Hungry and thirsty? Go for the double whammy at these fantastic Leeds gastropubs.
Sure, they get major points for their pints, but these charming gastropubs in and around Leeds know a thing or two about grub too. From lavish roasts and comforting pies to perfectly grilled steaks and mouth-watering wagyu burgers, they’ve mastered the art of eating and drinking. Add in an unpretentious venue with a homely atmosphere that’ll have you feeling all warm inside and you’re in for a joyous meal out, perfect for special occasions or even just a midweek treat.
Right here in Leeds
If you want to experience the best gastropubs Leeds has to offer, these will more than do the job.
The oldest pub in Menston, The Fox is still going strong after more than 200 years since it opened its doors to hungry mouths. Head inside and you’ll find a bar stocked with the finest in ales, spirits and wines – and it’s only right to check out the food menu while you’re at it. Sure, there’s the tried and true cod & chips alongside a beef brisket & double Gloucester pie that’ll impress any pastry lover, but there’s also smoked haddock Florentine fishcakes, panfried sea bass with chorizo, king prawn & crab linguine and a sweet potato massaman curry – all equally delightful. There’s a plate for everyone at this cosy village pub.
The Fox, 129 Bradford Road, Menston, Ilkley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS29 6EB.
The Queen o’ t’ owd Thatch
Nothing screams Yorkshire like The Queen o’ t’ owd Thatch. This rustic Leeds gastropub has a whole lot more to scream about than its old-world name and feel though – like the food menu. It’s revised every month to ensure only the finest in local produce makes it onto your plate, but what never changes is their dedication to breathing new life into time-tested pub classics. Start with Madeira-cured herring on toasted sourdough with horseradish sour cream before digging into a steaming bowl of beetroot risotto with goats curd. It doesn’t get any more Yorkshire than sticky toffee parkin for afters.
The Queen o’ t’ owd Thatch, 101 High Street, South Milford, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 5AQ.
The Cow and Calf
Set in the picturesque surrounds of Ilkley Moor, The Cow and Calf is undoubtedly one of the best gastropubs in Leeds. Expect a cosy country pub with plenty of open log fires, tiled floors and dark wood furnishings. The bar is stocked with cask ales, fine wines and British gin for all tastes, while the food menu is chock-full of hearty pub classics. Their chefs have created a range of heartwarming dishes, such as beef chianti casserole and duo of lamb to enjoy alongside permanent fixtures like fish & chips and an unbeatable chicken pie. Got room for pudding? The banoffee pie is worth the sugar rush.
The Cow and Calf, Hangingstone Road, Ilkley, Leeds, North Yorkshire, LS29 8BT.
The Beck & Call
Nestled in the suburb of Meanwood, The Beck & Call is one of the coolest gastropubs in Leeds. Each of its rooms – there are many of them – has its own personality, from the terrarium-like dining room to the cosy tap room. Craft beer, wine and cocktails – it’s all here. But the swanky decor begs you to stay for a sit-down meal. Take your pick of a range of seasonal delights spanning all manner of traditional British fare. The classic Caesar salad is a light bite you’ll want more of, while the katsu chicken burger and Yorkshire steak & Hambleton ale pie hone themselves a pint on the side. Whatever you do, don’t forget about that mean Sunday roast too.
Beck & Call, Stainbeck Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 2NP.
In the city centre and looking for good chow and a pint to go with? The Brunswick may just be the ticket. The brightly coloured exterior invites you in but the menu of home-cooked food and wide range of beers is what keeps you here. This well-loved Leeds gastropub is spread over two floors, so there’s oodles of room to pile on in and get cosy. The BOB burger packs in beef, onion and bacon, while the kimchi & black garlic burger is a flavour sensation where you can choose your patty. Stop by on a Sunday for their iconic roast – the maple syrup glazed carrots are a world away from your DIY efforts and the supplementary mini Bloody Mary is a major plus.
The Brunswick, 82 North Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PN.
The Cross Keys
Head down to the Holbeck Urban Village and you’ll spot a few pub favourites, but it’s The Cross Keys that really takes the cake when it comes to grub and grog. It’s one of the last remaining free houses in Leeds, so expect everything from locally brewed ales to the finest in craft, plus an unrivalled selection of Belgian bottles in the fridges. The kitchen produces fresh, locally sourced food throughout the week – including a fantastic roast on Sundays. If you really want to treat yourself, the steak of the day never disappoints, while the Harissa aubergine steak is a punchy vegan delight for all. The menu changes with the seasons so you can expect new delights all year round.
The Cross Keys, 107 Water Lane, Holbeck, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5WD.
The New Conservatory
When it comes to budget-friendly gastropubs in Leeds city centre, The New Conservatory has got it all. You can take your pick from an array of beers, ales and ciders on tap, and pair it with a dish from a lengthy menu of burgers, pizza and hearty classics. Go in with BBQ & maple chicken wings or chicken liver parfait with toasted ciabatta, before tucking into the likes of steak & ale pie, homemade lasagne or mushroom & pimento pepper risotto. The dessert menu gives you plenty of chocolatey, sugary and fruity choices to go off. Will you go for the luxurious dark chocolate brownie with a coffee on the side or the summery Eton Mess?
The New Conservatory, Albion Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6JL.
Out in the Yorkshire countryside
These Yorkshire gastropubs are all just a little bit outside of Leeds, but they’re certainly worth the extra effort to visit.
The Shibden Mill Inn
In the lovely Shibden Valley, you’ll find 17th-century stalwart The Shibden Mill Inn. With roaring fires inside and the pretty Red Beck stream outside, it’s quite the setting – and the food and drink offering only takes it to the next level. You can tuck into dishes like venison loin with sausage roll, hen of the woods, smoked beetroot and sherry sauce or game pie with creamed cabbage and hand cut chips served with port gravy. Things get better with a trio of steak options – sirloin, ribeye and chateaubriand, all plated with rarebit mushroom, tenderstem broccoli, thick chips and of course, peppercorn sauce. Wash it down with a local ale or a glass from their curated wine list.
The Shibden Mill Inn, Shibden Mill Fold, Shibden, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX3 7UL.
The Bull at Broughton
If you’re out Skipton way, a stop by The Bull at Broughton is a must. It’s about good food as much as they are providing a warming welcome to the Yorkshire Dales. Using only the finest in local produce, they’ve grown a reputation as one of the best gastropubs near Leeds. There’s loads of foodie choice, spanning the globe. For starters, whet your appetite with crispy vegetable gyozas or char sui king prawns. The mains span all food groups, from mussels with cider to cheese, onion & potato pie and pork & leek sausages with buttered mash and ladles of onion gravy.
The Bull, Broughton, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 3AE.
The Devonshire Arms
Bolton Abbey is a sight to behold, but have you heard about the stop-off that sits on the same estate? The Devonshire Arms is one of the best pubs around these parts, so you can see the famous historic ruins and indulge in a spot of good food, all in a day’s work. It’s home to two eateries – The Burlington, a fine dining restaurant, and The Brasserie, a gastropub that’s just as worthy of your time. The latter blends the cosy feel of a country pub with contemporary art and colourful decor that makes this a place you’ll want to stay to eat. The fare is just as delightful – think salsa verde tagliatelle, pork belly with white bean cassoulet and butternut squash risotto.
The Brasserie, The Devonshire Arms, Burnsall Road, Bolton Bridge, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6AJ.
The General Tarleton
What do you get when you mix a country pub with fine dining? The General Tarleton, of course! The epitome of gastropub elegance, the food on offer here is a world away from your typical pub grub. Nope, this is modern, local and seasonal cooking at its finest. Dishes like Shetland scallops welcome in warming bowls of fish of the day curry, seafood risotto and orzo pasta – all of which have helped to put this gastropub near Leeds on the map. And as you might expect, their wine list is phenomenal, with a shade of red, white or pink to go with every plate, while at the separate cocktail bar you’ll find plenty of boozy supplements done well.
The General Tarleton, Ferrensby, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 0PZ.
The Fountaine Inn
A day out in the Yorkshire Dales isn’t complete without a trip to The Fountaine Inn. Surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside, it’s an ultra-cosy gastropub with log fires and low ceilings that make it perfect for warming up after a bike ride or ramble. Take your pick of local ales and quality wines from the bar before diving into the menu of perfectly executed classic and modern dishes. If it’s heartiness you’re after, the steak and ale pie is a worthy option, while the truffled mac & cheese brings a hint of luxury to this American crowd pleaser. Fancy something a little different? The slow-cooked duck and noodle salad is a must-try.
The Fountaine Inn, Linton Falls, Linton, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 5HJ.
The Punch Bowl Inn
Dating back to the 17th century, The Punch Bowl Inn is an award-winning gastropub full of old-country character. Exposed beams, roaring fires and six different rooms for you to take a pew in – it’s a heck of a lovely setting for a bite to eat. Their menu ticks a lot of boxes too. Yorkshire-bred wagyu burgers, roast haunch of venison, Provenance fish pie – the list of mighty mains goes on. And like any good pub, their steaks come cooked just how you like with chunky chips, onion rings and your choice of Bearnaise, blue cheese or peppercorn sauce. It’s pub food taken to a whole new level in the stunning North Yorkshire countryside.
The Punch Bowl Inn, Marton Cum Grafton, North Yorkshire, YO51 9QY.
The Angel at Hetton
The Angel at Hetton may be the country’s original gastropub, dating back to the 15th century, blessed with hundreds of years of dining and drinking history. Earning a Michelin star and four AA Rosettes, food is at the forefront of everything The Angel do. In fact, the restaurant ranked fourth in the Top 50 Gastropubs in 2022. Tucked away in the small hamlet of Hetton near Skipton, you can taste the best of the Yorkshire Dales throughout all four seasons. The a la carte menu promises Loire Valley rabbit, squab with confit potatoes and everything from a selection of cheeses to malt loaf for dessert. Sure enough, the Dales isn’t the only beautiful thing you’ll find here.
The Angel at Hetton, Back Lane, Hetton, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6LT.