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Where to Get an Awesome Sunday Lunch in Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

Leave the washing up to someone else with these Sunday lunches...

Gaucho Roast Dinner Leeds

Don’t fancy cooking today? Fear not, because we’ve rounded up the best places to get a Sunday lunch in Leeds…

Come Sunday, there’s nothing we want more than a good roast dinner – and you’ll find a fair few of them in Leeds. Be it chicken, beef, lamb or even a nut roast, you can get just about anything you desire, if you know where to go. And we do. So if you’re looking for a cracking Sunday lunch in Leeds, let us guide the way.

Crowd of Favours

Crowd of Favours Sunday Roast Leeds

Crowd of Favours’ roast dinner is well worth a go. You’ll be served a loaded plate of goodness that has your five a day covered with a host of seasonal veggies, green beans and red cabbage. Add your choice of meat – there’s beef topside, whole baby chicken, lamb, turkey or vegetable wellington – to the roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and lashings of gravy made with Midnight Bell beer and you’re onto a winner. Read our review… 

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

The Midnight Bell

Midnight Bell Sunday Dinner Leeds

The Midnight Bell is the perfect place for a tasty Sunday dinner. This is a popular spot for the most-loved meal of the week, so you might want to book ahead. As well as 28-day aged topside of beef, pork loin and turkey crown, you can also get a vegan nut roast and a vegetarian mushroom, creamed leek and hellfire cheese wellington. The meats and nut roast are served with big roasties, creamy mash, a decent sized Yorkshire pudding, lashings of gravy and a medley of vegetables.

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

The Cross Keys

Cross Keys Roast Dinner Leeds

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The Cross Keys is famed for its Sunday lunch – it’s definitely one of the best in Leeds. Needless to say, you’ll want to book ahead, and get there early, because when it’s gone, it’s gone. The first thing you’ll notice is that there’s lots of choice – pork, lamb, beef and a nut cobbler, served with all the trimmings, and by that we mean proper roast potatoes, a plethora of veg and the essential Yorkshire pudding.

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

The Griffin

Griffin Roast Dinner Leeds

Since Taylor Walker brought this historic venue back to life, they’ve been cooking up mighty roast dinners at the Leeds pub. Roast sirloin of beef or roast chicken are all on the table and they come with all the British classics. Think proper goose fat roast potatoes, freshly cooked veggies, plenty of gravy and homemade Yorkshires. They serve ‘em until they sell out, so get there early.

The Griffin, Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DA.


Whitelock's Roast Restaurant Offer Leeds

It’s one of the oldest pubs in Leeds, but also one of the finest – and they do a cracking Sunday lunch. Generous portions of meat are mixed with carrots, parsnips, greens and roast potatoes, with the obligatory Yorkshire pudding piled on top. In terms of your choice, you’ve got roast top rump of beef, perfectly pink, loin of pork with crackling, roast shoulder of lamb and a half roast chicken, all sourced locally, or you could go for the roasted nut and herb loaf – deciding won’t be easy.

Whitelock’s Ale House, Turks Head Yard, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HB.


Sunday Lunch Leeds

If you want your Sunday lunch to be a luxurious affair, head straight to Leeds’ Gaucho. They do it a bit differently, with a sharing board that will see you tucking into roasted sirloin of beef, a roasted free range chicken or butternut squash ravioli. The two roasts come with a proper Yorkshire, cooked in beef dripping, as well as roasted potatoes, carrots tossed in churassco marinade and brocolli sauteed in soy and ginger with oodles of red wine gravy.

Gaucho, 21-22 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JF.

Shears Yard

Shears Yard Leeds

One of the most creative restaurants in Leeds, you won’t want to pass up the opportunity to enjoy a Sunday roast at Shears Yard. There are three options to choose from – the overnight roasted pork shoulder, the 12 hour roasted Sykes House Farm beef sirloin or the nut and mixed seed load, which is of course a winner with the veggies. Whichever you go for, it’ll come with roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, a proper Yorkshire pudding and lashings of gravy.

Shears Yard, 11-15 Wharf Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EH.


Browns Sunday Lunch Leeds

As the kind of restaurant mums love, Browns is no stranger to families coming in search of a good Sunday dinner. Originally the banking hall of the Leeds Permanent Building Society, it’s rather grand – and their roast lives up to the decor. Choose from roast sirloin of beef, salted pork belly, half roast chicken and a nut roast with butternut squash puree and cherry jus – all served with Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes and a medley of veg. They also do little roasts for children, so why not bring the kids along?

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

Northern Monk

Northern Monk

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There’s a new kitchen at Northern Monk’s Refectory, but don’t worry, they’re still making Sunday the best day of the week with their roast dinners. They change on a weekly basis, but always have a good selection, with beef, pork or lamb, alongside chicken or turkey – and there’s a vegetarian nut roast too, which is vegan if you forgo the Yorkshire pudding. They come with all the trimmings – think seasonal veg, roast potatoes and gravy.

Northern Monk, The Old Flax Store, Marshall’s Mills, Marshall Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 9YJ.


Crafthouse Sunday lunch

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With stunning views across the city, Crafthouse is a scenic spot for Sunday lunch. You’ve got two options – rump cap of Scottish beef or leg of lamb. Both come served with peas and bacon, pak choi, roasted potatoes, roasted carrot, Yorkshire pudding and gravy. Vegetarians are well looked after too – you can tuck into roast heirloom vegetables with crispy corn puff, black truffle, ricotta and basil oil.

Crafthouse, Level 5, Trinity, Leeds, 70 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire

The Reliance

Roast Dinners Leeds

Where better to go for a quintessentially British meal than a quintessentially British bar? The Reliance is a laid back Leeds bar and bistro, perfect for a spot of lunch on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Their roast spuds and Yorkshire puds come with shoulder of Lamb, loin of Gloucester Old Spot Pork and topside of rare breed Beef, but don’t be surprised if you get tempted in by the veggie option – The Reliance nut roast with all the trimmings. You can also add sides – try the greens, chilli and hazelnut butter or the Chantenay carrots.

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

The Adelphi

Adelphi Roast Dinner Leeds

When it comes to traditional boozers, The Adelphi is right at the top of the list – but they also do a mighty fine roast that’s well worth trying out. Nip into the Leeds pub on a Sunday to indulge in a lunch feast of half Shropshire chicken with gingerbread stuffing, roasted lamb shoulder, roast Cherry Orchard pork loin, 21 day aged British Isles roast sirloin of beef or roasted spatchcock lemon chicken for two to share, along with good old roast potatoes, a proper Yorkshire pudding and a mix of veg. Those of you who want to abstain from meat have a very nice carrot and parsnip nut roast ahead of you.

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

Sheaf Street Cafeteria

Veggie Sunday Roast, Grub and Grog Shop at northern Monk

Their Game Sundays at Northern Monk were immensely popular, and The Grub and Grog Shop have taken it to their new home at Sheaf Street Cafeteria. On the last Sunday of every month you can tuck into seasonal game Sunday roasts, as well as vegetarian and vegan options with all the trimmings, from roasties to Yorkshire puds. There’s dessert, hot drinks and booze too, as well as table tennis and board games, making this the place to be on a Sunday.

Sheaf Street Cafeteria, Duke Studios, 3 Sheaf Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1HD.

That’s our list of the best Sunday lunches in Leeds, but what would you add? Leave your recommendations as a comment and share the love.