Why cook your own Sunday lunch when you can pay a visit to Leeds’ best carveries?
There are loads of brilliant places to get a carvery in Leeds, but which one should you go to? We’ve rounded up the best the city has to offer, from takeaway carveries you can have every day of the week to heaving roast dinners in traditional Yorkshire pubs made for Sunday afternoons, all without the washing up to do after.
Man v Roast
Man v Roast is unlike any other carvery in Leeds. This small Hyde Park cafe serves up your roast dinner in a takeout box, but that doesn’t mean it’s not top quality. They source all their meats from Sykes House Farm, so you know you’re getting the best.
You can choose from turkey, beef, gammon, pork, sausage and lamb (or even a combo), and it comes with all the trimmings. Expect stuffing, veggies, mash, roasties and cauliflower cheese, with a generous Yorkshire pud and loads of gravy. You can get it every day of the week, so there’s no need to wait for Sunday, and it’ll only set you back £7 (or £7.50 if you go for the lamb). You can even get it delivered.
Man v Roast, 144 Cardigan Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1LL.
Hawthorne Farm is a charming, rustic venue with loads of space – which is just as well, because they dish up an incredibly popular carvery every day of the week. Make your way to the counter after you’ve paid where you’ll find their 14-hour slow cooked meats.
It could be gammon, turkey, lamb, beef, pork or chicken depending on the day, and they have a peppered mushroom pie for the veggies. Their servers will pile your plate high with meat before you add your sides like mash, roasties, seasonal veg, stuffing and lashings of gravy. Their standard carvery is £6.79 during the week or £8.59 at weekends. Alternatively, you could go for the ultimate Sunday dinner, which comes with a giant Yorkshire and two pigs-in-blankets, for £10.59 in the week or £11.99 on the weekend.
Hawthorne Farm, Warren House Lane, Yeadon, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS19 7FT.
The Wellington serves up roast dinners all the way through the week, so make a beeline for this massive country pub for a big feed whenever you wish. During the week, they have three meats on rotation, whether it’s gammon, turkey, beef, chicken or lamb, but on Sunday, they add pork and crackling, their speciality.
Pick one or get a bit of each, then add vegetables, potatoes, sauces and gravy – you can even go back for more if you wish. Vegetarians have a special menu and free reign at the meatless parts of the carvery station. It’s £6.39 during the week or £8.79 on Sundays with extra meat, a pork sausage and a giant Yorkshire available for £1.50 extra.
The Wellington, Wetherby Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 8LZ.
The Lord Darcy is a big traditional pub that becomes very popular on Sundays thanks to their all day carvery – you might have to wait a while, but it’ll be well worth it.
Once you’ve paid, take your pick from their hand-carved meats, which could include any combination of beef, pork, gammon, lamb and turkey. Next up are the veggies – choose from carrot, swede, green beans and broccoli, before adding boiled potatoes, roasties, stuffing and Yorkshires. Finish it with as much gravy as your plate can hold, as well as sauces like mint, cranberry or apple. It costs £5.49 for seniors and £8.49 for everyone else.
Lord Darcy, 618 Harrogate Road, Alwoodley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 8EH.
The Gildersome Arms
The Gildersome Arms in Morley is a spacious, rustic pub – but it’s their carvery dinner that steals the show. They always have 3 different meats for you to choose from, whether it’s beef, gammon, pork, lamb or turkey. Vegetarian? They have a Camembert and beetroot open pie.
Once you’ve got your meat, pile on their seasonal accompaniments, which always include mashed potatoes, roasties, Yorkshires and stuffing, alongside an ever-changing array of fresh vegetables. You can then pour on as much gravy as you like before you tuck in. Their standard plate is £6.59 during the week or £7.99 on weekends, and you can add two pigs-in-blankets and an extra Yorkie for a quid.
The Gildersome Arms, Gelderd Road, Morley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS27 7LL.
The White Swan
The White Swan is one of Yeadon’s most popular watering holes. It’s a welcoming stone-walled country pub with a carvery from 12pm and 6pm every Sunday afternoon.
They always have locally-sourced pork, turkey, gammon and beef for you to choose from, or if you’re veggie they serve a pot pie. From there, you can head along to their veggie station, where there are always eight different kinds of vegetables to pile on your plate, whether it’s carrots, peas, green beans, parsnips or broccoli. There’s loads of gravy to go around too, as well as mash, Yorkshires and roasties. It will set you back £9.75, and you can add one of their starters or desserts for £3 a pop.
The White Swan, High Street, Yeadon, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS19 7TA.
The Corn Mill Lodge Hotel
The Corn Mill Lodge is a family-run hotel, which is home to a gem of a restaurant. It’s a large, tall-ceilinged dining room that comes alive on a Sunday afternoon when locals pile in to do their Sunday carvery – don’t hang about though, it’s only available between 12pm and 3pm.
They have four meats on each week, which could be anything from turkey to beef, lamb or pork, and they have a veggie option on request. Once you’ve got your plate, pile it high with fresh seasonal veg, before adding mash, roasties and their famous homemade Yorkshire puddings, which you’ll want to fill with gravy. Their carvery comes to £8.95 per person.
The Cornmill Lodge Hotel, Pudsey Road, Bramley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS13 4JA.
The Hare and Hounds
Everyday is Sunday at The Hare and Hounds. This huge, no-nonsense family pub does one of the most reliable carveries in Leeds – and it’s great if you’ve got little ones, because it’s also a Wacky Warehouse.
Away from the mayhem, you can look forward to a proper Sunday lunch with no cleaning up. Their carvers will load your plate with your choice of beef, pork, gammon, turkey or lamb, depending on what’s on, then you can help yourself to all the trimmings, with everything from fresh veggies to roast potatoes, stuffing and Yorkshire puds. Generously lather on the gravy before tucking in for £6.99 Monday to Saturday or £8.29 on a Sunday afternoon.
The Hare and Hounds, 47 Bradford Road, Menston, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 6BU.
The Picture House
If you fancy a cheap and cheerful carvery, slap bang in the middle of Leeds city centre, there’s only one place to go – The Picture House. This is a massive, no-frills venue where the power is in your hands.
Head up to the counter where you choose from gammon, turkey, pork or beef all with crackling, or half a roast chicken. You can then help yourself to everything from roasties and mash to freshly steamed veg, stuffing and Yorkshire puddings. Finish your plate with gravy and sauces, before you tuck in. It’s £4.89 from Monday to Saturday or £7.99 on a Sunday. Alternatively, you can go large with a pork sausage and a giant Yorkshire for £6.39 during the week or £9.49 on a Sunday.
The Picture House, 82-90 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8LW.