudding.

The Rockingham Arms, Main Street, Towton, Tadcaster, West Yorkshire, LS24 9PB.

The West End House

West End House

If you’re after a classic Yorkshire boozer, complete with mahogany furnishings, padded booths and an array of cask ales, look no further than The West End House. Once a Masonic headquarters, it’s now a warm and friendly local, packed with cosy nooks and crannies. Take a brisk walk around Kirkstall Abbey, before warming up with a pint from Ilkley Brewery or Copper Dragon.

The West End House, 26 Abbey Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3HS.

The Chemic Tavern

The Chemic Tavern

Picture a traditional comfy Yorkshire pub. That’s exactly what you can expect from The Chemic Tavern, one of Woodhouse’s most popular locals. You’ll find historic pictures of Leeds on the walls, dark mahogany tables, and enough real ale on the bar to satisfy a small army. You can sup a pint in a cosy corner while listening to their regular live music, all away from the bitter cold outside.

The Chemic Tavern, 9 Johnston Street, Woodhouse, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2NG.

The Roebuck

The Roebuck, Otley

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One of Otley’s most beautiful pubs, The Roebuck comes with a breathtaking view over the rolling Yorkshire hills. In the cold winter months, you can enjoy it curled up inside, with a pint of Black Sheep ale in hand. The decor is gorgeous, it’s all exposed brick and vintage mahogany tables, so park yourself down and tuck into a menu of traditional pub grab made with local delicacies, like Lishman’s of Ilkley sausages.

The Roebuck, 1 Roebuck Lane, Newall With Clifton, Otley, North Yorkshire, LS21 2EY.

The Midnight Bell

Veggie Sunday Roast, The Midnight Bell

The Midnight Bell is one of the cosiest pubs in Leeds. Inside, you’ll find comfy armchairs nestled in front of a glorious wood fire with oodles of nooks and crannies to hide away in when the weather turns. They have the full selection of Leeds Brewery’s beers, alongside cider, spirits and wine, but if you really want to warm your cockles, you need to stay for dinner. Anyone for beer battered fish and chips?

The Midnight Bell, 101 Water Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5QN.


Whitelocks Leeds

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One of the oldest pubs in Leeds, Whitelock’s should be high up on your list of winter hideaways. Everything here screams old-school chic, from the mahogany fittings to the beer mirrors and the iconic brass-top bar, but it’s definitely cool rather than dated. You can settle in with local bevvies sourced from across Yorkshire, with Ilkley, Saltaire and Kirkstall all on tap.

Whitelock’s, 4 Turk’s Head Yard, off Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HB.

The Rose and Crown

Rose and Crown Otley

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Another beautifully historic pub, The Rose and Crown was built just sixteen years after Whitelock’s in 1731 and it’s packed full of character. The beautiful old stonework outside can also be found inside, where it’s got an old-school decor that will make you feel right at home. While you’re supping a well-poured pint, you’ll no doubt find yourself wooed by the smells coming out of the kitchen.

The Rose and Crown, 20 Bondgate, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 1AD.

The Queen o’ t’ Owd Thatch

The Queen o' t'owd Thatch

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Yorkshire by name and Yorkshire by nature, The Queen o’ t’ Owd Thatch is an old favourite. With a traditional-yet-modern decor that mixes sandstone brick and local art, it’s the perfect place to escape the winter weather. Why not warm your cockles with haddock and chips or an open roast sandwich smothered in gravy? They have a full range of local beers to wash it down with, as you sit by the roaring fire.

The Queen o’ t’ Owd Thatch, 101 High Street, South Milford, West Yorkshire, LS25 5AQ.

The Adelphi

The Adelphi

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The Adelphi has been warming up weary travellers since it first opened back in 1897. It’s Grade II listed and you can see why – this old school boozer is full of intimate rooms and cosy hideaways where you can catch up over a pint or two. They still have the original fireplaces and the central bar is full to the rafters with proper ales. Be sure to try the Sunday roast.

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

The Pack Horse

The Packhorse

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The Pack Horse is one of the oldest pubs in Leeds. Records suggest there’s been a watering hole on this site since way back in 1615 and the building that now stands here is full of old world charm. From the original rafters above to the wood panelled walls around you, it’s got that age-old cosy vibe. Sup on cask ale, lager or spirits, while you wait for your steaming hot Pieminster pie.

The Pack Horse, Pack Horse Yard, Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6AT.

The Fox at Menston

The Fox at Menston

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A charming pub for 200 years, The Fox at Menston has everything you could want from a local tavern. We’re talking exposed brickwork, hardwood floors and big roaring fires to keep the chill out of the air. But a cosy pub is nothing without a hot and delicious meal to warm you up, so tuck into beer-battered cod, roasted pork belly or a rib-eye steak sandwich while you nurse that pint.

The Fox at Menston, 129 Bradford Road, Menston, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 6EB.

The Mustard Pot

Tucked away in the heart of Chapel Allerton, The Mustard Pot has all the trademarks of a proper cosy pub. There are armchairs to snuggle up in, roaring fires to warm up with and loaded plates of comfort food to fill up on. From sausage and mash to juicy burgers, you won’t leave hungry, and they have a packed bar to keep you busy if you just want a drink.

The Mustard Pot, 20 Stainbeck Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3QY.

The Head of Steam

Head of Steam Headingley

Walls littered with beer paraphernalia and a bar loaded with options, The Head of Steam is an obvious choice. Here, you can take a beer tasting tour that stretches from Yorkshire to Belgium, South Africa and even Argentina, all without leaving the pub. For a real belly-warmer, head upstairs to their Smokehouse restaurant to devour steaks, ribs and wings galore.

The Head of Steam, 11-13 North Lane, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3HG.

The Cow and Calf

The Cow and Calf

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The Cow and Calf is a real gem of a pub high up on the moors. It’s the ideal spot to hunker down after a walk around the iconic rocks, which are just across the road. Pull up a chair by the fire, and tuck into a menu of hearty grub, with everything from hunter’s chicken to slow-cooked ham hock. They have a wide selection of wine and an array of craft beers on tap to warm you up.

The Cow and Calf, Hangingstone Road, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 8BT.

The Griffin

The Griffin Leeds

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The Griffin started life as a railway hotel back in 1872, but it closed its doors in July 1999 and it wasn’t until 2014 that venue was returned to its former glory. Inside, it’s a cosy bolthole with deep armchairs and a traditional bar filled with lagers and real ales. They serve a menu of classic pub grub, so treat yourself to beer battered fish and chips or a proper steak & kidney pudding.

The Griffin, 31 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DF.

The Windmill

The Windmill Inn, Linton

For 460 years, The Windmill has been a cosy home away from home for Linton locals. Traditional as they come, this historic boozer has wooden beams, stone floors and three blazing log fires, so it’s perfect for keeping the chill away on those cold winter months. Their hearty food menu is perfect for frosty days too, with rich steak and ale pies, pan-fried salmon and Cumberland sausages.

The Windmill, Main Street, Linton, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS22 4HT.

The Chequers Inn

The Chequers Inn

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Built in 1540, The Chequers Inn has all the hallmarks of a classic Yorkshire pub, from low wooden beams to classic brass horseshoes, Toby jugs and open brick fireplaces. They held onto their six day license for decades, but thankfully, they now open on Sundays with a cracking roast dinner that will make you forget the cold weather. Couple it with one of their local ales for a proper Yorkshire escape.

The Chequers Inn, South Milford, Park Lane, South Milford, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 5LP.

Roundhay Fox

The Roundhay Fox

Cosy and full of character, the Roundhay Fox delivers both in spades, from the oak beams to the classic brickwork, the tartan carpets, and the big roaring fire. Nestled on the edge of Roundhay Park, it’s the perfect place to warm up after a brisk winter walk. Settle down with a pint and pick something from their traditional British menu, be it steak & ale pie or gammon, egg and chips.

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

The Cross Keys

The Cross Keys

If you’re looking for the cosiest pub in Leeds, The Cross Keys is a definite contender. The bar is stocked with local beers, the wood burning stove blazes all through the winter and the old school decor has been brought up to date with modern touches. So head in for one of their famous pints, sourced locally and from further afield, or stop by to try their Yorkshire bacon chop.

The Cross Keys, 107 Water Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5WD.

The Reliance

The Reliance

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With warming red walls, comfy vintage sofas and old school blackboards, The Reliance is welcomed escape from the cold winter weather. The floor to ceiling windows look out on the drizzle and you’ll never be so grateful to be inside as when you see someone’s umbrella blown inside out. While you’re there, you can fill your tum with home-cured charcuterie, fine wines or a pint of craft ale.

The Reliance, 76-78 North Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PN.

Lamb & Flag

The Lamb and Flag pub in Leeds

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The Lamb & Flag is one of our favourite Leeds pubs. A 19th century tavern on the edge of town, it’s the perfect hidey-hole in the winter months. When the temperature drops, enjoy a pint in their deep armchairs or gather around one of their vintage wooden tables for a family feed. They have the full range of Leeds Brewery beers on tap and serve a menu of proper pub grub, all in the shadow of Leeds Minster.

Lamb & Flag, 1 Church Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HD.

The Crooked Billet

The Crooked Billet

A family-run pub with a roaring fire, The Crooked Billet is about as cosy as they come. They’re famous for their giant Yorkshire puddings, which come loaded with a whole roast dinner inside. The nearby walks are as popular as the pub and they’re totally dog friendly, so this is the perfect place to warm up after a winter ramble, especially as they have a wood-burner going on cold days.

The Crooked Billet, Saxton, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, LS24 9QN.

The Garden Gate

The Garden Gate, Hunslet

If you’re looking for a cosy bolthole on a cold winter day, head to The Garden Gate. Built in 1902, it’s Grade II listed and even the interiors have been left virtually untouched, so you can enjoy a hand-pull pint from their original Edwardian ceramic bar top before finding a spot by the fire. If you need something to nibble on, there’s a decent menu of pub grub too.

The Garden Gate, 3 Whitfield Place, Hunslet, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 2QB.

The Old Peacock

Old Peacock

One of the most charming pubs in Leeds, The Old Peacock is right opposite Elland Road, so it’s a buzzing hotspot on match days when the Whites are in action. But the rest of the time, it’s a cosy-as-heck hideaway, with a rustic wooden decor and a completely refurbished restaurant that serves up hearty grub and cold pints. Hot roast beef sandwiches with onion dipping gravy? Yes please!

The Old Peacock, 251 Elland Road, Churwell, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 8TU.